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TodFitch last won the day on December 14 2015

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About TodFitch

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  1. TodFitch

    Twenty years. . .

    Just noticed the copyright information on the bottom of each page of the forum shows 2018-1998 I hadn't realized the forum has been around that long. Pretty impressive!
  2. TodFitch

    Distributor shaft to engine block gasket?

    I know nothing about a metal cup there, but the rubberized cork gasket in the photo looks like the one used between the block and my distributor.
  3. TodFitch

    Grinding Gears or Clashing

    When did having synchronizers on first gear become standard? Certainly some time after the '63 Plymouth I learned to drive on was built. . . In any case, it was pretty common to either wait a while between when you stepped on the clutch to try to engage 1st. Or so as Don suggests, move the gear lever to one of the synchronized speeds (2nd or high) to stop things spinning in the transmission then move the lever to first. So second nature to me that I forget that people born/raised/learned to drive in a more recent era wouldn't know to do that.
  4. TodFitch

    Wi-Fi Security Cam In My Garage

    Sounds similar to a Netgear WiFi camera system my sister put in. Not a bad idea. There seems to be a number of options out there over a big range of prices. How did you decide on the D-Link unit?
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    Cooling System Techie Talk

    The "Operator's Manual" for my 1933 Plymouth lists ethylene glycol as an antifreeze in addition to alcohol. That leads me to believe that any use of alcohol after the 1930s was simply because the car's owners were behind the times. Or maybe the alcohol was so cheap compared to ethylene glycol that it was worth the hassle of continuously adding/adjusting the solution each week during winter (many people felt that you had to switch to plain water only during summer).
  6. TodFitch

    No-good Benny

    One nice thing about having ported our home number to voice over internet (VoIP) a while ago: Our provider has "call treatments" where I can eally customize how incoming calls are handled. We moved since we got our home number and since most of these scammers try to look local by using your phone's area code they are easy to identify (unknown caller from old area code). I simply send all those calls directly to voice mail. Our phone never rings when those scammers try to call and they almost never leave a message. In fact, I can't recall any of them ever leaving a message. I wish I could deal with the scammers who call my cell phone the same way but the cell phone company is brain dead with regards to advanced call handling.
  7. TodFitch

    Looking to rent brake adjusting tool

    You might be over thinking this. In my case, my local hardware store only had one grit available for the sandpaper they sold in sticky back rolls so that is what I used. I think you can go with a very course grit as you are doing shaping, not finishing.
  8. TodFitch

    Interesting photos I have run across.

    Since about 2012 Prius cars have had a whiny noise maker installed behind the grill that makes speed dependent noise up to about 20 MPH. It is to warn pedestrians of your approach. I've read that the Feds will be requiring something like that on all electric vehicles starting sometime in the near future.
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    Looking to rent brake adjusting tool

    And make sure your shoes have been ground/sanded to match the drum's diameter. Based on your area code I assume you are in northern or central Louisiana. Maybe there is a member near there who has either a Miller or Ammco tool and can pipe up.
  10. TodFitch

    Numbers Matching Question

    I believe you can still get a copy of the build card from Chrysler Historical. The one for my '33 Plymouth shows the serial number, engine number and body number. Turns out that my car is "numbers matching". But I don't think that any judged event by AACA or Plymouth Owners Club, etc. care about that prior to the muscle car era. They only care if the engine is the correct year for the car.
  11. TodFitch

    Brake shoe thickness

    Maybe in your own garage. I ended up getting a roll of sticky back sand paper from my local hardware store. For each drum I cut a length of paper long enough to fit around the inside diameter and stuck it to the inside of the drum. Then I took the shoes for that drum, marked them up with a felt tip marker so I could see progress and rubbed them against the sandpaper until the marks were sanded off and the shoe(s) fit the drum. Made a big improvement on the feel of the brake pedal and the stopping distance. After that I got access to a shoe arcing machine but haven't bothered to use that as the hand sanded fit has been adequate even though the thickness of the sanding paper was more than the spec for matching the drum diameter so the fit was not as good as a machine could have done.
  12. TodFitch

    Show your tools.

    FWIW, a pipe wrench will have one jaw that can rock slightly and both jaws will have serrated teeth to grip the pipe. The wrench shown in usually called a “monkey wrench” and is designed to be used on nuts and bolts. There were a number of push type oilers that were used to add oil to various fittings on old mechanical devices including early cars. A lot of those fittings look a lot like grease fittings (oil fittings usually don't have a check ball in them). And later shade tree mechanics often clogged up their spring shackles, etc. by trying to grease them instead of using a tool like in your photo to oil them. Often the grease would clog the passage and the shackle or whatever then ran with no lubrication until if failed. The oiler in your photo is smaller than the ones I've seen, so it might have been designed for use on something other than an early car. I think it is the even rarer ambidextrous type. “Stilson” or “monkey wrench” here in the States. . . But I can’t see one of those, or even a photo of one, without being reminded about a sentence from The Restoration of Antique & Classic Cars by a couple of British gents first published in the late 1950s. With respect to wrenches: “American-type adjustable spanner”. I'd normally call that a “Crescent Wrench” but recall being burned by that on the first job out of school where I was sent to the tool crib to get a Crescent wrench and the fellow behind the counter, in on the joke, went through a great show of pulling out the various adjustable wrenches they stocked, looking carefully at each and saying, “No, this is a Snap-On“,. . . “No, this is a Proto”, . . .etc. ending, finally, with “we don't have any Crescent wrenches, will one of these other brands be okay?”
  13. TodFitch

    Reproduction Drag Link

    I have a Rare Parts drag link on my '33 Plymouth. Quality is great. The original was made with thin walled tubing, Rare Part's replacement uses a heavier material and looks like it should be "better than original" as far as service life, etc. Of course the drag link on my '33 is a totally different design than on your trunk so your mileage may vary.
  14. TodFitch

    Vac assisted electric wipers?

    You could probably could find a "dual action" fuel pump, like the one on your old 65 Rambler, to provide vacuum to the wiper.
  15. You just need to drive the truck more to get the muscle memory working. Over the years I've gone between vehicles "3 on the tree", various four and five speed floor mounted manual transmissions and, of course, automatic transmission vehicles. (the automatics even varied: Early Mopar push button, column mounted lever, center console control and even ones with a knob on the dash.) Seems like going back and forth hasn't been an issue in the vehicles I drive enough. Only times I've had the "oops, wrong gear" syndrome has been in rental cars where I didn't have enough road time to become familiar with it. Seems like just getting in the a car that I am familiar with automatically flips a switch with respect to my "muscle memory" and the shifts just happen. Going into my '33 that includes automatically double clutching without thinking about it. I suspect that I am not much different from others with regard to how just getting into the driver's seat of a vehicle I'm familiar with gets my mind and reactions working for that vehicle. Location of ignition, location of transmission control/shifter, windshield wiper control, etc. So just get out and drive it more.

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