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  2. 6 points

    air cleaner conversion

    Here's a conversion I saw on an otherwise stock restored truck at a show last August - a pair of oil baths welded together for use on an Offy dual carb intake - the decals are a nice touch!
  3. 5 points

    Todd Build Thread

    Well, wood projects wrapping up for the winter. After almost a year, I'm getting back to TODD. Last night I cut all the bracing out I had in for the roof build. Now I can weld in new bracing so I can cut the floor out. Then I will weld in new sill beams (2 X 4 x .125 tubular steel you can see them laying in the cab) and some cross members. Hopefully in Feb I will be pulling the 94 into the shop and start tear down so I can get the cab set this spring. Sure opens the cab up inside!
  4. 5 points
    Don Coatney

    air cleaner conversion

    Personally I think the factory oil bath air cleaner looks much better than this.
  5. 5 points
    greg g

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    May all your barn find dreams come true. Out by Christmas, running by New Year.
  6. 5 points

    Boards in Box

    I thought about using the old floor boards in my truck bed, but they were too far gone so I ended up making a work bench with them. I ended up having some Aussie 'Spotted Gum' (hardwood) planks ripped down to the right size and painted them in 2-pack clear. They have lasted for about 6 years, but a couple of those boards are starting to show signs of deterioration so I am thinking of sanding and painting them again. I would eventually like to get rid of all of the (90) screws in the back there, so I might even consider installing new boards with bed strips. It's funny as I had a fella come up to me after looking at my truck last week and made mention of how all of the screws in the back were facing the same way... I told him that he better not look at the rest of the truck then as he might notice a lot more of the same. Things we do hey!
  7. 5 points
    Went to the Alaska 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 digitally 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.
  8. 4 points

    Coffee cup holders

    Made this for my '36 Plymouth.
  9. 4 points
    Jeff Balazs

    Scare of my life.

    Fiddy; I drive my 52 3/4 ton daily in relatively heavy and fast moving traffic here in SoCal. As you are already aware these trucks are from a completely different era of traffic and road conditions. I knew as I began my build of this truck that there were some serious upgrades required to handle the traffic conditions it now faced. Good reliable and predictable braking was at the very top of the list. Some people will tell you that the original brakes are more than adequate. I don't agree. The folks you share the road with these days have no idea and don't care if your pride and joy can stop as quickly as their new whatsit can. I get constant reminders of this almost daily. I went to the extra effort of putting 4 wheel disc brakes in my truck and I am very glad I did. I have had to use them to their full capability more than once. As a bare minimum I would suggest putting discs on the front of any of these trucks that anyone intends to use in regular traffic. It isn't that expensive or complicated. And done carefully it may just save your day...... Jeff
  10. 4 points

    Help !! truck shipping

    It sounds like you missing a chance at a great road trip which, in my opinion, is one of the really great reasons to buy an old vehicle. If you have a good pickup truck you could drive to the truck and rent a U-Haul trailer and off you go. Or fly to the truck and rent a truck and a trailer and come home. Maybe you have a job or something that would preclude you from being gone for 10 days? Bummer. There is no economical way to get your truck so you might as well have some fun while you're at it.
  11. 4 points
    Jeff Balazs

    Tie Down Hooks - Thoughts?

    Here are a couple of photos of the tie down Eye-bolts I have been using in my truck. These are good for heavy loads down in the bed and are actually through bolted into the frame. Keeps stuff from shifting around during transit and wont bend the bed sides. There are 4 of these on each side of my 3/4 ton truck bed. Hth., Jeff
  12. 4 points

    First restoration project

    That's a good looking car! That's the kind of car I would clean up, replace the interior and then drive. With a car that original, I'd have a hard time making too many modifications. I enjoy making things a little better while not overly modifying anything, especially cosmetically. Greg
  13. 4 points

    air cleaner conversion

    Do not overlook that the original filter was designed as part of the induction system , extending the column of air moving through the carburetor and tuned to reduce noise. Oil bath filters can be messy but are pretty effective. Even on my two carb setup I run two stock filters. (the type used on dual carb trucks)
  14. 4 points
    This count???? Nearly drown several times. Doors leak but that also lets the water out! One doesn't sign up for this but it has never intimated me from enjoying the moment. Ya get hero points too!
  15. 4 points
    So as I understand it you are not sure what the oil filter looks like or if your stock engine actually has one but you are ready to swap in a V-8? Trust me a bit on this but it will actually be a lot easier to learn about your original engine and oil filtering than to swap in a V-8. I know all the car magazines and the unreal reality TV shows make all this sound quick and easy but it is a lot more complicated doing an engine upgrade than doing repairs/rebuilds to the original engine. As suggested find and read everything you can about your vehicle prior to taking the plunge to swap engines.
  16. 4 points
    1949 Crown Imperials were the first to use the "Ausco-lambert four wheel disc brakes as did all the later 145" WB Crowns.... and also the 1950 Chrysler Town and country woodie.
  17. 4 points

