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  1. 13 points
    greg g

    Took a ride this afternoon

    Clear skies, no salt on the roads an temps in the low fifties. Every other vehicle seemed to be an SUV with a Christmas tree on the roof although there were a couple motorcycles. Ended up waiting at the station. The former Delaware, Lakawana and Western RR station is in Jamesville, NY half way between Onintavia and Orvilleton. The right of way is still in use and carries traffic on the Sesquehanna and Western from Binghamton to Oswego.. The station was built in 1869 and had been moved twice. It is now the centerpiece of the village park along the tracks. It is available for community events. The train still passes the station, but no longer stops
  2. 7 points
    After purchasing a '47 Chrysler Windsor 4dr that had been sitting in a garage for over 8 years, I have finally got it to a point that I feel the car deserves. The previous owner past away a few months ago and had the vehicle stored away untouched as he was getting too old to maintain or drive it. The widow sold it to me for a great price since she knew I would restore the car back to its original glory and keep it in my family, and most importantly, DRIVE IT. It took me several weeks to accomplish but now the engine runs beautifully with a cleaned up engine compartment and the paint has been properly hand buffed and waxed. The interior was already in great shape but I am meticulously going through and replacing any dash wiring that needs attention due to dry rot. All fluids have been replaced except for the fluid drive since I haven't been able to source the fluid; finding the tranny fluid (SAE 10W) was hard enough to finally locate at TSC. I'm very proud on how she turned out and was able to give the original owner's widow a ride in it today. She was amazed on how it turned out which made me very happy.
  3. 6 points

    48-50 Grill Bars

    Geez... I don't like you anymore!
  4. 6 points

    Christmas Tree and our P20

    I've been absent from the forum for quite a while. The car is running fine and we haven't wanted to start the next project and lose the ability to drive it. But my son and I got the Christmas tree picked out today. It's a family tradition to go the day after Thanksgiving. He's not really driving here, only got his permit the day before Thanksgiving. Car is a 1950 P20 Plymouth Special DeLuxe Club Coupe.
  5. 6 points
    Robin (UK)

    Happy Thanksgiving

  6. 6 points
    Got Best of show today in Concord North Carolina. Great Cars there - about 300 - 350 Cars
  7. 5 points

    1953 Dodge 'coupe' truck project

    Time sure passes by quick these days. Thanks for the reminder Tim. I have been away with charity work, and working plenty of overtime at work while I have been back home!... but things have been happening on my old 'Pop truck'. I had all of the LUCAS electrics refurbished by our local Auto Electrician and now have them all back together, but I am yet to have them painted. My smaller side projects on the coupe truck have seen me playing around with transmission speedo adapters (to cater from 4.1 to 3.54 diff swap), dual horns, handbrake cable, gas tanks, casting of Desoto and Fargo hood emblems, external door locks, horn ring, and steering wheel. The panel work on the truck has been slow (mostly my blame as I have been directing funds toward our investment properties of late), but our coupe truck is nearing completion. I thought the truck was looking good a couple of weeks back with both doors and hood pieces fitted, but we have had a minor setback with one of the doors since then so the truck looks less complete at present! The process now involves working clockwise around the front of the truck from the dash area to perfect gaps and undertake minor adjustments. The external door lock will soon be installed on the opposite side door with the use of a USA door latch mechanism (thanks to Mark aka ggdad1951). I was hoping to have the truck in final paint at the end of January 2018, but this may not happen until April/May 2018 now as I want the truck to sit in primer for a couple of months prior to paint. I should also have the running boards back all repaired and looking new by this Christmas. I have been looking at all of the screw/bolt holes in the firewall over the past few days as it seems that quite a few holes have been added during the many years that the truck spent out west as a pig shooting truck. I didn't realize that there were so many holes to identify in the firewall! It has been a long and costly project... but it appears that the end is finally in sight!
  8. 5 points
    Trucker Tim

    New Guy In The House.

