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    1947 Plymouth Deluxe

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    NickPickToo's Dad
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    Howell Mi
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  1. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    There is a real budget and its fixed -- but think of it as paying for an education vs. getting the cheapest ride. Yes, we saw other cleaner cars, daily driver ready -- but he wouldn't have learned nearly as much nor would he have gained nearly as much self confidence in the process.
  2. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Hi Dale, Thanks for the advice -- I plan on having Nick do the break conversion -- we are looking for every little way to save money, but not on safety items. I'm even making him modify some really old west cost style truck mirrors to help with blind spot issues -- he not happy with the aesthetics but he know I wouldn't fund it otherwise -- if he does it correctly he could take them off when he makes it to a show...
  3. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Thanks Ken, Good to hear from you -- yes, cross country and marching band season slowed him up a bit, but he got a new shot of excitement when he saw his dash pieces back.
  4. NickPick'sCrew

    Steering Shaft Safety Modification -- seeking advice

    Thanks all! Got what I needed.
  5. Hi all, I'm NickPickToo's safety advisor😊 and financier 😩. Im looking at this spear that is also called a steering shaft and wondering if anyone has thought through a modification (short of replacing the shaft and column altogether) that would allow the shaft to either fold or collapse on heavy impact. I don't work about the shaft penetrating the steering wheel and impaling the driver at normal speeds, but it certainly would stay stiff and pummel the driver if the seatbelt were to fail or if the front end were to collapse in. The frame is fairly strong and stiff and we are not modifying the drivetrain to go any faster than originally designed so this may just be a father worrying too much, but we do intend this to be a daily driver so if anyone has run into any such modification we are very curious. Thanks, Ben
  6. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Seeking Advice. Looking at that spear we call a steering shaft and thinking about how it would figure into a potential crash, I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion on how to modify this set-up (short of replacing it all together) so that it would be more likely to fold or collapse vs pommeling or impaling whoever is in the drivers seat?
  7. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Any of you magicians on the forum know any tricks to remove that grey and save the original wood grain (other than stripping a replying a similar treatment)? Sure seems a shame to loose the artistry of that original finish. No way Nicholas and I would even come close.
  8. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Its not so bad if the young ones see those as "only guidelines really."
  9. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Use to be able to fly too -- we taught him about gravity 😆
  10. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    He took out 10. We could only find eight in the shop manual -- those are the bolts that attach to the mounting brackets -- four on each side. There were two bolts in the trunk that went through the rear cross member, but those were not identified in the manual -- could have been added later?. There may be an 11th, as the bolt that holds the spare tire bracket in place looks like it sets over the frame so it could be attached? Cant see anything else in manual or by just laying under the car and looking. Didn't see any points where exhaust or powertrain where hanging from body except the parking brake spring. Any other leads? Could just be our removal method -- using floor jacks to push the body from the frame -- floor is not in very good shape so not much to push on. May need to rent an A-frame, attach well to body strong points and lift it more evenly.
  11. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Young Nicholas is a little disheartened today. We removed all the body-to-frame bolts and I guess he expected the body to lift right off. Well, time and rust makes all things one. It takes a little time and precision pressure to break the one into its component pieces.
  12. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Thanks Don. Worked well. As you said, the real trick will be getting it back on.
  13. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Okay -- lets go way back -- real old school. This tech belonged to NPT's grandmother...my wife still knows how to use it, but don't ask me -- no clue.
  14. NickPick'sCrew

    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Not really up to teaching him how to shoot an azimuth. He'd just loose interest, pull out his phone and start moving it around in a figure eight.
  15. NickPick'sCrew

    PrismaticPowder Coating -- substitute for chrome plating

    agree completely Greg. Looks shoddy to paint it chrome colored. Thinking about having him clean it up and seal it with a clear coat for the time being. I suggested he go with a bronze powder coat against a matt black paint job with racing red wheels during the interim -- the bronzed color would look more intentional and not have to compete with the real chrome. He's not having it. his stainless pieces on the front were painted black by previous owner and they are cleaning up nicely so I think he's hooked on the shine of the stainless / chrome.

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