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John Reddie

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John Reddie last won the day on June 22 2016

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About John Reddie

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 01/07/1942

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    2 1967 Plymouth Furys, 1 convertible, 1 four-door hardtop

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    former shipyard worker, school custodian, automobile repair
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    vintage american cars and old films

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  1. John Reddie

    1941 Plymouth Starter MZ-4089 parts needed

    Hello again. I just noticed this starter on ebay. Pretty expensive but at least they are offering free shipping. John R https://www.ebay.com/itm/REMAN-USA-3310-Starter-1941-Dodge-Plymouth-6-Volts-CW-Prestolite-MZ-4089/183121464547?epid=570803094&hash=item2aa2e3cce3:g:WUoAAOSwk6lapWBB&vxp=mtr
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    1941 Plymouth Starter MZ-4089 parts needed

    Hello and welcome. With a starter of this vintage, you may have to see if there is a business near your area that reconditions starters and generators. A new armature could be hard to come by. Good luck to you. John R
  3. John Reddie

    Engine stumbling

    Hello and welcome. Did your Plymouth run well and then suddenly start the shaking? A few ideas. I would do a compression test on each cylinder to compare the readings. You can also remove one spark plug at a time while it is idling to see if any cylinders are dead. Also, check inside the distributor cap for carbon tracking and cracks. I noticed in your video that your fuel line going to the carburetor from the fuel pump appears to be quite close to the exhaust manifold which could cause vapor lock in hot weather. I don't think that is is causing your current problem but something to think about. Best of luck to you. John R
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    Overheating. 210 in a 160 thermo

    How is your radiator? If it were mine, I would remove the radiator and have it flow tested if you have not done this yet. A partially plugged up radiator core can cause the engine to run hotter than it should, especially at idle and high speed. I have had this problem before and my radiator had to have a new replacement core. Good luck to you. John R
  5. John Reddie

    Electronic ignition

    I like contact points and condenser for my distributor for this reason. Points usually go for quite a while and when they do wear down, you will notice that the engine may not have quite as good performance as it did. New points and condenser and the timing reset and you are doing fine again. Electronic systems require less maintenance and most are reliable but when something fails, you are stuck with a car that has stopped running. I went back to points and condenser because my electronic failed, no spark . After being towed home, I went out the next morning and the car started and ran fine again. New points distributor and the car is running very nicely again. My feelings on this matter of course. Best of luck on whatever you decide to do. John R
  6. John Reddie

    Fluid drive question

    That's right. My '48 Dodge had the fluid drive and could be left in any gear without engaging the clutch. If I hit stop and go traffic, I used to leave it in second speed but I would depress the clutch when stopped to minimize heating up on a really hot day. Those cars are great. John R
  7. John Reddie

    My 39 Dodge business coupe

    Great find casper50. Not ridiculous prices either. John R
  8. Boy, I can relate to that small pigtail wire shorting out. I had that happen one time at night when it was 6 degrees outside. I was just a young kid and had no idea what to look for. An old time mechanic straightened me out when he told me to check it. When it shorts out, it sure interrupts you trip. John R
  9. John Reddie

    46 dodge 3 window coupe

    Just out of curiosity, when was this car tuned up last, new spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, points and condenser, timing set to specifications? Busycoupe asks an important question: You said that you have had this car 20 years, did it run well in the past, or has it had this problem as long as you have owned it? Whatever the case, I hope you get it straightened out. It looks like a great car. John R
  10. John Reddie

    Dodge Ambulance

    Thank you Patrick for posting these. John R
  11. John Reddie

    Dodge Ambulance

    Hello and welcome. Great find. Can you post some pics of the other old cars you have there too? Thanks. John R
  12. John Reddie

    Starter question

    As I remember on Plymouth's anyway, 1942 was the last year the foot pedal starter set up was used. 1946 - early 1949 (P15 Plymouth's) used the dashboard mounted button to activate the starter. When the later restyled Plymouth models came out in 1949, the starter was activated by turning the ignition key all the way to the right. It was part of the ignition switch. I myself kinda liked the old foot pedal starter, pretty basic design but my feeling. John R
  13. John Reddie

    p 15 with dakota swap

    Hello and welcome to the forum. Whatever you find and decide to do, I wish you the best. My feelings on something like this, try to find a P15 that hasn't been altered. These were and are great cars and a pleasure to drive. Lovely styling and comfortable. Again, this is your decision and only my opinion and it also depends on the kind of driving you plan to do, interstate highway or country roads. Best regards. John R
  14. John Reddie

    47 Plymouth won't shift into 3rd gear

    Good observation Silverdome. I notice what could possibly be an automatic choke stove (not sure) in front of the carb (see photo). If so, did the Canadian built P15's have an automatic choke rather than a manual type? John R
  15. John Reddie

    Easy things are getting difficult

    Greg G, you're not alone. I have had neck problems dating back to the early '70's. I still love car work but it takes me waaaaay longer than it used to. Have fun. John R

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