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About Oberstar

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    Member, been hanging around a while...
  • Birthday 09/24/1974

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  • My Project Cars
    1943 Dodge WC-52

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  • Biography
    have a soft spot for veterand and Olive Drab
  • Occupation
    AD Air Force Pararescue


  • Location
    Pickens SC
  • Interests
    WWII jeeps, Elk hunting, 41 Dodge 1/2T Command car
  1. Cleaning cloth covered cables?

    Rich- no, it's not the 'typical' crust you see on a modern cable. It's just the "copper wire cable sitting on a dusty shelf for 60 years" kind of grit and tarnish. The cloth is attempting to unravel as well. Best way may be to just measure impedance and see that its doing its job?
  2. I have original 1ga cable from my 43 Dodge, and the ends are a bit corroded, not knowing what the condition looks like underneath the heavy cloth. Can the entire cable be dropped into some vinegar until clean, or another method that will get these originals back into service?
  3. Notches in Pan Gasket?

    Well, pain may be my best Instructor! I chose to do this motor the hard way, by having the entire motor/tranny supported by my shop crane. I'm in the process of degreasing, and shot the first coat of primer yesterday. Anyway, I overlapped the front main as you should, but did cut the rear small tabs to be able to fit flush against the end of the pan. I then used spray glue to glue the cork gasket down to the pan, and Permatex 2 dabbed in each of the gasket corners. Grease was the only item used on the end gasket pieces. I may have made a mistake by not using any Permatex on the long gaskets, but we'll see how she acts. This site has always been fantastic about guidance on these flatheads, but the experience of screwing something up and re-doing it stays with me longer...
  4. Notches in Pan Gasket?

    Yeah, I'm making this out to be harder than what it really is! The notched gasket set is actually from Fel-Pro. And Don, I've read your instructions on another thread as well, so its time just to get it done! For now, I'm planning on using grease only for the end seals, and Permatex Aviation Sealant for gasket to pan adhesion. Not sure if my 1946 motor uses the rubber rings on the main cap, but I'll check it out...
  5. Notches in Pan Gasket?

    Hmmmm- only one notch per cork gasket strip, though. Might just make sure that the notches go to the rear main..
  6. Notches in Pan Gasket?

    Where do the 2 notches align in the pan gasket of a 230 pan? Also, how and where are the supplied (2) O-rings utilized?
  7. Scuffing paint...

    For those of you who have used Rustoleum's Rusty Metal Primer in a can, is it necessary to 'scuff' the paint with a red 3M pad before topcoating? The situation is that all small metal parts have been bead blasted, and because my work schedule is sporadic, I have started to spray bomb the parts with Rustoleum spray can primer. Before I can topcoat with an oil based enamel that is compatible with the Primer, it will be a minimum of 2 weeks, so the primer will have fully cured by then. When I return, can I go straight to topcoating?
  8. Gents, I have a question- Dodge 230 out of a 43 WC52 3/4T truck. Compression averages 87psi in all cylinders, and oil pressure at 48lbs. We have been scraping the thickets mixture of old oil, grease, and dirt off of the front, bottom, and rear of the motor, entire clutch housing, and transmission. I made the mistake of not taking before and after pics of the scraping result. My question is this- if you have a motor that runs well, but is now out of the frame, should I consider replacing the timing cover seal, pan gasket, and rear main seal?? I want to leave well enough alone and not throw money at an issue, but what in the world could have caused inches of hardened muck to cover an entire motor bottom end, clutch housing and transmission like that?? Is that just normal accumulation through its 70 years of life? Here's a pic of the frame rail underneath the steering gear. This is after cleaning...
  9. Anyone mess with Diamond T trucks?

    Lugnut, I would appreciate any help on that. Yeah, my FIL put a Cummins from a bread van into a 40 chevy. It's a looker, and gets great mileage. I'm just a fan of stock myself...
  10. My Father in Law has (2) Diamond T trucks- a 201 and 301. He's restoring them, but would like to change out the rear end for a bit more speed. Anyone know what the options are for gearing?
  11. Carb issues

    Chris, what are your plans now? Let us know vacuum numbers at the intake port when you get a chance. The plate issue is one thing, but the dizzy advance keeps nagging me as the priority issue. But I'm just thinking out loud, and have almost zero credibility in comparison to a lot of the guys on this board
  12. Carb issues

    Chris, you have a lot of symptoms flying around in your head right now. It's times like this where I step away from the vehicle for a handful of hours, think about the various issues, prioritize them, and then come up with a plan of action. Start back with ignition- grounding, firing order, points- (I'll place a bet on your timing) While in the military, we had a saying- "Plan your dive, dive your plan" Don't jump from exhaust to manifold to condenser to points to vacuum advance, etc... In my experience- If hooked up properly, 12v battery should not overtask a 6v starter, unless your hard starting issues cause you to lay down on the starter too long and causing it to overheat.
  13. Bernbaum Head bolts

    Installation of the new head gasket and bolts went well, no issues (as of yet). Going to let the Aircraft Sealer set about 24hrs, and then fire it up and check for leaks. If me and my Son have done the flathead right, the valve job should bring up the PSI of cylinder number 6 from 40 to at least 90. My only concern right now is possible coolant leaks. We'll deal with that if it arises.... It still feels weird putting nasty ol' Chevy bolts in a Chrysler powerplant!
  14. Bernbaum Head bolts

    No, even if I knew, it's always good for it to be re-enforced! Thank you! I removed the Teflon paint from the threads, cleaned them with carb cleaner, and even went out and got some Copper Spray Gasket. I whined about the $7 price, but want to ensure that I don't have to remove this head for a long time.
  15. Bernbaum Head bolts

    Without looking at an image of exactly what I was buying, I bought a set of head bolts from Andy for my D24 motor(I assumed they would be NOS DPCD). I have no doubt that they will work as intended. However, I was a bit disheartened to see that they appear to be the Chevy 350 bolts a lot of guys were talking about. Crud. If I had known that was what was going to be sent, I bet I could have gotten them cheaper than $3 a piece plus shipping.... Not mad or angry- I asked for head bolts, and he sent them to me. Good looking bolts that will be on that motor until my Grandkids need to remove them! But anyway, the bolts already come with a whitish film on the threads that appears to be Teflon coating. Can this be used in addition to my aircraft sealer, or should they be cleaned of all oil film and foreign material before my aircraft sealer?