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    230 dodge w/Edgy aluminum head, problems

    The problem may be the wrong thermostat. The thermostat housing in the picture is a by-pass housing like the ones used on earlier blocks without the internal bypass. I've seen three different designs for these housings and each requires a unique thermostat (the old bellows type that don't work in a pressurized system) to block the by-pass passage in the front of the housing when the engine is warm and the thermostat open. If the by-pass passage isn't blocked, too much coolant by-passes the radiator and just circulates within the block. A later housing made for a wax pellet type thermostat may cure the problem. I ran into this a while back and it drove me nuts until I figured it out. If the housing in the picture is a P18 type, Stant makes a thermostat/adapter package that will work correctly in the P18 housing. Hope this helps.
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    owner/license info on sides of trucks

    My '37 Plymouth PT50 had the tire size and class stenciled on the bed side. It had been parked since 1952 in a building in Indiana. Photo is from around 1980.
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    Factory rims on a 1949 P18 S. Deluxe conv.

    When I was doing frame straightening, we had a local shop that straightened bent wheels, both steel and alloy. It was surprising what he could save - as I remember the cost was $50.00 to $150.00. There is probably someone locally that could check your wheels and straighten them if necessary. With the tires off the wheels, you could mount them on a balancer or a front spindle and spin the wheel. You will see the wobble if it's much more the 1/16". On steel wheels, sometimes the outer edge of the lip where the tire mounts isn't truly concentric, but if you dial indicate the inner surface where the tire mounts, the run out isn't as bad. In the old days, we would spin the front wheels, look for wobble, and mark the extremes in run out, and then mount the camber/caster gauge between the extremes. We did this on every wheel as many steel wheels had some wobble. The wheels on my P18 weren't perfect, a couple maybe out 1/8", but the reproduction bias ply tires really weren't round and had wobble. You can rotate the tire on the wheel to find where it runs most true. The best thing to do next is have the tire trued on a tire lathe or shaver. This will make the tire truly round, produce the smoothest ride, and increase tire life. As a bonus, a trued tire will often require less weight to balance. I trued the tires on my wobbly wheels and just static balanced them. The car is smooth as silk at 60. Balancing will not correct an out of round tire.
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    Heater Model 75

    I have an NOS heater core that I bought I for a Model 65 heater years ago and never used. The same measurements as yours. Honestly though, it doesn't look any better than yours. $75.00 and shipping. PM if your interested and I will pressure test it.
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    Thinking About Selling Most of My Parts

    Back in January, I bought a large lot of '35 PJ parts from a hot rodded car. The owner had tried for months to sell the entire lot on CL with little interest and no takers. I advertised them here (some interest) as well as my local CL, but again, no sale. I finally posted everything to a Hemmings internet parts ad. They featured my ad one Saturday on their Hemmings Daily email and my parts sold that week. Don't overlook Hemmings - their on line ads not expensive. Parts lots can be hard to sell unless they are are really cheap (I love cheap parts lots). Do list them here on p15-d24 and see what happens. Are you willing to sell individual items? Yeah, it's a lot more work that way.
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    Thermostat Modifcations

    I've done this on both thermostats used on a '41Mercury flathead, as well as the thermostat I just replaced in a Dodge 318. It makes filling block much quicker without having to burp the cooling system repeatedly. You will also see this hole on some thermostats like this Nissan I found in my junk stash. This one even has a little valve to block the hole when coolant is flowing. Some foreign engines ( Renault Alliance) were a real problem to get the the trapped air out of the system. I don't think bypassing this small amount of coolant hurts a thing, although I've never tried it on a MOPAR flathead.
  7. Thanks for the link. I thought mine was probably a dealer handout, but never realized it was a direct sales promotion.
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    The rarest part ever?

