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John-T-53 last won the day on April 17

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About John-T-53

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    Zen Master, I breathe Vintage Mopar!
  • Birthday 02/01/1978

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    Belmont, CA 94002
  • My Project Cars
    1953 Dodge B4B, 1955 Chevy Bel Air, 1973 Chrysler NYB


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    San Mateo, CA
  • Interests
    car restoration, surfing, skiing, hiking, camping, wood working, traveling, photography

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  1. John-T-53

    218 Oil Filter question

    I'm still using the Napa 1080 / Wix 51080. Not too short, fits good and easy to change. I install with tight fitting steel washers on each end to seal the filter to the tube better, otherwise there is no seal. And a 1/2" spacer at the top to hold it down a bit from the top.
  2. could be considered a crude "IED"....haha
  3. Mayo jars are the cat's pajamas for this kind o' stuff. Trader Joe's still sells their mayo in glass jar (w/blue top). I feel bad every time we throw one out!
  4. John-T-53

    Stupid carburetor!

    Sounds like you'll have to completely disassemble the carb and see where it's plugged. Maybe the wrong gasket is on there, or just installed backwards? Some of these carb kits come with a multitude of gaskets and it can be challenging just to find the correct one in the box. Otherwise, use compressed air with a small wire or paper clip to probe all the passages. Then you can test each one by spraying chemtool in each and verify that it exits on the other side.
  5. John-T-53

    crankshaft question

    I am running an 8-bolt hole 230 crank with my 4-bolt flywheel. I was under the assumption that 8-bolts were 230s only, or 218s from 1941 only. Otherwise all 218s had 4 hole flanges. Check the stroke on the crank too, that's another way to verify 218 vs 230.
  6. Yay! I remembered to participate this year and I had a free Saturday morning to wash and detail my truck, getting it ready for MOPAR ALLEY next Sunday!
  7. John-T-53

    left coast invasion

    TODD was a cool project to look over, but my soft spot for 'snub noses' (COEs) got me excited about this one parked on the side... ...surrounded by Mark's hoard of doors, lol.
  8. John-T-53

    left coast invasion

    For now it's hands down FEF. It moves under its own power, and my first ride in a one ton! We had to watch out for this puma on the prowl though...
  9. John-T-53

    Found a brake drum solution

    Very good information Jeff and thank you for sharing. I have had this subject in the back of my mind over the years, thinking of when my drums will finally become too thin to use. I would recommend riveting the drums to the hubs. This ensures that the lug screws are not absorbing the shear of the drum mounting plate as you brake. 5/16" bolts in the rivet holes are a plus over nothing, but the bolts still do not fit tight enough within the holes to make it a completely solid assembly. When rivets are installed, the shank is compressed, which completely fills the holes and any imperfections within, eliminating any slop potential. I believe that this is the reason they were built this way from the factory. If you end up going this route, check the drums on your brake lathe after riveting to ensure trueness. I don't think it's hard to do if you have the correct tools, but I am unsure what type of rivet gun, dies, and where to obtain. I have had little success in finding tools in the rivet dept. A friend of mine has a '65 Chevy truck with 4-wheel drum brakes, and lost two wheels on the road at different times. The lug studs were sheared completely off. His truck originally had them riveted onto the front hubs and rear axle flanges.
  10. John-T-53

    Original Patina

    ok, here's a product that I just came across, that might be of interest/use to the patina folks.... https://thecraftsmanblog.com/product/the-patinator/ "The Patinator" .... could be a good nickname for a vehicle too!
  11. John-T-53

    Dodge 230 timing chain

    I recommend calling Vintage Power Wagons - they stock a complete line of engine rebuilding parts. George Asche might also be able to give some advice or even possibly provide a set - his number is on this forum somewhere if you search.
  12. John-T-53

    trip to a yard

    You like those tailgates with the chute in them, don't you? Nice haul, any choke knobs? And on that yellow PW, you know when they put the "M" upside down, it's disrespect!
  13. That sheet metal on the Powell is so simple you could fabricate replacement panels with just tin snips! One could easily build a nose out of sheet metal and ditch the corvette aspect, lol
  14. John-T-53

    1955 C1B Build Thread

    Maybe it could be out of adjustment? Or possible the clutch was on the fritz anyway? If pressure plate, maybe the springs are worn out? I think you can buy rebuilt clutches 10" and 11" from Vintage Power wagons. Or have yours rebuilt. There's a shop in San Jose called B&A Friction the does rebuilding and sells new parts. Also, Tennessee clutch might have some parts and services available. I got my 11" disk from them and 11" plug n' play pressure plate / housing from B&A.

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