    Hello Folks. Just a quick hello from Tim & Lori. We recently purchased a 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe with quite a history. I will get myself a bit more familiar with the site and be back. Got a clutch to adjust. By the way, my very first car at the age of 15 was a "48" Plymouth. Funny how the circle keeps turning around.
  9. 5 points

    Show us your Christmas trucks

    This was last year for the Christmas parade.
  10. 5 points
    Solved. There is a 2 speed box mounted behind transmission! Big lever runs it. It was left in low by prior owner. Thanks to @pflaming and @Dodgeb4ya
  11. 5 points
    thanks for waiting till after Thanksgiving to post Christmas stuff.....lol
  12. 5 points


    Ive been lurking round here for way too long.Ive posted up some parts wanted so I thought Id come along and say hello from the UK. Ive brought over a few cars including a 41 Plymouth b coupe,two 48 Plymouth b coupes,two 48 Plymouth c coupes and a 48 Plodge D25 c coupe. They have come and gone,my present ride is this 41 Chrysler. Only first and third gear at the moment so its not going too far until the required parts to repair arrive.
  13. 4 points

    The Engine is out

    Got the engine off the mounts and now I can remove the ugly red paint someone put on it and get it silver again! But first the front axle and springs are coming off to be cleaned and painted. Already did the rear and the transmission. Then clean and paint the frame. Getting closer to reassemble time!!
  14. 4 points
    Trucker Tim

    Happy Anniversary Lori!

    Hey Crew! Yesterday my Lori & her "husband" (I resemble that remark) have been married 33 years. Holy Cow, time for ice cream!
  15. 4 points
    APRIL 14TH 2018 CLEMENTS TAILGATE BBQ in CLEMENTS, CALIFORNIA Home of the largest meet up of Dodge Pilot-House Era Trucks in the WHOLE WORLD!!! MARS AND JUPITER TOO!!! We get invaded by Vintage Cars and Trucks from other makers, BUT WE DON'T CARE! CUZ WE ARE COOL TRUCKERS AND DON'T MIND THE WIERDOS! ...at least I don't.....lol Looking forward to seeing everyone again!!!! Woohoo! Timothy A. Estrada aka 48Dodger
  16. 4 points

    Goodbye and Thank you!

    Don, I doubt it--I donated the car to PBS and it was auctioned off in South Bend
  17. 4 points


    Sorry this is my first post, haven't had anything to say, but wanted to tell everyone thanks for all the post. I am in process of working on a 1952 B3B, just did disc brake front, cherokee rear, in process of doing master cylinder. Truck sat for a while, so had to break engine free. Runs pretty good around the yard. Most everything I had questions about, I was able to find in this website. Once brakes are done, will do the electrical. Already 12v, but every time you touch a wire, it crumbles in your hand. Right now I just have power to starter, from starter to fuse block, and ignition and fuel pump. I will try to keep everyone posted on details. Thanks again all!!!
  18. 4 points

    Show us your Christmas trucks

    Drove the truck to pick up the Christmas tree. I got lots of compliments.
  19. 4 points
    52b3b Joe

    48-50 Grill Bars

    Lol, I had to do this, you left me no choice!!! I like both of the grill styles, but I'm a little partial!
  20. 4 points
    John Reddie

    help me please!!

    I had an experience similar to what you describe. On starting, the throttle spring broke and once started the engine went to full race so we quickly turned it off. After replacing the spring, no start. It turned over and over but wouldn't even attempt to start. A mechanic friend told me that when the engine raced up high like that, the sudden burst of fuel washed a good deal of the oil off of the cylinder walls and lowered the compression enough so it wouldn't start. A few squirts of oil in each plug hole and after replacing the plugs, it started and ran fine, smoked like hell for a bit but was okay afterwards. I realize that your engine is freshly rebuilt and I'm sure the compression is better than my old engine but I thought I would offer this experience in hopes that it could be helpful. Whatever happens, I hope you get started soon. John R
  21. 4 points

    Show us your Christmas trucks

    I am working on Christmas pics, but there was a car show this weekend and the Christmas parade. It was my trucks first of both. Here is a link to the parade, I'm at around 9:10. and some car show pics below. The Car show is sponsored by a local dealership and is a charity event for Catholic Community Services. Entry fee is cash or gift for a child with all proceeds going to their foster care program. With all the gifts and money raised, some kids will have a Very Merry Christmas.
  22. 4 points
    Ten years ago.Happy Christmas and happy new year.
  23. 4 points
  24. 4 points
    This is from a couple years ago...
  25. 4 points

