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DrDoctor last won the day on May 9

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving

    East Dundee, Illinois—I ran around with a couple of plastic surgeons for awhile that lived in East Dundee, Illinois. One lived next to Michael Jordan, and the other one lived near a football player, but I don’t remember the name. Small world . . . .
  2. Happy Thanksgiving

    And, back at you, too. Hmmm, so your first name’s Paul . . . so was my maternal grandfather’s. Karma???
  3. Views From The Old Dodge

    Fhubler, Hey, you’ve done it again—hit one out of the park!!! I love the photo of the Dodge next to the old stone church. I remember when returned from Europe, my grandparents taking me to church at a little church like that, altho’ it was a white wooden structure rather than stone. But, it was quaint, and I have the greatest memories of walking with them up the hill to little church. Thank you so much for the memories!!!
  4. Views From The Old Dodge

    Fhubler, 49D-24BusCpe, Pflaming, Don, Jerry, Jipjobxx, Hey, Guys, this is obviously off the original topic, but given the impending holiday, hopefully you’ll give me “a pass” on this one. Have you ever had a gobbler sandwich? Or, it’s also called a “bobbie” (like the London policemen). Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s the greatest, and a tradition in my family ever since we came back to the U.S. from post-WWII Germany. After the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, in the early evening, when everyone’s raiding the kitchen, take a slice of bread, put on some sliced turkey (light or dark—your preference), some dressing, some cranberry sauce, and the other slice of bread, and indulge!!! Further, if you really want to jazz it up, put on some sweet potato, making sure to get some of the marshmallow, and then you’ve got an unbeatable sandwich. It’s one of the things that makes Thanksgiving special. It’s my favorite holiday. If you’re travelling—travel safe!!! Warmest personal regards to each of you, and to yours, on this holiday.
  5. Views From The Old Dodge

    Fhubler, Again—I LOVE the photos taken from the inside of your car. The countryside is beautiful, and the two-lane highways bring back another flood of fond memories. Thank you so much for sharing them. You’re really a lucky guy—having a pre-war car, and a post-war car. I don’t see how that could get much better. Warmest personal regards to you, and yours. Enjoy your holiday!!!!
  6. Views From The Old Dodge

    Jerry, Many Thanks for the photo, and information. Of course, you realize that you’ve just fueled the fire for me—now I’m going on the hunt in earnest!!! Pflaming, I asked my wife if she’d be willing to work the manual arm on the rear window wiper. Well, you can just imagine her “enthusiasm” for that. You and Fhubler will appreciate this—she actually asked me how often I’d be driving backwards in the rain. She also didn’t think the rear window would get that messed up driving forward. The girl’s still got a sense of humor, even after almost fifty years with me. Fhubler, I can’t express how much I appreciate your sharing that photo of your daughter looking out at all of the flags of our fallen comrades in arms. My dad probably has a shipmate or two there. Your grandfather probably had a buddy or two there, as well. I may even have a shipmate there. And, I’m certain that she’s aware of what a stirring site it is, and what it means to her father. Pass along to her how much it means to me, too. Gentlemen, my warmest personal regards to you all. Even tho’ we haven’t met in person, hopefully someday we can. Until that time, I still feel privileged to address you as “Friend”. Thx.
  7. Views From The Old Dodge

    Pflaming, and Fhubler, Guys, you may not realize it, but you’ve probably created a monster in me—I love the idea of a rear window wiper, and the photo of the Hudson may have sealed the matter for me—now I’ve got to have one . . . The creative juices were already stirring, because I’ve been researching how to use a 6v wiper motor from Mac’s (Ford) in our Plymouth, and now I’m expanding this research to the rear window. Best regards to you both!!!
  8. galvanic corrosion / stainless steel washers ??

    I you’re correct about the differences in antifreeze. That was a very expensive lesson that I learned the hard way. I’ve been more careful since then, and I have the coolant changed semi-regularly on our current Cadillac (it doesn’t have a petcock on the radiator, there’s no fitting in any of the lines, and no room under the hood . . .). I do remember the Ford V-6 issue. My parents had a Ford with that engine, and the dealer replaced one (yep, one) head gasket, and when they brought the car out front for them to take it home, the other one began leaking. Hard to believe, but since I took them to get their car, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Only in cartoons, or so I tho’t. Best regards to all herein . . .
  9. Views From The Old Dodge

    Fhubler, I really love the photos from inside of the car. This most recent one of the dashboard, and the gravel road in front of the car speaks volumes to me!!! Pflaming, I’m sorry about the premature passing of your mother. Those years were truly the best, and the worst, of times. I, too, miss “the good old days”, and they were good old days. Now, a question about that sedan. While it’s not a Chrysler product, it’s still a car of those vintage years, so I don’t think I’m too far out there. I confess to not being a white-wall guy, but on that car—I wouldn’t change a thing!!! My question: was a rear window wiper an option on Chevy’s? I’ve never heard of it, much less seen one. Gentlemen, Warmest personal regards to both of you.
  10. Views From The Old Dodge

