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  1. 9 points
    The 3rd Annual P-15 Picnic was a great success. We even welcomed our first overseas visitor... a P15 owner from Holland who is planning to bring his car next year. It was a good day out...
  2. 7 points

    Appomatox - Chrysler 300's

    We were on a trip to Virginia over the weekend and pulled into Appomatox Court House and were pleasantly surprised to see the Chrysler 300 group had included it on their itinerary. There were 300's all the way from 1955 through the late 60's represented. If only I could afford it I would love to take possession of one of those beautiful cars. I like all of them but am particularly fond of the 1956 and 1960. (I owned a 1960 Windsor 15 year ago.) They had a gorgeous day to take their old cars out for a drive in the Virginia countryside. My 1950 Wayfarer is sold and will be making it's way to France soon. I have mixed feelings about selling but am happy it is going to a couple who really wanted a Wayfarer like mine.
  3. 7 points
    52b3b Joe

    What would you do??

    Well, I guess I'm a member of the Big Dodge Truck Club now! After over three years of thinking about this truck, I finally made an agreement with the owner. After taking a drive by it with Merle last week, it kind of pushed me over the edge to buy it. I kept going back and forth in my head on what to do, but now that its done, I feel great! We agreed on a price, and I'm hoping to pick it up next weekend. About an hour after I got off the phone with the owner, he pulled it out of the barn and aired up the tires for me. All the wheels roll and tires hold air (I was worried about that). He seemed excited that I was getting it and that I'd get it back on the road. He sent me the picture below. The bad news, it that it's definitely going to have to sit awhile before I can do anything with it. I'm fairly sure my wife would kill me if I start working on it right away lol. She was ok with buying it as long as I park it for a while. I still have my dad's 48 Desoto project to keep me busy in the meantime, but man is it going to tough not to tinker with it! On an side note, my wife and I were on our way to dinner in the 52 when the owner of the cab over returned my call, so I guess you can say I bought the 53 while sitting in the 52. (It was a nice Fall day to take the truck out. We put about 75 miles on it round trip)
  4. 6 points
    3.5 inch dropped uprights,3 inch lowering blocks.
  5. 6 points

    1940 Dodge D14 Build Thread

    My plan was to rebuild the 218 into a 230, with all the nice pep parts ... headers, dual carb intake, hotter cam, etc. So I priced all this, plus the machine work my motor would need during this rebuild, and then this fell into my lap ... a fellow selling a rebuilt 218 from a 53 truck. 40 over on the pistons, hotter cam, langdons headers, offenhauser intake, new water and oil pumps, converted distributor from slant 6 with pertronix ignitor, mopar internally regulated alternator ... nice motor, for the price of buying the parts to rebuild mine. I'll use this with my stock 3-speed.
  6. 5 points
    Dolly got to enter in her first ever car show. There was only one other Dodge pickup at the show (a old Powerwagon, you can see it in the background of one of the photos. She didn't get to be judged on Saturday because on the way home on Friday night the she quit charging. I found the problem on Sat ( a frayed wire), but we missed the judging part. But she got to enter up, drag main street, and hang out with the cool cars. Lots of folks commented on her-most say don't paint her.... the sunset picture was last week. I like that picture.
  7. 5 points

    Got myself a 1947 Dodge D24

    I found this car on Craigslist a couple weeks ago. For the price he was asking I couldn't let it go. The PO put quite a bit of money in this car: new tires, gas tank, brakes, interior, starter, generator,exhaust , radiator, I also got an extra engine with it. An extra carb and three extra generators. I replaced the head gasket because it was leaking coolant . The people who put interior in glues the carpet and foam pad to the rusty floor pan. I'm working right now on cleaning that mess up. Rebuilt carb because PO painted it and the paint got into the carb and gummed everything up. Seems to idle and drive pretty good. Need to fix auto choke yet. Paint isn't perfect and it has a few small spots of rust and will need new window rubber all the way around having fun with it!
  8. 5 points

    Woodgrain Thoughts

    Here is an example of the wood graining that I did while using the kit from Grain-it company. They have a metalplate willall of the various wood grains and then the appropriate base colors and then the top coats. The graining is applied with a soft rubber roller and is a simple process to do. This is an example of curly maple that was used on the 39 Desoto. Rich Hartung desoto1939@aol.comu
  9. 4 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    Radiator question

