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Merle Coggins

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Merle Coggins last won the day on March 21

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About Merle Coggins

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!
  • Birthday 03/29/1967

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    Technical trainer for a Construction Equipment Dealership

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    Menasha, WI
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Dodge B-2-C-116


  • Location
    Waukesha, WI
  • Interests
    Motorcycling, working on my truck
  1. Started the teardown, and now the build up.

    With the white rims and wide white walls the beauty ring kind of get lost. (my opinion). They would stand out much more with darker wheels and different tires, but again, that's my opinion and not something I would expect you to change. The car is looking AWESOME. You've come a long way...
  2. riding season

    I have a Schwinn World Sport that I bought new in the late 70's when I was in middle school. It has a normal frame. Not that tall. I put thousands of miles on it, through middle school and early high school, until I got my driver's license. I haven't ridden it in years not, and it likely would need a fair bit of attention to be road worthy again.
  3. Factor Build Card

  4. Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    You have to be cautious while driving around in your Ol’ Dodge. Sometimes Mark and FEF will sneak up behind you.
  5. Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    I drive mine... I don't get it out as much as I'd like. Too many other commitments throughout the summer. We are planning to drive it down to Chattanooga, TN in September for the WPC meet. Sometimes when I'm out and about I run into other guys with P-H trucks. Mopars in the Park '09
  6. Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    Depends on what kind of cruisin' you want to do...
  7. "On the Road Again" with Phoenix

    But what about the dog? I can't see the planter box contents holding up well at road speed.
  8. It's not uncommon to use the cylinders as the reservoir in a system like that. But there must be some extra reservoir space built in somewhere. When the cylinders extend the bottom, piston end, will hold more oil than the the top, rod end, would when retracted. So you need a little extra reservoir space to hold the the extra oil that the cylinder rod displaces. Maybe it's designed into the tops of the cylinders, or in that cross over pipe.
  9. "On the Road Again" with Phoenix

    Plenty of good truck tents like this for around $200 or less. Add an air mattress and a short step ladder and camp away.
  10. 1952 Dodge B3B

    Give it a go... Watch the oil pressure when it starts. It likely looks clean because any solids have settled to the bottom. When you get it running it should stir things up. I can only offer advice based on what you tell us/show us. It all comes down to what you're comfortable with. If you feel more comfortable with fresh oil, or after cleaning out any sludge deposits, that's fully understandable. If you'd rather "wing-it" and see what happens, then hook up the battery and see if it'll fire up. Then invest the time and money from there.
  11. 1952 Dodge B3B

    You probably have a valve or 2 sticking in those cylinders with 0. The others could be sticking rings. It may not be easy to start, but I've been able to get my truck started with sticky valves. It'll start on a few cylinders and the others will come online once things start to warm up and the sticky valves begin to move freely again. I'd forge ahead and see if it'll start... Or you can remove the valve covers and see if you can get the valves to close. Or you can pull the head and start your way down the rabbit hole. (I'm this far, I might as well fix this...)
  12. riding season

    I can see why that word wasn't in your vocabulary. It is completely opposite of your lifestyle.
  13. 1952 Dodge B3B

    Saltrock, The type of oil I would choose would be dependent on what I find in the pan. When you drain the oil try to fish around through the drain hole and see what you find. If there's a bunch of sludge I'd probably go with a straight grade non-detergent for now. If it seems fairly clean I'd use a normal multi-grade oil. Again, if it were mine I'd do as little as possible first. New oil, with investigation as stated above... check/add coolant as needed... Check points and wiring to them... Check compression (if needed)... Try to get running. Once you have it running, and warmed up, you can then evaluate what will be needed. 1. Does it run nice and smooth with minimal smoke? (It may smoke like a freight train at first due to your dose of ATF and dust/condensation in the exhaust system) 2. Are there any major leaks? (oil / coolant) 3. Was there sludge in the oil pan? (May want to address this in the future, along with the valve tappet compartment) 4. Any strange noises? The answers to these questions would determine my next steps. If you can answer YES to #1 and NO to the rest, then get the brakes in proper shape and drive it. (as long as it has decent rubber)
  14. 1952 Dodge B3B

    Paul, We're talking about sludge in the oil pan / valve tappet area. There has been no talk of the cooling system that you are referring to. The only good way to get rust, sediment, etc., out of the cooling system is to open it up and dig/flush it out. You could try coolant system flushes and such, but from what I've seen they don't do much with years of sediment that fill up the cavities.
  15. 1952 Dodge B3B

    Focus on getting it running first. It's possible that some piston rings are sticking too. If you get it running, sometimes a good heat cycle or two will help free things up. It's not uncommon for an engine like this to have around 50-60 psi compression, but they'll start and run at that. A good engine should be in the 100-120 range. You might even want to drain the oil and feel around through the drain plug to see what's in the pan before dropping it. If you don't find a lot of gunk maybe just refill with good oil and get it running. Then just change the oil frequently to help flush out the old crud. My thought process is to minimize the labor before a test fire attempt. If you hear it run you can better determine your course of action from there. Merle