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    Hydro flooded town

    Sorry, the rascal disappeared into the woods before I could get a clear shot. Despite their size they are shy buggers. This is the only Sasquatch photo I have...
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    Hydro flooded town

    Late update, but we made it to and through the area August 30. A very enjoyable drive although too much washboard on the Hurley Pass for my liking. Sadly, the Bralorne Museum was closed the day we were there. Photos below are on the road to Minto, that once-flooded community where we were besieged by three families worth of adolescents, on the Hurley south to Pemberton, and after dark into Vancover. No car trouble to speak of, although we did char the floorboards near the exhaust manifold on a couple long hard climbs. Only regret was planned meetups with Keithb7 in Kamloops and bach4660 in Surrey both fell through — because we were too early for Keith and too late for Bach.
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    Hydro flooded town

    Thanks Keith for the additional info and photos. Gold Bridge/Bralorne and the Hurley Pass sounds like a great diversion on our way south. We should be good for the grades — added hydraulic front brakes three years ago and a period auxiliary 3-speed under/overdrive transmission in 2016. The underdrive is big at 50% so up or down the steep ones is no problem and 25% overdrive enables comfortable 50 mph cruising. We'll be in touch about getting together for coffee in Kamloops, probably Wed Aug 29 on our way to Lillooet for the night. Thursday night in somewhere in Washington state then Friday in Wilsonville, Oregon — we do about 300-350 miles/day. This trip will be a big loop, likely returning via Montana. Please send me a PM with your contact info for next month. Thanks.
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    Hydro flooded town

    Thanks Keith, that's very helpful. Yes, we'll be in the Speedster -- we are drawn to bad roads like flies to an outhouse. These photos are from last Labour Day weekend when we did 600+ miles of gravel from Whitecourt to the Crowsnest (eastern slopes of the Rockies)
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    Hydro flooded town

    Thanks for posting this — very timely, as we expect to be speedstering through the area in late August on our way to Oregon and it will be an interesting stop. Can you tell me whereabouts the artifacts are based on the map below? Thanks.
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    Work bench height

    Years ago I was told by an old carpenter friend that one's workbench was the proper height if he could unzip and lay it out horizontal on the bench (apparently this fellow didn't believe in women carpenters.) For me that would be 33", although I prefer 36-38" for mechanical work.
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    Merry Christmas & A Safe And Happy New Year

    No Arctic travel plans in the works — as a matter of fact, they replaced that 112-mile ice road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk this year with some new-fangled all-weather gravel job. Very glad we drove the ice when we had the chance. Anyway, I put the studded knobbies on the Dodge every winter — the Dodge, the T, and my bike are my winter transportation since I sold my modern a couple years ago (we usually drive Michelle's PT Cruiser when we travel together). The bike has studded winter tires and I have chains for the Model T, although deep enough snowfall to use them is increasingly-rare.
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    Merry Christmas & A Safe And Happy New Year

    Sometimes those 6-volt headlamps aren't quite enough on a dark December night... About those presents up top — they are liquor store boxes wrapped in dollar-store plastic tablecloths, and ballasted with bits of scrap metal, rocks, water jugs etc. I've used them for several Christmases on the Dodge or in back of the '26 T Touring. A couple of years ago, two presents went missing overnight. I chuckle to think of the thieves' disappointment to unwrap their ill-gotten loot to find only a couple of broken bricks.
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    Merry Christmas & A Safe And Happy New Year

    I don't post often anymore, but still pop by a few times a week for a look-see. Merry Christmas to you all!
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    Wednesday what is it

    Franklin for sure. Air-cooled. In a period-look speedster. The side draft carbs are obviously more modern. Franklins were distinctive not only for air cooling, but also used wooden frame rails from day one until the very late '20s. This speedster has a steel frame, which could be late Franklin or perhaps some other make.
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    1933 Studebaker

    It will certainly lose all its value as an antique car, it simply won't be one any more. To have the planned work done commercially, and properly, will cost far more than the realistic resale value of the completed street rod. We don't know what condition the car is in now, but assuming it needs pretty much everything restored, that, too, would cost far more than the realistic resale value of the completed restoration. The only way your friend can retain the current value of the car is to sell it for his purchase price — now. If he waits a year or two the opportunity cost of his investment $$ is lost, plus the cost/hassle of storage etc. Otherwise his choice is between an expensive car that looks sort of old (aside from wheels, tires, stance, colour, interior and glass) and drives much like a new one, or an expensive car that actually looks and drives like an old one. The latter is certainly my preference but then I'm always willing to trade off a significant degree of comfort and performance for the vintage experience (ie just got back this afternoon from a 400 mile round trip in my '24 Ford T speedster to go dirt-track racing).
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    '50 Plymouth Heater repair question...