    Do not keep trying to top it off all the way to the top..there is to be expansion room in the top tank...second, do you have a digital infrared thermometer....this will allow you to ascertain the actual heat within the block throughout the cooing system...DO RUN a thermostat..it not only allows the block to warm up but when open the hole is of the proper size to allow the proper flow of water...not to big to prevent water from saturation but big enough to prevent oversaturation..is the timing a bit advanced by chance...makes them run very well but also allow them to run hotter temp wise..and lastly, did you take the time to purge the block before install to properly clean the sludge from the bottom of the block and inspect the distribution tube.....and ensure that the lower hose has a spring in it to prevent suction collapse if you have deleted the metal u-tube...
  10. 4 points
    Yes. You can trust the factory shop manual and Motors Automobile Repair Manuals. If they tell you something is that simple,it is that simple. My only additional suggestions would be to tape a piece of cardboard cut to the size of the radiator core to the radiator to keep from accidentally damaging any fins accidentally, as well as to save the skin on your hands. Old radiator cores are nasty things,and they create nasty,infected cuts that make your hands sore. The next thing to do is remove the fan before you loosen the fan belt or do anything else. Putting the fan back on should be the next to last thing you do,and removing the cardboard should be the last thing you do. Don't ask me how I know this.
  11. 4 points

    New 1950 dodge Truck to me

    The hook above the steering wheel was probably used for a defroster fan...
  12. 4 points
    52b3b Joe

    What would you do??

    Well, it made it home! I took our yard truck and trailer to pick it up. Loading it was a breeze, I used the knuckle boom on the truck to pull it up on the trailer. The truck definitely has its fair share of rust, but it's definitely not too far gone. I decoded the serial number and it's a 1952. It's a B3JM161. I'll post more pictures this weekend of it. I'm just happy I finally have it!
  13. 4 points

    1955 C1B Build Thread

    Making progress! 325 inches of vintage hemi! New pistons sure look nice. I really like the Clay Smith double roller timing set with 9 way keyway. Running at 2 degrees advanced for a bit more torque. Original engine deck measured .013 difference from corner to corner and the pistons were .090 down in the bore with a calculated 7.0:1. New pistons are .005 down in the bore and will be 9.5:1.
  14. 4 points
    I guess it has been almost a year since I bought the puppy. Being a 61 it is not a GT that was the moniker given to the same body I have in 1962..in 61 the two door hardtop was simply called a sport coupe. Pretty basic little car for a 770 top of line trim, it does however sport power steering of all things. Cast iron 170 /6. So far all I have done is clean the points, worked the carb a bit, fixed a door latch, repaired the steering wheel center cover, welded the fuel tank and replaced the rear spring with a set from a 68 Dodge Dart...sits nice now. I have my electronic ignition ready to go on but not yet have done the deed....current distributor has a bad vacuum advance and not worth messing with with the intent to go electronic. I found a parts car afterwards and grabbed it for chump change and it is a 62 GT Hubcaps and trim rings are in the trunk..provide an excellent finishing touch.
  15. 4 points
    Hello everyone! I feel very fortunate to have a 1937 Dodge Pickup that my great, great grandfather purchased brand new. It's been in the family since day one and it's all original. My grandpa's best recollection is that it was last truly "driven" in the 90's. It's been parked at a property of ours since and started periodically. It honestly fires right up and will certainly drive but has no brakes so when I move it I just use the parking brake. Clearly brakes are most important but beyond that I'm trying to give it a little "life". No clue the last time the oil was changed, probably 25 years ago, so I'll do that but I can't for the life of me figure out where or even IF there is an oil filter. I've tried to look at images and forums but from what I see, I simply don't have one? Next up would be it smoking, when it's first fired up or really anytime you give it a fair amount of gas it smokes like hell, part of me says this is a combination of very old gas which almost surely doesn't have any lead in it, likely 25-40 year old plugs, an oil bath air filter (had no idea those existed!), super old oil that's likely worthless and more. What I hope is it's not terrible valve stem seals, oil rings etc. So, I'm planning to order all new wheel cylinders, a master cylinder (I figure it's cheap insurance vs one that's been bone dry for who knows how long), all new hoses, oil, considering water pump but not sure it needs one, oil pan gasket, spark plugs, rear axle seals (leaked on the passenger side when drums were removed). Any other ideas, suggestions etc? It seems the transmission leaks as well, I'll address all that once I get a better understanding on where things sit. Simply trying to see how close to road worthy she is for now, not that I'll be putting many miles on it, just don't want to break it if I don't have to. None of the tires match and all are bias ply and I must assume with a tube. What's the best route there? My guess is the wheels aren't really designed for a modern tubeless/radial tire? Shocks will be done amongst other things. I guess I'm mostly just looking to see if I end up needing to tear out the motor/trans and rebuild before I spend much time on the other parts. But, I'd love all of your input! Currently the plan is to order all of the parts from dcmclassics.com - Good or bad idea? I'm 100% open to suggestions Here's a couple videos of her running. Many months between starts (shame on me I know)
  16. 4 points
    Eaton springs front and rear. Fatman dropped uprights. Relocated frt shock
  17. 4 points
    One coil cut with 2" blocks on the rear, 6x15 and 7x15 Wheel Vintique Chrome Smoothies with 195/65x15 and 235/65x15 Coker Classic Radials, standard wheel backspace cleared front and rear inner/outer and improved steering and general driveability..........andyd
  18. 3 points

