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FROM UNDER THE HOOD:
Road Trip Sightings
During our last family vacation trip this past July we found ourselves driving through Wildwood Crest, NJ. To my surprise I came across the Rambler Motel on what else but Rambler Rd. This is the second motel named Rambler that I have found; the other one is just east of Gettysburg, PA, on Route 30. On the way home from vacation, while on the approach to the bridge which leaves Wildwood, we saw a ’64 Rambler Classic wagon for sale. My vacation was now a complete success. Happy Ramblings

Rough Idling 6-cyl 196ci Engines

 

 

When the 196CI 6-cyl engine was introduced by what was then the Nash Co. there were no pollution requirements around. The 196CI engine in all its forms saw many years of production without any anti-pollution devices. It wasn’t until the early sixties when California adopted some anti-pollution requirements. One of the first was the PVC valve. Soon after California, the PVC was on all production cars sold in the USA. The 6-cyl 196CI had to be modified to accommodate the PVC valve. This was not a difficult task, and it just meant adding some tubing from the crankcase up to the valve and then to the intake manifold.

Besides the usual causes of rough idling, carburetor, ignition, plugs points, and vacuum leaks, there is one other often overlooked. This is the PVC and its hookup. On the 196CI engines, which employ a PVC valve, a little-known problem seems to cause a lot of head scratching. The metal tube that connects from the engine crankcase to the valve has a sharp bend in it. After 50,000 miles or more (depending on driving conditions), the tube clogs up. Since it is a slow process and most people just change the valve, it goes undetected. The tube itself doesn’t pull any vacuum, so even disconnected and with the engine running you couldn’t test for any. The only way is to remove the whole assembly. This is very easy and anyone who knows how to use a wrench can do it. First, disconnect the PVC valve. Next, remove the two nuts that hold the metal tube plate to the engine. Pop it off the engine. Once off, use a stiff wire and probe and push through the tube. If you have access to compressed air, blow it out. You can use Carb cleaner or any other type of degreaser to clean it out also. Once cleaned use some type of Form-a-Gasket sealant and coat (follow directions of the manufacturer) the flange of the mounting plate, then remount and hook PVC back up.

If everything else is in order, your car should run smoother.

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