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Dan Hiebert

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About Dan Hiebert

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 08/21/1961

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    Ludlow, ME (near Houlton, beginning/end of I-95)
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    Old cars (duh), antiques in general, anything outdoors, cuckoo clocks, and German Folkmusic
  • My Project Cars
    1948 Dodge D24, 1937 Hudson Terraplane, and 1970 VW Beetle (driver)


  • Location
    Wheatfield, NY
  • Interests
    Old cars (duh), antiques in general, running marathons, homebrewing.

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    Retired Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol's Houlton Sector

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  1. My H.S. class's theme song - Kansas' "Dust in the Wind". Although we were being cheeky because our entire senior year we had a drought, high winds, and... 😮...dust. The only thing they ever used to cancel classes for in Presidio, TX - dust storms due to high winds...
  2. It's a short story that I can make longer, but I won't. I currently have my brother-in-law's 1957 Ford Custom sedan to work on. The vast majority of issues it has I've dealt with on other cars, but there are two twist-in blocks, that look like they're made for this, in the driver's side coil spring. I know they're there to increase the ride height. They're only on the one side, though, and that side is noticeably higher than the passenger side. What I don't know is "why"?, although I suspect the car was in an accident long ago. Do you'uns think it's a good bet that the spring is no good? (Of course, that would entail replacing both front coils.) And what else should I check? I'm hoping there is no severe damage that this is trying to overcome. The biggest challenge in fixing this car are all the Mickey Mouse repairs that have been done to it over the years, this being one of them. I'm not planning on doing anything on the car that will immobilize it until winter sets in, so there's no rush, just trying to get my ducks in a row before I start the big projects on it.
  3. Photobucket is like iCloud - your stuff on someone else's computer. I'm not keen on that.
  4. So, back to Knuckle's query...Even though I don't plan on kicking-the-bucket for quite a while and the cars may change, our kids have put dibs on the old cars we currently have. They don't see a monetary value to any of them, they just grew up with them and like them, and so far it seems they've left that arguing-over-the-same-toy stage way behind them. If they change their minds and decide old cars are not their thing anymore, then I'll only hold onto them as long as I enjoy them. I do not want or intend to leave a mess behind for someone else to clean up.
  5. And to you as well. I was Infantry, and I can relate to your comment about your state of mind when your feet don't hurt.
  6. Well, I got a kick out of the "D 24" on that medication, too. Always do when something like that seems to randomly show up. Luckily, I am not on any meds. I've had back issues since a poorly executed PLF in my Army days, but stay on top of it with exercise (so far). I do not have a poor opinion of meds, but I do believe that if it is not having it's intended affect, discuss it with the Doctor. Sometimes they have to use cocktails of drugs, sometimes they have to change them, sometimes they refuse to believe you, and sometimes nothing will work or work well. Remember that Doctors are not infallible, there's a reason they call it "practicing" medicine. I've seen too many people lose time because the meds that are supposed to make them better make them miss out on more than the original affliction would have.
  7. Yeah, thanks for the reminder. I gotta do the annual service stuff on our s***blower pretty soon. I clean it and run the gas dry in the spring, but put all the fixing/belt replacement/painting/adjusting off until the fall. And I, too, much prefer tinkering with old cars...which is why it usually doesn't get done until the first s*** is forecast...
  8. Could just be me, but that does not look like a factory manual choke installation. The Sisson choke (the automatic) on our D24 was not working right, so I replaced it with a manual one I got from Pep Boys. Haven't had any problems since (going on 25 years). As they say, if it aint broke, don't fix it. As Doug&Deb noted, if it is working well, don't replace it.
  9. On ours, the one with the oblong holes is on the rear/cowl. I am assuming this is because the rear of the hood being much wider than the front needs more wiggle-room to sit down in the opening correctly, and there is no trim piece on the cowl that the center trim/hinge piece needs to match up to . BUT, the holes in the other one are still large enough for plenty of adjustment to get the front matched up right, too.
  10. Very nice progress. Although I may be a bit weird in that I kinda like the disassembled look of works in progress, I can hardly wait to see it when it's done. Not that I'm partial to D24's or anything...
  11. My wife is a numbers wiz. She can do math in her head just as fast as I can with a calculator. I am not a math wiz by any means, even with a calculator sometimes. When our daughter was in school in Texas, she was in a special program called "Numbers Sense", where the kids competed in intramural math competitions. They had to do all the math in their heads, and she apparently inherited my wife's thing for numbers. When we moved to New Mexico, they didn't have anything close to that, and our daughter would get zero marks on her math tests because she didn't show her work, although she got the answer right. The NM schools refused to believe kids could do math in their heads.
  12. When we lived in Wheatfield, just outside Buffalo, we used to visit the "Golden Horseshoe" (the western end of Lake Ontario, the area from Niagara Falls to Toronto) of Ontario on a regular basis. Very pretty, with a lot of "touristy" stuff to see. Somewhat nicer than western NY.
  13. We live in a rural location. We were house-hunting in the March of a very snowy winter and noticed every single mailbox on the road was knocked into the snow bank by the plow, so we opted for a Post Office box instead of USPS delivery to our residence. Next town over from our Post Office, but same zip code. Junk mail volume has dropped a little over past month or so, which does not concern me, I celebrate it a bit. All it does is generate trash on my part. I'm no bunny-hugger, but I still do what I can for the environment. My uncle retired from the Postal Service, he was the Postmaster in a small town in southern Illinois. He's told me a few things over the years that are "Oh, Ok" moments about USPS, like all that junk mail is indeed revenue. The folks that generate it pay USPS to deliver it, so they have to. If that has lessened, it's not the Postal Service's doing. Our service is really good here. The USPS employees at the PO know us by name, even though we don't go into the lobby very often. Even though they don't have to, they'll post stuff to our PO Box that was mailed to our street address, and they'll warn us when we ship a package that will go through a particular area service center in Ohio known to them for theft issues, and they'll recommend UPS or FedEx instead.
  14. Yes. Originally, there is a small loop stamped into the lip of the inner fender, where it rolls up under the outer fender along the top. Between that first and second fender bolt, from the front. Above the battery on the drivers side for reference. Not very obvious, it's only just big enough for the end of the spring to fit in, and that end of the spring should be installed before you put that cross bar on, to save on aggravation. I vividly recall NOT doing that way back when... Not a very good photo, but you can just make out the attachment point.
  15. Here ya go. Driver's side. The passenger side is just mirrored from these. From the firewall towards the front. Latches mounted behind the flanges. Other than lubricating them, I haven't messed with these for at least 25 years. But if I recall correctly, it is easier to mount each latch separately, install the crossbar onto them, attach the release cable to the crossbar, then install the return spring. Hope this helps.
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