    Floorboard Metal Repair How To

    If that is the only metal repair you need to make, forget welding it yourself. Go ahead and cut out the bad place, and fab your repair panel, then take it to a welding shop. If you want to learn welding, take a class at a community college before you invest in any equipment. After completing the welding class you will know what you want. Now you are guessing. If you buy welding equipment of any kind now and attempt to fix that panel, you will probably end up with something you don’t want. Good welding takes knowledge and practice. Right now you have neither.
  18. 4 points
    The spring does not need to be super strong, a throttle spring will work well. It needs only to keep the push rod from rattling and make sure the release bearing is not resting against the pressure plate forks.
  19. 4 points

    New Year Resolutions

    My younger son (38) told me he was going to open a gym on January 1. He intends to call it "Resolutions". After about two weeks, he will turn it into a sports bar. That's my boy, all right!
  20. 4 points
    52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    More pictures.
  21. 4 points
    No Arctic travel plans in the works — as a matter of fact, they replaced that 112-mile ice road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk this year with some new-fangled all-weather gravel job. Very glad we drove the ice when we had the chance. Anyway, I put the studded knobbies on the Dodge every winter — the Dodge, the T, and my bike are my winter transportation since I sold my modern a couple years ago (we usually drive Michelle's PT Cruiser when we travel together). The bike has studded winter tires and I have chains for the Model T, although deep enough snowfall to use them is increasingly-rare.
  22. 4 points
    I don't post often anymore, but still pop by a few times a week for a look-see. Merry Christmas to you all!
  23. 3 points

    Visited Brian's junk yord

    Just left a great visit at Brian's junknyard, American Canyon, California. Hundreds of 40's and 50's cars and trucks. Some 60's. Spent about 5 hours with him and his wife. Absolutely delightful. And - I finally found spare wheels for my 1924 Dodge Brothers roadster. He has quite a few Dodge trucks from 40 into the 50's.
  24. 3 points
    Merle Coggins

    Off topic hobbies

    For me it’s motorcycles...
  25. 3 points

    52 ply pics

    Ok guys im hoping for an early spring so i can go get her off the hill were she has been for over 40 years and out of the sagebrush and weeds! But i did manage to get to her and get some pics. Time wasn't on my side tho as you can see a storm was coming so i only got a few....
  26. 3 points
    Bob Riding

    air cleaner conversion

    I found 2 old Crosley oil bath air cleaners, which look remarkably like the stock dual carb air cleaners from the B-Series Dodge trucks. I cut out the bottoms and welded in the Plymouth diameter bases from 2 junk air cleaner that I had lying around. They work great and keep the stock look.
  27. 3 points
    I've been clearing out projects, equipment and trucks from the shop area....my wife calls it "nesting"...lol I call it getting ready for the BEST show of the year! I got a call from the 3 different COE guys...looks like they will be back this year... so I guess I need to work on the wife's project, or I might be in a bit of trouble...:D Also heard from a local ford truck club...they'd like to come....I said "yes" of course, "we need target practice".....just kidding, every one is welcome, trucks, cars, COE's, muscle cars, vintage wagons, etc.....we'll show our Dodges off to anyone who wants to show up...:D Its getting closer....time to GET'ER CLEANED UP,TUNED UP AND READY TO ROOOOLLLLLL!! WOHOOO!!!! 48D
  28. 3 points
    Brent B3B

