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About keithb7

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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    Western Canada
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    Vintage cars, guitars and amps.
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    1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe

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    Hobby Mechanic
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    Western Canada
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  1. 1950 Spitfire problems

    Yet another example of car owners being taken advantage of. That’s terrible. I hate hearing about these stories. I feel very strongly that to own these old cars, you really need to be pretty handy with the tools. Doing your own troubleshooting. Your own repais wherever possible. I hate seeing folks get taken for granted by bad mechanics, or parts prices at sky high prices. I shake my head. We’ve pulled shop classes from all our highschools. Sad.
  2. Great info here folks. Thanks so far. I hear that radials handle better at speeds. Yet are a bear to manoever in low speed applications. For example tight parking spots. Parallel parking. Is the softer, squished bulging radial tire sidewall the cause for this? The tire bulge at a stop, offers wider contact area? Making it difficult to crank the manual streering wheel while stopped. Is this accurate? Stiffer sidewall bias tires offer easier low speed, and stopped steering action? Does this seem plausible? What I may gain in hiway handling with radial tires, I give up in town, trying to manipute parking spots? My ‘53 has a big steering wheel and manual steering. The car is big and weights about 4,000 lbs. Thanks.
  3. Hi folks, I have been thinking about tires. My 1953 Windsor Deluxe came to me with Dennman Classic L78-15 bias ply tires on it. They have a 4" wide whitewall.According to my owners manual, my understanding is stock size tires for my car was 760-15. The tires are are in good condition. Tread dept is very good. I like the big wide whitewalls. What I don't like, is how the tires handle. The cars seems to want to track every little seam, or lift in a road. Pulling the car slightly to weave different directions. I am wondering what the benefits are of going to a radial tire? Will the car ride and steer better? I have been doing some research online and it seems that Coker makes vintage style, whitewall radial tire for my car. The closest radial equivalent seems to be 225-75R15. The whitewall I have found so far for this tire size is 2 3/4". To get a wider whitewall it seems I need to go to 235-75R15, which gives me a 3 1/8" whitewall. The wider whitewall is preferred, but I am thinking that tire is wider than I'd like. The 78-15 bias tires on my car now will rub the steering parts on a full, cranked to the stops, turn. That does not happen very often however I think I'd rather get back to a stock sized tire, with a wide whitewall. I am wondering if any of you folks have any photos of your tires and know the width of your whitewalls? Seeing some pics of our cars with the 3 1/8" or so whitewall will help me get an idea how different they will look, compared to my current 4" wide whitewall. If you could post any pics here with details, that would be appreciated. Here is mine now, below. Thanks in advance. - Keith
  4. This Evening's Cruise...With Running Updates

    Lol... No. My Mom was let loose on her own on motorcycle once. I think I was 3 years old. It was 1974. Family vacation. Mom's so gung-ho to try anything, she was like "I love motorcycles! I'll rent one!". First time ever. She nailed a telephone pole. Lol. She was not going too fast. Nobody was hurt. Mom was in her 20's. Bike was damaged. It was probably more like a scooter. I was too young to remember the details, but every year over turkey Dad would re-tell the story and near piss himself laughing... Good times. So Mom was happy to double on the back of my harley any time. I could call her up at 3 am, wake her up and say, "I'll be there to pick you up in 10 mins". Mom would be ready with a grin. Let's go!
  5. This Evening's Cruise...With Running Updates

    Oh Mom's been on my Harley DJ. She's always up to try anything. I let the Harley go after I fell in love with those early car curves. Took me a minute, but I found it... Derailing my own thread here. It's not Mopar. However it was a stepping stone on my way to my Chrysler.
  6. This Evening's Cruise...With Running Updates

    It's Thanksgiving up here in Canada today. I made trip over the mountains yesterday to help my mother out and brought her back home for a few days. No I did not take my '53. I would have loved to, however its a 3.5 hour drive each way and there was heavy snow falling as we drove back to my home last night. Back here in town today Mom is now scurrying around the kitchen putting together a turkey dinner that the whole family will enjoy. I offered to take Mom for her maiden voyage in my '53 Windsor today. Off to church we went. Mom smiling, proud as a peacock as the orange leaves rustled up behind us under nice crisp fall skies. I am thankful today that Mom was able to join us. Mom needed a day like today. It's been a rocky road lately. The good news is Walter P's efforts are still paying dividends. Big smiles and great memories with the big car. Life's good.
  7. Head Gasket Replacement

    Regarding tools, this partial list of tools worked quite well and got me the results I wanted. The hand grinding of the valve seats is not for the weary.
  8. Brake lights are stuck on

    My '53 has the same brake Gremlin living in it. Park the car and 20 mins later the brake lights come on. 25 mins later they go out. I have literally parked my car and watched the events unfold. Timed it. I have a new master cyl kit, pressure switch, wheel cylinder re-seal parts and all new flex lines, all ready to go. I'll tackle it this winter. It was 1953. I figure I'll take the same approach bombers used back then. Carpet bomb the thing with parts and hope I nail it. Spray and pray...I'll throw parts at it and keep my fingers crossed. Lol. What the heck, all those new brake parts are not a bad thing, right?
  9. Head Gasket Replacement

