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Plymouthy Adams

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  1. A Christmas Story

    Not the movie A Christmas Story but still worthy of a repeat viewing. I last posted this in 2015 and in the two years since we have had such an increase in new members, well, time to introduce them to Louise....enjoy the story, the season, the time with friends and family. Christmas with Louise As a joke, my brother used to hang a pair of panty hose over his fireplace before Christmas. He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them. What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true because every Christmas morning, although Jay's kids' stockings were overflowed his poor pantyhose hung sadly empty. One year I decided to make his dream come true. I put on sunglasses and went in search of an inflatable love doll. They don't sell those things at Wal-Mart. I had to go to an adult bookstore downtown. If you've never been in an X-rated store, don't go. You'll only confuse yourself. I was there an hour saying things like, "What does this do?" "You're kidding me!" "Who would buy that?" Finally, I made it to the inflatable doll section. I wanted to buy a standard, uncomplicated doll that could also substitute as a passenger in my truck so I could use the car pool lane during rush hour. Finding what I wanted was difficult. "Love Dolls" come in many different models. The top of the line, according to the side of the box, could do things I'd only seen in a book on animal husbandry. I settled for "Lovable Louise." She was at the bottom of the price scale. To call Louise a "doll" took a huge leap of imagination. On Christmas Eve and with the help of an old bicycle pump, Louise came to life. My sister-in-law was in on the plan and let me in during the wee morning hours. Long after Santa had come and gone, I filled the dangling pantyhose with Louise's pliant legs and bottom. I also ate some cookies and drank what remained of a glass of milk on a nearby tray. I went home, and giggled for a couple of hours. The next morning my brother called to say that Santa had been to his house and left a present that had made him VERY happy but had left the dog confused. She would bark, start to walk away, then come back and bark some more. We all agreed that Louise should remain in the panty hose so the rest of the family could admire her when they came over for the traditional Christmas dinner. My grandmother noticed Louise the moment she walked in the door. "What the hell is that?" she asked. My brother quickly explained, "It's a doll." "Who would play with something like that?" Granny snapped. I had several candidates in mind, but kept my mouth shut. "Where are her clothes?" Granny noticed. "Boy, that turkey sure smells nice, Gran," Jay said to steer her into the dining room. But Granny was relentless. "Why doesn't she have any teeth?" Again, I could have answered, but why would I? It was Christmas and no one wanted to ride in the back of the ambulance saying, "Hang on Granny, hang on!" My grandfather, a delightful old man with poor eyesight, sidled up to me and said, "Hey, who's the naked gal by the fireplace?" I told him she was Jay's friend. A few minutes later I noticed Grandpa by the mantel, talking to Louise. Not just talking, but actually flirting. It was then that we realized this might be Grandpa's last Christmas at home. The dinner went well. We made the usual small talk about who had died, who was dying, and who should be killed, when suddenly Louise made a noise like my father in the bathroom in the morning. Then she lurched from the panty hose, flew around the room twice, and fell in a heap in front of the sofa. The cat screamed. I passed cranberry sauce through my nose, and Grandpa ran across the room, fell to his knees, and began administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. My brother fell back over his chair and wet his pants. Granny threw down her napkin, stomped out of the room, and sat in the car. It was indeed a Christmas to treasure and remember. Later in my brother's garage, we conducted a thorough examination to decide the cause of Louise's collapse. We discovered that Louise had suffered from a hot ember to the back of her right thigh. Fortunately, thanks to a wonder drug called duct tape, we restored her to perfect health.
  2. Engine swap

    Old style Hemi engines...1951 through 1958 Chrysler.....1955..301 1951-56..331 1956-57...354 1957-58...392 with the 392 being a raised block, these rest are standard block Desoto.....1952-54..276 1955..291 1956..330 1957..341 1957..345 the 276 and 291 are standard blocks, others are raised block Dodge....1953-55..241 1955..260 1955..270 1956..315 1957-58..325 with the 315 and 325 being raised blocks the 14 combinations are from 4 cranks...with the 392 having that crank all to itself...so basically the other 13 shared 3 cranks....Chrysler and Desoto shared the same valves except again for the larger 392 which was only to itself and dodge had the two set of smaller valves
  3. engine swap upgrade

    wayfarer, a lot of what you are saying rings true....the sbc was not then or it is now a true go to engine for power and longevity in a build. That has been proven false so many time by major players in the industry. But, it seems the very abundance of them at giveaway price or as in many cases they fall out of the GM car along the interstates made them ripe for just picking up and carry home. Sadly to say the lemmings that cannot lead tend to follow the easy to get trail of buy and bolt in rather than fabricate and forge ahead on their own. It will always be this way even if the new hemi crates become the standard for plug and play optional power. It is the path of least resistance and the one that "boltes"' are likely to follow. But the guy who travels the path less traveled and does the dare to be different will always turn a head a meet solely on the merit that it is so different from the norm. Dare to be different, devout member of the ABC...
  4. Brakes

    best bet is to see if a local shop has the means to reline these for you. If you have a local truck or fleet style repair shop check with them. E-bay on the average has numerous sets for sale. look in the links directory above and also may be of interest to you to read the brake section under the technical tab. compare..prices truly vary...good luck
  5. RAM changes

    the standard Ram continues the Dodge gunsight grille....Hellcat/Rebel that fall into the sport truck sports a new look..have not been by the dealership to look them over...they are seriously overpriced....
  6. Body work