    Chrysler Industrial Transplants

    My tug with the 218 Industrial.
  19. 3 points

    1940 Dodge D14 Build Thread

    Hello everyone. I wanted to start a one-place thread to update the group on this build. I have a couple little threads out there, but this one will tell the story (comedy or tragedy, we'll see) on the breathing new life into my 1940 Dodge D14. To tell the story, we have to rewind to 2008 ... that is when I sold my 1973 Stingray. The wife and I then got a boat ... and you know what they say about those. Fast forward through 7 years or so of nagging her until she finally caved and agreed to get another car ... her only requirement, it needed to have 4 doors ... done. I knew I wanted to get a prewar car and I started this adventure in 2015 looking to get a 1937 Desoto. The deal fell through the day I was going to pick it up - the seller decided not to sell it/ or sold it to someone else, I'll never know now. A few weeks went by and I found this 1940 gem for sale in Pennsylvania ... called the guy and went right out to take a look. Here are the photos when we looked at it/brought it home back in 2015. Cutting it close on the prewar era and some say it;s not ... but it was made by the US in the US and we were still technically not IN the war until 41 ... that's my story!
  20. 3 points

    Woodgrain Thoughts

    Finished the P20 dash today. Clear coat, wet sand, last clear coat. Painted the gauge panel and glove box door. I’ll have to do the door and window trim now.
  21. 3 points
    Suggest you take a look at the Diamondback Tires website. I bought tires from them for my P15. You can specify the whitewall width you want, since they attach the whitewall to the tires. I don't recall what the price was, except that they were cheaper than Coker. I've been very happy with mine, and they've been on the car for about 6 years now. (Mine are 3" wide)
  22. 3 points
    Frank Elder

    Vacuum wiper conversion??

    Rain x works great if you start out with a very clean wind shield and follow the instructions to the letter.....why not hook a vacuum canister up inline between the engine and your wipers to boost vacuum? They really suck.........lol.
  23. 3 points
    52b3b Joe

    What would you do??

    They only offered 6 cylinders in these, and I plan on keeping it stock. I want it to drive like it did when it was new.
  24. 3 points
    Since the original post stated lowered cars and trucks, I thought I would add my truck. The question comes up on how to lower them quite a bit. Up front, Nostalgia Sid dropped the front axle 3". Also new front springs with the second from the bottom leaf removed. Out back, new 7 leaf springs from McVeigh spring. Starting at second from the bottom, removed every other leaf and left a total of four. Also used the Willy's shackles instead of the Dodge for a bit more drop.
  25. 3 points
    Randy Curran

    Lowered the '41 today.

    Cut 1 and 1/2 coils up front and 3" blocks in the rear. Rides way better no more 'floaty' feeling. Yes that's a technical term. It's getting there!
  26. 3 points

    New Flat Truck Owner

    HI, I am looking for any advise people might have about making my truck more reliable. I have just a acquired my 53 fargo pick up from a guy here in BC. I am missing a horn ring and some of the electrics are not working at all. I am guessing the wiring harness and the grounding there of are problems on older trucks. Look forward to being an active member of the forum. Best, Eugene.
  27. 3 points

    Let's see your other rides

    I didn't think about posting motorcycle pics!! This is my 1968 Norton Atlas 750. Lots of engine mods, and now that it's finished; still didn't have cables and stuff on in this pic; I've decided it's too purty to ride. I have a '62 Norton 650SS for riding, at least as long as I'm still able to kick it over.
  28. 3 points
    Don Coatney

