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49WINDS

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    Aurora, CO
  • My Project Cars
    1949 Chrysler Windsor

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    Mopar rookie
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    Cable industry

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    CO
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    Cars, motorcycles, anything with an engine

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  1. When I replaced the exhaust manifold gaskets on my Windsor this summer (and didn't know that some of the bolts went into the coolant passages lol) I tried the drain the block of coolant and had the same problem as you. It wasn't quite like cement but I did have to poke a screwdriver around in there quite a bit before it started spurting out some pretty gross brown sludge. I bought a bottle of flush and ran it through a few driving cycles over 3 days before draining it again and rinsing it the best I could with the garden hose. I think the engine has been worked on at some point in it's life be
  2. Thanks! I'm trying to keep it as original as possible. She was pretty well taken care of for most of her life but hasn't gotten much love the past 10-15 years. I'm enjoying trying to get everything roadworthy again and love all that I've learned here so far!
  3. They don't list prices on their websites but maybe try giving Andy Bernbaum Auto Parts (617-244-1118) or Mopar Mall (951-461-9005) a call. I'm sure you're already beginning to see the challenge of finding parts and not paying an arm and a leg for these old cars, but they sure are fun to bring back to life! You came to the right place to get a huge wealth of knowledge and experience though, I've been helped numerous times already and I'm sure you will too. Have fun fixing up your car!
  4. I too had wondered the same thing, but the problem is this new band is so thick that I can't get the long bolt that actuates it all the way through. I would think if the drum were too small then I would have the opposite problem where I couldn't get the band tight enough.
  5. Thanks Andy, I called AB back about the band and they claim that is the only one they show as available for my car, plus they went and checked the thickness of a few other ones and said they all looked to be about the same. So now I'm sitting here wondering if I should try and find a way to grind this band down, or return it to AB and look for one from another store. Any thoughts on how to proceed?
  6. Got an update to my attempted repairs so far: a friend was able to machine the drum down (after me not being able to find any brake shops that would even want to touch the thing) and I was pleasantly surprised to see he got it completely smoothed out! Now my next problem is I can't get the new brake band I got from AB to tighten up enough to be able to bolt everything back up to it. I could tell the lining looked way way thicker than my old one, and I thought that was a good thing until now. My service manual states the lining should be 5/32" but from what I can tell this new one is at least 8
  7. I've been working through similar struggles on my 49 Chrysler, mine was missing the adjuster bolt that goes on the passenger side of the transmission and that bolt was a 5/32 x 16. However if I'm right I think the adjusting screw you are referring to is the longer one that bolts up on the open side of the brake band? I don't have that measurements on that one but I bet someone in this forum will probably be able to chime in with that. I can't tell what that bracket goes to in your picture, but I can tell you that you can unbolt the whole assembly without worrying about losing gear oil as I jus
  8. Parking brake for fluid-drive transmission View Advert Hoping someone might have the parking brake drum that would fit a 1949 Chrysler Windsor with the fluid-drive. If you have the band with it then that would be even better! I can get a NOS drum from Andy Bernbaum's for $145 but not sure I want to go that route yet. They do at least have the band for $65 and I don't mind getting that if needed, just trying to see if I can replace the damaged drum while I'm at it. Advertiser 49WINDS
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    Hoping someone might have the parking brake drum that would fit a 1949 Chrysler Windsor with the fluid-drive. If you have the band with it then that would be even better! I can get a NOS drum from Andy Bernbaum's for $145 but not sure I want to go that route yet. They do at least have the band for $65 and I don't mind getting that if needed, just trying to see if I can replace the damaged drum while I'm at it.

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  10. I agree with Tod and Keith, if you get the factory drum brakes set up correctly then they may surprise you how well they can work! I acquired my 49 Windsor earlier this year and instantly started looking at a disc conversion as well. After seeing the cost and amount of work it would take, plus seeing advice on forums like this, I decided to stick with just replacing the shoes,wheel cylinders, & master cylinder. At first I was highly disappointed with how they worked when I put everything back together, but I didn't know how important it was to set them up concentric to the axles. Once I wa
  11. Duly noted - apologies if I looked like I was trying to request parts here. Richard did send me a PM after the fact so I think he got your message too.
  12. I have no idea but I will certainly do some research and let you know! Do you have an extra one for sale I'm guessing?
  13. Thanks Rich, I like the idea of having a spare as well. Plus that way I could try and use that time to find a new drum also and then maybe be able to swap in a whole properly working unit.
  14. I see the replacement lining on Bernbaum's are available for around $40 or the whole band for $65 which seems like a decent price. They also claim to sell the drum too so I may reach out to them and see if the pricing sounds fair. Moparmall.com sells them as well but for almost $200. Rich- my email is apmattern@gmail.com Thanks for your help!
  15. I have the same setup on my 49 Windsor and I tried pulling it out recently because it started leaking coolant into the cab. I thought the copper wire coming off it was some sort of ground wire and even though I was trying to be careful with it, I ended up breaking it while pulling the valve out. What Keith said about that time having ether in it makes sense because oh boy did it smell awful when I broke it apart! I had found another site that claims to offer a rebuild service for the factory unit but the price is still pretty up there. https://www.moparmall.com/MoPar-PN-1369742-Hea
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