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knuckleharley last won the day on September 16

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About knuckleharley

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    North Carolina
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    Old anything mechanical,history,travel,guns,military
  • My Project Cars
    33 Plymouth coupe,33 Dodge 4dr,37 Dodge 4x4 truck,42 Dodge coupe,48 Plymouth coupe,49 Chrysler Windsor coupe.

    Have others,but they aren't Mopar. 32 Ford 5 window coupe,34 Ford pu,53 Ford Club Coupe with a FE,stock 38 Ford Standard tudor humpback sedan.

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  1. knuckleharley

    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Thanks,Greg. Kinda hard today to even imagine a small dealership in the middle of no where would even want to build a custom wrecker,never mind be able to afford to do it at today's rates and with the government regulations controlling everything. At one time it seemed like anything was possible in America. Sadly,those days seem to have passed.
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    Trans Brake for a 48 Plymouth

    And every piece in that system can be bought at any parts store in the country.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Love the look,but strongly suspect it would be a little squirrely at speed.
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    Fan blades. Mounting

    You don't really need a fan unless you are driving under 35 MPH and most of that in stop and go traffic.
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    Fan blades. Mounting

    I had this happen two days ago while driving my 51 Victoria around 55 MPH. I had started it to drive out to eat breakfast,and the generator started screaming for oil. Which was a bit of a surprise because I had a oil change and grease job done at a garage a couple of weeks ago,and oiling the generator and distributor is supposed to be a part of the deal. Anyway,I raised the hood,oiled the generator,and started it up to make sure that did the trick. It did,so I just let the hood drop for maybe 6 or 8 inches and never bothered to check to see if it was latched good. Been driving it for over a year and it had never failed to latch before,so being in a hurry to get there before they stopped serving breakfast,I jumped in the car and took off. I had probably driven a mile or so before it blew up against the windshield. I got REALLY lucky. The windshield wasn't damaged,and I was able to shut the hood securely to finish my trip. The hood is dinged up a little,but repairable. Have a hard time believing I was really that lucky. BUT.....you can bet your bippy I will be making sure it is always latched in the future before I drive off,and that I will be putting a new spring in the "safety catch" hook.
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    An Immodest Proposal (with apologies to Jonathan Swift)

    I personally have no problems with PROPERLY DONE V-8 swaps,but this is an area where you can seriously get hosed if you don't know what you are looking at. There are always a lot of engine swapped old cars out there for sale because the swap was done half-assed,and nothing works like it should. To make one of these dogs a reliable driver you will have to pull it all out again and start from scratch. This can end up costing you a lot more time and money that if you had just gone ahead and bought a stocker and since you can't do this yourself,pay a pro shop to do the job right for you. And the whole time this is going on,you are spending more money on a car you already paid too much for,and still can't drive it. I highly recommend someone new to the hobby with no mechanical experience/tools/place to work just go ahead and save up enough money to buy a nice one that was done right to start with. And do not buy ANY modified car unless the seller is willing to drive it to a pro-shop and have them do an evaluation on the car as to what it needs done and how much it will cost to make it a daily driver. Yes,you will almost certainly be the one that has to pay for this evaluation,but paying for an evaluation is a HELL of a lot cheaper than paying for a wrecked hulk that has been slapped back together with junkyard parts to sell. If a modified car is what you want,go ahead and spend the money you need to spend to get a good one after having pros check it out for you.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Thanks,Don!
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    An Immodest Proposal (with apologies to Jonathan Swift)

    Looks like a good,and a reasonable,plan to me. I will add that driving a P-15 in modern traffic is likely safer than driving the Honda beater you wrote about because who notices a Honda,and EVERYBODY will notice a P-15 in modern traffic. This means you MIGHT be less likely to get into an accident to start with. I can see the 12 volt conversion since you live in the frozen north and plan on driving it in the winter and it will be parked outside in the cold while you are at work. If it were me,I'd leave the points distributor in it,though. They rarely give trouble,and when they do they are easy to fix right where the car sits. Just carry new points,condenser,distributor cap,and rotor as spare parts in the trunk and you will have all ignition emergencies covered.
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    Disc Brakes

    I have never bought anything from them,and have never talked to anyone about their products that has,but I do like the idea of buying my brake kits from a company that specializes in brakes,and even makes setups for dedicated race cars. It shows a "focus" I like.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    I have to confess to LOVING wreckers,but don't remember ever seeing one that stylish before. Hoodathunk of fender skirts on a wrecker? Anyone know what it is? There HAS to be a bunch of these things in junk yards out west because they are just too damn pretty to crush.
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    37 Dodge 1.5 ton gear ratio

    I used to drive those things in the army on occasion,and due to their brakes,steering,handling,and braking,any speed above 45 MPH is just too damn fast. Yeah,you can get one to safely go faster by replacing the suspension,steering box,brakes,and the front and rear axles,but stop and reflect for a moment on everything you have to replace and what you will be left with when you finish spending all that money and all those hours on the modifications. Rolling a boulder up a mountain would be a more sensible way to spend your time.
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    1953 Dodge B1B Pilot House Front End Question

    That's spending a lot of money and doing a hell of a lot of work,when you can buy kits to put disc brakes on your stock beam axle. IMHO,Mustang 2 front suspensions are excellent for use with Mustang 2's.
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    Heater duct and stuff

    Great to hear some positive news.
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    37 Dodge 1.5 ton gear ratio

    65 MPH in a M series truck? I got a little scared just reading that.
  15. knuckleharley

    Exciting 1933 Dodge project!

    It would have never occurred to me to remove them,either. That's the kind of good tip many of us can probably benefit from.
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