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Wes Flippen

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    1950 Dodge Coronet


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    Dover, TN
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    cars, woodwoorking

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    Electrical superintendent

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  1. Here's a color coded wiring diagram for a '50 coronet if it helps. Wes Coronet Wiring Diagram-Flattened.pdf
  2. Wes Flippen


    Had a nice lady approach me while I was at the Dollar General in the Coronet, asking about my car. One of the first questions she asked was about gas mileage. Told her I thought it was around the 13-14 mpg area, but you really couldn't let thing like that bother you when driving a classic.
  3. If I was a betting man, I'd say your distributer is 180 degrees out. When this happens, you'll still get spark, just not at the correct time. Will drive you crazy, and an easy thing to do. Don't ask me how I know. 🙂
  4. If you end up needing to sand them yourself, I sanded on a bench sander using 100 grit until the drum would just slide on. After that, I used double sided tape and taped 100 grit sandpaper to the inside of the drum and rotated the drum on the brake shoe to match the arc to the drum. May not be the best way to do it, but it worked for me.
  5. I had the same problem when I replaced my brake shoes. Sanded `em down on the bench sander. Probably not the proper way to do it, but it worked. Just make sure you only do a little at a time and do it evenly. Wes
  6. Installed the 19" Derale fan. Huge difference! Much quieter and moves more air than the fan that came with the radiator. As a side note, I found the Derale fan on ebay for $52.00. Seller said it rattled when turning, so he had never installed it. Since these fans are usually North of $150.00, I took a chance. Turned out that the spring washer on the shift had been installed backwards, once I turned it around and installed it correctly, it ran quiet and smooth as silk. Score one up for Wes! Wes
  7. Thanks Sniper, I'll try the Darale fan. The one that came with the radiator moves a ton of air, but sounds like a jet engine.
  8. Recently finished an in car engine overhaul (pistons, rings, valves, guides, and rod bearings). Good news is that compression went from 80 to 130 average for each cylinder, but car has been running hot. I suspect I have the timing advanced too far, but I noticed that the radiation had developed some small leaks. Rather than deal with repairing a 71 year old radiator, I installed an aluminum radiator with an electric fan. Not enough clearance to install fan on the engine side, so installed it in front, behind the grill. Anyone had any experience with this setup? Also, fan is LOUD! Anyone have a suggestion on a reasonably quiet electric fan setup? It's on a 1950 Coronet, 12 volt, negative ground. Thanks, Wes
  9. Installed a Sisson choke on my Coronet about a month ago. Works much better than the manual that was on it. My carb didn't have the lower linkage needed to properly install the manual choke. Was connected at the upper linkage and due to the air cleaner, the cable came in at an odd angle. Kept jamming either fully open or closed. Wes
  10. The one that went from West TN and on into Bowling Green passed about 2 miles North of my place. Destroyed several houses, but only minor injuries in our area. Wes
  11. Just in case anyone finds this useful. Wes Coronet Wiring Diagram-Flattened.pdf
  12. Took my Coronet out for a short run yesterday. More of a test drive after ring and valve job. Still trying to dial everything in. Got a little warm. Gotta feeling it needs the timing tweaked a bit.
  13. One idea is to do what I did, assuming you have a clock for your car that doesn't work. Bought a cheap battery clock that uses a AA battery. Gutted the clock and used the mechanism out of the battery operated clock. From the exterior, you can't tell the difference, and only need to change the battery about once a year or so. Wes
  14. Loren, As an electrician, I know all about test lights, though I prefer to use a multi-meter. When I first got this car, I upgraded (or downgraded, in some peoples opinion) to a pertronix module, as I was having issues with the points. Ran fine with the module for several months. I'm getting fire, just can't roll the distributer far enough advanced to get to 6 degrees BTC, which is the sweet spot. May have worn out bearings causing play in the distributor. I dunno. Mainly just wondering if anyone on here had run into this issue, and what they had to do to remedy it. I do appreciate the advice however.
  15. I'll give maddmax's method a go. I'll let you guys know. Thanks, Wes.
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