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Jakub last won the day on May 18 2017

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About Jakub

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  • Birthday 07/30/1997

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    Siemiatycze, Poland
  • Interests
    Classic cars, photography
  • My Project Cars
    1948 Plymouth Convertible, 1966 Gaz M-21 Volga, 1971 Mercury Cougar Convertible, 1936 Packard 120 Touring Sedan, 1956 Continental Mark II, and two bikes: BMW R-35 and M-72


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    Siemiatycze, Poland
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    Photography, Classic motoring

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    Medicine student

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  1. Jakub

    6v stereo wizardry

    It's possible to convert factory radio to play music from any source (supplied by mini - jack), using only original, electron valve electronics. If You have working radio (in most cases, the only repair needed is putting new capacitors in it), the only thing to do is connecting the wire to amplifier section of radio and disconnecting the antenna. I've done it with mine, of P-15 - although it's not mounted in car yet(it's looong way to make it "car" again), the table - tests gave splendid results video-1547058615.mp4
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    White top

    You can also make the cut line on the top of "A" pillar. Just like on that car: or a little lower, in the narrowest point of pillar.
  3. Jakub

    next on the list... improve braking

    It answers. But still, IMO, I'd rather spend one weekend in garage, than buy a one-month-salary tool. I mentioned that, because it seems to me that common opinion about those brakes is "It's impossible to adjust properly without tool". It's possible, but time consuming. That's all.
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    next on the list... improve braking

    Yes, once. It took me two days. After that friend of mine told me about that guy.
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    next on the list... improve braking

    Plymouthy - that's possible. It's also possible that you would have to pay the same tax as when importing new car to Europe (19-23% tax, depending on country and around 25% of another tax, for cars with engine larger than 2 liters; for antique is 8%). Isn't it Belgium that, when You have antique car, you pass the MOT only once and forever? That's how it works in Poland. Also, about shipping heavy and large items from US - get in touch with company that ships cars from the US. For a small fee, they may put Your parts in the trunk of cars they are moving. What about adjustment, recently I met a guy who was working as a mechanic from early 70s. Lockheed brakes was very common in Eastern Block countries. Noone ever heard about the special tool, even the 50s car mechanic textbooks don't mention existance of that item. He perfectly adjusted brakes in my Volga (almost identical to those in Plymouth) in about one hour.
  6. Jakub

    Paint detailing on chrome ?

    On the hubcaps and some minor details of my Packard, I used marker with oil paint. Something like that: http://www.sharpie.com/markers/art/oil-based-paint/SHOilBasedPaint.html but probably made by different company. I bought it in local stationery shop. By now, it's 8 years since painting, and still looks great. I used to "flood" the place which I wanted to paint, and then distributed the enamel with toothpick. Excessive paint was removed with acetone-soaked cloth when paint was "semi-dry". Also, after it completly dried, polished it with compound, to remove some minor paint spots. But, I wonder how was it painted in mass production. Any ideas? I doubt that there was a room with one hundred ladies with brushes...
  7. Jakub

    Electrical Disconnect Switch

    They should be easy to buy in any tractor - parts store, I think that any tractor uses them. If no, It's required by law (at least here, but it should be simillar in US) for any motor boat to have it - so marine shop it's the next place to stop by. I have one in Packard 120, also battery under the seat. I mounted it on the seat frame; but REALLY IMPORTANT is the proper wiring. By "proper" I mean really, really thick - thickest You can find. If it would be too thin, the car wouldn't start when the engine is hot - the starter would engage and start cranking the engine, but there won't be any spark. I had that problem in my Packard, even thought about converting it to 12V, but welder - wire was the solution.
  8. Jakub

    influence of high octane...?

