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Dan Hiebert

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Dan Hiebert last won the day on October 27 2018

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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)
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    Old cars (duh), antiques in general, anything outdoors, 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
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    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. They're kind of like pick-up trucks and basements. Once you have one it's hard not to have one again. We borrowed my brother-in-laws to clean the house when we lived in west New York, twenty minutes to do what would have otherwise taken a day or two. I had to have one after that. Harbor Freight has a run on the electric ones every spring up here. Relatively inexpensive and they fly off the shelves, so they must either work well...or only last a year.
  2. I have a 2500 psi gas powered one that we use several times a year. I have yet to use it on any of our cars, but will try it out on the Terraplane's frame come spring, I wouldn't use it on a good painted surface. I have to clean Mother Nature's attempts to reclaim my trailers at least once a year, generally mid summer to get the remains of fall leaves, spring seeds, seedlings, hornets' nests, and such out of the cracks and gaps. I have to use it on the roof of the shop every other year to get the lichens off to extend the life of the shingles, and every other year on the deck before I paint it. I use it every spring to clean the garage floor, to get all the winter dirt and salt off the floor and out of the garage. I also need it to clean the exterior of our house, which turns green if you don't keep it clean. We didn't "need" a power washer until we moved to Maine and found the need to wash Maine off of stuff so it would last longer, or at least look like it's lasting longer. I have heard of folks having issues with the pumps if they don't use them on a regular basis, especially if you have hard water.
  3. You asked earlier, I don't see a reply - yes, the D24 engine is 230ci.
  4. Yeah, but if this thread keeps popping up I'll have to change my demographic after a while (as will everyone else ). By the way, thanks, like I really needed the reminder that I have another year under my belt - If I live to be 100, I'm over half dead...
  5. Not an issue worth overthinking in my book. Option 1 - A voltage reducer will keep the 6v motors alive for a long time. Keep in mind they simply were not engineered to run as fast as or as hot as they will with 12v, and will burn out after a while if not run off of a reducer. If you don't want the added accouterment of a reducer behind the dash for whatever reason; Option 2 - it is relatively simple to retrofit 12v motors and not worry about voltage reduction or amperage. The hardest part is getting the counter guy/gal to find the right motor for you.
  6. I pondered collecting license plates when I started monkeying around with these old cars, but decided I needed to draw a line on collecting everything I had a fancy for. But, I still keep the plates for States our cars have been registered in over the years (except NY, they demanded the plates back...not just requested at the time we registered the cars, but sent us demands after we moved...or else). I'll pick up unique ones on occasion that have pertinence to us, or try to find YOMs for what cars we have (although 1948 Maine plates are out of my price range). My favorites are NJ Firefighter plates from my father-in-law's cars.
  7. The rear bolt that mounts the generator bracket to the motor on our D24 has a stud where the positive cable is attached to the engine. Cable is routed under the generator (could go either way, but under is tidier to me).
  8. As Greg noted, before the imposition of the VIN, each State did its own thing, that's the short version. The individual States were in conflict (read: opinionated) over which component of the car actually constituted the car; was it the engine, the frame, the body, etc.? Once the VIN requirement was established, that was settled. We've had our D24 registered in five States - Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, New York, and now Maine. We didn't register it as an antique in New York, because it was cheaper to register it as a "regular" car, but the DMV clerk still asked about the number because it "didn't conform to VIN standards" - which prompted a call to the DMV office supervisor, who had to override the input flag, which in turn prompted a query as to whether it was the engine or serial number. They didn't have an issue with it, just a procedural thing. All of them just carried forward the number on the last State's title, but there were provisions to change it to the engine number if we wanted to, but that was up to us, not the State.
  9. FWIW - I used that chromed vinyl stuff on our D24 going on 25 or 26 years ago now. It did not hold up well, started getting dull within five years, and wearing through within six or seven years after installed.
  10. Yeah, open to the elements in Arizona is not particularly good, especially if you don't know how long it sat without a carburetor. Wind blown sand and dust, not to mention wee (sometimes not so wee) desert creatures seeking shelter. At least with it not running, none of that has been sucked into the engine, just means taking it apart to see what's going on before you spend too much more time and money on it, as Los Control suggests, is the way to go if you're entertaining using that engine. Personally, I like to retain original engines in cars as much as possible, but if they're beyond repair I have no issues "upgrading". What those head bolts mean is that the head was off in the past for some reason, chasing that reason down if you can may save some heartburn down the road. Sometimes we can never figure out why a PO did something.
  11. Welcome to the Forum! As suggested, look about herein for ideas, what others have done, issues that have been solved, etc. Everything you're thinking out loud about has been done and covered somewhere in this Forum, good searches (which I'm not good at) will usually land an answer for you. Unless you say otherwise, we tend to assume you've got at least some automotive mechanical ability and answer accordingly. If you don't, that's certainly not a problem here, just modifies the answers accordingly. There's quite a few folks here that genuinely like teaching others, sometimes whether they realize it or not. There is a Links Directory at the top of the page with numerous sources that is a good place to start browsing. I would echo that, unless you plan to jump right into a restoration or restomod and get the car finished as soon as you can, prioritizing what you want to get done and when with the car will help alleviate that overwhelmed feeling. Like Sam said, one bite at a time. (27 years and still working on ours...)
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    In my case, I don't post photos directly from my camera or phone, I keep photo files on the hard drive. That's just me, I don't opt to store photos on the device that took them. I open whatever photo I want to post, prompt Windows 10 to "resize" it (via a right-click on the image), and it gives me four options, one of which it specifies is best for emails. I'll save that to my desktop where I can find it quickly and easily and post from there. I used to have to email photos to myself, save the photo to the computer, then post from there. That automatically resized them. Much easier with the upgraded operating system.
  13. A few Amish communities in these parts, therefore lots of horse drawn buggies and wagons on the roads, leaving lots of this on the roads...what the locals call "road apples".
  14. Dodge had three Custom versions, club-coupe, four-door sedan, and the Town Sedan. The Town Sedan was the most expensive. Town Sedans had a different woodgrain pattern and color than the others, as well as black painted accouterments such as steering wheel, steering wheel column, parking brake handle, etc., and black plastic dash knobs, instead of the taupe (tan-ish) color on others. So far, every Town Sedan I've seen also has a back-up light with the commensurate on-light indicator next to the starter button. Unknown if that's standard, or an option and just happenstance that the few I've seen all have it. Your car does not have a curved face radio, it kinda looks that way in your photo, but that's an illusion from the lighting. For the three year run of these Custom models, ('46-'48), there were 27,800 Town Sedans made, vs. 333,911 4-dr sedans, so it is fairly rare in comparison. I've only seen one in person, and just a few in this Forum.
  15. Ditto. Other than the fluid drive probably leaking fluid onto the clutch to cause it, a slipping clutch is not a fluid drive issue, it is a clutch issue. Two different things. I've dealt with two cars with slipping clutches, neither had any clutch chatter to forebode a future problem, and neither smelled at all. If your clutch disc has gotten oil on it, adjustment is pointless. It may ease the problem, but you've still got a bad clutch disc.
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