Just think how much money each wage-earner would have if they cut the size of government in half, and taxes in half, and from the taxes they only use it for infrastructure repairs for,, say three years.. If you were a government employee, you could get half your previous salary, or quit. but half of your previous salary would be like 3/4 of it since the taxes you pay would be considerably less !!
Anyway, about that '25 Pierce engine. It is from what I can see, original, never been overhauled. I was told by the son of the owner from 1951 until I think 2007, that his dad had sent the engine to Owl's Head Museum's machine shop for overhaul when they were restoring the car. I thought from the very good oil pressure, and the oil clearances I measured on #1 and #2 connecting rods when I first bought the car and dropped the oil pan for an inspection. The oil clearance was just about the same as new: .002" on a 2" rod journal.
But the engine still had the original thin-cast iron pistons, and they were VERY loose in their bores.. I could rock them back and forth with a screwdriver poked through a spark plug hole, The piston to cylinder clearance for iron pistons in an iron block is supposed to be .002".. these felt like ove r.010".. And the engine burned oil.
So, now that I have the pistons and connecting rods out, the cylinder block off the crankcase, the truth comes out.. The pistons have original type rings still installed, the pistons are worn down well below new size.. and the cylinders !! how about .012" taper !! UGH! so I don't think the engine ever had anything done to it but maybe having the valves lapped in.
But, this is a wonderful car, my favorite for most of the time. So I'll go all the way through it. Rebuild the engine to new specifications, with some modern style forged pistons with modern design rings. new exhaust valves, higher compression, etc..
The nice car will be even nicer with a fresh, powerful engine.
Here it is last year:
I'll get some engine teardown photos posted soon.