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  1. 11 points
    I have been working on this car since 2012 and seven years later it is finally finished. I do have a few minor things left to do but it is on the road and being driven lots. It is a Canadian Dodge based on the Plymouth but using a Dodge grille and other trim. They are a very different car to the US Dodge.
  2. 9 points
  3. 8 points
    52b3b Joe

    What would you do??

    Lol, I'm surprised this thread came back to life! I think about this truck ALL the time. I am working towards finding a new house with a larger garage so I can tackle this project, but the main reason for a bigger house is the addition of our baby boy. He's 5 1/2 months old now, and he is taking up half of the house! We're rapidly out growing our house and if we're going to move, I'm going to make sure that I have adequate space for all the vehicles plus space to work on a project. Once we get through the process of getting settled somewhere else, the COE is first on the list! I'm hoping it's sooner than later! I'm trying to get our boy up to speed in the garage, but all he wants to do is spectate and hold a wrench!
  4. 7 points
    In a previous thread the discussion was centered around whether or not a bypass filter is needed and the best oil for our mature engines. Based on that discussion and pondering this topic for a few days after pulling the oil pan I decided to install a spin-on filter on my non-filtered engine. I've seen a couple of photos on the forum of filter installations but decided to offer a more complete tutorial for the benefit of owners who may want to explore a filter installation. I chose a mount and filter from Wix because they offer a mount and selection of filters that are specifically for bypass operation. Bypass filters are constructed differently from full-flow filters and provide a finer degree of filtration than conventional filters. I sourced the mount and filter from Rock Auto who have not only the filter I use but also the same filter in three additional lengths. I selected the next to shortest due to the confined space around the engine. Here is the mount, part number WIX 24755: Note the arrows indicating the proper direction of flow. This mount is only for bypass installations and has a small 5/8" nipple instead of the more common 3/4" seen on full-flow installations. It also has 1/8" NPT threads that allow 3/16" steel brake lines to be attached with only one 90* adapter. The filter is WIX 51051: The other Wix bypass filters that fit this mount are 51050, 51320, and 51704. A bracket must be fabricated to attach the mount to the engine block. I used 1/8" steel and drilled it for the mount and two studs on the engine head: The two fittings on the engine accept 3/16" brake lines with no modification. I found 12" lines to be ideal for this installation. Accessing the fittings and getting the threads straight deep in the engine compartment is kinda tedious....just consider it a character-building experience. Permatex #2 (non-hardening) gasket sealer was used on the brass fitting where they screwed in the filter mount. I've seen teflon tape used in situations like this but that is risky in oil systems unless you really know what you are doing. A small sliver of tape that breaks loose can create havoc if it plugs an oil passage. A couple of thick washers are behind the bracket to provide clearance for the heads of the bolts securing the filter mount. The threads in the cylinder head are common 3/8" and the nuts on the studs are 3/8" fine thread. One of the studs backed out so I replaced it with a bolt. Prior to installing the filter I filled it with oil. This photo shows the difference between a bypass filter and full-flow---notice the tiny holes through which oil flows in/out of the filter. Filling the filter was very tedious....if I had to do this very often I would rig up some sort of syringe to push oil into the filter instead of spending 1/2 hour adding oil a fraction of an ounce at a time. The filter accepted a cupful of oil before it was satisfied. The finished installation complete with a note on the mileage and date of filter change. The oil lines need to be formed for clearance so the filter can be easily changed. Yes, this is not for those who want a period-correct engine bay, but I like having a modern filter which can be easily sourced through common channels. If my engine is happy....I'm happy.
  5. 6 points

