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Dan Hiebert

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About Dan Hiebert

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 08/21/1961

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    Ludlow, ME (near Houlton, beginning/end of I-95)
  • Interests
    Old cars (duh), anything outdoors, running marathons, homebrewing, cuckoo clocks, and German Folkmusic
  • My Project Cars
    1948 Dodge D24, 1937 Hudson Terraplane, and 1970 VW Beetle (driver)


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    Wheatfield, NY
  • Interests
    Old cars (duh), antiques in general, running marathons, homebrewing.

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    Retired Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol's Houlton Sector

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  1. Dan Hiebert

    Amtrak questions

    I imagine you've already researched travel accommodations, but I'd echo that you'll get what you pay for. Our daughter and son-in-law took Amtrak from Albuquerque, NM to Portland, ME in the fall. They travelled on a package deal that got them basically a small room to themselves and meals. They loved the trip. My brother and I travelled by Amtrak from Laredo, TX to St. Louis, MO in the early '70's on cut-rate fares, just had bench seats and had to buy meals separately in the dining car, the scenery made the three day trip quite tolerable even for a couple of 12 year olds. Remember that the railroad routes were there first, you'll see scenery that you'll never see by car. Their schedules are almost always messed up due to the aforementioned railroad priorities. You do have to be careful with valuables, trains are still relatively inexpensive ways to go a long way if one isn't in a hurry, my former agency inspected the Lakeshore Limited and Empire Builder (In PA and NY) on a regular basis, there were occasionally some pretty nasty folks and conditions on the low fare cars.
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    Looking around for snow plow found this

    That would be a fine snow-plow in northern Maine, too. It's short for good maneuverability, and an airplane tug should have good weight, but it'd still need chain. I echo Uncle Pekka's sentiment, it has a construction blade on it, would need a much higher blade to work well here, typical good snow day is 12-18 inches, bad ones are 18-24. We've already got two feet on the ground this year. Uber cold and windy here, too. I don't currently have a tractor or riding plow, but I've used my neighbor's without a cab in the winter - the clothing is easy (for here), and I just wear my snowmobile helmet. Looks goofy as all get-out, but works quite well.
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    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    A well done black paint-job will look awesome cruising up and down Woodward during the Dream Cruise. You'll only "have to" keep it clean for that event, when you cruise your local Big Boy, or go on a date - because you'll be attracting some attention... (When we lived in Port Huron, MI, I noticed that every single Big Boy restaurant had a cruise night, coordinated so adjacent ones didn't have their cruise on the same night. You could cruise a Big Boy somewhere every night of the week. We left in 2008, I assume - rather hope - they're still doing those. Lots of fun.)
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    Just had a 7.2 quake

    ...the silver lining, from lots of practice? We need those road crews here in northern Maine - we don't get serious earthquakes, but we get frost heaves that'll surprise you and get you some air time in the winter, then either smooth out, or open up to eat your car come spring. Maine DOT can't seem to keep up with them. I imagine that, like Alaska, the roads here can be awful. If you'uns happen to drive in any of the far northern states and see an often hand made sign that sez "frost heave"...it's not a Burma Shave slogan - slow down. DOT will post them, too, but the ones with the hand made signs usually have divots from an undercarriage or two across the top. Road crews can't/won't do anything with them in the winter unless they're really bad, but then can't find them again once they thaw out. Folks like the onset of winter because the snow and ice gives us a smoother ride into March.
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    Happy Birthday Marines.

    Although I ended up in the Army, I think I knew the Marine Corps hymn before I knew the Star Spangled Banner. I remember singing it with much more enthusiasm than talent, walking down the streets of Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood when I was 8 or 9. I imagine the neighbors thought me an odd lad.
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    P 15 Interior- What to do?

