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Dan Hiebert

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  1. Every house we've bought (5, in 5 different States) had to have a 100 year flood plain survey done to get the mortgage. We lucked out when we bought in Port Huron, MI, they were exceptionally anal about getting it done because south east MI is so flat and has so many lakes and waterways (a selling point was that you're never more than a mile from navigable water in MI), and they're all subject to flooding from ice dams, and flooding during heavy rains, but we bought a place on high ground, only a block off the St. Clair river with really good drainage.
  2. Coming along nicely! Looking forward to the finished product. What color you gonna have it painted?
  3. Silver lining - This winter, our Elks Lodge undertook a restoration of the original Lodge floor to return it (mostly) to its 1906 décor. While the Lodge has many members that can/would do the work, they are all, of course, otherwise employed and would have to do it on their own time. Fast forward a bit to most of them getting furloughed due to State mandates, and lo-and-behold; we're 75% done, at least three months ahead of schedule, and at 1/3rd the initial projected cost. Maine is doing a gradual reopening of the rural counties. Aroostook county had 6 cases, all came from out of the county (4 were because an inmate was released from prison in CT to curtail COVID-19 spread there, without being tested, was infected, and infected his family). The State CDC site will still show 6 cases in Aroostook County, but all are recovered. No hospitalizations, no deaths in The County. People are still being careful, though. Many are over-cautious, but that won't hurt anyone, so more power to 'em.
  4. I bet once you let the cat out of the bag, I'll realize I've seen the show, and I'll endeavor to view it again. The scene you describe rings a very faint bell, but that's about it...
  5. Being the victors in 99.8% of our conflicts and wars, the U.S. tends to forget we had/have enemies, and allies for that matter. But I also think we benefit from tending not to hold grudges. The further back the war, the more the likelihood you'll encounter someone with relatives from the other side, (or an ally), that is now a relative, friend, neighbor, etc., and we don't think ill of it. U.S. schools barely touch on military history anymore, so the idea of a VE day celebration or even recognition is remote in the U.S. My kids didn't learn any of the turning points or milestones in military history (which goes hand in hand with world history) in school, so they had no clue how they affected modern times worldwide. They would wonder why some things are/were a certain way (i.e. European resistance to German reunification), so I'd make them research it.
  6. When I was stationed in Ft. Hancock (town, not an Army post), TX in the early '90s, I went by a garage sale at an old Texaco station in McNary. The gas station/garage had been unused except as someone's farm/ranch storage for quite some time. Thought I'd scored a box of NOS sparkplugs. Turned out they'd done what your Dad used to do. I had actually scored a box of used AC sparkplugs, in pristine NOS individual boxes. One of them silver-lining-learnin' opportunities. Since then I always open the box. Still have them, though. They look nice in our curio cabinet on the car stuff shelf...
  7. If you're up to the searching and reading, there are a few discussions in the Forum regarding antique car insurance. What it boils down to is that what you are looking for is readily available, but you will want to shop a bit. I've noticed that mainstream auto insurance tends to be more restrictive with antique car coverage than the companies that specialize in antique and collector cars. Conversely, every State we've lived in (except Maine) has been the stick-in-the-mud with restrictions on use of autos registered as antiques.
  8. Interesting thread. I hadn't read through it until this morning, didn't think there was any "controversy" that I'd be interested in. I think Hemmings is just looking for topics to do articles on in their magazine. Stir thought and conversation...and controversy. I personally like just about all aspects of the old car hobby, with the emphasis on "hobby". Only genre I don't care for is rat-rods. There are some styles I wouldn't have, but what I appreciate is the pride, workmanship, care, and maintenance that hobbyists put into their cars. I also appreciate the workmanship, care, and maintenance that "professional old car owners" have in their cars, blunted a bit by the fact the vast majority of them didn't/don't do the work themselves. One of the first questions I'll ask an owner at a show is "who did the work?" Which guides the follow-on questions. To me, it's the mindset behind monkeying around with these things that separates custodianship and ownership. I'm good with either, as long as you don't try to convince me I'm wrong. When I first contracted this affliction, I wanted to do everything as original as possible, until I discovered I didn't want to drive one of the old cars or trucks to work for fear of driving through a swarm of bees, hitting a pothole, or something. I'm still kind of anal when it comes to working on one of the cars, but now it's to ensure whatever I "fixed" is done right, is clean, looks good, makes the car more drivable and reliable, and last longer. Now, I wouldn't turn down a concours car if one was given to me, but I probably wouldn't enjoy it very much. I'm a bit surprised AACA judges are that OCD, (or rather AACA), I was under the impression they had to know factory "flaws" and judge accordingly, rather than abide by strict guidelines that don't take those flaws into consideration.
  9. Probably bad grounds. I rebuilt some original horns for our D24 this winter, I got the same reaction, bench tested ok, but just heard the relay clicking after I installed them. That means there is power to the horns, and you know your horns work now. I had painted everything, and expected them not to be grounded well, they ground through their mounts to the car's body. I just installed a good ground wire from where the mount bolts to the horn, to a good ground on the body.
  10. Yeah, those rear axle nuts can be a bear. I only got the ones off my bug this winter by heating the nut, didn't have the open space you do to use a good cheater bar. I like your prep, but your car is light enough that you could still pull it off the jack stands with that rig before they break loose, please be careful! Asks for 215 lbs. torque to put them back on.
  11. I believe you can still request a build sheet from Chrysler, which can often provide even more interesting info than what you ask. A search of the Forum will uncover the details. Although, I vaguely recall that it was questioned if Chrysler still provided those after the merger with FIAT, with no real answer.