    "Ol Blue" Build

    Here's the update on Ol Blue's journey, I finished the bed this week. I hauled home some rough cut mahogany, planed, milled rabbited to accept the metal strips, oiled it and installed....what-dya think?
  6. 6 points
    Today I entered my 1953 Windsor in a large regional car show. I saw a mixed bag of entries with many classes. I don’t enter to try and win any awards. I like the socializing. I like hearing the stories too. The atmosphere is fun. You can “people and car watch” for hours on end. There is always something interesting to see. Best of all are the people who personally thanked me for making the effort to bring the old Chrysler out to show. As most of you can guess, there are about 10 stock cars here out of the 850 entries. There must be 700 Ford and Chevy products. A large share being late 60’s muscle cars. It seems virtually everything is chopped, blown, or whatever else. I spotted 1 other old stock Mopar. A 1937 Plymouth coupe. We had a good chat. I enjoyed seeing this car. It’s similar to my new-to-me 1938 Plymouth P6 sedan. Great, tepid weather brought out a ton of people. I saw a steady stream of new faces all day. There seems to be no shortage of interest in old cars here today. I have walked and enjoyed all the cars in the show. However I spent a lot of time sitting by my car and speaking to folks about it. Today I had a good mixed group of people drop and enjoy my Chrysler. A wide age group. Sure the majority are 70+. Mostly men who said they had a 51-52-53 Desoto, Dodge or Chrysler as a first car. Back in the 60’s I’d guess. Several folks got their driver’s license in one like mine. One guy smiled as he told me the huge back seat was very convenient back in the day. As he winked. The last generation of people who were around these cars when new, are still coming out to shows. These old guys sure lived in among the best of times. Many folks walked on by after only a micro-second glance of my Chrysler. Some people glanced then stopped to take in the big Chrysler. They realized it was stock. They realized they had not seen one in many years. One guy I spoke with said he almost walked on by. Then thought, no this car deserves a closer second look. He came back and we had a great chat. I really liked the folks who told me that they saw my car in the car parade last evening. Then they came to the show today to find it. Now, there certainly weren’t many who did that but at least 3 guys told me so. That really made my day. One super cool guy walked up and said with authority “Nicest car in the show. Right here. Wow.” While he nodded in approval. I thanked him and we chatted for about a half an hour. I noticed his Mopar belt buckle. He said he watched my You Tube video about how to drive an old Fluid Torque Drive Chrysler. I was smitten that he enjoyed the video I put together. I’m up to 35,000 or so views last time I checked...Crazy There were no other 50’s Chryslers in the show today. Days like today sure are fun. It’s reassuring to see some appreciation for the old Chrysler. Especially to see folks who speak out to say they respect stock vehicles. It builds excitement to get back under there and fix that next little thing. A few pics from today below. These 2 young ladies showed up in 50’s dresses. I asked for a pose they were happy to. There’s plenty love out there for these old Mopars.
  7. 6 points

    new way to use old stuff...

    I have used an old Chrysler axle housing to mount my mailbox...
  8. 5 points

    DeSoto Pickup!

    Just your local neighborhood DeSoto V-8 pickup!
  9. 5 points
    Frank Elder

    DeSoto Pickup!

    I put a V8 in the fridge, no modifications needed.
  10. 5 points

    Check this thing out

    erf...that's one FUGLY truck
  11. 5 points
    Sam Buchanan

    P15 at Kreme Delite

    A beautiful summer evening in a small town in the South.....there is only one proper way to fetch a chocolate dipped cone......
  12. 4 points
    I've been looking for a set of C-clamps for my 48 DeSoto bus. coupe for months now. They don't come with a U-joint kit and they are not parts commonly carried by parts dealers, including Andy Bernbaum. These are the little parts that without them, the car don't go! Where I laid my C-clamps when I removed them some 35 years ago, I can't say. Some people told me about junk yards with 1940s Chryslers and DeSotos, but I found that beyond taking your name and your wanted parts, they are not any help. At least not for just some fasteners under a car. The president of the DeSoto club said he had a 47 DeSoto parts car, but when he went out there to get the parts, he found that the car had no drive train. So after advertising in several old car venues, DodgeB4ya, contacted me with the parts he had taken off of a 47 DeSoto coupe over 30 years ago. Thankfully, he saved them and even cleaned off 70 years of grime before shipping them to me. I got them today and gave them a quick spray job using Rustoleum Hammer Finish because I happened to have it handy. I bought that spray can to refinish a Comfort Master heater which has that same hammer finish. So thanks Rob! Marc.
  13. 4 points
    Just didn't want to work the way it was suppose to! IPS support (the forum software vendor) got it sorted out the site back online.
  14. 4 points
    Brent B3B

    Cheers To Wives Who Support Us

    One of my favorite topics cause I love jumping on the salute to my best friend! A couple folks here have met my wife and might have figured out this hobby is not her passion but she supports me endlessly. She continually tells folks “there is worse habits he could have” With just returned from “back to the 50’s” this year... on the way back made a few detours, one being a “Craig list” stop. She shows interest, even jokes “ instead of a fence around the property, we could just line up the trucks......” 😊 And as a thank you to the forum members. This year between the bbq in CA and BTT50’s, we drove around 5200 miles in hanging out with friends from this forum.... all whom have made her feel welcome and a part of what we do. We both thank you all!
  15. 4 points
    Frank Elder

    What a birthday present!