    Hey, I’m obviously not the most observant guy on the planet. I just noticed that you’re from Bethel, Penn. Now, I’m not that familiar with Penn, so where in the state is that? Is it near Philly? I worked in Wilmington, and went to Philly many times. In fact, my wife had surgery at HUP a few years ago. Dependent upon where Bethel is, we may not be all that far from one another. Regards.
  11. Views From The Old Dodge

    Thank you for that complement about my dad. Your grandfather sounds like he was quite a guy, too. My dad never did talk much about the war. I do remember him often saying that he was just glad it was over, that he made home alive, and all he wanted was to get on with his life. I agree with you, they were “The Greatest Generation”. It’s a title they earned, but most of them didn’t feel they did. They just did what they had to out of a strong sense of duty. My war was smaller, but I understand how they felt. Best Regards . . . .
  12. Views From The Old Dodge

    My dad was the same way. He served in the Navy on a heavy cruiser. He was involved in Operation Torch (the invasion of northern Africa, his ship came under Nazi attack during the Battle of Tobruk, and was almost sunk), Operation Husky (the invasion of Sicily) Operation Avalanche (the invasion of Italy), and was to participate in Operation Overlord (D-Day, the invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe at Normandy, France), but while enroute to their assigned assembly area, they were diverted to the southern coast of France, in the Mediterranean, instead. He never talked much about this. I garnered a lot of information on his Navy experiences from the Dept of the Navy, and the DOD, shortly before he passed. I’m convinced that your grandfather, my father, and most of those who served in WWII, were “cut from the same bolt of cloth”. We’re all blessed that they were. Warmest personal regards.
  13. galvanic corrosion / stainless steel washers ??

    Steve, I’ve had nothing but trouble with stainless steel fasteners. I used to ride a chopper—over 9’ long, and I used chrome-plated hardware on it exclusively. I never encountered any problems with them. I was told by an experienced biker to avoid stainless fasteners, since practically everything on a chopper is in the open. So, after that, I do like you do—chrome, or grade-8 fasteners. Further, fhubler is correct on all counts. The example I’m aware of the dissimilar metals issue is using a brass fitting between a copper pipe, and a galvanized one. I’ve also experienced a late-model Cadillac (mine, of course) having its head gaskets deteriorate due to the combination of cast iron block, aluminum heads and intake, and using the wrong anti-freeze, and even worse—not changing it. To put it mildly, it was an expensive lesson, and a very inconvenient one, too. So, been there—done that. I guess some things I have to learn the hard way.
  14. Views From The Old Dodge

    49D-24BusCpe, You were standing in the car . . . obviously not wearing any type of restraint. Imagine, I bet those of us who are of our generation did that (I did), and we’re still around to talk about it. Try letting a child stand in a car now days. The repercussions would be just plain ugly!!! Fhubler, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your sharing those photos, and the memories. My dad had a ’49 Hudson Hornet after we came back from Germany (we lived there for almost 5 years), and he used to put some luggage on the floor to make it the same level as the rear seat, so I could sleep as we went on trips to see family (we drove at night, since the car didn’t have AC). My wife remembers riding in the back window tray of her dad’s ’40 Ford Deluxe Coupe. I confess to being abit emotional, too, at looking at the photos. I’ve got similar photos, but my dad was in the Navy, first in the Atlantic, then the Mediterranean, and then the Pacific. Our parents were in what’s called the “Greatest Generation”, and it’s called that for a reason!!! You two guys are great, and I really appreciate your allowing me to participate in this journey down memory lane. I agree with you both—driving a car of this vintage does provide a direct connection with the era of our parents, and/or grandparents. It’s a priceless connection. Warmest personal regards to both of you.
  15. Logic Behind Passenger Door Key?

    Andy, another example of humorous situations from you from “the Land Down Under”. I’d love to see you, and your passenger, trying to adjust the seat for your respective/individual settings. Who had to tell who that a bench seat wasn’t the same as bucket seats? I’m a fan of TV shows from the 50’s and 60’s, such as Perry Mason, and Andy Griffith. Even in those decades, those shows show people getting in and/or out of the car on the passenger side, even tho’ those cars had keyed locks in the driver’s door. Old habits do indeed die slowly. Plus, as Donald alluded to above—some locales had statutes mandating entry/egress on the non-traffic side. Times have changed. Case in point—I was in the District, and saw a woman open her SUV’s door just as a pickup came by, and the pickup hits the door, snapped it off, and it bounced down the street in front of morning rush-hour Washington, D.C. traffic, sending sparks flying!!! While it was obviously dangerous, and could have been tragic had she been just a few seconds quicker—and gotten out of the vehicle. But, as it was, it was something that you’d expect from a Keystone Cops movie of the 1910’s/1920’s. Regards to all . . . . . .