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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    The main guy who organized the event was a big Mopar guy. Here he had his cars lined up by the semi trailer. A Plymouth that I don't believe is an actual convertible, I think they cut the top off. Then a 57 or 8? Dodge Royal, which looked to be all original, it was pretty nice, then his Lil' Red Truck.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    This old Chevy had some good patina. There was a V8 in it though, and a small steering wheel. I think it may have been lowered a bit. Otherwise it looked very original.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I talked to the owners of this 50 Ford F-3. Good original farm truck that they bought and got running and just use it to cruise around in.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    This guy had a really nice 50 Coronet with 34K original miles. I talked to him for probably 20 minutes. We compared differences on our cars. His had been repainted, but the rest was completely original. His Dad owned it before him, but he had it up for sale asking $6K. The interior was mint. It ran excellent. I wanted to get more pics but he left after about an hour and never came back.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    My friend and I parked next to each other. We both got a lot of looks and I talked to a TON of people. I love doing that.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Saturday (July 8th) was a great day. Spring Valley MN was hosting a car show and reviving (for one day anyway) their city's long retired Drive-In Movie theater. They went about the whole thing a little differently than I was expecting, but it was still fun. They projected the movie (Grease; I would've picked Back to the Future or E.T. or GhostBusters or something) onto the side of a semi trailer on one end of main street. Some people actually DID sit in their cars to watch it, but room was limited. Most people sat on lawn chairs or on blankets in the street. I talked to a good friend of mine the whole movie since I'm not a huge fan of watching John Travolta try to sing It was an absolutely perfect evening weather-wise. Cool, no wind, no bugs. We ate pizza and drank slushies and the kids ran around and had fun. First pic: Us following my friend in his 65 Plymouth station wagon.
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    '53 L265 Cooling System performance

    Here's my opinion on your radiator situation. If you're concerned about how clean it may or may not be, take it to a radiator shop and have them boil it out and pressure test it. A good shop will probably charge you about $60. Then you have peace of mind on it, period. The best you can do with the block is flush it and yes, you could pull the water distribution tube, but be forewarned they can be a pain in the *ss. Just sayin'. With that being said I don't think your car is running too hot. These old flatheads heat up when you climb hills or are at idle. I will use my own car as an example. I have recently rebuilt the engine (flathead same as yours; 51 Dodge) and had the radiator boiled/pressure tested/fixed. Of course the machine shop professionally cleaned my engine so the 65+ years of corrosion was removed, and the builder was able to remove the distribution tube as well (mine happened to be in great shape lucky me). The point I'm getting at is I started completely fresh with a brand new engine/radiator, etc.; everything clean. I went with the 180 thermostat as well, but I decided to go a different route on the coolant I used just because its my car and I can do whatever I want with it. So I chose Evans Waterless Coolant (google it if you've never heard of it; its been around for 15+ years). Its very expensive at $45 a gallon (cost me $180 to fill my car). But it is guaranteed the life of the engine and since there is no water in it, it will not corrode your radiator or engine block, and you never have to drain it or change it. Yes, you take the risk of losing it all if you have a leak you can't stop. I'm willing to take that risk. Anyway, the boiling point with this stuff is 375 degrees, so I'm not ever worried about the radiator boiling over. Okay, so with all of this being said, my car under normal conditions at 40-60 mph on a basic flat road in 60-95 degree outside temperature will run at or below 180 degrees. Pretty good considering I really have put it to the test with some of the 90+ degree temps we've had here in MN the last month. When the car is idling or, climbing a steep grade like you did with yours the temp will rise. It will rise about the width of the needle past the little dot on the temp guage (which is the 180 degree mark). Its normal for the temp to rise. If you bury the needle past the hot mark then I would say maybe you have to worry about it, otherwise expect some fluctuation. If I had your car this is what I would do: I would have that radiator boiled and pressure tested. Then you know where you stand. If you've flushed the block this is good. If you want to take the time and effort to do maintenance on the water dist tube, then I wish you luck. That would also be a good thing and would definitely help. Spending the money on Evans Waterless coolant is kind of a big decision; but there would be nothing wrong with using standard 50/50 premix in your car and just keep right on driving. I hope this helps. Not trying to be a know it all, just wanted to share what I have experienced as of late.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Moon behind the car. I gave my passenger side blinker lens a tap after I snapped this photo and it came back on. Better check that connection
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Home sweet home
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Along the way there was this abandoned farm.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Wife and I happy to be cruising
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Kids and dogs in...
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Tonight (July 7th) we took the Meadowbrook to the park and walked the dogs while the kids played. Afterwards there was no way I was going to just drive back home. So I filled up with gas and then we got a snack. For the first time I can remember, nobody at the gas station asked me about my car. Had some lookers, though. After gas-up we took an off the beaten path road that we had been on maybe only once before. What a great drive it was. Perfect weather for an evening cruise. Kids racing back to the car:
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    Jockeying For My Turn In My '53

    What an awesome car man. I really like that style of Chrysler. Watched 3 of your videos on youtube. Your son isn't doomed, he's blessed! Ask him to work on it with you at every opportunity. Wanna drive it? Then you work on it. Those are my rules anyway LOL Looks great man, congrats on a super purchase.
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    Pics from Iola

    Awesome! Thanks for posting these
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    Local Car Show

    I hope to in August maybe??
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I've noticed my car photographs pretty well. It doesn't ever look as good in person LOL. Love it anyway...
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    At home after we unloaded. I have a lot of tools and other things in the trunk so we put the groceries in the back seat and on the floor
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Hey fellas just wanted to share today's Meadowbrook moment. No special event or gathering. Wifey and I drove into town to get groceries. Yep, that's it. Normally it would be uneventful and well, unfun. But since I had the pleasure of driving the Meadowbrook then it made everything alright. It was 92 degrees and muggy as all hell here today. I like to take the car out on these hot days to reaffirm that it won't overheat. Ran 180 degrees or less the whole time. I don't post my adventures on any other social media other than here; I know you guys support my extensive posts even if I do repeat myself often. I guess one of my goals is to maybe inspire people to drive their old Mopars more often than they do, for any reason at all. Even to just get groceries... First pic: outside the market
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Bandshell from where we sat. Afterwards we went for a half hour cruise. The sunset was a lot more orange in real life.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Happy wife and poochie as well
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    A couple hundred people showed up.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Tonight the local community hosted the Jim Busta Band (Polka) at the park bandshell. They put on an hour and a half performance. Dogs laid quietly and listened, and the kids got root beer floats. The lead singer/trumpet player/keyboard player has received national recognition for the last 5 or 6 years; she had a voice that would melt you in a second!
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    Happy to announce...

    Looks great! Have fun cruising!
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