    The valves in my '53 appeared old. They had the DPCD logo on them. I figured they had served their time. My car needed a valve grind job. With the current price of machining services I decided it made more sense to buy all new valves versus grinding them. I bought mine at Andy B. If you can get your old valves to seal properly, holding liquid as described, I agree there is no need to replace them at this time. Valves that don't seal result in low cylinder compression. Low horsepower and torque. Rough idle. Increased fuel burn and I believe increased emissions.
  10. Project Cars Are Still Out There

    Good old Canadian Prairie weathered vintage car. It is amazing what you see out there once you train your eye. Just this week I was driving through a neighbourhood in my town. I picked out an early 50's Pontiac. All weathered. Rusting. Tucked under a big spruce tree in a back yard. Hidden behind a house. I stopped and knocked on the door. Nobody home. It was a pretty decent project. Complete with stock sun visor. Which is really what I want for my '53 Windsor. The visor is what made me crank my neck around and check it out. It was green too! Turned out to be a Pontiac though.
  11. Head Gasket Replacement

    While the engine is exposed as you have it, I recommend looking at the valve sealing surfaces. Do they look like this valve image below? Pitted in the centre? Not good. You can rotate the engine by hand, as each valve opens, stop. Get a flashlight and a magnifier if needed, and inspect both valve and seat surfaces for wear. Take some pics and report back if you can. With a few more bolts removed, the intake and exhaust manifold will easily lift off. Rotate the engine by hand. Stop when both valves are sealed in one cylinder. Piston will be at TDC. Both valves will be seated at this point. Get a larger sized syringe. Fill it with kerosene. Using the syringe, push kerosene in a controlled manner, around both the intake and exhaust valve seat areas. Using a flashlight, look up under the valves in the ports in the block. Look for leaking kerosene. Good sealed valves will not pass kerosene or any other liquid. Wipe up any kerosene with rags. Don't over do it with the kerosene and end up getting it in your cylinders. Rags in there helps. Below here you can see how I put shop towels into the cylinders to keep the jugs clean while I de-carbon'd everything with a brass wire wheel in a drill. Extreme caution must be used to ensure no brass wheel wire bits get in into the cylinders. They likely get down in around the piston rings and create havoc. I shop vac'd the area several times. Then wiped everything clean several times. A good lapped, sealing valve will show a surface finish like this below, with proper lapping. See the duller finish in the centre of the valve seal area? This is from the lapping compound. I did these with the infamous rubber cups on a stick, tool. You can see my drill with wire brass wheel on the floor in the background of this pic. I have three different sized wire brass wheels to get in and around tighter areas. In the end mine looked like this below. Head gasket was sprayed with orange spray, gasket sealer. I would never, reuse head bolts. That's just me. The bolts are designed to stretch, once they are torqued to proper spec. Bolts only stretch right so many times. Then they break. If you re-use head bolts you might well be sweating bullets when you go to re-torque them, two and three times later. After they have heated and cooled a few times. Praying for no breakage.
  12. Best winter storage idea ever! Car dollies on each wheel. I am preparing for the Canadian Winter. My '53 Windsor gets the prime spot in my heated garage. Space is a premium here at home. I have some plans to work on the car this winter, but my garage is not huge. So getting it real close to one wall really helps out a lot. I put these dollies under the wheels to test them out today. They are simply awesome. I am not done driving the car yet. I am insured until Nov 11. Any nice days that come along, I'll be out for a cruise. We usually don't see snow around here until mid December. Today I am just prepping my garage for the winter ahead. Sliding the car sideways is so nice!
  13. L-Head 6 valve removal

    A light tapping on the valve while spring was compressed worked for me in my '53. Definitely get some rags in there. Do not proceed to progress with any work until all removed keepers have been accounted for. Very important! These little buggars run and hide in dark places. Don't forget to set lash with hot engine running! (My favourite part)
  14. New here. Seized '53 Dodge flathead 6 motor

    Thanks @Plymouthy Adams for the enlightenment. I have not had to tear down a siezed engine yet. I can see how it'd be a major pain to pull parts.
  15. New here. Seized '53 Dodge flathead 6 motor

    I'm interested in learning what benefit there is in trying to break free a seized engine. I can assume rotating parts like crank mains and connecting rod bearings are rusted solid. Or the piston rings are rusted to the cylinder walls. Maybe the cam bushing are rusted to the cams I am wondering of what use is an engine in this state? I would tend to think the whole thing needs to come out and be torn down completely. If if by chance you were able to get it break free and turn it over, how long would it last? Before a bearing spun? Or an oil gallery plugged? Or a piston ring or two broke? Maybe someone can enlighten me. Share a story anout a seized engine you free'd up, and been running great since. I'd live to hear if this is realistic. Not meaning to come across cocky. Just hoping to learn. Thx.