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  1. '51 218 Rebuild suggestions

    Usually your machinist will make recommendations after the engine is pulled down based on what condition things are in. But an over bore for a little more displacement, a decking of the block and milling of the head will give you an appreciable bump in power. Working the intake and exhaust ports to match the gasket openings will help things flow a bit better. With the offy intake I would call George Asche and get a matched pair of his redone Carters. With the camshaft a bit more duration can't hurt but you don't want anything that moves the power peak way up the rpm band because being much over 4000 is mostly more noise and friction loss with the long stroke design. You don't want to build a race engine for cruising around to the ice cream stand. My modifications pretty much as above but with stock camshaft, and I have no issues, and have had 40000 trouble free miles since the rebuild.
  2. 1950 Distributor on a 1948 P15

    I am running a 54 dodge pick up dist in my 46 in the 56 Plymouth engine. In the trunk is a 52 Plymouth dist that I carry for back up in the trunk. The 56 dist sits on the parts shelf ready to drop in also. Non of these diets share points, rotors, or caps, but the are drop in replacements for 218 230 short blocks. As noted, later modules featured quicker advance curves to account for better gas and higher compression but I doubt you would notice any difference in over the road performance.
  3. Splitting exhaust manifold

    The above^^^ technique is what I would suggest as most in line with the junk yard parts, backyard build theme.
  4. I believe Chrysler and DeSoto engines for the Airflow models may have had aluminum heads. Read something somewhere a good while ago. Weight saving marketing deal???
  5. weird connector(?) what is it for...?

    Being that close to the flasher connector and holder, seems to support it is aftermarket signal light related.
  6. Newspaper Archives

    From spring of 47 before city dales tax enacted. Prices for used cars still high from war years.
  7. Brake light question

    Hydraulic switches get corrupted by old brake fluid, corrosion. Brake light circuits can develop electrical resistance in connections, grounds can get corrupted with age. I just changed my switch last year it made a big difference, I have also powered the switch through a new independent wire with an inline fuse, and run a dedicated wire from the light fixture to a good tight ground. Also make a grounding line from your body to the frame or engine.
  8. Body / Engine Number 42 Dodge

    Plymouth body. Go to the allpar website and search exports. There is a lot of information there on Detroit built exports, Canadian made exports, as nd knock downs which were chassis, drivetrains and body's which were assembled in the countries they were exported to. Pretty good section on Central and South America.
  9. Body / Engine Number 42 Dodge

    The serial number tag was usually aplied to one of the "A" pillars. Some pictures of the side of the car would show if the car is Plymouth based or Dodge. Many export Dodges were plymouths with Dodge trim. Wheelbase for Plymouth based car would be 117 inches. Do the front fenders extend their lines into the front door? What is the length of your engines cylinder head?. Does the car have fuid drive? What is the word preceding the number 412586851?
  10. Battery not charging

    There is a test in the service manual for the generator, but it is not clear if you have a gen or an alt.
  11. The Venerable Slant 6 vs Our Beloved Flathead 6s

    The 225 /6 in my fathers 1960 Dart was rated at 145 HP, the 170 @ 101
  12. Have you done a manifold vacuum gauge reading? With a stock cam and split intake you should pull apx.17 inches at 500 rpm.
  13. I also recall that those carbs didn't like fuel pressure of more than a couple psi. I believe the Mopar pump operates above that level.
  14. What did you change? Was the engine running well before the change? If so, you changed the fuel system, then blame the ignition for the problem. It doesn't seem a mystery to me of where the trouble may lie. As noted above with out other proper changes to support extra fuel mix, the extra fuel is just that extra as in unneeded unusable.
  15. Are all Spitfire heads 25"?

    All spitfire 6 cylinder heads are 25 inch,but not all 25 inch heads are Spitfire. Spitfire was a Chrysler automotive marketing moniker. Lots of 25 inch heads out there that don't dsay spitfire. It has been documented a couple of time that thusly labeled heads are not more performance oriented than non spitting versions.
  16. Old mopar's. What do I need to know?

    Like most repops they need fiddling with before they fit. Most reports here of people using them suggest they are not exact fit, and cuz every car rusts differently some require more fiddling than others. Probably still a good start for the investment.
  17. vacation

    One word. SPAM!!! http://www.spam.com
  18. D24 frame compatibility

    I believe so if the wheelbases are the same.
  19. Old mopar's. What do I need to know?

    One nice thing about fluid drive is clutches never wear out as you only use them to go between gears. The fluid drive allows for idle while engaged. There is probably another one out there some where.
  20. Help ID-Ing V16 Engine Failure...With Pics.

    Knew a fellow who busted a rod on a Nash straight 8. Had it to towed home and asked the crew to come over and help his diagnose why it wouldn't run. I looked at it and told him straight away he had an electrical problem. Everyone looked at me like I was nuts. They said the engine threw a rod anybody could see that. I agreed but pointed out the rod came out,knocked a big chunk of crankcase out and those two pieces knocked the starter about 3/4 the way off and until that got fixed,the fool thing wasn't going to start,and the starter is obviously an electrical component so it was an electrical problem in he final analysis. Last I saw them they were all shaking vtheir heads.....
  21. Old mopar's. What do I need to know?

    Where upstate? Cuz from central NY any where south of a!baby is down state. You stated the DeSoto you are considering is fluid drive. But fluid drive came with two distinct transmissions bolted to then. A standard three speed and a dual range semi auto with two gears in each range. Neither are performance drivetrains. Molars were noted for torque more than power. Also. Dodge, Plymouth and ,Dodge light trucks used a 23 1/2 head length engine While Chrysler and DeSoto used a 25 inch. Cars made in Canada all used 25. Go to the AllPar website,search transmissions and you can familiarize your self with the TipToe M6 semi auto trans. Many early 40's DeS had fluid drive and a three speed, while later 40's and 50'smostly had the semi auto. Both are good transmissions and most semi problems result from faulty wiring all fixable from outside the case. If you will be satisfied with rock steady reliability, smooth highway, ride 15 to 17 mpg and zero to 60 in 20 + seconds. The DeSoto may be just you ticket. Plenty of room for kids and pets took.
  22. vacation

    How come he has no tailings at the base of the cliff??? Something fishy I'd going on. Maybe ol Sourpuss was lasered on.....
  23. Photo’s of my Truck

    Were they ever that pretty??? Needs a spa trip for a mud bath.
  24. Wouldn't the machine shop have access to those specifications and dimensions?
  25. vacation

    Don't know about car events but we were out that way about 10 years ago. We saw more wildlife bison coyote antelope, elk, marmots, etc. in Custer State park near Rushmore, than we did in Yellowstone. There is also a section of the state park called the Needles which allows you to drive through some very interesting rock formations. Stayed overnight in Rapid City did the Custer Loop, then headed to Cody as a base for Yellowstone https://gfp.sd.gov/parks Plan at least two days for Yellowstone, and set your sensors for weird. We went after labor day so none of the parks were busy traffic wise,July may be a completely different story. Before you go get a National parks vehicle pass. If some one in the family is over 65 I think you can get it for $10. Got ours two years ago, might be more now but gives you unlimited access to National Parks, unless of course our wonderful leader gets around to privatizing them before you go. Some entrances have express lanes for folks with the pass. You get a credit card sized pass card and a hanger for rear view mirror. Enjoy your trip.