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  1. 5 points

    Gone but not forgotten

    My farm shop is about 2 miles down the road from my home - when I got it off the trailer I took it for a quick drive down to the shop to unload some parts and sort out some stuff. On the way back home I leaned on her a bit and ran it up through 4th. Definitely a fine running example. I can't wait to get things buttoned up to take her for a proper ride.
  2. 5 points
    We just held our 4th Annual P-15 Picnic in England and were honoured to be joined by well known Plymouth enthusiasts Mark & Tracey Duggan and Greg & Kathy Gonya, who travelled from the US to spend the weekend with us. 35 people and a very nice selection of cars arrived at the hotel on Saturday and we enjoyed a drive out to Twinwood Airfield, where we had arranged a private group visit to the museum buildings and preserved control tower. Twinwood is an historic WW2 site, the airfield from where Glenn Miller departed for France on his ill-fated flight in December 1944. On Saturday evening we all shared a lovely dinner and drinks, rounded off with a light-hearted quiz, courtesy of William and Biddy. Sunday morning saw more cars meet us at the hotel before we left for a 30-minute cruise to Old Warden Aerodrome and The Shuttleworth Collection, which is one of the world's finest collections of airworthy vintage aircraft. The guided tours we took were highly informative and the range of aircraft, cars, motorcycles and other items on display is remarkable. The final tally of 46-48 Mopars was: 4x Plymouth Business Coupes 4x Plymouth Club Coupes 1x Plymouth 2-Door Sedan 1x Plymouth Convertible 1x DeSoto SP15 Club Coupe 1x Dodge 4-Door Sedan 1x Chrysler Club Coupe There was a nice selection of 'guest cars' too. Dean, Chris and I will announce details of next year's P-15 Picnic as soon as we can. Come and join us... Everyone's welcome! With thanks to Simon and Colin for the pictures...
  3. 5 points

    engine swap

    Ya a v-8 fits "fairly" easy. AS long a it is a Mopar LA type engine which were made is several Cubic inch models from 318-360. Other v-8 brands /models Do Not fit period! 😆 😉 DJ
  4. 5 points
    Suggestions are always welcome but this one's definitely going to remain as The P-15 Picnic. The three of us who organise it are all Plymouth owners and the initial concept was a meeting for P15s. We widened out the invitations after a (very reasonable) request from William (AKA Norman Pitkin) to include Chrysler and the other Mopar brands. There are plenty of broader car meets over here, and we wouldn't turn anyone away, but we all enjoy the exclusivity and scale of this gathering, and it's got a unique personal feel.
  5. 4 points
    Don Coatney

    Gone but not forgotten

    Lots of fun to pass a car at over 70 MPH in forth gear and then shift into 5th as you are passing. The glass packs really sound good at speed.
  6. 4 points

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    ON a side note I am thinking of keeping a video log so I started one on Youtube if you want a more complete tour of the truck.
  7. 4 points
    I took some parts in to be zinc plated and they talked me into "unpolished" chrome. I went with it partially, cause my colors are not original but the parts will be and partially, I want to watch ggdad1951 head explode as he try's to find any unoriginal parts knowing the colors are NOT right! 😄 Ah, I can see him twitching now....
  8. 4 points

    Cabbage Hauler - WD-21 Build Thread

    The nice thing about being laid up is that I had nothing but time to do research. I watched a number of You Tube videos on stainless trim repair, and figured I would give it a shot. A couple of small hammers, make shift anvils and dollies, and I had all of the dents and deep scratches smoothed out. A very tedious process, but then again nothing but time. Below are my first results. Very happy with these results.
  9. 4 points

    Cabbage Hauler - WD-21 Build Thread

    Minimal sheet metal damage was easily repaired, and the grill was almost ready for primer.
  10. 3 points

    Worse drivers?

    I heard the knuckleheads up near Beavercreek Oregon are the worst. 😉
  11. 3 points

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    Hello Everyone, I am new to classic cars, and to carburetors! The truck is in pretty good shape and had been run off-road on private property since - I am estimating 2003 since that is the last time it was registered. The guy i bought it from owned it for about 7 years and never registered it. He used it to make and maintain a gravel driveway on his property. I plan to do similar with it as well as move manure, wood chips, and more. The plan is not to abuse it to much, but to help me out. There is something wrong with the brakes. They work, but its definitely a strong leg. The PO said the guy he bought it from had disconnected the front brakes. After some exploration, I think the brake booster was disconnected but I don't know why. Perhaps there is a leak in the booster itself? There are definitely leaks in the line because some rubber couplers are not connected. So I will play with that. I assume that is what this hard line (circled in red in the photos) is for and it was disconnected from the intake. Two other questions - the door windows are broken. How easy or hard are they to replace? I am looking for a side mirror for the passenger side that matches the driver side. Any idea where I might find one?
  12. 3 points

    Fast Four

    Actually drove it out of the barn Saturday! Waiting on a re-cored radiator to get back then I'll be able to go further.
  13. 3 points

