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  1. My 1953 Canadian Plymouth Belvedere (25” engine, 228 CID) has just over 102,000 miles. It is the original engine with very little work done. In 1977, at 72,000+ miles, I did replace a burnt valve with a good used one and all valves were lapped. As it was kind of apart, I did put new rings in after honing the cylinders. Bearings were plastigauged and were within factory specs so therefore reinstalled. 30,000 miles later the engine still runs great and uses virtually no oil. Serviced and maintained regularly. It just goes to show these old Mopar flatheads run a long time if treated reasonably. So, original pistons, bearings, valves, etc. Only new non-original parts are rings, one valve, and head gasket. P.S. - Paint is original too.
    11 points
  2. Fresh out of paint. In the process of re-assembling.
    10 points
  3. Tired iron

    Victory lap

    After being perched on the lift all winter, I've been waiting for the snow in front of my shop to melt enough to get my 1950 Dodge Meadowbrook out for a short cruise yesterday. It was the first time she's moved under her own power in forty-some years. And those forty-some years were really hard on her. She sat outside in a little village in the N Cascade mtns called Stehekin that is accessible only by boat and has only about one mile of road. The incredible snows caved in the roof and rotted and rusted out the interior. The plus side of that slumber and location is the motor only has 35k miles (where do you go with only 2 miles of road?) I un-stuck 5 valves and now the motor purrs (45 lbs oil pressure at idle). Rebuilt the transmission, added an overdrive, did a fluid-drive delete, installed a two-circuit brake master and all new brakes and nicop lines, new ebrake and cable, wheel bearing and seals, 12 V alternator, and electric fuel pump. Gutted the interior and put in a new headliner and door cards. Next up is new upholstery on the seats.
    9 points
  4. Indeed my old Mopars are therapy cars. I get as much enjoyment from driving them as I do repairing and maintaining them. Its rewarding and somehow fulfilling to keep these old cars in tip-top shape, driving them regularly. The world is a happy, trouble free place when cruising around in an old car at 25 mph. You see the sights and the enjoy the smells. Like seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. I really like Sunday morning summer cruises at 6am. Before it gets hot. Head out, grab a drive-through coffee and cruise. Stop maybe for a photo op or shoot a little You Tube footage. Maybe Friday after work, get some take out food. Head to the park overlooking the river with Momma. Eat in the car, enjoy the sights. While the sun sets. Its hard to beat. I am in my happy place in and around my old cars. I am fulfilled.
    9 points
  5. I Used to love to drive. I could go on a road trip on a moments notice without notice. I would occasionally get off work and drive to the beach just cus. The last couple decades my passion for driving diminished to it just being another necessity. As cars "Improved" I lost interest in driving. Enter Jacquiline. I love driving Jacquiline. Driving her makes me Mentally relax, Physically relax, and happy so I suppose emotionally relax. All is okay with the world. The feeling of mechanical connection with the wheels, breaks, Clutch, and engine are calming and I feel in control. So much more than my Subaru, which was like driving a sensory deprivation chamber. I would rather drive Jacquiline to the point I sold my Subaru and Jacquiline is now my sole source of transportation. Does she count as a therapy car? To me she does.
    8 points
  6. Here is where I am on my restoration.
    7 points
  7. I can drive my 49 first edition with a 3.9 easily at 65 mph. I make a trip to Three Forks to recycle paper, cardboard and plastic. It’s only a 60 mile round trip. Today, I drove the Interstate to TF and old highway US10 along the Jefferson River and past Lewis and Clark caverns on the return. As much as we like to go for a drive, I got a half dozen waves on the secondary road, I think it brings a smile to other drivers too. Rick D.
    6 points
  8. My wife posted just a fun little video about our 47 Dodge Custom, take a look and let us know anything she should add in. The 40s Mopar just don’t appear to get the public eye and love I think they should.
    6 points
  9. In the spirit of the original SoCal MoPar Breakfast Club, this past Saturday’s meet up by the Plymouth Owners Club for Southern California provided an opportunity to see and talk about Plymouths & other MoPars. We look forward to doing it again soon. 😉
    6 points
  10. 3-26: Out running some errands. Stopped at the Bluff Country Co-op for some goat milk and a few other things. Man I tell ya it felt good to drive the Meadowbrook. What a cool car! Got some strange stares as not many people around here drive a rusty early 50s car. Actually, I think I'm the only one! 😂
    5 points
  11. Current Nissan Europe TV commercial for the Juke...
    5 points
  12. Had a very slight drip from the tank plug on my ‘52 Plymouth. Kept tightening it but still leaked. Ran the tank low enough to make sure it would fit into the 2 clean 5 gallon pails I had. That plug gasket was the 1 rubber fuel related item I never replaced, the ethanol blend fuels finally ate it away. No big deal removing the plug unless like mentioned earlier that the metal might be “soft”. As far as getting rid of the old/bad gas, get some containers and write “GAS” on them, fill them up, put them in the back of your pickup and drive to Walmart. Park your pickup with the tailgate down, go shopping for an hour or so and when you come back the containers will be gone and the bad gas is no longer your problem.
    5 points
  13. Haven’t been on here in while so just wanted to add a few photos of the recent progress to my ride. This past summer I redid the interior for under $150. Some Marine carpeting and cheap seat covers from Amazon made fairly easy work of the refresh. Recovered the factory door panels and made some kick panels. My current project is a custom built windshield visor. Still in progress with this one. I made some clamps that attach solely to the drip edge so no need for drilling anything. Easily removable. She also won a trophy at a local car show over the summer.
    5 points
  14. The weather here is Pa is starting to break. Went with a couple of car guys to a swap meet up in Hamburg Pa. Well attended and the weather was great. I have a 39 Desoto so I usually do not find many parts for the car. But today was a good day. I found a left used glass taillight lens that had a small chip in one corner but will not show afer the trim ring is placed around the lens. I paid only $8 for it. Then found some NOS Autolite condensers for the car got 5 for $10 all still in the Autolite box. Came home and tested them on my Condensor tester and they are all good to be used. The found and early Autolite electrical testing manual that was never used and the data covers my car for the dizzy, generator, regular repairs. Got the for $5. Just nice to have for reading material. All and all not a bad day. Rich Hartung Desoto1939@aol.com
    5 points
  15. Tired iron

