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    So far sooooooooo good ! She's back together now and running surprisingly strong. The throttle response is lightning fast and the engine pulls harder than the 251 in my old Yellow truck. I am happy happy happy !!! I'm going to drive it for a couple days and then check the compression on all cylinders.
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    The Local Council I work for recently cleaned out the records area. Amongst the old contract files were quotes for a new utility for the electricity department. Here's one for a DeSoto. Rick
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    After reading i decided to make my own tool using the old upper pivot bar, pivot bar bushings, 2 bolts with 4 washers and 2 washers. I cut the pivot bar to the right size for mounting the shortened pivot bar bushings. I also welded a washer on the pivot bar bushing. I made the just fitting between the arms and secured it with the 2 bolts on the new pivot bar. I mounted the tool on the new bar and mounted the new bushing a few turn to center the bar, see also the link above. Now i could turn both old bushing out,1/16 inch each to spread the upper arm and mounted the new bushing according, see also the link above. After mounting the bushings i turned the old bushings in and removed the tool, the movement of the new bar and bushing is as it should be. Dan Old pivotbar and bushing converted to miller tool
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    Evening everyone, new guy here, been watching and reading here for a while, but didn't think I should join until I got another vintage mopar again. Well that day came a few weeks ago! I now have a 65 year old mistress that is gonna start taking my money... I now have in my driveway a 1952 Dodge business coupe, she runs and drives, but needs quarters and rockers. The floors and trunk are in great shape. And this is something that scares me a little, but I want to do as much work to her as possible.... I need to rebuild the front suspension, I have been reading about other members rebuilding theirs, it does not look too easy, but I think if I take my time I can do it. Any tips would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. I am looking forward to getting to know the members on here and trading stories...
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    Well the cab was done this weekend. That rubbing compound is flipping had to take off. Wish there was a easier way to get it off but I guess it's worth it. Took 3 days to do it by hand. I tried a polished and it started to scratch paint and that was at 2nd speed.
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    Got to drive the '48 around a little today. Still lots of work to do but at least it's mobile and safe.
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    well kids, I applied and was accepted to the local Concours show. FEF will be on of 20 vehicles in his class. I'll make sure to post pictures after the show this Sunday. I have to leave my house at 4AM to get to my load in time...erf! Funny thing is I bet I'll be one of the few that actually DRIVE to the show (lots of worry about "rig parking" in the literature)! Wish me luck, my first official judging!
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    Just completed two years of trouble free daily motoring. The old truck has been as good as gold. It's never left me stranded and has only required normal maintenance and adjustments. It just goes to show you if you start of with a good foundation these trucks can still handle the job. With a few carefully thought out mods that is. It really makes me glad I took on this project. Jeff
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    I'm going to enter in my first real car show tomorrow. I asked my wife if she could throw together a sign on her laser at work. This is what she came back with...Blew me away.
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    Car show yesterday in Port Orchard Washington. I won a fifty dollar prise but not for my car but for entrance ticket! Not bad and had a fun day with my old Dodge! Breaks are to tight now but a fellow friend stated I could just burn them in but I think I will just reduce the major adjustment. Jon
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    Well magic number was 3 that's how many times I had to put rubbing compound on. Now it looks like this.
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    Started rubbing compound and waxing today. Not to bad for 61 year old paint.
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    You are going to do what you are going to do but before you wind up with several piles of incompatible parts consider this : Your Overdrive ( R10 J ) fits 57 to 59 only. The bell housing in your car may accept the V 8 of this era, so if you really want a highway cruiser, installing a V8... like an EARLY 318 or a 277 or similar engine with the eight bolt crankshaft is the way to go. Your '64 Slant six, if it is a 170, (Blue engine) will not have enough power. If it is a 225,(Red) it will have about the same power as the 230 but will be more durable. It will not fit your present bell housing or transmission. which means you have a cable shifted Torqueflight to somehow control from your column shift. Later Torqueflites are lever shifted so would work better for you but none of these has a parking brake which means you will be changing out your 3.73 differential. 1957 Automatics were air cooled, so you have to come up with a trans cooler, if you are using a later trans. A 230 from a 57000 mile '57 (4000 lb car) may be showing more wear than just a bad wrist pin. ( not a common problem with these engines but I can think of several other troubles which will make just as much noise) Your car is a good example of a now rare automobile so think carefully before you tear it all apart. If you just want to drive and enjoy it, rebuild and reinstall the 230. With Overdrive, it will take you down any highway you wish to travel. It will not win many drag races but nor will a Slant six. Not trying to rain on your parade or be a know it all but I have learned a lot of lessons in the school of hard knocks. Proceed with caution. Get good advice from someone who has done engine swaps. Don't get in over your head.
