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DonaldSmith last won the day on June 23 2018

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About DonaldSmith

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 08/24/1942

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    Berkley, MI
  • Interests
    47 DeSoto Suburban
  • My Project Cars
    1947 DeSoto Custom Suburban

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  • Biography
    Technical detail sort of guy, nuts and bolts
  • Occupation
    Retired architect and specifications writer


  • Location
    Berkley, MI 47 DeSoto Suburban
  • Interests
    Fixing and improving things around the house

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  1. Did you have to tip your car on its side to get the exhaust in?
  2. Good job! We're so proud of you! Seriously, good job.
  3. For the S-13 and S-14 models, there is a "latch pate" in the edge of the door. Look for a slot just next to the weatherstripping. The manual says to bend a screwdriver end to 90 degrees, for pulling the latch plate toward the edge of the door, releasing the cylinder. Installation of the cylinder requires pushing a long pilot needle through the trim panel, to guide the lock shaft through the opening. (The shop manual helps make this clear.)
  4. My sediments exactly.
  5. No good for left-handed people.
  6. The steering wheel is on the right side.
  7. The Pontiac wagons shared the Chevy bodies, including the rear fenders. Too small a run of wagons to justify special Pontiac fenders. So the tail light openings were the same shape as for the Chevys. Through the course of the rebuild, the tail light openings have been screaming "Chevy!", but now we see the special Pontiac tail lights. Cheaper to make the special tail lights than special fenders. The same may be true with tail gate chrome, etc.
  8. 19?? bug, $600. I drove it for maybe half a year. I don't remember driving it in the show. Should have been great traction, with a rear engine. The steering started working hard when I was driving on a serpentine section of road. Lubed the kingpins and it was better. Added a 12 v aux battery, for a CB. (Remember those?) 1973 bus. Automatic transmission. Would not drive up portable ramps. Fuel starvation on a sharp turn; added an electric fuel pump. Bounced it off the rail on an icy bridge; bus was in drive, wheels kept moving when I hit the ice. Steering column pivoted forward, but still broke my breastbone. Couldn't breathe for what seemed an eternity, and I feared that was where I was headed. Ambulance came for me, but I insisted on disconnecting the battery first, since the steering column sheared off the ignition key, and the fuel pump was still powered. Bus totaled, bought 1976 Fury wagon, POS. After the bridge episode, i practiced bumping the transmission lever into Neutral when anticipating slippery conditions. 197? rabbit. Decent design idea, front wheel drive, good traction in the snow. Leak at the antenna rusted the brake line running along the floor. Headed for the grass beside the road. Fixed the brakes, and the kids drove it for a while.
  9. P.S. I modified the steering column, below the shifting area. I kept the steering wheel and shifting mechanism intact. I added a brush contact in the column jacket, to keep the horn ring functioning. Good luck, petermilo1, we're all counting on you.
  10. Hey, that's me! I kept all the suspension stuff. I seriously modified the steering column , and installed a GM steering box instead of the manual box. Then I just had to find a place for the power steering pump, and figure out how to add a belt. It's working fine, with with some subsequent modifications. First, I added tubing at the bolts through the frame , to keep the gearbox from collapsing one or the other side of the frame rail. Then I found out that the box was pushing in one side of the frame while pushing out the other, inboard or outboard, depending of the direction the wheel was turned. I added 1/4-inch plate stiffeners, inboard and outboard, to transfer the forces to the top and bottom of the frame channel. OK so far.
  11. Years ago, I made a window guide spring from a binder clip. Broken spring in the middle. The safety pin was too small.
  12. I vaguely remember something about one-wire alternators discharging Optima batteries. Was it James Douglas who wrote about it?
  13. Andy,, we're sending you some snow, but it'll take 4 to 6 months to get there.
  14. photos, right side of latching mechanism, and left side.
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