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    Oil Filter Question

    I might have an OEM filter from a tear down. Let me know.
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    I gotta drop the PowerFlite :(

    This thing leaks like a dam made of swiss cheese. It only leaks when the car runs, and its all coming from the bell housing/converter area. After doing some post searching and reading, it looks like I can raise the car, and pull the tranny from the converter via four bolts. I figured using a big floor jack with a small sheet of plywood for support for the engine. My big concern is disconnecting cables and the emergency brake. I would think this would be similar to other transmissions?
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    1954 Plymouth Belvedere

    My 54 Belvedere is positive ground. The pos bolts to the engine head back to the battery.
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    Oil

    An oil will say whether it has detergents or not.
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    My vapor lock story

    Sounds like vapor lock to me!
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    Oil

    If all we ever did was a search...then there would be no more forum. I run whatever is on sale. I stay away from synthetics, but gobble up any older, higher in zinc oil.
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    Oil sludge....non-detergent

    Or you could have the floats boil over and mix gas with the oil....cleans the motor FAST!
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    engine oil

    Either is fine. Monitoring the oil pressure is a great idea.
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    Blue motor oil???

    I scored some Valvoline VR1 racing oil from AutoZone when it was $1.00 a quart. 10w-30 was the viscosity. I added one quart to an oil change to increase the zinc for the 230. The other oil was SAE 30 PennZoil which was also a $1.00 a quart. Why was the Valvoline blue???
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    Normal oil pressure

    The Plymouth manual says "any" oil pressure is okay....
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    tiptoe transmission question

    Tiptoe would require a different carb too, right?
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    What's your Favorite Motor Oil for your P15 and D24???

    I use SAE 30 or a 5w-30. brand not important. I did score some Valvoline 10w-30 VR racing oil when AZ had it reduced for a buck. Tons of zinc in that oil!
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    Oil bath filter versus paper filter?

    I always thought about doing the paper filter as well. Then I got to thinking.....(not very hard mind you). One of the novelties of having these classic cars is the way they function. An oil bath filter draws some curiosity. So I decided to leave as is.
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    Three on the tree....that's the only shifter for me!

    What they said...
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    5w-50 good for classic cars?

    Auto Zone had a big blowout of oil the last couple days. Was able to score some SAE 30 and some Valvoline racing 10w-40 VR1 oil for the Plymouth. They had a ton of this Castrol...says Classic car formula??
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    5w-50 good for classic cars?

    I love talking about oil....in my experience I have ran just about every weight of oil in my 230, along with different brands. Not once have I heard a strange noise, loss of pressure, higher pressure, pinging, slap, etc. Do what makes you feel good, and follow advice from trusted car friends. Whenever you can, buy it cheap and stack it deep!
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    5w-50 good for classic cars?

    My dad had his 63 t bird motor rebuilt...several mechanics told him the same thing about the zinc.
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    Odometer reading on a 47 Dodge

    Won't the numbers be somewhat jumbled if it goes over 100k? Under 100k they should be nice and even.
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    5w-50 good for classic cars?

    I would agree. I have been running 10w-30 SAE 30 5w-30 whatever is on sale. I went back and bought the 5w-50. $1 a quart is too hard to pass up.
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    5w-50 good for classic cars?

    $1 a quart I even passed on it. I did see Quaker State 20w-50 for $1 a quart.
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    Oil filter for 47 Dodger

    Looks nice and gray...Be sure to screw the top on REAL hard, or it may leak.
  22. There is for my 54 Belvedere... My engine came from the Plymouth that turned into the Sniper build. I saw the ad on Craigslist for a 230 P25 and a PowerFlite transmission...$200 for both. The ad said the motor came from the original car used from the Sniper build, and it still turns by hand. So my father and I drove down to Manteno and picked up the motor and trans. Of course you always buy the product, not the story. But i had to ask how this guy happened to have the engine for so many years, and how he acquired it. Well, he said, I work there. Then we went to the shop for a tour! http://www.amcarguide.com/custom/1954-plymouth-custom-the-sniper/
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    Water Pump Woes and what I learned...

    I had my OEM pump rebuilt by NAPA. Not even a 1000 miles and it squeels a lot, and spits fluid under the hood and onto the battery, which I mistook for acid.
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    engine hard to start in "cold" weather

    Sounds just like my 54.
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    i need help i.d motor

    Should be a 230. oil pressure sounds good!
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