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  1. 14 points
    In a previous thread the discussion was centered around whether or not a bypass filter is needed and the best oil for our mature engines. Based on that discussion and pondering this topic for a few days after pulling the oil pan I decided to install a spin-on filter on my non-filtered engine. I've seen a couple of photos on the forum of filter installations but decided to offer a more complete tutorial for the benefit of owners who may want to explore a filter installation. I chose a mount and filter from Wix because they offer a mount and selection of filters that are specifically for bypass operation. Bypass filters are constructed differently from full-flow filters and provide a finer degree of filtration than conventional filters. I sourced the mount and filter from Rock Auto who have not only the filter I use but also the same filter in three additional lengths. I selected the next to shortest due to the confined space around the engine. Here is the mount, part number WIX 24755: Note the arrows indicating the proper direction of flow. This mount is only for bypass installations and has a small 5/8" nipple instead of the more common 3/4" seen on full-flow installations. It also has 1/8" NPT threads that allow 3/16" steel brake lines to be attached with only one 90* adapter. The filter is WIX 51051: The other Wix bypass filters that fit this mount are 51050, 51320, and 51704. A bracket must be fabricated to attach the mount to the engine block. I used 1/8" steel and drilled it for the mount and two studs on the engine head: The two fittings on the engine accept 3/16" brake lines with no modification. I found 12" lines to be ideal for this installation. Accessing the fittings and getting the threads straight deep in the engine compartment is kinda tedious....just consider it a character-building experience. Permatex #2 (non-hardening) gasket sealer was used on the brass fitting where they screwed in the filter mount. I've seen teflon tape used in situations like this but that is risky in oil systems unless you really know what you are doing. A small sliver of tape that breaks loose can create havoc if it plugs an oil passage. A couple of thick washers are behind the bracket to provide clearance for the heads of the bolts securing the filter mount. The threads in the cylinder head are common 3/8" and the nuts on the studs are 3/8" fine thread. One of the studs backed out so I replaced it with a bolt. Prior to installing the filter I filled it with oil. This photo shows the difference between a bypass filter and full-flow---notice the tiny holes through which oil flows in/out of the filter. Filling the filter was very tedious....if I had to do this very often I would rig up some sort of syringe to push oil into the filter instead of spending 1/2 hour adding oil a fraction of an ounce at a time. The filter accepted a cupful of oil before it was satisfied. The finished installation complete with a note on the mileage and date of filter change. The oil lines need to be formed for clearance so the filter can be easily changed. Yes, this is not for those who want a period-correct engine bay, but I like having a modern filter which can be easily sourced through common channels. If my engine is happy....I'm happy.
  2. 10 points
    A friend contacted me to tell me he saw my Chrysler and I on someone’s You Tube channel. A person unknown to me had asked me a few Q’s at a car show in June. Here we are. Jump to the 2:19 mark. I had a few people talk to me who were really, really into my old Windsor that day. It was a good day. I kinda feel special now. Lol. https://youtu.be/NgrpR17TKNA
  3. 9 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    new way to use old stuff...

    this turned out pretty good....
  4. 8 points

    Age 80, a new normal

    I’m there, 81 in September so best to say some thankyous. (1) Names very difficult but Plymouthy Adams, Tim Estrada, Casper 50, Bob Riding quickly emerge. (2) Quick, unexpected passing of friends and relatives. Lost two, one with a six month illness, the other a 60 day illness. (3) personal note: my health seems to be good, only two pills per day, eye sight is fine, no apparent heart or lung problems. But do have a severe hearing loss, I.e., cannot hear without my hearing aid, and now struggling with leg strength (4) forum gratitude : when I started 12 years ago did not understand intake vs exhaust manifold, , the three essentials for an engine to run, the difference between an engine and a motor, negative/ positive ground, body vs chassis. This forum taught me mechanical skills, personal tolerance, better respect for alternate views, religion, politics, and profanity are toxic, the means and value of internet friendships. Few things have been as enjoyable, rewarding, mental expansion as what I have enjoyed this past decade. So then, my unreserved, heartfelt gratitude to each and all. I trust this post is premature, but better that than never. Paul Flaming aka pflaming
  5. 8 points
    Merle Coggins

    Nice day for a show.

