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Dan Hiebert

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Dan Hiebert last won the day on January 27

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About Dan Hiebert

  • 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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    "FROG" - Federally Retired Old Guy
  • Occupation
    Retired Chief Patrol Agent


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

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  1. Well, the ad does say this is NOT the car he took on that road trip. It also says "restored"...but it doesn't run. Still a nice car, though. I'd leave it for a buyer to decide if it's $83K nice.
  2. I briefly pondered monkeying with it to make it fit, wouldn't have taken much. But I opted to return it. It looks good and is well made, just off a hair.
  3. The aluminum unit I ordered did not fit right. All the measurements were good, but where the holes were in the brackets made it rest directly on the radiator support. Not good, especially with aluminum vs. steel. I'd say back to the drawing board, but I scored that Dodge radiator from MarcDesoto. I had called the two places you'uns referenced, worthy businesses but both estimated a bit north of $1500 to fix mine, and one is a three hour, the other a four hour drive from here. I don't mind road trips and the cost, but not if I could get a good radiator for half that. So that worked out well for both me and Marc. Still won't make Independence Day weekend festivities with the Dodge, but at least we'll have it back on the road this summer. I realized the other day that this is the first time in 30 years we haven't had the ol' Dodge out yet.
  4. It was 35 degrees over here the morning of the summer solstice. Which is actually not unusual but folks seem to have a short memory about such things. I haven't needed to drive a car with two fingers since we moved to Maine...unless we were visiting someone in the southwest.
  5. I remember that Plymouth in Capitan, it was still there last April. Rough enough shape that I didn't stop to look at it closer, although if it were up here it would be considered to be in pretty good condition. Our Daughter lives between Capitan and Ruidoso, her zip code is Capitan.
  6. My Dad's stomping grounds in NM. My younger brother was a police officer in Socorro for a while. Been out there on US 60 in both directions a few times and agree as to the awesomeness...and the quality of the burgers at that corner joint in Datil, although it's been many years since I've had one, probably different ownership since. That affliction must be contagious over the internet...our daughter lives just outside Ruidoso...we're going down there next month...we're already taking a car trailer...I don't need another old vehicle...but been half a** looking for an old pickup (with the wife's blessing, sorta)...I'd fancy a Plymouth PU...etc...etc. It would indeed be an appropriate antidote for someone to buy that before I start poking around.
  7. Thanks, I'll give them a call as well. The shop I went to in Bangor has been in business over 90 years and has a stellar reputation as well, but still has the northern Maine (although we up here in The County don't consider Bangor "northern") supply stigma attached, which is nothing new. I'm game for taking the original downstate if we ultimately decide we have to have an original radiator, good opportunity to explore.
  8. I had not heard of them. I've got a new aluminum unit coming, but would still like to do something with the original. I'll give them a call, thanks!
  9. I used to be picky about that, then decided I'd rather drive the car that fret over originality. Of course, I still get a kick out of making original stuff work. I've ordered a Champion unit, should be here tomorrow.
  10. Drats! The radiator shop can't get the parts to repair our original radiator any time soon. It has to be recored. There is also a "header", which is what he called the piece at the top of the core / bottom of the top tank, that was the primary source of the leak and has to be replaced. That is the part he can't get. There is a place that manufactures cores here in Maine that will make one, but it is several months out, and I didn't even bother asking what the price for that would be, since they had already estimated about $1600 before that part needed replacement. So, I know a few of you have installed aluminum aftermarket replacements and have had no issues. I haven't found any specifically for Dodge, but there are some for Chrysler that have the right measurements, so I'll go down that road. I'm not overly concerned with originality, but will keep watch for an original replacement. I imagine that after a while I'll barely notice a "wrong" radiator in the ol' D24, as long as we can keep driving it.
  11. Silly question, perhaps, but I don't know. What is the 46-48 DeSoto grill made of? Chromed pot-metal, chromed steel, stainless steel? What they're made of comes into play for how well / poorly they age, and then potential availability / cost. I've seen many, but have never really looked close enough at one to tell.
  12. "Majestic" acceleration is my go to description...😎
  13. I can see what Worden18 is getting at, and there would indeed be resistance to slow that flywheel down. That would be provided by the FD oil. The FD unit does not work like a gyroscope or perpetual motion doodad. Yes, you could spin it up, which would take effort to overcome the viscosity of the FD oil, but as soon as you removed the torque it would bog down until it stopped, rather quickly. The engineers of old figured out just what viscosity was optimum for the desired effect. At some point, the impellers are spinning as fast as the engine, I have to assume the engineering was done with the unit to ensure it doesn't spin faster than input. The fluid drive unit only eliminates the mechanical connection between the engine and the clutch. It does not provide any additional energy. The advertisements, owners' manual, etc. extol the drivability virtues of the arrangement, although "power" isn't one of them. Interesting discussion here. All the paperwork says what it does and how but getting one's head around why it does it can be intriguing.
  14. This might simplify it. The fluid drive unit takes the place of the flywheel in a standard drive line. Everything else is the same, except the transmission in fluid drive cars has a longer input shaft. You can remove the fluid drive unit from the car, it is a bear to do. You can see in Bryan's photos how much room you don't have. You do have to remove the transmission and clutch first.
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