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About rekbender

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    Milford OH
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    Anything old and mechanical that can be taken apart.
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    1936 Plymouth Coupe, 1949 Plymouth convertible, 1972 air cooled Beetle

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    45 year MOPAR fan
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  1. gasket oil pressure relief valve

    This gasket is included in the Fel-Pro overhaul gasket set. It's a heavy composite material, thickness measures .030". If you can't find something that will work, I'll put one in an envelope and mail it to you.
  2. Shaving a 218 head vs. a standard 230 head?

    gregg g, the first five pictures below are of the heads in the same order as the list below. The D42 head is not labeled - it appears at the top with the P2 head below, and is the one that has just been cut. As a note, the D42 head was cut .090" - this resulted in an average chamber volume of 75.4, just a coincidence it's same as the late 50's LD1 chamber volume. As I remember, there was still over .100" clearance above the valves to the head so a .100" cut shouldn't be a problem. With this much of a cut, I don't know what happens volumetric efficiency or how thin the head becomes. This was an experiment to find out if a shaved 230 head would raise the compression on a 218. Not enough of an advantage to justify the cost, especially if the universal copper gasket were used. Might be worthwhile on a 230 if the chamber doesn't become too restrictive - the computed compression ratio on a .030 over 230 with this head and the correct gasket was 7.8:1 P2 head no. 632955-2 89.5 cc P19 head no. 1311810-5 89.2 cc D30 head no. 1120804-2 95.5 cc D42 head no. 1326386-1 96.7 cc LD1 head no. 1676337-2 75.4 cc The last four are the difference in the way the gaskets conform to the chamber around the exhaust valve and between the combustion chambers. Here are the part numbers I've seen for the tighter chamber head gaskets: Felpro no. 7547 steel Fitzgerald no. 0587 steel wizard no. R6057 steel - actually a Felpro 7547 Victor no. V1066 copper Fitzgerald no. 0492 steel - for early non-internal bypass head
  3. Shaving a 218 head vs. a standard 230 head?

    Early last spring, I compared the chamber volumes on three heads I had. The head numbers are listed by the blocks they were removed from and may not be correct for the blocks. Average chamber volumes were: P2 head no. 632955-2 89.5 cc P19 head no. 1311810-5 89.2 cc D30 head no. 1120804-2 95.5 cc D42 head no. 1326386-1 96.7 cc The P19 and D32 heads had a different chamber shape - the chamber fit much closer to the exhaust valve and required a head gasket that fit accordingly. I just checked a late 50's head no. 1676337-2 that I found two weeks ago. This is the 230 head with a nominal 8 to1 compression ratio. It's chamber volume averaged 75.4 cc. From this limited information, it does appear that the 230 heads have a greater chamber volume than the 218's, although the late 50's head seems to provide a small increase in compression if used on a 218. I also cc'd a used (compressed) universal copper head gasket and a used Fitzgerald 0587 head gasket that properly conformed to the P19 and D42 chambers. The copper gasket gave away an additional 4cc to the Fitzgerald so this seems to be critical when computing compression ratios. If anyone is interested, I can post pictures of the different chamber shapes and gaskets.

    I finally found pictures of the owner/operator card on ebay. Neil, from The Old Plymouth Cafe, was nice enough to send me a picture of the back of the card, as well as the front that he'd already posted. This fellow couldn't have been more helpful. Thanks, Neil.
  5. Looks to be really nice and complete. It's expensive, but it can't hurt to make an offer. https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Mopar-AutoStop-Hill-Holder-Kit-1946-1949-Plymouth-1950-1954-Dodge-Chrysler/222712128929?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
  6. Motor transport stand

    Made this to ship a P18 engine. The carb is level and you can run the engine on it. I can get measurements tomorrow if you're interested.
  7. The tool ID test

    Freeze or core plug extractor? Drill a hole in the plug, insert the split collet, expand the collet and slide hammer the plug out.
  8. Bellhousing details for transmission swaps

    These are 9 year old pictures of my 1936 P2 bellhousing. I didn't take measurements, but maybe the pics will help someone identify another like it in the future. Casting # 651252-5 Motor mounts are attached by brackets at the bottom
  9. Rebuilding a P18 - Do I need line boring?

    I don't know if there is any real advantage in trying another set of caps, but I have a set from a 218 parts engine I'll be glad to send you for the postage. The center caps are stamped 2 and 3.
  10. Bellhousing details for transmission swaps

    Casting # 871357-6 Early 50's Plymouth? Rear horizontal mounts 4 1/8" ID Hole 7 3/4" Depth Casting # 864588-3 1948 Plymouth? Rear horizontal mounts 4 1/8" ID Hole 7 3/4" Depth Casting # 579298-6 1952 Truck? Side vertical mounts 4 3/4" ID Hole 7 1/4 Depth
  11. We did exactly the same thing in1966 with my buddy's mother's '65 Mustang 6 cylinder coupe before we'd cruise Frisch's drive in, only we used the twist in metal type. I found the rubber ones in the front springs of my P18 while replacing the coils this Wednesday. They may have led to the broken right side spring as they have to overload the adjacent coils. Eaton Spring shipped me new springs overnight.
  12. Best work place pranks

    I was 18 and offered to work one Sunday at a gas station to fill in for a friend who was married and needed a day off sometimes. They had a dummy display battery - an empty battery case with a removable top. We had a none OSHA approved air gun with about a foot of steel brake line screwed into the nozzle. I show up early on Sunday morning, and there's a car in front of one of the bays with a "dead battery". They had drilled a hole in the dummy battery case, stuck the brake line from the air gun with the button taped down into in the hole in the battery, filled the case with water, put the top back on the battery, and set it in a car. The hood is up, one of the guys is leaning over the engine doing something, and he tells me to get the old IH service truck and bring it over for a jump. He then hooks the cables up to the truck and tells me to connect them to the dead battery. When I touch the jumper cable to the dummy battery, they connect the air hose to the shop air. It blew the top of the battery loose and soaked me with water. The "explosion" scared the piss out of me - I thought I was going to die! I never even noticed the air hose going under the car. Every new guy received this initiation so they told me.
  13. kingpin Q

    I just put new king pins (.795") and bushings in my P18 on Wednesday. I used an old Sears .797" king pin reamer that I bought on Ebay for $20.00' to ream the bushings. It worked perfectly for removing, installing, and sizing the bushings. The pin was a firm push fit in the bushings. My new king pins wouldn't quite start into the uprights either. The old pins measured .795" and had to be driven out with a drift. I didn't know what fit the pins are supposed to have in the uprights so I briefly ran a 1" ball hone through the upright just to clean things up, but it didn't help. After much consideration, I carefully started the reamer in the upright bore. It's slightly tapered so it starts easily. It barley met any resistance as it passed through the bore with no pressure, just turning gently back and forth. This leads me to believe the upright bore is also 797"or really close to that. I did feel it clean up the area around lock pin hole as it went by. I was then able to gently tap the pin through the bushings and upright with a little brass tack hammer. I'm putting new coil springs in today before I check the camber and toe. Can't wait to test drive it!
  14. In need of bore specifications

    Here's the phone number of the warehouse: 800 768 3646
  15. In need of bore specifications

    Rob the machinist just called and said one of the bearing suppliers came up with a 201 block bore of 2.407" but no plus or minus. Bearings are available in std, .010, .020, .030, .040, and .060.