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  1. Clock repair recomendations.

    Set it to 5 o’clock and leave it alone. Unless you’re looking for concourse quality, its really not worth repairing. If your car is not a daily driver, the clock will just drain your battery if left energized. The alternate to repair is to replace the guts with a modern battery driven motor. There are threads in the archives here that describe that in full.
  2. Kick panel resource

    Just bought kick panels and correct door cards for me 47 Convertible from a seller on eBay known as muscle maniac car parts. They’ll be waiting on my doorstep when I get home from Australia on Thursday. Will let you know quality and fit after I get back.
  3. this was the exact "look" i was after when I bought my p15 sedan. I wanted it to appear stock, but have a few extra things that a highschooler would have done to the car that his dad gave him. So I went with the Offenhauser dual intake, and headers. Installed finned covers on the galleys, but they really cant be seen from most angles. Last thing I did was the OD which I rebuilt end to end and swapped myself. It's a sedan so alot of people walk right by it, but anyone that's an in-liner fan usually asks whats under the hood, which leads to some decent conversation. Some day I will tear down the engine and rebuild it, when that happens I will shave the head and swap out the cam for something with some pop, but for now the mods i did are perfect for a "highschool" driver, that graduated 33 years ago.
  4. Not silly at all. It’s the longest threaded post on the back of the ignition switch. But be careful of how many accessories you tie to the post, you might want to consider and accessory fuse block installed on the firewall.
  5. Just a quickie: Transmission gasket set?

    If you have gasket material available I can send you a PDF that you can trace and cut your own. - Mark D
  6. I was granted permission by our Admin today to host a community page in the Clubs section of the site. I invite anyone in New England and New York to join and contribute. The goal ultimately is local support, exchange of info, parts resources, and potential future gatherings. Looking forward to your participation. You can find the relevant page by following this link; All the best - Mark D
  7. Just posted on a Facebook page

    Clicked on the sellers name and it said Syracuse, but now the link is gone.
  8. Just posted on a Facebook page

    And it’s in your backyard mr. g
  9. Edgy

    Edgy is only grinding custom cams now.
  10. Headliner edge strips

    Pics please!! the rest of us wanna see what this looks like too.
  11. price differences wheel brake cilinder

    We can still buy these off the shelf at auto parts stores for decent prices. Can’t recall exactly what I paid for a single, but it wasn’t anywhere near the $50 people are gouging in ebay.
  12. Look what I found!

    I was lucky to find a local old skool installer that been in the biz for 40 years. Most of the guys I went to wouldn’t touch any car made before 1960. This guy also let me work along side him which I wanted so I knew how it was put together, and also for personal experience. The guy I used is at the end of his career, has severe arthritis and put about 6 hours max per week into my top replacement. I won’t put his name here, but if you’re interested to speak with him, drop me a PM.
  13. 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.
  14. Look what I found!

    Been some time since I provided an update. After many trials and tribulations, the convertible came home last night. Spent the day yesterday with the trimmer in his shop covering up the staples, trimming fabric, installing stainless trim and snaps, and cleaning her up. She hadn’t been started for 13 weeks, and I was pleased she jumped quickly to life and other than the tires with flat spots from sitting, which thumped a for a little bit), she drove well on he way home. Lots of stares and thumbs up kept me grinning. Next up, the interior replacement. Stay tuned.
  15. Duals for Plymouths - Speed Mechanics 1954 View File Part two of the article I last uploaded. Submitter Mark D Submitted 11/30/2017 Category Reference Information  
  16. New to Plymouth need some help

    Gonna need some photos to say exactly what you have. Photo attached shows my 47 convertible. Note they were painted body color for this body style, all others were wood grained.
  17. "Plymouth Soup-up" from 1954 Speed Magazine View File Bought this magazine after hearing about hearing about this article online. Very interesting read, which illustrates HP the gains from basic part swaps. Enjoy! Submitter Mark D Submitted 11/28/2017 Category Reference Information  
  18. P15 Front fender lowers

    P15’s shared all sheet metal 1946 thru the first week of March 1949. Bodies changed totally when they retooled and started the p19’s. There is no common sheet metal with the p19’s.
  19. Saw this for sale locally, not mine, so buyer beware. Not sure about the price of these compared to R10G's. https://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/pts/d/borg-warner-electric/6385481528.html
  20. True the R10G was early 50’s. I was only drawing the comparison for price point reasons.
  21. V8 conversion for my 47 P15 sedan

    Stop thinking out loud, go out and buy something with an automatic trans and add it to the collection.
  22. Oops - report post button

    I touched the report post button on a thread accidentally and it didn’t give me the option to back out. Hope this doesn’t negatively affect that persons standing. What’s the deal here, is that how it works?
  23. D6G1 carb. needed

    Not much casting for a helicoil to bite into.
  24. D6G1 carb. needed

    Something you might try is to use a machine screw of a smaller diameter and a longer length with a nut and lock washer below. This worked for me on a carb that had one stripped out tap.
  25. D24 Project Started - P18 Block?

    One of the wise sages here told me to pull the inspection plug on my engine, over the #6 cylinder and check the measurements of the cylinder at its low position. The resultant dimension will tell you if it’s a 230. And since I can’t remember which is which at the moment, I’ll leave that to the sages to specify below.