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  1. Wow, some really interesting swaps here. I guess about anything can be done if one puts their mind to it. John R
  2. 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
  3. John Reddie

    My new 54

    Hey Moose, Great work here; labor intensive but all worth it in the end.😀 John R
  4. 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
  5. Wow, this is a good place to remember. Thanks for posting it. John R
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. John Reddie

    My new 54

    Moose, great fab work. Keep your progress photos coming. Happy New Year. John R
  11. I apologize for the images being sideways. My computer skills are limited😮 John R
  12. Here is a tool that I made to remove and replace the harmonic balancers on my '67 Plymouth Fury's with 318 engines. Where they are both automatic transmissions, trying to torque the large balancer bolt can be difficult as the engine begins to turn before the proper torque can be achieved. After removing the pulley, the tool is fastened to the balancer using the pulley bolts. The adjustable piece on the bottom of the tool comes in contact underneath the cross member thus preventing the crankshaft to be turned and the balancer bolt can then be tightened to its proper torque. I have replaced the chains and gears on both cars before and this tool performed admirably. I believe that a similar tool could be fabricated for a P15 or other models too. A Fluid Drive car would truly benefit from this tool I'm sure. Happy New Year John R
  13. Wishing everyone a very joyous 2020 year. John R
  14. Welcome. Is the car pictured a convertible? If so, for the top maybe. John R
  15. Welcome. After verifying that you have fuel delivery to the carb, I would take a jumper wire and bypass the ignition switch and see if it improves. I say this because the '48 Dodge I once had did what you said, backfired and died. The trouble was a defective ignition switch. Assuming that your Plymouth is still 6 volt and positive + ground, connect the small jumper to the negative - battery terminal and the other end to the negative - terminal on the coil. Don't leave it connected very long when it is not running or your points will get burnt. Best of luck to you. John R
  16. Nice video Keith. Thanks for posting. John R
  17. Welcome to the forum. I had a '48 Dodge 4 door and I loved it. I put an outside sunvisor on it and a driver's side spotlight. Of all the cars I've had since the middle 50's, it was the only one that had the ignition switch fail on. The fluid drive was great in slow moving traffic. Mine was black. I lke the blue color on yours. John R
  18. I've got several videos with this guy in them. A truly great supporting actor. John
  19. Very sad news about Don. He was posting on this site way back when I first came on. His documentation of his engine and transmission installation on his P15 was very well done. I knew that he was experiencing health issues and I noticed that he had not posted much recently. My sincerest condolences go out to Don's friends and family. John Reddie
  20. Very sad news about Don. He was posting on this site way back when I first came on. His documentation of his engine and transmission installation on his P15 was very well done. I knew that he was experiencing health issues and I noticed that he had not posted much recently. My sincerest condolences go out to Don's friends and family. John Reddie
  21. The puller is a good thing to have for the steering wheel removal and other tasks as well. I have a homemade puller that a former coworker gave me that he made to remove his steering wheel. I have had success using it to remove harmonic balancers as well. Once you receive your puller, the wheel should come of easily. Good luck to you. John R
  22. I have read posts on this forum from members who have had very good experiences from Tennessee Clutch and Supply Co in Nashville I believe. You may want to contact them about your flywheel problem. They should be able to steer you in the right direction. Good luck to you. John R
  23. That is good that you located the trouble with your lights. I have found over the years that. especially with older vehicles, electrical connections can become dirty and even corroded causing problems. I know that those floor mounted dimmer switches can wear out after a while. You should be able to find a new one I believe. Clean connections and grounds are a must to keep electrical things functioning well. I have experienced this before and hate to admit that on a few past occasions, I purchased a new component only to learn that the connection was the culprit😬. I once owned a 1949 Chrysler Windsor club coupe and really enjoyed it. Your car looks really nice and I'm sure that you will enjoy it as well. John R
  24. Hello and welcome. Yes by all means, make sure the sender has a clean ground connection. A poor ground could certainly produce symptoms like you a describing. Good luck to you. John R
  25. Welcome and really nice job. These look store bought.😀 John R
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