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  1. matt167

    Trunk lock 1950 Ply.

    I had basically the same car ( '50 Ply s/dlx coupe ) but unrestored, and the handle was broken.
  2. matt167

    Just saw total disregard for other's property

    I daily drive a Japanese Kei truck ( 1992 Suzuki Carry ). And yeah it stands out. One time, I came back out of the gas station after pre paying to find some guy opened the door to my truck and was checking it out. Naturally he caught that I was just a bit miffed when I confronted him.
  3. A real Vega box probably isn't an issue, which is what would have been available in the 70's but given the popularity they are harder to find. I wouldn't go out of my way to find one when a 525 is available. Although a T bucket even with a big block is still under 3k lbs by a lot. A modern T bucket with 350/350 fully dressed out will weigh about 2,300 lbs
  4. There are quality concerns with those boxes on T buckets ( causing accidents from failure ). I would never consider an aftermarket for anything heavier than a T bucket ( and try to find a rebuilt one instead at that). The GM 525 has a slightly different bolt pattern than the Vega box but is designed for a heavier car and was used in the midsize cars ( A body IIRC ) until '72.. Chevelle, Malibu or Cutlass for instance. Parts stores could get them
  5. matt167

    Hubcaps/center caps

    I snapped an original 1951 Chevy cap onto the factory wheels to the 1950 Plymouth that I had. The car looked way better with Chevy rally wheels and police caps ( smoothie ).. Dual bolt pattern rally wheels are stupid cheap and you could paint them any color you want, just normally come finished in silver as GM did them
  6. matt167

    Need Ideas for Converting Coins into Paper Money

    you can use a self checkout lane as a free coin sorter basically for free especially if your buying a big ticket item or even just groceries. Once you get close to the amount needed to pay, then just put in a large bill like $100 or switch payment method and pay with a card. You will get bills back as change
  7. matt167

    Thoughts on General tires

    Keep in mind, that General, Firestone or any of the others do not actually manufacture the vintage look tires. Those tires are licensed products built by another company. Coker tire builds many, but there are others.
  8. matt167

    1941dodge luxury liner cross ply tyres

    Vredenstine has USA based dealers. The Sprint Classic being one that even Coker sells. However the only 16" is a 185HR16 which has a diamater of about 27" which is about right, but a section width of 185mm is extremely narrow. There is little reason to stay with a bias ply if you plan to drive it, a good alignment tech can tweak the adjustments to get rid of any wander and it will drive just the same. I currently have a 1974 MGB, which is spec'd for both cross ply ( bias ply ) and radial ply tires. It gives 2 different alignment specs in the manuals and 2 different air pressure specs in the glove box but drives absolutely perfect on modern tires. The MGB was introduced in 1962 using very old tech and remained mechanically unchanged basically until it was discontinued in 1980. Uses king pin A arm front suspension with lever shocks all around
  9. matt167

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    No real need for LED lights. They add a bit of complexity for almost no reason. Incandescent lights can be just as bright considering the reflectors are designed for incandescent. Your not going to get rid of the boat feel. It's just how it is, and the car is actually too heavy to utilize a Mustang II safely.. I had a stock '50 converted to discs that I intended to daily and I ended up just hating driving it, so I traded it for an 1974 MGB.. It's the kind of car you keep as a second vehicle and drive rarely. I'd suggest borrowing one before spending too much or deciding if you just want to use the body ect.... It's just the reality of it, especially for a new driver. JMHO
  10. matt167

    MoPar's Syracuse Nationals

    I'll be there, but with my 1974 MGB. I no longer own a Mopar.. I voted for the Dodge in the Build off last year
  11. www.scarebird.com Stock wheels on my '50 Plymouth did not fit, but I don't think any disc brake will fit those particular wheels, and if they do it's because the rotor is smaller than 9" which is what the Scarebird Rotor is ( 1993-1997 Ford probe and many Mazda applications )
  12. Can bolt on Scarebirds in an hr or so.. Either are good kits, Scarebird gets you brand new hubs too, but the kit costs $100 more
  13. matt167

    Stupid carburetor!

    My '50 plymouth did the same thing on a hot idle. I just turned the idle screw a tad, now it idles fine.
  14. My conversion is done and my car is driving again. Brakes stop true and hard. Had a hiccup that's worth noting. The bearings when adjusted like every other bearing I've ever installed ( tighten till tight, back off till castle nut is lined up ) were too loose, and caused a clunk/ bang situation when braking. I put new pads on, then staked the outer pad tabs into the calipers and finally tightened up the bearings one castle notch.
  15. matt167

    Rear brake question

    They probably are close enough to work. The drums are matched sizes, probably 11" in your case. They are only different to accommodate the hub. Other companies used the exact same drums and hardware, front and rear.. That said, rears do not always use the dual wheel cylinder setup like the front. It depends on the year/ model. I'll check my Motors manual to see what you need

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