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Andydodge

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About Andydodge

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!

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    South Grafton Australia
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    cars
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    1940 Dodge sedan have had since 1971, also have had 1941 Plymouth Coupe, 1948 Chrysler Windsor, 1968 Dodge Phoenix

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    63 yrs old
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    between jobs, was book & hobby shop owner

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  1. Andydodge

    230 Crankshaft source

    Etmolch...........I know that what I am going to say is probably not much use or help at present but I have been thru this before myself..........in 1972 I had started work, in a well paying job, I was 18, I had bought the 1940 Dodge sedan originally as a parts car for the 1940 Dodge Coupe I had.......however I decided to "restore" it and checked around and found a guy who was supposed to be the best professional engine reconditioner in Sydney..........so I dropped off the engine, a few weeks later I picked it up as a "long" engine, ie, with the sump and cylinder head already bolted on.........with new pistons, rings, all bearings, crank and cam ground, new timing chain, seals and gaskets....a NEW engine....so I bolted it back in with the new carby, etc, etc............after about 800 miles I noticed that the rear main was leaking...........so I dropped the sump and found machining swarf and metal filings in the sump.....I pulled the rear main to check the bearing condition and the found the bearings were buggered, scored and the crank needing regrinding.............I rang this shiheaded turd who reco'd the engine.....NAH.............not my fault says he.............this taught me a valuable lesson...............trust nobody and believe no one........I then decided that the car was getting hot rodded so I bought a 318 V8 Poly powered Australian Chrysler and pulled the engine gearbox, diff etc and installed them in the 1940 Dodge................I had not done this before and was just turned 19..........after getting the car mobile again and using it I decided that the 318 Poly needed rebuilding..............so I pulled it out, took it to another engine reconditioning place and told them that I would assemble the engine but they could do all the machining as well as a full balancing job, I bought a few more tools, a proper workshop manual, read it and taught myself to assemble an engine ..........that was 45 yrs ago and about 30-40,000 miles and the engine is still running fine................the moral of this story is try to do as much as you possibly can, believe and trust no one.............not only will you stop those bastards that prey on us old car people but you will learn how to fix the car yourself.................have you checked out places that specialise in the military versions of our mopars in the UK as they maybe able to help..............regards, Andy Douglas
  2. Andydodge

    230 Crankshaft source

    I would also suggest trying to find a crankshaft repair shop locally......there MUST be someone in Germany, France, Poland, England who does this work and would surely be cheaper than trying to source a crank in the USA and then paying for the freight............have you guys that are in Germany thought about banding together to swap ideas, suggestions, info as it maybe beneficial.........regards from Oz.......Andy Douglas
  3. Andydodge

    Exciting week with the Montana Dodge Boys!

    Is that the F headed DeSoto in pic # 4?..........shame those 2 Frods ruined pic # 3............lol..........andyd
  4. Andydodge

    interior question

    O/k........I'll say it........its snot all there?............sorry.........will go sit in my corner now.........lol........andyd
  5. Andydodge

    Rear Spring "U" bolts - 1939 Plymouth

    I suppose that in general it would be good to use new U bolts when replacing the springs but 1st you'd have to find new U bolts and that may not be doable.........I'd clean up the threads as much as possible and use what you have..........andyd
  6. Andydodge

    What lug pattern is 53 belvedere

    Should be 4.5" on 5 using 1/2" UNF threads..........same as 49 up Frods, well Frod copied Mopar...........andyd
  7. Andydodge

    Exhaust leak under exhaust manifold

    Fosters?......nah......... Tooheys Old is my 1st preference.........lol................but you got me thinking............our 2 grandkids are visiting in a few weeks, will see what I need doing around the place.........lol...........andyd
  8. Thomba...............what I meant was that whilst some things on the car would be convertible specific there would be things such as door seals and the like that would be a shape or profile that would be the same as that used on the normal sedan and in fact would be similar or the same as that used on various other brands of cars...the length might be short or long, but they maybe a much easier fit due to being available .........as an example........in the early 70's when I was getting stuck into my Dodge and well before the internet or anything else showing where to get bits from existed I needed front door 1/4 vent rubber...........I noticed that VW Beetle 1/4 vents looked almost the same shape and were available..........I bought them and apart from having to cut new pivot holes they were a good fit and until recently have lived on the car quite well and to be honest, no one has ever noticed that they are VW Beetle.........you have the same problem that we here in Australia face, high freight charges and the currency exchange rate, we also have our government now charging all imports a 10% sales tax on the converted price plus 10% on the damn freight cost that the US Postal Service charges......then of course there is the US suppliers that will only send stuff via Fed Ex or UPS who are even more expensive..................anyway I hope you get what you need ......sometimes you need to think and look laterally............regards, Andy Douglas
  9. Andydodge

    Exhaust leak under exhaust manifold

    Well....I'd be making sure she, the grandaughter, has her oldest, grubbiest clothes on, I would ensure that the car has the wheels chocked, handbrake on and the battery cables removed from the battery, then I'd make sure the daughter was comfortable with this idea then make sure that the grandaughter was also comfortable............cars can be replaced........grandaughters, not so much............andyd
  10. Andydodge

    Rear Spring "U" bolts - 1939 Plymouth

    Richard I would have thought that the flat area was done to help place more tension on the U bolt but thats just a thoughty......lol.......I may have some somewhere around however as I'm in Oz sending them to you would be prohibitively expensive.............I'll let you know if I turn any up tho'...........any U bolts would work so long as they follow the axle curvature and fit thru the spring pad/shock mount ................andyd
  11. Thomba..........isn't there any aftermarket businesses in Europe or the UK who have listings of rubber windscreen rubber, door seals and the like, sure they will be a generic piece but won't have the fancy price ...............here in Oz there are a couple of places that show the profiles of their windscreen & door seals in their paper and on line catalogs...........as I have mentioned in a thread about cowl vent seals I do not have much of an opinion of Steele Rubber and would not recommend them to my worst enermy.........I would strongly advise that you be VERY careful dealing with them...thats all............I'd try Bernbaums 1st...................andyd
  12. Andydodge

    Rear Spring "U" bolts - 1939 Plymouth

    These special U bolts were also used on my 1940 Oz Dodge which is 40 Plymouth based , they may have been used for a while, the 41 plymouth I had used the normal style bolt tho and when I installed 2" blocks we just used longer U bolts..the 41 Plymouth had been "restored" so I can't be sure whether the special U bolts would have been there originally..............they are a neat style U bolt however I'd doubt whether you'd find NOS ones but they maybe out there............andyd
  13. Andydodge

    Updates on my 1940 Windsor!

    Shite............lol..............YOU get the prize big time...........lol..............I am impressed.............and am rather speechless actually.....wow!!.................lol................andyd
  14. Andydodge

    Updates on my 1940 Windsor!

    O/k.........I'll ask the question............where did you get it or what is that plenum from???........surely you didn't make it?...........it looks mightily impressive, tho' I'm thinking that it maybe a little too big...........lol.......but hey, it looks the part........................andyd
  15. Andydodge

    '58 Ute - Rare?

    Gazoo.........more info and pics would be really good..........its surprising tho' what bits could have been used, whether in a factory or other conversion......... the tailgate for example maybe based on a wagon tailgate, the rear window molding possibly from a pickup, the doors look like hardtop doors, etc.........its intriguing to say the least.............andyd
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