    This may not qualify as a '48 to '53 option, but I found this little Job Rated accessory screw on clipboard about 15 years ago at a swap meet. I never screwed it to the dash, just used a magnet instead. When I sold the B4C in 2007, I kept the clipboard. I think the little paper pad is original.
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    50 Dodge Coronet fuel pump

    This is just a guess. but I think the pump should look something like this. Note the stud that screws into the base for the heat shield. The fuel pump on my P18 looked like this one, but with a metal cover on the bottom that did away with the sediment bowl. I think it was correct for the '49. I rebuilt this one because I like the visible bowl and screen arrangement that can be cleaned. I bought a Dodge engine years ago that had a combination fuel pump/vacuum pump. It also had the off-set stud and heat shield. I have a Carter fuel pump with the stud in the center, and there are a number of heat shield variations. The 2nd picture is a heat shield mounted to an earlier fuel pump. Someone here can tell you for sure.
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    230 dodge rear main seal

    This is a 1954 D51 block with a 218 crank and no external rear main seal holes. You'll have to remove the pan, loosen the front three main caps, and remove the rear main cap. Pry up on the flywheel (1st picture) to take pressure off the upper half of the seal (it's captured between the crank and block) and give yourself some room to pry the seal half out (2nd picture). 3rd picture is the new two piece seal. Lubricate and slide the new half seal in around the crank journal (4th picture is new half installed). Install the other half in the main bearing cap and reassemble. Don't forget to check the crankshaft end play .003"-.007" (5th picture). If the end play is too great, this is the time to replace the bearing. This is a much better design than the bolt on seal. Unfortunately, you can't use this design in the earlier blocks.
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    Vent window

    Here's a dis-assembled convertible vent window. Is the top serrated stop washer loose? I've had some pretty good success with a penetrant called Free All when used repeatedly over three or four days. Keep spraying and tapping with a brass hammer.
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    Time Mark

    The marks will look something like this.
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    what are the rules cruise in/ car shows

    Their loss, not yours. I'll bet your truck would have caught the attention every kid there, and I 'll bet you would have let them climb on the running boards and sit in the cab, push the pedals and work the gear shift. I go to a local Friday cruise-in with three or for other guys. We all let the kids (boys and girls) examine our cars, blow the horn, and pose for pictures in the driver's seat. The pure glee they express is better than any trophy. I have vivid memories of my best childhood friend's father's late '40's Chevrolet dump truck because his dad let us play all over it.
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    How to bench test a fuel gauge.

    Did your solve your fuel gauge problem? I found this schematic and directions for testing a three wire Auto-Lite gas gauge (Dodge '39-'48) in a '49 Motor manual. It appears that current flows to the heating coil post at the rear center of the gauge, through the contacts on both the full and empty sides of the gauge, through the two bi-metallic strips, and then through the two wires to the sender. If I'm reading them right, the directions say pulsing current should be present at tank sender connections terminal 1 and terminal 2 as the bi-metallic strips heat and cool, and open and close the contacts. Depending on where the tank arm is on the resistance, the strips on both side of the gauge reach a different, but steady state temperature, and move the gauge needle. The gauge doesn't ground through the dash, only through the tank resistance. With current to the gauge, clean gauge contacts, two good wires to the tank unit, and a good tank unit with a good ground, everything ought to work!
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    Wiper set-up problem identifcation? Help :-)

    Had my '49 convertible out today, so I tee'd a vacuum gauge into the wiper hose. With the cold engine idling (choke still on), and a damp windshield, the wipers cycled about 80 full wipes per minute at full speed. The vacuum gauge read 18 in. Hg or 45 cm Hg. The wiper motor on or off had no effect on the gauge reading. A few years ago I bench tested a rebuilt Trico KSB wiper motor for my '36 Plymouth. It ran at about 110 full wipes per minute at 16in. Hg with no load on the bench, and about 84 with the wipes on the windshield, so 80 may be a reasonable number for a motor in good condition.
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    1950 P20 218 put a 1956 P28 Head on it.