    Mystery project

    I have a couple guesses 1. it is for the lid to my brooding area or 2. it's a shield for you and Linda to sit behind when you go to "Stillwater" for lunch and the Wisconsin's are throwing stuff at you from across the river or 3. it's an tonneau cover for FEF
  29. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    New Year Resolutions

    most all folks with a home, kids and doing the 9-5er, its a full plate, stay focused, the car hobby is to be an expression of your creative side and a way to relax and never just another job that has to be done. Remember, this builds character....
  30. 3 points
    It's fixed to the pedal arm, not the floor. Learned the hard way.
  31. 3 points
    Just read this...sorry for both ya'll's bad news and Thank You both for your service and Welcome Home, 68-69 here..also living with AO problems.. Don, I read and try to follow your advice all the time on here, don't you dare let up or stop it..best wishes for a full and speedy recovery..Ron
  32. 3 points
    Hey Guys, just a suggestion, being this is a A833 Swap thread, lets focus on it, whenever possible. Myself included, if those would like to discuss the T5 swaps fill yer boots on a T5 thread, either an existing thread or start your own...thanks
  33. 3 points

    Floorboard Metal Repair How To

    The fact you are on a site like this one, means you have an interest in the art of creation. Metal fab, engine building, wiring/intruments, upholstrey, suspension geometry, paint, metal treatment, and even glass.......There are alot of trades in that there truck, finding one that really does it for you is gonna go a long way if you really go after it. Metal Shaping Engine Building Automotive painting Frame building/suspension Automotive electronics and wiring Transmissions and Running gear Automotive Testing and Racing To have a complete fabrication shop only means you have to love a few of the trades....the rest are friends of yours. To have everything needed to do a vehicle front to back in a home shop, one would have to invest a ton. I sometimes feel understanding someone's trade and respecting their investments and abilities is as important as respecting your own abilities. When I see someone's super cool ride, I know its his, but I also know he made some friends along the way who helped build it. Oh damn....I think I just ranted....sorry about that. 48D
  34. 3 points
    This might or might not help.
  35. 3 points
    lol.....Only thing I smoke are my tires and any lesser brands that pull up in the lane next to mine.......:D 48D
  36. 3 points
    At 80 in September, I'm the oldest thus far in this thread. My first car was a 37 Ford two door sedan with mechanical brakes and a V8 engine, a bad combination so I didn't drive it very much. I paid $40 for it. My first driver car Dad bought for me, a '50 Plymouth fastback at that time the ugliest car on the road, to me. Drove it three years which included a round trip from Western Nebraska to Fresno, Ca via Las Vegas. I owned only one MOPAR a 1970 Fury III, with a huge engine. Now I have a '52 Dodge truck and building a '53 Plymouth Suburban . I'm getting too stiff and sore for this hobby, yet I really enjoy it. Til I started on the truck , the most I had ever done on a car was change tires and oil.
  37. 3 points

    218 valve guide removal

    You’re best bet is let your machine shop remove and install the new guides. Be aware the intake and exhaust guides get installed in the opposite directions. Guides are all the same just installed differently.
  38. 3 points

    Starting my truck in cold weather

    In addition to following P15-D24's excellent advice, both my P2 and P18 are kept on battery tenders. The P2 has a fuel pump with a priming lever, while the P18 has an electric priming pump. With the battery always fully charged and a float chamber full of today's fuel, both cars start almost immediately.
  39. 3 points
    Its nearly 2018 here in South Grafton on the Oz East Coast so I'd better be quick but I'd just like to thank all you guys whether you're in North America, Europe or locally here in Oz for your friendship and your general feeling of companionship over I think close to 10 yrs that I've been a part of this..........when I bought my 1940 Dodge in 1970 I was the only person I knew with an early mopar and even the mates in the local hot rod club whilst making me feel welcome were really only into Frods so you guys have been the mopar club that has made me feel part of something..............ah.....shite...........talk about all soft and mushy...........anyway .........I trust everyone has a great, Happy and Healthy New Year...regards from Oz..Andy Douglas
  40. 3 points

    New Year Resolutions

    Everyone has their own pace they work at. Some enjoy the build more than driving the finished project. Other things and other projects happen that can take over. Sometimes I can go weeks without accomplishing much on car projects and I wonder why I am not spending more time in the garage. Other times I ignore other things I should be doing and work on the car. To each their own and we burn gas at our own rate and time.
  41. 3 points
    Don Coatney

