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  1. Mark D

    The 4th Annual P-15 Picnic in the UK (pictures)

    Such an honor to take the wheel, (and brave of Robin for doing so!). Truth be told, no problems driving lefty on the left, plenty of experience from two years tenancy in Ireland in the 90’s, and I’ve spent a lot of time in Sydney Australia in the past 18 months for work. Would be nice to see some trucks in a future picnic! I think Tom Poulter will be the first to bring one when he’s finished his own.
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    The 4th Annual P-15 Picnic in the UK (pictures)

    We had a great weekend with our English Plymouth brothers and sisters! From the fantastic period appropriate hotel, to the lovely little pub down the road, to the marvelous historic tours provided. And the warm greeting received by all we met along the way, and I can’t forget to mention how welcome the three gents that arranged it all made each of us feel. The weekend was fantastic and over all to quickly. Delighted to have met everyone in person and to have made a few more friends over the weekend. I’m absolutely sure we will return in years to come. Take a look at the pic attached and I’m sure you see the smile on my face as Robin gave me the wheel for a few miles of smiles.
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    P15+D24 = happiness

    Picked up this sweet D24 a month ago. Prepped her for shipping to our garage in Rotterdam Netherlands this morning. She’ll make someone in the EU real happy. But before that I had to make the opportunity to get a P15-D24 shot happen. Next week Greg G and and I, together with our wives are off to the P15 picnic, so I just had to get some drive time in.
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    230 dodge w/Edgy aluminum head, problems

    Tim - I thought I had read there was some coolant circulating in to the head around the head bolts. I recall when I replaced my head gasket 7 years ago that the studs had wet rusty coolant all over the relief. Apologies but I must be mistaken as to the coolant passages. Thanks again for the lesson, but quite frankly the format of your last two sentences is quite off-putting.
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    230 dodge w/Edgy aluminum head, problems

    Can you please explain how the factory head differs?
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    230 dodge w/Edgy aluminum head, problems

    I’m looking at your pic and the first question I have is what kind of head bolts did you use? They don’t appear at first glance to be arp, as they are polished. The correct bolts are relieved on the sides to allow for water flow around the bolts. Got pics of the bolts?
  7. Here's one that's always a good take and done well by the Ty-Rods club here in Mass. https://www.ty-rods.org/reunion.html
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    Throw out bearing blues

    Whose the rebuilder? I’m in Mass would be handy to know for the future.
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    Dual carb linkage

    The ones that come with the offenhauser intakes are junk, don’t bother. I built mine from RC joints, flat stock, and basic list supplied for andual Holley setup. Will find the link and foawrd it to you via PM.
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    1940 P10 Speedo Rebuild

    hey all - Got a guy calling on me to help him rebuild/service his P10 speedo. The rotating face of the gauge has come apart with age and likely heat. I assume this is old celluloid film it was printed on. Wondering if anyone has rebuilt this with success, or if anyone might have a serviceable unit for sale that I could salvage for parts? Advice appreciated. Mark D .
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    To install new window sweeps - 1950 Ply 4dr

    I've used pop rivets in place of the factory wire staples.
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    Ty-Rods Old Timers Reunion

    I posted this and then realized I'm headed back down to Australia on the 3rd, back on the 13th. So I'm gonna miss it! Lets put a date on the calendar in October and meet up anyway.
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    Cruise control, anyone? anyone?

    Thought the remote throttle cable did that for you.
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    interior question

    Kleenex dispenser. They are fetching $50-75 each in ebay at the moment.
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    Anybody coming to New Jersey for Lead East this year

    Is there a web site for this event? Likely to know more. Thanks.
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    Highlander material cloth

    One caution automotive fabrics and cloth from the local bolt shop are not necessarily of the same caliber. Managing 2.5 millions square feet of corporate home office I have had the opportunity to learn all about fabrics and wear testing. “Butt rubs” as they call it is the measure of quality. Make sure you go for fabrics that are intended for upholstery.
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    Highlander material cloth

    Yes - they have a horrible reputation also. But this is the closest I’ve found. In the end I decided to stay all leather. But I might add some accents in the future on the door panels and that willl keep the cost down. Sadly I don’t know of any alternatives.
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    Fulton visor? No thanks!

