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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Me and my friend Brad. Thankfully he was around today. We had fun
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Up on the hoist. I taught my son how to run it; he loved that!
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Worked on the car this afternoon. Put on a new carb to intake gasket (stopped that whistling), filled the tranny with gear lube (I had lost some when I left it upside down one night after cleaning it ), checked the anti-freeze level, put 2 clamps on the exhaust (it'll do for now, but I'll be getting a whole new exhaust system within a couple of weeks), reseated those leaky oil lines and tightened them, and took it for a ride (about 25 miles). Put some fresh gas in it as well. Let me say, it has really nice power compared to before. Winds up nicely and without any effort I was up to 50mph. I did vary my speeds throughout the trip. I went hoodless . As usual, some dude at the gas station asked me about the car. I let him know what year, and that I had just rebuilt the engine. He wished me luck. Tomorrow I will go back to my friend's shop and torque the head bolts, check the antifreeze again since I ran the heater, put the hood on, and there's a few more minor things I have to check. I will likely drive it home! Can't wait. Here's some pics from today. First one is me
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    OFFICIAL ENGINE PICTURE THREAD

    Before and after rebuild 51 Dodge 230
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    1951 230 Flathead 6 rebuild

    Nice! I just did that very thing to my 51 Meadowbrook. Next week I'll be finishing it up and then I'll be ready to cruise! Good luck on your rebuild and have fun along the way
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Here's a pic from the other night my friend sent me after i went home for the night. He has an awesome garage with a hoist he put in himself. Can't tell you how grateful i am that he's letting me keep my car and piles if parts in there. Almost done though...
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    This I didn't know....
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    My friend did talk about the oil pump and distributor with Dennis (the rebuilder) when he had the engine all apart. Of course this process was new to me, but I somewhat understand it now. Dennis did install it correctly. He never put the distributor cap back on (with the wires); we did that just the other day. The wires were off by one because of ME last fall. The car had quit on me at one point (I think it may have been the condenser) and I took the distributor apart, cleaned the points (which is what I thought the problem was), took the wires off and put them on a new cap, and when I put it all back together it would not run. Got some help with it and we still couldn't figure out the problem. I had already been seriously considering rebuilding the engine before it died on me, but not being able to get it running again just made me want to have everything new. Anyway, the darn cap and wires were in the exact same place I left them from last year. I was one off on the rotation. I did put in a Pertronix kit and I'm happy with that. I have a Pertronix kit in my 68 D700 3 ton truck (413cu in) and that baby runs smooth. Very noticeable difference IMO. Thanks for the input dpollo
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    That awful whistling you hear is the carb to intake gasket leaking; will fix that soon
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Turns out my engine bay is kind of ghetto I realize there's quite a number of parts that are holding their original patina, and a lot that have fresh paint. Probably makes some of you guys cringe a bit, but for now I'm leaving it as is. The car is a driver not a trailer queen, it'll never be perfect. I'll do my best to try and improve more things along the way and keep it running the best I can. We're ready to drive and enjoy this old Meadowbrook!
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Last couple of days have been a lot of fun for me. I've really worked hard to get everything assembled again. As expected there's been a few bumps along the way and things that take extra time. Yesterday we finally got to the point of firing the car up. Of course it wouldn't start. We checked and rechecked the distributor, we were getting gas, getting spark, etc. It was quite frustrating. It wasn't until about 8pm when my friend's son got home from planting corn that things got better. He re-evaluated our distributor and discovered we were off one wire on the firing order. So #5 was firing first, etc. Switched all the wires around to where they're supposed to be and the car fired right up with no effort! I can't tell you how relieved and happy I was! After all that work to sit behind the wheel and listen to that old flathead purr was something I won't ever forget. We ran it for quite a while and let it get up to temperature. Had between 40-45lbs of oil pressure at idle. I put it in gear, held the brake and let out the clutch and she purred right down.... There's a few minor issues yet I have to button up: there's a small oil leak from one of the lines that come out of the oil filter canister, the carb gasket leaks(whistles); that took us a while to figure out, I need to put a couple clamps on the exhaust, recheck coolant level, make sure e-brake is adjusted correctly, and a couple of other things I can't remember but have written down
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Ironically, installing the fuel pump was about the only thing that went without a hitch today ; but thanks for that advice. I got quite a bit done today despite a lot of setbacks. I put on the fuel pump, carb and linkage, heat riser assembly, generator, radiator fan and pulley, belt, radiator and hoses, heater hoses, temp guage line, oil pressure line, cap and rotor, coil, plug wires, oil tube and clamp; getting close now. Need to pick up some engine oil in the morning, do some other wiring, hook up the battery, put the coolant in and I should be darn near ready to fire it up. I'm excited but nervous as hell at the same time only because I'd be devastated if something went wrong. Forgot to take a pic today. Hopefully I'll remember tomorrow. Brain is mush lately
