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About st63

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

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    pasadena ca
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    Vintage cars, restoring old houses and antique furniture.
  • My Project Cars
    1950 P-20 Special Deluxe sedan, 1941 plymouth p-12 special deluxe coupe, 1953 IH pickup.

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    old car nut
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    Pasadena Ca
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    Old cars, old houses

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  1. 51 Plymouth, Mustang II Kit, Custom Stub?

    As far as OD transmissions to pair with the SBC, the 200-4r or 700-r4 are the most compact....smaller than the Chrysler A518 or similar units. I want to stay with a Mopar engine (a 318) for my '50 P-20, but found that using a Mopar OD trans would require making floorpan modifications. I found that I could avoid that by adapting the 200 or 700 GM units. Adaptors are readily available (though you won't need one with your SBC). They're essentially the NON computer controlled version of the modern GM 4l60E, which is an excellent OD transmission. Art Carr in Huntington Beach has a lot of experience with these trannys. http://cpttransmission.com
  2. 51 Plymouth, Mustang II Kit, Custom Stub?

    Curious if anyone has ever used the Art Morrison IFS setup? Spendy for sure....but their engineering seems top notch, and components can be welded in rather than replacing the entire front clip.( though they do also offer an entire front clip set-up) http://www.artmorrison.com/2006cat/48.pdf
  3. I'd like to piggyback onto this thread, as I'm interested in doing something similar to my '50 P-20....putting in a mid 50's Red Ram, and wondering if the '52 3 speed with R10 I have will hold up to the increased HP and torque. Been looking up any and all info I can find for the trannies used for the early hemis, but can't find much info in the tech archives here or elsewhere.
  4. New to the group

    A 270 Hemi would have the ultimate "cool factor", but not cheap. On the other hand, having access to a free core is a huge plus. The best advice I think would come from member "Wayfarer on this forum. He runs this business: http://www.qualityengineeredcomponents.com/
  5. Meadowbrook Power Steering

    Out of curiosity, what size tires are you running? My '50 Plymouth had modern 215 size radials on it when I bought it, and it was a real workout to steer....when I switched to narrower 7.10R15's, it was like night and day! These old steering boxes were designed for, and work best with, narrower tires.
  6. What year Cherokee rear axle did you use to get that 3:55 ratio?
  7. I had Michelin 215/75R15's on stock 15x4 1/2" rims on my '50 P20. They were put on by the previous owner. They were ok with fender clearance, but they were pushing the limit of the stock rim width...had premature sidewall cracking, and they made it really difficult to steer at slow speeds. 235's would be far too wide I think. Like Andydodge says, 195 would be about as wide as I'd go on stock rims.
  8. Creative dash boards

    Nothing fancy...the original un-restored dash of my '41 P-12. 38k original miles, with very minimal wear to the upholstery, steering wheel etc.
  9. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Thanks! Always looking at good tire options.
  10. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Love original cars! Out of curiosity, are you running radials on it? If so, what size?
  11. Used to have this done to my bias truck tires at a small (but old school) tire shop when decent quality heavy duty bias truck tires became harder and harder to find. The machinery was pretty ancient though, so I guess some of the old truck tires always needed it!
  12. Yes, the ones I purchased are the American Classic Bias Look Radial...in my case, the 7.10R15. I was hesitant to try Coker tires again...I've had bad luck with them in the past in terms of being out of round straight from the factory, but I decided to give these a chance. So far, so good. My tire shop had no problem getting them mounted and balanced properly, and they ride very nicely. I still like the Yokohama tires on my truck, but these seem better suited to my sedan. By they way, I ordered mine through Summit Racing, and got free shipping. They're expensive enough without the added shipping costs.
  13. what is the name of this part ?

    In my parts manual for my P-20, it's referenced as a "Spring Clip". Sorry, don't have an image handy.
  14. I've used the RY-215's on various old trucks over the years...primarily late 40's through early 50's International Harvesters...and never had a problem. I ran them on rural highways routinely. A couple of caveats though are that those trucks were heavier 3/4 to 1 ton models and were limited by their gear ratios to a top speed of about 55-60 mph. Also, the tires were stock Yokohama and had not been modified by Diamondback to add whitewalls. When replacing the worn (and much too wide) radials installed on my '50 Plymouth P-20 by a previous owner, I considered using the RY-215, but ultimately decided against it. While the contact area is right, they have an awfully stiff sidewalI that is better suited to the heavier trucks they were designed for. I bit the bullet and gave the Coker Bias look radials a try, even though I haven't had the best luck with Coker in the past. After running them for several months now, I have to say I'm really happy with them. They balanced up beautifully, and the car handles much better than it did with the traditional wider (215 series) radials it used to have. I have the 7.10R15, which have the correct diameter and contact patch, and mounted them on 15 x 5 rims...my stock rims that I had re-shelled from 4 1/2 to 5 inch width. I run them at 32 PSI. Like you James, I drive my car regularly in city traffic and on the highways (in Los Angeles) and need more than just "looks" in a tire.
  15. Ignition coil replace question

    Thanks for the tip...I'll look into Pertronix.