    Split exhaust/heat riser

    Thanks for telling me that. Otherwise I may never known it was not a good design. In a war zone it is necessary to improvise. Not everything works as planned. Over the years I have had several very successful designs both in a war zone and back at home. One most notably on this forum is my T-5 install. You must agree that my install done without assistance of a kit or plate was a huge success. Do you agree?
  42. 3 points

    new find for new guy

    Just joined forum as I recently ran across a project I couldnt turn down... Car guy for many decades... but was checking the "projects" adds starting to look for one for my boy. So unexpectedly found a 41 dodge 5 window only had been listed a few hours. Long story short within a few hrs paid some cash over the inet so the owner would hold it and drove to where the roads just about end in Northern Ontario. The good... all there, extra front clip, extra bumpers, dash, glass/parts, all chrome, engine complete, interior rough but orig, trailer-ed her home, changed fluids, fuel, battery and started and ran like a champ, even drove her down the road. The bad...floors gone, and have to find another project for son:). maybe. Just amazed that found this in garage and it survived all these years. Going to keep in touch with seller as it was hard to part with for them. So im hoping that youll all share your knowledge as we dive into "Molly" and start the process to get her back on the road. Included a couple of pics as she sits. Thanks in advance and Happy New Year
  43. 3 points
    Tommy and Don, wishing you both the best in your treatments. John R
  44. 3 points
    Adam H P15 D30

    Split exhaust/heat riser

    I never stated I expierenced any icing but I did expierence an ice cold intake. Mind that my intake is thin steel and not a thick casting. Does that make a difference? Who knows. If my intake is cold and I live where it's damp and foggy part of the year, icing could happen. Since I was building the intake from scratch anyway it was no issue adding warmth to it. Sure Tom talks about heat but others do also and there is nothing to lose by warming it, only gains. I had planned to warm my intake regardless of what all the "experts" said, pros and cons. I'm sure they all work fine unwarmed right up until they don't. Every manufacturer heats them for this reason, maybe the aok boys know something Mopar, Ford, GM, Toyota, Nissan, etc engineers don't know?? But I do know this, the auto manufacturers don't do anything unless they absolutely have to. Hell, some manufacturers even heat the PCV valve for icing, and not only in cold climate areas. So once again, I built this thing from a pile of steel tubing, why wouldn't I add heat? To find out I needed it later after it was done would have been a PITA. Same question to those that have the provisions in their intakes, why not use it? There is no downside but a tad bit of plumbing. OP again. You will probably never need heat until the one time you do...
  45. 3 points

    46 WC Disc brake conversion

    Here is a pic of my Rustyhope setup. What do you want to see? I added my shop cat!
  46. 3 points

    Split exhaust/heat riser

    Sadly this is an idea that may work with other engines, but it most certainly does not work with the flathead. We have done extensive tests. Shortly I will do a complete blog entry on it. But the short version is that when an engine 1st starts up the temperature of the water/antifreeze is the outside air temperature. I dont want to get into a big technical arguement as I know at minus 46 degrees the antifreeze isnt minus 46 so save the comment. Are the water is moved by this plate at start up you are actually drawing heat away from the intake. Heat that even with the split i the exhaust is naturally coming from the exhaust and hitting the intake. Now headers made from stock exhaust actually have a closer profile to the intake than does say fentons, so there is more heat coming from them. But with the water heat attached you have no positive effect until the engine has actually reached close to or reached operating temperature. My then you dont need it. Prior to that point you are actually drawing temperature away from the intake. I can say that with absolute certainty. I have tested it at multiple temperature ranges. Just like I have with the couple of generations of edmunds that offered water heating. So save your time and money. It doesnt work as one might expect and the icing of carbs, Ive heard this story many times and have see many cars do it, but none where flathead mopars until we are talking very cold temperatures which there are some on the forum that drive in them. Absolutely no doubt about that. In that case split your exhaust internally and leave it connected to the intake.
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  48. 3 points

    A different Xmas Poem for all

    This Different Xmas poem was sent to me today. Please read it, and pass it along to any one you might feel that should read this deeply felt poem. This is for everyone to read young and old and for the young ones that do not understand than an adult can tell the really meaning of the poem. Its not about the amount or the cost of the items that we receive on Xmas day but the peace of mind that we have some great solders standing watch to insure that we can have a a safe Holiday If you know of a family that has a service member please send this to them and also to the person that is in the armed forces on this very special day. Rich Hartung A thought-filled message: A season of blessings, gratitude and love. The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. "What are you doing?" I asked without fear, "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!" For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts… To the window that danced with a warm fire's light Then he sighed and he said, "Its really all right, I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night. "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December," Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers." My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ', And now it is my turn and so, here I am. I've not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile." Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue... an American flag. "I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall." "So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I'll be all right." "But isn't there something I can do, at the least, "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you've done, For being away from your wife and your son." Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."
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  50. 3 points
    Right tool helps.