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Don Coatney

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  1. Don Coatney

    Show your tools.

    Time to post tool pictures for all the special tools used to work on these old cars and trucks. A line or two on how you use these tools would be good. Here are some examples. Spark plug cleaner Valve lapping tool with lapping compound Stud extractor used to remove broken studs and bolts Rear drum puller Piston ring expander and compressor
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    Show your tools.

    I just checked two more tapes and both have the black diamond.
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    Show your tools.

    This one is news to me. Apparently not all rulers have this feature. At least the two I checked so far do not. I have several more to check. I am guessing that you already knew what the black diamonds on measuring tapes are for, i.e., they occur every 19 3/16" and are for truss measurements. Trusses are more commonly seen in commercial buildings and not used a lot in residential construction, because they do not allow for much or any attic space. The 19 3/16" increments will let you mark and equally space 5 trusses per 8' sheet of plywood.
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    Vacuum Advance Connection

    I welded the heat riser flap as pictured to all a full separation of the exhaust manifold for dual exhaust.
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    Langdon HEI timing & vacuum

    On my dual carburetor setup I inly used 1.
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    ammco 1750

    This might or might not help.
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    Fuel Milage

    Some of you are not old enough to recall the Mobilgas economy run.
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    ANSWERED Forum Rank

    After reading this I was going to change my rank to onion fart as that is pretty rank.
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    Coles notes on 12 volt conversion please...

    This might or might not help.
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    I have a D-24 with fluid drive, a standard 3 speed transmission and a bad left knee. I start my car clutch down brake on, shift to reverse, release the clutch and brake and back out of my driveway. Stop and depress the clutch and shift to 2nd gear, release the clutch and brake hit the gas and drive away. When up to speed I shift to 3rd without using the clutch. When I need to stop IF I am on level ground I hit the brake and leave it in 3rd so no clutching is required. On hilly ground I shift to 2nd gear clutch less and follow the above procedure. The only time I use the clutch is backing out of my driveway. I learned to shift without using the clutch 60 years ago on non fluid drive cars.
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    Shim at bell housing

    This might or might not help.
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    Fuel Milage

    Who cares what the MPG rating is. I bought my cars to have fun with not count operating costs.
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    Engine builders

    As I understand it the only reasons the factory selected the 7:00 position was to make life easier for the mechanics in the field to have common ground to start with when doing tuneups. And as mentioned above to prevent the vacuum advance from making contact with the engine block. Military distributors took it a step further. The "tang" at the bottom of the distributor shaft that is flat on both sides of civilian distributors was modified adding a half moon on one side so the distributor could only be installed one way not two ways. They did this so when you are in a gun fight with bullets wizzing over your head and the engine craps out you can make hasty repairs in the dark and get out of Dodge.
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    From a Generator to an Alternator.

    Skinny belt pullys are available. I have a 6 volt positive ground alternator on my D-24.
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    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    That car was in my driveway when I lived in Tennessee but I failed to get a photo.
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    Who has the oldest B1b?

    My GGG Grandfather had 18 or more children with 3 different wives over a 52 year period. Two of his wives were sisters.
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    Who has the oldest B1b?

    Two different wives at the same time? Who were they married to?
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    Anybody got a p/n 12v truck master heater motor

    This might or might not help.
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    Manifold Stud Replacement

    Broken stud removal tool.
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    Life Changers

    I had a stroke.
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    Sleepless nights

    Don't be such a cheapskate and buy one of these
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    Split header - dual exhaust - reduced torque?

    I would like to see or hear evidence of a flathead 6 turning 6000 RPM's

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