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  1. 9 points
    Don Coatney

    scarebird brake conversion

    I told my wife if I passed she should sell all my stuff as I don't want some other ass hole using my things should she remarry. She said to me what makes you think I would marry another ass hole.
  2. 8 points
    I drive my 52 3/4 ton Dodge truck every day. It is the only vehicle I own. I knew when I started on it it was going to be my daily driver so I built it accordingly. I have put over 10,000 miles on it so far....and so far so good. Here it is in front of my shop this morning. We are finally getting a bit of rain. Jeff
  3. 7 points
    here are a few photo's I took.......
  4. 7 points
    The rain (believe it or not!) has made the clean up process difficult...so I hope y'all love (lawn) grass...lol. The BBQ is almost here.... as it always happens, a few forum names will come up....some asking questions like "wonder what he's like?" "wonder if he'll come out next year?" or "wouldn't it be great if that guy was here, I'd like to talk with him". It's what created the "Wish You Were Here Award". An award that reminds everyone on the forum, no matter where you're at, you're invited!! Past winners: 2008 Don Coatney 2009 Merle Coggins 2010 Hank aka HanksB3B 2011 Ed aka Young ED 2012 Bud aka Budstruck 2013 Tim Adams aka Plymouthy Adams 2014 Mark aka ggdad1951 and Davin aka Desotodav 2015 Joe Hanely aka 52b3 Joe 2016 Dave aka Dave72dt 2017 Rob aka Dodge4ya This year, its a guy who has every post logged, filed, tagged, or I'm sure, memorized! You can never be sure how many trucks he actually has, because I believe he's like the rest of us and has enough pieces stashed away to actually build another truck. He's always willing to offer a link to a well thought out post he made/read, or share new insight on a recent experience. Its always been the best part about the trucksite, I think, people's abilities to share ideas, and he has been great about it! You can't help but notice when someone puts in an effort like that and I hope he has many more posts to share in the long haul. So here's to you! • 2018 JBNeal • Congratulations Sir!!! Look for your trophy in the mail my friend. 48D
  5. 7 points
    Drive mine also about 20 - 25 miles a week
  6. 7 points
    When it's dry and sunny I drive my cars and trucks.....
  7. 6 points
    It was great to see DollyDodge at the bbq. It was inspiring to see the meticulous effort used in preserving such a beautiful old truck (and just a couple more payments befor it’s his). I hope he will make the effort to make the trip again. If not, maybe a trip to Bishop and a night at the hotel Winnedumah in Independence.
  8. 6 points
    Thanks to everyone at the picnic for such a great day. I had a wonderful day, and met so many nice people. I enjoyed the BBQ a great deal, an amazing amount of wonderful food. Thanks for all the help unloading and loading Dolly. I will post more pictures, but first I have to reduce thier size and will do that tomorrow. Dolly and I left Bishop at 3:15 AM and got home at 8:30 PM, it was a grand day. Dolly loves her trophy!
  9. 6 points
    What an awesome time!!!! Good weather, good friends, good food and GREAT vehicles Sadly, going back home to the rain tomorrow.... oh well at least I have a sun burn Here is a little "wish you were here" pose to all who couldn't make it this time from myself, Mark, Tim, John T. and Jeremiah's arm...
  10. 6 points
    Reg Evans

    Whose Truck Got A Workout?

