Mark Haymond

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Mark Haymond last won the day on May 7 2013

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About Mark Haymond

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    Had a 50 Plymouth in Jr College. Later I thought it would be fun to find another and fix it up.
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    Fresno Ca
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    Old Plymouths, photography, running.
  1. I have a 50 Plymouth Special Deluxe with a heater. The heater core was moved to the engine compartment about 49 to prevent a dangerous core failure next to the front passenger's feet. The Special Deluxe had a second blower motor under the dash to drive the defroster vents. The old heater worked well for me when the temps were below 32 degrees in Western Maryland. I did not have to run it on "high" to be warm. The repo duct should work fine, the originals were some kind of pressed and stapled fiber material. After all, it is just an air duct, so any fiber or metal duct should work if you do not need an original look. Make sure to keep the duct sealed well at the firewall or you may get carb smells.
  2. It is not unusual for a water pump seal to fail after a car has not run in years. These engines were used for cars, trucks, agricultural equipment, and forklifts. So you can probably get one at NAPA or your local store. Get a pump, don't bother with a repair kit.
  3. Hi Mark, Am doing a 12 volt conversion on a 47 Chrysler and have most things covered. Read your post on a 12 volt horn relay. Anything special? Where did you purchase one? Thanks for any help. Dave

  4. That is a good looking Meadowbrook, a good example of a 1950. Don't try too hard to fix the fuel evaporation because it is a common symptom and they all tend to do that to a certain extent. Oh sure, you can get a six volt fuel pump, and it is a good idea to install a tip-over or collision switch so it stops pumping after a collision. This info can be found with a forum search. OR, you can do NOTHING about it. You will have a few extra seconds of cranking the first time you start it after a week. Can you live with that? The car will start reliably like this for decades to come.
  5. It ain't broke so don't fix it. I am in California. Yep, they used the P15 engine serial number for registration back then. My local CHP understood this when I took mine in to get it registered and safety inspected so don't assume they are all dumb and you are going to get the run around. I think you are in a good position, you really don't have to change anything. Your have all matching numbers on your vehicle which is pretty cool.
  6. I had the 217 flathead rebuilt when I restored my 1950 Plymouth in 1998. I have driven it as a hobby car mostly around town, but with some occasional 200 or 300 mile round trips. I even drove it every day to work for a year. Over the past 16,000 miles I have done some maintenance and garage repairs like most owners, but it always brought me home on its own power and I never needed a tow. I feel this engine would take me anywhere. It is in stock condition, with generator, four blade fan, distributor, mechanical fuel pump, partial flow oil filter and other stock stuff. Reliable, not fragile.
  7. I had a leak from the fuel sender gasket on top of the tank after filling up all the way. The overflow came down and dripped off the low parts of the tank. ..... I also have experienced a leak from the drain plug after fooling with it. After trying all sorts of things to tighten it I found, as DonaldSmith suggests, that a square 1/2 inch drive fit those funny corners perfectly.
  8. While running new wires, run some extra wires from the dash area to the trunk, in case you want to install sound speakers in the package tray under the rear window. Or you can use them for other future accessories.
  9. I also got the U joint from a kit, a Fat Man Fabrications Cavalier kit. Unfortunately the part number is not listed, it is simply called a "Borgeson U joint" in the instructions. One end fit the square actuator of the rack, the other end fit the diameter of the stock steering shaft perfectly. I saved a little exhaust header clearance space by cutting off the outside steering column tube about half way down the engine column. I did not want to weld the U joint to the steering shaft, so I drilled and pressed in a split pin to back up the set screws on the shaft side of the joint. My steering column had to tilt at a steeper angle but I got the arm length and tilt to suit me. The stock steering wheel keeps the stock look. A Lokar "nostalgia" floor shifter for my 904 tranny with chrome lever and simple black knob looks stock to the casual viewer.
  10. With my 46 Plymouth and Cavalier rack, my stock steering shaft would clear the headers, run straight down to the square input of the rack and connect with a single universal connector. (But my engine is a 318. Yours may be too wide.) A local tractor and Ag service place made up a Cavalier high pressure tube to Mopar power steering pump line and it did not cost much at all.
  11. With winter coming on, consider the mess and panic experience of a leaking or burst heater core inside the car. Mine happened in a Starbucks drive through, third in line with no way to escape. It quickly steamed up the windows and leaked heavily on the floor and then out the door. I routed one of the heater hoses in a short circuit loop back to the engine as a roadside repair. Maybe the price of a new core would be worth the peace of mind.
  12. I hope you just need a new battery. Batteries are fickle. Last week I started my Plymouth in the garage. Baam it fired up strong as usual. I drove to the store and bought a load of groceries and put them in the trunk. Baam it started right up. I stopped again at the ATM at the bank. Baam it started right up. I drove around to the other side of the bank and got ready to pull into traffic. Sensing there was a small line of cars behind me, the engine died. (lack of ignition power) The starter relay just clicked feebly, the horn was feeble, headlights were dim, you know the story. I called my wife to come and save the groceries because it was a warm day. For the first time in ten years I used my AAA card. The driver did a quick charge on the battery and followed me home a mile and a half away to make sure I made it. Back at the house my three year old battery only had 10.7 volts so I guess a cell shorted or failed. With your automotive experience I am confident you will get to the bottom of the problem quickly without our help, so I am just sharing my story for fun and grins.
  13. ...These cars drove on many rural lanes and dirt roads in the forties when it was good to have ground clearance. They sat higher than today's cars. When I still weighed 150 I could squeeze under the frame to work on the transmission or driveshaft of my P15 Plymouth. ...I can't tell if your car is too high from your photo. Maybe we can get someone to measure their car, from the ground to the bottom of the frame and you can compare that height to yours.
  14. McDonalds, a few years ago. Dad and a ten year old boy look briefly at my Plymouth outside before coming in and they sit in the booth next me. Dad, "It's probably a 55." Son, "No it's a 50." Dad, surprised, "How would you know that?" Son, "It says 1950 on the license plate frame."
  15. Aww, bummer. I feel sorry for said car hobbyist. Chin up! Treat it as a temporary setback and don't let it end your dream.