    Show us your Christmas trucks

  26. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    A Christmas Story

    Not the movie A Christmas Story but still worthy of a repeat viewing. I last posted this in 2015 and in the two years since we have had such an increase in new members, well, time to introduce them to Louise....enjoy the story, the season, the time with friends and family. Christmas with Louise As a joke, my brother used to hang a pair of panty hose over his fireplace before Christmas. He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them. What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true because every Christmas morning, although Jay's kids' stockings were overflowed his poor pantyhose hung sadly empty. One year I decided to make his dream come true. I put on sunglasses and went in search of an inflatable love doll. They don't sell those things at Wal-Mart. I had to go to an adult bookstore downtown. If you've never been in an X-rated store, don't go. You'll only confuse yourself. I was there an hour saying things like, "What does this do?" "You're kidding me!" "Who would buy that?" Finally, I made it to the inflatable doll section. I wanted to buy a standard, uncomplicated doll that could also substitute as a passenger in my truck so I could use the car pool lane during rush hour. Finding what I wanted was difficult. "Love Dolls" come in many different models. The top of the line, according to the side of the box, could do things I'd only seen in a book on animal husbandry. I settled for "Lovable Louise." She was at the bottom of the price scale. To call Louise a "doll" took a huge leap of imagination. On Christmas Eve and with the help of an old bicycle pump, Louise came to life. My sister-in-law was in on the plan and let me in during the wee morning hours. Long after Santa had come and gone, I filled the dangling pantyhose with Louise's pliant legs and bottom. I also ate some cookies and drank what remained of a glass of milk on a nearby tray. I went home, and giggled for a couple of hours. The next morning my brother called to say that Santa had been to his house and left a present that had made him VERY happy but had left the dog confused. She would bark, start to walk away, then come back and bark some more. We all agreed that Louise should remain in the panty hose so the rest of the family could admire her when they came over for the traditional Christmas dinner. My grandmother noticed Louise the moment she walked in the door. "What the hell is that?" she asked. My brother quickly explained, "It's a doll." "Who would play with something like that?" Granny snapped. I had several candidates in mind, but kept my mouth shut. "Where are her clothes?" Granny noticed. "Boy, that turkey sure smells nice, Gran," Jay said to steer her into the dining room. But Granny was relentless. "Why doesn't she have any teeth?" Again, I could have answered, but why would I? It was Christmas and no one wanted to ride in the back of the ambulance saying, "Hang on Granny, hang on!" My grandfather, a delightful old man with poor eyesight, sidled up to me and said, "Hey, who's the naked gal by the fireplace?" I told him she was Jay's friend. A few minutes later I noticed Grandpa by the mantel, talking to Louise. Not just talking, but actually flirting. It was then that we realized this might be Grandpa's last Christmas at home. The dinner went well. We made the usual small talk about who had died, who was dying, and who should be killed, when suddenly Louise made a noise like my father in the bathroom in the morning. Then she lurched from the panty hose, flew around the room twice, and fell in a heap in front of the sofa. The cat screamed. I passed cranberry sauce through my nose, and Grandpa ran across the room, fell to his knees, and began administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. My brother fell back over his chair and wet his pants. Granny threw down her napkin, stomped out of the room, and sat in the car. It was indeed a Christmas to treasure and remember. Later in my brother's garage, we conducted a thorough examination to decide the cause of Louise's collapse. We discovered that Louise had suffered from a hot ember to the back of her right thigh. Fortunately, thanks to a wonder drug called duct tape, we restored her to perfect health.
  27. 3 points

    My tip of the day

    I went out to start my truck today and it wouldn't start. So I opened the 2 sides of the hood and looked in. I looked at all tje wiring and fuel make sure everything thing was alright. Took the gas line off and got sprayed by gas. Put it back together. I made sure all the wiring was where I pit it and tight. So here is where I figured it out after 2 hrs of searching. I looked at distributor and took the top metel clip off and was going take of bottom clip. No bottom clip. I had forgotten the bottom clip. So make sure you don't rush through stuff. I did and cost me 2 hrs of time for a clip. Anyways that's all I have to say. Could happen to anyone I guess.
  28. 3 points
    Prime and paint tonight!
  29. 3 points

    engine swap upgrade

    Risking "the jumping around, stay on topic" finger....just wanted to say that those of us in the central valley of California who regularly paint cars, know that the labels (almost all labels) say not to thin with a reducer.....its a clean air act deal, companies have to do this.....we thin our damn paints to get the right spray pattern etc.... Get the Hemi if its in the budget. Even if you never put it in a truck.....it will look great in your shop!!! 48D
  30. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    engine swap upgrade

