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pflaming last won the day on August 31

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About pflaming

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

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Reedley, California
  • Interests
    The God of the Bible, grandkids, old cars, fishing, Maine
  • My Project Cars
    1952 B3B Pickup - daily driver
    1953 Plymouth Suburban, lm

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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. Spring under axle rear b2b

    Mine are 17 1/2 front and rear. Most who have driven my truck comment on how it tracks like a train. Jeff I'm not sure I agree. I did not alter the bottom geometry of the steering etc., I only let the body down lower which lowered the center of gravity thus places less stress on all suspension and steering parts and gives a better, more stable ride. The trucks back when we're set up for ground clearance and load depression and the tall thin tires to cut through mud and snow. Those conditions no longer exist for the most part. I'm pleased aand that's what counts and I do like what you've done to your truck, you must get thumbs up signs repeatedly.
  2. silver engine paint

    I found that this paint took a while to cure hard. Did others have a similar experience.
  3. Fishing or snipe hunting? I agree with the above. I've bought two vehicles by placing new, crisp $100.00 bills on the fender. I didn't have to say a word, I just stepped back at my final offer, I got my price because he knew my "check" wouldn't bounce.
  4. Spring under axle rear b2b

    Jeff, at what height are your front and rear bumpers or the leading and trailing ends of your running boards? If memory serves me correct, my bumpers TOB are 193/4" . paul
  5. Spring under axle rear b2b

    With the 2nd ro the bottom leaf removed, both front and back, body lowered 2" all four corners. I also put 205 R 15 tires on the front, 235 R 15 tires on the back. I hauled a 218 engine in the bed @ 800 +\- # and it drove just fine.
  6. Dash lights

    EZ kit, the simplist kit they have. I used EZ on my suburban. When you connect to the bolt stubs, put a lock washer on every stub, no exceptions or the vehicle vibration will work them loose. Don Coatney taught me that.
  7. Spring under axle rear b2b

    Yes, while inexpensive, it's a lot of work. With the spring racks part i put the DA sander to all the leaves before I reassembled them. With the 2" drop, the center of gravity is lower so, it is much much better on curves and corners, yet it is still an old truck, '52 Dodge.
  8. Spring under axle rear b2b

    JJ, research this, it seems to my poor memory, that some leaf springs are designed to push down on the axle, not hang from it. I removed the 2nd leaf from the bottom on all four springs for a nice 2" drop front and back.
  9. My LA Dodgers

    Poor Cubs, we are just too strong this year. Picture is a Cub fan Sunday, bottom of the 9th.
  10. I'm close to final fabrication of a floor shifter for my R 10 overdrive. If someone would like one to test and purchase subject to workability, I will make as many as four additional complete units at a very reasonable price. This shifter will attach to a non OD car transmission as well. These at first come first served basis via email response date. I will drive test the shifter before I send a unit to others to test. My rational is that oft times a builder can make something work for himself, but not universally so. Thus if I have several units in use in different driving conditions then the tests have greater validity. Attached picture shifter is similar. pflaming@mail.fresnostate.edu.
  11. Carburator choices

    I'm not interested in switching cams, nor double or triple carbs, those choices are too complicated for me. I have fabricated a floor shifter for my R 10 OD. It is a variation of the regular transmission floor shifter I fabricated as shown in this picture. Will install as soon as my knee replacement operation heals. I built this Suburban from three parts Suburbans, to sell at Pismo Beech, but when this leg heals, I will finish this for me, sell all extra car parts, stop wrenching and start fishing the High Sierra Mt lakes and streams that are in my back yard. At 79, it is time to scale back.
  12. A small ball bearing, works great, shifts very easy, a bit out of the box, but oh well.
  13. Carburator choices

    I'm still researching. Found Weber Carbs. Will a dual barrel carb decrease gas mileage or is that caused by driver use? Mor air, more power from more air or more fuel or both?
  14. Carburator choices

    Research reveals a number of dual barrel choices. I'm wondering which is the most practical choice and will it require a special mount? Will probably need some linkage modification as well. A 218 engine, with Dual exhaust pipes, a dual barrel carb, and an improved distributor, probably electronic, in front of an overdrive transmission should make for a nice power package with improved gas mileage. I should add, I'm building this Suburban for me. Too old to build another car.
  15. Hesitation woes continue

    So you replaced the . With an electric fuel pump or another mechanical pump? Last April I rode with a forum member to the BBQ in his 47 Plymouth, with a 218. It would nearly die out then suddenly run like a champ. Seems the five fuel bowl bolts were just loose enough to allow gas sepage through the bowl gasket which evaporated before noticeable. He tightened those screws and drove home. STML can't recall his name, from Acton CA. He drove around 55mph , I was in the back seat, perfect seat at a perfect speed. TKS !