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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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    Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol's Houlton Sector
  1. Great Race

    Excellent story, thanks for sharing! You learned wiring the way I learned to swim...
  2. Fluid Drive Stalling

    "Majestic." I like that. I never thought to even include a description in the same sentence as acceleration, but "majestic" is cool. I'll echo the previous posts, it sounds like you car is running as it should. If you're driving it with the clutch all the time, you should drive it like a regular manual tranny car - gas with clutch release. But the fluid-drive is intended to reduce clutch use, and in some cases eliminate it. Once you get going you really don't need the clutch anymore, and the car's idle will be noticeably below the unloaded idle speed. Driving around town, I'll leave it in second, otherwise once I get to third, I leave it there. Because there is no mechanical link, the car shouldn't outright die, but there is load, so the idle will slow down below unloaded idle speed when stopped with the car in gear, and no clutch. The carburetor has a retarded throttle return so the car doesn't die when you come to a stop, it allows time for the fluid-drive to even itself out. I set my "regular" idle at 600 rpm as Merle suggests, but that's more for my assurance than the car needing it.
  3. Empi Dune Buggies

    They're scarce, but not all that rare. A couple of the air cooled VW sites I haunt have one, or parts of one, for sale at least every other month or so. There were so many kits you could slap on a Beetle pan that they're hard to keep track of. Paul - yours has a bit of that WW2 command car look to it, ought to be a really cool project for you and the grandkids! You've probably already done the research, so you'll know air cooled VW parts are readily available, and relatively inexpensive.
  4. Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    Just the heater in these parts...
  5. P-15 Totaled

    Why leave? Stick around, you've still got some knowledge we may benefit from, and vice versa. Doesn't matter what car you own. Besides, these members can be a hoot and just plain entertaining.
  6. Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    ...AND...Desoto sponsored his show! Not old enough to have seen it "live", but the reruns are a hoot!
  7. Houston we have a problem

    These cars do use different size pilot bushings. I had the same issue when I rebuilt the clutch on our D24 20 or so years ago. Ordered the bushing from AB, it was wrong size, same as yours, inside diameter correct, outside too big. Went to Pep Boys, they specifically asked if it was the bigger or smaller one because their book showed two OD sizes.
  8. Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    Same car since 1991, fifth State it's been registered in since we've owned it. Put up for the winter right now. Where this photo was taken on our property is currently under 4 feet of snow. Although our antique car insurance has a lay-up discount that applies from December to March, I have to put it away in November, and don't event consider taking it out again until mid to late April when most of the snow is gone, and depending on how much/many "April Showers" we get to wash the salt off the roads. Then I take it to work once a week or so, depending on rain, to the farmer's market whenever we go, and at least one "spin" - as my Grandpa used to call it - just burning gas and enjoying the car and countryside, every month. We drive it more here than in previous places we've lived, but still put only 500 miles or so on it a year. Seriously thinking of replacing the bias-plies with radials, roads around here are just shy of awful and heavily rutted from log trucks. Makes driving it a bit more exiting that it needs to be...
  9. riding season

    Been riding bicycles as long as I can remember, and I remember learning to ride them when we lived in Dallas as wee tots...a loooong time ago. One kind or another from those nifty "spider bikes", through 10-speed road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, beach cruisers, mountain bikes, etc. I/we have always had bicycles of some sort. We'll go through spells when we don't ride much, like when we lived in El Paso, where it was not bicycle friendly and was way too dangerous traffic-wise to ride, besides, couldn't keep air in the tires, too many stickers of varying types. NM was OK, but too many stickers there, too. Bought foam tires once, but they made the bike way to heavy. Since moving up north, we don't ride in the winter (duh). The missus and I bought matching Schwinn classic cruisers when we lived in Michigan, most bicycle friendly location we've lived in so far. Most comfortable bicycles we've ever owned, too, but not very practical other than pleasure riding on relatively flat trails and roads. Started riding to work when we lived in western NY, but that cruiser was a bear going over the Grand Island bridges, so picked up a "hybrid" that I ride more often than not, now - with the old-man-seat "upgrade". Northern Maine isn't very practical for bike riding, very few trails - that you have to deal with ATVs on, and no room for bicycles on most roads, although there really isn't any "traffic" to speak of. But I still get out as often as I can. May be time to try "fat-biking", which is the only kind of bike we haven't tried.
  10. A 1950 Dodge truck at Decatur

    I am not familiar with how the Dodge pick-ups were built, but I've had both Ford and Chevy trucks with wooden bed slats, both brands were made the same, I have to assume Dodge did so, too. The bed sides are not attached only to the wood, actually not attached to the wood at all, or rather the wood is not attached to the sides (same difference?). There are metal cross pieces from one side to the other that are attached to the sides. Just how many depends on model, bed size, manufacturer, etc. The wood is not actually attached to those, but laid over them. There are metal runners from front to back that bolt down to those cross pieces, and the front and back, that basically serve to clamp the wood down to the bed frame. The wood is not physically attached other than those bed strips clamping it down.
  11. Hint of spring

    First day of spring, 2018, in northern Maine. It's currently sunny and not snowing, which is unusual and will be addressed by Mother Nature later in the week. Radio towers, not just for communications, they can help you find your office when the white stuff piles up. Houlton Sector HQ is back there...somewhere... No way I'm taking the ol' D24 out in this...
  12. Asian Beetle Invasion/ Infestation

    We've got those here, too. They're out and about on occasion in the winter here, when the sun is out and warms up one side of the house, they think it's spring and are looking for a way out. Of course, with 3-4 feet of snow on the ground, and highs in the 20's, they don't last too long once they get out. They are the scourge of aphids. We've got moose flies (at least the natives claim there are "moose flies"), horse flies, deer flies, 9 species of black flies, and 27 species of mosquitos here that all bite, what's one more biting bug in the Maine woods...?
  13. LOL - "Nor'easter fatigue", too. Same here as Boston, three within two weeks (except we don't panic over 'em), plus two back in January that the rest of New England didn't get. People have short memories after a couple of relatively mild winters - this is historically normal stuff. "This is Maine, it snows here."
  14. Hint of spring

    We don't see tank tops or shorty-shorts around here until mid to late June, if then. Heralds of spring here are mud (we get that weird jell-o ground, too) and bugs...the latter being the principal reason for the first statement. A couple years ago we had a thread wherein everyone posted a first day of spring photo from their area. That's just next week, we oughta do that again. I will, anyway...
  15. Hint of spring

    We've got a hint of spring up here, too. After 18" of snow yesterday (same nor'easter busycoupe referenced Wednesday - "Quinn", I'm mildly surprised there were no mighty Quinn the Eskimo analogies flying about) it's breaking 40 today, with more snow tonight into the weekend. Typical March in northern Maine, the crocus and daffodils aren't even brave enough to start venturing out yet...