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Clarksville Windsor

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    1950 Chrysler Windsor

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  • Biography
    I'm a military vet, I was a banker, truck driver, satellite installer, heavy equipment operator, etc
  • Occupation
    truck driver/builder


  • Location
    Clarksville Mi
  • Interests
    Fishing, tinkering with old vehicles and tractors, and going to steam and gas shows
  1. 1950 Water pump removal/installation

    I just replaced my water pump on my 1950 Windsor. One of the bolts on the backing plate on my new water pump was loose . So whoever put that backplate on that water pump at the factory, didn't tighten the bolts enough. I tightened them just a little and it worked after that. Mine stopped leaking right away. I hope you will have the same result.
  2. 1950 Water pump removal/installation

    I really appreciate all these suggestions and instructions. I've done things with some newer vehicles like my 86 CJ7... I personally converted my Straight 6 from the Carter carburetor to an EFI system using a late 90's 4.3 L Vortec wiring harness from an s-10. Lots of technical work, some air intake adapter plates,installing an ecm, fuel pressure lines, electric fuel pump, etc etc etc, but I haven't done anything with these older cars. I'm a pretty quick learner with some helpful guys that have experience , but when something is new to , it's like trying to hold a baby for the first time.... I don't want to break it . I really appreciate all of these suggestions and advice that everybody has given me. This blog is very helpful to me thanks to all of you. I just wish I knew how to reply to the individual comments when I have a specific question. For example, if "Billy Bob" told me to put a screw-on, I would like to be able to specifically respond to "Billy Bob", but I don't know how to do that..
  3. 1950 Water pump removal/installation

    What years/makes/models are the water pumps interchangeable for my 1950 Chrysler? It is a flathead 6 Spitfire.
  4. 1950 Water pump removal/installation

    New topic: Water pump removal. Just had a broken valve spring fixed and car runs great.........Well, now that I've been running it, it now has now developed a leak at the water pump. It looks like the leak is coming from where the fan pulley attaches to the water pump. How difficult is it to remove/repair/reinstall the water pump? When I was just looking at the water pump housing, it seems like the cylinder head is in the way of removing a bolt to take off the water pump assembly--unless that is a bolt that is for the back plate of the water pump (maybe called 'cover plate'??? not sure if I am using the correct nomenclature). I wouldn't think that the head would be in the way for any bolts that hold on the water pump assembly. When reading the 1949-1950 Chrysler shop manual it didn't mention anything about the head being in the way. Here is exactly what the manual says for the REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION OF WATER PUMP: (1) Drain cooling system; (2) Remove fan belt and disconnect water pump hose; (3) Remove bolts holding water pump to engine block and lift out water pump and fan assembly. Is it really that easy? Am I just making is seem complicated? I am looking forward to some suggestions. Thanks Guys! On another note, where can I find the parts that I need for my car? I have been using Andy Bernbaum, but I've had difficulty with their customer service when they sent me the wrong part...its been over 3 weeks and still haven't received the correct part (I am not exaggerating) but they charged me immediately for the wrong part....
  5. 1950 Spitfire problems

    Well, here is an update to the 3 cylinders not working. Remember the first part of the problem? Well, it happened to be that the local mechanic didn't know what he was talking about. Everything that he said it probably was, was not. So, I looked online to see if I could find a mechanic that new about old cars and regularly works on old cars. Thankfully, I found a guy (Steve's Antique Auto Repair) about 30 minutes away (in Grand Rapids Mi) from where I live. He checked it out the car the next morning and found only one cylinder didn't have compression. He took the head off and found cylinder 1 had a broken valve spring. He put a new spring in and a new valve (it wasn't bent thankfully). He put a new head and manifold gasket on. The shop did a great job and runs great! Thanks Don Coatney to post this page. I really should get some of these publications for the late 40's and early 50's era automobiles. I know that I would definitely use them...knowledge is the best tool
  6. 1950 Spitfire problems

    Captden29, would there be any noticeable things when pulling the head off? In other words what would I be looking for? Also how will I know if the valves move freely? Is that something that I can push with my fingers? Keep in mind I've never opened up an engine before. I am mechanically inclined and I can catch on, but a little guidance always helps. Thanks for your input.
  7. 1950 Spitfire problems

    I am so glad that I joined this website to hear from you guys. I really appreciate the responses that all of you have given. I hope that from these responses I can see that my car engine wouldn't have to be totally rebuilt after digging into it. So let's hope that's the case! Just out of curiosity what an air leak in the intake manifold be a possibility? Or some type of vacuum leak?
  8. 1950 Spitfire problems

    Mechanic said compression on three cylinders is very bad. I just don't know what would cause this problem to just show up. It literally ran great and just went to crud. Don't know how that would have happened all of a sudden...
  9. 1950 Spitfire problems

    First post on P15-d24....and just signed on to this website. I have a couple of quick questions since I am new to the 1950 era cars. 1st, how could my spitfire's 3 cylinders go bad? I was driving the car and was running great. It started coughing and acting up a little, then within 5 minutes, the car could barely run. Mechanic said engine needs to be replaced. Not sure if mechanic knows much on these old cars. So, how did he car go from running like a top, to 3 cylinders that went bad (horrible compression from what mechanic said)? If I need to have it rebuilt, what would be the general costs to have an engine like that be overhauled? I really like the car and I enjoy driving it, I just want it fixed....please help. Also, I am from Clarksville Michigan, not Clarksville Tennessee.