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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
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    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)


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

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  1. busycoupe

    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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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!
  4. busycoupe

    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.
  5. busycoupe

    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?
  6. busycoupe

    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?
  7. busycoupe

    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.
  8. busycoupe

    Fuzzy dice

    Here’s lookin at you kid.
  9. busycoupe

    Happy Birthday!

    The build sheet for my car says that it was “delivered” on this date in 1948, so today is its 70th birthday. To celebrate my wife and I took the old Dodge to a local ice cream/snack bar for lunch. When we got home I told the car I would give it some oil when it cools off😛
  10. busycoupe

    Look what I found!

    Looks terrific!
  11. busycoupe

    Vacuum advance enlightenment

    If you have the vacuum port for the wiper motor open that is likely the cause of your problems. Try plugging it to see if it makes a difference.
  12. busycoupe

    ? about oil pan removal

    I took the pan off of my 48 Dodge a couple of years ago. I did not have to remove the steering linkage.
  13. busycoupe

    Temp needle adjustment

    Thanks, I forgot that his gauge was out of the car. I wonder if an infrared temp gun could be used on the engine. Perhaps by measuring the head temp near where the gauge bulb is inserted.
  14. busycoupe

    Temp needle adjustment

    How did you find out that the gauge is reading low? Did you measure engine temp? Where and how did you read the temp?
  15. busycoupe

    Master brake cylinder quality?

    Check with Bernbaum, but with some of his catalog listings he shows a picture and lists a range of years with a price, but when you order the item he asks for the make year and model. I suspect he stocks parts for specific models, but lists them with one listing to simplify his catalog.

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