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  1. 6 points
    Matt Wilson

    Manifold Stud Replacement

    Ok, I have an update. This past Wednesday evening, I decided to give it a little go, by just trying the worst-looking stud. It was the rear-most stud. I turned the engine on its side (on the engine stand), took a pair of nuts, tightened them against each other and began applying some force with an open-end wrench on the bottom nut, in the loosening direction. At first, the nuts just turned on the stud, so I tightened up the nuts about as hard as I felt comfortable without stripping them. Then it was back at it with the wrench on the lower nut. To my surprise, the stud started to turn. I kept at it until I thought I could grip it with my vice-grips (not clamped down, but just using them like an ordinary pair of pliers) and I did this until the stud was out. Ok, I said, that went well....let's try another one. So I moved on to the next one and did the same thing. After the third or fourth one, I stopped using the two nuts and just used the vice-grips to get a very firm grip on the studs and removed them that way. Unbelievably, they all came out that way in less than an hour, except for the final one, which was the front-most one. I worked on that one for a little while, spraying penetrating oil and tapping with a brass mallet, grabbing with vice-grips, double-nutting it, etc., and it didn't budge. So....I let it sit with penetrating oil for a couple of days, till just a few minutes ago, when I went out there and tapped on it some more (actually several fairly sharp raps in all directions), then did the double-nut thing with the open-end wrench AND the vice-grips clamped down really tightly, placed 180 degrees opposite the wrench. I grabbed the wrench with one hand and vice-grips with the other and applied quite a bit of force to each. I was a little afraid I was getting close to the point where the stud could twist off, so was about to give up and try some heat, when.....voila!....the stud started to turn. So I kept at this until it was removed, though it fought me most of the way. But in the end, I prevailed. Now I have a nice, stud-free manifold mating surface. I'm glad I went ahead and did this. It was really a pretty small effort. I think I will now try to clean up the surface with a few light file strokes, or maybe a very brief/light sanding with my Black and Decker Mouse (which is a small orbital type of sander, I guess you'd say), as the manifold surface looks somewhat pitted. I suppose I could even take it back to my machinist and have him surface that region to get it really good, but not sure if need to do that and I'd prefer to avoid it if possible. Following that, I will clean out the threaded holes with a thread chaser, and spray the holes nice and clean with brake parts cleaner and install new studs with sealant or maybe anti-seize as suggested by MB Fowler in his post above. Thanks to everyone for the tips and more importantly for giving me the nudge to proceed with this. I was afraid it would going to turn into a nightmare, but it worked out amazingly well. I know it doesn't work out this way a lot of times, but I suppose I got lucky. I guess I was due, considering the trouble I've had with other areas of the project, LOL.
  2. 6 points

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    1940 Plymouth Truck ,PT 105 ,98 % Original
  3. 3 points

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    Location: Very South of Germany A quick prestory to the pictures ... Today I went to the Lake to go for a walk with the dog and taking some pictures of my 1939 PT ... But first a quick jump to the last weekend. Winter suddenly has stopped, rain had washed away the salt from the roads over night. I went to the lake early in the morning. Sun was just before rising up. I could see a yellow orange stripe along the horizon, super clear water, swans slowly waking up. What a panorama !!! From our side of the shore you can see the mountains of the Swiss Alps, if the sky is clear. That morning they where super clear, white shining snow on top. Simply perfect ! Unfortunately I neither had a camera nor my PT with me. So I decided to come back the next weekend ... Today morning , Feb. 23rd, 2019 something between 6.00 and 6.30 a.m. Knowing that there is just one access to the shore and it is strictly forbidden to enter it with a vehicle, I arrived a bit too early. Drove in with a slight bad conscience. Nobody was there. But today, no mountain view, just a grey haze. No swan just some scattered ducks. No orange horizon. Damned. Since I took the risk to get serious trouble, I yet decided to take some quick shots with the camera and quickly sneak away off of the shore. Jumped into the truck, wrooom, rear wheels scrabbled in the sand, ooops. A bit less throttle, but too late. Rear wheels went deeper and deeper .... then a man walked by, he was looking a bit wrathful / surprised. I probably like a caught little boy. But hey, that was a colleague from work !! I quick explained my situation, he just: ohooohhh. Now to make it short. He rushed to his home, came back with his car and a rope. (Still nobody else came to the shore - biiig trouble, if the sheriff or a conservationist would have appeared). Hooked in the rope and towed me out of my awkward situation. Yesss !!! I asked him what he wants to get, but he did refuse ... "hmm, maybe a ride in the PT !?" he said. So yes, I gladly will take him to a tour along the lake !!! So here some adventure pics I shot, although they are certainly not perfect: Was it worth it ? For me YESSS !
  4. 3 points

    Front Bumper Guard Question

    Two grille guards were the option for 1951-53 instead of three as used on the 1948-50 trucks. $4.44 was the cost for both in January of 1952.
  5. 2 points
  6. 1 point

    Another 230 build thread

    I’ve started the process of rebuilding the engine in my 1947 Dodge. I would like to use this thread to ask questions along the way when I can’t find the answer using the the search function. The reason for rebuilding this engine is that it had low compression and also the possibility of a cracked block or head. When I bought the car.a year ago the PO mentioned it might have a cracked block (probably why he sold it so cheap). I brought it home pulled the head gasket and found the cylinders full of coolant. Thought maybe just a bad gasket.Cleaned out the coolant. Drained the pan. Replaced gasket. Drove it for a couple of months. Still had low compression. Would still blow gray smoke sometimes on accelerating. I have dreams of making this car into a reliable, long distance driving car. To rebuild the engine seems to be an inevitability. What the hell. I’m doin it!
  7. 1 point

