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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)
  • 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

    From a Jack to a King

    I was wondering where you would go with that thread title... A folk group from Switzerland, Oeschs die Dritten, did a nice rendition of "From a Jack to a King" a few years ago - YouTube bait - if you like German folk music and/or yodel music, it'll draw you in.
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    International Tractor on deck of Hornet

    I saw the announcement of the discovery on the news yesterday, and was equally enthralled by the photos, especially the tractor. The ship must have gone all the way to the bottom on a fairly even keel. Amazing how clear the water is down there, the photos could have been taken on the surface if we didn't know better. Thanks for posting the link!
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    Fuel Milage

    Our '48 D24 has a stock powertrain, tuned up nicely, but still not in the best condition possible. We get an average of 16 mpg, all stop-and-go rural (for lack of a better term) driving. The best we've ever gotten was 18 mpg when we had more open roads to drive on in other locations.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Maine DOT has at least a couple older versions of those in northern Maine. I'm told the USAF gave some to the State to help keep the roads clear for access to the various Air Force bases that used to be here. (One of them, Loring, about 60 miles north of here was supposedly the largest SAC base in the US.) Then the State got some more from surplus when the bases closed. MDOT uses them to help clear drifts, and they're pretty awesome to watch in action. When I was doing some research before moving here, I explored a little in Google Earth, saw this in Houlton, and casually wondered what I was getting into...
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    New member

    Welcome! You will indeed either find the info you're looking for here, or someone who can point you in the right direction. Searching first is usually a good idea to avoid folks simply telling you to search. The links all have good information, as well. It's easy to kill an afternoon and/or evening simply thumbing through these pages. I'll be the first to chime in with "get a shop manual" for your car to make things that much easier, it's not that hard to get repros, and they aren't expensive. I see a lot of projects listed, looks like you know your way around cars/trucks/machinery/etc., so I'll refrain from sticking my foot in my mouth just yet, and just urge you to post some photos.
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    My First Car -- P15 1947 Plymouth Deluxe

    Run electric heaters out there and let your mom see the electric bill. Compare that to a decent pellet stove, and you'uns may have a chance...
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    Ralph Williams and His Dog Storm 1968 TV Commercials

    Sounds like an ad-lib at the expense of the film crew that they may not have expected, you can hear the crew laughing in the background. Funny.
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    Chrome Trim resources

    The DeSoto trim will fit, but it won't match what is already on the car. An Average Joe may not notice it, but any car guy, especially vintage Mopar ones, will, and it'll start to annoy the heck out you after a while.
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    The fluid drive does not eliminate the need to use the clutch, it's not a "fluid clutch", it's a fluid coupling between the engine and transmission. What it does is lessen, sometimes eliminate, the need to shift gears at all. I always clutch the car into reverse or first, from there you can ease the clutch out with your foot on the brake and the car won't die if everything is working right. I'm usually about 50/50 whether I do that or not, no reason, that's just how it seems to work out, probably because I have other standard tranny cars and am just used to using the clutch more often than not. It'll bog down a little, but then all you need to do is press the accelerator to move the car. You still have to clutch up or down through the gears, but once you're in you're desired "cruising" gear, you don't need to shift anymore, just like an automatic tranny (sorta). Around crowded towns/neighborhoods/etc. where I won't be going above 25 or 30, I usually leave it in second, which provides a bit better acceleration. In rural areas, like where we live now, I'll leave it in third. No clutch, just brake to a stop, take off as needed. I've said it before - acceleration from a stop in third is more "majestic" than anything else - but you don't need to clutch. These cars have a retarded throttle return that keeps it from decelerating too fast when you stop or slow down in gear, and since there is no mechanical connection between the engine and rear wheels, it won't die. If you take your foot off the brake (and/or clutch) slowly without applying gas, the car will still move out, but you can still kill it if you pop the clutch too quick. Fluid drive is great for holding hills, driving in snow, mud, loose surfaces, etc.
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    Steering Box for 46 Plymouth Special Deluxe

    Do some investigation before getting a new steering box, that can be expensive. As Andyd noted, something could simply have worked loose over the years. You didn't mention where the slack is, and six inches is a lot at the steering box, but quite so much (but still not good) at either end of the steering, like the wheels or steering wheel. If there is slack, but still engaging somewhere, could be tie rod end(s) loosened, the connection to the steering arm could have come loose, or the worm gear could have even loosened on the shaft (they're pressed on). The adjustment screw could have worked all the way out (into the box), there should be a star shaped lock washer on it, if not there it would loosen up quite a bit over time. The "suddenly" and "slack" makes me think something is loose, as opposed to broken. Make sure everything is still where it's supposed to be, and go through the adjustment procedures firs.
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    Sleepless nights

    Although the Drs. and their ilk recommend at least 8 hours, remember that is an average among millions of people. My Dad can't sleep more than 6 ours at night. He's tried to sleep more, but just can't, and doesn't feel any repercussions the next day. As Dodgeed noted, your body is best at determining what you need, absent any afflictions. And your body changes (duh). I only sleep a few hours at a time myself, it is indeed annoying, but only mildly so. I'd be worried about it depending on how I feel when I get up for the day. If you're worried about it, definitely ask your Dr. Sleep/rest is important, especially for a sunshiny and annoyingly cheerful disposition...
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Could be that truck was modified to deliver max capacity to a State, or States, that had length limits on tractor-trailer combos at the time?
  13. Dan Hiebert

    polar vortex

    Yeah, we've got record snowfall for this time of year, but no record lows. Snow yesterday just missed making this January the snowiest month on record, (not supposed to snow again until Feb. 1), but still not the coldest. Today we're getting the fringes of the PV, but temps are "normal", 4 or 5 for a high, -6 for the low, and it's a beautiful sunny day. My son and his family live in Michigan, they had some brutal cold, but no records that we've been told of yet. I've always found it interesting when I talk to "old timers" when we lived in MI, NY, and now here, they remember that the winters of their youth were like the current weather. People around here lament a perceived lack of snow and temperatures that aren't cold enough to blunt the spring bugs...you know...like it used to be... But, I'm with ggdad, I live where I do because I want to, I know winter is not many folks' cup of tea, but I like it, just as much as the other seasons. Folks from the southwest ask me what do I do when it's -40 out? Same as they do when it's 110 in the shade, stay indoors as much as possible.
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    Winter Is Here In Manitoba

    We got someone's snow allotment, I just hope it's "normal" the rest of the winter. You guys in MN can keep your temps, though. I remember when we were still living in MI, there was one January morning when we had a record low on that date of -16, which I thought was pretty brutal, but the low in Embarrass, MN was -53, and that wasn't even a record! We might see -50s after a good February nor'easter, but negative teens and 20s overnight are more typical. Days are all over the place, usually single digits above or below zero, wandering occasionally into the teens and twenties.
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    Winter Is Here In Manitoba

    Not quite 40, but we still BBQed some ribs right proper today. Any day above freezing in January around here is worthy of a good cook-out. Reminds me of that line from "McClintock" - "We ain't gonna let some little ol' Indian raid ruin a good barbeque...!" (C'mon - who remembers it!? Kept running through my mind as I tended the grill...) The marauding Indians in this case being Mother Nature. Actually smacks a bit of desperation, had to break out the rain poncho and umbrella because of the pouring rain, but it sure is good to have BBQed ribs in northern Maine this time of year! Back to sub-zero tomorrow, but today sure was a hoot!

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