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    Make certain you slip the fitting on the line BEFORE you make the flare !! And I mention that simply because I made a few flares before realizing I DIDN'T slip the fitting on, and had to start over!! I guess I needed the extra practice ! Wayne
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    Me and the boys took the plymouth to WI with the plymouth club. Not too many guys turned out. Our planned sites were kind of a bust but we had a great time driving and enjoying the scenery. Started at: and the finish. I missed it turning over by a couple tenths because we were on the highway. Eli at the historic fort
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    Well hecK took your advice, stood on my head and found those two hiding under the intake, sneaky little buggers! The best news is the manifolds are out and even better I didn't break a stud or bolt!!! Victory is sweet!! Thank you Sirs!!!
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    I spent a few hours weeding our families grave sites. It wasn't much of a workout for my truck but it was a pretty good one for me. 6 Months ago today on friday February 17th which strangely enough was also the 15th "anniversary" of my Dads passing, I suffered what the Drs called a "massive saddle pulmonary embolism". I didnt know what happened, all I knew is I coughed hard and from that moment on I couldnt take two steps without having to fight to breathe. I thought I had strained something in my chest and that it would pass but on Monday it still wasnt any better so my wife made a appt (behind my back ) hahaha for me to see my Dr. the next day and thats when I found out what had happened and I was taken my ambulance to the hospital in Tucson where I was a guest of theirs for a week..Six Drs have told me that with as massive as it was I should have died the second it happened and that "I still had work to do here" and or "God wasn't done with me yet" .Man was I scared,no make that terrified. Now here it is 6 months to the day later and Im doing really really good. Actually within a week of "the event" as my Dr calls it I was doing and feeling pretty darned good. Well except for the Lovenox shots I had to give myself 2x a day in the belly for a few weeks but even that was no big deal I was and am just so happy to be alive. A week ago my Cardiologist told me that the damage to my heart and lungs that he had seen months ago was completely gone and that I was free to do as much as my body will allow, and to listen to what my body is telling me. Then he gave me the ok to stop taking the Coumadin YAYYYYYY ! The only effects I still experience is that some days I feel so tired , a bit dizzy at times and knackered from the get go that about all I can do is rest and lay down. The Dr said thats 100% normal and that is can take from 6 months to a year or two to go away. He said its because of the trauma that my heart and lungs went thru and now my body is spending and using a LOT of energy to heal. Most days I feel pretty darned good. After I got out of the hospital I promised myself that I wasnt going to let "the small stuff irritate me anymore" and that I wasnt going to put of doing things that Ive been wanting to do but always seemed to get pushed aside... like working on my truck. So about 5 1/2 months ago I started doing the bodywork on it one panel at a time. I am or was a bodyman by trade for over 30 yrs so getting past the notion that I had to get it all done at once has been a bit strange. All those years of working on commission and meeting dead lines was kind of a hard habit to break at first but its a lot more fun to take it slow and do one panel at a time. I dont want it to be a chore, I want to enjoy it Anyway I started off by doing little things like restoring a Model 36 heater that I want to install in my truck and also a few dash parts that I believe are for I believe are for a 52 that I cant use but were in really nice shape what with being from the Az desert and all . Just small stuff at first to keep busy. As of late I have done both front fenders, the roof panel, the hood assembly and replaced the left front stake pocket. Along with doing the bodywork I've been stripping each panel because there was a LOT of paint on it . Ive been taking lots of pictures as I go along so I can look back at how it was when its all done. Sorry for the overly long and babbling post. Its a really huge and kind of emotional day for me what with it being 6 months and now Im off all the meds and everything . So very thankful . By the way, about the not whole not let the small stuff irritate me part.... easier said than done. I still get POd at some really stupid insignificant things at times but Im still trying hahaha. Its a work in progress. Again please forgive me for the long winded post. John
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    update for all you 2017 BBQ goers (and others interested ) got it running again Thursday night! (still need to fine tune a little) Saturday took it for a test drive to a local car show...... what a blast! thank you everyone who helped work on it at the "Q" and via PM and phone.
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    Latest tool for the shop is one of home design and build. I fabricated and welded day before yesterday, blasted, prime and painted today. This is my rendition of an adjustable Toe Gauge Bar....
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    I love my uncles philosophy, I aint borrowing no damn tools, be my luck I would break it, then have to buy them a new one, I still wont have the tool. No sir, I will just buy my own!