    I was struggling to upload photos from my phone while at the show. Now that I’m home, I’ll try again. Here they are, side by side. Got several comments about having them together. We talked to one guy that say’s he’s had a Pilot House truck for many years. It was a daily driver for several years back in the 70’s or 80’s. I don’t recall all the details. He still uses it from time to time, but didn’t feel it was worthy to bring to a show like this. I talked with another fellow that had come across a ‘50 that he was considering buying. He asked a few questions about parts availability. He also noticed my dash plaque from pilot-house.com. I encouraged him to check us out for more information. At the end I think he was ready to pull the trigger on the purchase. The only other Pilot House trucks there today was the ‘51 “Little Red Express” truck that I saw last year. We also spoke with the owner for a bit. And the Cool Bus... (too bad it has a Chevy engine/trans in it) I also liked this Power Wagon bus... Snow days? We don’t need no stinkin’ snow days... We have Power Wagons. We’ll still pick up the kids... LOL!!
  6. 8 points

    DeSoto Pickup!

    Just your local neighborhood DeSoto V-8 pickup!
  7. 7 points
    Did the deal on this one today. 1938 P6. Great known history. Solid car. Original interior. D24 engine installed but comes with original P6 engine needing rebuild. Lots of spare parts! Good runner. Test drove it. Looking forward to getting into this car. No plans other than make it reliable, road worthy and safe. Picked up in Victoria BC Canada. I will trailer it home next Saturday.
  8. 7 points
    13th ANNUAL CLEMENTS TAILGATE BBQ APRIL 4TH 2020 SATURDAY 9AM TIL WHENEVER EARLY TOW-IN BEGINS NOW AND LATE TOW-OUT ENDED YESTERDAY Show up Thursday or Friday and Camp-Out til Sunday or Monday, always need the Help! "Lucky 13teen" Its the best day ever! Old trucks and old friends! The car guys are part of the whole deal too, but man, I love the trucks! Its the place where the largest number of Dodge Pilot-House Era Trucks meet in the whole WORLD !!! (at least no one's proven otherwise ..lol) The people I've met over the last 12 BBQ's has made my life so much better. This time of year is so awesome because finishing an old truck actually has meaning to the crowd you'll see here! Fenders and bumpers to hang on, hoods to lift, parts to swap, and stories to tell! I look forward to it all. Every year is special with returning long distant travelers and new ones that are finally able to make the trip! I always look forward to meeting you all! If you have an old frail beater truck that is weak on the road.....trailer it here early! I'll keep it here on the ranch til show day and you can pick it up when you can.....save your energy for the best weekend ever! ITS A BBQ, NOT A FOO FOO CAR SHOW!! *what is a "foo foo"?* If you have a "Real Bitchin" Shoebox, Shovelhead, Stovebolt, A-Bomb, Backhalf, Barn Find, Basket Case, Chopped Up, Belly Pan, Boat Tail, Nailhead, Pancaked, Resto Rod, ........well, Bring-It-On-Down, me and my friends got a few Dodge Trucks for you'all to see!!! I love Hot Rods and Muscle Cars too.....it is an awesome time to show off the hard work we all put into these old rigs and no need to fuss, Its all Good! ...no mini coopers please...., yea, go ahead and bring one, they're kinda cool. It really is my favorite time of the year. Happy 13teen guys. "The car crowd is growing and more than welcome to come. I could easily call it "The Tailgate/Trunk BBQ"!" "I can't tell you how much I look forward to this every year, its a blast and for some, lasts a few days. Campers show up on Thursday or Friday and leave on a Sunday morning.....all enjoying late night chat sessions around the fire pit." "I hope new and old members alike are inspired to make the trip and maybe even drive their trucks the distance....you know we have your back! " "So many good stories around the fire pit the nights before and after the event. I can't tell how cool it is to have forum members stay several days and just relax....." "Looking forward to a great party! Now build it, and bring it!!!" "It was around 2007 when Bob Koch, Jim Shepard, and myself (Tim Estrada), went to Reg Evans' place to check out his "yard". While we were eating hotdogs, drinking cold beverages, solving international and regional issues....we thought "lets have a BBQ". "Get the wheels on, and the tanks full....its time to finish up and git to the Q! It ain't no beauty pageant of trailer queens, its a truck show...so flex your rust as well as your shine!" Tim aka 48Dodger
  9. 7 points

    New '49 Dodge on the block.

