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Robert Horne

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    With my Ranger 5 speed/218 setup/3.73, my first gear is almost like a "granny" gear, (great in Virginia though), and top gear is great over 40mph. Hope to try 3.55 soon. With a 2.7 rear, my top gear would not get much use, unless I was going downhill.....
  2. New Tachometer

    Look on Ebay, under marine tach. I use one with a white face, works good....
  3. Rear end swap

    I installed a Ranger rear in my 38 Coupe a few years ago. The Ranger rear is very narrow, so I used adapters to get the tires out to where I was happy with. I used an Explorer driveshaft.
  4. Draft tube

    The yellow tube is my draft tube, with a pcv valve that is attach to a vac line, works good..

    My 98 XJ Jeep 2 wheel drive has a 3.55 rear, looks to be a good fit for my 37 or 38 Coupe.....

    When I installed my 5 speed Ranger trans, I made an temp adapter to fit a temp driveshaft, to fit on my Plymouth rearend, Worked ok. I later changed to a Ranger rear, with a Explorer driveshaft..
  7. Overheating!! Time for a Rad flush

    I installed the glass on the hose that comes from the heater and goes to the water pump, easy to see the coolant.....
  8. Overheating!! Time for a Rad flush

    Found these on ebay a few years ago, about $10.......
  9. Overheating!! Time for a Rad flush

    Sight glass used on boilers..

    This is when I installed the TK5 Ranger trans... Ranger trans, Explorer driveshaft, Ranger rearend..
  11. Overheating!! Time for a Rad flush

    I flushed my 38 rad with rain water many times one summer a few years ago. It had not run hot, but needed cleaning anyway. "Soft water", (rain water or from a water conditioner), makes a good cleaning agent. I only added coolant, no water. Several years now since, and the cooling system looks very good.....

    Yes, I used an Explorer driveshaft, that bolted to the Ranger rear, working great...
  13. Coupes you like

    The windshield looks to be a 36, sharp bottom corners. I think Dodge or Desota had headlamps like that.
  14. Age Demographics Please Take The Poll...

    I will be 69 next month. I drove my first vehicle when I was 10, a Jeep truck on a dirt road. My two Uncles traded a 36 Plymouth Coupe back and forth over 40 years. I got to drive the 36 when I was around 12, on a dirt road also. I bought my pair of 38 Plymouth Coupes in 1986.
  15. Generic OD discussion - is it worth it?

    I used three of my stock 3 speed transmissions before I went to the 5 speed Ranger trans. I am very glad I did. Now I have a lower than normal gear for first, great for coming up my steep driveway, and I have a 5th gear that is my overdrive gear. The 5 speed's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears are very similar to the 3 gears in my old 3 speed transmissions. Consider the cost, $50, and $75 for two Ranger trans The driveshaft (Explorer) cost about $15 at the junk yard. The Ranger rears are very cheap to buy. No adapters needed, only a little machine work on the trans front cover to match the 5 inch hole it the bell housing. My 38 is a lot easier to drive now, than when I had the stock trans..
  16. If you could have one more........

    I have been in the search for one of these, FC Jeep.
  17. Prewar Plymouth trim levels

    I have two 38 Plymouth Coupes. One is a P5 Business Coupe, and the other is a P6 Delux. The P5 only has one windshield wiper, the P6 has two.
  18. Coupes you like

    This 50 model belonged to my long time friend Charles in Ohio...
  19. Coupes you like

    My little white 38 Coupe on a rod run...
  20. Do keep up the updates, we are all here to help each other keep these old cars alive. Often, it is hard to find information on modifications. I kept the brake system original on my 48, except for the MC modifications, worked good....
  21. Here is another photo from someone on here using a bracket attached to the frame, and still leaving the original MC in place.
  22. Several people on here have used the original MC as a bracket. I did on my 48 Dodge, using a Mustang II as a MC. Worked great. Do a search on here for this system for more brake projects like this......
  23. Brakes Debate Thread

    My 48 Dodge had the best brakes of any of the older cars I have owned. I installed a Mustang II master cylinder, the rest was stock, worked great.. My 38 has front drum, and Ranger drum rear, Ranger master cylinder, has worked great the past few years..
  24. Brakes Debate Thread

    If you drive in snow, or wet roads, you will discover not to lock up your brakes, or you may go in a direction you do not want to go. I prefer my non power assist brakes in winter, less chance of hitting the brakes to hard. My modern daily driver truck with the power boost/ABS is a scary ride. The brakes will not lock up, even when I try. Pulling a trailer that does not have brakes is very scary. My neighbor's truck is almost as bad. He limped into my driveway with no brakes, from a bad rear line. The proportion valve did not kick in. These modern brakes systems, even when new, are not always what they should be...
  25. Brakes Debate Thread

    Yes, I believe this is the reason for "anti lock braking systems"..........