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    Yeah, we really need to keep this thread focused on BELLHOUSINGS. There simply is no need for any other discussion that a future searcher would have to wade through. Remember, this is also useful for any other trans swap and/or any oem package that someone may be trying to piece together. Thanks to those who have offered information.
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    If my memory serves me correctly you should be able to install it by just loosening the adjuster fully. Then adjust it to the template in the downloads section.
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    When I first moved to NC I went to the local Ace Hardware and asked where the lag bolts were. The man said aisle 6. I went done aisle 6 and was surrounded by laht bulbs.
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    Sometimes, the joke backfires. On the farm, we had one heckuva little farm dog. He herded sheep, goats, and cattle as well as us kids. He was always ready to go hunting (my folks actually made as much money on raccoon and ringtail hides at times as they did on cattle). The only downside was, in the spring he would scare wild turkeys off their nests and proudly show you where the eggs were (the turkeys would not come back). So. we would collect the "abandoned" eggs and put them under setting hens. The turkeys would hatch out with the chicks (30+) and generally move on right after hunting season. During hunting season, we would pen them because they were still pretty dumb after living with the chickens. And that is where the next prank on a different cousin comes in. Cousin Jimmy was an only child, momma's boy that never hit a lick in his life. And true to form, he came up every deer season at Thanksgiving to visit the old folks and go hunting. However, his idea of an early morning hunt was to get up about 9:30, sweet talk Grandma into making breakfast just for him, then he would wander out about 10:30 and wonder why he couldn't get a good shot at anything - and like my other cousin, he couldn't hit the side of the barn...so we thought. My stepfather and his brother had this great idea the last day of his "hunt." They opened the big chicken pen and let the turkeys out, then they fed them near the barn. They told Jimmy, "Hey, aren't those turkeys by the barn?" They could barely contain themselves as he took the shotgun, slipped out of the yard and was hiding behind every tree, bush and large rock as he worked his way up to the barn. He was Daniel Boone and the turkeys couldn't have cared less. When he got where he was comfortable, he cut loose on them. 5 shots later, as turkeys scattered everywhere, Jimmy had peppered the side of the barn, the large barn door, the combine, the water trough, and a small shed that held saddles and bridles - but not a single turkey. My stepfather and my uncle got to look at the pockmarks on the barn and the small dents in the combine every day and they got to replace a couple of windows in the saddle shed. To top it all off, Jimmy thought it was funny as hell that he hit everything but a turkey and would tell the story on himself. It got funnier over time for all involved.
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    I think a sleeve will be the answer but just as a final straw to grasp, maybe the score in the cylinder wall is below the travel of the bottom ring at bottom dead center. If so, it will cause you no problems. 100 to 1 against, but worth a look. Also worth a look is at the other pistons. You have a "smoking gun" for warranty if any of them have the wrong circlips.
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    Well, my wife is moving into the new kitchen as I write this. Actually, she has been moving into it since Sunday. Consequently, my son and I have managed to get back to the Plymouth's disc brake conversion. The project had stalled with lots of work on the kitchen. Still not done there, but it is functional and so I made the jump back under the car. When I last left the story I had managed to mount the new Wilwood dual tandem master cylinder on a Scarebird WWD mount which was mounted on the old master cylinder. I had also mounted the proportioning valve. Next up was the pushrod. This turned out to be easier than I've seen, but it took some effort gathering parts. I went to a local fastener shop (Valley Fasteners of Lynchburg , VA) where they sold me a threaded rod to match the threads on the "bolt with the hole" that the original master cylinder's push rod connected to... The local fastener store didn't have any connector nuts so I had to order that online. I got that "bolt with the hole" pusher rod connected to the threaded rod and then started measuring. I eventually determined that the proper length for me was 9.5 inches, but I initially cut it 9.75" After that, I got my angle grinder and commenced to making the threaded rod into a push rod. Here is the new long push rod from the piece of threaded rod, the connector nut and the two nuts I'm using for jam nuts (dark one is original and shown in the first photo). Also shown are the rubber boot for the master cylinder and the supplied 5" (metric threaded) push rod from Wilwood. And a close up of the threaded rod push rod and the Wilwood push rod: I actually smoothed it out a little bit more. But all it has to do is push a piston and there is no way it is falling out based on how the master cylinders are made. Here is a photo of a test fitting: The kind of purple marks on the bracket was a Sharpie™ that I was using to mark the threaded rod. From that original mark, I just need 1/2" because of the way the Wilwood master cylinder is made. Here was the first test fitting with the master cylinder: That approximately 1/4" gap is how I knew I made my push rod too long. Back to the garage and I threaded the jam nut and connector nut further in, got the reciprocating saw, and made quick work of the extra 1/4". Took both nuts off to chase the threads and then back under the car for final installation. My son then tested out the brake pedal and we called it a night.
