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Teresa Aquila

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Teresa Aquila

Reno, NV

As a mechanic I love preserving vintage vehicles, but never did I know that I would have my biggest challenge, a 1927 Willys Knight with a Sleeve Valve engine. A friend wanted me to take ownership of a vehicle they have had in storage for 53 years, on jack stands. Once I placed my eyes on it, I knew right then and there, I needed to bring her back to life. I had no idea what engine was in it, until i brought her home and began my research. I had no idea what I was about to engage in. I had to fix the radiator cracked block, but was able to repair it without removal or disassembly, I made a new top, carved a wood bow that was broken, rebuild the back deck from behind the seat, sewed the interior, then came to getting this old girl to start. I needed new Spark plugs, I was amazed to find out that Champion actually made plugs for it. I found out that I needed to install a 1/4 cup of oil in each cylinder for compression on a sleeve valve. She has been running all on her own from 1927.