    Anxious wait while our new Dodge delivery is completed. Bought sight unseen from a FaceBook Marketplace sale notice , Travelled 1700km via Webtow, http://www.webtow.com.au Can't be happier, non runner but way better than expected. Original books and paperwork included , receipts showing 4 previous owners. Toyed with the idea of converting it to EV , but its too damn good, going to bring back to new .
  10. 6 points

    1938 Aussie 7 Passenger Plymouth

    I have visited this site a few times in the past but recently started again and have been impressed with the activity, the assistance offered and the relevance to my interests. I currently have a 1929 Plymouth tourer with body by Holden Australia restored on club licence since 1999, a 1955 Plymouth Belvedere Suburban RHD built in Detroit with 259 V8 and 2 speed auto also on club licence, and a 1938 7 passenger Plymouth with Aussie Richards body, in a million pieces. This my first attempt at a post with pics so hope it works. I purchased the '38 running and licensed in Feb 1981 with the plan of having a car I could use for club events while I slowly rebuilt my 1929 Plymouth from a wreck. It was painted black, the engine barely ran and the leather upholstery was falling apart, but we drove it onto the trailer under its own steam. I cant find any pictures of it as bought but I must have been dazzled by the fact it was a 7 passenger and had all its chrome and fittings. There was no water in the radiator and It turned out the engine had a hole in the head above No 1 cylinder, every pot had broken rings, and water had corroded the bearings, crank and camshaft. The bottom of each centre door post was rusted out, and there was rust in the boot (trunk) area. By July 1982 I had it on the road with new paint (Ford Neptune Blue), new tyres and a temporary engine out of a 1936 Dodge utility (pickup) that we found abandoned up in the hills, and sheets tacked over rebuilt seat frames. My daughter in the pic below is now 41! In the next couple of years I fixed oil leaks, replaced spring bushings, brakes and wheel bearings and changed the diff from original 7 passenger 4.3 to standard 4.1 ratio as we tend to travel longish distances. By 1984 I was ready to replace the interior with upholstery in original blue leather. When I stripped the hood lining I discovered I had serious rust issues under the lead used in large quantities on the roof, which was fabricated from a standard roof cut in half with a central insert about 18 inches wide. The repairs were completed by Nov 1985 and the car was back on the road, however the upholstery guy was no longer available. In 1988 we had a surprise addition to the family, a baby girl after 17 year drought! The upholstery money went on adding a bedroom. In the meantime the car was used as a daily driver by my wife on the school run - rule was "no running in the car"! By 1995 the brake lines had rusted thru, the radiator had collapsed for the second time, the exhaust was shot, valves keep sticking and to cap it off I backed it into our Falcon wagon and badly dented the boot. I deregistered it in disgust as by that time I was making progress on the 29. Fast forward to 2012 and we have changed address, I now have 1/2 acre and a 5 bay shed. However to fit the 7 passenger in it I had to remove the front clip. The car is now a mobile storage unit for surfboards, wetsuits and a couple of broken chairs. But it still runs! I plan to post an outline of the rebuild process which started in 2012, but here is a recent pic of the body on a home made rotisserie - stripping back roof to bare metal after a VERY bad sand blast and prime job. Jim
  11. 6 points

    my new 1939 P8 Business coupe

    Hi I have not posted in a while (but I am back). I just got another Plymouth (project). 1939 P8 business coupe. The previous owner had it since 1971 but for the past 22 years it was in his basement. Rebecca
  12. 6 points
    Michael Sams

    Dodge b series 1/2 ton.

