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DrDoctor last won the day on May 9 2017

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  1. What sill mats to get for 48 coupe?

    3-M adhesive works well, too, as long as you don’t plan on moving/removing it too soon.
  2. 51 Plymouth, Mustang II Kit, Custom Stub?

    I concur with DJ194950—their Revo IFS setup is tough, if not impossible, to beat. Abit more costly than the others, but you get what you pay for. I used one on a guy’s car a few years ago, and he reports NO problems. Definitely contact them!!!
  3. Steering wheel

    Owchhh!!! Been there, done that . . . our computer’s name is “Dawg”. . . . .
  4. D24

    If you should break/crack the glass, since it’s flat, any glass shop should be able to cut you another piece. When they do, be sure they smooth the edges to give you a smooth surface to work with, and thus improve your odds on the subsequent attempt. Best of luck.
  5. Steering wheel

    DJ194950, Thank you for the information. I didn’t know that. Now a question for you: were the steering wheels in ’46-’48 different between DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe, too? Thx. Best regards.
  6. 51 Plymouth, Mustang II Kit, Custom Stub?

    The Mustang II is a lighter car than what you’re dealing with. As such, it isn’t designed for that much weight. I’ve used Fatman (hate the company), Heidt’s (nice folks, but still uncomfortable with the design), so on heavy cars, I simply refuse to go the Mustang II route—period!!! I’m also not a fan of welded A-arms, as I’ve seen more than one fail. There are better ways to achieve what you want. I wholeheartedly agree with KnuckleHarley, which I usually do. I also agree with rhelm1953—go to a salvage yard and get a complete front frame clip from a car that is as close to your frame’s measurements as you can. When you join the two, don’t just butt weld—use "rosette welds", and “fish plates”, on all planes for strength, and make sure you’re using a welder capable of adequately penetrating the material. If unsure, have it professionally done. This isn’t an area where one should cut corners, or experiment!!! Best regards.
  7. Steering wheel

    Belvedere666, I really do love the way your steering wheel turned out—GREAT JOB!!! I looked at the photos you’ve provided here, and my curiosity got the better of me, so I had to go look at the steering wheel on our car (1946 Plymouth Special DeLuxe Club Coupe, if any of that makes any difference), and it looks like the top photo you provided of the back side of your steering wheel. The front of our wheel looks like the photo of the front of your wood-grained steering wheel, but the horn button is completely different to what we have—we’ve got a horn-ring. I tho’t I’d be of some help to you, but I’ve probably only thrown more confusion on this topic. Sorry ‘bout that . . . . PS — Do you put some type of clear on the wheel to protect the wood-graining once you’ve got it the way you want it. And, if so, what do you use? Thx.
  8. Steering wheel

    Belvedere666, By the way, from what I can see of the steering wheel in the photo—the wood-graining looks VERY nice!!!
  9. My wife's gotta be the absolute best :)

    Andy, It’s good to know that in this crazy world, there are some constants. Like you and your wife, our situation is much the same. After 47 years of marriage, she reminds me that “when momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”. True!!! I often tell people (in jest, mind you) that I’ve been “happily married for 3 years, but the other 44 have just been hell”, at which she’ll give me the same old scowl, and then the same smile.
  10. How Many Drive Their Old Mopars In Rain

    Mrwrstory, My wife wanted me to mention when I rode in a bucket-T with a friend of mine, in a downpour. She was in our full-custom _ _ _ _ _ well behind us, because of the huge rooster-tails he was creating with the huge rear tires. The fronts were motorcycle wheels/tires, so they didn’t toss up too much rain. She tho’t it was hilarious, but we didn’t. To add to our misery—the packing was blowing out of the headers, the engine kept cutting out due to ingesting water in thru the carbs and into the blower, I kept turning off the lights by putting my feet too close to the seat riser, and the list goes on. Yeah . . . . fun . . . . . . . . .
  11. door sill 49 Plymouth

    The doors are sealed to the body by the rubber weather-stripping around the perimeter of the door. As I’ve been told, the purpose of the door sill plate is to protect the carpet at the high-wear area at the door. It also acts as an anchor for the carpet, and the windlace surrounding the door opening (if there is any).
  12. air cleaner conversion

    Don, and Dpollo, I’ve heard of people converting an original oil-bath air cleaner to a paper-element air cleaner. I have a couple of questions pertaining to that: 1) doesn’t the oil-bath air cleaner perform better job than a paper-element one? And 2) wouldn’t you have to cut up almost the entire interior of the oil-bath air cleaner to accomplish this? Thx.
  13. door sill 49 Plymouth

    I know reproduction items for these old Chrysler products tend be costlier than those for an old Ford, or Chevy. That said—I’ve notice that everyone who discusses doorsills refer to them being rubber. Our ’46 DeLuxe Club Coupe has metal ones, and not some poor home-made attempt. Rather, they’re extremely nice, folded edges, ribbed at each end for the windlace to go underneath, shallower ribs on the main surface for structural rigidity. At first, upon learning that other’s were rubber, I tho’t they were the backing for the rubber cladding, but the shape of ours doesn’t correspond to photos of the rubber ones I’ve seen. I’m confused . . . any tho’ts??? I know this didn’t answer your initial question, but the idea of making a nice set out of aluminum, or stainless steel, or even plain steel and painting them, might be an acceptable alternative, and one that’s not so costly. However, if you’re doing a concours-type restoration, than this idea isn’t applicable.
  14. Kick panel resource

    Like Plymouthcranbrook, I made mine, but I acquired some white backer-board pieces from a house contractor, and it worked great. I also used this stuff for the package tray in back.