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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)


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    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. Short answer is no. You wrote that your u-joints are tight. Ensure they operate smoothly. If so, you may want to reconsider messing with them at all just yet. You certainly don't need to replace them. I don't believe these u-joints were originally intended to be serviced, just replaced if the car lasted long enough. Our cars also weren't intended to be on the road more than 10 years or so either. That being said, grease breaks down. You've already had/got the car apart, if you do decide to disassemble the u-joints, then the caps and needle bearings should be thoroughly
  2. Yep, small towns are awesome! Every small town we've lived in has a kids' day parade, with good turn outs. Big cities didn't have anything of the sort that wasn't commercialized. We've lived in both, and I can appreciate big cities and don't mind going to one on occasion, but as RobertKB notes, to each their own. I just don't like the rat race in big cities. Kinda neat that here in Maine the State's biggest city (Portland, 60K, 4 hours away) is still smaller than the "big cities" where we lived in other States. The population of the nearest "big city" up here in The County is only 8K. E
  3. I've also pondered the age of our cars vs. the age of me. Pretty sure I can make the century mark with our Terraplane, only 16 years to go. The D24 is doable as well. But, then again, I'm biff and happy that we have operating, presentable, and reliable 84 and 73 year old cars. Sometimes I gotta remind admirers of the cars' ages when they point out a flaw.
  4. Nice. I've had good luck with NAPA's Carlyle tools.
  5. I think most U.S. gas is "up to 10%" now. There are places where we can get "all gas", but depends on where you are. Where I live, I can only get it at the airport, although I've heard that it is sometimes available elsewhere. Even new vehicles here (U.S.) strongly recommend not using more than 15% ethanol (E85), and even then, the E85 ones are specially engineered for it. Engineering components to withstand more than that has apparently proven problematic. That said, we lived in El Paso, TX when they were mandated by the EPA to use ethanol in their gas back in the '90's, shortly after Ca
  6. When I was working, we moved every 5 or 6 years. Never fail, every time I unpacked I'd find stuff I'd lost 3 or 4 years ago and completely forgot I had. Technically, I didn't find it, the movers did when they packed. Of course, they didn't know I'd lost it. Heck, this last move to Maine I found stuff my wife "lost" in New Mexico...3 houses ago!
  7. Dash knob color is not an accurate measure. Our D24 is a Custom, it has tan knobs. Depends on when and where the car was actually made. I can't quite tell, but it looks like the car in the photo has the stainless steel fender spears on the rear fenders. That makes it a Custom. Customs also have stainless molding around the windows. There's a spotter's guide in the P15-D24 site somewhere.
  8. Most NAPA stores will make 0 gauge cables to your specs. No more $ than cables off the shelf. That's where I had the ones made for our Terraplane last year. FWIW, I bought off the shelf 0 gauge cables for our D24 at an Auto Zone , but that was about 20 years ago.
  9. Yep, when I retired a mere 3 years ago, I came home with at least 60 various pens. Couldn't find one to save my life yesterday. Not trying to best PA here, just a show of solidarity; for three days I couldn't find the hatchet I was using to limb a tree I had cut down last week. Found it yesterday in the stump of the tree I had cut down...right where I had been looking for three days, and where I left it so I was sure to find it when I put the tools away.
  10. How time flies! One of those "thought I had added to the thread", when I actually only thought about it but never did. Still haven't run the car, getting other issues fixed. Almost every time I find something that "just needs adjustment", it turns out to be broken. I now get surprised when an adjustment does indeed fix something. I have the new floors, toe-boards, and rockers. Looking forward to getting those done (I've discovered I enjoy welding). I also have our own cars to fiddle with, which my BIL already knows take precedence. He's not worried about time, since he currently has no
  11. Welcome! Looks like you have a nice, solid car to start with. You've come to the right place, lots of knowledgeable folks herein. I, for one, would like to see your progress on that '40.
  12. You aren't wrong, the Allstate was Sears' rebranded Vespa. My Dad had a Cushman when he was in high school, we have many photos of him bombing around the southern Illinois countryside. He thinks water freezes at 70 degrees, so I don't think he rode it much in the winter. I like your aunt's ingenuity, my dad does stuff like that, too.
  13. We sneak a John Deere into the middle of the Farmalls and Internationals on purpose. Put an Oliver in there a couple years ago. Really gets the old-timers bickering... There are a lot of old cars and trucks in the woods up here, they pop up rather unexpectedly since things grow so fast. But they also "return to the Earth" rather quickly, and loggers like to run over them with their skidders and fell trees onto them, which is kind of annoying.
  14. Last but not least, "motorcycles", (Yeah, yeah, a scooter, but an Allstate scooter that the young lady who owns it rode to the venue. There were Harleys there, but all of them were black, and I get bored of nothing but black Harleys.) and the venue, the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum. Originally a school. A well run and informative museum that should be on your check list if you ever come to northern Maine. The barns are full of antique and collectible farm equipment, and a few more trucks and cars.
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