    Here are a few shots of my trucks from the past at PLAY.
  11. 6 points

    '50 Plymouth arrived

    Finally, snow broke and melted, and I got my '50 Plymouth home. Brakes need work, they stop but don't sound good. It's probably rust but I have to be sure. I don't think the guy was 100% truthful although he wanted to seem that way.. But I can work with it. I planned on Scarebird front brakes anyway, but I might have to rebuild the rears. It does drive pretty smooth and the engine feels strong
  12. 6 points
    Dolly Dodge has plans to attend. Still working on getting a trailer for her. UHaul won't rent one to me for her. I have one lined out that friend said I can use. I will have to go over and back in a day, but at least she will make one of the BBQs.
  13. 6 points
    2016 we were given "longest distance" (on the front table next to the Coke can) last year we were given a couple...... " tough trucker" for me and "best in progress" for Julie. I was very excited about both awards until we got home and Julie made sure hers was just a little bit higher on the shelf 1 year later and I think I am offended!
  14. 6 points
    Have had my '47 P15 since 1973. Gets driven occasionally. Engine is a 1957 model flathead 6 and still have 6V electrical system. Drives better nowadays since installing a set of www radials. Has new paint, new top and new interior following our big tornado in 2011.
  15. 6 points

    Cranbrook Stumbled Upon - Now What?

    In 2001 I purchased my 1939 Plymouth pickup for $1600. My wife said I could buy if I could find a place to store it because I couldn't bring it home until I was ready to work on it. I found a storage lot that would let me store an untitled and unlicensed vehicle. That was 2001, it's now 2018 the truck is still in the storage lot, I don't even want to think what I've paid in storage fess but it's at least 4X what I paid for the truck and I still have at least 2 projects in front of the truck before I can bring it home. Now my advice, if it's not your dream car you've always wanted and could never find, file away the farmers name and let him store it for free. Check back every year or so to see if the price has come down or when you are closer to being able to start the project. Chances are it will still be there in a couple years in the same condition it's in now. If it's not then there are other 51 Plymouths out there waiting for you. Rich H
  16. 5 points

    Been a while: My '49 Coronet

    Been awhile since I have been here ( life is just too busy) so thought I would show you what I have been up to. I know it is not everyones "cup of tea" but I built it my way. In the style of a 60's mild traditional custom. The only drivetrain mod has been the addition of a t5 5 speed. Here are some pics. Currently building a 1954 Plymouth Plaza Wagon too.
  17. 5 points
    Maybe ( in a perfect world ) there are a dozen New Yorkers in the parking garage and you just got into the wrong one !
  18. 5 points
    I love Tim and Steph's PUG....I mean COE. AND...glad to see last year's evidence made the journey with "Brendt" and Julie. Ooops, I mean Brent.
  19. 5 points
    ok here is my last post on the "Q" this year (no promises ) I think 48D got a little bored after the BBQ was over a gave a few of us a ride in his truck...... he would probably still be driving if he hadn't ran out of gas. LOL sure was fun, then he gave GGdad1951 a ride thanks again 48D and bride! you sure know to make everyone feel welcome and at home.
  20. 5 points
    That was fun. When's the next one?
  21. 5 points

    Fantasy to Reality

    Hello everyone. My newest projects came to me from my father that passed away in December of 2017. He kept these trucks for over 40 years, in a garage and I drooled over them since I knew how to walk. I will do them justice and honor my dad by putting them back into service, just the way he had them, years ago. I just wanted to share these with everybody. Wish me luck!
  22. 5 points
    Meet Horace, 1951 Wayfarer, fewer than 60,000 miles. Wonderful summer driver with the cowl vent and vent wings open. Who needs AC?
  23. 5 points
    Drive my P15 440 powered sedan to several shows or cruises weekly from mid April thru early Nov. Drive from Wales, WI (village 1/2 hour West of Milwaukee) to Back to the 50s (St. Paul, MN) every year for the last 20 years, made a trip to Tampa's Nats SE and Daytona Turkey Run on '02 (about 3200 miles with side trips along the way) and have been to the NSRA Nationals in Louisville and Nats North in Michigan.
  24. 5 points
    Frank Elder

    The Few, The Proud.........

