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    Mammoth Lakes CA
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    Old cars
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    1940 Dodge 4 door

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    Just an old guy who likes old cars
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    Mammoth Lakes CA
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    Old cars old music

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  1. Great Race

    Hi..l had mentioned our 34 Plymouth in a previous thread but recently uncovered some buried information...l will share it with you after a brief forward... l acquired the car in 1964 from my grandfather...he had been using it as a storage container...l almost allowed the car to suffer a similar fate but some high school kids and the Great Race intervened in 2002...now here we are in 2018 and l see the same scenario slowly developing again...what follows is a transcription of what l wrote for the Great Race in 2002.. The woman who owned the car was Mabel Payne. She lived in Glendale on Louise St across the driveway from my mother and Grandmother. In 1936 my grandmother relocated to Armstrong Ave in Los Angeles and Ms Payne and the Plymouth accompanied her. Ms Payne passed away in 1942 and my grandmother "inherited" the Plymouth. I remember riding in the car with Grandma...l couldn't see out of the windshield but l can clearly remember the beautiful oval instrument panel and her wrinkled arthritic hand on floor gearshift. Grandma passed away in 1958...l was 10 years old. The car sat in the garage...we would go to visit Grandpa and l would go out and sit in the Plymouth. I pestered my father incessantly about the Plymouth... he finally relented and one day he and l made the trip from Whitter to West LA to maybe see if we could talk Grandpa out of the Plymouth. Negotiations were successful and we towed the car with Dads homemade tow bar out to Whittier. The winter of 64-65 was spent in the garage.. I knew next to nothing about what we were doing but l had read and re read an old copy of Automotive Essentials by Ray F. Kuns for hours and hours in anticipation of the big day when we would be putting the Plymouth on the road. One day Dad said Ok we're going to rewire the whole car from headlight to taillight. I said "What for, the wires look ok to me" He said "Take out all the wiring and don't cut or break anything" Ok fine. He then presented me with a wiring diagram which l had no idea where he got it and said "Look at the picture and follow it, it's not that hard.. No new harness, no schooling, just do it.. I began by going to the auto parts store and buying 5 or 6 spools of different color wire. I bought the braided although the plastic insulated was available l thought the braided looked more like what l had taken out. I learned to solder the terminals..Crimp ons were available l think but we didn't have a crimping tool and the solder terminals were much cheaper. Then came the brakes and l have never struggled with a mechanical job before or since like l did with those brakes. Dad said we'd start with the wheel cylinders.. He sent me to the store for wheel cylinder kits and paint thinner and emery cloth. The fronts were easy..just take off the big nut in the center and the drum pulls right off... But the backs...l quickly found out they're not the same.after hours and hours of sweating, prying.. dad said" ok loosen the big nut but only a turn or two"..he then got out his BIG sledge and hit the end of the axle so hard l thought it would come out the other side..."ok try it now" I cleaned and cleaned and ran that emery cloth through the cylinders, installed the new seals and filled the master with fluid and was feeling pretty good about my developing auto skills until l got in the car and pushed the brake pedal to the floor. I must have pushed that pedal a thousand times...to the floor. When Dad got home that evening he informed me about a process called "bleeding the brakes" He said to get in the car and listen for his instruction. "Down...up...down...up..." As if by magic, after a few minutes of this we had brakes.. There is a lot more stuff to tell but you know what it is...the same stories you could tell too.. Now to prevent the old Plymouth from returning to its roots as a storage container ,through a truly interesting chain of events.. we may have the opportunity to have it accepted in an automotive museum.. Just wanted to share.. Tom
  2. Fuel Sending Unit help

    Hi again...l just reread "50 Dodge fuel gauge operation" by Gregarious...check it out...l also recall a similar problem l had and l wanted to ask if you are doing your checks with the sender installed in the tank or out...observe your gauge with the sender out of the tank ...again making sure grounds are good...see if needle moves when you move float arm..if the needle moves as it should determine if the float arm is up or down according to needle movement., then make necessary adjustments.
  3. Fuel Sending Unit help

    Hi..Ok...remember electricity is really not magic although l have thought so once or twice...let's look at the various checks before we go any further...first...make absolutely certain that both the sender and the gauge are perfectly grounded. I can't tell you how much time and brain cells l have burned chasing similar problems only to find insufficient ground.. a visual inspection is not adequate...got to check with voltmeter or test light. Ok? All grounds good! Next check your wire that runs from sender to gauge...make sure it is satisfactory and not touching ground somewhere between sender and gauge. Then check your power source to make sure there is sufficient voltage at gauge. All good? You mentioned you checked your new sender with ohmmeter to make sure it is operating correctly..l have had new in the box senders and gauges that were defective...Maybe not likely but certainly possible...your ohmmeter should increase or decrease when you move the float arm. The next check is the electromagnets in the gauge itself...find the fuel gauge thread with explanation by Plymouthy Adams ...he does an excellent job explaining the entire troubleshooting process and particularly the gauge. Hope this helps! Tom
  4. Vacuum Wiper Motor Help...

