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Dan Hiebert

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Dan Hiebert last won the day on October 27 2018

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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)
  • Interests
    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. That company (H. Gerstner & Sons) has been in business making that kind of stuff since before WW1. A friend of mine in Buffalo, NY collected and restored those chests as a hobby, unfortunately, he died a few years ago, so I can't ping him for more info. They are still in business, and could probably help dating that particular cabinet. Parts are readily available, if I recall correctly.
  2. That's just what I installed - plain old screw in LED bulbs - because I already had all the hardware for screw in bulbs. But, I spaced the boxes so I can use them to hardwire 4' LED shop lights when the time comes. Up in these parts, LED shop lights didn't become readily available until two years after I rewired the shop (only a couple years ago). I gave up a little initial lighting coverage knowing I'd upgrade in a few years. I like the instant on and brightness of LED, and no issues with whatever the temperature happens to be.
  3. What do those look like installed? I've got LED lighting in our garage, but it's just plain ol' bulbs. I'm planning on installing actual shop lighting this upcoming spring, but haven't decided specifics as of yet.
  4. Not one item, but various tools, the vast majority along I-10 in Hudspeth County, TX. Walked the side of the Interstate, secondary roads, fence lines, drag roads, ranch roads, field roads, pole-lines, etc. looking for people tracks almost every day for 7 1/2 years there. Found everything from a 1/4" quarter inch socket, to channel locks, crescent wrenches, a set of combination wrenches, 1/2" torque wrench, pliers out the ying-yang, etc. Some cheap stuff, some good stuff, some weird stuff, but all still in my tool box (except the weird stuff). Looking down for details on the ground you can find a lot. Stuff people would put on the hood, trunk, roof, etc. of their car or truck somewhere, forget it was there, then drive off. That was close the middle of no-where, so no one would even think of going back to look for the things that fell off their car.
  5. A friend/coworker of mine drove a Yugo in the late '80's that just wouldn't die. He couldn't make right-hand turns without first having a plan to hold the driver's door closed, windows only worked intermittently (not a good thing with no AC and being in south Texas) and he had to check the rearview mirror for parts every time he hit railroad tracks over 20 mph, but it just kept on running. He isn't a "car guy" by any stretch of the imagination, all that mattered to him was that it started and ran "OK", so he swore by it regardless of the ribbing he got from us. Only got rid of it because he got married, had a kid, and had to take his loved ones' well-being into consideration.
  6. Nice! That's probably the one thing I wish our current abode had. Haven't had a wood fireplace since we lived in NM, really miss the warmth, smell, ambiance, etc. I enjoyed the wood gathering process, too, albeit 20 years ago. We've got a wood pellet stove in the shop/garage that adds a nice aroma to the yard, but that's not the same.
  7. Here's Ollie, a Norwegian Forest Cat, and an A-1 mouser, on daily rodent patrol / work inspection. He's the reason I don't have much of a mouse problem. Friendly as they come, just doesn't like to be picked up and held for more than 10 seconds or so...or else...
  8. Welcome! You will indeed find much sage advice, information, and especially inspiration in these pages. Just about any challenge you come across will have been met and figured out by someone herein, and if you figure something out that hasn't been touched on, then certainly let us know. We really like to follow members' progress, too, so don't hesitate to post success stories, or just good ol' having fun with the Plymouth stuff - photos are always encouraged.
  9. A belated Merry Christmas to all from northern Maine! Went to the In-law's in NJ, and left the electric leashes here. Typical New Jersey Italian holiday...LOUD. All the other niceties apply, of course, just turn up the volume. A white Christmas here, had a couple inches of snow earlier in the week to freshen things up, and it's been cold enough to stick around (that's kind of a "duh" for these parts, but it was a tad iffy there for a bit). More coming down today. Here's to a Happy New Year to everyone and theirs!
  10. What seems to help maintain their interest is explaining why some of the things they are helping with need to be done, or why you are doing them (cosmetic resto, improvement/upgrade, etc., because sometimes they also learn "not broke, don't fix" quickly, and catch onto "make-work", which can turn them off). Doesn't have to be an in depth technical explanation, like Einstein said, "If you can't explain it to a six-year old, you don't know it well enough." Often something "really important" that only they can help with means a lot to them. You know your tykes best, and what will keep them interested.
  11. 15 x 5 is the correct original rim size for '48 D24. Your car, so your choice on tires, you won't get grief from us, but you should not fret about loads from radial tires. Bias ply tires put a good deal more stress on the suspension than radials do. There is a reason cars engineered for bias plies can run radials, but cars engineered for radials can not, and should not, be run on bias plies. I have a first hand experience story about that, too. Back in the '90s, the agency I worked for used quite a few Ford Broncos as cruisers. The Sector I worked in decided to save money and buy a truck load of bias ply tires (we went/go through a lot of tires in the desert southwest) for those Broncos. Use of those tires greatly reduced the capability of the trucks - in all realms, and exponentially reduced their lifespan, they were all junk within two years, (suspensions, primarily) when we usually took five to six years before they were "trashed". (The Border Patrol is by default hard on patrol vehicles.) Of course, the wiz that recommended those tires, and convinced management to buy them, got an award for saving so much money...on tires. No one brought up the damage they caused in the long run, except us Nugs in the field, but that was back when what we said didn't matter very much. But a lesson was learned (for a while, anyway) about using proper equipment. I certainly carried it forward when I got into that management.
  12. Very cool! When that plant was expanded to rebuild tanks during WW2, my grandfather, a welder, did a lot of work there. At first he did construction welding to help erect the plant, and he did such a good job that he was picked up to weld on the tanks when the expansion was complete. He was 4F for poor vision and lived in Centralia, IL (where my Dad was born) at the time. Working in Evansville played a role in his relocation to Carmi, IL (where I was born) after the war. My brother and I would spend part of our summers in Carmi after the family moved to Dallas, and every year we did a shopping trip with Grandma to Evansville, where she once pointed out the (by then former Plymouth) plant where Grandpa had worked. I didn't remember much about it until "Djhall1950" posted - Thanks! I still have an Uncle and cousins that live in Carmi. They take a lot of trips to Evansville, it's not far, and the "big city" in the region.
  13. Our D24 was originally "Fortress Gray". I painted it a "dove gray" shortly after we bought it, which has a tinge more blue in it than the original, but now faded pretty close to original after 28 years. A PO had done a poor paint job in silver, I don't mind silver, but it looked awful on the D24, much less that it was not done well. That said, there is no indication anywhere on the car identifying what color it was painted at the factory.
  14. Very sad news indeed. I've followed Don's exploits from the early days of the P15-D24 Forum, and had the pleasure of meeting him once in Port Huron at a POC meet. Quite memorable was his ongoing racing build challenge with BlueSkies as he was finishing his P15, the way he wanted it. Many humorous (and some not-so-humorous) anecdotes haunt these pages from Don, not to mention what must be the longest thread on the Forum, the "Interesting Photos I Have Come Across", that he started quite a few years ago. Bummer.
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