    Victory lap

    Well, I happen to know the story. The Buckner family homesteaded up at the head of this 60 mile long lake called lake chelan. Buckner mtn is named after them. One of the boys grew up and stayed on the land. He got himself a mail order bride in the late forties from Oklahoma named Lena. He arranged to buy her a new car (now my car) and she drove it all the way across the country by herself here to chelan to begin her new life up at the Buckner homestead. The car was brought up on a barge. Both Lena and the car lived their whole lives up there. I bought the car for 200 bucks, sight unseen, and it came back down on the barge to me. I named the car Lena, of course.
    4 points
  16. Absolutely, she should be designated with that status. I think we should get special licence plates like collector plates, and get a discount on insurance. It would cut down on accidents due to road rage. I drive my 1930 Hudson (Surmod) almost everyday, except when it snows or it's icy during the winter months. Then they cover the roads with salt and I park it until we get a heavy rain to wash all that salt away. Before I bought Surmod, Harmony, my '48 Windsor, was my pleasure car. But since I have Vintage plates and not Collector plates, legally I'm only allowed to drive her on special occasions. Anyway I got her out for the first time this year a couple days ago and it felt soooooo good and relaxing. Like you said, all the problems in life seem to evaporate, when you're behind the wheel. The entire time I'm driving her, I can't wipe the smile off my face. It's also very rewarding driving the old relics after those long winters in the shop wearing lined coverall and scraping knuckles, and figuring out how to approach the next project. That process is therapy in itself. Then the payoff is when you firing it up and go cruising.
    4 points
  17. This is our Miss Daisy on the film set of Das Boot Season II . Filmed in Liverpool England 2019
    4 points
  18. I assume it is not good gas, otherwise you would not drain it to clean the tank. I would put it into a container to hold it. I have several gallon jugs around for things like this. I would use it to clean parts with .... I then leave the parts tub outside and the gas evaporates. I once used some to pour into a large red ants nest. This nest was huge and right at my gate to take my trash out to the alley bin. I know it sounds terrible .... gasoline is refined oil that comes out of the ground. What ants I did not kill, they moved to a new home and the grass that was gone because of the nest came back in weeks. I also used some on a tree sapling growing right next to my home foundation. I cut it down & tried to kill it by removing it .... just kept coming back up. I poured some gasoline on it and it died. Again the grass grew right back in ..... I know, I expect grief for suggesting this. Modern fuels evaporate so quickly. I have a fence line that is very difficult to keep the weeds out. Give the weeds a couple dry days, feed them some gas & they suck it up instantly & die. But the soil is not damaged & the grass grows right back in. So beat me up for pouring gas on the ground, I have done it several times & will continue to do so in the future .... on targeted areas.
    4 points
  19. Why are my brake pistons designed with 2 different sized bores? Why does my 50's Mopar have 2 separate front brake drum wheel cylinders per wheel? I had a pretty good idea, because I read a bit about somewhere. Yet I see now that I certainly lacked dept of understanding. This video is enlightening. Watch if from the beginning. Then at about the 8 min mark things go way over the top with sinusodial engineering math. I had to fast-forward all that. It makes my underdeveloped brain hurt. Then go to about the 1:05 mark and watch again. Look the illustration, that's classic dual cylinder front brakes found on many Mopars. Look how it works and why they did that. The discussion about the different braking forces required for the primary and secondary shoe was great. Good info! The engineering and math way back in the day is amazing. It was all there. The math told them so. The engineers just had to figure out how to put it into real life practical use in an automobile...And they did, so very well.
