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ptwothree last won the day on March 25 2013

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About ptwothree

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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    Citrus Heights Ca.
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    '52 Cranny 4 dr. Rough but very original.


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    Citrus Heights Ca.
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    '51 Plymouth Cranbrook
  1. This is a friendly warning to those of you who have got into the 'old car hobby' recently.You really need to check these cars out before you hit the streets. They are 60 yrs old or so and who knows what tey have been thru or what has been done prior to your ownership. Car might look shiny and all chromey, neet as a pin. Or it could be something that was recently dragged out of a ditch that's been home for the last ....??? Do yourself and all of us a favor and go over the front and rear suspension and steering. I say this because no matter what the PO told you, you just don't know what you don't know. I am going thru the front suspension on my '52. All was ok with the left to the right front and found this...... This is the nut and pin that hold the lower control arm to the spindle. The nut is finger loose in this pic. Not good. So the message here is that just because you pour some gas into the carb, fire it up and go for a cruise, doesn't mean it is safe to do so. Suspension, steering and brakes......check 'em out before they check you out.
  2. You didn't mention the minor eccentric. These also should be backed off as well as the majors. Also, if your installed shoes are touching the backing plate, the drum won't go on. I pried them with a screw driver and they 'popped' into place allowing the drum to go on with room to spare.
  3. Ok...So I have pt# 112324 on both parts. So the one with 5 marks should be 3/8" higher? And the pt# itself relates to what part it is and how stiff it is...? A 112323 would be a softer spring then what I have and a 112325 would be stiffer. Thanks for the help, found it in my book. Just trying to understand this spring thing!
  4. Front coil spring just after the part number. This one has 5 marks the other one has 4.
  5. Do you have a 2 piece or one piece hood? I think '49 was a cross over year and some '46-48 style cars were sold as '49's. If it's a one piece then the hood can stay on...just a wrestling match getting to everything sometimes.
  6. Actually, the switch is not "shoved" it threads quite nicely into the port as shown and that port is drilled all the way through and intersects with the three 3/8-24 ports. I'm thinking I might weld up the hole where the 1/2-20 end is and bolt it to the frame a few inches from where the stock 'T' for the front brake line exist.
  7. I'd be more concerned with the condition of the wiring itself. No cents in putting a dime into a car that has old deteriorated wires. Stick a camera up under the dash and take a bunch of pics. Also under the hood. Anything looking iffy and you should think about a re-wire. Weather you go with stock type cloth insulation or modern day stuff just remember, it's not getting any younger.
  8. Even worse then stubborn hoses is the hardware securing the heater box to the inner fender. Soak 'em good in your favorite penetrating oil. If your car has spent even a little time in or around the rust belt you will probably snap off at least one of the fasteners. I'm 2 for 2 so far. Good luck.......
  9. Except the block I posted is threaded for 3/8"-24 including where the pressure switch is located. The three line holes are for inverted flare fittings. The rear brake hose is 7/16-20 and would not fit this set up. I got that....My '52 has that switch and block at the left rear wheel as well. Also has the block/vent assembly on the rear axle. I'd like to use the posted block and switch at the front where the left and right lines connect. I'm rewiring so this would not only simplify that but make it easier to r&r the switch when it goes bad.
  10. I just don't know how it plumbs into the brake system. Where does the 1/2"-20 go to. This has been buggin me for days. I'd like to use it to move the brake light switch to the front of the car and replace the 'T' that hooks up the master to the front brakes. Can anyone help?
  11. I'll try that...I could not find a brand name...thought they might be MOPAR parts.
  12. pulled off my '52 cranbrook..front shocks.
  13. Good! That's what I needed to know. Thank you both. Little things like this are what make this forum the wonderful entity it is!
  14. Well after a bunch of surgeries and a few other things, I have finally rounded up enough parts and have the time to put the little beastie back together. I'm in the middle of replacing the brake and fuel lines and I don't remember if the rear flex hose that connects to the 'T' on the axle housing gets a copper washer or not. Can anyone help? It's a '52 cranbrook...
  15. Is this something new or has it always been hard to get reverse? If it's something new, I would check the rear motor mounts. If they have collapsed or are need of replacement, then there is another possible source of the problem. If it's always been this way then it could be bent shift rods, wallowed out holes where the rods attach, or an internal transmission problem. Btw...You should get a shop manual for this car as it will show you how to adjust shift linkage, among other things....a must have!