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  1. 5 points
    Merle Coggins

    Cracked Manifold

    All done... Glad I did this before the trip. I got an early start this morning. Was out in the garage around 6:30. Got the steering box adjusted right away and was on to the manifold job by 8:00. I thought I was going to have a delay for a supply run. I wanted to grease the front suspension components before lowering it down, but my grease gun was empty. I dug out my second grease gun and it had just enough to grease the front end. Delay avoided... The manifold sway went fairly smoothly. I had 3 studs come out, so I had to drain the coolant. It was 3 with the conical nuts and cupped washers. It took a fair amount of heat to break the bond between the nuts and studs, but they finally loosened up and were reusable. The good part about that was that those areas were easier to clean up the old gasket material without having to work around the studs. A little sealer on the threads and it all went back together without any fuss. Had it running by 10:30. Got things cleaned up and backed it out of the garage for a test drive. Needed to run some errands anyway, including a stop at Fleet Farm for grease. Runs great. Steering is awesome now. Much easier to drive now. It smoked quite a bit at first until all of the gunk was burned out of the replacement manifold, but that cleared up fairly quickly. When I got back home I jacked up the rear and greased the rear suspension and driveline. All good to go now. A BIG thank you again to Todd for hooking me up with the manifold. The crack was worse than I expected. Red arrows are pointing at the ends. Wouldn’t have been long before it was a 2 piece manifold. All done... and retorqued after running it for a few minutes, and again after my errand run/test drive.
  2. 3 points
    My latest Mopar addition. A 1998 Ram 2500 24 valve Cummins turbo diesel. Not to far away from qualifying for vintage plates! New body panels and a complete paint job coming soon. Low miles, and tons of very good maintenance records. I am stoked to have a real truck that I can actually tow with. @Worden18 this will get my '53 home if needed.
  3. 3 points
    You could say that you have an appealing truck.....
  4. 3 points

    Time for an overhaul...

    Retorqued the head again this afternoon. Gained a little bit more squish on that gasket.... When done we hooked up an O2 sensor to the bung we'd installed Saturday and went for a spin. Idle AFR was right at 11.3:1. A bit rich. I can fiddle with that a bit. When cold the car didn't like the screw touched though. We tried turning it in until we saw mid 12's, but the engine didn't sound as happy. WOT saw 12.8:1 and cruising was right at 15.2:1. If I can figure out a way to both add more main jet (easy...) and take away a touch of the power circuit I think I can get both of those numbers closer to the mid 13's. One thing I can say is this thing is really smooth. You know that Plymouth commercial where they set a glass of water on the fender? Well, I'm betting I can set it right on top of the air cleaner. It doesn't budge.
  5. 2 points
    Merle Coggins


    Yup.. like they said. It's a capacitor. They are used to suppress electric interference for radios.
  6. 2 points
    B1B Keven


    Capacitor. Yes, they can be measured. Usually rated in micro farads.
  7. 2 points
    Plymouthy Adams


    capacitor...purpose, filtering....
  8. 2 points
    to address many common questions users have about the site. If you have a specific question you would like to see added, like an issues had when you first signed on, post it here and I will add it.
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
    Don Coatney

    Time for an overhaul...

    Spinning the engine that long with the starter motor is a sure way to melt the starter motor. Short 10-15 second bursts with at least that much cool down time in between starting attempts will insure much longer starter motor life
  11. 2 points
    You can now tag a post in a thread as a "Best Answer". We lost this feature in the upgrade form IPS 3 to 4, but a 3rd party publisher has brought it back. The thread starter can select the best answer by clicking on the "Check" to the left of the response.
  12. 2 points

    Retro Festival

    Went to the Retro Festival in Newbury at the weekend, and ran across this little gem from 1942...
  13. 2 points
    Ok so maybe I have a bit of an addiction compared to you guys...lol the one with the couches is the actual man cave on the mezzanine in the shop, and yes...fridge and 50” tv LOL. If I had put in a bathroom I could live out there when I’m in trouble in the house!
  14. 2 points
    Don Coatney

    New speed record today

    I wrenched my foot the other day. Hurt like heck....
  15. 2 points
  16. 1 point
    Hello I'm new to the forum so this is also my intoduction. I'm Patrick. I'm the third owner of a 1936 dodge LC pickup. I bought the truck last September. The truck had been sitting since 1974. 20 years inside and 20 years outside. The truck is in "running when parked" condition so that was a real plus for me. I understand it was a daily driver that was simply parked when the owner bought a bigger truck. When I bought it the motor was stuck. I got it unstuck a year ago and got it running yesterday. I put fresh oil in it, disassembled and cleaned the carb, filed the points and checked the gap, put new plugs in it, fresh gas, new battery and with a little work it fired up yesterday. Im very pleased and excited to get it running however after running it for about 15 minutes it continues to smoke white smoke very badly. Its not the white dissipating kind. It fills up the whole neighborhood. The motor seems to purr really well but Im unsure what is causing the smoke and which direction to go from here. Any help would be more than greatly appreciated. Here is a picture of the truck.
  17. 1 point

    1952 Dodge Coupe hot rod

    Can't speak for anyone else,but I like your plan. Especially the ohv inline 6 Jeep engine.
  18. 1 point

    source for trim piece

    They are hard to find and usually expensive. I looked for several years before finding good driver quality ones for my 1952 Plymouth
  19. 1 point
    Thomba, Nope, I’m not about to laugh at someone else’s trials, even tho’ I may have “been there-don that”. Using the parts from Mac’s originally intended for a Ford will work just fine, as long as the grommets fit within the hex-holes in the wiper shafts. Use a washer slightly larger than the hex-hole, and retain it with a clip. You’re good to go. I did forget to mention that when I fabricated my hex-nut “fix” to this same problem, I had to file them both down, as there were too thick in their original form, and I couldn’t get the tiny cotter pin thru the hole, as the hex-nuts were almost as thick as the mounting shaft was long. This all occurred when I had a modicum of interest in the car. Live and learn—another problem (called a challenge in med school . . .), overcome. Warmest regards to you . . . .
  20. 1 point
    I got this RAT in my dining-room that I fed spare Dodge truck parts to. Now he won't leave.
  21. 1 point

    Another 230 build thread

    Getting there.
  22. 1 point

    Cracked Manifold

    giving Tim the request crap to get him motivated to head to American Canyon!
  23. 1 point

    Updates on my 1940 Windsor!

    Made it today on my breaks at work. Its 3”x2” about 20” long. 1/8” wall. Had square plates welded on the end and I ground it down and rounded he corners to match the tubing. Milled ‘fins’ on all sides and the holes line up with the carb mount on the header.
  24. 1 point

    Vent window

    Andy, good information for a loose clamp, but the vent shown has a good clamp; the other does not. So someday I have to fabricate a new clamp for the other vent. Someday; on my To-Do List, under either the "Future" or "Far off" category.
  25. 1 point

    Time for an overhaul...

    Yeaterday was my wife’s and my 28th anniversary. Still, she let me go to the shop to make some headway. 😊 Got the floor in. Put an inexpensive layer of insulation down first. Hand brake installed. Floor mat down. Job is starting to look finished..... Radiator reinstalled. Not sure I like the flat black, but that’s how it came back. In it goes. And finally made up a new oil pressure line. Hard to see, but it’s in there.


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