    I pulled up at Napa today to get my swill and bs with the other car guys, and met my new hero purely by accident. He was sitting in the corner looking over some publications while waiting his turn at the counter. A bright eyed and sharp specimen of 90 plus.....when he saw my Navy cover he piped up and said Are you a F@#$%^g Squid or did you steal that F!@#$%g hat ? I said I am a F!@#$%^g Squid whats it to you you miserable puke........he laughed and introduced himself. He said his name was Eddie but his friends call him Steady Eddie or just Steady. He talked about his days in Uncle Sam's Misguided Children and how much civilians suck....I agreed and told him about my Navy days....it was a good time. I could see his ball cap was red and gold but it was a plain hat and had nothing special written on it other than USMC. Eddie turned 16 the month after he landed on Iwo Jima and was 40 when he left Viet Nam........ This should have been what he should have been wearing. He was only in Omaha for several days and I got to met a real Hero....I feel so blessed.
  25. 5 points

    Changing jobs after 25years

    Well after careful consideration and evaluation I have accepted a new job offer. I have been at my present job for 25years as a maintenance tech. I really hate to leave but the opportunity just seems too good. At my old job overtime was always the norm. It had become overwhelming in the last few years. Been wearing me down. I had almost become apathetic tword my 46 Plymouth project and a few others. The new job will be a weekend days shift. I will be working three 12 hour days and getting paid for 40hrs. I will have 4days a week off with the new job among other perks such as a very significant raise that will almost equal the overtime pay I was receiving. Other perks are a much shorter drive, profit sharing and a it's very solid company. I've been so excited about it all. My youngest daughter who still lives at home is also excited. We have lots of plans for the summer. Fishing, camping and bike riding just to name a few. It's kinda scary making a change after so long. I will loose my comfort zone but I think the potential benefits outweigh the risk. Wish me luck guys!
  26. 5 points
    Picked up a new project last week. Really, really excited about it. I'm over 50 and have always had vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. Have an extensive background in mechanics. Although, this truck has me a little stumped. The the previous owner bought this 1949 but never got around to working on it or get it running. He said it was a one ton truck. From the research I've been doing it looks more like a 1.5 ton truck. By the remnants of the door lettering this vehicle was once a Phillips 66 oil company truck out of Aurora Colorado. At some point it ended up in Louisiana. I can't seem to locate any info online regarding Dodge oil company or oil field trucks with exception to fuel trucks. Not sure what this truck was used for or what type of bed was originally on it. Appears a different bed was installed and homemade rear fender wells mounted. You can see center of rear axle doesn't line up with center of bed/fender well area. Kind of have the feeling someone shortened the wheelbase. Even is this is true I find the short wheel base large dual wheeled truck fascinating and very appealing. I also think it had a two speed rear axle, but it doesn't look to have it anymore. It still retains the flat head six cylinder coupled to a four speed transmission. There is a pull knob, left of the steering wheel, for a PTO. And the PTO cable routes under the cab ending near the right side of the transmission but is sitting in the right side of the frame. The is nothing attached to the transmission. Just the pto block off plate. In front the the rear differential, on the left inside of frame, is a large vacuum diaphragm. Not certain yet but appears to be a master cylinder attached to the vacuum diaphragm with brake lines going to it. Think it was used to trailer pulling purposes? Enough of my talk for now. Check out photos and please share feedback. Thanks
  27. 5 points
    I drive mine every 2 or 3 days,..car shows and to the local hardware store. Always fun to get the thumps up and comments like. "we had one of those when I was a kid." About 35K miles since frame off and V8 engine install. Second pic shows Granddaughters first drive in an old car.
  28. 5 points
    Hey i use to drive as a daily my 41 dodge luxury liner coup, it’s more a 2nd car now but i use it in all weather conditions, all original, engin run like new, 3 on tree no fluid drive and bias ply tires make it a real confortable car and now i just buy a 42 chrysler windsor, this car need to be serviced before taking the road again but body in very good shape paint need to be polished i’m gonna use it like my dodge. both with the original flat 6 engin from factory
  29. 5 points
    Reg Evans

    1942 Business Coupe Victory model

    Here's my 42 D 22. The engine number starts with D 22. Maybe the D 23 was used for the later blackout models.
  30. 5 points


    I tow this with my 1948 17,000 mile New Yorker with standard brakes and tyres.Its not been difficult.
  31. 4 points

