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About Polsonator2

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    Old cars
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    1939 Plymouth Business Coupe

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    Lived in seattle area all my 39 years of life.
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    Tacoma, WA
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    Hot Rods

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  1. I cruise my '39 business coupe on the local freeway at 60 -67 mph 30 miles a day each way to work. She has a 218, 3.9 stock rear end, and no OD. Have already put on 20k miles in 4 years. No issues at all and runs strong. Previous owner cruised it that fast when it had the stock 201, drove it from washington state over passes to wyoming in the 70s. I don't understand why people think they can't cruise faster than 50-55 (unless maybe an extremely tired engine).
  2. '39's all had square headlights from the factory. The round headlights were aftermarket conversions for when sealed beams became available the following year. Mine was one such conversion. It is actually more rare to find ones with the square original light setup.
  3. Here is an interesting article about the yellow metals issue: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.widman.biz/uploads/Transaxle_oil.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwj6oZib0MnjAhUnGTQIHdUiBsEQFjALegQICBAB&usg=AOvVaw1neW6ilOnAwS-CfNyPIeiR
  4. I experimented with all kinds of gear lube, from tractor supply's ford tractor transmission (sae 90) to royal purple 75w 90 and 75w 140. The one that works best for me is an sae 140 gl4 from oreilly. My synchros would grind occassionally with the royal purple if I shifted too fast from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd and the tractor supply ford transmission gear oil was so so. I also tried the oreilly 85w 140 but the sae 140 works way better. I can now shift as fast as I want with no issues and the synchros feel smooth. Shifting to 1st gear at a stop is smoother now too. My manual for my '39 says use sae 160 or sae 140 in my 3 speed. https://www.oreillyauto.com/shop/b/chemicals---fluids-16461/grease---lube-16582/gear-oil---additives-16905/gear-oil---140w-20063/754ba5cbea99
  5. I use my '39 coupe with a mildly hopped up 218 and stock 3.91 rear end to commute 30 miles each way of freeway driving 3 days a week to work. I also run a 170 degree thermostat, with average engine warmed up temp of 194. She never heats up even when going over mountain passes in warm weather. I cruise at 63 -67 mph and will go up to 70 - 72 to pass. Fastest i got her up to was 76, could probably could go more, however, with heavy traffic and my stock brakes it's not safe. In 3 years I have put over 20k miles on this engine. These things run strong and reliably if in good tune with bolt on hop ups.
  6. I also love my optima 6 volt battery. Had it for 3 years and starts up car almost instantly and has more cold cranking amps than a regular 6 volt battery too. Being a closed dry cell you never have any maintenance required either. Coupled with a 6 volt alternator I never have issues. Having a one wire alternator allows me to not need a voltage regulator either. My voltage regulator now is just used as a junction block. Mounted my battery inside a plastic marine battery box that fits in the stock location under my seat in my '39 coupe.
  7. For my '39 business coupe I just went to the hardware store and spent $20 bucks on black outdoor carpet and cut and fit to shape. I also bought some matching floor mats at Walmart, which set me back another $20.
  8. I drive my '39 business coupe everywhere. In 3 years I have already put 22k miles on it, mostly cruisin highways at 63 - 65 with my stock 3.9 rear end, 3 speed (no OD) and slightly hopped up 218. Just drove it 170 miles each way over mountain passes last weekend to go to a parade in Wenatchee WA. Also drive it 60 miles round trip on freeway to work all the time too. Would drive it every day if gas wasn't $3.49 a gallon here.. Here is a video of her crossing the Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, WA close to where I live:
  9. I have a chrome 6 volt positive ground on mine. Bought bracket and alternator at www.qualitypowerauto.com. Alternator Part #71276V with 5/8" pulley Bracket Part #GB-1 The chrome one is $185 but the non-chrome is $135. Bracket was $45
  10. Thanks rhelm1953! I will definitely look at that option! Found this one but it's $80 http://www.logolites.com/products/usb-charge-port/
  11. I charge my blue tooth speakers mounted behind the stock radio grill by running the usb cables out through the glove box and plug into the wall outlet in my garage. My speakers hold about a 3 hour charge at full blast. Could be an option if you don't listen for hours on end or don't want to carry a 12 volt battery. I think ultimately I will still mount my small lawnmower 12 volt battery in the trunk and just charge the speakers from there with an adapter for trips longer than 3 hours. 99% of my trips are between 30 minutes to one hour each way so never really an issue.
  12. Non-resistors won't work with Pertronix if you decide to go that route. If you stick with points you will be fine.
  13. I haven't had it done yet but am not looking forward to a visit from the black anaconda
  14. Picked up an inspection camera at Harbor Freight today to look at the condition of my valves. Thought I would share the results with the forum since there may be others like me who are too lazy to pull the head just to inspect them. This was taken from their more pricey camera which came to around $130 after the 20% off coupon and tax. Of note, I used the cheaper camera that was around $60 first but ended up returning it. The cheaper camera looks just about as good for picture quality but does not have the ability to save pictures to a memory card or directly to your pc. For me, I thought paying double was worth it but others probably won't. Also, I think you might be able to find cheap $30 scopes on Amazon that connect to your phone but not sure if they are any good.
  15. I contacted them too Merle and they told me the same thing, that others have no issues.. Of note, it worked fine for me under points. The Pertonix eliminates the same type of ground signal at the distributor with the loss of points so I was told by Westach to try using the opposite side of the coil for the signal but it reads weird and not consistent. The polarity they said shouldn't be an issue as the tach works with positive or negative ground (my car is stock 6v positive ground). Pertronix customer support also spent a lot of time trying to help based off the westach wiring diagrams but in the end couldn't figure it out. Ultimately I just shelved the tach in my garage but if you can figure it out that would be awesome!
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