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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

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  1. Dan Hiebert

    Automatic Choke

    If your car's choke is what was factory installed, I'd leave it as is. Only benefit would be not having to monkey with the choke to start and run the car. I took the Sisson choke out of our D24 because it wasn't working right, not because I had to have a manual one, and replaced it with a generic manual one a long time ago. Never bothered to put a good Sisson choke back in, but I'm happy with the manual one.
  2. Dan Hiebert

    Maine vacation

    Sent you a PM
  3. Dan Hiebert

    Vintage car tour

    X2. The Owlshead Transportation Museum is indeed the Great Race stop. The overnight that day is in Bangor, they're only getting as far as Bar Harbor the next day. Leaving the U.S. by way of Calais (in Maine, that's "Calas", vs. "Calay") that Friday. Good thing they're not taking US1 the whole way through ME, wouldn't be much of a "race" this time of year.
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    Movie Plymouth

    We had our D24 in a remake of "Lolita" when they were filming in west Texas (shameless plug, it wound up on the cutting room floor) in 95. But we got to see a lot of what "the movies" do with old cars. One of the protagonists of this story drove a silver and black Buick sedan (don't remember the exact year and model, late 40s, early 50s or so), and the production company used at least three different cars, because they were at multiple shooting locales. All three cars were depicted in scenes that were all the same place in the movie, though filmed at different places. So the production company had to find/create the same car in Louisiana, west Texas, and California. They used one car in LA, but that owner wouldn't let them haul the car anywhere, then they rented another in west Texas that was not the right color. They paid to have it painted like the "original" car (with the owner's permission, of course. They also replaced the entire brake system on their dime) for the shoots in TX. They couldn't find the same car in the next filming location, so they hauled the TX car there, and used an entirely different car in the CA filming. They filmed in NC and GA, too, but I didn't get the story on those cars. Joe Citizen wouldn't know the difference, but as you'uns demonstrate in this thread, car guys do.
  5. Dan Hiebert

    What paint to use on wheel rims?

    I just use Rustoleum rattle can paint. It's durable enough for my needs, relatively inexpensive, and I can always find the color for when I need to touch up the rims, or repaint them. Powder coating is probably the most durable. I wouldn't know the price range, last time I looked into it was years ago, and it was rather expensive then.
  6. Reminders are always a good idea, as long as you can see 'em. I knew a fellow in west Texas with an eclectic plethora of antique cars. He had the points gap, plug gap, and timing stamped on brass tags, then attached to the firewall of each of his cars so he could quickly tune them up without having to consult (or find) the shop manual. I always thought that was border-line brilliant. I can't remember those numbers for any of my cars...
  7. Dan Hiebert

    Kubalwagon build

    Ok, Don. I know you've got Allen Pottle's contact info now. You'll have to let us know how this goes, it's a great story!
  8. Dan Hiebert

    Kubalwagon build

    Don - that's fitting into what I know about Ian and The Beetle Shop. His dad worked for a local VW dealership, then branched out on his own. Paul - I'd certainly like to meet up as well, I'm relatively free the last two weeks of June. I'll be in touch.
  9. Dan Hiebert

    Kubalwagon build

    Don - double checked my memory, its The Beetle Shop. It was started by an Allen Pottle in 1977, so, could be! Ian took it over from his dad. I'm about three hours away, close by some standards, not so much by others - in my book, that's "sorta close". I have to be in Portland for work at least once a month, and will be there the 20th. Belfast is close enough to "along the way" that I'll stop by on occasion for parts and advise. I'd be happy to stop by and make some queries. That way Paul and I can double team him...maybe I'll finally get to bump into Paul, too!
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    Kubalwagon build

    Paul - your trip to Maine would be a good chance to visit Ian Pottle at The Bug Shop in Belfast. Glenn probably knows where it is, and I bet you've driven past it a few times. It's on US1 just west of town. Ian is a good dude and a wealth of air-cooled VW knowledge. As you'll see if you go to his shop. He could help you make sense of your parts collage.
  11. Dan Hiebert

    Some new kids on the block.

    Cute little buggers, aren't they? That's pretty cool, thanks for posting!
  12. Dan Hiebert

    Received approval for 1947 plate!!

    Very nice looking Plymouth! And congrats on getting the YOM plate approved. Here in Maine, if the vehicle is registered as an antique, all you have to do is put reasonably serviceable YOM plates on the car, and keep the "new" ones in the vehicle in case the Po-po need to see them. Had our D24 registered in 5 States now, this is by far the easiest to run YOM plates in.
  13. Dan Hiebert

    Engine bogs when accelerating from a cruising speed.

    You may not need the vacuum advance for acceleration, but if it's there it needs to work. If it leaks you'll have those flat spots on acceleration.
  14. Dan Hiebert

    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Two things - 1st - yes, the pinstripes are a factory item, I'd only be guessing if I said how I thought they were applied. Many years, makes, and models had them (i.e., our '37 Terraplane has 'em) so I wouldn't have a definitive answer on when they started or when they ended. 2nd - the master cylinder is indeed not a difficult item to remove / replace / or even rebuild. I don't recall if your car has the removable floorboards, our D24 does, so it was a topside fix for me. If you do have to crawl under the car, that would probably be the hardest part. It's not the first thing I'd want to do again, but I wouldn't cringe about it if I had to.
  15. Dan Hiebert

    East coast vacation

    Since it appears you may like the air & space stuff - If you have time do the Udvar-Hazy (sp?) annex of the National Air & Space Museum, it's the complex out by Dulles Airport. You can either go there on your own, or they have shuttles that run from the museum on the National Mall. Much bigger than the main museum and mostly aircraft. They have airplanes there you've only heard of, and many you haven't.

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