    Hi... You might try Rowland's Antique Auto Parts 521 Schooley Rd Zilah WA 509 829 5026
  5. Fuel Sending Unit help

    Hi again...the fuel gauge has 2 terminals ...one goes to ign the other to fuel sending unit ....the ign side has constant voltage, the sender side has variable voltage to ground, the variable part meaning the level of the float...the variable voltage is what makes the needle move...the gauge is grounded through the mounting screws...
  6. Fuel Sending Unit help

    Hi...you can use a universal sender available from Summit for about $20..since fuel senders are not voltage sensitive they work on variable ohms resistance the 6 volt positive ground will not affect it..other than it might read backwards in which case you have to turn the float and resistor upside down. The float has an adjustable arm to accommodate different tank depths.. hope this helps... Tom
  7. NCAA basketball

    Yes me too!!! I was a high school coach for 35 years and every year l get to go with some of my former players to a regional. We were scheduled for San Diego this year but we were on our Florida trip... Watched our Wolfpack lose to Loyola...Looking forward to Final four... Tom
  8. scarebird brake conversion

    Yes Old daddy's requires drill and tap Scarebird did not but my Scarebird kit went on Ford so lm not sure about Mopar...you can send old daddy your uprights and steering arms he will drill and tap for you...his website provides the details Tom
  9. scarebird brake conversion

    Hi...l have used both Scarebird and Rusty Hope kits....Scarebird on a 55 Ford and Rusty hope on 40 Dodge...both are good quality, include caliper brackets and spacers for the rotors, you supply the specified parts...Shoot Rusty Hope an email and see what you think... their customer service is excellent... Oh and l installed both on front disc/rear drum cars and they did work fine with original master cylinder however l eventually changed both cars to dual chamber with booster... Good luck!! Tom
  10. Sbc in 50 plymouth

    Put a SBC in my sub framed 50 Olds. Took it to national Oldsmobile club meet in Reno a few years back..even disguised it with Olds valve covers and air cleaner.. Like the man said...didn't fool anybody but good for a few grins...
  11. My first classic

    Hi..l too had some problems with posting pictures ...my solution was to email pictures to myself, then forward them...click on "small" when the menu comes up ... then "save " to your photos...then when you post them retrieve the downsized version and post... There is probably an easier way bit this worked for me....
  12. '50 Plymouth brakes adjust or upgrade?

    Hi...There are always 3 considerations with our old cars.Steer, stop, run. If we want to drive our cars, and l find most of the forum posts here are directed at drivers rather than other preferences, driving safely in today's traffic and speeds is probably going to dictate some departure from original equipment. Having stated the obvious, allow me to share...l bought my 1940 D14 with all original drivetrain, steering and brakes.My plan, like yours, was to build a driver. My first move was to restore the brake system, on inspection there were no wheel cylinders on the rear, the worn out shoes were in a box in the trunk along with some of the hardware. The fronts were all there but were going to need complete restoration... While researching replacement parts l contacted Charlie at Rusty Hope and ended up purchasing his front disc brake kit...also, thanks to this forum, installed a ford ranger rear end which made the rear brake problem go away. The original master cylinder needed replaced so l fabbed a bracket and used a dual chamber master. The cost of the conversion was fairly close to the cost of restoration. The car stops perfectly with normal pedal pressure. Yes l agree, four wheel drum brakes in good condition with the original master cylinder will stop the car just fine. However, sacrificing some originality for the sake of safety seems like a good move to me..
  13. Where to Start

    Hi Randy....where do you start?...at the start of course..haha... You have some decisions to make first which will determine your course of action. Your first decision has already been made...you are starting your project. The next decision is how do you want your project to finish...lots of choices here...very important to decide how you want the finished product...without a clear goal you will find yourself wasting time and money. Welcome to the forum l hope you find it as helpful and enjoyable as l have Tom
  14. Age Demographics Please Take The Poll...

    Hi..l also find myself looking at P15 D24 almost daily and l am not a big internet guy..I first heard of this site only a few months ago from Charlie at Rusty Hope. My first car was a 1934 Plymouth which l inherited from my Grandma in 1964..She drove it, my mother learned to drive in it, as well as my wife.My dad and me fixed it up (restored is not the correct word) and l drove the car through high school and college..We still have it. We are planning a cross country trip this spring and hope to visit Charlie in Davenport Fla.. l am a member of various forums and have found this one to be not only the most helpful but the most interesting as well...Tom PS my birthday is 12-10--48
  15. Vacuum wiper conversion??

    Here is electric wiper conversion on my 40 Dodge D14. I had posted previously that a rear wiper motor from a Chevy s-10 worked well in my 55 Ford...this motor is a better fit for my Dodge..it is a 02 Mitsubishi Montero. Same cost...$20 for the motor at pick ur part..about $10 at hardware store...choose whatever switch you like...it is only on or off ... stock linkage and arms...sweep can be changed by shortening or lengthening the wiper motor arm