    Many older engines have the same problem. My P15 is still under restoration, but I have some experience with my "Volga", which also is a little rough when idling. The engine was designed to use 72 octane gasoline. What helps? Increasing spark plug gap, much above factory advised values - "Volga" should use ~~ 0.35 mm gap; Increasing that to ~~ 0.8 would help. But only a little. What really helps, is simply driving car a lot. When I started using it as a daily driver - all idle problems were gone.
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    P18 Plymouth 1949 carb alternative in Europe

    There are companies restoring carbs in Europe, I heard about somebody in Gdańsk who does great job. I think that's the best solution. Using european carb could be hard, because 3.6 liter engine here was rather ultra - luxurious and often used two carbs or some kind of injection. However, the Mopar Flathead was copied in Soviet Union and used in truck "GAZ 51". K22 carburetor would probably be plug and play. Also, this engine was shortened to four cylinders and manufactured till mid 90s, the latest ones used "Weber" from Fiat 125p. Look for "Żuk Weber". Also, the carburetors from Volga or UAZ (K-126, K-129) would be cheap and simple to buy and probably easy to install. But they are not much modern than original one, I think. They should be common in Germany, as whole DDR army used soviet - designed automobiles
  10. Jakub

    Re painting letters on hub caps

    Simplest way is to use kind of felt-tip pen with oil paint - I used it in for my Packard hubcaps and bumper letters and it looks well, right now it 5 years old and still looks great. It also can be easily removed with acetone. I did it this way: First, I "flooded" it with a paint, then used marker to spread it around and then distributed paint with a toothpick to corners and other minor parts of element. After it dried, I removed excessive paint with ear swab putted in acetone or nitro.
  11. Jakub

    No thermostat in thermo housing

    It was a common practice to remove thermostat for summer... My grandpa did it even in early 2000s, having a 1989 3-door Samara 1500. IMO, it doesn't make any sence - i made an experiment in my Volga one year ago - on a sunny day I drove with thermostat, then removed it and couldn't see any difference. There was a difference at night - car couldn't reach right temperature, it stopped around 50 degrees, while with thermostat it's like 85. Also, I see no point in using a restrictor plate - it makes the same for a flow as a thermostat, but the thermostat would let the engine reach operating temperature more quickly.
  12. Jakub

