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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
  1. 1931 Desoto Flathead Six

    I am thinking that due to the tail light shape and location that this car is a Canadian built 1939 Pontiac. I think that the lights were different on the US built models that year. John R http://www.collectorcarads.com/Pontiac-Chieftain/40562
  2. Head Gasket Replacement

    Great advice here. Oil those valve stems really well before you reassemble the head and gasket. Once you get the engine started and run for a while, you should be okay. After that, try to run the car often because sitting and not using it for long periods creates problems. Good luck to you. John R
  3. town sedan ??

    Thanks to all for your most informative responses.
  4. town sedan ??

    I am interested to find out if 1946 - 48 Chrysler and DeSoto cars were offered as town sedans as well as regular 4 door models. Below are the town sedan models that I recall: 1942 Plymouth - yes 1946 - 48 Dodge - yes 1941 - Dodge ( I think) 1942 - Dodge ( not sure ) 1941 - '42 - DeSoto and Chrysler ( not sure ) Thanks for any info here. John R
  5. Head Removal

    If the engine is still in the car, I use my engine crane to lift up the head once it is loose.. Bending over the fender and lifting up a heavy cylinder head can really put a major strain on the old back. I also use it when placing the head back on the engine. I can lower it down nice and easy and believe me, your back muscles and joints will appreciate it. John R
  6. I finally found out what this is

    I have been attending the same car show for a number of years now and always saw this '53 Plymouth two door hardtop there with this piece connected to the fuel line going to the carburetor (see attached photo). It is connected to a tee fitting . Today I was able to meet the owner and learn the mystery piece's function. He said it is some type of fuel shutoff that can be used as an anti-theft device. He said that his aunt bought the car new and must have had it installed at one time. There is a steel tube that runs from the piece before the carb and connects to a valve the is located on the dashboard. There is a slot for a key that is there and apparently cuts off the fuel supply when turned on. He said he has never used it but figures that the car runs fine so why fool with it. I fully agree. In all the years that I have been working on cars and going to shows, I have never seen one of these devices. John
  7. Head Removal

    Great tip Dave. If that doesn't do it, serious compression issues exist.
  8. Properly Using A Propane Torch

    This is true. I have had success with the MAAP gas torches but for large bolts or areas, the Oxy/Acetylene is best. John R
  9. ignition/electrical help

    This is what I would do. I have seen cars that were not run for years like yours come back after being started and run for a while. Sticking valves is very common on engines that have sat unused. Once it is running again, you can monitor oil pressure, engine temperature etc. Best wishes. John R
  10. New to the Forum

    Welcome jhmagill. Quick question, does your 1935 Chevrolet have the suicide doors on the front and a rear mounted spare wheel? John
  11. ignition/electrical help

    Another thing to try after confirming that you have fuel and spark where you say that the engine has not been running for almost 10 years is to remove the spark plugs and add a small amount of engine oil in each plug hole, not much, four or five squirts from an oil can in each cylinder should do it. Where the engine has not run in so long and is now failing to start, what oil that was on the cylinder walls has washed away. Before putting the plugs back in, turn the engine over once to disperse the added oil in the cylinders. Put in the sparkplugs and try to start the car; see if this helps. I have had success with this trick in the past. When it starts, it will smoke like hell at first but will soon burn off. Good luck to you John R
  12. ignition/electrical help

    Dave, you say that the engine is turning over and that is a good sign. I'm sure with a little experimenting, you will have the car running. Post a few pics when you can. John R
  13. ignition/electrical help

    Yes. The coil is mounted through the firewall and there is a wire terminal on the backside of your coil (up under the dashboard) which is where the ignition switch power wire attaches and then on the engine side there is another wire terminal with a wire that goes to the distributor. I would pour a small amount of gasoline into the carburetor and see if it starts up briefly. If it does, you have a fuel delivery problem. Again, just a small amount of fuel. Best of luck to you Dave. John R
  14. What year and model of Plymouth was this?

    It is. The emblem on the trunk lid was placed on the 1936 model Plymouth's. The 1935 Plymouth sedans that featured trunks had no emblem on their lids. The grille on this car must go I'm afraid. John R
  15. '57 Plaza!

    Hello and welcome. A 1937 Plymouth rumble coupe is very rare today and less were produced when new compared to the business coupe. I hope it is stock. Pictures of that car too would be great