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TodFitch last won the day on December 14 2015

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About TodFitch

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!

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    1933 Plymouth


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  1. TodFitch

    1933 PD rear brake junction

    No preformed lines are available that I know of. All the fittings where tubing attach are standard double flare.
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    1933 PD clamshell spare tire cover

    Last two sets of tires I've gotten have problems fitting in the metal cover. My solution is to deflate the tire, install the cover on it such that the filler stem is in top. With the whole spare tire and cover assembly mounted on the car, reach behind with an air chuck and fill the spare.
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    butt connectors / whats the deal, pickle :)

    One problem with soldering a connector on is that some solder will wick up the wire making it stiff and subject to fatigue failure. If I recall correctly, the aerospace factory I worked at right out of college all connectors were crimped. But, and this is a huge but, they had specific crimping tools for each application and the tools were sent for calibration and adjustment on a very regular basis. Since I don't have that type of equipment, just a higher end retail customer type wire crimping tool, I lightly crimp the connector on mostly to hold it in place long enough to solder it. And I take care to keep the heat on the connector, not the wire, to reduce the amount of solder that wicks into the wire outside the connector. So far, I've never had a failure of a connector I've attached this way. At another small company I worked for some of the original designs had lots of connectors and individual boards to hold the electronics. Experience showed that the most failure prone parts were the connectors. On later designs we got a much more reliable product by reducing the number of separate circuit boards (and thus the associated connectors) as much as possible.
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    King pin dust caps

    On the car side, for a lot of years they used part number 103894 for the "steering knuckle king pin oil seal plug". That turns out to be a 1 inch expansion (freeze/welch/core) plug. See http://www.ply33.com/Parts/group18#103894 Last I checked, the cross was to a Dorman 550-012. Maybe the trucks used that too.
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    oil filter & lead additive question?

    Near as I can tell, first year for hardened exhaust valves on Plymouth was 1933. I'm pretty sure the entire stable of Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge and Plymouth had it by then.
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    from the driver's seat and other images

    https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=14/33.4304/-117.3069 Looks like an interesting area for an old car drive. And not horribly far from where I am. I'll have to explore in that direction. It looks like it winds in and out of Camp Pendleton. Do you cross checkpoints that require ID, etc. on the way? Thanks!
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    from the driver's seat and other images

    Nice! What road is that in the first picture?
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    Restaurant mood music

    Welcome to the world of intellectual property laws. Near as I can tell the new rule is that Mickey Mouse rules: As long as Disney (and other big media companies) can lobby to keep anything written, drawn, sung, etc. after Mickey Mouse was created from becoming public domain they will.
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    Front leaf springs

    Sounds like your vehicle was equipped with "Silent U" spring shackles. Basically a threaded bushing that threads both the shackle and the eye of the spring leaf together. You should be able to find information about installation and removal searching these forums. And a quick web search tells me that Rare Parts makes them for at least a number of years of models.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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.

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