    Over Heating

    That is totally incorrect. The spring on the thermostat goes towards the engine block. When the thermostat opens hot coolant enters the top of the radiator and cools as it drops to the bottom of the radiator where it returns to the suction side of the pump to be circulated through the engine.
  29. 3 points
    Most of the people I've known that put after market cams in an engine tend to be heavy on the throttle, and wind 'em up to feel the extra power and acceleration. These flatheads are torque engines and do not like high RPM's. If you put an Isky, or any cam other than stock in, keep the grind mild and don't continually wind it up. The hotter you make an engine, the shorter its life. These flatheads are best enjoyed for what they are. I love the way I can slow to 10 mph in high gear, ease into the throttle, and it just starts pulling. No bucking and jumping, it just goes. An important feature when they were made and the roads were poor.
  30. 3 points
    Got a link to that article? FWIW, pretty much every law I've seen or heard about regarding automotive equipment had a "manufactured on or after" clause in it. Heck the last I checked, the California Motor Vehicle Code still has the details about what you need to do to be legal with solid rubber tires (seen that on a big truck in the last 90 or so years?) and carbide headlights (seen that on a car in the last 100 years?). Both of those are legal but may have the same restrictions now they had way back when (e.g. there is a pretty slow maximum speed for vehicles with solid rubber tires).
  31. 3 points
    Reg Evans

    265 Engine Color opinions

    You would be bored......they are all Silver. I did do this to one of my 23" 230's just to mess with lookers.
  32. 3 points
    Don Coatney

    How to keep the mice away?

    I have never been able to smell moth balls. My fingers are too big to get there little legs apart.
  33. 3 points
    Young Ed

    Gates 42554 water pump

    how is one 218 and one 230? I thought they were the same pump including the long 6s
  34. 3 points
    Todd B

    How to keep the mice away?

    The only way that would work for me would be to MOVE.
  35. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    town sedan ??

    Hey Frankie, not a problem, Tell Emsey that I am dry today except for perspiration from working on the house. We are now again in need of rain. The ground soaked Erma up like a sponge....I had my feet wet many times during the storm going out to clear this or that..one time I took the chain saw down the street to cut huge oaks that had blown down across the road blocking both lanes. Lady told me as I walked back to the house that she had called the county, they came out, looked at the mess, the limbs still swaying in the breeze and got in their truck and left...I could never sleep at night knowing that was there and the possibility that an elderly neighbor may need emergency ambulance service and they had to find an alternate route to their house.
  36. 2 points

    Cracked block now what.

    You can have your your block repaired ... but might be a little costly. I recently just finished this max Wedge up...cracked both sides front to rear.. had to save all the factory casting details and numbers. I stitched pinned it (Lock-N- Stitched it).
  37. 2 points
    You can avoid the cost of electric wiper conversion kits and still have electric wipers....get a rear wiper motor from an s-10 blazer....it is a back and forth not a circle motor...the sweep is close to what you need...a few pieces from the hardware store and some creative bracketry and you're all set ...12 v of course ...about $20 will do it..
  38. 2 points
    jesse harvey

    Problem bleeder my brakes.

    old school trick...adjust brake shoes out until you lock the wheels..all 4 rebleed brakes...if pedal is hard. the problem is in shoe adjustment... maybe this will help jesse
  39. 2 points
    Oh Mom's been on my Harley DJ. She's always up to try anything. I let the Harley go after I fell in love with those early car curves. Took me a minute, but I found it... Derailing my own thread here. It's not Mopar. However it was a stepping stone on my way to my Chrysler.
  40. 2 points

    48 Desoto Project

    My battery tray looked about the same. I was thinking of naming my car Patches.
  41. 2 points

    Amazing '53 B4B for sale

    Now I can raise my prices on parts!
  42. 2 points
    One of those to each his own things. Personally, I dig it but I build custom cars and motorcycles so I can appreciate the work. Not a big fan of skirts but the owner must like them. Would be a boring world if everybody drove the same car. I don't think anybody is lucky to have their car stolen.........
  43. 2 points
    I drive my 52 blue truck according to both the vehicle and the road conditions, but it seems that travelling at around 50 mph on the freeways seems to suit the truck much better than travelling at the posted 60 (or 70) speed limits. I'm still running bias ply tires so there is some slight movement to the contours of the road, which has been greatly minimized by a rebuilt steering box! The old blue truck has done a few of short bursts at 75 mph, but 50-55 mph seems much better to me. I will change over to the 3.54 diff soon... not for more speed but rather to decrease overall engine revs whilst travelling. I recall back in 2012 when I took the original owner of my 52 truck for a drive around his block - he (Ernest) was only a young 95 years of age back then! I told him that we would go around the long block which would include a short trip down the freeway. He questioned me as to whether the old truck would drive fast enough for the freeway, so I thought that showing him would be the best way of answering his question. I stuck to about 55 mph as I didn't think that he would appreciate any quicker than that. It appeared to be the trip of a lifetime for Ernest and a day that he said he would never forget. In my opinion though, things are a little different here on our Aussie highways in comparison to driving in USA. I have driven with Hank (and Rod) from Torrance to the BBQ in Clements on 2 occasions now and found driving on California highways a real experience. It seems that most people over there drive at 15-20 mph above the limit, and they think that anyone who passes them wants to race! A lot of the driver's appeared impatient and agitated, and sounding of the horn and offering hand gestures was not uncommon! I am grateful that freeway driver's are a lot more forgiving here in Oz as that makes for more of a pleasant journey along the highway whilst travelling slightly below the posted speed limit.
  44. 2 points

