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    1939 Plymouth P8 Touring Sedan
    1938 Dodge Brothers RC 1/2 Ton Pickup
    P15-d24 Forum member since 2009.


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  1. In Vermont if you do a cold call to the DMV, you will likely get connected to an incarcerated prisoner. The last (and only) time I did this was, ironically, about YOM plates. The call was taken by a female prisoner. I explained my question. She said, hold on let ask a few of the other girls. I was on hold a while. She came back and said, none of them have ever heard of that either [click]. So now I drive the 2 hours to the state capital. They have all been knowledgeable, helpful, polite, and occasionally even fun to deal with. Please don't anybody tell them that they work for the government. Pete
  2. Last summer I was coming home from a 7 day old car tour. Along the way my brake lights stopped working. I made it to within 2 miles of my house when a sheriff's car pulled me over. I figured he noticed the brake lights. Nope, he wanted to know about my YOM plate. These plates are legal in Vermont and easy to get. The cop had never heard of it before. I had the current plate and registration in the car as required. I also had a printout of the Vermont statute on YOM plates -- a nice and helpful (yes, nice and helpful) guy at the DMV advised me to carry it as "someday you'll run across a cop who doesn't know the law." So I showed all that to the cop and he let me go and thanked me saying, "You saved me a lot of time. I would have had to look through a book 3 or 4 inches thick trying to find that." He never mentioned the brake lights. Pete
  3. So I need to wear an aluminum foil hat?
  4. Hi Ken, I need to do a check on the odometer. Hopefully I can get to that soon. Pete
  5. Hi PA, The cable is good -- no kinks or binding. I cleaned an lubed it last year. Pete
  6. I wonder if anyone else has seen this. I have the original speedometers in both my 1939 Plymouth touring sedan and my 1938 Dodge Brothers pickup. Both gauges have been professionally rebuilt and calibrated, although by two different shops. I still run 600/16 wheels on both. I have bias ply on the truck and radials on the sedan. When I drive checking speed with a GPS, both speedometers are accurate at higher speeds -- 40 to 50 MPH. However, they are way off at lower speeds. When the GPS indicates 30 MPH the speedometer says 17 MPH. The variance gets smaller as the speed increases to around 40 MPH. After 50 MPH of so the inaccuracy goes the other way. I've tested them with a number of different GPS. I have a drawer full as I used to work for a company that makes them. I spoke with tech support at one of the companies that rebuilt one of my speedometers. He said an adapter would not fix this issue as they only correct for a percentage. For example, if the gauge is off by 1 MPH at 7 MPH, it would be off by 10 MPH at 70 MPH (or something close to that). Does that make sense? So, is anyone seeing this behavior in their vehicle? If so, were you able to fix it? Pete
  7. I've read that our bypass filter elements trap particles 3 to 4 time smaller than modern spin-on filters. This is because the oil exiting the modern filters goes straight to the bearings under pressure. The bypass filter returns the filtered oil directly to the sump. Also, if you system is working correctly, the bypass system only bypasses the filter at idle speed. Peter
  8. Ed, I also feel your pain. I bought my 1939 Plymouth on-line. The mechanic who I hired to inspect it said the brakes worked great (his exact words). When the car was delivered 7 of the 8 brake shoes were rusted solid to the backing plates. I went all-original in working on the brake system and the results work well for me. I live in the hills of Vermont and using the car for touring and other long drives. If I didn't trust the brakes I would consider going to discs. Pete
  9. This reminds me of an extended nightmare with my 1938 Dodge pickup. It had intermittent fuel starvation problems. It would run fine for about 20 miles or so and die a lurching death. If I waited 15 minutes or so it would start and go for a short while. I ended up replacing just about everything in the fuel system. I rebuilt the carb twice, sent the tank to Tank Renu, blew out the lines with compressed air. Nothing solved it. Completely frustrating. I really abused my AAA membership during that time. Finally I found the cause. There was a small seed that had apparently gotten into the fuel tank and got sucked up all the way to just downstream of the flex hose right before the mechanical fuel pump. After running for a while it would get sucked up into the brass fitting. It fit just like the needle valve in a carburetor. Once the fuel pump stopped it slowly floated away downstream. I "deseeded" the fuel system and it's been running good since. I saved that damn seed... Pete
  10. I have a '39 4-door touring sedan. It's as original as I can keep it, including the drive train. All the numbers match -- it's the original 201. No overdrive. I got it for touring. It will cruise all day at 50 - 55 MPH. I have Coker radial 16/600s on it. It wandered a lot more with the bias plies. I believe that overdrive was an option in '39. It's an earlier BW that shorter. I've seen a couple of those for sale over the years for exorbitant prices. I've read that if you put a 1940s BW OD in you would need to modify the X-frame chassis member. The only issue I had with the column shift was I lost a bushing on the engine side of the firewall. Did a roadside fix and then found original replacements online. My '39 was in storage for about 13 years when I got it. Brakes were awful & the compression was low but even. A few hundred miles of driving brought the compress back up. Pete
  11. I was 15 and watched it by myself on a small black & white TV. I still get chocked up when I watch it now. Amazing what they accomplished given the technology at the time.
  12. HI all, I put a QuietRide firewall pad in my '39 Plymouth. It fit good and looks great. They are very easy to work with. They can add or remove cutouts if you work with them. Check out their website. They have different catalogs for different years. Pete
  13. Hi. One more thought. As mentioned earlier, a PO had plumbed the canister filter backward. Before I corrected that, the dipstick would turn pretty dark within a few hundred miles of an oil change. Afterward, it stayed much cleaner and newer looking for many more miles. Also, there was a bunch of oil crud in the bottom of the canister to clean out during the change-over. The point being, look at the dipstick following your re-plumbing. It can confirm if you've done it correctly. Pete
  14. Here are some turkeys in my yard. It's from mating season a couple of years ago. I took these from my living room window.
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