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  1. 7 points

    A Good Day

    Didn't have anything going on today so decided to run in to a small car show - about 50 cars. The Old Whale got into the Top 10. Heck, I was happy they didn't make me remove it from the lot! About 75 mile round trip. No issues. Celebrated with a pint at a local brewery on the way home.
  2. 6 points

    "Ol Blue" Build

    Latest update - I posted in an overhat thread but thought I should post here the milestone of achieving taking my truck the the destination I targeted a couple years ago. I headed out to the NSRA show Saturday and Ol blue boiled over half way there..... I'm not finished but I got it running on time to get it to this show at the local fairgrounds where there were a ton of really cool old cars and trucks. So, half way meant decision - home to work on it or short stints with a wait....I drove a little, boiled a bit and waited a couple times but limped it into the show. It was on my bucket list and is a milestone in the life of ol Blue. My son Jake and I started the project when he was around 10....he's 19 now and we still had a ball limping to and from the show... So we made it to the show, met some nice folks, and from our multiple tours around the fairgrounds...appeared that ol Blue was the only Pilot house - representing our rigs 😉 ... Proud moment to have so many people looking at my truck and commenting on how cool it was that it was all original +ground and flathead mostly still getting it done. Once I get the overheat figured out I'll certainly get back on the road.
  3. 5 points
    We just held our 4th Annual P-15 Picnic in England and were honoured to be joined by well known Plymouth enthusiasts Mark & Tracey Duggan and Greg & Kathy Gonya, who travelled from the US to spend the weekend with us. 35 people and a very nice selection of cars arrived at the hotel on Saturday and we enjoyed a drive out to Twinwood Airfield, where we had arranged a private group visit to the museum buildings and preserved control tower. Twinwood is an historic WW2 site, the airfield from where Glenn Miller departed for France on his ill-fated flight in December 1944. On Saturday evening we all shared a lovely dinner and drinks, rounded off with a light-hearted quiz, courtesy of William and Biddy. Sunday morning saw more cars meet us at the hotel before we left for a 30-minute cruise to Old Warden Aerodrome and The Shuttleworth Collection, which is one of the world's finest collections of airworthy vintage aircraft. The guided tours we took were highly informative and the range of aircraft, cars, motorcycles and other items on display is remarkable. The final tally of 46-48 Mopars was: 4x Plymouth Business Coupes 4x Plymouth Club Coupes 1x Plymouth 2-Door Sedan 1x Plymouth Convertible 1x DeSoto SP15 Club Coupe 1x Dodge 4-Door Sedan 1x Chrysler Club Coupe There was a nice selection of 'guest cars' too. Dean, Chris and I will announce details of next year's P-15 Picnic as soon as we can. Come and join us... Everyone's welcome! With thanks to Simon and Colin for the pictures...
  4. 5 points
    Suggestions are always welcome but this one's definitely going to remain as The P-15 Picnic. The three of us who organise it are all Plymouth owners and the initial concept was a meeting for P15s. We widened out the invitations after a (very reasonable) request from William (AKA Norman Pitkin) to include Chrysler and the other Mopar brands. There are plenty of broader car meets over here, and we wouldn't turn anyone away, but we all enjoy the exclusivity and scale of this gathering, and it's got a unique personal feel.
  5. 4 points

    garage sale bargain.

    Went to a garage sale last weekend. Picked up a 1938 Coleman 242B lantern for a 5 dollar bill. Took it home and it lit right up. How many things were made well enough to still work so well after 80 years?
  6. 4 points
    Merle Coggins

    New Project

    What have I done...? My wife fell in love with the little Metropolitans when we were at Back to the 50’s a few years ago. She recently found one for sale, on Facebook Marketplace, in a neighboring town and it was within her budget. It’s going to need some work, and she knows it. But she is willing to so as much of the work on it as she can. I’m sure I’ll be helping quite a lot as well. It’ll need some structural repairs on the body, including the door hinge supports. The passenger side lower hinge mounting point is pretty much non-existent at this point. I’m a little nervous about the metal work needed, as that’s not my strong suit, but I know she knows how to weld too. Between the two of us we should be able to get it structurally sound again. It runs and drives okay. The brakes seem a bit weak, and they just spend around $2000 on brake repair, and other things. I’ll have to inspect the work and get them better. The engine starts and runs good though. I couldn’t get it into 3rd gear though. It probably needs a linkage adjustment due to all of the mounts sagging.
  7. 4 points

    Cabbage Hauler - WD-21 Build Thread

    The nice thing about being laid up is that I had nothing but time to do research. I watched a number of You Tube videos on stainless trim repair, and figured I would give it a shot. A couple of small hammers, make shift anvils and dollies, and I had all of the dents and deep scratches smoothed out. A very tedious process, but then again nothing but time. Below are my first results. Very happy with these results.
  8. 4 points