    Me and the Meadowbrook

    As I've said many times before, the dogs love to go with on rides. Our female started off lying on the floor, but then she moved up onto the seat. They wanted to see what was going on when I was filling up with gas and cleaning the windshield.
  45. 2 points

    Got myself a 1947 Dodge D24

    I've got a D24. I bought it in 98 with a hole in cylinder 5. I had the engine rebuilt, replaced rusted out floor and rocker panels with my welder, and put it back together with the help of a few gentleman on this site. It's been my daily driver at times except in the winters of course. I drive her back and forth to Michigan every year. One of my favorite places to be is behind the wheel of my D24. Here is a photo of her on the way back from MI. Just posting all this to let you know of the fun that's in store for you.
  46. 2 points

    town sedan ??

    The Packard Clipper was designed by Howard "Dutch" Darrin and was the first car to be built by Briggs for Packard. Briggs rarely did styling work for Chrysler or Packard as both companies had their own styling staff. The Chrysler Corp. town cars had a slope at the rear end that was identical to the six window sedan and not as drawn out as the Clipper. Not surprising, really, as the luggage compartment lid of the town sedan was the same as used on the two door sedan, the six window four door sedan, and the LWB sedans. You can see this if you look at the New Yorker town sedan, which is more of a side view to match the Clipper photo. Briggs made bodies for Plymouth, including the 1942 town sedans. But again, the rear of the town sedan was the same as the six window sedan. There were differences in roof stampings for the C pillar, the section behind the rear doors. The rear fenders for each make were the same for all body styles and thus the Mopar town sedan rear ends look stumpy from the side view in comparison to the Clipper . As I stated earlier, Briggs did not build all the bodies for Chrysler Corp. The body used for Dodge, DeSoto and Chrysler from 1941 was built in Chrysler Corp body plants. And they shared a great number of stampings, including the luggage lid for all their sedans - 2 door, 4 door six window, town sedan and LWB sedan. Only Plymouth relied on Briggs for bodies, either the Mack Avenue plant or the Evansville body plant located south west of Plymouth's assembly plant. Attached is a side view shot of a 1941 DeSoto Town Sedan and the rear quarter shot of a 1941 Dodge Town Sedan. You can clearly see how short the tail end is in comparson to the Packard Clipper and how the rear slopes down from the roof to the bumper.
  47. 2 points
    52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    Here are pictures of the previous two weeks worth of work. This side was a lot worse than the other. I had to make a lot of panels in the A pillar area, and I had to get into the floor a little more too. I am farther along than the pictures (I didn't take any pictures this week). I have the drivers inner and rockers in and welded. I have the rear dog leg by the fender repaired, and the rear wheel well is rust-free now. All I have left is to fit and install one small floor patch and the sill plates. I feel like I'm getting there though! After this is done, I will move on to the rear of the body by the trunk (two small patches), and it will need a patch in each fender it looks like. I am hoping to get some of the filler and blocking done this year in hopes to paint it in the spring (or late fall maybe). It would be really nice to get the body done and painted before it gets too cold so we can assemble it in the winter. I'm probably being too optimistic though, but time will tell! You can also see the damage on the doors that I'll have to straighten. I worked on them a few hours already, but I have a long way to go. Its going to a challenge with a black car! Once again - Disclaimer - I'm no expert!
  48. 2 points

    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Okay I got the exhaust leak fixed. Thanks Andy Douglas, that indeed was the right size bolt for the manifold. Also, thanks YoungEd for the advice. Taking it out for a cruise in 20 minutes
  49. 2 points
    White Spyder

    Plymouth Truck

    I was over at a friends shop and he was working on this.....
  50. 2 points

    Woodgrain Thoughts