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Everything posted by Kilgore47

  1. Another thing to remember when working on bearings. Keep it clean - no grit allowed. While growing up I had a friend that always complained about wheel bearings going bad. I was at his house one day when he was working on the front brakes. When he took the drum off he laid the outer bearing on the ground - in the dirt. Mystery solved.
  2. Getting under the dash is not a big problem. Just kind of fall into place. Getting back out is the hard part. I make sure my phone is where I can get to it in case I need to call someone to grab my feet and pull me out.
  3. The clutch pedal on the P15 stopped returning to the top one day. I went under the car and this is what I found. The linkage shown below was about to fail. I was able to weld these up and re use them. There were other worn areas also. After the repairs were made the clutch works as it should.
  4. Wear old clothes and cover your eyes. Once you have the majority of the old grease and dirt cleaned up then you'll be able to see where the leaks are coming from. Fix those as you have time. One of the other culprits on these old cars are the five hundred (I lost count) or so lubrication points that need regular maintenance. We would pump grease in one side until it came out the other side. Then just leave the extra grease - and over time it would turn into the monster you are dealing with now. After you have the majority of the old stuff cleaned you'll find that working under the car will be much more pleasant.
  5. Also while you're at it check the vent on the rear axle. Make sure it's not plugged. Simple to do. Just unscrew it so you can check it on the bench. If the vent is plugged the rear end grease will be forced past the new seals when everything heats up and cover your new brakes with grease. I learned this lesson the hard way.
  6. Can't believe you found the parts after mulching your keys
  7. I gave the fixture to my friends son before I knew what the lights were. So the nice housings stay with his project. I get the 6 volt bulbs and I'll figure out another way to mount them. Going for a steam punk look. The 6 volt meter and indicator lights will work when it's complete.
  8. A few years back I found an old emergency light in a pile ready to be thrown away. I was working at a pipe fab shop at the time. So I rescued it, cleaned it up and put it on a shelf. A few days back a friend's son was looking for a light for his room. Told him I have just the thing. We stripped all the old 6 volt charger, battery and lights out of it and plan to go back with LED lights. Turns out the lights are 6 volt sealed beams. They are GE 4510-1 auto utility bulbs. 4 3/8" diameter. In good shape. I think I can turn these into fog lights for the 47 P15. There are a couple of old antique tractor light housings in my parts bin. I think these can be cleaned up and used for fog lights. Just need to build some brackets.
  9. I've never checked for leaking spark plug gaskets - Great - now I have to worry about that. Maybe not. 😄 I have a solution for rain water in the spark plug wells on the 47 P15. I try to not drive it in the rain. Everything leaks. Windows, doors, floor, hood. Got most of the oil leaks fixed so now it's time to work on the water leaks. This could take a while. I can fix that - I think
  10. That's not a ball bearing to be removed. It's a plug. That's at the accelerator pump jet. Go to Sniper's link to see how to remove and clean that area. The link in Sniper's response above is a great go by for these carbs. The bent area is part of the spacer. Not sure if it's supposed to be there but I don't think it will be a problem.
  11. I wear disposable rubber gloves when hand packing wheel bearings. Much cleaner. Also keep a roll of paper towels near by.
  12. Your carb looks good. You should probably use a thin wire to clean out all the passages. There could be corrosion left in the small areas. I use small gun cleaning brushes where they will fit. Then use compressed air to remove the remaining dust. I would have thought that you were going to have to soda blast that carb but it looks like vinegar did the trick. Thats a lot of solder on that float. Could have been repaired at one time.
