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busycoupe last won the day on July 16 2017

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About busycoupe

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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    West Boylston, MA
  • My Project Cars
    48 D24 Business Coupe

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  • Biography
    I have worked on cars on and off for many years. I enjoy learning how things work.
  • Occupation
    High School science teacher (retired)


  • Location
    48 D24 Coupe, Eastern NC
  • Interests
    I also enjoy fixing motorcycles, pinball machines, juke boxes, etc.

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  1. I had my coupe painted by Maaco ten yrs ago. They sanded it, patched a few small rust spots ( with modern Bondo) primed, color painted and gloss top coat. The result came out well. Several people at shows couldn’t believe that it was done by Maaco. I made a couple of compromises that if I had the money at the time I may have done differently. 1) I did not have it sanded down to bare metal. They sanded it then sprayed it with a filler primer and sanded it again. Now after 10 yrs there are places where little bumps are appearing in the paint. .. probably rust spots coming through. 2). I did not want to take apart the car to paint the interior and door frames etc. the previous owner had the car painted a GM red color and I matched that so that the exterior dry closely matches the door frames, interior of the trunk, etc. the car still looks good. It is a driver. Never was and never will be a show car. My Macao paint job cost just over $3k. I couldn’t see investing thousands of dollars in a paint job on a car that at best is worth less than 10k. Overall I am satisfied with the paint job. You may want to take your car to your local Maaco and see what they say.
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    Tail-light upgrade?

    I, and several other forum members, have replaced the tail light and brake light bulbs with l.e.d. bulbs. 6V positive or universal ground l.e.d. bulbs are available. They make the rear lights much brighter.
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    Overheating. 210 in a 160 thermo

    Check the point gap and the timing. Incorrect timing and dwell can cause an engine to run hot.
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    Oil filter canister

    The top nut is usually the head of a long bolt that passes through the center of the filter. It should have a fiber or rubber washer under the head.
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    Electronic ignition

    Why do want to change to electronic ignition? Is the points ignition system giving you trouble? A well adjusted points system should work well for at least 3000 to 5000 miles before needing service. I have had my 48 Dodge for 11 years and drive it 1000 to 1500 miles per year with no problems. I have changed the points and condenser once, about 5 yrs ago.
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    1948 dodge

    The official name is D24 Deluxe 3 Passenger Coupe.
  7. I have tubeless tires on my 1948 Dodge on the original rims. They work fine.
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    1947 Plymouth master cylinder

    Remove the floor panel from the inside of he car, then the master cylinder and pedals can be removed as a unit. Once you get it on the bench you can remove the circlips to remove the pedals. The pin should then slide,or perhaps press out of the master cylinder. I do not remember it being too difficult to get out.
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    Starter key for a '51 pickup

    Hardware stores and home centers won’t have the correct key blank. You might get lucky if you find an old hardware store or a locksmith who has been in business a while. The key blanks are available on eBay, but somewhat pricey. Once you get the correct blank your local hardware store should be able copy your key.
  10. Got the check today.  Had no idea what was going to be in the envelope.  I had forgotton all about it.  Must have been a mixup in the paypal address.  Anyway, glad that you could use it, better than throwing it away.

  11. I’d love to see it someday. My uncle was a seargent in Patton’s third army who marched behind the tanks to relive Bastogne. He would’t Talk abou t it much, he just said that it was cold!
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    Vinyl Plank Flooring Accent Walls

    Looks good! Is that self stick vinyl tile flooring or the hard pergo type? The self stick would be easy to apply.
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    46 dodge 3 window coupe

    Before you buy a kit to fix something you should probably figure out why the car does not shift Into first gear. It may be something very simple like a clutch adjustment. ... Can you shift into reverse with the engine running? First and reverse are not synchronized and will not allow you to shift into them if the clutch is dragging. Did you check the clutch pedal free play? ... When you do get the car driving, does the clutch slip? Does the engine race when you try to accelerate but the car does not respond? If the engine races without affecting the motion of the car then the clutch could be damaged, or the fluid drive could be low on fluid. .. if the rear engine mounts have collapsed as suggested in an earlier post, it is possible to adjust the shift linkages so that you will be able to drive the car. If and when you replace the damaged motor mounts you readjust the linkages to accommodate the new position of the engine/transmission. As for speed, I have a 48 Dodge 3 window coupe with fluid drive, very much like yours; it has no problem running at 55 mph and occasionally faster. Will yours go faster than 40 mph or are you just reluctant to try?
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    46 dodge 3 window coupe

    I agree with Don and DodgeB4ya. It sounds like a clutch problem. The easiest thing to check is the the free play at the clutch pedal. You should be able to push the pedal abo ut an inch before it meets any resistance. If the pedal is tight right from the top you may be able to adjust the clutch under the car where the linkage attaches to the throw out fork at the side of the bell housing. You said that you have had this car 20 years, did it run well in the past, or has it had this problem as long as you have owned it?
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    Heat Shield

    Some people have complained about vapor lock if the shield is missing. However, I have never had a shield on my engine and have never had vapor lock. The fuel line from my fuel pump to carb does bow out somewhat around the outside of the exhaust manifold; perhaps that keeps it just cool enough to prevent vapor lock.

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