    99 and going.....
  16. 4 points
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  18. 4 points

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    I just noticed that my truck made it into a Gooogle aerial when it was parked in San Francisco recently....
  19. 4 points

    Back to the 50's 2019

    It was a great weekend. The weather decided to behave and we had a great Friday and Saturday, Sunday was pretty much a washout as it was POURING rain when I was ready to leave so we just drove by daily and hit up the swap meet. Good times seeing old friends, making new ones and having a fun. Below is a pic of the line up and of my drive in on Saturday...I downsized them so they'd load, if anyone would like a higher res version let me know.
  20. 4 points

    My 1950 DeSoto Sportsman Coupe

    It's a 1950 DeSoto sportsman coupe there were only 4600 were made, it makes it the very first year of the official hardtop for Chrysler it has a 237 Flathead six with a fluid drive trans
  21. 4 points
    Young Ed

    47 Dodge Turkey Truck Build

    Still haven't gotten the new bed angles but I got started on the flooring
  22. 4 points
    Brent B3B

    Back to the 50's 2019

    mirrors in "work" position, packed and loaded up, pulling out in the morning. taking I-90 to I-94 (Spokane to Billings to Bismark to MN) if you live on the route and see us passing thru, give a honk and a thumbs up so I know it's someone on the forum.
  23. 3 points

    1938 Aussie 7 Passenger Plymouth

    I have visited this site a few times in the past but recently started again and have been impressed with the activity, the assistance offered and the relevance to my interests. I currently have a 1929 Plymouth tourer with body by Holden Australia restored on club licence since 1999, a 1955 Plymouth Belvedere Suburban RHD built in Detroit with 259 V8 and 2 speed auto also on club licence, and a 1938 7 passenger Plymouth with Aussie Richards body, in a million pieces. This my first attempt at a post with pics so hope it works. I purchased the '38 running and licensed in Feb 1981 with the plan of having a car I could use for club events while I slowly rebuilt my 1929 Plymouth from a wreck. It was painted black, the engine barely ran and the leather upholstery was falling apart, but we drove it onto the trailer under its own steam. I cant find any pictures of it as bought but I must have been dazzled by the fact it was a 7 passenger and had all its chrome and fittings. There was no water in the radiator and It turned out the engine had a hole in the head above No 1 cylinder, every pot had broken rings, and water had corroded the bearings, crank and camshaft. The bottom of each centre door post was rusted out, and there was rust in the boot (trunk) area. By July 1982 I had it on the road with new paint (Ford Neptune Blue), new tyres and a temporary engine out of a 1936 Dodge utility (pickup) that we found abandoned up in the hills, and sheets tacked over rebuilt seat frames. My daughter in the pic below is now 41! In the next couple of years I fixed oil leaks, replaced spring bushings, brakes and wheel bearings and changed the diff from original 7 passenger 4.3 to standard 4.1 ratio as we tend to travel longish distances. By 1984 I was ready to replace the interior with upholstery in original blue leather. When I stripped the hood lining I discovered I had serious rust issues under the lead used in large quantities on the roof, which was fabricated from a standard roof cut in half with a central insert about 18 inches wide. The repairs were completed by Nov 1985 and the car was back on the road, however the upholstery guy was no longer available. In 1988 we had a surprise addition to the family, a baby girl after 17 year drought! The upholstery money went on adding a bedroom. In the meantime the car was used as a daily driver by my wife on the school run - rule was "no running in the car"! By 1995 the brake lines had rusted thru, the radiator had collapsed for the second time, the exhaust was shot, valves keep sticking and to cap it off I backed it into our Falcon wagon and badly dented the boot. I deregistered it in disgust as by that time I was making progress on the 29. Fast forward to 2012 and we have changed address, I now have 1/2 acre and a 5 bay shed. However to fit the 7 passenger in it I had to remove the front clip. The car is now a mobile storage unit for surfboards, wetsuits and a couple of broken chairs. But it still runs! I plan to post an outline of the rebuild process which started in 2012, but here is a recent pic of the body on a home made rotisserie - stripping back roof to bare metal after a VERY bad sand blast and prime job. Jim
  24. 3 points

    DeVal 265 Replaces 230!

