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austinsailor last won the day on August 19

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About austinsailor

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    Central Missouri
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    A cruising sailor who's been on land for a bit


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    Cental Missouri or Texas coast, depending on the day
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    Old cars, old boats, old outboards

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  1. austinsailor

    Fast Four

    I don't think they were Dodge wheels. An older guy gathered parts all over the midwest and put it together. Most are correct, but I don't think the wheels are. I have no idea what they came off of. He died a few years before I found it. His kids had heard of me said they were just waiting until I found out about it, they knew I'd buy it. Another restored chassis with running gear, but no sheet metal, came with it. That one has wood wheels without the metel rims or tires.
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    Fast Four

    The car has 24", which is not correct for the car. The spare is 20".
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    Fast Four

    Here's my 24 DB the with the solid wheels. It's not obvious in the pictures, but they are split ring. I have one extra wheel if anyone needs one.
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    For an example, Tim,a few years ago I wanted a set of wire wheels. They were on a 65 plymouth. Car was probably going to the crusher, not likely anyone would fix it. The guy wouldn't sell the wheels. Wouldn't put a price on them. Finally bought the car for $300. (I'd probably have given him that for the wheels!) sold the 383, torque flite and diff for $500, $190 at the crusher for the remains, and kept the wheels! sandblasting them today to get powder coated, going on the before mentioned Desoto Airflow. Look at the big picture before you walk!
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    Los_Control, I get it. I think, technically, it's not a lie if they believe it. a few years ago I flew to Seattle planning to buy a 1936 Desoto Airflow. The car had a number of problems that counterdicted what he'd told me. I quickly figured out he just didn't know a 1936 car was capable of steering a straight path down the road, and really should stop in less than a block. We agreed on a $5000 price reduction, all was good.
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    Personally, I'd walk when I realized I was dealing with a lying SOB, but that is just me. As to tires, over the years I've learned there are two types - new and worn out. Everybody thinks they have new tires until the cords show. But - and this will probably start a new war - any radial over 6 years old is dangerous. 13 years? I'd have bought new ones before driving home! We've had this discussion here before, but there are probably new people now. They are subject to just fly apart after that aproximate age. I was skeptical for a while until I had too many failures of perfectly fine looking tires over that age.
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    Synthetic oil

    For years I've heard that synthetic oil can cause leaks in old motors because it's much slicker that petroleum oil and will slip through the seal. i've also heard a new motor won't break in properly because of the same properties.
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    Synthetic oil

    Oh, no! Not the zinc/no zinc battle again!!?? But, whichever side you are on, the "modern" diesel oils have most of the zinc gone. Rotella's current version, J, has little. But the older H version, which had plenty, is still made. It's sold for Detroit Diesels, which I've bought by the drum lately, and even in Walmart by the gallon, sold as older vehicle oil.
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    master cylinder upgrade to dual

    Everything I saw was $279 and up. What did I miss?
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    What's wrong with this picture......

    So, you're working on the coupe? Good show, next visit I want a ride!
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    One thing I've found that will help is to have a fed ex account. Many things I've found were for local sale only, no shipping. However, once they find all they have to do is walk into a local fed ex office and set it on the counter they are happy. Fed ex packs, ships and charges it to me.
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    1970 Plymouth Barracuda

    Let me see if I get this. Great restoration candidate, most body panel are shot, several that are left are not original and need serious repairs. Original mumbers matching motor and transmission are gone, a worn out 318 is in it's place. Only $21,000. Did I get this right?
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    Anyone in the Ft. Myers area?

    I'm in North Ft. Myers, will be here for a week or two. Was wondering if there was anyone who might want to visit and talk old Mopar's while I'm here. Found it it impossible to find member's locations on the mobile version, but I'd welcome any messages. Drop a line. Maybe meet for lunch or? Gene Gruender
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    Bellhousing/transmission questions for Airflow

    No idea what the current transmission came from. I know it's not original, and is probably a foot shorter than original.
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    Bellhousing/transmission questions for Airflow

    Ok, this isn't s final answer, But after comparing 3 speeds from a couple 40's and 53, and a case and pilot shaft from what I think was an Airflow transmission, they measure the same. I'll have to pull it to be sure, and there is a chance that front piece that the pilot shaft sticks out of is not compatible, but the basics sure look like they will work.

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