  13. The last time I had the intake and exhaust manifolds off the P15 I blasted and painted them with high heat silver engine paint. It's been a few hundred miles and the exhaust has changed color and smoked a little at first but the paint has stayed on. Be careful with the intake. You don't want to get anything in there that could get into the cylinders and cause scoring. Time will tell if the paint will last. But it couldn't hurt
  14. Yep - Came into a little extra cash and decided to fix the house before I spent it on more cars and parts.
  15. I don't mind getting covered in grease while working on an old car but I just can't get motivated to work on a house. Not my thing. Guess that's why I put it off for too long. Give me an old car to work on and I will drift off to my happy place. For the past few months, I have had contractors working on the house. Replacing rotten wood, painting and re doing one of the bathrooms. Have used this group before and they do good work. But I am tired of having people wondering around here all day every day. It's almost done - another few weeks. What a mess and the yard is a disaster. It will be worth it when it's done. Really looking forward to having my home back when the work is complete. Venting done - - -
  16. I have an Optima 6v battery. It's half the size of a regular battery so these hold downs don't work. I should make a hold down that looks good but I'm using the Road Kill method at present. Zipp ties. Doesn't look good but it keeps the battery in place. I have salvaged a couple of plastic handles from old gas powered lawn equipment that I think I can modify for a hold down. But other projects are more important for now so I'll do that later.
  17. Stupid pizza pothole - It's always in the way
  18. I was going to put this in the shop until I looked it up and found out that it's worth more than I paid for it. I picked this up at a garage sale for five bucks about 30 years back. Very mid century. Turns out it's by a well known artist and worth over a thousand dollars. If you could get someone would pay that for it. Someone will inherit it one day and it will probably end up in another garage sale for five bucks. That other thing in the picture is an antique coat rack. If you have seen the movie "Edward Scissor Hands". There is one just like it on the living room wall of the people that adopted Edward.
  19. My what big cables you have. I have the same set up. Removed the generator and went with a six volt positive ground alternator and that fixed all the charging problems.
  20. Yesterday I drove the P15 to brunch to meet several people I used to work with. One of the guys wanted to drive the car and I was happy to let him do that. After he tried several times to start the car he gave up and we thought it might be flooded. I had my friend get out and I scooted over and the car started right away for me. That's when I realized I was using a combination to start the car. Been doing it so long I didn't notice I was doing it. Choke cable in the correct position, throttle cable in the correct position and tap the foot feed at the correct time while the engine was turning over. When the car is warm it will start by just hitting the starter button but the car had cooled down while we were visiting and needed the combination to start. Brings back memories from my teenage years - I was the only one that could start the 61 Comet when it was cold.
  21. I have driven the car a few miles now with the new pan gasket and that fixed the major oil leak. Turns out the rear main is not leaking. That's a good thing. There was a small puddle under the car after sitting for a couple of days. Put the car up on the end lifts today and that leak is coming from the transmission. Fixing the leaks in the transmission will be next. It's not a big leak so it may be a while until I get around to that. Cat litter works good for small leaks also.
  22. You may not have run out of gas. You may have lost spark on the way to get gas. The ignition systems on these old cars are not maintenance free. You have to clean the contacts and such once in a while to keep them running good. Attached is a simplified diagram of how these systems work.
  23. Years back we had an office manager that had a habit of walking up behind someone that had their head down concentrating on a problem and toss a hand full of pennies on their desk. It was funny the first couple of times but people got tired of it and asked him to stop. He didn't. This guy always wore a nice pressed white shirt. One day I found some disappearing ink and put it in a couple of water squirt guns. The next time he did it we chased him down and covered his nice shirt. He got mad at us but after about 30 seconds the color went away. Then I told him the next time he tossed pennies at us that it would be real ink. Never happened again. That's good because I'm not sure I could have been mean enough to use real ink.
  24. WOW the price has gone up in the last couple of years. I remember them asking about 75 dollars. DeSoto and Dodge use the same gauge (42 to 48). The face may be a different color but you can switch that with the gauge you have. I found an entire gauge pod minus the temp gauge for 150 dollars (I needed a speedo also). Also found a NOS fuel gauge for 10 dollars. Bought that one before it went away. And it was really NOS. It took many hours and days of searching to find these deals. Attached is a picture of the DeSoto gauge. Part number 974-636 is on the box.
  25. Yep - that's what we did back then. On the dirt in the back yard. I jealous - you had a floor jack.
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