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  1. Saw a neat engine at the Charlotte swap meet.

    Flatie, Thank You for sharing!!! Sid’s obviously a fabricator/machinist extraordinaire!!! it'd almost be a shame to close the hood on an engine like that. Regards . . . .
  2. 23" bypass oil filter hookup. thread sizes?

    Matt, While I can’t address your inquiry about the size of the threads (altho; you're guess sounds right, or close to it . . .), connecting an auxiliary gauge with a tee-fitting will cause no problems. If you’re mounting the gauge to the engine-mounted tee-fitting, you should use a liquid-filled one, as you’ve mentioned. If, however, you decide to mount the gauge elsewhere under the hood. I’ve had excellent results using small copper tubing, and making a coil of tubing at the engine to deal with the vibration (never had any breakage or leakage doing this). Good luck, and best regards.
  3. Fuel and oil gauges

    Wiggo, As I’m not sure what you’re referring to when you mention “mastic”, I have to ask you a question in return first. Are you referring to an epoxy, such as J-B Weld, or are you referring to tape, such as electrical or duct tape? First of all, keep in mind that the engine will put out approximately 30psi of pressure, if not more. No tape will be able to withstand that amount of pressure, and will fail immediately. As for the J-B Weld, I’ve actually seen it used for such repairs, and it actually worked (I’ve also seen it used to “temporarily” fix the threads of a spark plug opening in a head, and that “temporarily” fix lasted for several years!!! It wasn’t my car, and the owner just changed the remaining spark plugs, and left that one spark alone . . .). The key to this method be successful is to completely remove any and all traces of contamination/oil/dirt/etc., work the material into the offending opening as completely as possible, let it cure completely before any attempt to put pressure on your repair. Then, give it a try. You’ll know soon enough if it works, or not. Good luck, and warmest regards.
  4. Is this valve/tappet noise???

    I’m abit puzzled here — if the engine had a “ticking noise” when you got it back from the restorer, why’d you wait 4 years to investigate it? Wouldn’t it have been prudent to mention it to the restorer at the time he finished with it? If he has any culpability in that issue, now he’s sure to deny it since such a significant period of time has elapsed.
  5. Newtons law

  6. 48 Dodge - What happened to my threads?

    Back when I was a teenager in Wichita, Kansas, a buddy of mine and I did just what Andy described to a ’48 Ford rearend in his ’48 Ford Club Coupe. His dad had a small auto salvage yard that he ran on the weekends (he worked at Boeing, and he had us bolt the wheel to the drum to help position the bolt, and then he arc welded the bolt in place. It worked out fine. Best of luck. Regards . . . .
  7. Casting trim

    Hey, Wiggo, Again, Thank You for this information. The graphics are fantastic. I don’t know how you did them, but they really look great, and help clarify your described procedure. Now, I’m really considering giving casting another go using your methodology. Warmest Regards . . . .
  8. Wiggo, Thanks for the info. I think I may give casting another go, but using your methodology instead of mine. Regards . . . .
  9. YoungEd, Where we are, we have the basic safety inspections, and emissions testing. There’s also a category for street rods, but they only have to have an inspection upon initial registration, and that inspection is the same as for ‘regular’ cars, but the emissions standards are based upon the year of manufacture of the engine. So, if the engine is a pre-emissions regulated one, there’s no emissions standards, thus no emissions test is conducted. Seems fair. They actually spend more time verifying the VIN, and then place a state-assigned VIN on the frame, and on the body, after which, the car’s registered, tagged with a street rod tag, and you’re good to go. Wiggo, What are you going to cast your part with? I tried to cast an emblem with aluminum, but it was so porous that is wasn’t usable. I suspect I had the temperature of the molten metal wrong, or that my process was faulty, but as it was my first attempt, can’t say with any certainty, other than I wound up with a piece of junk. Thot's???
  10. Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    Where we live, the state speed limit is still 55MPH!!! That's fine for older cars, but with newer ones - it sucks!!! But, when you take into consideration the congestion around here, I'll have to admit to being less-than-enthused about driving any faster. It's also one of the reasons why our '46 Plymouth is transforming into yard-art, and taking up valuable real estate in my garage. I've got to come up with a plan, and soon . . . . .
  11. Wiggo, I’m not a patient person (keep in mind that I’m a retired doc), so I’m not even going to hazard a guess as to the time to tune six carburetors to one-another. The name “Medusa” is perfect for those headers. That car’s definitely “out there”, and that’s probably why I like it so much. The car I drove in undergraduate school was a chopped/sectioned/channeled/lowered Pontiac with a supercharger on the engine. It only had two inches of clearance—all of the time—NO airbags on that beast (after all, it was 1969 . . .). Andy, And I tho’t some of the states here in the U.S. had tough standards. I’ll admit, and agree, that the intention of the inspections is to keep unsafe vehicles off of the roads, but sometimes bureaucrats get so pumped up with their own imagined self-worth, that they take it too far. The car mentioned just above failed an inspections because it didn’t have outside door handles (they were electrically operated), and the logic was that if I was in an accident, the first-responders wouldn’t be able to get the door open. I took this up to the next level of authority, and stated that if such a circumstance occurred, it’d be reasonable to just break the window, thus negating the need for an exterior door handle. The authority agreed with my logic, and the registration and license tag were issued. Just sayin’ . . . . . T120, It sounds like just a piece of yard art to me, so I totally agree with you - what's the point?????
  12. Wiggo, That’s one crazy set of headers!!!!!!!
  13. Andy, No need to apologize, my friend. Question, tho’—why is it problematic to register a car that’s had a frame clip? Is it that way with any car? When I was in hi-school, and undergrad school, I worked at a shop that built dragsters and funny cars (‘60’s and ‘70’s), as well as custom work. We often took two different brands of frames and blended them together without any problems, legally or failures. If anything, we went overkill to make sure the ‘new’ frame was safe. I was also the body shop manager at a Datsun dealership (see, I’m o-l-d . . .), and on severe wrecks of pickup trucks, we’d take another decent frame and put the two together to get one good one.
  14. Fuel Sending Unit help

    How many terminals are on the back side of the fuel gauge? Our ’46 Plymouth has 2, and the ground is from one of the mounting screws to a common ground post, which is wired back to the negative terminal of the battery (the car is 6v neg ground). Is there a difference between the gauges on Dodge vs Plymouth? If there’s 2 terminals on the gauge, it seems logical that you’d need a sending unit with 2 terminals.
  15. Knuckleharley, The”Puff” we saw was firing, but we couldn’t hear the shots, only a “whirring”. Later on, we saw what “Puff” had accomplished—there wasn’t even one foot between any bullet strikes. And, the trees—not a leaf on them!!! I’ll bet seeing “Puff” in action at night would’ve been a memorable site to behold. Now that’s what we called “fire power”. Makes one proud to have served, and survived. Hmmmmm, I wonder if that’s where Chrysler tagged the name “Fire Power”. Or, maybe not. Wiggo, As for old, we’re not old, we’re just “mellowed”, like a fine wine, or a vintage cigar, or a well-cared-for and well-loved old car. Pflaming, I think we’re talking about two different “Puff’s”. Altho’ I haven’t heard the term “Mary Jane” since the days of the hippies, and Yes, I do remember the days of the hippies—been there, don’t that, survived it, and grew up. But, there were some good times had back then. Canned Heat, Jethro Tull, etc. . . . . . .
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