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    I rode to the spring BBQ and back in the blue car. That is a very nice car. Don, I wish you well on your health concern.
  2. " . . . once you have it up and running and everything working, I would be curious if your home owners insurance gives you a discount for having such a vehicle......". No, not if you have a cat!!
  3. I just passed through the "dark side" into the "twilight zone" because I just bought this suburban. The bumpers are worth more than I paid for the entire 'roller'(no engine or tranny) vehicle, so it's really a parts car for my vert, and includes extra 54 fenders and hood, and most of the trim. Yet I Iike this body style and will store it for future consideration. This is not a picture of mine, but it is the same car. My suburban looks new compared to my convertible, no sig rust, etc. Could go original patina, put a surf board on top, and head for the coast. Then get a good tan and fake the surfing stories, like I said, "the twilight zone"!. (to be continued)
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    1954 Plymouth Suburban Project

    Fabbed a pcv valve today , among other things! Well I got a couple letters reversed today so I revisited the pcv purpose and workability. A good review is helps fix information in the mind. My quickly fabbed return apparatus is shown. I will move the valve to the top of the line at the intake manifold. Now I will make it look better, I may form a new line with the pcv valve at the intake manifold. REVIEW: Positive crankcase ventilation involves recycling gases through a valve (called, appropriately, the PCV valve) to the intake manifold, where they're pumped back into the cylinders for another shot at combustion. It isn't always desirable to have these gases in the cylinders because they tend to be mostly air and can make the gas-air mixture in the cylinders a little too lean -- that is, too low on gasoline -- for effective combustion. So the blow-by gases should only be recycled when the car is traveling at slow speeds or idling. Fortunately, when the engine is idling the air pressure in the intake manifold is lower than the air pressure in the crankcase, and it's this lower pressure (which sometimes approaches pure vacuum) that sucks the blow-by gases through the PCV valve and back into the intake. When the engine speeds up, the air pressure in the intake manifold increases and the suction slows down, reducing the amount of blow-by gas recycled to the cylinders. This is good, because the blow-by gases aren't needed when the engine speeds up. In fact, when the car is up to speed, the pressure in the intake manifold can actually become higher than the pressure in the crankcase, potentially forcing the blow-by gases back into the crankcase.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    A change of pace. Cat on a hot tin roof!
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    1954 Plymouth Suburban Project

    Engine won't restart. Very weak spark out of the top of the cap so week coil is likely. I have three coils, all tested doubtful. Will retest tomorrow, probably time for a new coil. Daft tube / pvc valve install tomorrow, adjust the cutch push rod, and install alternator adjust arm. question: I know the inside of the coil canister is a coil. Is it tightly wound copper wire? Curiosity calls me to find out. So, maybe a drive don the alley, tomorrow. Lots of small items to reinstall, time consuming, but getting there.
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    Surprise! My Plymouth Wagon Is a Covergirl

    The choice of and use of wood with metal is very, very nice. That wood cabin is essentially a piece of quality furniture on wheels. Great work, Bob.
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    Surprise! My Plymouth Wagon Is a Covergirl

    Yes on the restoration, but you must see it to really see the craftsmanship.
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    What do you have patents on? Advise, grumpiness, collections of Chevy car magazines?
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    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Hi-rail trucks (hiway /rail) . Possibly made special for executives.
  11. I know a member who carves totem poles? What is your hobby?
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    1954 Plymouth Suburban Project

    Add fuel, secure steering wheel and bucket seat, fan belt and it should start, then back out of the garage and motor around the block.
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    Amtrak questions

    You will not be bored if you travel Denver to SCramento up long canyon accessed only by foot and train. The views across Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska change every 100 miles as the route climbs from near sea level in Chicago to 5200 in Denver. In Nebraska the route is down the center of the Platte river a very scenic ride.
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    Anti-theft devices

    PA, take your pick, a slightly damaged vehicle or no vehicle.
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    Anti-theft devices

    Anti theft idea, remove all the lug nuts on one wheel. Just a thought, sorry!
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    December 7th, 1941

    Don't remember Dec,7' 41, I was only two. But I remember rationing of sugar, flour, gasoline, and rubber, and the endless groups of airplanes headed for LA. There flew in groups of 40, as I recall and when one group came it was always followed by another 8 or 10. We especially liked the P38's. They had a distinct sound. Dad was a farmer and most farmers were exempt as I recall. After the war, surplus food was given to schools and the school lunch program started. Life was very basic back then.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I fully enjoy watching how your family use an old car to enjoy the casual pleasures of life. Merry Christmas to each and all.
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    December 7th, 1941

    For us, 58 years! Best decision she ever made! LOL
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    To me, raised on a farm.with no electricity, and the like, the song always reminds me of my thoughts when Dad called us out in the morning to milk cows!
  20. Casper50, if you can't find that bushing, you might try wrapping the shaft with bacon to get by!
  21. Here is a recent post https://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/d/1952-plymouth-2-door-wagon/6761531316.html
  22. Keith, a very sobering documentary. I was born in 38 so don't recall the Time, the Midwest also had the dust bowl, i do remember digging out every fence line on the ranch as late as the 50's. A very, very different world.
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    Greg, no argument here, however the song was written during a different culture, when innuendo was fun, not fact. They gonna ban the musical, "Oklahoma" also? "She went about as far as she could go!" ? ???
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    Just had a 7.2 quake

    If mine, I would lay out few bridgeplanks and drive it out. Or get a large bulldozer and start moving dirt, which is what is going to happen any way. The off ramp appears to be a fill ramp.
  25. I am going to start a thread on the rebuilding of my truck. I will continue updating on the building but I think this now should be separated out. Tomorrow I will remove all wiring and on Friday the goal is to install the kit from EZ Wiring. I'll have a very capable helper so that will expedite things. I hope to have it road safe by the end of next week which means: wiring, tires, glass, basic interior needs, like a seat, controls, and a substitute steering wheel. I have two basic ones, so will use one of them. So here we go! Here is what I have today. I've got to get the mechanicals an some of the cosmetics done SOON so I can drive it to the BBQ April 5th with my Granddaughter.

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