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Everything posted by Worden18

  1. Newly Acquired 1947 Dodge Special Deluxe!

    Awesome! Congrats on the purchase. Keep us updated please!
  2. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Hey fellas got my car running again (it was a faulty fuel pump) and I wanted to start a new thread and leave my engine rebuild thread as something separate. In this thread I'm going to post pics of me and my family's trips/shows/gatherings and anything else fun that we do with the car. Tonight we went out for a cruise over to a neighboring town. It was sunny and 70s here today with hardly a cloud. Perfect evening for a drive. Mostly I drove just 40mph because that's what felt good Its so much fun to drive the old Dodge; our new cars simply have no soul. There's a bunch of shows and gatherings coming up soon around here, we hope to hit all of them. Here's some pics from today: I guess only the first pic is from us being out and about. The other 3 are when we got back home LOL. The back roads around here are really fun, but you have to watch out for deer!
  3. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Sunday, Nov.12 I happened to snap this picture right when my son dropped his sister's coat onto the parking lot by accident! Lol
  4. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Sunday, Nov.12 Drove the Meadowbrook to church this morning, then on to Elsie's kitchen in the neighboring town of Caledonia for brunch. We took the long way home as some long awaited sunshine illuminated what's left of our fall colors.
  5. Old and newer

    That's a nice buy and a good price. I also admire the Fords from the 70s, as I have had many over the years. My favorite was a 1977 Lincoln Mark V with 67,000 original miles that I bought back in 1992 after I got out of the service. It had the 460 in it, and was such a nice running and driving rust free car. Its long gone now. I also had an awesome 74 Lincoln with the 460, and a 78 Mercury Marquis with a 351 that I got for $150 and it ran perfect and hadn't a rip or scratch on the interior. I've even thought about tracking down a Country Squire station wagon (my parents had one) just for the fun of it. There was two of them on CL recently, not too far from me. Have fun with it!
  6. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Nov 11th Cont. Pic 1: My son ready to go Pic 2: outside of Subway. The DNR was in the parking lot taking samples of the hunters' deer to check for chronic wasting disease. Lots of people in orange walking around. Pic 3: The ride home. I drove 50-55mph. Cycled the heater because it was nice and toasty in the car.
  7. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Nov. 11th. Tonight at about 5:30pm I fired up the Meadowbrook so we could drive it to Subway to grab dinner. I've found that in this chilly weather (25-30 degrees), full choke and one quick pump and the car fires right up. Some pics before we left. I definitely let the car warm up all the way so I could crank the heater!
  8. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Thurs Nov. 9th I drove the kids to school and then I went to work. This text is supposed to go with the previous 3 pictures but somehow after entering them from my phone last night, it wouldn't let me enter any text. On the 10th the grade school (including my kids) put on an awesome Veteran's Day Program. Here's me at home before we left.
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  11. Dodge truck not in film

    Awesome video, thanks for sharing. Reminds me of Qataban and Sheba...the book I mean. I have yet to see the video footage of the expedition; although I attended one of George Farrier's slideshow presentations back in the 90s.
  12. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Nov. 3 (cont). Wifey and I took the Meadowbrook out this evening to JTs Bar and Grill for Burgers and drinks....so good! Second picture: Kwik Trip gas station in Spring Grove after a 1/2 hour drive there. I love night driving. The car's heater is impressive. I cycled it every now and then as it will cook you out. I washed the windshield at the gas station and we got a snack for the ride home.
  13. Me and the Meadowbrook

    November 3, 2017 Took the Meadowbrook out earlier today to run some errands. Full choke, starts right up...30 something degrees. Definitely used the heater. Pic 1: Warming up before I left. Pic 2: Outside the local hardware store after picking up a new shop light. Pic 3: At a friend's business to check and see if he has the tools I requested to finish work on a die for his plastic injection mold machine. Been modifying the die plates on his mill...mostly last week. I'm a machinist by trade, but haven't touched a mill in a LONG time. I am surprised how good things are going even though I'm rusty.
  14. Thermostat NOS vs. New ones

    I have a new stant one in my 51; zero problems in the past 6 months and 6,000 miles since my engine rebuild. Always runs 180 degrees or slightly less. Just making a statement. I personally wouldn't pay $65 for an NOS one; just sayin'
  15. 51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    I suppose it depends on the builder, parts used, etc. In my case...$2,500. Worth every penny.
  16. 51 Meadowbrook engine rebuild

    Hey fellas, its been a while since I put up a post. I've had my Meadowbrook for about a year now, she's all original. It sat from 1973 until 2016 with less than 1,000 miles put on it, which didn't do the car any good. Last year I rebuilt the carb, put on a new water pump, had the radiator boiled out, new hoses, thermostat, etc. I also put on new front brakes and wheel cylinders, greased the wheel bearings and all the zerks I could find, put on new radial tires, and gave it a tuneup. We were able to drive it all summer and put on over 3,000 miles before the timing chain took a crap. The engine was a heavy oil burner (at least one piston has stuck or broken rings, and being that the car is 66 years old (and we want to get to and from places reliably) I decided to do an engine rebuild. Never done one before, but an old timer friend of mine said he'd be more than happy to walk me through it step by step. A friend of his rebuilds engines for a living, so when we need him to bore the block and mill the head (and whatever else) he's ready. Otherwise I'm going to be tearing it apart and learning the whole process step by step from my friend. Last engine I pulled happened to be a 230 flathead out of a '56 flat fender Power Wagon, and that was in 1997. I will say this, without my friend and his son, my poor old car would become a lawn ornament. I'm very grateful for their help so far. We pulled the car out of storage and got it up on my friend's lift and started digging in. We got the engine out today, the car back in storage, non essentials (i.e. generator, distributor, radiator fan, brackets, etc.) stored in the trunk of the car, and all other nuts, bolts and dirty things bagged and tagged. Long way to go, but I'm excited to do it. Here's some pics:
  17. Pilot house sighting Houston, MN

    Guess i never noticed that hood ornament. I did look to me like the steering wheel may have been from a Chevy...not too sure though. It was missing the center cap.
  18. Spotted this Dodge in town today and just about flipped my lid. It was the last thing I thought I might see. It was at one of the local garages. I inquired. Turns out a woman from the Twin Cities just bought it for 5K and brought it down here to Houston for maintenance because its not running right. She's friends with the local cop so that's how the truck made it here to southeastern MN. I think its a 52? Its in nice shape! I would love to have this truck in my garage!
  19. Me and the Meadowbrook

    The heater works so well I had to shut it off. We're going out for a cruise later on...
  20. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Ready to load up pumpkins.
  21. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Check out the fingerprints under the steering wheel cap. I'd love to know the story behind that.
  22. Me and the Meadowbrook

    My son reading "The Encyclopedia of American Police Cars". He amazes me with the things he brings with sometimes on rides.
  23. Me and the Meadowbrook

    Took the Meadowbrook out this morning to get some pumpkins and gourds. 35 degrees here, and somehow it feels just bone chilling. 1/2 choke and the Meadowbrook fired right up. This pic is looking down at our wood boiler (and wood shed) just before we took off.