    4 points
  20. When they make the cores for the inside of the coolant area, they use wire to hold the cores together so they don't suffer "Core Shift." Some times they don't get all of the wire out. Some times they don't get all the sand out either! A friend got a real good deal on a new Edsel because it would only run on 7 cylinders. The factory hadn't gotten the sand out of one of the intake runners. Fast forward a few decades and another friend who worked at a Mercedes dealer said one of their cars had a blocked off runner in its intake manifold. So this is an on going issue with manufacturers. Here's a photo of a piece of cast iron I took out of a Chrysler Industrial 265 cylinder head.
    4 points
  21. Sam Buchanan

    need a date

    It's ok if someone finds me a date, too..............
    3 points
  22. Had my Chrysler out last night for a cruise with Mrs. We went to Costco. Indeed we had conversations with strangers about it. “Is that an 8 cylinder?” “I’ll guess 1936”, another said. I educated the Ford and Chevy fans on the fine Chrysler engineering of the day. They backed off the dial a bit when I brought up full pressure oil system with oil filter. 😃 We came home on the 4 lane hiway. I pushed in the cruise control knob and floated home at about 55 mph. What a pleasure to drive.
    3 points
  23. Hello everyone. I'm dropping in to say hi and introduce myself. I live in a suburb of Tulsa, OK and have a 1947 Plymouth Special Deluxe. I bought the car in April 2022. I've entered it in a couple of car shows so far, but haven't used it too much. I love classic cars & trucks of all sorts, but have to admit, I don't know a whole lot about them. I'm always learning, though. It is just hard to remember it all. I have a few friends that are walking encyclopedias on cars and it baffles me how they retain all of that information. Anyway... as for the car itself, to my knowledge I'm the 3rd owner at minimum. The gentleman I bought it from only had it 2 years. The PO before him had the car redone, but I'm not sure how long he owned it. I had the generator rebuilt last summer. I need to replace one of the rear door windows as the previous owner cracked it. I just had a blowout on one of my front tires and have some replacements that I need to get installed. I added seat belts to the rear seat, as we have 3 kids that want to ride along and they still require car seats. From what I was told, this car is "original" with a repaint. To be honest, I don't know if it is, or not. I was told it has the original motor/transmission. Interior is supposed to be original, but I'm pretty certain is was all redone. It has the tube radio in it, but I haven't been able to get it to work. The previous owner said he got it to come on, once. All of the lights work, heater works, defrost works, even the hood light functions. The kids are the main reason we got this beautiful car. We have 2 trucks ('71 C10 and a '73 F100), but we can't all ride in the trucks as a family. So, the search began for a "family car". I ran across the ad for this car and pulled the trigger on it. I've searched around on this site a few times for info, and decided to join in order to learn more. I like to be active on forums, so feel free to ask me any questions and I'll do my best to answer, or I'll probably be asking questions.
    3 points
  24. Well I really need this like a hole in the head, or as little Johnny McCormick at Wright Tree Service used to say, if you had half a brain that be all you'd have! But for $1,000 a running truck with a fairly good set of grill bars hood ornament and bumper guards couldn't turn it down. Just an 8-hour road trip up to Wyoming. Upon further inspection I noticed it has the hard to find dual horns, interior light I don't know what else I'll find when I get home. Attached is the Facebook ads and some pictures. 1948 B-1-D DUALLY.pdf
    3 points
  25. ggdad1951