    Guys this is what I'm going to be working with. But I guess you have to start somewhere. I will be the official second owner of this beauty. And have the whole history on this truck. It's going to be a long road but I'm in for the long haul. I can't wait to get it back up and running and start to drive it. Thanks for all the help so far and hope that I might be able to call on you all for some help.
  13. 5 points
    Young Ed

    47 Dodge Turkey Truck Build

    Part of the delay in this bed is I've been having too much fun with my new "project". However this one doesn't need much. Picked this up end of May and haven't done much other than drive it. I had to replace the battery cables and I swapped to some plymouth division hubcaps. 318 with push button auto and power steering
  14. 5 points
  15. 5 points

    Todd Build Thread

    done for now, primed and painted...what's next on the list?
  16. 5 points

    Dodge b series 1/2 ton.

    Michael - I have restored a B4B, long wheel base with Fluid Drive. Take LOTS of photos and expect frustration on a regular basis. When you rewire it, make the wires behind the dash longer than original - it will make your life MUCH easier when you put it back together or have to change a light bulb (I wish someone had warned me to do that). If you get stuck on something, I might have a photo that will help. Oh, and if you have the one year only plastic Dodge emblem from the dash (Brent's photo), be darn careful with it and not club-fisted like me. The little metal clips on the mounting prongs work great for breaking off the prongs, and clumsy fingers are great for breaking the script. On top of that, it isn't really made of plastic, its made from pure Unobtanium. Brent's photo is the one from my truck that I kinda broke twice, glued back together, painted the back white and got mounted in my truck. Photo is my truck at Luckenbach, TX. Good luck working on your "Time Machine." Bob
  17. 5 points
    Bizzy coupes are cool. Had mine for 49 years.
  18. 5 points
    Frank Elder

    DeSoto Pickup!

    I put a V8 in the fridge, no modifications needed.
  19. 5 points

    Check this thing out

    erf...that's one FUGLY truck
  20. 4 points
    Adam H P15 D30

    Got a new toy

    Got a new toy to add to the stable the other day. Not sure what the plans are yet but it's a 20 footer that needs a lot of work. 36 Ford Coupe
  21. 4 points

    1955 C1B Build Thread

    Here ya go Radar...
  22. 4 points
    Note to self...."bring grass from California"......uh, wait.... 48D
  23. 4 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    Fed Up

    change your condenser...….inspect your points for signs of over current ie bluing....I bet it runs like new money out of gear....
  24. 4 points
    Todd B

    Todd Build Thread

    You don’t know Mark very well.
  25. 4 points

    We and the Windsor 2018

    Was nice to get out for a summer cruise tonite. The old Chrysler is running very well. My ’38 is getting most of my time and attention this summer. Additionally, my wife is renovating so we haven’t been getting out cruising much this season. I saw tons of thumbs up tonite while out cruising. Even the girl at drive-thru for ice creme l was smiling and offered positive comments. I walked out to a parking lot to find a fellow illegally parked, his drivers door left wide open. He was taking 4-corner shots of my Chrysler. It feels good to see other folks appreciating and enjoying these old cars. I get a kick out of some folks reactions.
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  28. 4 points
    Merle Coggins

    I bought a ‘58 COE

    While roaming around the Appleton Old Car Show today I spotted this COE and decided I had to have it... Best $6.00 I spent all day... 🤣
  29. 4 points

    1950ish Dodge Panel van

    I'm not really a car guy and probably not really gonna fix this thing up but need some help: Backstory - I bought a storage facility (not a unit, the whole facility), and found this is one of the units. I've poked all over it, aired up the tires (the tubes still hold air(for a while)!!)and rolled it out into the sunshine for some pictures. I can't find a "VIN" (too old) on it, just the number shown in the picture. Basically, it's in decent shape, got a few "whiskey bumps" (as my grandfather would say!) on it, but in decent shape. Numbers all seem to match, but I can't figure out what it is? Any help would be appreciated. Also, I'm thinking about power washing it a bit to see what it really looks like under the layers of dust, as long as I don't blast hard, is that a problem for being a "barn find"??? thanks in advance!
  30. 4 points
    Don Coatney

