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kope49 last won the day on October 4

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About kope49

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday November 14

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    Woodbury, MN
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    1. Our 5 grand-kids 2. Minnesota sports teams 3. Travel
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    none - currently

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    Retired from regular job in 2005, retired from fun part-time job in 2016.
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    Minnesota - 50 Dodge Wayfarer sedan
  • Interests
    babysitting grandkids, home remodeling, when possible hobby car work !

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  1. Wayfarer Off to France

    That is one nice thing about the 1950 Dodge. Two piece flat windshield. When I look at those forward-look Mopars from 57-59 I just imagine the cost of a replacement windshield, if you can find one.
  2. Wayfarer Off to France

    Well at least I took plenty of pictures on the transport if they need to file a claim but you are right.
  3. Wayfarer Off to France

    I said goodbye to my 1950 Wayfarer sedan after 8 years today. It was more emotional than I expected. Unlike a lot of my car club friends, I have never had more than one collector car at a time. The good news is I have had the chance to get to know a little about the family in Brittany that bought my car. They seem like really nice people and I hope they enjoy the car as much as I did. Now the question is do I buy another old car? For now the answer is no, since I am still stuck with the undersized garage and no work space. That is the principal reason I sold this car.
  4. Appomatox - Chrysler 300's

    We were on a trip to Virginia over the weekend and pulled into Appomatox Court House and were pleasantly surprised to see the Chrysler 300 group had included it on their itinerary. There were 300's all the way from 1955 through the late 60's represented. If only I could afford it I would love to take possession of one of those beautiful cars. I like all of them but am particularly fond of the 1956 and 1960. (I owned a 1960 Windsor 15 year ago.) They had a gorgeous day to take their old cars out for a drive in the Virginia countryside. My 1950 Wayfarer is sold and will be making it's way to France soon. I have mixed feelings about selling but am happy it is going to a couple who really wanted a Wayfarer like mine.
  5. Car is sold and will be making it's way to France. The couple buying it seem very nice and happy to be getting it.
  6. IF I didn't live in a senior's townhouse and if I could do mechanical work on the car myself I would too. It's just too much hassle living where I do and parking my everyday car outside and getting written up by my townhouse association. Anyhow it's so difficult to sell a car like this that a year from now I will likely still be driving it.
  7. I have listed my Wayfarer for sale on craigslist. While I hope to sell it if it doesn't sell I will keep driving it. Just don't have the place to store it with as little as I drive it. https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/cto/6295337025.html
  8. oil consumption

    Don - Mopars in general at least through the 80's it seems are oil leakers - wouldn't you agree? I had a Duster with slant six that leaked significantly and have had several K-Cars and early Minivans with 4 cylinder engines (2.2 and 2.5) and all of them were leakers after 40-50K. I have 81K on my 2014 Town and Country with the 3.6 and it doesn't leak a drop (or burn even half a quart between changes either). I have about 2,500 miles on the rebuild. The shop that reassembled the engine did not do a good job with gaskets. I replaced the valve cover gasket (under the exhaust manifold) because of obvious leakage and it looks like the oil pan gasket leaks too. I can't tell how much of the leakage is from the rear main seal but am sure that is part of it too and harder to address. I suppose I could do a compression test but since the engine runs smoothly and has so much more power since the rebuild I haven't bothered to.
  9. oil consumption

    It is still more than in should be on a rebuilt engine. I probably get 700-800 miles to a quart. With the amount I drive it's not a big deal. To be honest most of it is probably leaks - I need a pan under the car in the garage. It doesn't smoke at all - before the rebuild it looked like a mosquito control vehicle going down the road.
  10. Better than expected mpg

    Yes the o.d. is nice. At least with fluid drive I don't have 4.1 ratio some cars have.
  11. Better than expected mpg

    We took a 305 mile round trip to Northwestern Wisconsin with the Wayfarer today. It ran great and I had no trouble keeping up with traffic. I only hit 70 once but cruised easily at 62-65 when I could. I guess the amount of driving on county roads and state highways at lower speeds must have helped my mileage. By my calculation I got over 18 mpg for the trip. It was a perfect day for a car without a/c - cloudy much of the day with temps around 70 but without rain. I still am bothered with that chattering clutch when taking off but haven't tried any remedies yet. At least it is only a problem when starting out from a stop
  12. Took the plymouth on a little trip!

    Ed - barring weather or car issues in the morning we are planning to see you at the cabin Sunday. Quite an adventure for your kids!
  13. bucket list

    You aren't the first one to say that. It just seems strange to me that at idle oil pressure would be that low on a rebuilt engine.
  14. bucket list

    I thought about the throwout bearing - I would have thought when they rebuilt the clutch and transmission last winter they would have replaced that but maybe not. Guess i will check that out. Then again maybe they put in an overseas cheapo part.
  15. bucket list

    Don I have resisted not using the clutch because of the low oil pressure reading at idle. With the rebuilt engine it reads 5-10 lbs at 450-500 rpm and 40-45 at cruising rpm. The shop told me they checked and said my gauge is reading wrong its more like 15 lbs. Just for my comfort leveI I set the idle faster which means I have to stand on the brake more at a stoplight with the clutch out. I will try your suggestion on the chatter. Thanks.