    Finished my 41 Plymouth

    Rather than reposting all this, I will just post my link to the HAMB. I really appreciate the help I received from you guys! https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/finished-my-41-plymouth.1140466/#post-12963394
  8. 1 point
    Pushed it out in the sunshine....
  9. 1 point

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    What an adventure; yes, it was worth the risk, at least to us on the Forum. Glad you were able to get out of there w/o any consequences. Also glad you thought of us enough to post this thread within minutes of its occurring. Isn't modern technology wonderful? Here I am, an ocean away, and yet I see where you were, just minutes after the fact. I love the internet. 👍
  10. 1 point
    Twist nails are what belongs there...abour 1/4" long nails with a square profile that twists.
  11. 1 point

    Another 230 build thread

    I finally got it down to the exhaust shop this week. The guy did a great job. Nice and clean. Now I can hear that I need to check the valve clearances. I also noticed that I have a stuck rear brake. It was smoking by the time I got it drug home. Oh well. I’m much closer to getting it on the road.
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  13. 1 point

    1953 Dodge - What have I got into

    Just getting ready to align the brake shoes to the drum before bleeding the brakes (using a home made garden pump sprayer for the bleeder). I looked on line how to align the brake shoes and made this cheap tool that fits over the axel from some kitchen piping. It slides tightly over the axel and you can then turn the axel to get the toe and heal of the brake shoes aligned, also allows the in,out distance of the shoes to be set to the drum diameter, it think it will work out pretty good.
  14. 1 point
    Hood welting option: https://www.kaiserwillys.com/category/body/hood/hood-parts/hood-welt-kit-with-rivets-top-of-grille-fits-41-66-mb-gpw-cj-2a-3a-3b-5-m38-m38a1
  15. 1 point

    Rear ended not turning .

    Lots of people do that. But, it is in direct contrast to the shop manuals' procedure. Clean and dry with nothing to promote ease of movement. The tight fit is to retard rotation. The lube puts all the load on the key instead of the taper fit.
  16. 1 point

    Mig brazing question

    For others like me who have never heard of this weld type - a web search came up with this- - https://www.millerwelds.com/resources/article-library/silicon-bronze-mig-brazing-basics DJ
  17. 1 point
    I plan on being there again this year with a big 'ol chunck 'o smoked meat too....(as long as they don't keep pushing off my surgery)!!! I'll be calling you soon Tim!!....and here is a brisket pic from last year!
  18. 1 point
    Brent B3B

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    Hey I have a blue (ish) truck 😄
  19. 1 point

    Clutch Rods

    Ok I think I know what the problem is. Your fork rod should be moved on the other side of torque shaft. This will give more clearance.
  20. 1 point

    1953 Dodge - What have I got into

    This appears to be the driver side setup...the passenger side should be a mirror image. It appears that the parts you ordered would be correct as they are mirror castings. Scanning the parts manual, part numbers for the support plates are different for left and right for 1/2 and 3/4 ton B-series...possibly done wrong at the factory, possibly "upgraded" by a previous repair...
  21. 1 point
    I don't suppose that either of these 2 jerks are related to a guy named Robin Orlando?............lol............when I first bought the 40 Dodge Sedan I was going to part it out for my 1940 Dodge Coupe, but it was too good to use for parts so I decided to restore it..........I had just left school and started a well paying job so had various places and shops do things..............Better Brakes rebuilt the brakes, Graden Gears did the gearbox and diff/rear axle and a guy named Robin Orlando reco'd and rebuilt the engine..............I dropped it off, and picked up the engine with the sump and head on, supposedly everything between was new and rec'd..............1000miles later there was an oil leak from the rear main........I dropped the sump only to discover metal swarf in the pan......dropped the rear main to check the seal and discovered scored and grooved bearings and crank............when contacted by me this dropkick denied all liability and blamed me.......this shithead had failed to clean out the oil lines and passages properly..............lol............so thats why the Dodge has a 318 Poly..............and I had it reco'd BUT little 'ol me assembled it and its been fine for about 44 years...........I just love hearing stories about the wonderful work that professional mechanics, engineers and various specialists do............and they do it with not so much of a smile as they pocket our hard earned cash.................I have a list of these bastards names and when I'm tapped on the shoulder and told my time is up I'll be able to recommend a range of replacements instead of me that can go join Walter P Chrysler...............lol............Maok, I hope you can get it fixed o/k...............regards, andyd
  22. 1 point
    Dan Hiebert

    bananas , who would of guessed?

    I've had monkey twice. First time was when I was in the Army. I was in Panama back when the U.S. had the jungle operations school there, predating Op: Just Cause. Kids selling BBQ meat on a stick that turned out to be monkey. That time I knew what it was, and being the Sergeant, I was naturally "obligated" to try it first. We had just completed the JOTC school, so it was certainly better that the bugs, roots, and snakes we had been eating, but I didn't think I'd eat it again unless I had too. The monkeys were a PIA there anyway, but I doubt we ate the ones that were harassing us in the jungle. Then I had some monkey stew when I was in Bolivia with the Border Patrol on a DEA assignment. I didn't realize it at first. We were on a patrol with the locals in the Chapare Valley, and the Alcalde from a small village out in the jungle invited us to dinner. "Hearts and minds" stuff, so we couldn't turn him down. Discovered there was monkey in the stew when a couple of their little heads bobbed up when the cook stirred the pot. They treat their monkey stew like a squirrel stew aficionado - gotta include the heads. A little disconcerting at first because they initially looked like little human heads. The locals considered it quite a delicacy, and that we should be honored to partake. There was enough other stuff in it to make it OK, but it was still gamey, nothing a good dose of Tabasco didn't cure. I also recall that the bananas in Panama were OK, but the ones in Bolivia were awful. Sorry for the long post, the thread got me reminiscing...
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