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  1. 7 points
    My grandson just got his drivers license last week so I thought I would teach him how to drive a standard transmission with fluid drive. He has never driven any stick shift car before. When I was his age I had to take my drivers test in a stick shift. When I was about 10 years old I sat next to my dad in a 52 chevy. After watching him shift gears I said Dad can I shift for you? So I learned how to shift a 3 on the tree at an early age. So he jumps behind the wheel of my D-24. I said make sure the transmission is in neutral and he did not know where neutral was. I told him to depress the clutch and I would show him. I look down and he depresses the clutch with his right foot. Took a few moments to correct that issue. Then I told him to start the engine BUT DON'T BREAK THE KEY OFF. I told him to push the start button and it took a few more minutes to explain how to start it. Once started I told him to increase the engine speed a bit to let the engine warm up. So he floors it. Got it backed out on the street and I told him to put it in 2nd gear and while holding the brake release the clutch slowly. He did so and I told him to release the brake pedal and give it some gas. Once again he floors it. He wound it up tight in 2nd gear and I told him to depress the clutch and shift to 3rd gear. So he depresses the clutch and still has the throttle floored. He did not know where 3rd gear was so we pulled over for some more instructions. I left the car in 3rd gear for the rest of the drive. Got home and I told him to shift into 1st gear so we could park the car in the garage. Once again I had to show him where 1st gear was. Bottom line we made it home safely and had fun. I few more lessons and he might be ready to solo.
  2. 5 points


    My opinion on using Facebook Period! I gave it up long ago and when just trying to get off it I had to jump through many of their hoops to get it done but they sent emails for months about what I would be missing.- - - NOT. I like My personal info to stay mine much more! Sorry the miss some info others post that have links to Facebook. I will just have to miss out. DJ
  3. 5 points
    Rich, You are 100% correct. Doubtful my insurance would have covered anything that may have happened on our drive around the block. I should have waited 9 years until my grandson was 25 years old before giving him a driving lesson in my 70 year old Dodge. But in 9 years with my health issues I most likely will not be around and if I am not around the car will most likely be owned by my grandson. So sometimes I will take a calculated risk such as driving around the block in my quiet neighborhood where the speed limit is 25MPH. So this calculated risk was worth it to me for the grandson bonding time and the fun factor. I used to be young and foolish. Now I am old and foolish.
  4. 4 points

    Gone but not forgotten

    Don, Gone but not forgotten... Who can forget all the fun we had putting our cars together at the same time? Especially the culmination of all that hard work and countless hours of bench racing here on the forum (seven years in fact...), THE BIG RACE in Tulsa, Ok. I only wish we could have made the BIGGER RACE, and the BIGGEST RACE happen, but it was fun to imagine getting together again after Tulsa. Something I love most about old cars is the fact that they are vehicles for friendship more than anything else. Your car will live on, creating connections for it's new owner, just as it did for you. More than anything, your P15 allowed all of us here on the forum to get to know you, your talents as a mechanic, your ability to document and describe not only your own project, but endless help with everyone else's cars, your good humor, and your kindness. Selling my Plymouth in 2010 was one of the hardest decisions ever, after putting ten years into building it. My boys both cried, and I did too when I watched the car roll away into the sunset. The car was part of our family, the boys had never known a time without it. Selling the car opened new doors though, and we've had many great projects since that we wouldn't have done if we hadn't sold the Plymouth first. I hope the new owner can keep your P15 rolling like you did, maybe with proper footwear and less tools... I'm happy to have had the privilege of meeting you through this forum, our cars, and all the years of BS. It was great fun. Pete
  5. 3 points
    Don's story reminded me of when my oldest daughter learned to drive a stick shift car at the age of sixteen. We bought her a Plymouth Turismo. (don't recall the year). Till she mastered her shifting, the clutch was waving the white flag. Oh, the car had previously been "rode hard, and put away wet", so the clutch issue was not a surprise, and certainly not her fault. She asked me what we were going to do? I informed her that WE were going to replace the clutch. My budget dictated that it wasn't going to a repair shop. So she donned a spare set of coveralls I had, and we proceeded to install a new clutch and pressure plate. The car was front wheel drive, so it wasn't a fun job, but we got it back together. The car was back on the road, and she gained some appreciation for car repair. We still get a chuckle about that, and she can drive a stick shift with the best of em" now.😄
  6. 3 points
    I think so…..Look at the fear on Don's face in the third photo.
  7. 3 points
    Did you age a few more years in a mater of minutes! 😃
  8. 3 points
    Don Coatney

    Gone but not forgotten

    Pete, Great to hear from you. I agree on the friendship thoughts. We had 10 years of great friendship with a lot of bickering laughs. Norms Coupe still owes us for this meal. Then we had fun in Boston.
  9. 3 points

    Starter Removal

    Thanks for the help. Came right out, 10 inch extension with a swivel and 5/8 shallow socket. Only drank one beer!
  10. 3 points

    Worse drivers?

    I heard the knuckleheads up near Beavercreek Oregon are the worst. 😉
  11. 3 points

    Worse drivers?