    Cabbage Hauler - WD-21 Build Thread

    Minimal sheet metal damage was easily repaired, and the grill was almost ready for primer.
  9. 4 points

    39 Dodge business coupe paint pics

    Just got her back from paint
  10. 4 points
    there is no exchange of water to the head from the block via the head bolts...the bolts go into the block and enter the water jacket..thus the need for sealant and the relief is for purpose of any by pass creating rust and seizing bolt to head as a result...
  11. 4 points

    TV car shows

    I must really be getting old as I have never heard of all these car type TV shows mentioned here. I gave up on TV about 6-7 years ago. I actually find it insulting to the average person's intelligence. I get frustrated and shut it off. The constant barrage of commercials and marketing hype drives me nuts. News? Crap. They skim the highs and rarely follow up with what actually happened. Nor later when the truth was revealed. That's all boring stuff it seems. On to more "oil in the fire" type news! I think the last so called "reality show" I watched was Survivor Australia. When was that 2001? My wife and I were wound up in it. I was 30 then. Maybe it appeals to young people? Yes I suppose these reality shows do. They must appeal to someone. I don't get it but whatever. We used to have, and pay for all the shows and channels that rarely we ever had time to watch. So in Dec 2017 we cut off all paid TV subscriptions. Today we just have internet. We watch some Netflix movies when we have time. Maybe 1 movie every two weeks or so. Less in the summer. So now I have no idea what is "in style" or insanely popular. Not a clue. I pay $10 a month for Spotify and get all the music I can handle, commercial free. I have no clue what the biggest song hits are all over the world until usually 6-10 months after they peaked I estimate. I laughed when we were in Mexico with friends last Feb. A song came on some speakers somewhere. We could hear it over game of cards and drinks, we were enjoying at our resort. My friends started singing along and I could tell they were quite enjoying the song. I was kind of surprised because to me it just sounded like local Mexico radio. A song in Spanish language with their signature beat. My friends laughed at me when I asked how they knew this song. "It's Desposito" they raved. "Never heard of it", I said. They were shocked. I retorted, "Where am I supposed to hear this?" They said "its playing everywhere! Check out You Tube." I did and saw about 30 million plays. I laughed to myself and thought, "It's working!" I am systematically removing myself from mass marketing pop culture. I don't listen to radio stations. I don't have cable TV. I can't remember the last time I read and comprehended an advertisement on the internet. I have no problem blocking internet ads it seems. I do with my time, what interests me. Not what "everyone else" is doing. It just so happens I love flat head 6 Mopar vintage cars and trucks. It seems "pop culture" has little interest in old Mopars. Fine with me. This web site provides me with entertainment that I want to see, and can control. I do not at all miss TV. Superbowl? Stanley cup? Nascar? World Series? Enjoy as you please. It seems I have little time or interest for any of it. I'm not quite sure why or how I got this way...Crotchety I guess. LOL.
  12. 3 points

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    Hello Everyone, I am new to classic cars, and to carburetors! The truck is in pretty good shape and had been run off-road on private property since - I am estimating 2003 since that is the last time it was registered. The guy i bought it from owned it for about 7 years and never registered it. He used it to make and maintain a gravel driveway on his property. I plan to do similar with it as well as move manure, wood chips, and more. The plan is not to abuse it to much, but to help me out. There is something wrong with the brakes. They work, but its definitely a strong leg. The PO said the guy he bought it from had disconnected the front brakes. After some exploration, I think the brake booster was disconnected but I don't know why. Perhaps there is a leak in the booster itself? There are definitely leaks in the line because some rubber couplers are not connected. So I will play with that. I assume that is what this hard line (circled in red in the photos) is for and it was disconnected from the intake. Two other questions - the door windows are broken. How easy or hard are they to replace? I am looking for a side mirror for the passenger side that matches the driver side. Any idea where I might find one?
  13. 3 points

    Drivability in the mountains

    My 50 and 51 Plymouths do very well in the mountains. Second gear Overdrive is great for long uphill grades. I always lock the overdrive out for long downhill grades so I do not have to be on the brakes too much. Western grades include Malahat Highway, Duffy Lake Road, Coquihalla, Stevens Pass Rogers Pass and the road up to Lake Tahoe,
  14. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    '53 Dodge Junkyard Project

    do not trust the fact that the machine shop has cleaned the block after machining process and returned to you...this has been the down fall of a number of rebuilds. Super clean the block and internal passages thoroughly...Pull your oil galley plugs for best results...At the most let the shop set your new cam bearings, you can handle the rest of the build for yourself at home AND if you have the installing tool for the cam bearings..then you can even do that yourself....clean is a main factor in longevity.
  15. 3 points
    Russell Winje