    CAN OF WORMS.....lets open it up or at minimum kick the contents a bit...its not just engines that make the vehicle and define its category. People are very funny when they say they have an original car but yet when you look close, the changes start jumping every which way like popping corn with the lid off the pot. Small things, added gauges, tachometer, power this and that, stereo etc..paint instead of wood grain, wrong interior much less wrong fabric. Then you look and see things like the brakes are now modern, shocks relocated, maybe upgraded steering and worse case scenario, brand x engine. And, while the engine may be the flathead inline six it has been changed to such a degree it can no longer fit stock requirement if its very life depended on it, dual carbs, dual exhaust, most obvious distributor upgrade, alternator hanging off the side, aluminum radiator long before we start looking at aftermarket finned heads, valve chamber covers beehive this and that. Not a thing wrong with anything I have pointed out so far except to say these vehicles fit the gray area but yet the owners are calling them restored....poppycock, they perpetuating a lie, restored they are not, they are modified and mostly for safety or economy, some for show and some for go. Even if not modified for performance they would still best be referred to as a personalized vehicle (term I use to refer to my upgraded cars). These changes suited their needs or build taste or at least tickled their fancy if they bought them in this condition or worse than that, they bought it after being told by a guy in the shadows it was all stock. There is room for all of them, well maybe for all but those that went brand X engine or downright ratrod.....just, call them by the right name. And Tim be careful who you race to the candy store, they may win, they may have been talking about the store in the opposite direction of your burnt rubber marks and opening lights in the distance. A race begins with GO...but your reflexes have you smoking tires as the guy finishes the sentence with, "to the corner and make a right". Again, properly define the parameters....
  31. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    engine swap upgrade

    it is a known fact that a person buying an older car that wants the modern features integrated into it will pay for such integration while on the other hand the guy looking for an original example of the vehicle when new will ALSO pay for the originality of the vehicle. It is the gray areas in between and signs of less than professional application of either that will create a disturbance in the buying arena...both application can often be mutually priced based solely on level of finish.
  32. 3 points
    What is the fascination with high rpm? After a certain point you are fighting piston speed and more frictional losses than can be overcome in long stroke design. Any thing ever 3800 for a street vehicle is more about testosterone than technology.
  33. 3 points
    greg g

    Something to keep you busy for a while

    How many can you recognize? https://sites.google.com/site/identifyinginstrumentpanels/home/clusters-1930s
  34. 3 points
    The #4 main bearing is different because of material used and probably flange size thickness. This is noted in my old 1950's thru 1971 Federal Mogul books. Fluid Drive/ and TQ engines are noted as requiring a different # 4 rear main bearing....
  35. 3 points