    Todd Build Thread

    I was really hoping to have this all finished by Q time, but I don't think it's in the cards. Gotta take a few nights to finish off the taxes....stupid taxes Driver side is giving me a few isues getting it all lined up happy with the passenger side. Even a vaunted template failed me and I'm down to itterative pivot placement. I'm close, but not quite yet. 34100.mp4
    3 points
  26. 3-26-23: It's alive! I'm still here you guys. After sitting all winter outside (with more ice than I've ever seen in a winter) I got the Meadowbrook going again yesterday. I installed the rebuilt generator and a new battery, dumped a bit of gas down the carb and it fired right up. Brakes work, runs normal temp, etc. I even took it to the Drive-In for burgers and malts. Once again I'm impressed by the old flathead. I've got a new headlight coming in Tuesday.
    3 points
  27. She's been well loved for sure. Ownership, care and maintenance is a major factor. Lots of people across the past 100 years have, and still do ,treat their car as just another tool. They'll defer costs and drive the wheels off it. Any hint of downtime, go get a new one. Many just do the bare minimum until something starts acting up. Preventative maintenance is unknown to many. I like the saying that many people treat their cars just like their fridge. You just buy one and use it until it breaks. Then buy another. In many instances its as true today as it ever was.
    3 points
  28. ggdad1951

    Todd Build Thread

    No, those are power windows as well. If I'm going to do the insane, might as well go for TOTAL insanity.
    3 points
  29. You get it running and we can set up a relay drive across country for it, lol
    3 points
  30. That's a good point that 9 foot box made about the smiles we create. When I'm out and about in my '48 Windsor ( Harmony) I get lots of dignified smiles and thumbs up, with a sense of wow in their smiles. But when I'm out and about in my 1930 Hudson (Surmod) you'd think I was in a parade. I'd say at least 80% of the people I see, pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, acknowledge the car. Some with just a smile, some thumbs up, some pedestrians stop in their tracks and spread their arms, I've even had a few people bow. Many applaud, and I've had a few very young kids, probably preschoolers tug on their parents sleeve and point at the car. Some people jump up and down and cheer. I travel the same route through town to get to my shop each morning and return each afternoon. Many of the regular people simply smile and wave now, like we're old friends. It sure keeps me on my toes, because I feel I need to acknowledge their appreciation of days gone by, with a return wave or a blast of the horn. It's rewarding and comforting to see teenagers look up from their phones and wave and take pictures of these two cars. They can still appreciate an old car even though they probably have no connection with it. For the most part teenagers can only connect with that rectangular gadget in the palm of their hand. I go past a couple high schools and middle schools on my short daily journeys and it just feels good to see them take the time to appreciate these Oldtimers.
    3 points
  31. Los_Control