    I have personally found long years ago that a jig saw distorts the thinner metals when cutting to the point it is adding just way too much additional work to correct the poor quality cut prior to welding. On thin sheet metal 99% of all my on body cuts and 85% off body sheet metal cuts are with the pneumatic zizz wheel. No distortions, any gnarled edge is usually a single wipe with a file to dress for welding. Die grinders usually do not have the torque needed for cutting wheels so if you go looking for a grinder, a right angle gives you the torque, but you also need the higher cutting speed to get longer life from the disc. Low speed and thin disc just don't go hand in hand.
  7. Frankie, I love it....and to add a bit and hopefully not make anyone angry as I am not pointing a finger in any direction whatsoever but I would like to add that after seeing some projects built with brick still "look like a pile of bricks"
  8. I read the two tone fabric as a possibility descriptor for the plaid
  9. Low oil pressure problems

    little off in the above statement, the wearing of the bearing as you later states thins, BUT, bearing showing wear the holes do not enlarge, the metal is worn so that the clearance between the bearing and crank is greater and thus has less resistance to flow and there a decrease in oil pressure
  10. Mopar Engine Identification

    it appears to me that the engine may have been hand stamped for a P12 sequence number 127405 so to mimic the original engine for a 41 special deluxe Plymouth. You would have to know the bore and stroke at this time to identify the displacement. The block should have the casting date on it and the block casting has a -18 mold change indicator.
  11. Body work

    when cutting heavier metal, a frame section for instance I will again use the right angle grinder but in this case, I score the marked lined for the cut...then use my Milwaukee sawsall and thin bi-metal blade. The blade follows the scored line like a slot car. I refrain at all times of using the gas axe...I use a pneumatic shear at times especially cutting a panel for running through the bead roller
  12. Body work

    I use a Rockwell 31A right angle air grinder operates at 14,000 rpm on 90 psi...4" by 1/16 thick cutting disc where room allows...3 inch if a bit tighter space
  13. Low oil pressure problems

    idle pressure seems great...secret is what rpm is 40-45....rule of thumb is approx. 10 PSI per 1000 rpm...have you compared this to a second oil pressure gauge for accuracy?
  14. engine swap upgrade

    every year at the swap meet seems there are two or three of these old early Hemi's offered up for sale, mainly it seems to be the Chrysler of Desoto blocks...I notice them only in passing, while they dress up like no other engine of the era, cost to build for the low return on HP makes them undesirable to myself. I don't say they not worth it, just not worth it to me.
  15. engine swap upgrade

    Actually in the early Hemi line up there were 14 different engines.....Chrysler had 4, Desoto and Dodge each had 5 and none shared the same CID As for the SBC...the secret to their success to retro fit rest solely upon the fact that they had a short snout in relation ship to water pump than did the Chrysler or Fords....
  16. The end of our hobby?

    hey..our money is called paper (yeah I know) and I am now paperless......
  17. The end of our hobby?

    guns will also be phased out for lazer/phasers.....horizon sucks..sorry but the world today sucks so bad I cannot see past it for the most part let alone the future..
  18. Engine upgrade

    again, as this is truck I cannot say with certainity...but with EVERY car that I have upgraded be it a 8 3/4, 7.1/4, 9 1/4 or the more commom 8 1/4 I have been able to marry the old with the new, even the cables bolted into the existing lock on the pull handle of the older car. Though the later cables are a ball and not a slug, guess what, they still lock and there are many many couplers, slides and pulls in the wrecking yard that will easily see to your needs, at least I have stayed all Mopar and covered 7 decades of mix and match. If you opt for the very latest rear gears, get the rear cable mounting fixture that is of the donor, it is a compound cable slide setup and you need it as one cable will lock and allow the other to follow suit...many times folks sell themselves short by not getting some of the associated hardware, mounts and cables when they snag that precious late model rear gear. By far, the easiest set up Ihave done has been the 2004 Dakota..it is as if made for retrofit..
  19. Engine upgrade

    easy to do and do take the electronics in consideration..if you referring to the carbureted pre throttle body Dakota 3.9, again, it will not involve electronics but you shooting yourself in the foot ruling out electronic and the more fuel efficient and yet more powerful V6 Pentastar or even the predecessor to the Penta and successor to the 3.9 magnum, the 3.7 Magnum. These can be had with manual 5 and 6 speed trannies and automatics from the A500 series on the early to the most current. While the truck should not be as restrictive an engine bay as is the car...in the cars, they not at all difficult.
  20. Overdrive indicator lights

    good fast answer from Jim on a thread that was resurrected from 6 years.....
  21. Model Plymouth truck

    you can go to e-bay....... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fairfield-Mint-1941-Plymouth-Pickup-1-24-Truck-Diecast-New-In-Box/322910459765?hash=item4b2ef69775:g:cAsAAOSwRbtaHhyL
  22. just for giggles

    11.08 @ 119 mph for the Lancer with the slant and 11.85 @ 125 mph for the Hellcat! am thinking traction was the key to success...
  23. Rear end swap

    just make sure that you measure and record so to match the pinion angle of your existing axle to spring perches when installing the perches to the correct position on the donor axle...
  24. just for giggles

    I know people who grind a starter that long....lol
  25. engine swap upgrade

    wow...that sure sounds bad.....yes most all paints are moving toward a zero thin and if thinning is recommended, it is by such a ridiculous small amount.....I view all thinning guidelines as a best case ideal scenario which does not seem to exist outside the manufactures environment....My favorite paint was a thinning base mix, was 8 parts paint, 4 parts reducer and 1 part hardener...now it is advertised as zero thinning....balderdash is all I have to say. I feel your pain...never any fun when things go awry. we all been there....