    Huh......seems I always remember county and states by their slowest drivers...... or by how nice their Highway Patrol Officers are....lol. 48D
  12. 2 points
    Don - That brings back memories of when I taught my oldest in my 49. Thank you for sharing Adam
  13. 2 points

    Gone but not forgotten

    Thanks Don. I saw the wires were labeled and that you had already started down the path of sorting them for how they need to be routed. I didn't see a wiring schematic, but I might have missed it. I did find the paperwork for wiring the taillights up in one of the boxes. Pete/Don - it was many of those forum threads between the two of you that solidify my desire to rock out a "hot rod" flatty. I simply wasn't in a position to buy Pete's car when it came up for sale. It worked out for Don's car though. I'm going to get the wiring straightened out and then start putting miles on her like intended while I also start a push to get my Pilothouse finished with a very similar setup to what is in Don's old P15 (its always going to be Don's car - people are going to recognize it as that for years as I have no desire to do drastic changes to it, visiting rights are granted).
  14. 2 points


    Sometimes they don’t respond because they included the wrong contact information in the listing. A while back I bought an engine on CL for my Jeep. The listing had a phone number that went directly to voicemail - after I left a half dozen messages, I finally got a call back from a lady who was upset that people kept calling her - turns out the guy transposed a couple of numbers. Hell bent on getting that engine, I took his pictures and verbiage and posted as “wanted”. I got a call from the guy, rather indignant that I “stole” his pictures. After I explained, he admitted that he was surprised that he hadn’t gotten any replies to his ad. He gave me a good deal on the engine...
  15. 2 points

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    You will find the temp gauge bulb on the back edge of the head. Be very careful trying to remove. You do not want to damage the tubing. You can buy a cheap temp gauge at any auto parts store for around $20 to check the accuracy of the original gauge.
  16. 2 points

    Fuel pump block off plate

    If your blockoff plate is thinner than the base of the fuel pump, make sure to use appropriately shorter bolts, or else the fuel pump cam can bend a bolt, making it a challenge to back out that bolt. Don't ask me how I know.
  17. 2 points

    Gone but not forgotten

    Wow Don...crazy way to get out of a head head race with me and The Brick....guess that just leaves the foot race from the curb to the pancake house! Nice that it went to a forum member. I see the ol'48 as an icon to the forum. Tim aka 48Dodger
  18. 2 points
    According to that diagram, the toggle switch would select if you want the overdrive to shift based on governor speed, or manually. In the middle position the lockout switch wouldn't be connected to a ground (earth) path, so the circuit would be incomplete. Switch one way connects the lockout switch to the governor. I assume this position allows the overdrive to shift based on speed. Switch the other way would give a permanent ground (earth) connection for the lockout switch. Would this keep the OD engaged all the time? I've never played with an OD trans to know how it functions electrically, but based on the other comments, and the way the diagram is drawn, it appears to be an "automatic" or "manual" selection of the overdrive.
  19. 2 points
    Merle Coggins

    Newbie Here - 1948 Dump Truck

    Temp gun aimed at a spot on the head, right by the temp gauge bulb, would be a good place to start. Then work your way down the head towards the thermostat to see if there is a significant change. You can also shoot (aim at) the block along where you see the core plugs. It'll give you a pretty good representation of what's happening inside. You can also shoot the thermostat housing, the top radiator tank, and if accessible the bottom radiator tank, or lower hose outlet. Too much temperature drop from top to bottom of the radiator would indicate internal blockage in the radiator core. 10-15 degrees drop is normal.
  20. 2 points
    Dan Hiebert

    Worse drivers?

    Yeah, I forgot about Canadian drivers in the U.S. I'd never seen anyone stop on an Interstate because they passed an exit, then drive in reverse in the traffic lanes back to the exit so they could take it - by both Ontario and Quebec plates, until I got to Michigan and New York, not "all the time", but enough times to be a bit scared of them. New Brunswick drivers here in northern Maine don't seem so bad by comparison, maybe because NB is even more rural than here. Maybe. We go to NJ on a regular basis, too. That's where the Missus hails from. Bad part about that is that when the little lady comes back from a visit, it takes a few days for her to shake off her NJ driving habits...
  21. 2 points
    Don Coatney

    Gone but not forgotten

    Lots of fun to pass a car at over 70 MPH in forth gear and then shift into 5th as you are passing. The glass packs really sound good at speed.
  22. 2 points

    Worse drivers?

    I spend a lot of time on the road at my job and it seems to me driving habits are getting progressively worse regardless of where you go The latest bad habit I see more and more often is the vehicle failing to get all four wheels in the other lane when passing. I don't mind sharing the road and I don't mind getting passed as long as they're not trying to use the same portion of road I am.
  23. 1 point

    Wheel cylinders need help

    LR: WC10583-WC10582 RR: WC10581-WC10580 Front: WC17789 x2 Least these are for my B3B, should work.
  24. 1 point

    Door lock removal

    There is a set screw accessible through a hole in the end of the door. I don’t mean to imply that it’s easy, though. After 65+ years these fasteners get pretty hard to dislodge. I’ve tried penetrating oil, shocking it with cold, and trying to drill it out. Nothing has helped so far. I did find a locksmith who was able to cut a key without removing the lock. That may be an option for you. There is quite a bit of discussion on the forum on this topic. Hope you find a way that works for yours. If you find a trick that works, please feel free to share. - Bob B
  25. 1 point
    Brent B3B

    Tucker Sno Cat speedometer

    Julie and I ran across this one in Roanoke VA last week at the Virginia museum of transportation


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