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Dan Hiebert

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Dan Hiebert last won the day on August 25 2015

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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)


  • Location
    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

    12 days until Halloween

    Aaargh! Involuntary flash mental picture burned in! I'd gouge my eyes out, but that won't help...
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    No heater

    No issues. Our D24 has been set up like that since we've owned it. Ours still has the valve at the back of the head, but it's simply been closed all this time - same difference as plugging the hole with something else.
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    1955 Coronet

    Welcome! There are indeed several places to source parts for these cars, you'll have to be more specific on what you need when the time comes for the Forum members to have recommendations. In the meantime, the as Local2ED noted, NAPA (still) carries a lot of mechanical parts, and Rock Auto does as well. The "Links Directory" under the "Browse" tab has many sources, and accessing those will snowball into other sites...at least that's what happens to me. I'd also recommend searching the site a bit before question time, there is a lot already covered herein, and that's the first thing many members will suggest before they chime in. First thing to do if you plan to do the lion's share of the work on the car is to get a shop/service manual for the car, if not done already. I have a collection of Chilton's and Motors manuals that have filled in when I can't get a hold of a specific manual (I'm currently using an old Motors Manual for our Terraplane). That is a nice car, looks like a good one to work with. I call those "trailer wheels" - good thing you're already planning to replace them...
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    Has anyone ever had to deal with a aggressive neighbor?

    "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like...victory!"
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    Water pump grease?

    Mostly unknown on my part. Oilite would be a no, though, that is already permeated with lubricant and grease would ruin it. The marine grease found at TSC specifies it has a "trade secret" formula to keep the grease from washing out, with no warnings as to what not to use it on. Probably has an ingredient or two that prevents the grease from emulsifying with water, it does say it's a petroleum product. Its stated use is on anything requiring grease that may be exposed to water, which includes wheel (roller) bearings
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    Water pump grease?

    And that's where I found (water proof) marine grease - Tractor Supply. Both in tubs and tubes.
  7. Dan Hiebert

    Worse drivers?

    For heaven's sake, don't call Mainers "Mainiacs", they take it as a compliment...
  8. Dan Hiebert

    Worse drivers?

    When we, too, lived in west Texas, we indeed watched out for NM drivers. But then when we moved to NM, we found ourselves watching out for TX drivers. In both States, we got off the road if we could when we saw plates from Mexican states coming. I sullied MA drivers earlier, I'm certain folks in MA have ill thoughts of the driving skills of Mainers. Etc., etc. Our primary road scourge up here in northern Maine is the wildlife. If you're an impatient driver, or can't learn to be, then the laid back pace of motoring up here (except for the log trucks) will drive you nuts. Driving up here is kinda like the weather up here, if you wait for perfect weather to do something, you'll probably never get it done, if you're driving and in a hurry, you probably aren't going to get anywhere...
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    The purple people eater is slowly disintegrating

    You were way out close to where it started! My agency did a lot of business with the Federal detention facility there. We lived in Wheatfield, only about 1/2 mile from "the Crick". (More of a river by the time it got to us, and part of the Erie Canal.) I'd run along it every Sunday, and we'd take a spin in the old Dodge along it on occasion, the State tended to keep that road in pretty good shape.
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    Water pump grease?

    Thankee kindly for the responses. I hadn't thought of someplace other than auto parts stores, Tractor Supply might have some for non automotive water pumps. Either way, water-proof grease seems to the be answer.
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    Water pump grease?

    Greetings and salutations! I've started working on the '37 Terraplane. (Woo-hoo!) I've replaced the water pump, and my Motors manual calls for filling it with "water pump grease". It does have a grease fitting on it. Guess what is getting blank looks when I ask for it at the local auto parts stores. Question is, if I can't specifically find "water pump grease", would the water-proof grease used in boat trailer wheel bearings work? What recommendations do you'uns have?
  12. Dan Hiebert

    Me and the Meadowbrook

    There's something about old cars in the fall. I've taken the D24 into town many times, with occasional waves or thumbs-up. Drove it in on a nice, clear, multi-hued, crisp day last week, and could barely get out of the Post Office parking lot for the admirers. Probably half of them were commenting on how "proper" it smelled, inside and out. I was in no hurry, so I didn't mind, but hadn't thought about the "well seasoned" aroma for a while. And it's just simply a pleasure to tool around in it with no agenda other than enjoying autumn. Thanks for continuing to share your adventures and trips with the Meadowbrook!
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    The purple people eater is slowly disintegrating

    We were driving along Tonawanda Creek in western NY on a sunny Sunday a few years ago and crossed a rough patch in the road. Wife said she saw something rolling alongside the car, keeping up with us, into someone's spring thaw flooded yard. Turned out to be our right rear hubcap. No noise or anything, just the Missus admiring the scenery and seeing the hubcap, I would have had to retrace the whole route to find it, if it hadn't been for that. Luckily we retrieved it with nothing but soggy shoes to show for it. I had rotated the tires, but not the hubcaps. For some reason, that particular hubcap would only stay on one particular rim. Now I keep the hubcaps matched up to a rim. I've acquired a couple of extras along the way, better to have them and not need them, than need them and not have them. (Although they do look good hanging on the shop walls.)
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    Teaching my grandson to drive a stick

    Awesome, Don! At least your grandson wants to learn how to drive an old car, and he has a master to teach him! (Although I didn't notice that he "volunteered" to learn...) I learned to drive in a '72 IH Scout with standard tranny. I couldn't seem to get the timing down at first, so my dad made me sit on the hood and bombed around a gravel pit to show me that it wasn't that hard, slamming on the brakes when he was done to send me flying into some bushes. Still haven't figured out how that was a teaching point, but it was kinda fun, and I think my dad enjoyed it a little too much. l didn't learn "on the tree" until we got a '54 Chevy sedan back in 87 or 88, but I recall it wasn't at all difficult. Haven't figured out why so many folks are scared of column shifts.
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    Gone but not forgotten

    I fondly remember when you were building that car and the friendly competition between you and Blueskies. So many of your building lessons get resurrected to help others on a regular basis.

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