    Two of us spent four days replacing the '56 Power Wagon 230 that was in my D-24 Business Coupe, with a '90 DeVal 265. My DeVal is a brand new, never-run U.S. Navy JG-75 aircraft tug QEC power-plant. It is a Chrysler Industrial IND-32 clone. The block was cast on 6-19-90! I purchased the car during '12, converted the driveline (to a T-5 transmission and a '65 B-body 8.75 axle) during '13, and finally replaced the engine on 7-19. There's still more to be done!
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points

    Woodgrain Thoughts

    I was able to find a guy near me that did my wood grain with Hydrographics. Dash and all frames for about 600$ with a satin clear coat
  27. 3 points

    Cheers To Wives Who Support Us

    My old lady is a keeper too. Never gives me a hard time on money spent. Always pestering me to go for a ride in one of the vehicles. She doesn't like to get dirty, but helps out when I need a hand.
  28. 3 points

    Cheers To Wives Who Support Us

    Having Stephanie in my life, is beyond my writing capabilities. She has filled a big hole in my heart and embraced my love and need for the old trucks. She has never been involved with the old truck world like she is now, and loves the friends she has made by being a part of it all. Her beauty is only eclipsed by her intelligence. She manages the books for the house as well as our business. She often gives me the "Ok" for automotive purchases based on a wish list she has me keep updated...lol. Her 1945 COE is a priority and will be underway when we locate The "right" platform (frame) for the project.
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    We don't focus on muscle cars here.......mostly 30s to 50s 6 cylinder cars
  31. 3 points

    Cheers To Wives Who Support Us

    I always heard that if your OL doesn't support you it's time for a new OL. 🙂 I'm not saying that I necessarily agree with that, just that it's something I heard. My wife and I met in '70. Been together since '71 and married since '74. I currently own 10 motorcycles and a few parts bikes, a bunch of other vehicles and parts, a slew of guitars and amplifiers, plus collections of other stuff. During our time together I've worked on motorcycles in the living room, rebuilt engines in the kitchen, and there have always been various motorcycle or car parts somewhere in the house. The only thing I've given up since we've been together is playing in rock bands. For me that's self-destructive behavior and I'm better off without it. I do admit to being a bit nostalgic for those days but as the great St. Louis philosopher Yogi Berra said, "Nostalgia ain't what it used to be."
  32. 3 points
    In the early 1930s oil filters were standard on Plymouths. By the mid to late 1930s the lower end (business, Road King, etc.) models had dropped them, my guess being for production cost reasons. Implying they were always an accessory prior to 1954 is wrong. Periodic maintenance in the 1930s included dropping and cleaning the pan. For example the DeLuxe Plymouth Six Instruction Book for 1933 says The point being that sludge in the engine is bad regardless of the type of oil. It can come loose at any time and clog the bearings, etc. The solution is to remove the sludge from the engine, not to avoid oil with detergent additives. Those additives, by the way, are not sufficient to loosen old sludge. They are designed simply to keep new sludge from forming. The old sludge may loosen any time the engine is being run simply by the flow of oil though the ares where the sludge exists.
  33. 3 points
    Oh here's a pic of the Chevy I just finished. It has a super tricked out 292 straight six with a 700r4 trans.
  34. 3 points
    And a shot where you can see the door card with it too
  35. 3 points

    Todd Build Thread

    Torque converter and ring gear off.
  36. 3 points

    Strong coolant smell when starting

    Have you carefully looked at the oil? Have you changed the break in oil since the rebuild? Letting the engine set for a couple days then loosening the drain plug almost till it's off would let green coolant come out first before the oil. If this happens to be the case most likely a head gasket leak on a flathead. This also would push some coolant into the exhaust sytem and also cause a initial single cylinder engine miss upon start up If the leak is into the exhaust manifold causing the white smoke and smell of course that's a stud or crack in an exhaust port or lower seat area seat possibly. This is assuming there was never a big loss of coolant into the exhaust system from the tear down...kinda unlikely after nearly 1000 miles of driving since the rebuild. Just some more hopefully helpful ideas.
  37. 3 points
    Brent B3B

