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About pflaming

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    retired, now a novice mechanic on '50's mopars

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    Reedley, California
  • Interests
    The God of the Bible, grandkids, old cars, fishing, Maine
  • My Project Cars
    1952 B3B Pickup - daily driver
    1953 Plymouth Suburban - 90% rebuilt
    1939 Chrysler Royal in storage

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  • Biography
    Raised in western Nebraska, taught school in the late 60's and 70's, sales career, now retired
  • Occupation
    Former packaging machinery salesman


  • Location
    Reedley, California, Central Valley
  • Interests
    Fishing, Mechanical Design, Od Trucks

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  1. TKS for the tips. I hoisted the block up to a nice angle and more oil escaped, then I tapped on the bottom of the pan with a hammer, used a telescoping magnet and retrieved my keeper. That done I lapped the valve and with this incredible spring compressor all is back on track. The head is back on, ready to be torqued.
  2. For practical purposes, probably not, for purist reasons yes! And the purist reason is the better reason. If I drove it a lot, I would.
  3. I did not plug the oil return holes and a keeper dropped through to the pan, so will remove the pan to retrieve it. The drain plug is on the end of the pan and I discovered that a significant amount of oil does not drain AND it is one step away from sludge. What methods are used to fully drain the oil?
  4. I could NOT get the small clips on the bottom of the valves so since my mechanic kindly loaned me his pneumatic spring compressor I loaded up the engine and hauled it to his shop, when he couldn't either, he discovered he had sold me the wrong size clips. Some times we are damned if we do and damned if we don't.
  5. I love that floor. I'm thinking to eliminate the risk of some cat burning down my shop if I weld in a new floor, a well fitted marine plywood floor would do just fine and be rust proof.
  6. I watched the eclipse on my large flat screen, but could not see much with my welding helmet on. Add to that, the battery in my hearing aid died, so since I did not have any replacements, I had to watch the total eclipse in total silence! ! !
  7. Due to knee challenges and my age, the Suburban is my last "build". So I let the '39 Chrysler go. Every window, all trim pieces, etc are in the car. The floors are gone, but the rockers, etc are solid. This is a very good old car with original six engine, 3 on the tree and overdrive. The Dodge is three miles from my house. It is a barn find with all original upholstery, solid floors, six engine, and ROLL DOWN rear quarter windows which roll down. I think I could steam clean this car, start and tune the engine and drive it. This is a NICE coupe. JMHO
  8. Fresno, CA Today, 98 degrees with a clear sky! I certainly hope people are careful. Motels are charging upwards to $1500 for last nights rooms.
  9. I'm impressed. Very, very nice.
  10. Mike, in 1956 I bought a 37 Ford two door sedan for $40.00, then discovered it had mechanical brakes and a V8. Brakes so bad I was scared to drive it.
  11. Dave, I stand corrected. I guess I was assuming people read the manuals. Paul. See you at the BBQ, I always look forward to again meeting the Gold-country Bear!
  12. My quotation was verbal, so sorry. I just do not understand some prices but then I have not seen what was done? If the engine had a cracked crank, if the work called for expensive cam, dual carbs, precision positions and rods, etc, etc, I suppose a rebuild could be very expensive.
  13. Eight years ago, short block redo was $3,000.00 here in central California. That was when I purchased a service manual. It's not rocket science, just tend to details.
  14. I'm this close to a non-cosmetic driver. Fix that valve and restart the engine and install, fully install the doghouse, activate the installed EZ ,wiring harness, all systems have been checked out already, bleed the brakes, all new lines are in, and fab mounts to bolt in the 2010 Lincoln bucket seats, the interior is done, and rims and tires are on. So I am close. I paid $350 for this Suburban, bought it as a parts car then discovered it was a sound vehicle, so . . . here we are. The pic shows what I found once I steam cleaned it and pushed it in my new shop. Was parked following a minor fender bender, it was given to the person who sold it to me, but his wife told him to get rid of it, so he did. I don't have much money invested yet it does add up. My single largest expense is the EZ harness and my retirement time. In hindsight, I could have fixed the engine and driven it.
  15. The original mount bracket was held by only one transmission bolt. This mount is held be two bolts, very secure. Details. It works, but I think all pivot bolts will need to be shoulder bolts into tapped holes and most nuts eliminated to assure proper pressure. Now this shifter can be installed with two existing transmission bolts and an opening in the tunnel. No adjustments needed. It has a short arm for easy installation, to which a variety of shifters can be attached. Engine valve and head installation tomorrow. Currently my knee only allows me about three hours of shoptime a day, but I take what it gives me for now.