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About Greg51T&CWagon

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    1951 Chrysler Windsor Town and Country Wagon


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    Analogue Photography

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  1. Picked up the rebuilt 265 from George Asche yesterday afternoon. Stored it at the garage that will drop it in for me. I want to get the dash back in with new wiring first and maybe cover the front seat first too. Feels good to have this major step taken care of. Visiting George's place is always a treat. It's a bit overwhelming, everywhere you look are little gems in the maze of buildings on his property.
  2. ah, close, yeah i did the same. 327 in mine w/ overdrive.
  3. My Dad took the thermostat out of my Chevy II in the Summer when i was a kid in the 70s. He believed it would run better in the summer, he also replaced the coolant with pure water. Saying it would cool it better. No idea if it is true, Thermostats were often faulty in those days, i remember several failing.
  4. Is that a '59 Chevy pickup in the back? I have one too! Fleetside? Greg
  5. No, I haven't done that yet. I've looked around but only a cursory search. I have the build card from Chrysler, It says I have a taxi package which I guess means heavier springs and brakes? Not sure.
  6. Thanks DJ, b/c of the way I'm doing this the old engine i still in the car so measuring counting teeth is tough. Looks like it will be an issue for the future. Once the old engine is out and I can see what's what. It just dawned on me that the flywheel is attached to the fluid drive...so this ind flywheel is no good for me. Ha! [slaps forehead].
  7. Going to pick up my rebuilt engine at Esche's next week. A couple questions. My 1951 wagon has a gyromatic and a 251. The 265 i'm picking up was an industrial engine with a 12 volt starter. Will the flywheel from the industrial work with a 6 volt starter and will the flywheel work with the gyromatic? in other words do i need to swap my 251's flywheel onto the new engine.
  8. Sorry about the delay in posting the link to the instructional videos. This is one of many check out his other videos as well. I learned a lot from watching them.
  9. My 2 cents. If you have the hand eye coordination to rebuild a carb and the self discipline it takes to do bodywork or welding you can teach yourself to run a sewing machine and do seat upholstery. An old used Singer*- mine's from the 30s-simple and powerful, will sew that wool broadcloth no problem, you don't need a walking foot machine to do that I don't think. There's a very talented Mexican upholsterer who has some great youtube videos on how to do it and watching him to see how he handles fabric and prep, his pace of work etc you can figure it out. Do a couple or three small projects to get the hang of it and learn what's what. BTW I once had a car with aftermarket seat covers, I pulled em off to find original upholstery that wasn't that bad at all. a coupe split seams i resewed by hand with a curved needle and it was good to go. Upholstery cleaners can do wonders as well. Garage sale find 20 bucks.
  10. The wood on mine does not cover the tailgate. but it's a 51.
  11. Nice. The body on yours is better than my 51. Can't tell you much about pitfalls, still in the early stages on mine. The pandemic has me stalled at the moment. Hope to get back to it soonish. Is the motor free?
  12. How about using a combo of solid color and patterned wool blanket material. Woolrich sells some traditional plaids, their shadow plaid with a matching solid gray? Maybe a dyed roughout suede leather with the wool plaid inserts?
  13. Noticed this in the seized engine I'm replacing with the 265 while pulling the manifolds the other day. Again looking at the door jamb stickers it had a valve job a short time before it was parked with overheating problem back in the 70s. Why would someone put a spring on a valve like that?
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