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About Fastback50

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 08/14/1978

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    Muskegon, MI
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    Motorcycles, cars, DIY repairs, good weather.
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Plymouth Deluxe (P19) fastback.

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    Interested in most things old and rusty or automotive related
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  1. Fastback50

    rubber sill plate removal

    Thanks everyone--I'll have to get one of those impact drivers. I'm not sure how much luck I would have had with it as the metals did seem fused together....I think the head would have sheared before the screw turned out, because I soaked them multiples times in PB and that did nothing. I finally was able to get all of the head drilled off with "minimal" damage to the driver's side rubber sill. The passenger will need to be done at some point, and in the meantime I'll be purchasing some actual cutting oil (I was just cooling the bit with alcohol) and a few new cobalt bits (some snapped anyway). I found that the biggest challenge was to get the bit to bite deeper than the initial cutting depth of the tip....after that it sort of wants to spin freely in the crater it made and pressing down really hard doesn't seem to do much but create heat. I'm now going to get the grinder out and cut the remainder of the screw even with the steel and hopefully punch the rest through the hole. Pics to come.
  2. Fastback50

    rubber sill plate removal

    Thanks Dodge, that's good advice, and I think I will try to save them. I'm sure they aren't easy to find and these ones didn't look out of place to me until I found out otherwise.
  3. Fastback50

    rubber sill plate removal

    Thanks--I'm going to begin looking on here for photos of what the stock ones look like and in the meantime I don't need to worry about saving these. Someone on here recently put some excellent looking diamond plate on his Chrysler sills....maybe I'll go that route
  4. Fastback50

    '50 Plymouth brakes adjust or upgrade?

    Hi Matt, I just did the front disc conversion on my '50 with the Scarebird kit. I'm now getting the original rear in order and will then be putting in the residual valves for both front and rear. I may also need a proportioning valve, we will see. For the sake of future simplicity, I would say go for the conversion. I'm using the original MC with mine and it works just fine. The only thing I don'k like about it is that it's single reservoir so there's no backup if it fails. Then again, people drove on those for decades without issue. If I decide to go with a dual MC I will definitely take the time to add a booster. Good luck
  5. Fastback50

    rubber sill plate removal

    The attached is what mine looks like. Perhaps it's not stock after all? If so I guess i can butcher them and then just break out the grinder with cutoff wheel. Thanks for all the input guys.
  6. Fastback50

    rubber sill plate removal

    Yes we do My next attempt will be with some left hand drill bits....they aren’t cobalt but I’m skeptical anyway because I couldn’t get these screws to turn one bit even after multiple soaks in PB and cutting flathead grooves in the top of them. I just really don’t want to destroy the old rubber.
  7. Fastback50

    rubber sill plate removal

    Hey all...so what's the trick on drilling these stainless steel screws out in the rubber door sills? Mine has 8 on each one, and so far I've blown through two drill bits, one of which was cobalt. I used a cooling agent since I didn't have true cutting fluid on hand....I seem to only get so far and then either it stops grabbing material or it snaps if I put too much pressure on it. I'm using a slow speed as well. What am I doing wrong or what would be the "Thor's Hammer" tool that will blast these out without breaking a sweat (short of oxy-acetylene lol). Normally I wouldn't even save these, but I see the repro's are NOT cheap
  8. Fastback50

    Lube door hinges on 1950 Special Deluxe

    Here's some for a fair price: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000II8GVY?tag=viglink20872-20 Or if you want to pay high dollar and have a can that matches the vintage of your car you can get this lol: https://www.etsy.com/listing/558151908/phillips-66-dripless-penetrating-oil-can?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_a-art_and_collectibles-collectibles-figurines&utm_custom1=f8ba7354-6ffa-421a-8322-346de162e41c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8oqo4Lm42QIVlTVpCh2ebggdEAYYAiABEgK9UfD_BwE Also chain lube like Matt167 said though...
  9. Fastback50

    Sub Zero Challenge

    Ditto here in Michigan. We have about 2-3 feet of standing snow and windshields of -15, but the biggest deterrent is that SALT!
  10. Fastback50

    Thanks Guys & Best Wishes for the New Year

    Hello all, and wishing everyone a happy New Year! Thanks for everyone who has provided me with advice and info this last year. The advice and kindness I've received here the past two or so years is something I'm grateful for, and I couldn't have made progress without it. Thank you to ALL! A special thanks to Tim, Knuckle, and Greg. Take care, Joe
  11. Fastback50

    49 and 50 Dodge/Plymouth parts compatibility

    Yes I think I'll pick up the bright trim and maybe even hood and outer fenders. Unfortunately the 230 appears to have seen better days....I think the hood was left open at some point and now the spark plugs have essentially become one with the head. The place is great fun to walk through, even though many of the cars aren't restorable. These kinds of "junk yards" seem to be disappearing quickly.
  12. Fastback50

