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hkestes41 last won the day on September 5

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About hkestes41

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    Plano, TX
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    Cars - Hockey - Cars - Baseball - Cars
  • My Project Cars
    37 Plymouth Coupe with 360 Magnum and 727 transmission.

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    Born in 61 to a mom and dad who were both into cars. Dad raced and built customs.
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    Distribution Sales Mgr for Japanese connector mfg.


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    Plano, TX - 48 Plymouth Club Coupe
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    cars and hockey

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  1. hkestes41

    Dropping transmission - any pointers?

    I would say Don't drop it. Especially on your toes. Oldguy48 is right. They are a wee bit heavy. The center floorboard section of my 48 had been welded in place by some knucklehead in the past so I had to do everything from under the car. One thing I found when putting the transmission back in by my self was using all thread as guides. I got a long piece of all thread from one of the big box home stores that was the same size as the bolt that hold the trans to the bellhousing. Cut it into four pieces and screwed them into the bellhousing mounting holes. That allowed me to lift the trans with my floor jack with some wood to stabilize it and slide the trans over the all thread using it as a guide to align the input shaft into the throwout bearing. Once the trans has seated against the bellhousing put double nuts on one piece of the all thread and use that to back it out of the bellhousing so that you can install one of the mounting bolts. Repeat the process for the rest of the all thread and bolts.
  2. Well I have been having electrical issues with my 37 Plymouth since May. Had starting issues early on replaced the battery, starter, battery cables and added grounds a second new starter. Unfortunately, due to my own negligence I didn't get one of the wires to the starter back into the loom clip and it got loose and wrapped around the end of the steering column causing a short and all the wires under the hood to burn up. Luckily I always have a fire extinguisher in the car so it was confined to the wiring. Anyway, I rewired the entire car with a new EZ harness and things were looking good once more. Then the electron demons reappeared. Driving down the road on my way home and noticed voltmeter not registering any charge. Made it to the driveway and checked belt good and tight, all wires with good connection etc. Next morning started it with a jump and voltmeter reading 12 volts. So off I go only to look down a few miles later to no reading on the voltmeter. Pulled the alternator and had it checked everything shows good. So I swapped out the voltage regulator. Things seemed to be good after I jumped it again and made it home. Started the car yesterday again with a jump and started the stopwatch on my phone. A couple minutes after I started it the needle on the voltmeter slowly started falling from about 12 volts and at three minutes and 14 second after starting it hit zero. At this point I am clueless as to where to turn next. I am not the brightest bulb in the pack when it comes to electrical and was actually surprised when everything but the brake lights worked after the rewire. Is there an internal voltage regulator in a Denso alternator or something else internally that could be heating up and shutting it down? Any suggestions would be appreciated I'm at a loss.
  3. hkestes41

    electric wipers

    I used the Newport unit as well. Bolts right into the same location as the stock vacuum unit.
  4. When I put the OD in my 48 coupe, rather than mounting the kickdown switch on the carb, I mounted it to the lower lip of the left side of the dash. There was a hole there already that the switch fit through perfectly. If I wanted to shift out of OD just reached up and pushed the button.
  5. hkestes41

    Headers for my 52

    I ran the Langdon's cast iron headers with a stock fuel pump with ZERO issues even in the middle of Dallas 100+ degree summers. You can see in the first photo that there is ample room for the stock pump. The second photo it looks like the headers are much closer to the pump, but it is just the angle that the photo was taken from. Here is a short video of the 218 in the first photo through 2.25 inch pipes if I remember correctly with a cross over pipe just behind the transmission and 14 inch long no-name turbo mufflers. I think it sounded pretty good. Unfortunately I never did a video of the 230 in the second picture. https://youtu.be/AxfKQ4KMM9s
  6. hkestes41

    Tail-light upgrade?

    I used the Technostalgia LED lights on my coupe and it made a big difference in the visibility during the daylight hours and especially at night. Their lenses seemed to be a little "clearer" or thinner allowing more light through and the LEDs generated a lot more light as well.
  7. hkestes41

    What is this button used for?

    Just like NormanPitkin I have a Shiftrite in the original box on a shelf in the garage. Bought it to use with the OD in my 48, but sold the car before I could ever install it.
  8. hkestes41

    37 Plymouth Sedan Resto- New Member

    And you are DEAD TO ME!! Just kidding. Not at all what I would do, but it is your car and you should do with it what you want. As long as it is saved and kept on the road that is the important thing. Not only that, but if you save it somebody can fix it later. 😎
  9. hkestes41

    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    Made it back home today after putting almost 800 miles on the 37 since Thursday morning for the HAMB Drags. I left the Joplin area at about 7:00 this morning and wish I had left about 5:00 because I got hammered with rain from about Vinita, OK to Muskogee (about 70 mile stretch). With only the one tiny windshield wiper I was doing about 40 at times. I have driven it in the rain before, but nothing like this morning. Found that I am in desperate need of a new seal for the windshield.
  10. hkestes41

    2018 HAMB Drags

    Sorry I missed you Bob. I did not go over Saturday night. Got pounded by the rain from Vinita to Muskogee on the way home.
  11. hkestes41

    2018 HAMB Drags

    Here is a Youtube video of a pair of Comp Coupe/Sedan racers including the blue coupe from above. https://youtu.be/0GHHZ0_Dcq4
  12. hkestes41

    2018 HAMB Drags

  13. hkestes41

    2018 HAMB Drags

    Beautiful 37 Chevy pickup parked next to my 37 Plymouth coupe.
  14. hkestes41

    2018 HAMB Drags

    Really nice Dodge sedan.
  15. hkestes41

    2018 HAMB Drags


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