Alard Coolant Issues
Classics Monthly|March 2018

With all the chrome work on the Allard looking good after a recent polishing marathon, it was time to go for a run in the car. So aft er breakfast the Allard was brought out of the garage and the Ford V8 flathead engine warmed up.

However, as I might have said previously, you don’t just start this engine up and rev it up and down as so many people do. These engines don’t run on lots of oil pressure, normally 25-30lb, so it’s best to just start the engine, get it running quietly and let the oil pressure build up around where it should be. It’s a bit like a diesel Highway Yellow painted 1938-58 Caterpillar D2 tracklayer, which has a petrol donkey engine to start the main engine. Nine times out of ten these engines never suffered from big end or main problems. The reason for this was the donkey engine wound the main engine over several times before it would fire and in the process built up the oil pressure. I suggest you walk down the tractor line-up at a show and have a look at the Caterpillar D2 setup for a closer look.

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