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About Eneto-55

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

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    United States
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    P-15, RatRods, Mini Cycle Cars
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    1946 Plymouth

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    Born 1955
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    1946 Special Deluxe
  1. help me please!!

    I know some will say this is not the right way to rebuild an engine, but this was how it was done at the Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-DeSoto dealership where my dad worked (parts man at the service desk) starting in the middle 50's up into the early 60's or so before he moved to Rambler. They were so tight after a rebuild that the starter couldn't turn them over. They would hook onto the car with a chain a drag it around the block a few times till it started the first time. (This was right in downtown Tulsa. The dealership name was FourStates.)
  2. V8 conversion for my 47 P15 sedan

    Yes, I suppose it means that a person should think about that potential later interest in the donor car as a part of the decision on what parts to use. It can be a gamble, sure, but by the time the donor cars are becoming available at reasonable prices, there might well already be indications of future demand. It might make the original outlay a bit higher, but in the long run may be the better choice.
  3. V8 conversion for my 47 P15 sedan

    My personal feeling about frame clip swaps is that after 15 - 20 years, you just have a non-original old car with a mix-match of parts, and with suspension parts that may not be available because they are old, but not old enough to be available as restoration parts. Disk-brake upgrades are a different case, because the changes are reversable, or later model parts can be substituted when the upgrade is no longer the best available. But the main thing I'd say is to document the sources for any upgrades, so that later you or another owner will know what parts are being used. How many times do you see posts on hotrodding sites where a guy is trying to identify a non-original part on a car someone else built?
  4. Is Craftsman comming back?

    The only SnapOn tool I ever purchased new was an air hammer bit to cut sheet metal, the type with a tooth in the center that would peel a narrow strip out as you cut. It was handy because you could do pretty tight curves, too. The first one I had was a Craftsman, and after I hit a floor cross member by accident a couple of times, it was a goner. Then I bought the SnapOn one, and I also went through a few of those, until the SnapOn guy wouldn't honor the warranty anymore, and gave me a used one from someone else that was worn so much that it wouldn't cut decent.
  5. Is Craftsman comming back?

    What's the brand of tools Lowes sells? I don't have any of them, but they look pretty decent. I keep looking at their tool boxes, and on that you can tell it's good stuff, at least I think so, judging from the way the drawers feel when you open & close them. I have mostly old Craftsman tools - bought a pretty decent starter set back in the 70's, before they started putting plastic parts in the ratchets. Have also picked up a few in flea markets, but that was also some years ago already now.
  6. Running without inner/outer fenders

    The right side inner fender well sheet metal is in two pieces to allow the lower section to be removed for access to the valve covers.
  7. How to keep the mice away?

    There was an article about this a year ago on Hemmings, with lots of discussion/ideas. Of Men & Mice
  8. working under-sized L-Head six

    That is interesting, and would be helpful if you were undertaking the task of building a small L-Head, but is this smaller than the stock engines? Anyway, I should have said a "running under-sized model". What I mean is, one that you can start up, not just power it through the motions by some other means.
  9. I seem to recall someone posting something about a working scale model L-Head engine, but I cannot find anything about it. Can someone point me to that thread, or did I dream this?
  10. Rim sizes

    I've always heard that the P15's changed to 15's in late 1947 or 48. I don't know about Suburbans. Are they on a pickup frame? If so, that would explain the 16's. But people often changed wheel sizes back then (I guess they do now, too) - for example, about as soon as my Dad brought home a 62 Chrysler Newport (in 1966) he took the stock 14's off & put 15's on it off of our old DeSoto (53 model). Later it was my first car, and they were still on it when I quit driving it around Christmas of 1977.
  11. '37 Plymouth

    I once overheard an Amish business man saying something like that - he said: "I should have started my business when I was 19, because I knew everything then."
  12. Chilton's online manual

    I think the older Chilton's were better, but anyways I bought one when we got our first minivan, a 93 T&C. The manual was like RCB said, sort of the 'black box theory', where you remove a component & toss it for a new one. And it covered too many models, and didn't cover any of them well. Most of the pictures didn't look like what our vehicle looked like. The electrical diagrams were so small you couldn't read them, and they were also incomplete. [It did help me once, though, when I was stranded in another state, and the shop I had the car taken to said he doesn't work on Japanese engines, and it was only after showing him in the Chilton's that the 3.3 was USA made (unlike the 3.0, which was in fact Japanese) that he consented to do the repair. (It was a water pump R & R that I needed to have done.)]
  13. Miss Belvedere headed Illinois auto museum

    Yep, that's it, but that one is in better shape than the one we have. Originally they were still all in paper wrappers, but you know, children will play. (And it was only 6 or 7 years later when we found them, so no one thought about what they might be worth later on.)
  14. Miss Belvedere headed Illinois auto museum

    I was about two years old when this car was buried, living 16 miles north of Downtown. I heard about this car all through my early childhood, and wanted to visit back home when it was brought out, but didn't make it back there. My grandpa owned a service station back then, and when I was 5 or so, we moved a storage shed from the service station to the place we were living. In a loft in that building was a whole stack of brand-new commemorative 'license plates' that said 1907 Visit Oklahoma 1957 across the top, and OKLAHOMA in large letters in the middle. I think there is only one left, and my Dad has it. (I had it for a while, but thought I should give it back to Dad, although I'm pretty sure it was me that saved it when it was the last one around, probably in the early 70's.) When it got close to 2007 I had an idea to make a bunch of them just like it, but with 2007 in place of the 1957, but when I found out how much the dies would cost, I gave it up. Afterwards, seeing what a big 'circus' the whole event was, I think it would have been a good investment. But maybe it would have been better yet to leave it say 1957, I don't know.
  15. No thermostat in thermo housing

    I know there are a lot of different opinions about doing this, but my dad always removed the thermostat in the Spring, then put it back in in the Fall. Also ran straight water in the Summer, pretty sure. Quit doing all of this after getting a car with A/C.