Finally got Ellie running like she is supposed to. Kind of funny in a PMO kind of way when I found out what was wrong with her.
Took the hood off.
Checked the compression with the brand new I have never owned one before
compression tester. Here is what I got:
#1 - 80 lbs, #2 - 80 lbs, #3 - 77 lbs, #4 - 70 lbs. Not too bad for a 56 year old engine
So that ruled out the cracked head casket theory.....
. Had gone to Sussex on Friday to see Alton and David and pick up some surprises (pics on next post) and picked up a head gasket, oil, oil filter at Arbings, cause Babineau didn't have one. Seeing as they close at noon on Saturday, I did not want to be without one if I needed it. Sooo, I guess I now have stock for Jethro's block rebuild.
I also got new plugs, plug wires and a distributor cap on Saturday morning just to be on the safe side right after I got the compression test done. Oh, the test was a dry test. Did not bother with the wet test as the numbers were within 10 lbs of each other.
Soooo, I said to myself, Self! maybe we had better go through all of this again and see what we can find. I no longer had a clue what was wrong, but had also started to doubt my investigative results so far.
When I checked the plugs, they all had good spark. When I put them back in, I was still only running on 2 cylinders. Now these plugs are not all that old. Not even a year on them, cause I think I replaced the D-16's in either October or November cause she would not start
Then I did something I didn't do before. Since I had the hood off, the compression test done, I figured maybe I should re-check the plugs. Well dang nab it
wouldn't it figure - plugs 2 and 3 seemed dead
So, I exchanged plug 2 and put it on plug wire 1. Sure enough, spark was a very, very weak yellow -- DEAD PLUG
Finally was able to get D-21's, so that is what went in. Can't get D-19's though, not even a cross over number is available
Talk about feel stooopid. Yeah, I know. Finally figured it out by myself which is kind of good, cause it means that I am learning a couple of things. 1 is to listen to advise and 2 is to double and triple check everything before you have to do something drastic like take off the head. I am sooooooooooo glad that I did not do that before going over everything again.
There still was the problem with the smell of burned anti-freeze. Well the hood was off, so I was scratching my head over that one, looking here and there. Darn
I really need a smack upside the head on that one
The last time the hood was off and I was changing the belts, I had snapped the head off of one of the bolts holding the upper goose neck onto the head..... guess where the anti-freeze is leaking
Not in quantities to be worried about as it cannot be seen leaking, just enough for the sugary smell. One more mystery solved and one that will have to wait for a while.
Thanks guys for helping me figure this out. I sure appreciate
Ellie is running again as good as before, smmoooooth! Got my cultivating done so every one is happy.