    Cooling

    I will add that my engine had a overheating problem .... went straight to overheat. I will add that my water distribution tube was plugged with hard water deposits. Once I cleared it & flushed out the block, it would not warm up with no T-stat. With a 180 T-stat installed, it would warm up & maintain steady temps for long periods of time. I also pulled all the soft plugs & replaced them while working on it .... flushing the block at same time.
    3 points
  32. D35 Torpedo

    New member

    Hello everyone, I've been lurking around here for a good while, and have finally decided to join. I picked up my 1950 dodge deluxe in october 2022. It was a total basket case, but fairly complete. Had the front clip off. Cleaned, rust treated, painted and assembled it correctly as it was half-assed together wrong. I went through the starter and repaired it. I honed the brake master back to life, drum assemblies look new. Rebuilt the steering box, carb, fuel pump and horns(craigslist scores). Rewired it front to rear with oversized wire and new sockets, everything soldered. Had to get the heater core recored. The engine was rebuilt in 2000 and was never ran. The generator was freshly rebuilt and the reg looked like new old stock. I rigged up a 12v power window motor for the wipers and it works just fine on 6v. I replaced metal around the front body mounts and fender bottoms. It's completely stock other than being lowered 3 inches. I picked up an 803 radio in much better condition than the 807 that was in it. So that will be the next major project. It's a work in progress but I'm daily driving it. This pic is before I rattle can chromed the front bumper and added the bumperettes. Plans are to get rid of the horribly red paint. Other pics are mid build and the day it came home. Cheers, Andrew
    3 points
  33. Dodge PilotHouse Era Truck Club
    3 points
  34. Given the choice of the Plymouth or this Juke, I'll take the Plymouth every time. I prefer to drive my 37 Plymouth than any other car I have ever driven.
    3 points
  35. keithb7

    Dash Speedo Project

    After a road test…Smooth! The needle is working better than ever. No jumping around anymore between 5-20 mph. Steady-eddy now. Happy with the results.
    3 points
  36. keithb7

    Dash Speedo Project

    Thought I’d follow up. I oiled up areas of the speedo mechanism that I could reach. I used 3in1 oil. I removed the glass. Cleaned it up inside. Painted the tip of the needle red again. I spun it up on the drill. Seemed good. I pulled the cable, lubed it up again. Reassembled all and lifted the rear wheels. I took it up to 40 mph in top gear. No noise. It looks better. All seems good. Off we go, cruising again soon.
    3 points
  37. ggdad1951

    Todd Build Thread

    passenger door gaps all built out horn mounted
    3 points
  38. Los_Control

    Radiator cushion

    Awhile back I walked down the street to the auto parts store. I found a piece of rubber on the road. 2'x2' heavy 3/8" ... brand new cut off from a larger piece. ... Must have been on someones flatbed work truck & fell off. I was so tickled pink about finding this great piece of treasure 2 blocks from my home .... wife thinks I'm a lunatic @joecoozie thanks for the link!
    3 points
  39. It's a factory option and part of the turn signal kit. The one you are showing definitely fits P14 and P15 Plymouths. It may fit earlier models too. There was a similar part for Dodge cars but the bezel is at a different angle. I have gradually collected the parts to fit one of these to my car but I still need to make some plastic inserts for the arrows. I know Mark Duggan's convertible has the same, factory fitted. And there are a couple of D25s over here in the UK that also have the same turn signal part.
    3 points
  40. Sniper

