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Merle Coggins

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  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.
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  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
  16. 1952 Dodge B3B

    If you drop the pan and clean out any accumulated sludge, you could then use a modern detergent oil without worry. You’d probably also want to remove the valve covers, under the manifolds, and clean out the valve tapped area too. If you get the sludge out you won’t have to worry about the detergents breaking it down and dispersing it through the engine. Have you done a compression test yet? That’ll tell you if you have any sticking valves. Also, if you remove the valve covers you’ll be able to see if any are stuck open. If any are stuck you may get lucky and be able to start it on the remaining cylinders. Once it warms up a bit they may loosen up and function again. Otherwise you’ll probably need to remove the head so you can work with them to free them up without damage.
  17. 1952 Dodge B3B

    Welcome to the “family”. What you see going up and down below the spark plug holes are actually the valves, not the pistons. But that’s a good thing too. Sometimes the valves get stuck open after sitting for long periods. On the oil filter, give the cover some taps around the edge with a small hammer, or rubber mallet. The gasket is probably gluing the cover to the canister. On the air filter, spray down the wing nut with some PB Blaster, or similar, and let it soak a bit. It’ll probably come off OK. Paper filter conversions aren’t too difficult. I did mine many years ago, but mostly because it had been sitting in the weather when I got it and parts of it were rusted away. Otherwise the oil bath, when cleaned and serviced properly, is a very good air filter. It looks like it’s had a few different layers of paint, and someone has been stripping some of it off already.
  18. Rear wheel bearing shims

    Are you checking the end play with both sides installed? It can be a common mistake to adjust one side without the other side installed. You need them both contacting the center block to get a correct measurement.
  19. anybody heard from JB Neal?

    Such terrible ice conditions. That must have held you up for 5 or 10... ... ... minutes at least.
  20. Get together?

    If you were to pick that Saturday, or Sunday, of Labor Day weekend I would probably be able to plan a route that would take us through your area on our way to TN. But that's just me. You'll have to find a date that works for you.
  21. Get together?

    Sounds good. You're about 550 miles from me. It would be quite a drive. However, I do plan on being down that way with my truck later this summer. We plan to attend the WPC Club meet in Chattanooga, TN the week after Labor Day. Might even spend a day in Nashville on our way there.
  22. Took me 20 years at this company to get 4 weeks, which is the max. My wife gets 6 weeks where she works. She's been there just about as long as I've been with my employer. (32 years in June)
  23. Tappet Wrench

    I remember 1/2” and 7/16” wrenches. Do you have Sears in Canada? You should be able to get tapped wrenches from them. Craftsman brand. May need to order them, but they should have something.
  24. Glove Box Door ?

    You got too much raw power now with the dual carbs. You’ll need to de-tune it... JK
  25. "On the Road Again" with Phoenix

    You should alway clean off any paint, rust, or first before welding. Clean metal is much easier to weld, and will produce a better result. I also fear that your tubing is a bit light for your application, but maybe I’m wrong.