    Back to the 50's 2019

    Swung thru “Whitehall” MT. Yesterday on our way back home and met up with “9’ box” I am consistently blown away on the generosity and hospitality of our forum members! should be home tonight.... our BTT50’s trip is over what a BLAST!
  38. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    What would you do??

    my next move, everything will fit in a 6 foot box....
  39. 3 points
    Young Ed

    47 Dodge Turkey Truck Build

    Now that the big car show is over I'm back to work
  40. 3 points
    Wonderful stock job done right... good going!
  41. 3 points


    My dash had rust spots and large scratches. I sanded it down to bare metal, primer and gave it a base beige spray then after doing some research on airbrush techniques, gave it a try .... after all, if I messed up I could always sand it down and start over. Sanding and priming took a day. Base color took a day. Practice with the airbrush on those days (on scrap) and while drying. Airbrush graining took a day and then clear coat (2k). Did the dash and the windshield interior frame at the same time for color/technique consistency. Here are some pics of the dash I did with an older spare I had. If you would like a write up on the colors and technique, let me know and I’ll document it. I also wanted a little redder and brighter finish.
  42. 3 points
    Brent B3B

    Back to the 50's 2019

    We made it! Sooo happy.... we all parked in the same “general area” I ‘m keeping a close eye on Merle and Ed. 😊 Hey and there is Joes route van right behind us!
  43. 3 points

    The Windward 48 dodge survivor

    I cut open the old fuel tank this evening after work. Why? I was curious! Confirmed my decision to buy a new tank! Looks like a coating was applied but as you can see, it kept rusting. The top doesn't look to have a coating or it's only got a light coating.
  44. 3 points

    Back to the 50's 2019

    Back to the 50's Mexican stand off...Deer wants the straw, Oregonian wants the stainless, Puma wants the deer...
  45. 3 points

    Back to the 50's 2019

    Some random oregonian showed uo at my place tonight...might have to hide the stainless grill parts
  46. 3 points

    Back to the 50's 2019

    I thought the North Dakota state tree was a telephone pole... Pete
  47. 3 points
    The shifter in post #4 will not work on an overdrive transmission. I could not find a manufacturer for this. I have designed and fabricated a shifter, I have it installed but haven’t Road tested it yet. Will do such this fall. It is for the stick three on the tree, car or truck, with or without an overdrive. The photo is an “under construction “ picture. It is proving to be a very exacting mechanism, thus road testing an absolute must.
  48. 3 points
    Brent B3B

    Back to the 50's 2019

    Made it to the half way mark last night Billings MT. Ate at “the thirsty turtle” in “ big timber” Got 12.7mpg coming over the mountains in the 3500. beautiful country though 😊
  49. 3 points

    Me and the B-1-D

    Father's Day: I got to do some work on the '48 today. Got my lawn mowed too; which takes about 4 hours. The kids helped with some of that. 😊 Anyway, I removed the nasty headliner that somebody put in there which was just horrible, and those homemade door panels which were equally as horrible. I also took off the license plates because I'm going to run a year of manufacture plate. Found out that the truck really needs a tune-up badly; it just spits and sputters after you get to about 1/3 throttle. But I was able to drive it and shift all the way to 4th gear on the gravel roads by our house. I just had to be extra cautious because I only have the emergency brake 😁. I tried adjusting the idle on the carburetor but the truck really needs the choke closed about 1/3 in order to run somewhat better. Exhaust has a big hole in it as well. I'm going to get a pertronix kit, new plugs, wires, cap, etc.
  50. 3 points
    Got a little help today which was really nice. The trans just fits under the truck lifted as high as my jackstands go, then it has to get slid on the jack while it’s under there. It fits up through the exhaust farther back then can get slid up into position. Then it sat on the exhaust for a second to get some boards between it and the jack for a couple more inches max lift. It mated up pretty easily to the bell then spinning it around was a pain in the butt while I started the flexplate to torque converter bolts, then again to torque them. Speedo cable, kickdown, properly indexed shift cable, and starter with a new blanket on it all went on without a fight. The old small pinion yoke needed some love from a propane torch before the impact started unscrewing it, then I forgot to put a pan under it when I knocked the old pinion yoke free. Only lost a pint or so of gear oil. Torqued the new one on with a dab of red loctite- made much easier with the crush sleeve eliminator kit in there instead of a crush sleeve. I still have to fill the trans with ATF before I set her down but I have high hopes it will all work! Happy father’s day fellas

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