    Friend Jerry is attempting to service the heater in his 1950 Plymouth, but we've hit a snag during disassembly — it seems prudent to tap into the collective wisdom of the P15-D24 community before we break something! The inner shaft (green arrow below) is seized solid. In order to access the mechanism within, we needed to separate the inner metal housing from the main housing, easy done, and the core (blue arrow below) from the inner housing. That's the problem — the inner housing and core are acting as one permanently-sealed unit. Is there a trick to splitting these two items? If we try much more pry-apart force we fear breaking something. If it is likely just 66 year old weatherseal "gluing" the two items together then I guess we keep working away at it and hope to not bust anything. Suggestions?
  13. Thanks for posting, Bob. Very nice! Austin, that thing in front of the driver is a "Frost Shield", basically a thin clear plastic sheet stuck to, and held slightly away from, the windshield with a thick, double-sided tape. It forms a rudimentary double-glazing that reduces frost and ice buildup on the windshield in cold temperatures. There were very common here in Canada up to the 1970s, but fell out of favour with the advent of better automotive HVAC systems. I run frost shields on the front doors and rear windows of the '47 D25 sedan which is my winter daily driver. The cold weather photo below was taken in Canada's Yukon Territory at about -33°C/-27°F. Despite the distorted view, frost shield are a huge help in those sort of temperatures.
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    Jerry's "New" car

    My very good friend and road trip partner Jerry has just joined the Mopar gang with purchase of this 1950 Plymouth from an aging local club member. It's probably the sweetest-running and smoothest-driving car of that vintage I have ever experienced. Original engine and radio, overdrive, first rate steering and brakes, very nice recent interior and woodgrain. Previous owner drove it to Virginia and back a few years (and only a few miles) ago. Of course it hasn't near the patina of my D25...
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    Jerry's "New" car

    Special Deluxe, made in Canada, Model P20C, 25" block Here is a shot of the dash...
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    Jerry's "New" car

    Tried to attach this as a second photo to the original post, but no luck until now.
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    Chris Bamford

    Hi Bob, Fred, thanks for asking. Nothing particular planned for this year, but one never knows — we've sure enjoyed our big journeys in the old heap. The only unusual undertaking for the Dodge so far in 2016 was hauling some old living room furniture to the dump:
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    D25 Voltage Regulator cross-reference?

    It appears the voltage regulator in my '47 D25 needs to be replaced. I troubleshot the charging system more-or-less per the manual, and Condition 1C (below) came up the winner — a jumper wire brought the charging system to life. The manual calls for an Auto-Lite VRP 4503-A (35-45 Amps @7.2 to 7.5 volts). I'm trying to source this locally or at least in Canada and have come up empty thus far. I recall a page on this site several years ago that listed part number cross-references for various components. I can't find that page now, so either it has disappeared or I'm showing my age. Can someone please help with alternative part numbers for this regulator and/or advise where the reference page is? Thank you.
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    D25 Voltage Regulator cross-reference?

    Thanks Ralph
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    Chris Bamford

    Hi Bob, thanks for asking. I've done nothing yet for decorations this year, but here's a couple shots from 2012. My '26 T Touring is in the shop now for some overdue repairs — the Ford may carry the presents this year, but Dodge will definitely sport the antlers and red nose.
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    Kissler Kar

    here is my 1912 KisselKar 50-HP Fire Chief's Car... 373 in3, 4-cylinder, factory 4-speed (4th is 25% OD), 37" tires on 27" wheels. Lots of fun!
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    The Great Hershey Road Trip begins...

    ...in about 10 minutes. The old D25 is carrying a pretty full load and we have some 2,800 miles to cover from Edmonton, AB to Venus, PA where we pick up and install an overdrive transmission from George Asche on Monday Oct 04. From there it's a short jaunt to Hershey on the Tuesday to get set up for the swap meet Wednesday to Friday and the big car show Saturday. Here's hoping for a grand adventure!
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    couple interesting pics

    Thanks Tim, I'd never seen that one. My wife says "Gee, the Dodge looks pretty good there" (gives an idea how ratty it looks now).
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    Leather Connecting Rod Bearing

    I haven't been around the forum much lately, been working on the '24 T Speedster and not doing much with the D25 besides using it as my everyday car. OT but possibly interesting... Here is the Model T poured-babbitt connecting rod that almost stranded us 580 miles (and one international border) from Edmonton on Tuesday, and a mockup of the roadside leather replacement bearing that got us home. Full story and photos here: http://www.mtfca.com...html?1442104258
  25. Our good friends Guy Butcher and Eunice Kratky in the UK have driven their 1933 Austin 7 from Baltimore, to Alaska, to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina, and Guy is now writing a book about that incredible journey. He would dearly love to acquire a copy of the book "Adventure South" about a similar epic journey undertaken in 1941 by three fellows in a 1941 Plymouth. There was much information and photos about this "Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition" published in the Plymouth Bulletin in 1982, but a copy of the book itself has proved elusive thus far— can anybody help? Read more about the Richardson Expedition here (its quite a story!): http://www.curbsideclassic.com/automotive-histories/cc-vintage-the-adventure-south-to-the-tip-of-south-america-in-a-1941-plymouth/ http://www.plymouthbulletin.com/adventure09.htm

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