    Great Race

    Hi..l had mentioned our 34 Plymouth in a previous thread but recently uncovered some buried information...l will share it with you after a brief forward... l acquired the car in 1964 from my grandfather...he had been using it as a storage container...l almost allowed the car to suffer a similar fate but some high school kids and the Great Race intervened in 2002...now here we are in 2018 and l see the same scenario slowly developing again...what follows is a transcription of what l wrote for the Great Race in 2002.. The woman who owned the car was Mabel Payne. She lived in Glendale on Louise St across the driveway from my mother and Grandmother. In 1936 my grandmother relocated to Armstrong Ave in Los Angeles and Ms Payne and the Plymouth accompanied her. Ms Payne passed away in 1942 and my grandmother "inherited" the Plymouth. I remember riding in the car with Grandma...l couldn't see out of the windshield but l can clearly remember the beautiful oval instrument panel and her wrinkled arthritic hand on floor gearshift. Grandma passed away in 1958...l was 10 years old. The car sat in the garage...we would go to visit Grandpa and l would go out and sit in the Plymouth. I pestered my father incessantly about the Plymouth... he finally relented and one day he and l made the trip from Whitter to West LA to maybe see if we could talk Grandpa out of the Plymouth. Negotiations were successful and we towed the car with Dads homemade tow bar out to Whittier. The winter of 64-65 was spent in the garage.. I knew next to nothing about what we were doing but l had read and re read an old copy of Automotive Essentials by Ray F. Kuns for hours and hours in anticipation of the big day when we would be putting the Plymouth on the road. One day Dad said Ok we're going to rewire the whole car from headlight to taillight. I said "What for, the wires look ok to me" He said "Take out all the wiring and don't cut or break anything" Ok fine. He then presented me with a wiring diagram which l had no idea where he got it and said "Look at the picture and follow it, it's not that hard.. No new harness, no schooling, just do it.. I began by going to the auto parts store and buying 5 or 6 spools of different color wire. I bought the braided although the plastic insulated was available l thought the braided looked more like what l had taken out. I learned to solder the terminals..Crimp ons were available l think but we didn't have a crimping tool and the solder terminals were much cheaper. Then came the brakes and l have never struggled with a mechanical job before or since like l did with those brakes. Dad said we'd start with the wheel cylinders.. He sent me to the store for wheel cylinder kits and paint thinner and emery cloth. The fronts were easy..just take off the big nut in the center and the drum pulls right off... But the backs...l quickly found out they're not the same.after hours and hours of sweating, prying.. dad said" ok loosen the big nut but only a turn or two"..he then got out his BIG sledge and hit the end of the axle so hard l thought it would come out the other side..."ok try it now" I cleaned and cleaned and ran that emery cloth through the cylinders, installed the new seals and filled the master with fluid and was feeling pretty good about my developing auto skills until l got in the car and pushed the brake pedal to the floor. I must have pushed that pedal a thousand times...to the floor. When Dad got home that evening he informed me about a process called "bleeding the brakes" He said to get in the car and listen for his instruction. "Down...up...down...up..." As if by magic, after a few minutes of this we had brakes.. There is a lot more stuff to tell but you know what it is...the same stories you could tell too.. Now to prevent the old Plymouth from returning to its roots as a storage container ,through a truly interesting chain of events.. we may have the opportunity to have it accepted in an automotive museum.. Just wanted to share.. Tom
  32. 4 points

    Just picked up my 49 dually

    Just leaving Brimson, Mn with my"new" 49.
  33. 4 points
    Another excellent day picked by Tim...don’t know how ya do it buddy! You and Steph did another great job along with the team of buds that get you set up every year! ...and I finally got an award after six years! I feel so privileged and would like to thank the academy! Ha! I got more stuff I can leave layin around up there if you want!...thanks again for babysitting ol Red for me....actually, this could get me motivated to get the ol Flathead back to life and drive ol Blue up to #12.... guess we’ll see! Hope y’all Enjoyed the brisket as well! Maybe next year it will be some smoked pork...great job all around and Thanks again! Will be looking for more pics!
  34. 4 points

    Show your tools.

