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John Reddie

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John Reddie last won the day on June 22 2016

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About John Reddie

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 01/07/1942

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    2 1967 Plymouth Furys, 1 convertible, 1 four-door hardtop

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    former shipyard worker, school custodian, automobile repair
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    vintage american cars and old films

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  1. The part with the bulb or bottom (see my posted photo) always sits down into the head. It senses the water temperature and opens the thermostat when it reaches the correct temperature. John R
  2. I own 2 1967 Plymouth Furys. One has left hand threaded lug nuts on the drivers side and right hand threaded lug nuts on the passenger side. The other car has right hand threaded lug nuts on both sides which I'm sure that one of previous owners changed at one time. The car had non-original wheels on it when I bought it. I don't know when Mopar actually stopped using the left hand lugs and nuts. John R
  3. Welcome Donnie T. I personally like a 20 ton press which can handle any job that I need to do. Check Harbor Freight. My friend bought one and it works very well. Best of luck. John R https://www.harborfreight.com/20-ton-shop-press-32879.html
  4. Yes, pressing this out is the best way to do it. If you pound on the pin with a hammer, the end that you hit will mushroom over making it almost impossible to remove. If you do a lot of your own car work, a press is a great investment. I built a 20 ton press and it has really been a blessing for axle bearings etc. Harbor Freight sells reasonably priced presses that would fit your needs. Best of luck. John R
  5. I am sure it has been done like you said but have never seen it on a P15. I do believe that the convertibles are equipped with a more beefed up frame to strengthen the body due to the absence of the steel roof. Good luck with whatever you decide. John R
  6. Hello and welcome. I spotted these blanks on ebay. A little pricey but looks like they will work fine. Good luck. John R https://www.ebay.com/itm/SET-BRIGGS-DPCD-KEY-BLANKS-DODGE-PLYMOUTH-CHRYSLER-Y127-Y128-1939-1948-ALUMINUM/171980410187?epid=1678192155&hash=item280ad4cd4b:g:e48AAOSwgDRZc9h7
  7. Wow, some really interesting swaps here. I guess about anything can be done if one puts their mind to it. John R
  8. Probably one of the more different swaps I can recall was done by the night village foot patrolman in my town back in the early '60's. He ha a faded gray '57 Mercury convertible that he used each evening when he was on duty. One evening he started the car and as he drove away, I noted that whatever engine he was running, it was not the original Mercury eight cylinder that was in the car when new. I asked him about this and he raised the hood and revealed a flathead Dodge engine that was removed from a pickup truck that he had a while before. The floor shift standard transmission in the car was from the truck as well. I asked him why he had performed this out of the ordinary exchange and apparently the Mercury engine got cracked and ruined. "I used the Dodge engine because I had it in the yard" he said. He did a nice job of changing it over and there was a generous amount of space now in the engine bay😀. Anyone here have any similar uncommon swaps from the past? John R
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    Hey Moose, Great work here; labor intensive but all worth it in the end.😀 John R
  10. I don't know but I sure hope he is doing well. I thought he posted a while back that he had some type of health problem. John R
  11. Wow, this is a good place to remember. Thanks for posting it. John R
  12. I was quickly corrected on the H.A.M.B site by one of the participants that these are not "freeze plugs" but core plugs for removing sediment after casting. I knew this of course but being from the old school, they used to be called freeze plugs which I did from habit. I seemed to recall that at one time, some believed that in the event that the coolant froze in the engine, these plugs would pop out thus saving the block from cracking. I can attest to the fact that this is not true because when I cracked the block in my '37 Oldsmobile in 1955; the plugs remained in place. Hey, I was 13 years old and learned a hard lesson.😟 John R
  13. If I'm not mistaken, I believe that some of the studios did use prop cars as Greg G mentions here. The P15 in the picture very possibly had no back on it and these frames were filmed inside the studio rather than on the location. In another sequence from the same film, It shows William Bendix driving a '46 Buick but the dash in the interior shot appears to be a D24. I see that the Buick hood ornament was added correctly. John R
  14. Thanks. I love the old serials with many car and airplane scenes. I have quite a few of them on tapes and DVDs. John R
  15. I was watching one my favorite old movies, "The Big Steal" from 1949 with Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and William Bendix. In the film, the bad guy is driving a "41 Mercury club coupe but the interior shot shows the dashboard to definitely be a P15 and not a Mercury. Note how the word PLYMOUTH has been covered over on the emblem above the speaker grille. Regardless of this inaccuracy, the is a really cool old film with plenty of car action going on. John R
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