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About 48Windsor

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    Rossville, Ks.
  • Interests
    Cars, Ferguson Tractors, Wheel Horse Garden Tractors, old stuff
  • My Project Cars
    48 Windsor, 63 Sedan De Ville


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  1. 48Windsor

    Sub Zero Challenge

    Well I thought I would post and update to my sub zero drive fiasco. Finally got my shop heater going so I threw in some antifreeze in the old whale to see how bad the radiator leaked. Hmmm, no leaks anywhere. My theory is that the antifreeze was good enough to protect it while sitting in the shop but when I pulled it out in the subzero air with the fan pulling all that cold air through the rad, it froze it up. Stopped the flow to the engine which caused it to get hot. Glad I wasn't on the road. Anyway, all is well with protection down to -35. Also, here's a pic of my son and his wife back from Portland Or. for Christmas. He got a real kick out of driving the fluid drive!
  2. 48Windsor

    Sub Zero Challenge

    Well, I hate to post this but yesterday it was -10 here in sunny Ks. A month ago when it was in the 60's I made an appointment to have some work done on the "beached whale". Rather than cancel I said what the H..... and went out to see if the ole girl would start. The old 6v struggled a bit but on the 3rd try it caught and ran fine. With a spring in my step I went back to the house to let it warm up good before hitting the road. Looked out and saw a lot of steam coming from the front of the car. Yep, rad must have froze up. I'm pretty careful about maintenance on my stuff so this was kind of a puzzle. The only thing I can figure is I used premixed antifreeze this summer when I changed the thermostat. Evidently it didn't give enough protection with what was in the system. Should have tested it. Stupid is is stupid does. Bad end to a good start.
  3. 48Windsor

    251 distributor

    Good to know. Will keep on file for future reference. Thanks
  4. 48Windsor

    251 distributor

    No. Does he have parts or fix vac adv? 1st time I heard his name.
  5. 48Windsor

    251 distributor

    Thought I'd give an update. I sent the vacuum advance off to TerrIll Machine in Texas. Turnaround time is about 3 weeks. In the meantime, my hometown mechanic has gone through the dizzy, cleaned and greased the breaker plate as it was stuck solid. Looks and works good now. Replaced the points and condensor, timed, etc. Will take it back for him to install the vac. adv. and re-time when I get it back. Man does it run a lot better now! Would run down the road at 60-65 with ease but i'd say 55mph is pretty much the sweet spot. I don't like to push it much over that, besides I'm not in that much of a hurry any more. Anyway, ready to start extending the road trips to test dependability. Tom B
  6. 48Windsor

    251 distributor

    Everybody I talked to, Kanter, Roberts, Vintage Power wagons, etc, had none in stock. Some wanted to rebuild mine - 2-4 weeks min. Might be forced to go that route. I don't suppose there are any other alternatives. Reg Evans, thanks, I didn't see that one on Epay. Looks similar, will take pic of it down to shop tomorrow. NOS is a little worrisome since the rubber is so old on the diaphragm.
  7. 48Windsor

    251 distributor

    Took the ol whale (48 Chrysler) in to get normal tuneup stuff done. Well the vacuum advance is shot, breaker plate stuck, etc. I've been all over looking for a vacuum advance, or complete distributor - no luck. Mechanic thought he could free up the breaker plate, but I'm stumped on what to do with the Vac adv. A few places will rebuild mine but thats a min. of 2-4 weeks or more. I guess I'm after instant gratification rather than waiting. Anyone have any other suggestions or have spares to sell??? Tag on it says Part#1121944, IGS4208 A1 9C002897
  8. 48Windsor

    On The Road Again (not by Willie Nelson)

    Great pics. Another Kansan here, 20 min. NW of Topeka.
  9. 48Windsor

    48 Chrysler Thermostat install

    The thermostat was not set in the indented groove of the thermostat housing. While trying to move the housing around to get the short hose on and line up the bolts to the head, the housing was sitting on top of the thermostat flange. This of course caused a slight leak at the base of the t-stat housing. To hold the t-stat in place, I put 4 very small dabs of rtv under the flange, just enough to make contact between the T-stat and the housing. Let it dry, and no longer had to worry about it not being set in the indent while installing it.
  10. 48Windsor

    48 Chrysler Thermostat install

    Thanks all.
  11. 48Windsor

    48 Chrysler Thermostat install

    Hey guys, how the heck do you keep the t-stat centered in the housing when you installing it back on the engine. Trying to keep it centered while installing the short hose is by guess and by golly. The rad. hose is easy to bend around to install after its tightened down. Do you all have a trick to keep it in place so it doesn't get under housing? I noticed a seep around the housing to head so I assume its not sitting right. Tom B
  12. 48Windsor

    WWW Tires - Tubes ??

    Lots of great information here. Thanks everyone. Looking forward to driving this thing without having to worry about a tire going south! Tom B
  13. 48Windsor

    New radiator - experience with the champion offer

    I've had one in my 63 cadillac for going on 4 years. No problems what so ever. The mechanic did have to do something on one of the lower mounts if I remember correctly, but nothing major. Tom B
  14. 48Windsor

    Most Mechanics don't listen

    I don't know if anyone else has had this problem but I've ran into it a couple times, not only with my Chrysler, but also with my 63 Cadillac. Mechanics, even ones that work on old stuff, seem to seem to ignore comments from customers. I have some basic mechanical skills, but I know my limitations. I do try to do a fair amount of research the problems I encounter. On a recent trip to my, what I would call a good "old school" mechanic to have my Chrysler's brakes adjusted, I told him about what I had learned on this forum about adjusting the toe, heal, etc. After a week, out of frustration he finally read the manual and I now have a decent brake pedal. It seems they all think its just nuts and bolts, and I continue to tell them these cars are different. It seems to fall on deaf ears until they see defeat. Had the same problem with alignment on my Caddie. Gave the guy alignment specs for radial tires which is different than the factory specs for bias. He ignored my info, car drove like crap. Took it to one of my local guys and told him what happened so he used the specs I had. He tweaked them a little and it drives great. It took and act of God to get my money refunded from the 1st shop. Ok, entertainment is over and I'm done with my rant! Good luck to all when taking your cars to the shop. Tom B
  15. 48Windsor

    WWW Tires - Tubes ??

    As always,thanks all for the comments Tom B

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