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    We took a 305 mile round trip to Northwestern Wisconsin with the Wayfarer today. It ran great and I had no trouble keeping up with traffic. I only hit 70 once but cruised easily at 62-65 when I could. I guess the amount of driving on county roads and state highways at lower speeds must have helped my mileage. By my calculation I got over 18 mpg for the trip. It was a perfect day for a car without a/c - cloudy much of the day with temps around 70 but without rain. I still am bothered with that chattering clutch when taking off but haven't tried any remedies yet. At least it is only a problem when starting out from a stop
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    Hello Everyone, I am pleased to be reporting back that my car troubles have been solved! I am so happy with how my engine runs now, hot or cold it's a pleasure to drive. I ran into a very knowledgeable gentleman at a car show (Jeff). I explained my symptoms and he instantly diagnosed, didn't even have to see the car. Recall in my earlier post that I had attempted to check the timing with a timing light and never got any sensible readings. This is because I was using the Pertronix ignitor, In addition to the Pertronix sensing the magnet wheel that gets installed on the distributor shaft, it also picks up interference from the EMF that is put out by the spark plug wires. All that "noise" sets the Pertronix off at random times, indeed that was what I was seeing with the timing light! I brought my distributor to Jeff at advanceddistributors.com and he re-built it and installed a set of iginiton points, he also re-curved it to be compatible with modern fuel. My initial timing is now set to 14 degrees BTDC as he suggested. The difference was dramatic, the car starts almost instantly now, previously I had to crank for 10 - 15 seconds to get it running, The engine revs much quicker and the car will sustain 50 - 60 mph. I can let the clutch out from a stop at idle and not kill the engine. I've had this car for 7 years, and it's like I'm driving it for the first time, I never knew that this was how it's supposed to feel, I had no prior experience with cars from this era. I hope this post helps someone else!
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    1973 D100 Adventure Club Cab. Another first for Dodge was the introduction of the Club or extended Cab pick-up in 1973. This is the one that was used in their advertising campaigns.
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    Another in the stable. Daily driver...except in winter.
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    A trick I learned from an old man...................... If it seems you cannot get the castle nut on right...seems either loose or too tight...swap castle nuts side to side..... that usually makes the nut adjustment and cotter pin fit easier.
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    "So far sooooooooo good ! She's back together now and running surprisingly strong. The throttle response is lightning fast and the engine pulls harder than the 251 in my old Yellow truck. I am happy happy happy !!! I'm going to drive it for a couple days and then check the compression on all cylinders. " Reg,why tempt fate? You are happy with it now,so how are you going to be any happier if the numbers are high than you are now? On the other hand,if just ONE cylinder is just a tiny bit low,chances are you are going to be bummed until you fix that one cylinder. The old expression "leave well enough alone" is still a bit of wisdom we all need to heed occasionally.
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    Finally got some goodies back... whatcha think?
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    Remove the clutch fork rod... Then turn the turn buckle the correct way...that I cannot remember which way ..rotate almost all the way to the end of the threads on the buckle. Just did one a couple months ago! No need to extend the spring in any fancy way.
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    Heads are officially done. All new valves, guides, seals, hardened seats, milling etc. Also added the Hot Hemi Heads spark plug tube inserts which help keep oil out of the cylinders when changing spark plugs. Waiting on the rest of the rotating assembly to be finished and pick up parts from the powder coater and chrome shop. More updates coming soon.
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    That homemade repair make look a little crude and rude,but there ain't no arguing with something that worked on a car that was probably being used as a daily driver at the time.