    I would vote for a combination of approaches to a "start from scratch" interior. Upholstery is not as difficult as some make it out to be, just takes patience, the less skill/experience you have, the more patience you need. Don't take any shortcuts, either. I did the interior on our D24 with zippo knowledge or experience, and it came out nicely, although now at 27 years old it's starting to show its age (again). And I did the interior of our daughter's Falcon several years ago, and the seats in my Beetle this last spring. I've tried mightily, but I can't sew a straight line worth a hoot. For the D24 we got a local (El Paso, TX at the time) upholstery shop to make the kits for us, but I've seen them available commercially as well, but we couldn't afford them at the time. For the Falcon I used commercially available interior kits (at the time we lived only 10 miles from a major antique auto / Ford shop in Lockport, NY). For the Beetle we still had good covers, the guts were just all shot, so I "restuffed" them with commercially available pads and cushions. But - I still don't care for doing the upholstery / interiors, can't put a finger on why, I just don't. But I like the results, and satisfaction of doing it myself enough to keep doing them. I still have to do our Terraplane in the next year or so, and will probably redo the D24 eventually...besides whatever else may creep into our shop...
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    Veterans' Day

    Somewhat surprised that it is 1300 on the east coast already, and no one has chimed in on Veterans' Day as of yet. I was up early for it last year and was already beat to the punch. 'Cause it's a Sunday, maybe? No biggie, just curious. So, from one Veteran to all of you'uns who served, happy Veterans' Day! Thank you for your service, I'm forever proud to count myself among you.
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    Industrial Engine

    You're correct, it would have originally been intended for industrial use. Military used a different block number and hardly any, if any, straight 8 engines. The occasional staff car was an exception, but those officers also usually purchased their own staff car. There have been a few Forum members who used an industrial 6 cylinder, (usually from a fork-lift, although I've seen Chrysler industrial engines on oil and water pumps, too) in their cars or trucks. An industrial 8 cylinder would not be rare, depends on what it's needed for. I've heard that some industrial engines are set up to run counter-clockwise depending on their application.
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    Did you vote today????

    I did indeed. And turned in the wife's absentee ballot, too, since she is in NJ this week. I echo Plymouthy Adams' sentiment, and even told the Town Manager and her assistant (that's who administers the voting in the small townships here) the same in a room full of people...but with a tad more tact, they're nice ladies.
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    Need Ideas for Converting Coins into Paper Money

    That's bizarre, but not surprising for NJ. We bank with KeyBank, no charge for coinage, at least not here in Maine.
  11. Dan Hiebert

    Wide-Whitewall Radial Tire Choices

    The contact patch on the ground you are asking about will not make the car squirrely with narrower radial tires. You'll actually get a hair better gas mileage (less contact = less friction) and better traction on wet surfaces. Wider tires are better for traction on dry surfaces, and the slow speed maneuvering will suffer a tad. But in the long run, you probably won't notice enough difference between the two to overcome whichever style you prefer the look of.
  12. Dan Hiebert

    manufacturer tag location

    Someone is bound to have a better photo than this. This was to show what kind of air cleaner I have on the D24, but it also shows the builder's tag location above the firewall beltline in front of the driver's position, just right of top center in this photo. Neither of the tags on our car have any red left, they are the silver/gray tags. The builder's tag has a shadow from the photo flash diagonally across it.
  13. Dan Hiebert

    Dodge car chase

    I hate to see any of those cars trashed like that... Granted, the cop cars weren't even close to "old" when this was made, but who wouldn't like to have one now-a-days (brand loyalties aside...). Amazing how the "bad guy" stayed in that seat through the whole chase...
  14. Dan Hiebert

    Notice anything different?

    I'm seeing those rear beltline trim spears mounted on the wrong sides - making them look upside down...
  15. Dan Hiebert

    265 Blown Head Gasket

    How long you run the engine for the heat cycles is not as important as getting it to operating temperature and ensuring the engine is hot through and through. Thirty minutes should indeed be OK (except in the dead of winter up here ), but you should still ensure the engine is thoroughly hot.

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