    This morning I drove my wife to the city. She wanted to shop. As we seldom shop together, I headed off to find something of interest to me and remembered reading in yesterday's paper of a sale,(someone selling assorted tools out of a garage in the industrial area). The sale had been on for a couple hours when I arrived. Speaking with the fellow having the sale, I was a bit late arriving and there wasn't much left. Apparently he bought the contents of a garage belonging to an elderly gent who was entering an assisted living facility. I was sorry I hadn't arrived earlier , but I did buy this tripod bumper jack . He was asking $10.00 for it. It is a MoPar jack, still had the tag on it. In marker pencil on the jack, the number 1710284 with price $9.95.- I'm thinking maybe early 1950's? I like this type of jack and have used them often.
  35. 4 points
    I drove some 300+ miles today enroute to the BBQ. First I drove back roads through the foothills to the west of home to San Juan Baptista to possibly pick up a VW Thing frame. I bought it but determined it was too large a load for my truck. That was about 140 miles. Then from there to Tims was another 160 miles. That was a much lager day than I had imagined. The lad pics are of the road through the hills, the church near Hollister, CA, the view from the hill where the frame is. I arrived at Tims around 8:30, 12 hours after leaving home.
  36. 4 points
    Sooooo glad to be here..... "sunny and 75" got to say, unloaded the truck.... turned my back..... and these two guys hopped in and drove off! (Pass= 48dodger, driver= ggdad1951) sure hope they come back soon.....
  37. 4 points
    My baby got new shoes for the picinic.
  38. 4 points

    Cylinder Corrosion

    I had checked the valve guide dimensions before taking it in and they measured OK so I didn't have the shop replace them. I think the previous owner replaced them sometime before I bought the truck. The shop I dealt with took quite a while to do the work. The main problem according to them is that the spray welding process is time consuming. The block had to be heated to something like 450 degrees F before the pitted areas could begin to be spray welded. That only gave the welder about three minutes of welding time before the block had to be re-heated. Actually, the cost of the welding, sleeving, valve seat replacement and seat cutting wasn't all that bad - a little over a thou. They also spray welded the corroded water jacket holes on the bottom of the head and then milled a few thousandths off the head as well. Do I like spending money like this, well no, but for it's all about saving a nice piece of automotive history, keeping the original engine, learning some new skills, making friends, learning patience, and hopefully ending up with a cool little truck.
  39. 4 points
  40. 4 points

    Casting trim

    OK, so this cropped up on the frame swap thread, but I thought it might be worth putting in a separate thread. My car had most of the brightwork deleted some while ago, and being a Plodge, the chances of finding a Dodge hood ornament that would fit on a Plymouth hood was slim. I did, however, manage to find a correct 1941 Dodge one, but that was very short and clearly intended to join onto trim parts that weren't ever present on the Canadian Dodge. I also acquired a 1949 one, and that looked like a far better bet, but again was intended to connect to the long trim panel covering the central hood hinge. It would be fine, if only I could find a way to create a new end section for it... There is a lot of good info on HAMB about the joys of trying to weld, cast and replate potmetal, but as my emblem was not exactly show quality anyway, I figured I had nothing to lose. To start the process, I beat a sheet of aluminium to match the slope of the top of the hood ornament by laying it in the groove of a decking board and beating it with a brick bolster and a 2lb hammer. Quite satisfying. Next, I took a strip of aluminium and folded and beat it to the outline I wanted for my new end cap. Because this had to sit in the 'v' shaped plate, it needed a bit of surgery from the tin snips and a die grinder before it was a reasonably snug fit. Now the whole lot was assembled, with some copper wire used to to tighten the whole thing up, and the gaps round the outside sealed with modelling clay. The mould was filled with 1" lengths of plumbers' solder and then this was melted with a blowtorch. Once it had all cooled, the excess is easily trimmed away with a surform file, or any other tool that takes your fancy. Now, if I were doing this again, I might suggest the following: Use lead free solder initially. It has a very slightly higher melting point than lead/tin solder Use lead/tin solder to very carefully fill in any imperfections or voids Consider coating the hood ornament with flux to help adhesion. All a bit of an experiment, really, but it seems to work...
  41. 4 points
    With my dad (co-pilot) and our major award.
  42. 4 points