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    our stern office manager was known for griping ppl out for not following protocol or not filling out the right forms or whatever, and since she also had two pre-teen boys, she would get annoyed and agitated at the engineers' ability to act like juveniles at the drop of a hat. One cold winter day, I was helping another recent college grad and one of the test techs in our R&D building when a piece of test equipment blew out a light bulb, and we needed a replacement asap so we could finish up in that poorly heated building. So we took a break from testing and headed inside, and I went directly to the office manager while the other two headed to the men's room to wash their hands. I told the ofc.mgr what we needed, she made a note and said she would get one while on her lunch break. I went around the corner, then overheard the test tech enter her office from the other direction and tell her the same thing...she was audibly exasperated and said she'd take care of it, and the test tech headed in my direction where I grabbed his arm when he rounded the corner and quietly asked him where the new guy was...and then told him to wait right there, I told 3 other engineers to go wait by the test tech for a show, and they immediately slinked around the corner to lie in wait...I went to go flag down the new guy to tell him that he needed to know how to order replacement supplies, told him how to do it, and told him to order a new light bulb for the test station while I went back to check on something in the lab, but told him that he would need to butter up the ofc.mgr that day because she was being a little cranky, so he just needed to step inside her door, and when she asked what he wanted to reply matter-of-factly "what does a brother have to do to get a light bulb around here"...he looked at me kinda confused and asked "really dude?" I said, "yep...she thinks that stuff is hilarious" cuz at that point he was still in the honeymoon period and didn't know what she was really like...he headed toward her office, I jetted to where the other guys were waiting, and then heard the office manager explode on the new guy with one of her griping diatribes that included WHY DOES EVERYBODY NEED A F'ING LIGHT BULB TODAY?!? At this point, we all eased up the hallway to her office door, to see the new guy with eyes wide open in a state of shock as he was still getting blasted, and when the office manager noticed that we were all standing there, she abruptly turned on us as she saw us with big grins trying not to laugh, OH GAWDDANGIT YOU GUYS NEED TO GROW UP!!! cuz she knew that she had been had, we all busted out laughing while the new guy stood there confused...he got his trial by fire and later chuckled about it, as he would also learn to goad that woman to get hysterical about something else trivial...for several years afterwards, whenever a light bulb would go out anywhere in the office or the shop, the protocol was to go to her doorway and announce loud enough for the rest of the office to hear, WHAT'S A BROTHER GOT TO DO TO GET A LIGHT BULB AROUND HERE, where she would quickly retort DON'T YOU START THAT $H!T AGAIN while those who overheard guffawed...good times
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    Some notable mentions I've seen and or been a part of. We had a guy that we enjoyed giving a hard time. He was cracking fat jokes often on a fellow co worker. So for a couple weeks we would come in early on Tues when the uniforms were dropped off and "take up" his work pants a bit with a few stitches. We were changing clothes one evening and the guy he had cracked the fat jokes on said, " Well now... having some trouble getting buttoned up there"? We all laughed when he started bitching about the laundry service shrinking his clothes. The one he had cracked on said, "yea that's what I use to say, next thing you know your friends are calling you fat". We soon came clean, had a good laugh. One guy always brought something really good for lunch, while the rest of us had a sandwich or soup. His wife was really taking care of him, he said "yea she loves to cook, I never know what she's going to put in my box". So a few days later close to quitting time a co worker brings in a huge pair of pantys and sticks 'em in his lunch box. He carries the box home and never opens it. lol. He came in the next day and said, " I hope you know you SOB's that wasn't very funny'! At one time our company sponsored Bass Tournaments and they were pretty popular. The second shift guys would all pull there boats to work, park where they could get out quick, we got off at 2 or 3am at that time. The tournaments started early and those guys always wanted to get to the lake as fast as possible. We unhooked one guys boat and had it propped up on the jack. When the buzzer rang at quittin time he rushed out, jumped in his truck and drove off. He drove 3 miles before he looked up and noticed the boat was not behind him. Said he about crapped right then, drove back kinda looking for it as he did. The whole time he said he was thinking " did I not latch the hitch? Didn't I hook the chains"?" When he got back to work and saw it sitting there he was happy, mad and embarrassed all at the same time.
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    I am not sure I should reply ..... but here goes. A friend of mine and I went into a bar and lo and behold here is one of our former students. We invite him to join us for a short beer and he says he is going to try his luck in Australia. I say, " You need to apply for a Visa to get into Australia " He says , " No problem, I have MasterCard" dp
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    I went over to my Buddies' place and took pics! This is ALL of the Damage on Her! 57,280 miles!
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    I bet the valves don't get adjusted hot...
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    best way to buy is knowing you don't have to have it and have the ability to just drop the deal and walk away.....the attitude that there will always be another around the corner will pay off in spades...never pay more than what you think it is worth or comfortable paying, else you will most likely quickly learn to hate the car....
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    Forum member Todd Bracik stopped by my house. Fun afternoon.
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    I would bet the service manager and crew are not sure what and how to do much with it! The tech's probably don't know much about points and carburetors let alone Lockheed brakes and M-6 transmissions with a Fluid coupling and bellows seals.
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    It was only flowers but it got them all home in one load..