  12. Maine is fairing relatively well, it seems. We're kind of socially distant by default. The hardest hit areas are the urban centers in the southern part of the State. None of our hospitals have even come close to capacity. That curve that everyone is trying to get below hospital capability was never actually realized here, although the State CDC uses a different graph that looks awful if you don't know how to read graphs correctly. Aroostook County still has only 5 cases, the two in the Houlton region (tested positive at the Houlton Regional Hospital, but they weren't from Houlton) have been recovered for a week, the other three are in the St. John Valley way up north. More people in the State have recovered from COVID-19 than currently have it, and deaths are the same as what we usually get for regular flu. Of course, now the protests are beginning, and the media is actually taking a stab at making it a racial issue. Unfortunately, there is going to be finger pointing, conspiracy theories, Monday morning quarterbacking, etc. well into the future. Wish it were easier to do media distancing...
  13. Yes, 1937 Chevrolet. Hood ornament is aftermarket. It was indeed a "thing" to "upgrade" the ornament to something to personalize the car, more whimsical, fancier, etc. I remember as a kid looking through grandpa's J.C. Whitney catalog that had a couple pages of hood ornaments, and that was the '60s. Some of the earlier aftermarket ones can fetch as much as original manufacturer ones.
  14. Backfiring tends to be caused by the car running too rich, delayed timing, or cracked distributor cap. I.e., too much unburnt fuel in the exhaust (rich), or a cylinder(s) firing when exhaust valve is open igniting unburnt fuel in the exhaust, rather than in the cylinder (timing, cracked cap). You may have both (too rich / timing) going on for that big a bang. The burning of the leads in your distributor cap - where they are burnt, at the outer edge of the lead, vs. somewhere along that flat plane - looks significantly delayed. Adjusting the float will not help, you need to check the air/fuel mixture. So, timing and air/fuel mixture should be checked first. If you have not monkeyed with either since that rebuild 4 years ago, those could be the culprits.
  15. Yes, that falls into the ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure category. If you've got the stuff apart, may as well take the extra few minutes it takes to clean and paint it. For brake backing plates, I'd suggest POR-15, it is not adversely affected by brake fluid.
  16. Our D24 spent its life before we bought it in west Texas and southern New Mexico. When it was new, they would oil the dirt/gravel/caliche roads to keep dust down long before they started paving them. That stuff was a lot of "fun" to remove, but, the running gear / frame / underside of the car was quasi-pristine. Used a stiff putty knife, followed by a scrub brush wash with "Gunk" degreaser, then pressure wash with hot water. Follow-up detailing with tooth brush(es) and more "Gunk". Only problem with the putty knife was occasionally scraping off still good paint. Followed up with primer and Rust-oleum satin black, which is still holding up well after 28 years. We only drive the car once the salt is off the roads, and only in the rain if we get caught unawares, which isn't often.
  17. I was working in Brownsville, TX from '86 to '90. The Southern Pacific still had tracks running through a lot of downtown that they still used once a day. They had been there for a hundred years or so already. Most crossed the streets with alleys, but one or two ran down the middle of the street. No mainlines, they were spurs to/from various industries. No signals at all, and not one accident while I was there. Only "odd" thing I noticed was that the once a day was between midnight and 2AM to set cars out and pick them up, but no one seemed to notice. Pretty sure it's changed ("modernized") since, as the railroad crossing at the US/Mexico border and the commensurate yard was moved a few miles west of the city.
  18. Welcome to the Forum, and nice car! Keep in mind the service manual is just that, for service. You will certainly come across things that don't quiet seem to be covered by the manual, as useful as it is. There aren't many, but they're out there. That's where this Forum comes in super handy, pretty good bet any problem you encounter will have been encountered and resolved by someone else already, no need to reinvent wheels (unless you like doing that sort of thing ). Again, welcome, and enjoy the old car affliction.
  19. I figured you had it covered. Looking forward to the finished product!
  20. Loge. I've never been anywhere that had fancy enough theaters to have loge seating up front. Box seats, seating areas separated from the "riff-raff" by railing, usually have extra room around the seats, and easier aisle access, too. (That was a crossword answer a few days ago, I had to look it up.) Although here in little old Houlton, the theater built in the '30s has balcony seating at the back. Which is awful, by the way. You can hear what the audience below is doing better than the movie.
  21. Those two air hose attachment points at 3 and 9 o'clock on the fan shroud should be plugged. With the tins on the motor, as you have, the fan shroud is what will be cooling the engine. With those two points open, the cooling will not be as effective, and the engine may run hot. Those are for attaching the heater hoses to those oval-ish things attached to the muffler, which in turn provide the air movement over the exhaust to heat the (former) car. The heater accouterments are just extra unnecessary stuff on your car. I understand your going to sell it and may not be interested in the extra work/expense, but getting rid of that extra stuff would neaten it up, maybe make it more appealing.
  22. Our D24 has a "newer" replacement water pump without the grease fitting, but our Terraplane has one that requires "water pump grease". I got the blank stare at all the auto parts places here, too. I got a tube of marine grade grease at Tractor Supply Co. It is for lower units of boat motors, greasing propeller shafts, boat trailer wheel bearings, ATV applications, etc. Anything where the grease may come in contact with water. Marine grade / water pump grease is formulated not to emulsify with water when it comes in contact with it.
  23. Kinda depends on what you want out of the car. I echo the previous inputs, 230 flathead 6. Unless you are looking for more speed, better acceleration, etc., the L6 is still a really good, reliable engine for the D24. Performance as is, is only "majestic", and if you are OK with that, these engines were used for so long, (what...mid thirties to '63, and even longer in industrial applications), that parts are still readily available. Anything else requires engineering to get it to fit, and would be no more reliable.
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