    '50 Plymouth arrived

    LOVE it! Not everything needs to be restored or modified,and seeing basically stock unrestored cars being drive around will probably inspire some people to look for their own old cars to fix as "drivers". People that just have a casual interest in old cars are intimidated by the complexity,expense,and time of a restoration,but showing them it's ok to just put one back on the road without spending tens of thousands on a restoration is ok,too. Plus,even some people that might prefer a restoration just don't have the tools,the time,the experience,or even a place to work with the room needed to do a restoration may even come to understand a presentable,if not perfect,car you can drive beats the hell out of something you MIGHT be able to drive several years from now if everything goes perfectly. AND....,IMNSHO,it's driver cars that people see running around locally on trips to the store,etc,etc,etc that pulls new blood into the hobby,not show cars at car shows. People that go to car shows are already interested in old cars.
  43. 4 points
    Why not just slip the drums on to bleed the system?... that's the smart one time way. The shoes even with the return springs with hydraulic pressure behind them will easily blow the straps or clamps off once most of the air is removed. Then a piston or two will be pushed out with the cup and a new bleed procedure will commence. Not fun and a waste of fluid and time.
  44. 4 points

    1953 Dodge 'coupe' truck project

    It's been some time since I last posted progress on the coupe truck. Not much has changed since then and we are still nearing panel work completion. My bank account has been well and truly drained, and I am fast nearing the point where I have just about had enough. I am told now that there is just some minor messing around required to get the tailgate fitted, and then they are ready to resume blocking and sanding. I may bring the truck home for a few months for a bit of a break yet. I am happy with the work to date, but the amount of hours and dollars that have gone into this project are absolutely ridiculous. We live and learn hey! Here's a few pics of where we're at for now..
  45. 4 points

    P-15 Totaled

    Bob, stay with us, we like Cudas. I hope others agree.
  46. 4 points

    Strange Brake Issue

    Ok let's make sure things cool off here gang. Please note that some if not all of the vendors we use on our trucks likely read this forum, some even post like Gary. I have every faith that none of them intentionally sell a bad product or try to pawn off responsibility. They are likely enthusiasts just like us and want to have a good name and supply quality parts. I for one firmly believe in life when something goes wrong FIRST call the supplier to see if things can get resolved BEFORE I go off on them on a forum. Keyboards are dangerous and misconceptions/opinions can get blown out of proportion.
  47. 4 points

    Phoenix on the road conversations

    Conversation number 1. Perchance I found the truck sitting in a rural yard by the road. The lady told me her sister had purchased it from an Indian lady who had driven it to California from Arizona. Her sister died four years ago, the truck had been parked there for 17 years and she wished someone would remove it. When I asked how much she would sell it for she apologetically replied, $200.00. The grill was missing and the head was in the bed. I gave her $200.00 and went home and returned with a trailer. I had zero mechanical knowledge so it sat for another three years and then out of curiosity I started to fix things. I figured I could remove an item clean and fix it and replace it.. Then I found Greybeard (since deceased) he talked me through the engine rebuild and I found this forum and my hobby began.
  48. 4 points
    My first trophy melted in my shop fire, this is my 2nd one. That is Chloe our granddaughter.
  49. 4 points
    I know of a nice T& C sedan locally 4 sale if anyone is interested. New chrome, fresh interior beautiful wood and rebuilt engine.
  50. 4 points
    I pulled a Norm's Coupe. Drove to the end of the driveway and back into the garage. Does that count?