    Gone but not forgotten

    I made it home, gave it a quick shower, and she is now sitting in my garage. Hopefully I can start digging into the wiring a little bit this week.
  14. 3 points
    Another fellow Canuck enjoying our early winter up here! It's been a beyond bad start to our fall season, and I've all but given up thinking the truck will be back on the road, but here's hoping! Plymouth is giving some good info, and believe me,..as a guy that's stripped his truck down more then once, it's so much easier to correct things now, rather then later. Your engine plate looks great, but static mounting an engine like that will cost you a fortune in dental work, as you will amplify every tick and twist in that engine throughout the body, and I also think your going to have a very hard time keeping your water pump from leaking, as that plate will constantly flex with the engine and likely degrade any gaskets well before they should be changing. If it were me, I would go back to hunting for a way to use the original side mounts, and yes get the offset correct, or you may also never keep a u-joint in it long enough to enjoy a long cruise. Nobody wants to dis on your build, it's looking to be a very cool start, but if we can save you from future aggravation then that's what being here is all about!
  15. 3 points
    Brent B3B

    Tucker Sno Cat speedometer

    Julie and I ran across this one in Roanoke VA last week at the Virginia museum of transportation
  16. 3 points

    Aluminum Head

    Finally got around to painting up the CC 695798 Aluminum head. I had it shaved .060 and will install a steel head gasket with it. This should give me a compression ratio of about 8:0:1. It is also quite a bit lighter than the cast iron Spitfire head presently on the IND-7. Not as eye catchy, but I like it nonetheless. I will have the Spitfire head shaved down to get an 8:0:1 ratio also and keep it as a back up in case the Aluminum head takes a big pooper on me.
  17. 3 points

    Drivability in the mountains

    My 50 and 51 Plymouths do very well in the mountains. Second gear Overdrive is great for long uphill grades. I always lock the overdrive out for long downhill grades so I do not have to be on the brakes too much. Western grades include Malahat Highway, Duffy Lake Road, Coquihalla, Stevens Pass Rogers Pass and the road up to Lake Tahoe,
  18. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    '53 Dodge Junkyard Project

    do not trust the fact that the machine shop has cleaned the block after machining process and returned to you...this has been the down fall of a number of rebuilds. Super clean the block and internal passages thoroughly...Pull your oil galley plugs for best results...At the most let the shop set your new cam bearings, you can handle the rest of the build for yourself at home AND if you have the installing tool for the cam bearings..then you can even do that yourself....clean is a main factor in longevity.
  19. 3 points
    Russell Winje

    Bath time

    With the new rear end seal in place, the motor running strong, driving good without lock up issues to the rear tires, I thought it was a good time to get the pressure washer out and blow old dirt and grease away. When I was done, and the car sat in the warm sun to dry all afternoon, the motor block showed old silver paint where old dirt had been and the oil pan was green. The linkage shined at the joints. I liberally applied WD40 white lithium spray. When I drove it, the previous chatter of the friction clutch was greatly reduced, nearly gone all together. The shifting was smoother too. Things are looking up for the ole girl after years of sitting. Starts much easier now and idles with a smooth sound at the tail pipe, no missing. Next I will start looking at electrical to make sure the windshield wipers work, heater blows hot air, turn signals function, maybe the clock, maybe the radio, and make all interior lights work.
  20. 3 points

    2018 Hershey Site OAD 7&8

    As all of you might know Hershey will be coming on October 10-13. If you plan on attending this great event please take some time to stop by my vendor spot in the Orange field. I will be in Orange field row OAD 7&8. Stop by and say hello and take sometime to rest and talk mopar. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.com cell 484-431-8157
  21. 3 points
    I like that our experienced members have been reading my post on the situation with the amp gage. So I have read all of the posts and one of the members came up with the solution to the issue. My forst thought was that the regulator had some sticking points so I headed in that direction. The regulator is located on the driver side high on the cowl. I started to look at all of the connections and then noticed that the wire which is a 10 gauge wire that should, should be connected to the FIELD contact point was broken off and it looked as if the wire had gotten overloaded and had a burn mark onthe insulation and all the wires had been cut and the connection was lost to the regulator. I then used a brand new wire to connect the field connection onthe generator to the field contact onthe regulator. I then crossed my fingers hoping that there might not be any other issue. I started the car and then amp meter was now showing a charge and the needle was pointing at the 10-12 amp rnge becasue i had tried to drain the battery by just having th elights on for approx 20 minutes prior to making the new wire. So thanks to all that provided input to the issue. So yes check all of your connections ever so often and always check for the obvious point of loose connections or a broken wire. Hope this was a lesson that someone else might benefit from. Keep up this great forum for us mopar owners. i love reading the issues that other people are trying to slove and like it when they post how they solved the issue. This helps everyone learn more about their cars/trucks. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  22. 3 points
    Why build a race engine for the street??? Factory peak hp was pulled at 3600, it falls off after that. My machine shop guy suggested 10% over that was safe and a bit meaningful, over that was just more noise. Also suggested 80/85 % of 3600 was a safe cruise all day speed assuming good engine condition and proper oil pressure. So rather than build for a peak rpm, why not build to usable street able range. These are torque engines not hp engines. Torque gets you going, hp keeps you going... My slightly modified 230, accelerates fairly briskly, has plenty of power to pass and climb hills, and cruises nicely at 65 with overdrive and gets 20+ mpg in the bargain. Personally there isn't much more I require of a 72 year old car.
  23. 3 points
    High reciprocating mass (pistons and upper parts of connecting rods) combined with long stroke. These conditions create high inertial forces that put strain on rod bearings. Forces at rod bearings are proportionate to square of rotational speed, so at 4,000 rpm the load on rod bearings is 4 times that at 2,000 rpm. Excessive force squeezes out oil film, leading to bearing failure. Modern engines can run at higher speeds because they use lighter pistons and rods, and because they are generally short stroke.
  24. 3 points
    mainly it is because folks afraid to rev them up cause they sound too busy,...
  25. 3 points
    My new ride.


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