    Where were you? Apollo 11 1969

    When Apollo Mission Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind” statement, but followed it by several remarks, including the usual COM traffic between him, the other astronauts, and Mission Control. Before he re-entered the lander, he made the enigmatic remark “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.”Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, [they found] there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs. Over the years, many people have questioned him as to what the “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky” statement meant. On July 5, in Tampa Bay, FL, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26- year-old question to Armstrong. He finally responded. It seems that Mr. Gorsky had died and so Armstrong felt he could answer the question. When he was a kid, Neil was playing baseball with his brother in the backyard. His brother hit a fly ball which landed in front of his neighbors’ bedroom window. The neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, he heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, “ sex? sex you want? You’ll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!”
  31. 4 points

    Check this thing out

    C'mon guys, has anybody seen the interior. It could have diamond pleated upholstery.that ties it all together 🥴
  32. 4 points
    I've found puppy training pads to be a nice addition to the shop when working with old vehicles that aren't completely housebroken: They can be cut up into smaller pieces to catch drips and dribbles when an oil filter is changed. I keep one under the P15's transmission that insists on marking its territory in spite of my training efforts.... Also works for me if I'm in the middle of a repair job I just can't turn loose of !!?!! 😆
  33. 4 points
    I've been looking for a set of C-clamps for my 48 DeSoto bus. coupe for months now. They don't come with a U-joint kit and they are not parts commonly carried by parts dealers, including Andy Bernbaum. These are the little parts that without them, the car don't go! Where I laid my C-clamps when I removed them some 35 years ago, I can't say. Some people told me about junk yards with 1940s Chryslers and DeSotos, but I found that beyond taking your name and your wanted parts, they are not any help. At least not for just some fasteners under a car. The president of the DeSoto club said he had a 47 DeSoto parts car, but when he went out there to get the parts, he found that the car had no drive train. So after advertising in several old car venues, DodgeB4ya, contacted me with the parts he had taken off of a 47 DeSoto coupe over 30 years ago. Thankfully, he saved them and even cleaned off 70 years of grime before shipping them to me. I got them today and gave them a quick spray job using Rustoleum Hammer Finish because I happened to have it handy. I bought that spray can to refinish a Comfort Master heater which has that same hammer finish. So thanks Rob! Marc.
  34. 4 points
    Just didn't want to work the way it was suppose to! IPS support (the forum software vendor) got it sorted out the site back online.
  35. 4 points
    1949 Wraith

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    I just had my 1951 Dodge delivered a couple of days ago. She is in overall very good shape, as she is a Canadian build DG1(B3B) that spent her whole life in eastern Canada. The gentleman I bought it from had her for 35 years and he bought it of the the original owners estate, so I am the third owner. She had a few changes: Ford 9" rear end, radials and 12 volt. Also the last owner also converted the 3 speed to a top loader for a floor shift. I'm happy with everything i've found so far as I'm checking everything out before her safety inspection next week.
  36. 3 points
    Mark D

    P15 PICNIC USA !!!

    Hi all - A couple of us Northeast Region forum members are putting together a classic driving tour event and we want to invite anyone in the area to come along with us. At the moment we have about 10 cars signed up, coming from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and New York. Our plan is to rally our cars in Bennington VT on Saturday mid day. We will be touring the Hemmings Collection, and making stops at a few local sites along the way to the Saratoga NY area (about 50 minutes apart). Saturday evening will be spent together at a local motel where we can circle the wagons and tailgate. Sunday will be spent at the Saratoga Auto museum touring and taking part in their open invitation car show. If you want to hang out with a nice group of people and tour with us, we'd love to have you along. We are not charging anything for attendance, expenses are whatever limit you chose to set. We will have a hotel chosen within the next 24 hours and will send word on that asap. please drop me an email or call if you want more info or want to be added to the email that we will send with details. Oh, and if the event sounds familiar, that’s because our friend Robin Weathersbee has kindly lent the name of his wildly successful “P15 picnic UK” to myself to get this off the ground and well supported. Robin has kindly created and lent the logo and artwork to us as well. I am truly grateful for his support and continued encouragement. Robin I’m looking forward to seeing you in Athens UK on the 28th of September. thanks, Mark
  37. 3 points
    Trying to finish up this duct. I thought I’d post the method I used to close up the duct previously pictured. I was going to use fiberglass but decided to make cardboard to match the original to my best ability. I happened to have some watercolor paper that is 135 lbs. 1st I glued the edge of the cut duct with wood glue. After it set, I trimmed it to allow for about a 3/8” lip, which I then glued. I followed up with 2 more layers of the same paper but trimmed flush with the corner. The 4th and final layer was glued like layers 2&3 but trimmed similar to the 1st layer but after the glue set up, I was able to wet (dampen) the outer portion to form so that it didn’t need to be sectioned. Then a bit of flat black. (Sorry I don’t know how to change the order of pictures - they aren’t in the correct order)
  38. 3 points
    Merle Coggins