    Coupes you like

    IMO, coupe wasn't the "sports" version of any car back in 30s and 40s (maybe in late 50s it started to be) - it was often the cheapest body style, due to simplicity - only two doors, few windows, one seat etc, and noone considered is as a "sports", especially in US. In Europe situation was slighly different -as having car was the luxury for average man up until 50s and in poorer parts of Europe- 70s, having car that's not utilitarian and is wasteful was synonymous of prestige. Opposite to America, coupes were always more expensive than sedans (eg. Citroen TA coupe, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Wartburg Coupe etc.). Even the cheapest cars- 2CV, Messerschmit, Mirkus, Zaporożec, Volkswagen, Fiat 500, Trabant, Fiat 126p, Renault 4 etc. all could (theoretically) accomodate 4 passengers, while chepest bodies in US were only two-seater business coupe. And is a coupe a 2 door? Well, it was but now... anything goes. For example, Audi A5, A7, VW Passat CC, BMW 4 GT, Mercedes CLA etc. - all these cars are advertised as a "4 door coupe". And what they really are? I'd call them fastbacks or so...
  13. None of them; OHV were only 4 cylinders, with displacement of 2120 cm3. Not only head was new- the block was also changed, so it isn't simply flathead 4 with OHV head. Later models (only soviet ones), used in GAZ 69 were bored to something around 2400 cm3 (I'm not sure, but probably 2430) Here's GAZ/FSO M20 engine: And here- FSO S-21, OHV. Later ones used FIAT's 125p carb.
  14. Maybe it's simillar, but that's the body of GAZ M-20 Pobieda after first face- lifting, mounted on special frame and using mechanics of GAZ 69. Russian also made another, compact passenger 4x4 (first crossover ever?) - Moskwicz (Moskvitsch) 410.
  15. Hello comrades; I decided to write down this story, as may it be not known in US, but when production of Chrysler 6 ended? And what was the last car using it? You'd probably say, that in 70s and it was used in trucks. That's truth, but not all the truth. To understand it well, we have to go back to Soviet Union to early 40s. As You may know, in GAZ (Gorkovskij Avtomobilnyj Zavod- Car Factory in Gorki) at this time GAZ A and GAZ M1 were produced, first one being license of Ford A, second- 1934 Ford with Ford A engine. As it became outdated by early 40s, they decided to design new car, but well, after 22 June, 1941 they had more important problems, such as "how to make paint on tanks dry faster". As the situation on front get better, in 1943 idea of a new car came back. They copied front suspension from Opel Kapitan (GM), took some minor parts from Ford, copied Chrysler's engine, but changing all diameters from imperial to metrical system, so most parts, such as pistons and bushing are not interchangeable. All these parts were put in modern uni-body and that's how GAZ M20 Pobeda (Victory) was born. Car was shown to Stalin, he was quite satisfied, but, well... "... 6 cylinder? Passenger cars should be more economical, fuel is more needed for the army!" As arguing with uncle Jossif would probably end with government-sponsored 15 year vacation in luxury resort in Kolyma, with such attractions as a uranium mine or cutting down forest, engineers decided to cut engine and change it into 4 cylinder one. That's how GAZ M-20 engine emerged. Production of GAZ M-20 started in 1945. Of course, 6 was also produced, but it was used in trucks (GAZ 51), army vehicles and special Pobiedas, made exclusively for KGB. In late 40s/early 50s, license for Pobeda was given as a Stalin's present for Poland. Production started in 1951 in FSO in Warsaw (Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych, Factory of Passenger Cars- so romantic name!). Car was named "FSO M20 Warszawa" Production of Pobeda ended in 1958, of Warszawa- in 1973. Engine was also used in GAZ 69, something in kind of Soviet Jeep. But... In late 50s, in FSC (Fabryka Samochodów Ciężarowych, Factory of Trucks) in Lublin and ZSD (Zakład Samochodów Dostawczych; Facility of Delivery Cars) in Nysa, Poland, using all mechanics of M20 Warszawa two delivery cars were built. Żuk (Beetle) and Nysa But, that's not the end of a story... In middle 60s FSO found out, that 45 HP flathead 4 with fuel consumption around 14 L/100 km is not a modern powertrain. Money were on shortage, so instead of developing new engine, old flathead was re-designed, and became... OHV. "Down" of the engine, pistons, crankshaft, oiling system etc. was untouched, "Top" was new. And... S-21 engine emerged. Also, a 40s fastback wasn't the most modern body style in early 60s(well... they could wait 5 years, it would be fashionable again) and the funds was as always, on shortage, the biggest change in Warszawa production run occured- it became a sedan, called 223 (with S-21 engine) and 224 (with flathead) Production of that car without any major changes ended in 1973. But, production of deliveries not. Nysa got new body in late 60s, Żuk got face-lifting in early 70s. After end of production of Warszawa, Żuk and Nysa started using OHV. Production of Nysa ended in 1994, of Żuk- in 1997, but in 1993 it (FINALLY!) got diesel, and the story of Chrysler flathead 6, which became OHV 4, ended. Joke. In 1958, in Only True Korea GAZ 51 was copied... and it's still in production, with good old Flathead 6. And it was face-lifted recently! (in 2008... 10 years ago... let's say that it was recently) So, always when You see old Mopar flathead 6, remember about his 4-cylinder little brother in Poland which carries vegetables to the market or about big brother in North Korea, which caries... probably army. Is it anything else in North Korea? PS. You'll probably found out, that I'm not an English-speaker, so it would be great if someone correct or re-write this article. PS2: If You ever wondered, what was the first SUV, it's not Jeep Wagoneer. It's GAZ M-72.

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