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    1939 Plymouth P8 Touring Sedan
    1938 Dodge Brothers RC 1/2 Ton Pickup
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    Tinkering with and driving old cars

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  1. Pete

    Steering Box Rubber Insulators

    I had my mechanic sort out the steering on my 1939 Plymouth touring sedan. I had new rubber insulators (either from AB or RMP) that he installed. When I got the car back the steering was still too loose. I took it back, he removed the insulators and it now works just fine. YMMV. Peter
  2. Pete

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    My 1938 Dodge Brothers RC half ton. Picture taken about 20 years ago. It's seen a lot of work since then. Pete
  3. Pete

    Who has the oldest B1b?

    My wife's cousin had 7 wives. He finally got it right. He was a long-distance truck driver... Pete
  4. Pete

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    Hi Chysler1941. I'm in the same boat. I asked about it and received an "I don't know" answer. You'll see a note I added to the left of this post.
  5. Pete

    polar vortex

    Vermont: The NWS said the low for last night would be -5. When I got up this morning they said it was 3 above. My weather station said it was -21. Why do I keep checking the NWS? When I lived in Minnesota we had -35 officially one night. Some small town in northern MN had -70. I was living in Chicago in 1985 when they set the record there. Lake Michigan was frozen solid as far out as you could see. Oh well. The car started and I'm at work. Life goes on. Pete
  6. Pete

    Long journey

    In 1997 I drove my 1938 Dodge Brothers half ton pickup from Minnesota to Vermont via Canada. About 6 years ago I drove it on a tour of 600+ miles over one week. The truck is as original as possible and performed great. Pete
  7. I had that happen to me. Driving on the Interstate in New Hampshire at 2:00 in the morning in the middle of winter. At 70 mph the front left wheel came off. Luckily it wedged in the wheel well and I was able to nurse it over to the shoulder. I just had new snow tires mounted and at least one of the lug nuts wasn't properly tightened. I heard something a little while before it happened, but I told myself it was a wheel bearing going bad, and I elected to ease it home for another hour to two. To add insult to injury the local repair shop who "fixed" it totally screwed me over both in quality of work and price It was right after that I bought my first cell phone. As stated above, if you hear such a sound, pull over and check the lug nuts. Pete
  8. Pete

    Interesting photos I have run across.

    I remember seeing a film on the evening news back (probably) in the '60's. A whole bunch of retired B-36's were in a plane graveyard. They had this huge guillotine that they stuck the front of each plane into and chopped off the cockpit to save the gauges, etc. Pete
  9. Pete

    what is a good grade of oil to use?

    My old car mechanic's advice is to use detergent oil if your car has an oil filter, non-detergent oil if it has no filter. My '39 Plymouth sedan has a filter, my '38 Dodge pickup never had one. So I use detergent oil in one and not in the other. If you've been running non-dengent oil for a long time and then switch to detergent be sure to change the oil and filter soon after as a lot of gunk will break loose. Peter
  10. Pete

    Fuel Guage Calibration 39 Plymouth

    I have a '39 Plymouth. It's a 2 wire setup. Both the sending unit and dash gauge are stock. I had a calibration issue with the dash gauge. I replaced it with an NOS unit and it now reads correctly at all fuel levels. I replaced the float with a nitrile one and also added a ground wire between the sending unit and the sheet metal.
  11. Pete

    Worse drivers?

    Hi Dan, It seems that many drivers who drive reasonably at home go a bit nuts when traveling out-of-state. Some of the worst are big new SUVs charging up the Interstates headed for a quick weekend at the ski resorts . The locals here have names for them. "Mainiacs" and M*ssholes are a couple. I haven't heard one for Connecticut yet, so maybe the group can make some suggestions. I don't know what Vermonters are called when they drive crazily out-of-state. I suspect it may be "Vermonsters." Pete
  12. Pete

    The purple people eater is slowly disintegrating

    I used to lose my right front hubcap with too much regularity when I hit a pothole. All the other caps held on fine. I tried bending the retaining clips on the wheel but it didn't seem to help. I asked my shop guy to do something about it when the car was in for other work. He bent the clips and I haven't lost one since. And that cap is not harder to get on and off than the others. Pete
  13. Questions for you guys who used the Rustyhope kit: Did you keep the original master cylinder, or upgrade? Did you use any addition parts like proportioning valves, etc.? Pete
  14. Pete

    Worse drivers?

    Hi non-stop, I until several years ago I used to go to Silicon Valley on regular basis for business. My wife and I also have a number of relatives living there -- Palo Alto, Woodside, San Jose. I've spent time in those 6 lane parking lots. My daily commute to work now is an old federal 2 lane highway through the woods and along the river with lots of cows farms and very little traffic. Very low stress. I've found a home and I'm not going back. Pete
  15. Pete


    I have a friend is has been a senior software engineer for both Amazon and Google. He's well thought of in the industry and has authored a number of popular books on programming. A while back he told me when it comes to collecting and selling your personal data: - Amazon is evil, but not too evil - Google is evil - Facebook is extremely evil. Never sign up for an account. So I haven't. And it's not just the info you give them. They cull info about you from all sorts of sources.

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