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  1. Sharps40

    Making smoke.... on purpose.

    Fire departments and folks that check air flow on ranges and other facilities use a glycerin smoke machine. Nice smoke, likely way less toxic. Maybe buy one (or google making one up) and attach it to the back bumper or something.
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    This is the thread. Many of the initial photos not functioning. Photo Host site issues. Some of the more recent 17 and 18 photos are still up in here.
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    Mine is a 37 dodge 4 door d5 touring sedan. Front suspension is Fatman. 37 Plymouth front frame is same/same as dodge, back doors, running boards and rear vent windows are not. In any event, even the Fat Man made to fit kit is not made to fit until you make it fit. Anybody says otherwise has not installed one! Good kit, same amount of work as about any universal weld in cross member kit plus a bit more for the humped front frame arms.
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    I see. Not on the control arm but gusseting the tube it rides inside. Will check next trip up. They may not be done with the front end. Still notching for pan, exhaust, etc.
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    None of the fat man tubular have gussets there at least I've never seen one on a car that was gusseted. We used same on dad's 47 chev truck and 20+ years later it's still good. I trust it. Fat man has a good rep in the industry.
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    Early frames are a bit narrow. Some clearancing is needed for a 5.3l
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    Just talked with Dad. Evidently the fit is very tight. As such, clearance was required both of the firewall, frame and the Fat Man Crossmember. Dad advises that the motor mounts are frenched into the frame rails. (This is because Ma MOPARs factory frame is boxed by extensions of the X Member/drive shaft loop. Much stronger and stiffer than the factory GM/Chevy/Ford frames of the time.) Additionally, the FAT MAN suspension crossmember had to be cut and reboxed to make room for the 5.3L V8 at the passenger side as well as a dimple in the frame for similar reasons. Engine/Trans has been in and out of the car several times now and the next step is first paint. In the next week or so, Bessy go's into the booth to have the frame and firewall sprayed and the first coat of 2015 HellCat B5 Pearl Blue shot onto the firewall area. From there back to the maintenance bay for final driveline install and staring on the wiring/cooling/etc to get it all running before assembly and final paint. Good Progress.
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    From the shop, Ol Bessy shows progress. Firewall is reinstalled and completly updated to fit the new V8 engine. Motor mounts are completed and the new floor is almost done.
  9. Sharps40

    Engine stalls and misfires

    Probably running with the fuel bowl over full.....trash in the needle blocking it open. Start it, rev it and give the joint where the fuel line enters the fuel bowl of the carb a few healthy wacks with a screwdriver handle. If its trash, you'll knock it loose, the needle will open and close properly and you can then clean out the tank, lines and change the fuel filter.
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    1939 Plymouth

    Yep. Can happen with under floor master too. OP. Good job bleeding it. Always best to do so when the system is opened. Helps keep ya from failures later. Glad it worked out.
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    1939 Plymouth

    Bleed it is always the best option when the break system is opened.
  12. Sharps40

    1939 Plymouth

    Tie the pedal in the up position and change out the switch. Bleed the brakes post switch replacement just to be sure.
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    Fluid Drive Stalling

    Back to basics on this one.....assuming you have a solid carb, dashpot as needed and no binding in the FD/trans/drive line, etc.... I would look for a vacuum leak, possibly including throttle shaft, manifold, valve guides, vacuum wiper port, vacuum canister, vacuum advance diaphragm leaking, etc.....get out the vacuum gauge and see if you have at least 16" steady at warm idle and see what it does reving and also while under load driving (longer hose needed) and squirt every joint and hose with carb cleaner and note changes in idle speed, normal checks.... Or you have an ignition issue, like too much or too little timing, slipped balancer, stuck mechanical advance, vacuum advance not working/perforated, points too wide/narrow, wires, plugs, coil, condenser......... One step at a time, get ignition and vacuum vetted first since it at least runs, then work your way through fuel to FD, other possible causes. Luck.
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    Lets see.....64 years after he buys the car, he gets it on the salt.The car would be 83 years old.Dad would be getting his first license at 81 year old.Perfect.Lets not tell the insurance company just yet.
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    1937 Dodge, Ol Bessy Is Coming Home!

    It's looking like we have some initial plans for Old Bessy. If she's ready in time 2019 we'll ride to Devils Tower. Last we had her there was about 1969. Then if we can in 2020 off to Utah and try to run it in the annual trials on the Salt Flats. We'd be wanting to get Dad his 100+ MPH license.

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