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Ricky Luke

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About Ricky Luke

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

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  • Location
    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

    Another Aussie onboard

    Welcome Aus What Andy said... Not an easy job putting an auto in, but I appreciate the reason you’re doing it. Rick
  2. Ricky Luke

    Introduction from Australia

    G'day Trav, welcome to the site. I'm assuming the 40 body was imported by Mick? Cheers Rick
  3. Ricky Luke

    I am back to square zero

    Oooo, I'll take the rear fender for the 40 Chrysler at $16.60 thanks Rick
  4. Ricky Luke

    aftermarket radio and speaker installation

    Try this - mount it under the dash or in a hatbox on the parcel shelf or rear seat. Sync it with an old or cheap phone that either streams your music or has a lot stored on it. https://www.kmart.com.au/product/portable-bluetooth-speaker---grey/869301 It has the tinny AM sound we're all looking for Rick
  5. Ricky Luke

    How Much Should I Pay For A Decent Torque Wrench

    Just a heads up if you use a click type wrench with the settings on the bar - my dad had one which started to undo at the point arrowed. It meant his settings were about 20 lbs out. Blew 3 head gaskets before we figured out the problem. Rick
  6. Ricky Luke


    Actually, try just removing all the plugs. It should turn over easily by the fan. Rick
  7. Ricky Luke

    Color on wheels

    Here's the detail on my Chrysler 1940 C25 wheels. The car's black with a green interior. Not sure where the wheels were painted, but I assume they were shipped from the USA plain black and the detail added here. Rick
  8. Ricky Luke

    265 Blown Head Gasket

    A trap I recently fell for... My dad has a torque wrench similar to the photo. He tightened the head of his rebuilt 29 Plymouth as above to 40 ft/lb. It kept blowing head gaskets. When we checked the tension for the 3rd time I noticed the silver handle had unwound from the black nut, meaning the head was only tightened to about 15. Going strong since we fixed that little issue... Sometimes you can blame your tools - until you figure out you're the goose that should have looked a bit further into the issue. Rick
  9. Ricky Luke

    1940 Chrysler Windsor Coupe brake conversion

    The grey could also be bearing material. I'd take a couple of caps off and make sure there's a decent amount of white metal on them. I'm sure it's condensation, but while you're in there... Cheers Rick
  10. This actually happened to my dad's 59 Triumph Herald convertible, but I thought I'd post here because it was an unusual problem. Dad gave me the Herald recently, as he now cant in and out of such a small sports car. It's had issues which I was working through. I've been driving it to and from work over winter (on sunny-ish days) but eventually it became very hard to start then refused to start. Plenty of fuel - no spark. Poor spark out of the HT coil lead. Ok, either the coil or condenser has died. Replaced the condenser in the distributor with a NOS one. Hot spark from the HT lead, nothing at the plugs. Hmmm - only thing left is the distributor cap. Put a multimeter across the coil lead connector and the carbon brush - open circuit. There should be some resistance.... Carefully removed the brush and its spring as I didn’t want to stretch or damage it. The spring looked burnt, and the hole it sat in was black. After a squirt of WD40 in the hole and cleaning it out with a cotton bud I could see the metal the spring sat against. Cleaned the spring and brush and pushed it back. I used a flat punch to carefully push the brush until it actually clicked in place. I checked for continuity with the multimeter and I had a reading! I turned it over with all plug leads off and one aimed at No. 4 plug. Damn thing tried to start! Put it all back together and away she roared – well, as much as a 948cc engine can roar. It actually feels like I’ve gained a couple of HP. Moral of the story - when you have eliminated the obvious, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the problem. I’ve had a brush spring break and a brush crumble, but this was something new. Dad’s 82 and been mucking around with cars for most of that time and never had that problem. Rick
  11. Ricky Luke

    Teaching my grandson to drive a stick

    My first vehicle I drove by myself (as an 11 yo) was a T model Ford. That was interesting... My 16 yo niece is really keen on getting an older car for her first driver - and she's looking at a mid 60's Chrysler Valiant To get her prepared I'm borrowing dad's 29 Plymouth for a couple of days, and then into my 1959 Triumph Herald convertible. She thinks that's cool. Rick
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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

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