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About NickPick'sCrew

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    1947 Plymouth Deluxe

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    NickPickToo's Dad
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    Howell Mi
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  1. Gents, thank you all for your encouragement. One of the reasons Nicholas is passing on the rear metal work for now is actually pragmatic. He has no other transportation right now other than borrowing his mom or mine -- and that's done sparingly. If he doesn't have this driving by the time school starts, well....why he doesn't have alternative transportation is a story for another thread 😁 Now to brag a bit. He's still going to cross country practice every morning during the week, he's tutoring a close friend how to play trombone (this kid hasn't played since Jr High and now want to join the band as a senior in high school because he misses hanging out with Nicholas and his other band friends), and he's been working at Kroger since the pandemic broke out, packing groceries for those of us who would rather not go in. He's also working on college applications (any of you happen to have connections with admissions 🤔). Getting the car street legal by mid August is a tall order, but I'm betting he gets it done. I'm also betting there will be some work that will wait to be done in his own time (and also on his own dime). Right now we're in a holding pattern waiting for a few key floor parts that should make fitting everything else easier, so he's fabricating and patching bits and pieces here and there to move it things along.
  2. I shot this photo when he asked me to install the clutch fork for him. You would think he'd be interested how I did it...
  3. Update on the brakes. He did a pretty good job going to the rear. Just had to tighten down a few junctions. Tubes leading to the front leak like a public park fountain. Probably going need to re-run these lines. But given this was his first attempt at flaring, not bad work.
  4. Just thinking out loud -- and when I think out loud federal regulators have asked me to provide warning labels, but.... If you want to keep the stock rear and still go with the ECI MC set up with the scarebird front....would think you could dial it in with adjustable proportioning valves (?) The set up Nicholas and I went with (full ECI) didn't call for an adjustable valve, but once we get the car back together and test in the brakes, if we find that the rear or front brakes are locking up too soon we may add one anyway. Again warning labels, I've serviced my share of brake systems -- but that was 27 years ago and I've not re-enginered a system ever -- just thinking out loud.
  5. When we got Nicholas's engine to start, I noticed one and maybe two small leaks. The one we know for sure was at the cross-over connection and I believe we have addressed it (we will know for sure the next time we turn it over). I also believe there was a slow seep coming from under the washer on the third head bolt from the rear on the manifold side, seeping down to the valley ledge of the exhaust manifold. Could use some advice before we proceed. How well isolated is that bolt cavity, and should we drain the coolant to below the head before taking it out to reapply sealant to the bolt and under the washer? Regarding internal leaks, we don't believe so just yet, but after we are sure its not leaking externally, Nicholas will drain some oil and learn what to look for. There was a little white smoke when we started it up, but I am pretty sure that was on me, I allowed a bit of water to get into one of the chambers before we put the spark plugs in.
  6. Thanks Frank, yes he's come a long way, and we're starting to think we may actually get it done this school year. But for the record, he still hasn't changed out that second u-joint on the drive shaft and has some fuzzy logic about why we should just leave it alone 🤔 Funny thing, he may be right. Joe, he may need some extra spending money in college coming here faster than I care to think. Maybe he'll keep that in mind.
  7. Hold up now Frank. Let's wait until he bleeds that system. If we're not re-flaring, then perhaps we can give him that.
  8. Haha Back then I would have thought he was probably thinking something like Broken Down Car Parts Blues. More recently he's mentioned Stomping at the Savoy.
  9. He didn't want me to post this when we started the tear down two years ago, but I'm going to embarrass now anyway. He's earned at least one vanity pose.
  10. Noted and thanks. He actually has it floating over the top and to the inside by about 2 inches each way. agree picture angle looks tighter
  11. They are beautiful. Despite our best efforts to find a way to more permanently formalize our our short time here, nature always finds a way to improve upon it.
  12. If you don't go for that one and can get a price of those round screens that are likely on that bell housing sitting in the bed, my son needs two of 'em.
  13. If you're not afraid to break a bolt and spit a knuckle or two then your well qualified. Looks somewhat straight from here. Go for it 😀
  14. Okay, I've been itching to tell this story ever since Nicholas started his project and greg just provided me the context.. Served in the first Gulf War with a forward engineer unit as the mech for 25 5 ton dump trucks and half a dozen HUMVs. We cleared mine fields, stabilized air fields, and dug in camps for infantry and artillery The 5Ts came off a floating supply ship and still had old steel fuel lines throughout (the working fleet had already switched to something more forgiving). Those trucks also had mechanical pumps at the engine. We call these Pull systems as they pull gas to the engine vs. Push systems which had electrical pumps back at the tank and push gass to the engine. The lines began to crack and so the pumps just started sucking air. We had no replacement lines. The fix. I asked my drivers to keep the gum from the meals ready to eat (MRE) rations we had and to keep the thick plastic bags that the MRE was packed in as well. We also had lots of extra zip ties to connect the camouflage netting. Chew the gum, stick it over the crack, wrap it with plastic and zip tie it in place. Worked like a charm and we keep the full convoy running till we came home. Only real value in sharing that is, well i think its a cool story. Also, if you install a secondary electrical pump consider pushing it to the back of your full system (like Chrysler1941 suggests), if you get cracks further up the system it will push the fuel past that and keep the engine running. Down side is that it will continue to leek -- its a fire hazard.
  15. Do you know if you were having issues above or below the manifold or both? There is a nicely done lower heat shield out on eBay now that shields the mechanical pump (PA's post above). Don't get the black one, you want something that will reflect the heat vs. absorb it. The reflective silver version will work but would be better if made from tin. Perhaps black on the pump side and silver on the manifold side would be good, but overthinking it now. My son, Nicholas's build just made his upper shield obsolete. It was for a 1x1 barrel set up and needs to be cleaned up. It mounts in-between the intake manifold and the carb and requires an extra carb gasket but it shields the carb and upper plumbing from direct manifold heat. I'm going to help him fashion a 2x1 version for his new setup. Not too difficult to snip, grind and shape some tin to work.
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