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Got a lot done today (for me anyways...not being the best mechanic). I got the e-brake assembly back together, clutch assembly/linkage, speedo cable, back up lights sensor, Fluid Drive/bell housing pan (if that's what it is actually called), starter motor, driveshaft, crankcase vent tube, engine to bell housing brackets (both sides), spark plugs in, and later on picked up a new 6V battery. Ran into some problems along the way but my friend baled me out and helped me get things together. I had some problems with the ebrake and also the clutch linkage. Tomorrow I hope to get the fuel pump on, carb and linkage, heat riser and spring assembly, distributor cap and wires, coil, generator, radiator and fan, hoses, battery and cables, etc. Not sure if I'll get all that done but I will try. I need to buy some oil tomorrow as well. Despite a few frustrations today I had fun, it was a good day. Very thankful my friend was there for me, too. Sorry no pics today fellas
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    final pic for today
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Despite being sick as hell I made it over to my friend's shop this morning. Dennis delivered the engine on a pallet. We hooked up the cherry picker and got the engine and transmission into the car today despite all the time we wasted bullsh*tting. Before dropping it in we did loosen up those bolts to get the clutch disc to free-float while we mated the tranny up. Once the engine was in we put the tranny on my friend's tranny jack/hoist and got it up there as close as we could. Slipped right in Tomorrow I hope to get the e-brake hardware back on first, and from there whatever I see from underneath that isn't hooked up I'll work on. Oil pan lost some paint the other day at Dennis'; I'll touch that up at the end of the day tomorrow. Also, I forgot to get a pic of the engine from ground level in the car. Hope to post that up tomorrow.
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    He's helped quite a bit at other times, just not that day Couple pics from last year when he helped pull the wheel off so we could work on the brakes. He also pulled out the wheel bearing (after I loosened the nut).
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Thanks for all the suggestions fellas Today a friend of mine helped me pull the car out of storage. We towed it behind his truck to his shop (only about 3 blocks), then had to winch it up his driveway (no way to tow the car up there and get anywhere near the garage). He has a nice floor winch he installed which was to be used for exactly what we used it for today: moving cars that don't run. Tomorrow morning Dennis will deliver the engine to the shop and we will get cracking on it. Here's a pic of the car in my friend's shop again. Yeah!! (That's my 7 year old son; he loves this stuff too)
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Okay thanks man; its nice to know these things. Getting the car out of storage today and into my friend's shop. Engine gets delivered tomorrow!!
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    New clutch disc; second pic: Fluid Drive coupling on along with new clutch assembly
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Another pic...
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Things are getting buttoned up at the rebuilder's. I stopped by today and helped put some things together. Got the oil canister and lines on, and finished up with the intake and exhaust manifolds. Dennis had the oil pump and distributor in. He also took off the old ring gear from the Fluid Drive coupling and put the new one on and welded it (that was fun to see). Putting the Fluid Drive coupling back on was interesting. Had I not been there it wouldn't have gotten back on! My fingers are small enough to get the nuts back on to the studs; there just isn't much room to play with. After that Dennis put in a whole new clutch assembly and new clutch disc. When putting the bell housing on, getting the dowel pins back into place was a little tricky, but we got it. Funny part is that Dennis had painted the engine the color I wanted (aluminum....yeah I know its not the original Mopar silver or whatever it is) and some of the other parts gloss black, while I painted other parts I had at home flat black (which included the oil canister assembly). Oh well, so they don't match. It'll just be something that we'll be able to talk about later. Not sure if the intake manifold and exhaust manifold are supposed to be the same color or not; is what it is. Its not like I'm going to have the car judged at a show. Its going to be an every day driver. Anyway, Dennis is going to put the engine on a pallet and deliver it to where I have the car on Monday. So things are going to get really busy for me next week. Pretty excited about it! IMPORTANT QUESTION: because the bell housing is lined up with those dowel pins and it ain't gonna move even the slightest bit, can I assume that when putting the transmission back in that it will line up perfectly and I can just bolt it on and go? I know you guys are familiar with this: the manual shows using a dial indicator to make sure the whole thing is within .005 otherwise there could be hard shifting and other problems, etc. My question is, how can a guy even indicate it in when those dowel pins are holding the bell housing in an EXACT place that cannot be moved? Any advice here is greatly appreciated. Also, do I absolutely NEED the gasket between the tranny and bell housing?
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    some progress...

    Wow what an awesome truck. It was fun reading through this thread
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Lots of cleaning to do yet....
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Anyone know what these numbers mean?
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    51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    While the builder is putting together my engine, I've been working on cleaning the transmission. I didn't realize how small it was until we dropped it out; even I can lift it by myself. It was full of 66 years of road grime and caught a lot of leaking oil from the engine. I scraped it first and then used some degreaser on it. But now I've been getting into the little cracks and using a wire brush. I'm getting there, but I have quite a bit of cleaning to do yet. I uncovered the build date; looks like 7-16-51 followed by D42, the model number of the car. Not sure what the other casting numbers mean. I bought a brand new E-brake band which looks really nice compared to the old one, which still worked but hey, I'm not risking my car rolling away with an old worn out e-brake. Anyway, here's some pics:
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