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Ricky Luke

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About Ricky Luke

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    Member, been hanging around a while...
  • Birthday 10/31/1963

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    Portland Vic
  • Interests
    Old stuff
  • My Project Cars
    1940 Chrysler Royal. Aussie body

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  • Biography
    This and that. Other things happened
  • Occupation
    Civil Engineer


  • Location
    Kyabram, Victoria, Australia
  • Interests
    1940 Chrysler Royal

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  1. Ricky Luke

    next on the list... improve braking

    Hi Bluefox As other people have mentioned, Chrysler have very good standard brakes - as long as they are in good condition and set up correctly. However, they can catch people out who are used to power assisted disks. I installed a vacuum brake booster to an all drum Morris Minor when I was a Uni student. I pulled the booster off an old Austin and it really helped. It doesn't solve brake fade when the car is driven hard though. There are a number of companies in the UK (eg Rimmer Bros, Canley Classics) who can supply a new booster. You may need to get different connection pipes made. If you haven't already, replace all the hoses with new ones. I fully understand your issues with the registration authorities - a booster is much less conspicuous than a disk brake setup. Cheers Rick
  2. Ricky Luke

    1/4" or 3/16" Brake Line?

    Yes and no. In theory with the right master cylinder you could push the right amount of fluid through a hypodermic needle, or use a 1/2" tube. It's an engineered solution based on cost, ease of manufacture, material availability, and at the time probably common sense. Rick
  3. Ricky Luke

    1/4" or 3/16" Brake Line?

    Also has to to do with fluid volume. Larger wheel cylinder pistons that need a lot fluid to move the shoes need the larger line to deliver the volume of fluid required for the same push of the pedal. Rick
  4. Ricky Luke

    local swap meet

    LOL. I've spent 10 years combing through swap meets looking for 40 Chrysler parts, and only came up with a gearbox gasket kit. BTW Brent, I'm in Portland - Victoria... Rick
  5. Ricky Luke

    Carpel Tunnel damage

    LOL, it looks like you have a fuzzy caterpillar crawling over your hand. Hope the recovery goes well. Rick
  6. Ricky Luke

    Carpel Tunnel damage

    I'll say this upfront - like anything, it depends on the medical provider... My right wrist is not good due to CTS combined with flying over the handlebars of a motorbike. Probably other things as well, but anyway.... I've seen a lot of people about mine over the last 5 years. Surgery was always down on the priority as nobody would suggest it was better than 50/50. I went to an acupuncturist, and it's improved. Not perfect, but enough improvement to be worthwhile and put off surgery. Good luck Rick
  7. Ricky Luke

    1928 Chrysler 52 low compression ?

    Take the plugs and pour a little engine oil into the bores and redo the test with the plugs out. Unless there's a hole in the piston you should a noticeable rise in pressure. Rick
  8. Ricky Luke

    My wife's gotta be the absolute best :)

    I'm very lucky my wife Chris shares some - not all - of my interests. She happily rebuilt the carby of her 68 Toyota Corona, we are both CAMS motor sport scrutineers, and when I told her a friend had the Chrysler up for sale, her reply was "I really like the art deco style of that car. How much is he asking for it?" On the flip side she hates wandering around hot, dusty or wet swap meets looking for the non existent parts. Rick
  9. Ricky Luke

    power brake booster

    I used a PBR VH44 booster on a Morris Minor with Holden Torana (Vauxhall Viva) front disk brakes. The Morris has an under floor master cylinder like the Plymouth. I mounted the booster in the engine bay, but had to make new brake lines to reach the original master cylinder and brake line connections. It worked well. Rick
  10. The http://www.imperialclub.com/ is a good resource for these giants. It covers all Imperials from 1926. Rick
  11. Ricky Luke

    Age Demographics Please Take The Poll...

    54. As a family we spent many weekends and holidays with another family driving around Victoria, South Australia, and New South Wales looking for a T-model for dad to restore. His friend, who was a boilermaker, was looking for a steam car... After many years of chasing dead end leads, dad heard of an old car that was put on blocks in a shed in 1943 about 20 miles from us. Turns out it was a 1929 Plymouth tourer in pretty good condition. The owner went to war and never returned, and his wife never went into the shed again. My dad was going to turn it down as it wasn't his dream Ford, but mum threatened him with divorce if he didn't but it as it was in way better condition than anything he'd looked at, and she was sick of driving around back roads chasing rumours. I was about 8 when we brought it home. A basic clean up, re-did the brakes, and she was a driveable barn find. I've been a Chrysler fan ever since. Rick
  12. Ricky Luke

    Number plate thoughts?

    I suspect GJ-424 was a personalised plate as NSW had the 3 letter / 3 number combination up until 2004. Wikipedia says the APD plate was probably issued in 1954, which fits the purchase date. I'd like to do the same with my Chrysler, using a Victorian period ID. BTW, welcome to the forum. Rick - lol, tripped over Andy's post...
  13. Ricky Luke

    1947 Chrysler Windsor garage find finished

    Very nice Uberchin. I'm jealous. Rick
  14. Ricky Luke

    Oz Production Figures 1949-1952

    Hi Patrick. You’ll need to find the chassis number stamped on it to be be sure what it was when it left the USA. I don’t know where it would be on yours, but mine is on the front rhs in front of the suspension. TJR had their own designs that were slightly different to overseas. I think this was because TJR had a limited number of suppliers to choose from, and had used mass produced items such as your windscreen pillars that may have also been on Aussie built Chevs. Nice car BTW... Rick
  15. Ricky Luke

    Test post for ushp12

    http://live.cricket.com.au/#/1964/41089/overview Test cricket... Rick

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