    Two words : “beer fridge”
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    ANSWERED 46 dodge 3 window coupe

    A good and thorough service of the drivetrain and engine bay should result in happily achieving 55mph (and in my humble opinion: fast enough) speeds for your beautiful black Betty. What a nice car!
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    Front bench dismanteling/ backrest

    Typically two bolts at the bottom of the backrest are threaded into the body floor pan. Remove bolts and lift the back rest off of the clips which are welded into the body.
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    Axle identification

    Helping out a friend in Finland whose got a p15 that he imported this past summer. He’s trying to find a rear axle that has a gear set for better highway speeds. Gave him photos out of one of the p15 parts catalogs I have for the ratios that were offered from p14-p24. He’s found an a guy nearby that has an axle but it has numbers that don’t correspond to what I sent him. Supposedly this axle came out of a 1950 dodge convertible but we don’t know if it original to the car. Also in a past conversation with One of you gurus there was mention that there was a way to tell what gear set was installed in the pinion from markings on the case? Still working on my first coffee of the morning, So I may still be a little under caffeinated. Appreciate guidance here.
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    Baby Boo Meets the D24

    Looks be about the same age as my grandson Jace. 14 months old, he loves looking at the pictures of the P 15‘s that are hung in my office. Seen here sitting on what day what will be his car.
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    Look what I found!

