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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

    1955 Coronet

    Todd, Try this guy for rims and wheel covers etc. He has lots of vintage Mopar stuff. I bought rims and other parts for my 1967 Plymouth Fury's from him. He is a nice person and great to deal with. John R http://www.cbodies.com/
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    1955 Coronet

    Thanks Toddb for the pics. That is a very nice styled car and certainly worthy of fixing up. John R
  3. John Reddie

    1955 Coronet

    Welcome. This car that you have is pretty rare now, at least here in MA. There is a man in my area that has a '55 Dodge with the six cylinder engine and a three speed standard transmission. It is two-tone, yellow and white. Does your car have the shift lever on the dashboard like the '55 Plymouth's did and could you post a few pictures of your Dodge? Thanks. John R
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    Water pump removal - engine drain cock

    There is most likely sediment built up behind the drain cock which is fairly common on older engines. After opening the drain cock up all the way. you may be able to push a fine piece of wire up inside and clear it. If not, I believe that the drain cock can be unscrewed and then you can unclog it with a small screwdriver or wire. Be sure to have a drain pan under it. Best of luck. John R
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    46 dodge exhaust manifold gasket replacement

    I have had success removing nuts on studs like you describe buy putting the stud in a piece of copper tubing with the nut exposed and clamping the stud in my vice. I then heat the stud with a MAAP torch and the nut almost always comes off easily. The soft copper protects the threads on the stud from damage. John R
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    Want to get my steering box rebuilt

    Also, make sure that the steering components ( king pins, tie rods, etc) are properly greased. These Plymouth's have a bunch of grease fittings on their steering and front suspension parts so it's important that each one is lubed periodically. John R
  7. John Reddie

    The 4th Annual P-15 Picnic in the UK (pictures)

    What a beautiful gathering of '40's Mopars. Thank you for posting. John R
  8. John Reddie

    P 15 add-on

    I did a little research on this and I learned that that Plymouth was owned by a lathe salesman which makes perfect sense as to the lathe being in the trunk. Along with the two additional Plymouth photos posted by Robin, I found this Chevrolet station wagon with a display that was used as well. John R
  9. John Reddie

    P 15 add-on

    It would be a workout (for me anyway) getting the spare wheel out. It also doesn't appear to be secured.
  10. John Reddie

    P 15 add-on

    Here's something that wasn't found in very many P 15 trunks. Interesting. John R
  11. John Reddie

    218 Timing Issues

    The method I have used is, with the distributor out and held in place in the vice, I install the contact points with the hold down screw snug but not tight and then turn the shaft until one of the cam lobes is lined up with the rubbing block on the point set. I then move the points in or out to achieve the proper point cap then tighten the hold down screw. As I am sure you know, the fiber block on the point set wears down rather than the cam lobes. I am not sure why you cannot get your contact points to open and close. Maybe you could try with another set. Good luck. John R
  12. John Reddie

    Amp meter on 39 Desoto not working

    The first thing I always check is all connections in the charging and battery circuits for corrosion or looseness and of course, the battery voltage. If all checks out well there, I remember that back when I had some of these six volt Plymouths and Dodges and a no charge situation like you describe occurred, with the engine running, you could briefly ground (I think it was the field terminal) on the voltage regulator while having an assistant observe the amp gauge. If the needle pegged up on the charging side of the gauge then the trouble was in the regulator. If nothing happened and the needle remained on the discharge side, then the generator was the problem. John R
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    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
  15. 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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