    Oil Breather Cap Styles

    The FSM says "Oil Filler Cap; Outlet Pipe Air Cleaner - Wash in kerosene, dry and saturate with SAE 50 engine oil"
    3 points
  41. Hello everyone. It's been a very long time since I did anything worth speaking about on the truck. Mainly just needs painting done, so winter stopped all that. There was one other thing I've wanted to do, since I did the brake upgrade. The previous owner spliced countless short lengths of brake line, all 1/4 in to plumb the truck. I had already replaced all of it, except one length that led back to the rear. It too was multi-piece, and for some reason, he did about three crazy "S" bends in the tubing. I guess he didn't want to just cut it to the proper length, but then nothing else he did to the brake lines was right, so why not. I checked to make sure I had the correct flare nuts, then straightened out a sufficient length of 3/16 NiCop. I pulled all the old line out and sent it to it's just resting place, then fed the new line into the stock location, and securing straps. I had to open them a bit to get the old out, and left them like that. I pulled the line out the side up front so I could work easily and put a nice double flare on it. Secured that to the PV2 proportioning valve, and slipped the line into the securing clips along my way to the back. Bending the line along it's path, I made sure I had enough line, then cut it to length. This time I had to lay under the truck, but no big, I put another flare on the line and secured it also. By this time brake fluid was just starting to drip from the master to the end of the line. I'll top the master and let it gravity fill for awhile, then go back out and bleed the brakes. Hopefully one last time. Spring is coming, I've got everything I need to paint...just need good weather. I even bought a popup screen room to paint the fender inside. Enjoy the weekend. Mine has been good so far.
    3 points
  42. I bought my 37 D5 from my neighbor's grandmother for one hundred dollars back in 1962. Parked it in 72 an brought it back to life in 2014 rebuilding the motor, replaced the trans with T5 and rear end with Explore 8.8 and Rusty Hope discs conversion on front.
    3 points
  43. RobertKB

    41 Plymouth Coupe

    Although I like them original, I agree that I have seen some very nice restomods. This was my latest project which is stock but would have made a nice restomod if so inclined.
    3 points
  44. ggdad1951

    Todd Build Thread

    Tip linkage pivots all welded in. I do have some heat deflection at the front pivot to deal with, but not that big of a deal, I will fix after the Q. Also dropped the turbo back on with the new spacer for clearance.
    2 points
  45. My plan was to eventually go 12v (rewired Generator). I just dont have the finances to do it now. The exsisting wiring was put in by one of the previous owners with Radio shack quality wire and poorly executed crimp connectors. She will require a Full on new loom as well as a full set of Light Bulbs,voltage droppers etc etc, I am just doing repairs as cheaply as possible at the moment.
    2 points
  46. The generator regulator combo only works when and if your battery needs charging. If your battery is fully charged, and you car starts easily and quickly, the Amp gauge may not show anything but the slightest movement to positive. My car usually shows a 5 amp or less charge for a couple miles, then drops to just a hint of positive indication. If all you are running is ignition and your battery is up to snuff, the regulator will idle the generator until it senses the need to cut in the generator to replace energy removed from the battery. When I first got my car, my regulator wasn't working correctly. Had to drive with the headlights on to keep it from overcharging. What you perceive as a fault, may be the system working as designed. As mentioned temporarily grounding the field coil, (this process is one of the charging systems tests shown in the service manual) by passes the regulator's sensing process and defaults to full charge mode regardless of the state of charge in the battery. The field wire terminal is the smaller diameter post on the generator. Should be the skinnier wire also.
    2 points
  47. Don't worry bkahler.....there always next year...... But who is gonna tell on me this year??? 😀 48D p.s. i got you back ggdad1950 !
    2 points
  48. Will throw in my 2 cents. Only rebuilt engines I have dealt with in the past, I had a shop R&R the engines & they did the initial startup. Listening to other mechanics for example Nicks garage on youtube builds high end mopar muscle cars. The ideal startup on a fresh rebuild, you want to double check everything. TDC, timing, points, wiring .... you want the engine to start right away. You do not want to turn it over for 15 minutes to find out the distributor is in 180 out or the firing order on the wires is wrong. You have all the assembly lube getting wiped off by just turning it over without proper oil pressure. Then when it is started, you have the cam to break in, the rings are getting seated .... you want the first start to run for about 20 minutes for everything to get settled. Then you would want to change the oil before the next start. ...... You want a cooling system hooked up for the first start. Too me that would be the ideal perfect first start, that gives your new engine the best chance to survive. It is not a perfect world, not all first starts go the way we want them ..... and it works out fine anyways.
    2 points
  49. I can think of at least one worse thing than a bunch of clicks. Personally I just don't see the need for this on the maintenance list. My coupe is approaching 30k since the rebuild on the same head gasket. Horror of horrors I also reused the old head bolts
    2 points
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