    Some of you are connected to me on Facebook, and have seen the pictures, but the back story I want to share here might be of interest. Last week I followed a lead that took me to a house about 19 miles northwest of me where I found another P15c Plymouth patiently waiting for resurrection. The car, a nice example of loving care over its 70 years of existence, is now in my garage and has become the second in my permanent collection. In the past 6 months I've bought two other P15's but that I was tempted to keep, but they've since taken a boat trip to Holland where my business partner will find decent homes for them. The newest acquisition is a convertible. I've yet to have the documentation pulled from the archive, but the car is believed to have been sold in Massachusetts originally. I am very anxious to see which dealer and to be able to see if the building still exists. The original owner was from Lexington Massachusetts, as shown on one of the 30 or so registration cards that came in the glove box. He was a Doctor of Physics and worked at a small institution known as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Labs. Some may recognize the name of this establishment as being home of a small project code named "Manhattan". While unconfirmed as of yet, there is an endowment left in the owners name and I have written to enquire if this learned individual was indeed connected to Atomic research going on at the time. This gentlemen kept the car for many years, and I suspect the last year of ownership was 1964 which is documented in a Midas Muffler lifetime warrantee also delivered with the car. The glove box was filled with maps of the eastern seaboard and a list of antique shops in each state. Researching his name I found that this man and his wife amassed one of the countries largest collections of Shaker furniture, a portion of which was sold after his death and another portion donated to the Smithsonian in DC. Further research has shown me that the man died at the ripe age of 94, leaving a sizeable chunk of money to create an endowment that reports assets over $1mil today. The second owner of the car is another local gentlemen who owned the car from 1964/5 up until 2001. This gentleman is still alive and well and living in Concord Massachusetts. He started a small business in the 1960's that has now grown into one of New England's largest Asphalt paving contractors and does a lot of private and highway paving work in the region. This man was the last to drive the car up until this past weekend. The car was last on the road (legally) in 1980. In the trunk of the car were many treasures, one of which I was told should always stay in the car. Under a small blanket were a dozen small flat stones about 2" in diameter. The second owner stated he and his wife collected these stones on their first date in Wells Beach Maine. Coincidently my family has owned a home in Wells Beach since 1919, which makes the tie to this car and the story a little sweeter. Amazingly enough the car has never been titled as they were not required or needed during the use of the car with its first two owners. I will likely title the car due to its value and estate reasons, and will become the first titled owner. The fella I bought the car from almost backed out of the deal, having owned the car since 2001, he had ideas of restoring it, but I am glad he left it alone. Among other items in the car were three spare hubcaps, a set of spare leaf spring shackles new in their NOS boxes, an original cloth bag for the bumper jack equipment, a wooden hand screwdriver which I believe may have been Plymouth OE, five brand new pairs of windshield wipers, a dozen spare vacuum radio tubes, and a couple boxes of spare fuses. A few sentences about the condition of the car as found, what I've done in the past week, and what I plan to do; General condition; - The car has not run since 1980 after the keys were lost, but the motor turned by hand so I knew there had to be some life in it. - The motor has a reman tag on it, a sticker on the firewall and yellow grease pencil writing on the firewall indicating it was replaced at 99,257 miles. The car now has 27,175 miles, so relatively new considering. Inspection thru the #6 cylinder port has proven the motor is a 230. (big smiles on my face when I learned that). - The body has two small issues to correct, but I likely won't touch them for several years as the patina is very appealing to me. One area on the front edge of the passenger door, and another paint separation issue surrounding the rear stop light on the trunk. The rest of the car is undercoated (rather thickly too) as well as under the hood. - Braking is terrible at the moment despite replacing the right front lower cylinder to make it yard drivable. Brake fluid is orange proving that what ever is in the tubes is long overdue for replacement. - The interior is trimmed rather smartly in - The top is original to the car and has a HUGE hole in it above the front seat. Mechanism goes up and down by hand easily. Vacuum cylinders are as of yet undiagnosed. - The car came with a factory supplied boot cover that is in decent shape. I will attempt to use this for the moment and in the future have a new one sewn up from its pattern. - The car also came with a rather unique and suspected non-oem option: Full Custom Tonneau Cockpit Cover. At first I said to myself what a shame, then I saw it on the car and fell in love with it. Getting her running; - Drained the 37 year old gas, boy does that stink... now to find a place to get rid of 10 gallons of it. - Replaced a very worn fan belt. - Swapped out the ignition switch for an OEM that I had in my stash. - Swapped out plugs, cables, coil. - Replaced both battery leads with heavy gauge OE style. - Added some MMO to each cylinder, placed the car in gear and rolled her back and forth a few times. - Installed a new 6V battery. - Disconnected the gas line to the carb and hand fed her some gasoline whereupon after several minutes of cranking she jumped to life. (and shot out an dust pan full of mouse crap, acorns and dirt from the muffler all over the garage floor.) She ran fine for an hour then died rather abruptly, whereupon several hours of playing whack-a-mole with intermittent doses of ATF has resulted in some less-sticky valves. Latest suggestion was to run some lead additive and to pull the gas tank and clean it. Plans to get her roadworthy; - Remove the gas tank, and thoroughly clean it. Looking for suggestions as to what might be best to use to clean the inside of the tank, noting that it has been wet with gas so residue is assumed to be fairly motile. - New brake cylinders, new brake lines, new MC, new brake switch, all four corners and in between. Curious as to whether or not I will need the miller brake tool (or reasonable facsimile) since I will be using the shoes/pads that are on the car as they are nearly in new condition. Any opinions here? - New top on order from Bill Hirsch to match the original factory colors; Black on tan, (my irish blood appreciates this a lot). Local trimmer has been selected and reports having done two 40's mopars in recent months. (they are on my hit list for names and addresses...) - Fluid changes - ALL of them, including oil, coolant, gear box, and rear end. During the winter months; - Interior betterments. Haven't decided if I want to rescue the interior or go new. I am partial to the patina, but if the cost would be too much to repair it may make sense to spend some dough on new correct color leather. The leather is in decent shape with no holes, but the cotton stitching has disintegrated on the front seat. - Passenger side vent wing window has a broken pivot point and the threaded post that attaches it to the doors A-pillar is sheared off. Both will need to be repaired. Glass will need to be removed from the frame before it can be corrected. Working on glass will be a first for me, and with such a rare part, I will have to work myself up to the challenge. - Overdrive swap. Later this year I will haul the sedan down to our house in North Carolina and park for a few years storage until we begin to full time in the winters down there. Before she goes down I will likely pull the OD and replace shelve it for installation in the convertible. And before I end this, a few notes of thanks for guidance in recent days; - Robin Weathersbee for his enthusiastic support and un-ending archives. - Greg G for giving me his phone number 7 or 8 years ago and allowing me to ask random questions in the middle of any given day or evening. - Young Ed is always there with his matter of fact - Bob Toft for sending me a dozen emails and a bunch of pictures of his car which convinced me to open the safe. I'll be a pest to all you for a while - bear with me. - lastly to my wife, to whom endured the "surprise look what I bought!" without sending a waffle iron flying in the air towards my head. And to her credit has instructed me to hurry up and get it done summer is here! AND said why would you consider selling Ruby?! AND doesn't understand why a 70 year old car is so special but allows me to spend every waking non-wage earning hour with it.
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    Look what I found!

    Been a while since I updated this thread. Made another milestone this past weekend and installed my new leather interior. Leather came from a Garrett Leather in NY, and at $9/sf it was certainly and investment. Took five hides to cover everything and there were still some areas that I chose to cover in Vinyl such as the rear seat side bolsters and rear of the front seat. New door cards and kick panels were sourced from a company called remautoinc.com. They were advertised as made to OE measurements, but the door cards were too short and the kick panels needed to be cut down to fit. Would do those again from scratch if I was not rushed to get this part of her refresh done. Next up new black wall tires, shocks x4, new rear spring bushings, and front sway bar bushings to tighten her roll in corners. Custom made carpet will be completed next week. After that a new parade boot and Tonneau.
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    Vacuum advance enlightenment

    I knew this would be something that is a uniquely American product. So I included the wiki photo.

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