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    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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    1950 Plymouth Deluxe


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    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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    Antique and classic cars

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  1. Rosco

    Water pump removal - engine drain cock

    Hi Andy - must be nice to not have to worry about winter storage. I’m just about finished prepping the car for storage now, and then I’ll fill it with gas, put a little fuel stabilizer in the tank, take it for one last long drive, cover the seats, and then it’s into the garage to hibernate for four or five months til the weather warms up (usually around the middle of April or so). By the way, a friend of mine was just in Australia recently visiting family with two of his daughters and they had a great time. That was his second trip and he raves about how wonderful your country is. Would really like to get there myself. Maybe one day! - Rosco
  2. Rosco

    Water pump removal - engine drain cock

    Hi Andy - sorry to take so long to get back to you, but I finally got the water pump rebuilt and back on the car. While it was off, I removed the engine drain cock and poked around inside the block with a piece of wire. After poking around a bit, the coolant poured out, so I think we got that problem sorted. I also checked the freeze plugs, as you also suggested, and they all look OK, so I’m just leaving them alone for now. As for the rebuilt water pump, it has a two blade impeller like the original, but they did install a sealed bearing, so there’s no need for grease, although they did put the original grease nipples back on (probably for originality purposes). I then took the car to my mechanic and had him flush the system, completely replace the antifreeze that I had put in the car (as I wasn’t happy with the mixture/protection) and change the oil to get ready for winter storage. Anyway, back to the water pump, the car seems to run a bit cooler, and so far, I’m happy with the rebuild. It was a fun learning experience that will hopefully give me the confidence to attempt more repairs/projects in the future. Thanks again for all your help. - Rosco
  3. Rosco

    Water pump removal - engine drain cock

    Hi Andy - how are things in Australia? I certainly appreciate the suggestion to remove and clean the drain cock (also suggested by John Reddie and Merle Coggins above) and to check the freeze plugs and probably will follow your advice before I reinstall the water pump. It’s been a while (about 40 years) since I worked on one of these engines (‘40 Plymouth) so I’m kind of re-learning how to do things and all the idiosyncrasies. At this point, I will take all the advice and suggestions I can get!
  4. Rosco

    Water pump removal - engine drain cock

    Thanks to everyone for your input. Much appreciated! I tried poking around the drain cock with a piece of thin wire with very little success. So then, I just went ahead and began to remove the water pump. After I got the thermostat housing off, there appeared to be very little coolant left in that part of the block and also very little sediment . In fact the inside of the block looks very clean. Once I got the water pump off I checked the distribution tube as far into the block as I could and it looks pretty clean as well so I think I may have lucked out. (Los_ Control - I’ve seen that video before and I have to say my distribution tube and engine block look a whole lot better than that! Lol! ). Now to get the pump fixed and back on the car. By the way, getting the pump off really is relatively easy unless you’re a rookie like me! However, I did manage to get everything disconnected and the pump off the car in about two and a half hours. We’ll see how it goes back together whenever I get the rebuilt pump back.
  5. I am removing the water pump on the original engine of my ‘50 Plymouth to send it out to be rebuilt. I drained the antifreeze from the rad with no problem. Then I left the rad cap off and opened the drain cock on the side of the engine but nothing came out. Should I be concerned about that or is it normal? The car hasn’t been started for about a month - could that have anything to do with it? Thanks in advance for any input.
  6. Rosco

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    I hear ya. Heated AND air conditioned? I’m jealous! Jeez, mine’s just an ordinary single car garage. Anyway, thanks again for your help - much appreciated!
  7. Rosco

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    As an experienced veteran of these cars, would you have the original water pump rebuilt by a professional (which is what I’m thinking of doing) or install a brand new one (better impeller, no grease fittings, sealed bearings) keeping in mind some of the quality and fit problems with these new parts. Thanks for your input.
  8. Rosco

    Well it happened! I'm done.

    Thanks for reminding me that “this is a hobby, not a contest”. I need to remove and rebuild/replace my water pump, but I’m a little hesitant to do the work myself. But, after watching a couple of videos and reading up on the job in the manual, it seems pretty straightforward. And, as you say, who cares how long it takes? It will also be a good learning experience and if I run into problems, this forum (which has been very helpful in the past) is only a click away, and my regular mechanic is just around the corner, too!
  9. Rosco

    Movie Plymouth

    And they thought we wouldn’t notice. They don’t know who they’re dealing with! Lol!
  10. Rosco

    47 ply convert $82,000 on EBAY

    You’re right, Greg, that “wiring nightmare under the dash” looks like a bit of a dog’s breakfast, but the rest of the car looks pretty. Not sure about $82,000, though.
  11. Rosco

    Spring startup

    My car starts, runs and drives, no problem, but I discovered a leak at the water pump. It looks like it’s coming from the front seal where the fan pulley attaches to the pump. A new water pump should fix the problem.
  12. Rosco

    Spring startup

    So I got the car started the other day. Pulled the plugs, squirted a little oil in each cylinder, turned it over a few times to build oil pressure, put the plugs back in and it fired right up on about the third try. Didn’t even have to prime the carb and there was no oil smoke from the exhaust. Runs like a top. Thanks again to everyone for all your help and suggestions.
  13. Rosco

    coolant in plug wells

    I had the same problem a couple of years ago - the car was overheating and the thermostat was stuck closed. Some of the coolant was leaking out and found it’s way to the plug wells. Changed the thermostat and the housing gasket, tightened everything up, problem solved.
  14. Rosco

    Spring startup

    I need some guidance here - when starting my car (‘50 Plymouth Deluxe, 41000 original miles, stock flathead six cylinder), for the first time in the spring, should I be putting some oil down the spark plug holes to lubricate the cylinders or just turn it over with the coil disconnected to build up oil pressure before starting? It’s been stored properly (oil changed, grease job, stabil in the gas, etc.) in a dry garage for about 5 months. I know both methods work, but I want to do it correctly to avoid any internal damage to the engine. You guys are the experts here, so thanks in advance for any advice.
  15. Rosco

    Happy birthday to me

    A belated Happy Birthday to you and congratulations on your new toy! Don’t listen to those other guys about the wheels - personally, I like them! Lol!

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