keithb7

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    1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe

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  1. I believe 15W-40 oil is thicker, slower moving oil than 10W-30. It would make sense that you will possibly see slightly more oil pressure on the gage. Even when fully warmed up, it will stay thicker.
  2. The big annual, local car show was yesterday and today. I have been putting off repairs, for fear of having to sit out the show. Thursday night I was like a kid on Christmas Eve. The weekend events began on Friday at 5 pm where I headed down to register for the poker run. My wife and mother-in-law came along. We had a lot of fun. We followed instructions to 18 different stops around our city where we drew cards from a deck. Prizes were awarded for the best poker hands. We ended up with Flush of hearts, ace high. Not enough to win anything, but we sure had fun. Several stops were at Senior Villages. The old folks loved seeing the old cars. My 53 was a hit. Lots of waves smiles and horn honing ensued. It was a hot night. Lots of stop and go traffic. If you've been to Kamloops you know we are surrounded by considerable hills in all directions. The old L6 held up well. I thought I might overheat climbing up the big hills, starting from a red light at the bottom. I think were close, but we did not overheat. I was able to get my speeds up again and she cooled down quickly. I have never overheated yet, so I am not sure where that happens on the temp gauge. Lots of other cars did overheat. Newer cars than mine did. I was a proud man, with my big old Chrysler puling them big hills. At one stop, there was a gas station near by. My wife grabbed a poker card while I put in $30 gas. Sitting there getting gas, I am pretty sure I had fuel vaporizing in the fuel line while sitting. After the fuel up I was fuel starved for a bit, attempting to climb yet another hill. I came to a stop after the engine stalled. No traffic, so I rolled backwards, pulled a reverse u-turn and glided back down the hill. Started the car, and burned through any fuel vapour. Got to the bottom, turned around and pulled that hill no problem. I think I will get a longer fuel line and move it farther away from the manifolds. Maybe also wrap it in some heat insulation. We had fun and put about 60 miles on the car maybe that night. Sat morning, today, I met with the local ACAA Vintage Car Club at 7am. We gathered to enter the car show all together. We paraded in to a full reserved bock in the downtown core. That was exciting. A 1931 plymouth was behind me, and a 1941 Dodge in front. Here we are heading into town. I was pretty jacked up. The blue 1941 Dodge was a nice car. Canadian built with a 218. The owner is 87. I am told he will forget more about L6 Mopar engines than I will probably ever learn. We had a great chat. He restored his '41, back in the 1983. He has since towed a RV trailer all the way across Canada and back to BC two times. He had pics of this rear tires dipping in the Pacific ocean in Victoria BC, and his front tires dipping in the Atlantic ocean in St. John's Newfoundland. He told me one trip, return was about 12,500 KM (7,767 miles). I was impressed to hear, he'd done it twice in the same car over the years. I picked his brain a bit about the car. I really enjoyed the gentleman's company. I look forward to spending more time with him at future car club events. I asked him how long his points and condenser lasted on the trip across Canada and back. He said he had no problem. He had spares but never used them. No problems with ignition system during either trip. I was again pretty impressed. He said his buddies are doing the same cross Canada tour again now. He's be there with them but at 87 he decided to pass this time around. Maybe I should volunteer to drive him across the continent and back in his car? Wouldn't that be great? Engine compartment 1941 Dodge: Here is my '53 next to an unrestored 1931 Plymouth. It was painted a couple years ago, but that's it. Owner told me it was originally from Chicago. He said he thinks the car was owned by some type of Gangster or other. He has found three custom hidden areas for hiding things in various locations in the car. One under the dash he is pretty sure was for a hand gun. Could be an embellished story. Who knows? Sounds neat and believable though. Not a bad place to spend the day, tucked in with some great company. The streets were packed all day. I met tons of new friends and many, many people loved my big old '53. Again, I was the only 50's and older Chrysler at the show. I did see a 1960-something Chrysler Windsor at the show. Totally different car. One guy said "Wow, this is rare. You never see these old Windsors any more it seems." One guy offered to buy it. Many had their photos taken with it. I was in heaven all day talking about all the neat little things about my car. I must have educated 10 or more people in the workings of a Fluid Torque Drive transmission. The creme car with wood spokes was a 1920-something Studebaker. Two rear mechanical brakes only. External round brake straps around a drum. Dicey! If I had to give up my Chrsyler today, I would still be very happy. In such a short time I have enjoyed many great experiences with it. It has brought so much joy to me and my family. I have met so many great people, through my car. I had no idea. Vintage cars are so rewarding to work on, and so much fun to own. Everyone here knows that! I can't think of many times where I have struck up wonderful conversations with 100 total-strangers, in one day. A simple car conversation turns into great stories about their Dad, Grandpa or Uncle who bought one new in the 1950's. So interesting. Good times!
  3. Worden are you running bias ply or radial tires? I find my bias tires are a little more of a wrestle on grooved up pavement, compared to radials. Especially older asphalt with lots if heavy truck traffic. Ruts, sort of wide gutters, develop in the asphalt from heavy trucks. She's a bit of a squirrel in those ruts with bias tires on.
