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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. Thanks, Keith. This is exactly what I needed, very helpful. I don’t have any of these symptoms yet, but now, at least I know what to look for.
  2. I’m 68 yrs. young, so optimistically assuming I’m good for another 15 to 20 years (my mother is 102 and still going strong), you might be right. Lol!
  3. Just a quick question for future consideration - at what mileage should I consider rebuilding the original, stock 218 cu. in. engine in my Canadian built 1950 Plymouth? It has 41000 miles on it right now, compression is good, it doesn’t burn any oil or make any scary noises and starts and runs very well. I put 1000 - 1500 miles on it each summer and change the oil (10W30), top up other fluids and check the antifreeze every fall before winter storage. Thanks in advance for any input.
  4. I grew up working on my uncle’s farm every summer, where my older cousin got me into old cars, much to my parent’s chagrin. My cousin had a 1940 Plymouth Road King which he gave to me, but because of a lack of funds (I was seventeen at the time), I, in turn gave the car to another cousin, vowing to have another one some day. Well, fast forward about fifty years, several sports cars, motorcycles and old cars, family cars and vans, I was finally able to purchase about five years ago, another Plymouth - this time, a 1950 Deluxe, that I bought from a friend of my brother’s. The car is a survivor, mostly original (which is how I intend to keep it) with 41000 miles on the odometer. All it needed were new brakes and new tires and since buying the car, I have also had the water pump rebuilt and replaced the thermostat. I really like this car and enjoy driving it whenever weather permits.
  5. Welcome to the forum. Looks you have a very nice car, very similar to my ‘50 Deluxe four door. I had a few of the same minor problems - fan belt, new plugs etc. I had to put new brakes and tires on the car when I purchased it about five years ago, too. I also replaced the thermostat and rebuilt the water pump and will soon be putting on new shocks and rebuilding the carb. Other than that, my plans are the same as yours - just drive it and enjoy it!
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. And they thought we wouldn’t notice. They don’t know who they’re dealing with! Lol!
  15. 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.
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