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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Here's the remnants of the original owner's staff parking sticker for Winona State University. He was a professor at the college. Passenger side rear window.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    My wife and I...my daughter photo-bombed us!
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    My son and our female boxer "Brandy"
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Late this afternoon after the sun cooled down a bit we drove to a neighboring town to get ice cream. A gentleman approached our car and started looking it over. If I had to guess he was at least 75 years old. So I knew he'd have some type of story to share. He said his dad had a '50 Chrysler with the Gyromatic transmission. He said his mother drove it once and started off in high gear (like you're supposed to) and when they got up to speed she shifted it back into low and let the clutch out! That scared everybody in the car LOL. He admired my car and I showed him the keys and told him everything I know about it. He liked the pattern on the dash and the original paint and interior. He asked if I was going to paint it and I told him no. We chatted for probably 10 minutes and then he thanked me and left. I wondered whatever happened to his Dad's '50. I forgot to ask him. After ice cream we took some back roads not too far from where we live. The car will easily travel 55-65mph but I've found I like 48mph for some reason Some pics from today:
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    Time for an overhaul...

    Good luck on your rebuild. I finished mine not too long ago; still working out a few bugs. It was a lot of fun, and I'm reaping the benefits now. Plenty of power, engine runs great, not dumping in oil with every stop at the gas station. Take lots of pictures and take notes if you have to for reassembly
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    The guy whom also had a 51 like mine has a 66 Chevy 2wd truck with a built 327 in it. Still has the original paint which has aged really nice. It was fun to check that out after I showed him my car.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    A pic of the driver's rear door LOL. Its original and probably the nicest one of the 4. The front ones are pretty torn up and stained We drove all over the countryside tonight. Only issue was I think either my gas guage or the sending unit is stuck. My guage went from 1/2 a tank up to over 3/4 suddenly and stayed there. Not sure what to think about that...
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    This is an oil change sticker still attached to the door jamb. Not quite sure if it says 1973 or 1978; either way its a long time ago. When I bought it in March of 2016 there was less than 1,000 more miles on the odometer than what's on this sticker.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Later on in the day we took my daughter to a friend's for a sleepover. My daughter mentioned to me that her friend's dad used to own a green 51 Meadowbrook. I was beginning to wonder if it was mine. When we got there he was happy to see my car, but right away said it wasn't the one he owned. But it was green like mine and had been sold new at Chrysler Seifert Baldwin Motors in Winona as it had the same tag mine does. He said the guy he sold it to did a bunch of work to it and then was trying to resell it at some point. He thought it hadn't sold and was likely in the guy's garage. He later told me after seeing mine he regretted selling it
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Today was a good day guys. My son and I took the car to a neighboring town to pick up my weed wacker from a small engine shop (repairs). I hung the cutting edge out the window because there was no way it would fit in the trunk After that we stopped at a Kwik Trip gas station and a van pulled up and the guy asked me "are you from around here?" I said yes and then he told me that every Saturday about 6 or 7 cars leave from there and drive to another town on a little wagon train cruise. He invited me to go. So that was nice to meet him. Another guy approached me right before we left and asked what year the car was and what it was. I always have fun showing guys the keys. Here's some random pics I snapped:
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    New (to me) 1949 plymouth2 door.

    I agree with the others as well. If your generator is working fine you should have no problems. People often get worried that the 6v system won't turn the engine over fast enough to start it. Nonsense. They were made to start with a 6v battery. The engine in my Meadowbrook started just fine BEFORE my engine rebuild even though I had broken rings and no compression. It'll be just fine...