  4. Ok, but this feels kinda like showing off my Boy Scout badges. I can't get it all in one pic. But here's the smaller hand tools in the chest. Recent MOPAR required tools are on the floor. I pulled them out to show them off. Rear hub puller, vintage L-head valve spring tool, vintage valve seat cutter tool. All worked very well, I must say. I have click-y torque wrenches, tap and die sets, endless sockets up to 1/2", tone of pliers including Oetker pliers. Mity-Vac, heat guns, soldering gear, to call out a few things. I have been collecting tools for about 30 years now. I figure if I am doing a job myself, it only takes one time to pay for the tool. Quite often, the more expensive the tool, the more expensive it would be to pay someone else to do the job. So I buy whatever I need. After 20 years of putting up with a crappy floor jack, I finally went out and bought a 2T decent floor jack on wheels. Why I put up with a crappy one for 20 years, I have no idea. Tons more bigger stuff like compressor, chain hoist, jack stands...You know the usual stuff. I have my eye on a 120V AC 70A MIG Welder. I never learned to weld. Its about time I tried. Coming soon I'd say.
  5. My '53 is definitely raked forward. The suspension appears stock, as far as I can tell. It seems all the pics I can find of same era Windsor's, are lower a bit at the rear. Even old ads and drawings, that I have seen. My higher rear end seems a little too high to me. It seems the rear wheel wells come down to almost the red Chrysler emblem on the hub cap. Mine are much higher near the edge of the hub cap. You can somewhat see the rear height below here: Do all I need to lower the rear a bit are spacer blocks and longer u-bolts? Is it that simple? Maybe all others I am seeing are lowered? For example:
  6. Uh oh. Something is up. Thats the block coolant drain in the pic. There's no oil in there. Unless oil is entering the cooling system. Got any pics of the brown crud you found when you removed your rad cap? Is it possibly oil mixed in with the coolant?
  7. I read these discussions about breakerless ignition upgades with intetest. My '53 is still original. It runs very well. I'm not sure I need solid state ignition but I do ponder the idea of it. Wondering when it best offers advantages? Maybe it's good for folks who aren't comfortable setting and maintaining points? If I were preparing my car for a long epic adventure? Like a tour clear across Canada. Would solid state offer better reliability for such a trip? Do folks generally just keep spare points and condensor, feeler gauge and small file in the trunk?
  8. TimFX did you remove the lower rad hose to flush it multiple times? Or just drain it at the little rad drain petcock, then refill?
  9. Yes thats it. Just twist it until the coolant flows out. No need to try and remove the drain assembly completely.
  10. Yes. Look for block drain petcock on the side of the block near distributor. Open it and the block will drain.
  11. Will do. Thanks folks. It's been at least a few decades since I think I used a double flare tool in trade school. I will be sure do a few practice runs. I am gathering the pieces for some serious brake work. Drum puller. Check. Steel lines. Double flare tool. Tube bender. Check. Mity-Vac. Master cylinder rebuild kit. Check. New brake pressure switch. New flex lines Will wait until after the big car show and Poker Run next Sat. Then I'm digging in.
  12. Thank you @Young Ed. Tools were just purchased. Ready to go when I get home.
  13. Did some reasearch here. Cannot find my answer. I'm away from home, no access to my manuals. I need to replace a few brake lines when I get home. I'm thinking about gathering up some tooling before I start. I have not pulled a line yet. Does my '53 Windsor utilize single or double flare lines? I want to buy the right flaring tool here soon. Thx.
  14. Enjoying the thread. I'll offer info on the Mity-Vac. I have one and use it for one person brake bleeding. It has has a little container that attaches. You hook up a vacuum line at the brake bleeder nipple. Make sure the reservoir is full of brake fluid. Go down to the wheel. Hand pump unit with one hand and create a vacuum. Crack bleeder with other hand and draw out fluid. Closing bleeder again. Pump mity-vac again and repeat. Keep going as needed. Be sure to get up and top up the reservoir as you draw out fluid at wheel. Clear lines work great for flushing out old brown-ish fluid with new. You can visually see the fluid turn clear as the new fluid gets pulled through by the Mity-Vac. I think I have the 8,000 model. With a gauge on it, it also works great for testing vacuum pots. Such as distributor vacuum advance. http://www.mityvac.com/pages/products_hvpk.asp Speaking of young people under cars, sweating in the heat. I find myself in this situation often. I kind of wish I was 17 again, sometimes. Yet then other times not. As at 17 I'd be broke. Have scant tools and tend to break a lot of parts. Trying to take things apart impatiently and ramming them back together. Lol. We probably all had that in common early in our years.
  15. This evening's classic car endeavors included a trip to visit my brother. He is about 3 hours away. We went to a local impromptu car meet & greet social. My Brother took us in his1966 Corvair. I left my '53 at home. I am still not ready to take it on a 400 mile return trip. More work to get through on it still. There was only one pre -1960 Mopar at the meet tonite. This 1956 Fargo truck. It had the flat head Chrysler 6 in it. I am starting to realize when someone mentioned that it's rare to see pre-1955 or so Chryslers at a show, they weren't kidding. I mentioned my Brother's Corvair. Here it is. He bought it from the original owners. It's all original. Never been restored. 42,00 miles on it today. Big, big car show around here on Sunday. I hope to see some pre-55 Mopars there. Will report back.