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Don Coatney

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  1. Don Coatney

    Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap

    I would be tempted to use paint not glitter. That would mark the car and the person.
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    Flywheel Bolt Problem (Major)

    My application is a bit different than yours. I have a Desoto engine, P-15 flywheel, T-5 transmission. The critical thing is finding bolts with a shoulder long enough to go inside both the flywheel and the end of the crankshaft. The bolts pictured below are what I used. If you do not use bolts with the long shoulder you run the risk of shearing off the bolts as the threads are not as strong as the shoulder. These bolts were too long so I had to cut them to length. As you can see I installed the bolts with the nuts on the engine side
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    Rebuild Stock Steering Box or replace with Vega style?

    When this forum was in its infancy 18 or so years ago someone posted a thread on replacing the steering box with something. I do not recall what that something was. After everything was installed it was discovered that if the steering wheel was turned clockwise the car turned left and if the steering wheel was turned counterclockwise the car turned right.
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    Rings vs valves or both

    Good point and I agree. I can tell a lot about the general health of an engine by 3 simple tests that do not require any tools. 1) Listen to the starter motor when cranking the engine. If one or more cylinders is low on compression the starter motor will spin faster on the compression stroke of the faulty cylinders. 2) with the engine running remove the oil fill cap and look for blow by in the crankcase. Excessive blow by indicates problems with the piston rings. 3) hold a dollar bill on the tail pipe with the engine running. If the bill is sucked in this indicates a valve problem.
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    Flathead to Hemi swap?

    As long as you are going with the engine swap I suggest you also swap the radiator to a new aluminum 3 core. Check with Champion Radiators for dimensions. If I were doing the swap I would try and find a suitable automatic. I have bad knees and clutching is an issue for me. Plus at my age I don't think I will be doing any burnouts or drag racing. It would be good to find out what is wrong with the original spitfire engine.
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    Rings vs valves or both

    Step #1. Do a compression test.
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    1954 Plymouth Suburban Project

    Did you fab schedule 40 or schedule 80 PVC (polyvinyl chloride)? Not sure what you are trying to do. Or do you have Premature Ventricular Contractions. Reduction of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs and caffeine might help.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Let the truth be known.
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    230 plymouth

    This might or might not help. Replacement studs are available at most any hardware store. Bolts not studs are standard on most heads. I have re-used head bolts many times with no problem. If you elect to buy new head bolts the shaft must have an undercut shank as pictured below. Standard bolts are not undercut and will rust fast to the head and most likely break when you try to remove them.
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    Surprise! My Plymouth Wagon Is a Covergirl

    Bob, I believe it was 2007 when I paid you a visit. If you had the woody at that time I did not get any pictures. Sure turned out like new. Great job! I think you were selling this car about the time I met you.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    The picture was taken in sew motion.
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    Surprise! My Plymouth Wagon Is a Covergirl

    I agree. You could learn a lot about craftsmanship from this car. What happened?
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    You trying to bully me? Sorry that won't work. 🤼‍♂️
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Got wood???
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Interesting setup on the drive wheels. Locomotive style.
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    Looking around for snow plow found this

    Looks like my son in Buffalo has a bit of snow. They belong to my Fudd hat club so they stay warm.
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    LEAking rear end near u joint

    The axle breather is located where the brake lines splitter bolts to the top of the differential housing. The brass fitting in the photo below.
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    Inspection Camera for Valves

    Camera technology has come a long way in the past 50-60 years. I have had a camera poked into every possible hole in my body. Last one was done last week with a camera stuck down my throat into my lungs along with a Brillo pad to clean my white walls. A few months before that a camera was poked into a small hole where stuff normally comes out. I am awake looking at a computer screen and I hear the nurse say hey look, there is your prostate, it looks good. I would have enjoyed it much more if the nurse would have said hey it looks good before sticking the camera into the hole. I also have what is called a port. It is an implant in my chest with a line that goes directly inside my heart. The port is used for drawing blood samples as opposed to an IV and I had a camera inserted in the port to take pictures of my heart. My point being I have no desire to use a camera to check my valves.
  19. Simply start the engine, put the transmission in gear, press the brake pedal and release the clutch. If the engine dies you do not have fluid drive. If the engine continues to run you do have fluid drive.
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    Anti-theft devices

    Geez, I thought a doobie was something you smoked👨‍🌾
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    Clunk from the right rear

    What size tires are you running? Are the tires radial? Are the tires hitting the inner fender when the car makes a turn?
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    for the guy who has everything...

    My dog always wears a bandana.
  23. Don Coatney

    A bunch a new P15's

    My best educated guess is to new owners😛
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