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  1. Don Coatney

    Electronic ignition again

    I agree that a distributor with single and or dual points is very reliable. All old mopars I have had in my lifetime has a distributor with points except the one I own now. The benefit of an electronic ignition is there is no points to wear out and once the timing is set you can forget it.
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    Double duty head bolts..

    I do not know of a supplier for these special bolts. However I have re-used these bolts for over 50 years with no problems. Just clean the threads and use thread sealer on them and you will be good to go.
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    Electronic ignition again

    I have a Pertronics igniter in my 48 Dodge 6 volt positive ground. The unit was installed in the car when I bought it a couple years ago. No problems to date. I bought the car from a friend and he installed the unit about 10 or so years ago. I have not yet driven this car very far from home but I trust it is up for the challenge.
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    6vdc fan motor to 12vdc

    Is this better?I
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    6vdc fan motor to 12vdc

    Covert to a 12 volt heater motor.
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    The D.C. P15 Update

    The fan controller has a input that turns the fan on when the air conditioning is turned on. As there is no air conditioner I used that input as my override. Also on the (Ford) 4 pole starter solenoid there is one pole that is hot with 12 volts when ever the starter button is pushed. I ran a wire from that pole directly to the ignition coil by-passing the ballast resistor so that every time the engine is started it gets a full 12 volts to the ignition.
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    The D.C. P15 Update

    While it is on my mind, This toggle switch to the left of the heater fan switch I used as an over ride switch for the radiator fan thermostat. With the new radiator you will probably never need it as the new radiator is much more efficient than the original one. And along those lines you should flush and re-fill the radiator with antifreeze. I believe it has water only in it.
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    512 cid C series on Dakota chassis- build thread

    Phasing and angles explained in this link.
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    FEMA alert

    I always heard that Georgia is a week behind on everything. I hear trick or treat in Georgia is on November 7th.
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    Pullin' the 218

    I recommend you remove the transmission then pull the engine. Bad idea to attempt to drag the transmission over the crossmember. Pictured below is a P-15 clutch fork. Yours may be different. No cotter pin required to attach the linkage rod to the fork.
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    1954 Plymouth Suburban Project

    What is hiding behind the piece of cardboard?
  12. Come on guys, there is a trunk full of grass.
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    When you get those scam phone calls simply ask (gender don't matter) what are you wearing. Then all you hear is click, dial tone.
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    Should I Attempt Carb Rebuild?

    Refrigerator magnets work well for disassembly of carburetor parts. Place them in the bottom of a cookie baking pan, disassemble the carburetor in the cookie pan, and all steel parts will stick to the magnet and not fall into that dark hole under the work bench.
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    The D.C. P15 Update

    New gauge cluster. New turn signal switch New fuse panel New dimmer switch already installed.
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    Carb Kickin' My Butt

    Did you install the gas filter directly in front of the carburetor? If so you may have disturbed the float shut off valve when you wrenched the fuel line that screws into the float valve. Remove the top of the carburetor and make sure the float valve is working. Use 2 of the special line wrenches pictured below to insure you do not twist the float fitting when you reassemble.
  17. My grandson just got his drivers license last week so I thought I would teach him how to drive a standard transmission with fluid drive. He has never driven any stick shift car before. When I was his age I had to take my drivers test in a stick shift. When I was about 10 years old I sat next to my dad in a 52 chevy. After watching him shift gears I said Dad can I shift for you? So I learned how to shift a 3 on the tree at an early age. So he jumps behind the wheel of my D-24. I said make sure the transmission is in neutral and he did not know where neutral was. I told him to depress the clutch and I would show him. I look down and he depresses the clutch with his right foot. Took a few moments to correct that issue. Then I told him to start the engine BUT DON'T BREAK THE KEY OFF. I told him to push the start button and it took a few more minutes to explain how to start it. Once started I told him to increase the engine speed a bit to let the engine warm up. So he floors it. Got it backed out on the street and I told him to put it in 2nd gear and while holding the brake release the clutch slowly. He did so and I told him to release the brake pedal and give it some gas. Once again he floors it. He wound it up tight in 2nd gear and I told him to depress the clutch and shift to 3rd gear. So he depresses the clutch and still has the throttle floored. He did not know where 3rd gear was so we pulled over for some more instructions. I left the car in 3rd gear for the rest of the drive. Got home and I told him to shift into 1st gear so we could park the car in the garage. Once again I had to show him where 1st gear was. Bottom line we made it home safely and had fun. I few more lessons and he might be ready to solo.
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    A coil in the Trunk...

    I was once following an old ford to a car show. His car was equipped with flame throwers in both exhaust pipes. I was several car lengths behind him when he cut loose with a firefart. The stench was overwhelming. I backed off even further and made up my mind on the spot to never install such a device.
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    Teaching my grandson to drive a stick

    My grandson started out in this.
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    Fluid Drive Transmission adaptability

    Fluid drive is not a transmission. It is a fluid coupling between the engine and transmission. Is the engine in your truck 23" long or 25" long? There are several things you can do to boost horse power with the stock engine. Shaving the head to boost compression ratio is the quickest and biggest bang for your buck. But before you do anything start with a compression check to determine the general health of your engine.
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    That is funny. Sad but true.
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    incoming hurricane

    How far are you from the gulf coast? Historically hurricanes lose force the further inland they travel. Hope all your barns are all anchored down and don't blow away.
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    Hummm, My wife plays scrabble on faceplant...
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    incoming hurricane

    Best hunker down and ride it out.

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