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Dan Hiebert

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Dan Hiebert last won the day on July 6 2020

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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
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    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. Knew I was forgetting something that'll drive you nuts until you figure it out - to get the top cover off the housing, you take the sector shaft lock nut cover, lock nut, and washer off. Remove the four bolts holding the cover on, and then you have to screw the sector shaft adjusting screw down through the cover, until the cover comes off. That hole the screw is in is threaded. The cover won't just lift off after those four bolts are removed. Took me a while to figure that out the first time I had the steering box apart.
  2. "Patience is a virtue." My dad was the local Cushman desperado when he was in high school. I've got old photos taken of him, and some he took, while he was galivanting about the southern Illinois countryside in the 50's before I was even a gleam in his eye. He'll still admit to this day that he didn't have the appropriate license or registration, but knew the backroads well enough to evade the local Constabulary.
  3. Ach! How do you'uns get away with 20F and no snow? It was 60F here yesterday, and we still have two feet of snow on the ground...! (Cold days and clear skies sure are pretty though, aren't they?)
  4. However you get it out of the car, it is indeed easier to work on the whole assembly on your bench. The steering shaft is not inseparable from the steering box (housing), regardless of what you were told. And it is not hard to either remove or install it, just takes some doing. Pull the pitman arm off, because the sector shaft to which the pitman arm is attached has to be removed through the top of the housing, and the sector shaft has to be removed before the steering shaft will come out. Remove the sector shaft adjusting screw lock nut, and lock washer, those will be in the middle of the
  5. Yes, the steering shaft is removable from the steering box. You can remove it while the box is mounted to the car, but it has to be pulled out from below. You can leave the steering column in the car. If you want to remove the assembly all at once, it can still be removed from below, without removing the column. It will come out through the floor, but you will have to remove the column. Already answered, but yes, the horn wire runs through the steering shaft and out that hole in the end of the box. Marginally easier to thread it from the bottom, vs. the top.
  6. Most likely an issue with the shifting mechanism. Even with the fluid drive, you can still pop the clutch and make these cars lurch pretty good, (I've done it a few times), but that wouldn't damage the transmission. Read up on the fluid drive, it's interesting - in loose terms, no mechanical connection between the engine and transmission. But, if something was loose, or not quite adjusted right in the shift mechanism, that jolt could have knocked it the rest of the way loose, especially if you had a grip on the shift lever. As noted above, adjust the column shift mechanism.
  7. Too bad we're getting crickets back, I'd like to hear and see more of any original car that's in good shape. I especially enjoy rare, or rather, less-than-common models like Mr. Stewart's Town Car. I think I can still count on both hands how many I've seen, and I've only ever seen one in person (which is still where I saw it 20 years ago, guy has a yard full of old cars, wouldn't sell any of them back then, too far away to worry about now).
  8. This AM I did the iPhone video thing with the column shift assembly. Nothing obvious at first glance. Now it'll be about a month before I get back around to this. Opportunity came up to take a trip to New Mexico with our daughter to see my dad, and visit my uncle in Illinois on the way back. Hopefully I can squeeze in a little time to visit a salvage yard or two, since we'll be taking my pick-up and will have some room for "stuff" for once.
  9. I can't add much to the excellent advice already given, so...welcome. If it didn't run before due to a "battery issue", that may narrow down where to look, since it usually isn't a battery issue. The checks already noted will help clear that up. We have scads of veterans on the Forum (there's an old thread under "Off Topic" wherein folks discuss their service, gets resurrected every Veterans' Day), but not very many active duty personnel. I assume because it can be difficult undertaking an old car project when you PCS every other year or so. We're here to help!
  10. Welcome! You've got experience with old cars, so I think you'll find working on your Plymouth to be "refreshing" in comparison to other makes.
  11. My answer to your question is, no, there will not be any issues using gaskets from a different manufacturer than the plugs you are using. More than likely, the sparkplug manufacturer did not make the gaskets that are included with their plugs anyway, subbed out with the company's specs. I've bought packaged sets with two different kinds of gaskets a few times. My learning about sparkplug gaskets is simply that if the plug comes with a gasket, a gasket should be used, not that you have to use a particular one. As long as your previously used gasket(s) can still seal the plug with a good gro
  12. Welcome to the Forum. This is one of those sites you'll never regret finding, or visiting often. I'll get the usual two things out of the way - 1) we really like pictures of your car(s) and related projects, and 2) a search of the site will sometimes yield results quicker than a query. But, we're always happy to help however we can. There is a "Links" section herein that has vendors that you will find useful. I've had good luck with brake parts from Kanter Auto Products, and Andy Bernbaum.
  13. Hmm, and I've got one, yet I never think of things like that. I'm certainly not opposed to technology, but I usually leave it in the house when I go out to the shop, unless I'm expecting a call. If it weren't snowing to beat the band right now, I'd be halfway out the door to try this out. Thanks for the nudge!
  14. North 54 Auto Salvage in Alamogordo, NM used to have several complete ones in their yard, that actually belonged to the Postal Service when new. Still had the remnants of USPS paint. Probably "unfortunately", as it's been at least 25 years since I was in that yard, and I know they've cleared a lot out since then.
  15. Thanks for putting on the thinking caps and the replies. I sure hope it's in the shift linkages, so I won't have to drop the transmission. They're adjusted per the manual, but that doesn't eliminate something else being wrong with them. Two person job to check, and my "assistant" is out of town - but I'd rather wait and check up top before taking the tranny out. This car has turned into a challenge, my brother-in-law had a list of just 8 things that he thought needed fixing, knowing that he knows diddly-squat about cars, I knew there'd be more, but so far I've found 71, and that's just to
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