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keithb7 last won the day on May 19

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About keithb7

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    Western Canada
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    Vintage cars, guitars and amps.
  • My Project Cars
    1938 Plymouth P6 Deluxe Sedan. 1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe C60-2.

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    Western Canada
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  1. A well maintained old Mopar, in my opinion is pretty bulletproof. Whether its 1934 or 1954. Me? I’d likely go through everything, top to bottom. All the original wear and salvage specs are available. Put everything back to spec. Points and condenser need not be updated to solid state. A strong powertrain throughout. Top notch electrical system. Good Tires and brakes in top condition. It can look old and tired, yet be a solid reliable car. Best be sure to educate yourself and get dirty. Car owner mechanical experience, skill and confidence goes a long way here. Yes you can pay others to do everything. It’ll cost a ton. When/if the car does let you down you may find yourself stumped and waiting for a tow truck. That’s my experience.
  2. You are very accurate @dpollo. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on this car. The original radiator and related parts are still with the car. The interior is original and yes needs work. My goal is to pick away at the car and slowly bring it back. Initially I’ll focus on the mechanics. Make it reliable and safe. Then I’ll get into the interior and body/paint. No hurry here. It’ll be a longer project that I’ll savor. Likely driving it along most of the the way. I will need a head as I hope to rebuild the original engine. I’ll dig into that once I get everything home here.
  3. I attended vintage car show in Vegas a few years ago. I felt the time was right to get into the vintage car scene. I’ve always loved old cars. My kids were now grown up. It was time to start looking. Originally I wanted post-WW2 type. I like the design. I found a really clean 1953 Chrysler. Lots of chrome. Good price! I bit, and went for it. I’ve been really enjoying it. The whole plan worked out well. As you can see, I did not have a certain car in mind. I was attracted to its looks, price and nostalgia I guess. With one car being so fun, only way to have more fun is two cars. Right? I have been looking at other vintage car options for probably the past 6-8 months. Several options caught my attention. They never worked out for various reasons. Then, another Mopar struck me. Everything felt right and the deal fell together nicely. Pre WW2 this time. It seemed like the right fit for me. I bought it. So that’s two old cars in a row for me with no real significance. I have no idea if my Grandparents had one of either car or not. The way I see it....These cars will be of considerable significance to my sons or potential further offspring! If I’m lucky.
  4. My ‘38 is indeed a Canadian built car. It is an earlier release. It shipped with the shorter block. 200 CI. engine It currently has a longer block D24 stamped engine in the car. Rad was moved forward about 2” I believe to accommodate.
  5. I own one similar to this. It worked very well in my L6 Mopar engine. https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-K-D-Kay-Dee-700-Valve-Spring-Compressor-Lifter-Adjustable-Jaw-KD-700/264323183533?hash=item3d8ae3b3ad:g:MnwAAOSwdllc245E
  6. Yessir. That’s the one. Like you, I am really looking forward to it too. Nice catch on that escaped silicone! Nightmares are made of that right there.
  7. I drove a ‘38 P6 forward and back in the driveway many times. Through all the gears. It works well! Finally I said “wrap it up.” I really look forward to driving this one regularly. I’ll be a tough decision. My ‘38 or my ‘53? Darn I love these cars. Every single one of ‘em here. Keep the posts coming!
  8. Worden if we ever cross paths surely you’ll be driving, and I’ll be grinnin’ while shot gunnin’. T’would be an honor!
  9. Cool thread. Somehow it’s eluded me until today. @Worden18 has it figured out. He’s bang-on. Just recently for me, I struggled for three weeks about buying another old car I found. I “slept on it” 21 times. If by then you know you still want it, perhaps you should let down your inhibitions and go get it. Which I did. I am a cautious slow learner it seems. Lol. Life is ours to live. We work hard to get ahead. Whatever brings us joy. Do it if you can. I must have crossed the apex. I too feel I am now in the same place as Worden.
  10. Great news about the 38 Plymouth Ihave a 39 desoto.  i have a large collection of cross reference manuals that I have scanned and are now on Cd's.  These are great for looking for parts that were manufactured by the other car part manufactures also and autolite catalog that covers the electrical and other components for your car.


    Write to me and I will send you my list of cataoogs.


    Rich HArtung


  11. I didn’t sleep well in the hotel room last nite. Too wound up about the car I think. It seems these moments of “child-like excitement at Christmas”, happen too rarely in life as we age. I am there today. Some new to me is interesting stuff to learn about 1938 technology. The starter has a rod that comes thru the firewall. It seems that you turn on the key power, you push the rod, manually engaging the starter somehow. Is that right? When the owner started the car, I was taking in a lot of info at the time. The D24 engine in the car now is slightly longer than the stock block. So the rad was moved forward slightly to accomodate it. I was told that this was completed back in 1966. The original engine has been held with the car all that time. The head was found to br cracked, I was told. That head is long gone. Whenever I get to rebuilding the original engine I’ll need a head. I believe it to be a 201ci engine. I’ll keep an eye out for one. Looking in the cylinders of this original ,engine I was mildly amused at the bore. Quite a bit smaller than my 265. All the original parts are still there in boxes from the engine swap and rad move. Lots more stuff too, fortunately. The car had been sitting unstarted for several months. A little fuel in the carb and it fired up immediately and purred smoothly as these flatheads are known for. An electric fuel pump has been installed. I was happy to see that all the gauges worked too. The coolant temp gauge is labeled “heat” I think. Factory lettering. Lol. Good amps, and engine oil pressure reading. An interesting little bolt-in am radio was attached under the dash on the driver’s side. I have never seen one of these before. Looking at it I’d guess it may be a 1950’s aftermarket purchase? It sort of resembles the shape of a modern electric brake controller, mounted similarly. Appears to be a self contained unit. Thinking about it now, it seemed a little small to house tubes. Maybe it does. I can’t check it right now. I’ll post pics when I get the car home and start working on it. It’ll be another week likely before I get it home.
  12. Thanks guys. I am pretty excited and elated about securing this car. It’s a 1938! That floors me. It needs some work but it flashed up in 1/2 a second and purred so nicely. To make it driveable shouldn’t take too much. Inspect brakes, new park brake cable. New battery. A good general cleaning. Some wire clean up. Service all fluids. Lots more to come!
  13. Did the deal on this one today. 1938 P6. Great known history. Solid car. Original interior. D24 engine installed but comes with original P6 engine needing rebuild. Lots of spare parts! Good runner. Test drove it. Looking forward to getting into this car. No plans other than make it reliable, road worthy and safe. Picked up in Victoria BC Canada. I will trailer it home next Saturday.
  14. Almost there...It’s a fair journey. If I had more time I’d seek out @dpollo
  15. Thanks folks. I appreciate the support. I did go buy a compact brake line tube bender. Same one seen below. I had to remind myself that bending brake lines is not like twisting bolts. You gotta add some finesse to it, like any art. It takes a little practice to get pretty good at it. I did one line yesterday on my 1998 RAM 2500 with the tool above. It worked, but the result was not great. Today I bought this tool and built line #2. Plenty of bends wrapping partly around the rear axle housing, up over the diff, then back down to the distribution block. The new tool helped tremendously and the job went quick. Must have been 12 or more bends, followed by another double flare. The new brake line bolted right back in. replacing of the old line easily. That's 5 lines I've made in past year or so. I see an improvement! LOL. I need to pick up the pace and do more to stay sharp at this. I am going on a trip tomorrow to view a 1938 Plymouth sedan. I may be doing more brake lines in the future.
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