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dudford last won the day on January 23 2013

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About dudford

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    Member, been hanging around a while...
  • Birthday 06/20/1983

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  • Occupation
    Civil Servant

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    Crawley, West Sussex
  • Interests
    isn't that obvious...?! umm, flowers, stamps and barbie ;p
  • My Project Cars
    30 Chrysler CJ Coupe
    35 Ford Panel Delivery


  • Location
    Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Interests
    isn't that obvious?... flowers and stamps

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  1. dudford

    front crankshaft bolt size

    Goodness triumphed today. I had poured diesel down the bores and let it soak, applied pressure forward and back at the flywheel over last few days and finally there was movement. Looks like it was definitely weather seized, corrosion at the rings. All moving nicely now!
  2. dudford

    front crankshaft bolt size

    My thoughts also, I think it’s the rings that have corroded to the bores. Good soak in diesel and then wind it over off the flywheel
  3. dudford

    front crankshaft bolt size

    Sorry for the confusion and yes I hijacked the thread. I have a seized/stuck engine (only 30,000 miles on it and was running when removed but has sat for a few years). My aim is to unseize it and rebuild it for my Coupe.
  4. dudford

    front crankshaft bolt size

    Agreed, leverage on the flywheel sounds to be the easiest option, if no joy may try the knuckleharley route. Thanks for all the pointers!!
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    front crankshaft bolt size

    From that image you might just make out the presence of shims in the ring spanner around the nut (a hacksaw if you can see the teeth). It’s on there good with no wiggle. I’ve stood on it, there’s diesel down the bores, I’ll leave it soaking a week and stand on it everyday. That’s worked before fingers crossed it’ll work again. Otherwise I think I’ll have to apply heat which I’m loathe to do. Hey Andy, that’s an AF spanner 1 1/14. If all goes to plan once I pull it I’ll give you all the details, I too am curious!! Yeah turning the flywheel/torque converter is an option and probably the easier option with the leverage though I’m on a budget and shipping a tool from summit to the UK not top of my list. I am thinking to put a ratchet strap around the flywheel and torque converter and twist a scaffold pole in and give that a go just to get it turning.
  6. dudford

    front crankshaft bolt size

    Any help in the size of my Plymouth p30 230 crank bolt? It’s not the 1 11/16 or the 1 13/16 that Dodgeb4ya shows from that picture, it’s smaller. As a metric size it’s 31mm or 1.22” so 1 1/4 is a bit sloppy. Any ideas what the actual size is?
  7. dudford

    1930 Chrysler CJ build (UK)

    Great, I love a bit of history thanks B-Watson. So would it be safe to assume that the bodies built by Briggs in the 30's for all their manufacturing partners, Ford Chrysler etc, would have been very similar or would they have been completely different?I had another cursory look in the block this morning, I'm now certain that the line that appears to be a crack heading up to the water jacket and cylinders is a casting line as it's repeated twice in the block: I think that while the crack doesn't affect anything essential, I won't be taking it to the scrap metal merchants to be melted down just yet. However the mind now boggles over the collet situation. I have two differing sets of valves with two different types of collets! I'm just guessing that the chap who worked on the engine before me just couldn't source the correct parts. Anyway, Andy yes, still having fun!
  8. dudford

    1930 Chrysler CJ build (UK)

    Hmm... I assumed the vertical "line" was a seem from the original casting that just happened to intersect with the crack but, if like you say, it extends up to the jacket then I think it's coffee table material. The second thing that strikes me as strange on this teardown is the lack of collets holding the valves... They're all held in with what look like washers with a slot cut out to slip them on. I fear a "bodge it" job has transpired. Good to be back Joe
  9. dudford

    1930 Chrysler CJ build (UK)

    It's been a while... Finally, after a considerable sabbatical, getting the time back to work on the old flattie and coupe! Feels great to lock myself away in the shed and get back to it. Recently bumped into some chaps with a car club at the Edenbridge motor show and that reignited the need to get back to it. Not off to the greatest start, was tearing down another block and found a healthy crack down the bottom of the block. Looks like it's smacked the side once upon a time though, and I'm sure someone can confirm or nay say this but, I'm pretty sure that the crack is in an insignificant area? See pic: Hope everyone is well and look forward to catching up with everyone's projects!
  10. you'll be makin a big old metal drum though... just sayin'
  11. dudford

    Newly Registered

    Hi Mark, You've come to the right place, welcome!
  12. dudford

    218 To 230 Flathead How Much Real Difference?

    Tommy, I'm seriously still looking to make that jump to the 230 combined with a s10 t5. If you don't do it think of what will happen when you and I pull up to the lights somewhere near Chichester... tears my friend, tears. Listen to Kirk though, those facts speak for themselves! 39% increase in HP!
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    1930 Chrysler CJ build (UK)

    I knew I hadn't dreamt it!
  14. dudford

    1930 Chrysler CJ build (UK)

    Do people peek over yor fence and wonder why Mr Estes is cooking up a flywheel? Cheers, I've got a little book I write down all important info in, thats going in! The flywheel BBQ freezer pizza. AM i imagining it or do I recall Don machined out a bellhouse to get the starter bendix to meet the ring gear therefore negating the need to change for a 230 flywheel and 230 bendix?
  15. dudford

    Father/Son project... Going to pick up the Coupe!

    dunno?! sometimes if using photobucket it gives you the magic coding already wrapped around the link so pasting it in after clicking the "Image" icon might duff your efforts up? Still love the look of that ride! Rod or Resto or mixture?

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