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I have no complaints on how my car functions using Fluid Drive at a stop sign. As far as I can tell its as smooth as it was when it was new, likely. I'm no great mechanic, but here's a couple of thoughts: What kind of shape are the rubber parts of your engine mount and transmission mounts? If those are worn away that can cause some vibration. Maybe at those lower rpms its just right for your engine to want to vibrate....and if those mounts have gone bad then possibly that's the problem? Or part of the problem? Maybe start there. If you need more help I would start your own thread and see what others here have to say. I'm sure you'll get some solid answers as the guys are very knowledgeable; certainly more than me
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Tires are p225/75R15; they were difficult to get on the rear with how thick they are FYI
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Yes, I'm running modern radials. Not sure what size off hand, but I will check them tomorrow AM and let you know
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    The Siefert Baldwin tag. They went out of business long ago.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Here's a shot of the keys I've wanted to post.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    This evening's adventures brought us to the park at a neighboring town where we could walk our boxers and the kids could have fun at the playground. I met up with a friend of mine who just picked up a 65 Plymouth Fury station wagon; original paint (non original 383; had a wideblock from the factory) torque flight tranny, 3.23 posi rear end. He's having fun with it so far. Its his first Mopar. I'll have to say that thing is just super cool! It even has the luggage rack up top which is just awesome. Him and I talked shop for an hour and a half (which wasn't enough LOL). Like I've said before, just driving around whether in town or on the highway is just so much fun. And of course some dude approached me at the gas station and asked me about the car (we were there just to buy snacks). The funniest part of the evening was this old lady who came rolling up on her bike and inquired about both cars. She must've talked to my son for half an hour! Turns out she was a former teacher who taught one of MY kid's teachers; so it was fun to chat with her.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Its really fun for me how much attention my car really attracts. Of course people wave at me because they see an old car coming toward them on the highway. But the people who talk to me at gas stations, etc. can tell that the car is basically untouched, and when you see that you expect a story of some sort. There's something intriguing about a car with the original paint and interior. I guess I can't say my car is totally untouched with its rebuilt engine and modern radials on it, but it still is largely original. For those of you who haven't seen some of my other posts, the car was purchased by Winona, MN native Ray Sebo (deceased 1996) new at Chrysler Seifert Baldwin Motors in Winona, MN. Mr. Sebo was a professor at Winona State University; remnants of his staff parking sticker are still in the passenger side rear window of the car. Mr. Sebo's initials are stamped on the back of the original Dodge emblem that came with the original keys, and his address is scribed on the back of one of those keys. I don't know when he sold the car, but I'm the 4th owner, and it largely sat from 1973 until 2016 with less than 1,000 miles put on it, which didn't do it any good mechanically. But as you know I've been fixing things as I go including brakes, engine rebuild, clutch, etc. One thing I wanted to do here in the coming weeks is track down some of Mr. Sebo's relatives (there's plenty of Sebos in the Winona area) and see if any of them remember the car or even have old pictures or documents on it. I think I may have found one of Mr. Sebos sons whom is in his 70s now. I just need to make that phone call. Maybe they would be happy to see the car is still going and would be willing to let me scan some pictures if they had any from BITD. I'll keep you guys updated on that.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I had originally planned on going to Mopars in the Park this Saturday but I've decided to cancel. My exhaust is cobbled together and not sturdy at all, and with just 350 miles on the car after the rebuild I don't feel confident making the 2.5 hour one way trip to Farmington. Still working out a few bugs. We're going to stay closer to home for a while yet. Still thinking about Back to the 50s later this month. We shall see. I'd love to meet up with you and check out your car and tell you all about mine. Maybe we can make this happen at some point, that's what its all about Next Tuesday I have an exhaust appointment; pretty excited about that.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I hadn't heard of it either, but I watch a lot of "Jay Leno's Garage" on YouTube and discovered it there. He's been using it for 15+ years, so its been around for a while. The company still hasn't been able to get car manufacturers to use this coolant on cars straight from the factory. Could be the price. Its $45 a gallon. But ask yourself this: at $7-$10 a gallon for regular 50/50 premix antifreeze are you really saving any money if you flush your system out every couple of years like you're supposed to? And if you DON'T flush your system what does your radiator look like inside after 5 years or more? The same corrosion is happening inside your engine block as well. This Evans coolant has NO water, so it won't cause any corrosion and you never have to change it. Need to change a faulty thermostat at some point? Drain the coolant into a clean pan, change your thermostat and then dump the coolant right back in. Guaranteed for the life of the engine. If you have an engine that is not rebuilt (and isn't totally clean is what I'm getting at) you have to use their flushing solution before you add their coolant. They only guarantee it if your old antifreeze is less than 3% mixed with their coolant. Like I said, so far so good with this coolant. We plan on driving the car everywhere we go this summer. I'm expecting to put 5,000 miles on it. I'll keep everyone updated....
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    A friend helped me adjust the clutch yesterday, now I see how easy that is. She's right where it should be. I exercised the Fluid Drive a few times on our ride. I love how it idles down to about 400-450rpm when you don't bother to push in the clutch... Goodnight Meadowbrook....
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    For tonight I parked it in the woodshed, but will likely put it in the garage near my tools tomorrow. The cement in my woodshed is nicer though
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