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About dpollo

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    Guru, have been a long time contributor

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    Vancouver Island BC
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    Chrysler products, farm machinery, off grid power
  • My Project Cars
    in process 52 Dodge convertible 52 Fargo 1/2 ton. Finished 35 Ply. coupe, 40 Ply. coupe 50 Ply sedan, 51 Ply Convertible 28 Chrys roadster

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    have never been without a Plymouth or Dodge six since 1956
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    Vancouver Island BC Canada
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    Old Farm machinery, Off grid power, Chrysler's products

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  1. Oil pressure relief valve

    I did one this way thirty years ago and it is still running so as haywire as it sounds, it worked :, I left the stuck valve where it was with its spring back in place. I then substituted the oil pump cover which has a relief valve built in. This was used on 53 and 54 cars with Hydrive or the torque converter filled by engine oil. Oil pressure is then regulated at the pump. The drawback is that a bypass filter will not work as intended.
  2. Overdrive frustrations

    If the engine rpms do not fall off fast enough then the overdrive will not engage. or if the idle speed is too fast. The balk or blocker ring in the od unit prevents engagement. This is an intermittent situation depending on several factors so this may explain the sometimes or sometimes not behaviour.
  3. Steering shaft seal

    This seal is not much more than a washer which keeps dirt out of the box. It does not have to keep oil in. Seems to me there is a coil spring and a metal cap which slide over the shaft and fit inside the jacket which is dimpled to load up the spring. I think a washer cut from leather would do the job.
  4. dashboard help please

    The windshield knob pulls off like a radio knob then the decorative collar unthreads from the part that sticks up through the dash. The problem is how to get a grip on it without scratching something up. The headlight switch either has a slot in the bottom of the knob which allows a slim tool to be inserted which releases the knob's grip on the shaft or there is a button on the switch body which when depressed allows the shaft and knob to slide free. The decorative collar then unscrews. ( some replacement switches have thread on knobs look for a set screw) The instrument panel, if it is similar to the 48, is held in place by the High Beam indicator fitting and the choke and throttle cable nuts.
  5. Logic Behind Passenger Door Key?

    I guess we are off topic enough now but I will in due course send you a PM about John P OGrady.
  6. Logic Behind Passenger Door Key?

    Very nice, Andy. I am Canadian so I had to learn all the differences in production. Applies to GM and Ford too.Canada had a very distinct Pontiac built for the most part on Chevrolet bodies. Best wishes. btw my favourite Australian novels are those by Nino Culotta which will give you a clue as to where I am intellectually. They're a Weird Mob being the first and favourite. The episode with the taxi driver is a classic.
  7. Logic Behind Passenger Door Key?

    Something else Andy. The foot actuated starter would be really inconvenient if it had to be used on a RHD car. "Pilot to Copilot......engage starter...." of course your car has a button and a solenoid operated starter.
  8. what does d8 signify?

    D 8 is the engineering code for one of the series of cars made by Dodge in 1938, as was D10. Plymouth in 1938 used P5 and P 6 .
  9. Logic Behind Passenger Door Key?

    Right hand drive cars had the lock on the left hand (passenger) side. Can you imagine having to slide across the seat of a modern car? I had to do this on a ferry with our Dodge Journey and it was not a pretty sight. Probably will appear on "Funniest Home Videos" with the language blocked out.
  10. Newly Acquired 1947 Dodge Special Deluxe!

    Congratulations. The bumpers are the same as Plymouth both Canada and USA.
  11. Ignition lock question 48 Dodge ?

    The lock cylinders are pretty much interchangeable.
  12. more engine ID help

    That engine is from an earlier Dodge such as a DD. The updraft carburetor and the bell housing are all typical of the early 30s. So also is the REMY distributor. The last car with only letters in the engineering code was the DU of 1935. The engine pictured shares no parts with the 23 or 25 inchers.
  13. Will not Cross Drill my crank

    Three ring pistons were used in Canada in 57, 8 and 9 Engine number prefixes K ,L, and M. These were 251s, 3 7/16 bore. I cannot remember the piston part number but the ring sets were Hastings 663. The distance between the piston top and the top ring was unusually large. Possibly this contributed to longer top ring life but they still broke up as the bores wore out. Most Chrysler Method rebuilds of these blocks that I have opened up used 4 ring .pistons. I did obtain several sets of 3 ring replacement pistons # P240 but these were .050 short of being level with the deck ! I got rid of one set by having .050 taken off the block. Worked OK but it has implications for valve seats and spring pressure.
  14. Drum brakes

    wc 17789 is a non stepped cylinder which works on half tons (fronts) . Last one I bought was about $50. It works on many early passenger cars too.
  15. 47p15 Plymouth original 15" steel wheels

    Most 47 Plymouths had 16 inch wheels. The 48s had 15s. There are some differences in Plymouth's wheels as the model years progressed. Up until 56, most were 15 x 4 1/2. The centers were flatter in 48, but had a pronounced curve in 49 and less so from 50 to 56. Setting a rim on the floor and measuring through the center hole will reveal any differences in offset. Some have a date and size stamp in the area near where the outer rim is riveted . Chrysler and Desoto mostly used a 15 by 5 1/2 rim, recognizable by a flatter center. Dodge , in the USA, has a significantly different offset because of the brake drum configuration. All these wheels will bolt on, so if it is just a spare you need, you need not be too fussy but care should be taken to have a matched set on the road.