    Show us your Christmas trucks

    Had to see what the forum could do with my animate gif.
  36. 3 points
    The only thing that really surprises me anymore is not having to use my GPS to get back home from the grocery store.
  37. 3 points
    Oh, I'd like to make this; to see trucks and put faces to names. I'll have to convince the wife. We have a cabin in Tahoe that we haven't used in 15 years! Hey honey, don't you think we should make a trip out to the cabin this year? Then later at the cabin; "Hey honey, look what I found just down the road in Clements?!"
  38. 3 points
    Brent said I had to.... 48D
  39. 3 points
    I have been thinking about this for years. I now have plenty of time to plan my work around it. Count me in if you’ll have me. I don’t see me hauling the semi. Way to much fuel involved.
  40. 3 points
    From having a head off a 218 as well as a 230 I can attest to the following observation; the pistons on the 218 at tdc are about 3/32nds of an inch below the surface of the top of the cylinder, the pistons of a 230 at tdc are nearly flush with the top of the cylinder. Throw in the thickness of the head gasket and this suggests that if the heads had the same cc combustion chamber the 218 would be smaller (less metal removed from the head) to make up for the distance between the top of the lower piston and the underside of the head. This would suggest that this 218 head when placed on a 230 would lead to an increased cr due to the smaller size of the chamber with the smaller piston to deck position. The highest HP 218 was early 54 showing 110 HP with 7.25 cr. An earlier 218 with 7/1 made 97 HP, while a year later it made 100 HP with 7.1 to 1 So while Hollanders suggests the heads interchange mechanically it makes no mention on what the swap does regarding cr or HP. So unless and until some one cc's certifiable stock heads, looks like its a crap shoot.
  41. 3 points
    Then there are after market choices. I am running wheel vintique style 20 smoothies. Mine are 15 x 5 with a 3.5 inch back space. They are drilled for Mopar/Ford and GM bolt patterns. One of the gm holes allows the locating pin to be retained. They don't have clips for the stock hubcaps so I run baby moons and trim rings. The good thing is they are new so no worries about bent rims rust or metal fatigue or cracks from being over torqued. I am running 225 75 15 on the rear and 205 75 15 on the fronts. The 225's said minimum 5.5 inch wide rim but going on 30,000 miles with no issues. I had a bit of rear fender rub on sharp turns but new spring and shackle bushings, and rear shocks took care of that.
  42. 3 points
    Went to the DMV yesterday to register the coupe with an original 1947 license plate. Before I went I phoned and was told that I had to have a front plate. In 47 they only made one plate and it was made out of soy. I came up with the bright idea to make one out of an old clipboard. It looks similar to the soyboard but stronger. I had a sign maker paint it and digtally reproduce the lettering and numbers. The very nice lady that I dealt with at the DMV told me that the oldest plate that they had codes for was 69 and that replica plates were not allowed. When I told her that they only made one plate per car for 47 she went to her supervisor. They called the DMV director, who looked at photos of the replica and original and said do it. He'd personally put a note in my file saying that he authorized it. They also phoned the main DMV to get a code to enter the year in the computer. While I was there I permanently registered it for an additional $30. That way I will not face a hassle in the future. 1st is the original, 2nd and 3rd are the copies. I'm going to keep the original soyboard one in the glovebox and run both replicas until they tell me that I can't.
  43. 3 points

    Hey All

    Just brought home my Dad's 1948 Desoto S-11 Custom Coupe that he has owned since 1978. He and Mom hauled my oldest daughter all over the upper Midwest, chasing down parts for the restore. Dad says that he'd put her on the roof an old car(she was 4 or 5) and she'd be able to spot the 46-48 DeSotos. It's a beautiful car that has a few mechanical issues, mostly with the Fluid Drive. Being a railroad equipment mechanic, though, there shouldn't be any system on the car that's beyond me. I hope. That's my Dad rooting through the tool box and my shadow. That little girl that hung with my Dad is pushing 40.
  44. 3 points

    New member, new car

    Hey all! Just found this forum and thought it’d be a fantastic place to gain some knowledge and see some cool cars... Just got my first old Mopar...a 1941 DeSoto S-8 2-door sedan. I’ve always loved the 1939-1942 Mopar stuff, and was like excited to snag this amazing project. Now that I’m home from college on breaks it’s a little easier to find the time to give it the love it needs. Looking forward to hearing from you guys!
  45. 3 points
    Brent B3B

    I dig it, just full up over here.

    It will be hard but, I am holding out to "ask for the check book and forgiveness " when I find another local fire truck , route van or school bus...... although it is pretty awesome looking ( I need more property..... )
  46. 3 points
    Jerry Roberts

    IFS question

    Do you have radial tires ? They make a big difference from the old bias ply tires on the grooved roads . Welcome to the forum .
  47. 3 points

    Anyone 'yabadadoo' their truck?

    Glass floor progress.
  48. 3 points

    Happy Thanksgiving

    To any up at this hour, and all others later.
  49. 3 points

    1940 Dodge D14 Build Thread

    Hello Folks still following this ... motor was installed Sunday, just getting around to uploading pics to this thread. Couple hiccups but nothing major. this motor has the oil pan sump forward ... so had to remove a steering arm temporarily until I put on the original pan ... need to clean up and paint to match. Hoping the pickup doesn't need to move, but this is doable if needed. She went in pretty easy and looking good. I've got the old oil pump that I knocked the drive gear off of to prime her ... need to work out accelerator linkage, recheck torques, fittings and the static timing and get ready to fire it up. stay tuned.
  50. 3 points

    Distributor points

    That's your opinion and you are welcome to it. I found the sentence structure humorous, that's all. "Guy has been living down the street for 2 years and didn't know it." It's not like he has dementia and I was making fun of that. Seems to me he is in full possession of his faculties and on the ball as far as tuning an old MoPar. Sheesh, lighten up.