    You might want to check out this thread. http://p15-d24.com/topic/45614-shaving-a-218-head-vs-a-standard-230-head/
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    CARB PROBLEM

    When the carb was apart, did you remove or disturb the throttle butterfly valve? I had the same problem with a B&B C6E2.The engine would idle on the adjustment screw, but the mixture screw had no affect - it idled best with the screw all the way in. Poor transition off idle - stumble, hesitation, stalling, fouled plugs. I tried everything I could think of - Installed a carb kit, checked fuel pressure, changed the float level, different initial timing, a different distributor, nothing helped. I finally read the rebuild instructions in an old Motor manuel. They stressed the importance of correctly centering the throttle butterfly making sure the transfer slot was completely covered. The C stamped in the butterfly visible from the bottom and toward the idle port. The C6E2 had been apart before. Sure enough, the transfer slot was partially exposed with the butterfly completely closed. This condition bypasses the the idle port/ mixture screw completely and dumps air/fuel emulsion below the butterfly. It's only supposed to happen off idle to supply extra fuel until the main metering system has sufficient air velocity to take over. I was not able to adjust the butterfly correctly as I think it had the wrong butterfly. Luckily, I had a parts carb, swapped butterflies, and that butterfly adjusted perfectly and the carb worked fine. If the shaft is loose in the throttle body, the butterfly may not center correctly. Hope this helps. The first picture shows the idle port and transfer slot below it. The second picture is the throttle butterfly closed and the transfer slot covered. The third picture is problem butterfly that couldn't be centered to close enough to block the slot
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    NAPA Signal Flasher

    I don't want to hijack the thread, but I had the same problem with two identical canceling NOS Pathfinder 35768, 7 wire directional signal switches. One on a Ford and the other on my P18. I have a box of NOS 6V flashers that would flash the lamps, but none would flash the green indicator correctly - the green light would either stay on all the time or flash all the time the ignition was on. I gave up using the 3rd indicator terminal on the flasher and instead, soldered a 6 amp 50 volt diode to the wire to the right front and the wire to the left front directional lamps (positive diode leads to the lamp wires) and soldered the negative diode leads together, along with the wire to the green indicator. Now either directional lamp flashes the indicator correctly, with no feedback to the other side. It's work great for over a year. You could use the same set up to flash the factory indicator in the speedo as well. The correct 6V flasher for this Pathfinder (Auto Lamp 9000) switch is Pathfinder (Tungsol) 229D. I found one on eBay, but haven't needed to try it.
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    The history of Chrysler auto in Evansville.

    My '49 P18 was built in Evansville. It spent time in North Carolina, Missouri, and Nebraska, before I brought it to Ohio. Thanks
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    1939 Plymouth Coupe

    My lever was straight back and forth - back against the seat was direct, forward was overdrive. The linkage was uncomplicated and could be easily fabricated if you wanted to save some money. Since mine was in a stock '32 Ford chassis, the OD unit was incorporated in the torque tube - no external brackets. I bought the car as an unfinished project and the OD was already installed in the tube. It was beautifully done, probably by Mitchell
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    1939 Plymouth Coupe

    I had a Mitchell OD (26% overdrive) in a Ford flathead powered roadster a while back.It did require a second lever to engage, kind of cool in hot rod. It got lots of questions. It was synchronized and work perfectly, and had a speedo drive on the output shaft. I always used the clutch to go in and out. Not as slick as an R10, but you could split shift - I didn't. The Mitchell product seemed to be extremely well designed and built, but expensive. I don't know if parts are still available.
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    Show your tools.

    I found these a few years ago in a closed tire shop. Dynatrue tire truer and Atlas "Tune In" on car balancer. They were going to be sold for scrap. Of course I had to save them.
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    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    I'm a fair weather driver. The '36 was stored inside an old garage from 1957 thru 2005, and hasn't been wet in 60 years. The '49 is a 40 year old restoration and leaks in lots of annoying little places in the rain. I just drove it today, and now it's in for an oil change.
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    Engine swapping

    I had the same experience with my '36 Plymouth. '58 Dodge 230 with a '48 Plymouth 4bolt flywheel, '36 bell housing, '36 starter. It has worked fine for 9 years. At the time, I was unaware of the 230 crank flange difference, so I just blindly bolted everything together. Patmac, post some pictures of how everything fits. My '36 bell housing looks just like bones44's.
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    Transmission Identification

    The transmission may have a number stamped at the top rear of the case. Pictures are of '35, '36 and '37 Plymouth transmissions. The last two digits of number on the left side appears to indicate the year the transmission was assembled. The model designation is stamped on the right side. PJ for 1935, P1 for 1936. I've seen build dates stamped on the front case edges of later 3 speeds. Could you post pictures?
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