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HotRodTractor last won the day on October 14 2019

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About HotRodTractor

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    Cable Ohio
  • Interests
    Things with 4 wheels
  • My Project Cars
    1948 P-15
    1948 1-1/2T
    1949 B2B
    1950 B2C

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    Farmer, Engineer, Maker, Overlord of the Universe
  • Occupation
    I make stuff - some digital - some physical, all real


  • Location
    The Alps of Champaign County Ohio
  • Interests
    Antique Trucks, tractors, anythign with wheels.

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  1. I had two D50s that we used around the farm years ago. They were handy little trucks. I wish I would have kept them and done this to one of them (one got pretty beat up, but the other was decent). These are getting quite hard to find in decent shape.... there is a good roller not terribly far from me that is setup for a big block for about $2K iirc.... maybe I should consider it.
  2. Deeply saddened by the news. Those early P15-D24 threads of his and the blue P15 with the "rivalry" with Blueskies were some of the reasons that stick out in my mind in my "early" years as a mopar flathead guy. Its those reasons why I decided to stick with them and really grow to love and appreciate these old hunks of cast iron that many would yank for a new V8 powerplant. Its been about 6 weeks since I had a conversation with Don. In fact i was just looking for some online presence of him over the weekend.... I knew he hadn't been doing well, but I was hoping for the best for him. I'm glad for all the interactions I have had with him over the years and that he was glad that I became the caretaker of his beloved P15.
  3. I just learned of this and came on here to look. Very sad deal - I was just figuring out a trip in January that would have taken me close to him - I was going to try and stop. I think I need this as a window sticker in the Plymouth:
  4. At least in my case its perimeter weeping. The plug I took out looks fantastic - other than it leaked around the outside.
  5. I just replaced a freeze plug on the P15. 1-5/8 concave. I went with steel because that was what I could get quickly. Less than $10 for a box of 10 if I remember correctly. I do have to pull the motor this winter and I am going to replace all of them as I have a couple others that show signs of weeping. I'm also going to put something around them to seal them up a bit better to the old cast iron - not sure if I am just going to go the route of some gray rtv, or more extreme and put a thin layer of JB weld on the lip and seat them into it. I am pretty confident that they will last significantly longer than I need them to if they get sealed appropriately. The ones in the engine aren't rusted, but they weep around the lip, stop that and all will be well.
  6. From the little bit that I have seen - it depends on the combine manufacturer. I've seen lots of Massey's with 251 engines installed, and that might because they also used that engine in their tractors. Oliver Combines - I think were all 265 (I have one engine, and have only seen 2 from this application, so.... ). I would definitely verify it either way, as anything is possible with the amount of time that has passed since they were new.
  7. The POC might have an idea.... but how many of us aren't members? I know I'm not, even though I have the application printed out. I just need to send it in.
  8. I mean how could that not be fun? I would still rather have the A57 - it kinda fits in better around here these days. lol I mean there is a tractor, a power unit, several engines, lots of trucks, and a car all flathead mopar powered.
  9. I have no idea what I would do with it... but I want one of those A57 multibank tank engines. It would make for some beautiful music on a quite summer evening echoing through the valley. Most of my neighbors still like me somehow.... lol
  10. I'm a few days late - but I would send your mag to Rudy Calin - I've seen some good work out of him in recent history. I've never used him, but that is where my next mag is going. http://www.rebuiltmags.com/ Unfortunately my old mag guy doesn't do them anymore - its a shame as he was only 10 miles down the road. As for plugs - I would use some Autolite plugs they seem to work the best for these old Deeres. Its all I run. I believe the proper plug is a 3116 for the B - but I would double check that.
  11. Here is what a factory linkage looks like on a truck engine.
  12. I know there are a couple different versions - mine has the 3/16 dies.
  13. And to paraphrase Henry Ford: A tool you need and do not buy, you will find you have paid for and do not own. That flaring set has earned its keep. lol
  14. I upgraded to a hand held hydraulic flaring tool a few years ago. Quality flares across the board no matter what style with very minimal fuss compared to the tool being used in this thread. I regret not upgrading earlier. Just food for thought for those that have trouble or are needing to expand their flaring capabilities. The one I purchased is made by Mastercool.
  15. No. I'm casting a new hemi head that more or less resembles the Chrysler A161 prototype of 1947. When I get a little further down the path of a final design - i'll make a post and upload a YouTube video outlining the project, specific goals, processes, etc.... bottom line - I'm designing the head to mimic this one pretty closely with some minor updates and tweaks - then instead of taking the time and money to make molds to make the sand molds - the sand will be direct printed using additive manufacturing. Its going to take me a couple of years to pull the whole project together and stuff it into a 1928 Ford RPU on deuce rails.
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