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Everything posted by dpollo

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 .
  7. 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.
  8. Newly Acquired 1947 Dodge Special Deluxe!

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

    The lock cylinders are pretty much interchangeable.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Will not Cross Drill my crank

    The oiling system is covered in a Chrysler Technical film which can be found elsewhere on this forum. Look for Bryan's post on page 2 of Help picking an engine for my 40 Chrysler ....Of course, you have already seen it, Bryan. but it is pretty good. The gyrotor pump as found on all post war engines provides more than enough volume for all situations, even the engine oil filled torque converters of 53 and 4
  15. Will not Cross Drill my crank

    Glad to enter into this discussion. I increased the depth of the grooves in the 251 I put into my 51 Plymouth. It has run without any trouble for over 50 000 miles. The reason I did this was I felt a little more oil at the rods would be of benefit in an engine with an 060 overbore and 8.4 to 1 compression. But to be fair, I have run stock rebuilds farther and had no problems either. I have a 230 with a spray welded crank. It has given trouble with excessive wear on certain con rods. A partial teardown revealed welding slag in the oil passages. (not loose) Since it will take a complete teardown to redrill these passages, I have opted to replace the engine.
  16. Will not Cross Drill my crank

    The best way to improve oiling, in my opinion, is to enlarge the groove (annulus) in the main bearing shells. Keep in mind that it does reduce the bearing area. To do this, on a lathe, the shells can be held in a fixture made of two discarded center main caps fastened to a face plate or held in a four jaw chuck. Then reach in with a boring bar or similar tool. Some 217 - 230 main sets do not have a groove on the lower shells. I have always installed grooved shells on the bottom halves even though bearing sets are pretty costly to break up.
  17. spitfire engine specs

    if it is indeed a Spitfire engine then it is a 251. Tune up specs for a 49 or 50 Chrysler would do the job. I would first check the engine number as someone may have used the Spitfire head for its interesting logo. It had no other special features . It would actually lower the compression ratio if it was used on a 218, 228 236 or 241.
  18. Dodge truck not in film

    The soundtrack with the engine and transmission noises is music to my ears.
  19. 52 plymouth under hood color scheme ?

    body colour on the top of the firewall is correct. The lower part of the firewall can be either body colour or the same shade of blue-gray found in the trunk. The underside of the hood would be satin black. Undercoating was thought to reduce noise and possibly give the hood a more solid sound when it was pushed shut. Waste of material in my opinion.
  20. 50 Ply Suburban door hinge question

    Only the equivalent hinge from a 49 or 50 Plymouth will fit. Upper and lower are different. The rears are certainly different. The pin from your $45 hinge may fit. I would be inclined to have someone with a good drill press bore the hole and fit an oversize pin.
  21. old man & springs

    I read about someone who contrived to extend the springs and freeze them in water so they could be reinstalled (on a Chevrolet), Like Don, I have never removed a spring for the purpose of removing the hood on a Plymouth just three bolts on each side and sometimes one in the middle of the support arch.
  22. It provides the ground for the starter solenoid. It should be attached to one of the smaller terminals on the solenoid with the other end to the Armature terminal on the Voltage Reg. When the generator is at rest, it will act as a ground. When it comes up to speed, it will not. ( even at idle speed) This prevents the starter from being actuated when the engine is running.
  23. Oil priming... quick question

    With the plugs out, there is not much load on the starter so I cannot see any problems. The pressure should appear fairly quickly.
  24. Fluid Drive three speed

    It is the internal mechanism which is designated R10. To install an R 10 to be used in a Plymouth or Dodge the outer cases must be intended for use with such an installation . The (od) main gearbox has a lubrication port, the adapter flange is specific to this front case and the main overdrive case has provision for the parking brake. The transmission mainshaft and the overdrive output shaft are specific to this application. Planetary gears, freewheeling roller clutch, balk ring assembly, external solenoid and governor are generally interchangeable however, govenor drive gears vary. You can always identify a Mopar overdrive unit by the park brake assembly. An extra long input shaft suggests it may be for a fluid drive but could also be for some 53-5 Dodge V 8s which used a long bell housing to gain floor and firewall clearance. These input shafts are easily changed.
  25. 1950 Chrysler Windsor turn signal wiring???

    Wiring turn signals is a logic puzzle which equals that of Rubic's cube. If that switch is for a 50 it will have six wires. Left front, Right Front, Left Rear Stop/signal, RR stop/signal , stop light power in, and flasher power in. By setting the switch in the neutral position you can determine the LR, and RR and brake light power in, as they will be common. Pulling the switch to the left signal position will cut off power to the LR, but the RR will stay lit. Putting it in the right signal position will cut power to the RR. That is how the switch separates the flashing circuit from the brake light power. The flashing power in can then be linked with the LF and LR when the switch is in the left signal position. Similarly for the RF and RR. No it does not make any sense to me when I read it through but I have done it many times so it is possible. Even without colour coding but the coding looks good on your unit so a shop manual will help.