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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. Simply awesome! I'll once again thank you for sharing your "adventures" with us. I must say your youngest girl looks a bit more enthused than your oldest one...although we've seen your eldest's excitement with the old car often enough. I've always enjoyed that time of year between when the last leaves have fallen and the permanent snow sets in, (you'uns down south may have to trust me on this one...) you can see so much of the world around you, and everything is so nice and crisp. That was only a couple weeks over here this year, but memorable none-the-less.
  2. I, too, would like to follow your progress on the '38 this winter (as much as following your adventures with the '53). I had originally thought I would start a cosmetic resto on our '37 Terraplane this winter, but I scored some long sought after parts for our D24 not long ago that I think the restoration thereof will take precedence () then I have to replace the clutch on my VW Bug. Not that I won't have time to do some work on the T-plane, our winters here are just as long as yours (we had snow on the ground for 8 months last winter), and our old autos are tucked away for the winter now, too. Got a nice snowfall a few days ago that looks like it'll stick for the duration. I like to get inspiration from other folks in similar situations. Our garage/shop was originally built to house a nefarious year-round marijuana grow, (many years before we bought the place, and many years before Maine legalized the stuff), so it is well insulated against Maine winters, I can just about heat it with a match, but have a nice pellet stove in it that keeps it at t-shirt temperature on the lowest setting most of the winter. Sometimes I may need to turn it up to two or three in February. Anyway, here's to long winters that give some of us time to putter with our cars without fretting about getting out and driving them at the same time.
  3. Those were quite entertaining, thanks for posting! I like Martin's (the truck salesman) statement about Dodge building trucks "since 1915...for 30 years". Interesting perspective, they hadn't even been building trucks (or cars, for that matter) for as long as most of our cars are old now...
  4. Wow, I sure hope you were being sarcastic when you wrote "totally unbiased"... I vaguely recall seeing other automobile (and other products) comparison ads when I was a kid, but I also recall a lawsuit, in the '70's I think, that some company won that prevented companies from showing "opponents" in a bad light. I don't remember if it was car related or something else. Some kind of defamation/libel/slander thing. Since then, no direct us vs. them advertising, (with a little bit of creep now and then). Anyone else have similar recollections? Regardless, thanks for posting that, I found it rather entertaining.
  5. ...there's refrigerator magnates all over our fridge...
  6. It helps when the heater works, but I've always liked the warmth of the sun through the car windows on cold days.
  7. I would say that depends on just how dirty the cable is. If it hasn't been serviced in a long time, or if it was serviced with the wrong lubricant, even recently, it may pay in the long run to remove the whole thing. You will be able to tell once you get the worm out of the casing, (unscrewed from the speedo), if it was lubricated with anything other than lube made for those types of cables (IMHO graphite is best), or if it has dirt/grime/gunk, etc., on it, it may be best to go ahead and remove the casing for a good cleaning as well. A bit more work, but always worth the effort to do a thorough job.
  8. Yep, remove, clean, lubricate, reinstall. But, don't use motor oil, you'll just have to do it again in a year or so. Use graphite cable lube, the stuff is made to lubricate, primarily, speedometer cables. It can be quite a messy endeavor, but worth the effort.
  9. The one I mentioned is about 1/2 way between Alna and Wiscasset, not quite 5 miles northeast of Wiscasset. The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad is in Phillips, and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is on the Casco Bay waterfront in Portland, next to the ferry terminal.
  10. Ditto. By the time you find any, you can make several yourself. Length is the same as the outside width of where the shaft fits into the handle, across the holes for the pin in the handle. On our '48 D24 they're 5/8th of an inch long, 1/8th of an inch in diameter. Nothing special about the pins, a couple I made out of nails as TodFitch did, and at least one out of a broken drill bit. Cut them to the right length, file any burrs off the ends, and presto.
  11. Always more to the story, as suspected. As I said, that's what we could surmise from the info we had over here. It's a tad surprising that we didn't get more info, power companies overcharging and underdelivering is an issue here, that would have made for good "con" reporting.
  12. Here's what we saw from the opposite side of the continent. The State of California sued PG&E for the Camp fire and won. Everyone but PG&E cheered. What we surmised from that was - if the State is going to blame someone specific for such an event, natural or otherwise, then that someone is going to take measures to prevent what the State said caused the fire, as in shutting off the power when it gets dry and windy. Lo and behold, that's what they're doing.
  13. A couple months ago I scored a Chrysler Model 36 under dash heater unit. I'm currently rebuilding it to replace the aftermarket under dash unit (which has never worked) that has been in the car since we've owned it. The aftermarket unit has the defroster vent on the driver's side of the unit, while on the Model 36 it is on the passenger side. The defroster vent cable on our car is 26 1/2" from the nut securing it to the dash, to the end of the spiral shroud. Does anyone know if that will be long enough to reach over the Model 36 heater to the "new" defroster vent location? The cable/shroud has to reach over the unit to the cable clamp on the vent in order to work properly. The unit is still disassembled, waiting for a key part to reassemble it, elsewise I'd have tested the fit already. Just trying to get a jump on a part search if necessary. Thanks!
  14. The Wiscasset, Waterville, & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna, ME has a 2ft. gauge Plymouth "diesel/hydraulic" locomotive in their collection that dose the brunt of their heavy work. Apparently, 2ft. narrow gauge railroads were a thing in Maine until WW2, there are still 3 of them operating as tourist destinations.
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