    Sun Visor Mounting Bracket Color

    Come to think of it, I have seen ‘53’s done up in maroon and grey. This one was at Mopars in the Park in ‘09. (Got your back, Brent. 😉 )
  39. 3 points
    Merle Coggins

    Testing a ballast resistor

    When there is an open circuit (not a completed circuit to ground) there won’t be any current flow. Without current flow the resistor won’t drop the voltage. Hence you have the same voltage readings at both ends. When you add another load (ie. the coil) to the circuit and current flows you will be able to measure the voltage drops across both loads. Or you would need to measure the resistance value, in Ohms, and calculate the voltage drop(s) using Ohms Law. Voltage = Amperage X Resistance (V = I x R)
  40. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    Tiny coolant line

    let me run my flag of qualification up the pole.....
  41. 3 points

    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Inspired by John and Adam, I taught my friend how to drive the old Meadowbrook. It was completely different to finally ride passenger in the car.
  42. 3 points

    Me and the Meadowbrook

    8-1-19: I'm still here fellas! Been super busy at work and with the sale of our home. The closing is over, now I should have more time to do the things I really want to do, like work on the Meadowbrook and the 48 B1D. Anyway, tonight was another driving lesson for my daughter. I worked the accelerator while she did the clutch pedal and shifted through the gears to get us going. Then she traveled about 40 to 45 miles an hour for about 8 Miles and then came to a stop on the side of the road, pushed in the clutch pedal, put the car in neutral, and pulled the ebrake. She's doing better each time. She doesn't want to drive any of our other cars. Just the Meadowbrook!
  43. 3 points

    The Windward 48 dodge survivor

    Recieved the new cables, as suggested. I ordered 1/0. I had no trouble starting the car with the small cables currently on the car but cruisin the coast is fast approaching and I'll be relying on this thing starting when heat soaked.....for days. Just a little feel good insurance.
  44. 3 points
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  46. 3 points

    Radial tires on original wheels

    rim flex, it's real.....
  47. 3 points
    Didn’t come out too bad
  48. 3 points

    Cheers To Wives Who Support Us

    Having Stephanie in my life, is beyond my writing capabilities. She has filled a big hole in my heart and embraced my love and need for the old trucks. She has never been involved with the old truck world like she is now, and loves the friends she has made by being a part of it all. Her beauty is only eclipsed by her intelligence. She manages the books for the house as well as our business. She often gives me the "Ok" for automotive purchases based on a wish list she has me keep updated...lol. Her 1945 COE is a priority and will be underway when we locate The "right" platform (frame) for the project.
  49. 3 points
    Brent B3B

    Cheers To Wives Who Support Us

    One of my favorite topics cause I love jumping on the salute to my best friend! A couple folks here have met my wife and might have figured out this hobby is not her passion but she supports me endlessly. She continually tells folks “there is worse habits he could have” With just returned from “back to the 50’s” this year... on the way back made a few detours, one being a “Craig list” stop. She shows interest, even jokes “ instead of a fence around the property, we could just line up the trucks......” 😊 And as a thank you to the forum members. This year between the bbq in CA and BTT50’s, we drove around 5200 miles in hanging out with friends from this forum.... all whom have made her feel welcome and a part of what we do. We both thank you all!
  50. 3 points
    Plymouthy Adams

    ‘53 Plymouth coupe purchase

    looks two tone to me...light rust, dark rust...🤡
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