    49 and 50 Dodge/Plymouth parts compatibility

    Yes, I'm bummed too because that grille is great looking....I may just have to grab them anyway lol. You never know, I might have a Dodge someday....and it's going to the crusher otherwise.
  13. Fastback50

    49 and 50 Dodge/Plymouth parts compatibility

    Thanks Dpollo but I'm a bit confused (happens to me easily)...you are saying the body parts I mentioned will or will not fit? Or that the dash instruments will tell the tale? Thanks.
  14. Not posting this to your thread because it is off-topic,but could you ask the yard owner if he has a 51 Ford in there that has the 6 cylinder engine and Fordomatic transmission? I need the bellhousing for a 51 coupe I am restoring,and bellhousings for 6 cylinders are hard to find,even though it was an option. Seems like people so cheap they went for base models were too cheap to pay extra for an automatic transmission.

    I will even take a Flathead V-8 FOM transmission if I have to. If I could get one of them it would be fairly easy to make an adapter.



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    2. knuckleharley


      I have always been a big fan of the 49-51 Chev's,but I like the fastback 4drs best of all. It's falling off a log simple to put a 60's-70's 250 or 292 inline 6 in them,too. With the 292 you have the power of a V-8. Best of all,there is not much demand for them,and it's possible to pick up a nice original one fairly cheap.

      I really like the 53-54's,too. Don't much care for Chevy's after that,though.

    3. Fastback50


      Yeah this is my first venture into vintage GM....am originally a Ford guy but a good price on something vintage (not American Pickers or Gas Monkey garage prices) has eluded me so far.

    4. knuckleharley


      49-54 Chevies are pretty much unloved compared to Fords. Maybe even a little more unloved than 49-54 Mopars. This is especially true of the 49-51 Chevy 4dr fastbacks,which *I* think have the smoothest flowing lines going.  They were beautiful when they rolled off the showroom floor. Their only real weak point was the old splash-oiling underpowered 216 inline six. The good news is 60's to 80's inline 6's are also dirt cheap with the exception of the Chevy 292's and the GMC 302's.  Racers LOVE them because they put out stupid torque,and are pretty much bulletproof. The good news is they were used in a BUNCH of industrial equipment,and if you go nosing around you can buy them dirt cheap at surplus sales,farm yards,etc,etc,etc. My neighbors even have a John Deere combine that came from the factory with a Chevy 292 6 in it.

      Putting one with a turbo 350 or turbo 400 behind it in a 49-54 Chevy is only a little tougher than replacing the 216 with another 216,but once you do you will have NO trouble keeping up with traffic,running a AC,etc,etc,etc.

      The only downside to the inline GM's is that even though hi-po parts are plentiful and easy to find,they are usually a little pricey.

      I worked part time at a gas station in Fayetteville right before I got out of the army,and the owner had a Anglia 2dr with a 292 in it with a head made from cutting two 327 FI Chevy heads and welding them back together to create a hi-po inline 6 Chevy head,FI,a radical cam,etc,etc,etc. Purely drag race. He didn't even have ramps for his trailer. He would pull up to it,hit the hammer,and the damn thing would just hop up on the trailer. I was in awe of how he did this.

      He was running a 4 speed tranny with a Pontiac rear end and gears in the high 4's (4:88?),but never got a full run in while I worked for him because he had drag slicks on the back of the car and a drag suspension that allowed him to really hook up,and he kept twisting the Pontiac axles.

      I love the inlines for the sounds they make,as well as the torque they put out. I purposely sought out a stock factory 51 Ford business coupe with the original inline 6 in it to semi-restore because of this. V-8's were pretty easy to find,but it took me years to find one that was completely mechanically,had a clear title,and worth fixing. I already have a 3 carb intake for it,and am looking for a finned aluminum high compression head and cast iron headers to go with the 3/4 cam I will be putting in it. Ahhh,but the sounds that thing will make!

      Same reason I am keeping a flat 6 Mopar engine in my 42 Dodge coupe.

      In the spirit of full-disclosure,I have to admit that I  have a 6 carb 330 DeSoto hemi and push-button 727 to go in my 33 Plymouth coupe,though.

  15. Hey all, Was at the yard today and found this '49 Coronet....I immediately started eyeballing possible donor parts options for my '50 P19. Wondering about the hood, grille swap, front outer fenders, and stone shield? I don't need any of these parts now, but one never knows and it will be headed to the crusher soon. Pretty sure the trunk lid is different since it's not a fastback, and door handles look different too. Please let me know if there's anything else you can think of that would be worth pulling out. 230 appears locked up, but next time I may bring some PB and trans fluid and see if I can get it soaking for further inspection later. Thanks.

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