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About ratbailey

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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    1948 Desoto Custom Coupe


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    brooklyn, ny
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    cars, cars, cars

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  1. Yeah, I think I'll do that. I'm going to assume the heavier wear was caused by pushing the gear into the flywheel, and flip that to the back. Thanks!
  2. Thanks for your reply. I found the description for adjusting the solenoid plunger in my manual. As far as filing the gear, what part of the gear exactly should I be filing, and to what kind of a shape or profile? As far as the two shoes in the yoke, they look like this: It would seem that the clutch would wear out before these, they look hardened. In any case, they're worn in a specific way. My question was, is the greater wear from driving and holding the gear in the flywheel during starting, or from the opposite side of the clutch, when the gear is being retracted? An
  3. Hey All, Several questions. In the pic, there are two ways the yoke shoes (don't know the correct term for these things) can be oriented to engage the clutch collar. I'm guessing that the way I have them in the pic is correct...what say you? I have it so the step is toward the gear on the clutch, and the convex rounded part pointing toward the back of the starter. There appears to be a lot more wear in the step than on the rounded part, so this would make sense to me. One day I'll learn how to anticipate stuff like this, and take better notes during disassem
  4. Everyone always says don't buy a car with no title, so I went ahead and did just that. For what it's worth: https://www.hagerty.com/media/archived/answering-questions-about-lotus-and-vermont-loophole/ I got a pretty solid '48 Desoto coupe with no title for about the same price as many floorless rotboxes I had been looking at. Getting it registered in VT was a piece of cake (I'm in NJ). I haven't done the final step of trading in my VT plates for NJ, but the last time I went to the DMV, they made it sound like it was no big thing. We shall see. For me, driving to VT for an insp
  5. Ha...someone in the deep, dark past did exactly that with one of my "Custom" scripts! As far as the trim matching, I was thinking of getting some Desoto door belt molding, and hacking and shaping to fit, but I know I won't be able to make it look as good as the Plymouth delete trim I posted from Ebay. James Douglas' idea is good, too, probably the easiest for me to execute---we'll see.
  6. Hey All, The cowl mounted, high quality pot metal mirrors on my '48 DeSoto are pretty much dog meat, and need to go. I've seen pics of 46-8 Desotos with that space filled in with stainless trim. The 48 Plymouth body looks pretty darn close, and I'm wondering if the '48 stainless cowl trim would fit right in there with no sweat? Ebay ad for reference: tinyurl.com/6hpszuyw Thanks, Art
  7. Is "C Lester" the name of the company? I'm having trouble finding them on google...
  8. Love it! The designers got their roof line game together in '53. Ditto on the service manual, and I find having the parts manual indispensable. It's great not only for knowing the part numbers, the exact name for every little bit in the car, but also for having incredibly detailed drawings of almost every system in the car, great for knuckleheads like me who think, "yeah, I'll totally remember how that goes back together 3 months from now." Good advice I got here was to just buy a new gas tank and be done with it. Keep us updated!
  9. In my non-gearhead life, I'm a musician. Oilite bearings are an important ingredient Hammond organs and Leslie cabinets---part of the reason they're such indestructible tanks is thanks to the Oilite bearings that will allow knucklehead owners to ignore routine maintenance for 40, 50, or 60 years. It's rare that an old Hammond or Leslie can't be brought back from the dead. "Spending an extraordinary amount time on the minutia of banal yet interesting." This is actually on my family crest.
  10. Oh, I don't think it matters what it's for, the guidelines from Oilite was for their bushings in general, regardless of application. Which I've recklessly decided to ignore 🤪. There is a thick disc of felt at the bottom of the hole, though, and I'm tempted to drill into the center of the cover, and put in an oiling cup that would keep it saturated with oil.
  11. I did a bunch of reading, and yes, the Oilite literature tells you to never do what I did, exactly as you say. But then, in discussions on machinist boards, some professional machinists say they do this all day, every day. The only warning was to use a dead sharp reamer, which this brand new one was. My rationale was 1. I had no choice, an off the shelf sized bushing for this shaft was either way too big, or too small, 2. the car is going to be driven 3 times a week, 9 months out of the year at most, so it's hopefully going to be awhile before it fries, 3. a starter isn't in constant use, it's
  12. All right, got it done. Behold, the RatBailey patented beer-powered milling machine. I first tried to hold the bushing in my hand whilst reaming...ha, ha, ha. Then, I ruined one by putting a hose clamp around it and tightening it the tiniest amount. They're pretty soft. Shoved this one into a hunk of leftover heater hose, then into a deep socket. Reamed out the bushing about .015 to fit the shaft. Went .001 over, to accommodate the effects of pressing it into the hole. Badaboom. The fit is comparable to the NOS endcap I picked up, which is to say, it can be ro
  13. You can get a flickr.com account, upload the pics, and simply paste the url where the photo is into the post.
  14. You mean twist, pulling out the vinyl welt? Forgive me, I've never even had a fender off of one of these cars, so I'm totally green. How do you go about getting the welt formed to the desired shape? I'd imagine the way to go would be to maybe get the welt pinned at the farthest corner, with a bolt, and slowly work your way around the curve, bolting down and forming as you go, maybe pulling the welt down inside the fender once you get a little lateral pressure on it.
  15. That's cheap! Thanks for the tip, Bob. Any tricks to forming this stuff without crushing or kinking it?
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