    Bath time

    With the new rear end seal in place, the motor running strong, driving good without lock up issues to the rear tires, I thought it was a good time to get the pressure washer out and blow old dirt and grease away. When I was done, and the car sat in the warm sun to dry all afternoon, the motor block showed old silver paint where old dirt had been and the oil pan was green. The linkage shined at the joints. I liberally applied WD40 white lithium spray. When I drove it, the previous chatter of the friction clutch was greatly reduced, nearly gone all together. The shifting was smoother too. Things are looking up for the ole girl after years of sitting. Starts much easier now and idles with a smooth sound at the tail pipe, no missing. Next I will start looking at electrical to make sure the windshield wipers work, heater blows hot air, turn signals function, maybe the clock, maybe the radio, and make all interior lights work.
  16. 3 points
    I like that our experienced members have been reading my post on the situation with the amp gage. So I have read all of the posts and one of the members came up with the solution to the issue. My forst thought was that the regulator had some sticking points so I headed in that direction. The regulator is located on the driver side high on the cowl. I started to look at all of the connections and then noticed that the wire which is a 10 gauge wire that should, should be connected to the FIELD contact point was broken off and it looked as if the wire had gotten overloaded and had a burn mark onthe insulation and all the wires had been cut and the connection was lost to the regulator. I then used a brand new wire to connect the field connection onthe generator to the field contact onthe regulator. I then crossed my fingers hoping that there might not be any other issue. I started the car and then amp meter was now showing a charge and the needle was pointing at the 10-12 amp rnge becasue i had tried to drain the battery by just having th elights on for approx 20 minutes prior to making the new wire. So thanks to all that provided input to the issue. So yes check all of your connections ever so often and always check for the obvious point of loose connections or a broken wire. Hope this was a lesson that someone else might benefit from. Keep up this great forum for us mopar owners. i love reading the issues that other people are trying to slove and like it when they post how they solved the issue. This helps everyone learn more about their cars/trucks. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
  17. 3 points
    Why build a race engine for the street??? Factory peak hp was pulled at 3600, it falls off after that. My machine shop guy suggested 10% over that was safe and a bit meaningful, over that was just more noise. Also suggested 80/85 % of 3600 was a safe cruise all day speed assuming good engine condition and proper oil pressure. So rather than build for a peak rpm, why not build to usable street able range. These are torque engines not hp engines. Torque gets you going, hp keeps you going... My slightly modified 230, accelerates fairly briskly, has plenty of power to pass and climb hills, and cruises nicely at 65 with overdrive and gets 20+ mpg in the bargain. Personally there isn't much more I require of a 72 year old car.
  18. 3 points
    And if he connects his breathing hose up to the NOS bottle he'd probably be happier too. 😁
  19. 3 points
    High reciprocating mass (pistons and upper parts of connecting rods) combined with long stroke. These conditions create high inertial forces that put strain on rod bearings. Forces at rod bearings are proportionate to square of rotational speed, so at 4,000 rpm the load on rod bearings is 4 times that at 2,000 rpm. Excessive force squeezes out oil film, leading to bearing failure. Modern engines can run at higher speeds because they use lighter pistons and rods, and because they are generally short stroke.
  20. 3 points
    mainly it is because folks afraid to rev them up cause they sound too busy,...
  21. 3 points
    My new ride.
  22. 3 points
    The problem may be the wrong thermostat. The thermostat housing in the picture is a by-pass housing like the ones used on earlier blocks without the internal bypass. I've seen three different designs for these housings and each requires a unique thermostat (the old bellows type that don't work in a pressurized system) to block the by-pass passage in the front of the housing when the engine is warm and the thermostat open. If the by-pass passage isn't blocked, too much coolant by-passes the radiator and just circulates within the block. A later housing made for a wax pellet type thermostat may cure the problem. I ran into this a while back and it drove me nuts until I figured it out. If the housing in the picture is a P18 type, Stant makes a thermostat/adapter package that will work correctly in the P18 housing. Hope this helps.
  23. 3 points
    J-P, what a tremendous effort! Gorgeous castings and machine work. I believe that we're on the same wave- length!
  24. 3 points
    Nick I hydro dipped mine. First photo is original and second is the hydro dipped. They make 100's of wood grain patterns. You could find a close match to your's I'm sure.
  25. 3 points

    Chrome alternative

    Here are some pics of the bumpers I finished and the can of flood pentrol I used I tried to post a couple of more of my car getting painted almost done pick it up tomorrow start to put it back together long road 2 years did all the work myself except for paint and the engine rebuild. Gary


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