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    Dan Hiebert reacted to Sniper in Radiator out - suggestions?   
    In my case the timing marks were virtually unreadable, so now is the time to clean those up and mark them well.
     
    I would suggest replacing the block and radiator drain valves with something you can put a hose on when draining, eliminate a mess maker.  You know I cannot remember what NPT size they are.  Anyone?
     
    Maybe clean up the front of the engine is it needs it.
     
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to desoto1939 in Radiator out - suggestions?   
    Since the radiator is out of the car also a good time to check the front moto mount. If it even look a little compressed or even hard then replace it now it is easier to replace now then when the rad is back in the car and also more room to bolt the unit to the support.
     
    lso since the radiator is out check all the welsh plugs onthe driver side of the motor now that the water has been drained. Might consider replacing with Brass plugs and cleanout the ports of any crap.  More work but since the engine is down do it now while the rad is being repaired.
     
    Also clean off the face of the block where the water pump gasket goes against the block to make sure it does not have any leftover gasket. I had a saml piece of gasket still onthe block and it leaked so took it all apart and found the left over peice of gasket. I also apply slight layer of greas to hold the gasket inplace and to also makean additionall seal on the block and the backing plate of the water pump.  If you can get a WP that has the sealed bearing instead of the fiber seal then also suggest changing the WP It will last longer. If you go to the Sealed WP then you might have to pull one of the mounting studs so that you can install the sealed pump becasue of the thicker water pump body.
     
    Also change out the WP hoses while everything is apart also check the curved water return tube that connects to the bottom of the radiator.
    Rich Hartung
    Desoto1939@aol.com
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to Plymouthy Adams in new job?   
    I second that retirement is the best job ever, being retired I stay as busy if not more so than when working.  I look back and wonder how I juggled work, house, kids/school, yard maintenance and still got a bit of sleep each day and was still pretty much on top of all these tasks.  I realized that I went to work, I also was able to rest up.   Being retired the secret is staying busy but to never set a deadline as this now crosses the fine line of hobby/fun and places it into the WORK zone.... 
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to ratbailey in Radiator out - suggestions?   
    I don't know how common it is for the harmonic balancer to get sitting crooked, but mine is, and I'm going to have to pull the rad for the 87.9th time to get at it, and send it out for rebuild. Might be a good idea to take a look at it and make sure it's spinning without wobble.
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to Doug&Deb in Radiator out - suggestions?   
    Water pump and distribution tube?
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to MackTheFinger in Whatever happened to?   
    Whatever happened to creaky wood floors in un-air conditioned businesses, 5 cent Cokes in machines that only dispensed Coca Cola, or screen doors with advertising painted on the screens at grocery stores? Bunny Bread was a big one around home. The sound of a screen door spring is something you never forget.
     
     
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to Sniper in 230 3.8 L6 dodge timing   
    There is a pipe plug above #6 cylinder that you remove and put a thin rod down there to verify #6 piston is at TDC.  When it is the mark on the balancer should be at TDC as well.  The details on how to do this should be in the service manual.
     
    If you have already done this and that yellow mark is the TDC line on the balancer then you have a bad balancer.  The outer ring has slipped.
     
    Edit - Well, crap, I didn't look close enough at your pictures, I see you have the rod in the #6 cylinder.  Looks like a bad balancer.
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to mikeysgarage in oil filter   
    Thanks guys, I'm new to this flathead stuff. I have alot to learn.
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to chris 48 P15 in oil filter   
    the picture is from parts book for 46-48 p-15
    looks like no spring 
    didn't have one on my filter same as one in picture


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    Dan Hiebert got a reaction from belvedere in steering box questions   
    Ditto Sniper's recommendation.  There is a litany of things that could be amiss, but the first order of business should be to ensure all the adjustments are done per the service manual - that may resolve your issues right off the bat.  If not, then you will have the best starting point to R&R the issues. 
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to wallytoo in using my latest motorized acquisition   
    finally got around to loading and delivering some of the hemlock logs to a friend with a portable mill.  the first load was 4 8-footers, loaded across the dump body (for really easy unloading):

     
    next load is a pair of 10-footers ready for delivery:

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    Dan Hiebert reacted to junkers72 in 1st Ice cream run 2022   
    Got the 47 DeSoto out for the 1st time this year .  Washed off the garage dust and took my son for a couple mile drive to make sure it still has good manners. I started it multiple times over the winter to keep it happy . All went well so after a little this and that my wife and I enjoyed a ride to our local dairy bar for ice cream .  Wouldn’t you know someone else with a cool old 1950 Dodge Coronet had the same idea.


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    Dan Hiebert reacted to 48 New Yorker in Cold start Chrysler 8 - open exhaust   
    I've replaced the exhaust on my New Yorker, but before buttoning up everything, thought I'd listen to the sweet open exhaust.  Kinda reminds me of an old Chris Craft...(which also used Chrysler 8's, among others).  The slight rap/squeak sound is a failing water pump...also soon to be replaced. 
     
    see video link below
     
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    Dan Hiebert got a reaction from Conn47D24 in Shot three coats of primer surfacer on the 48 DeSoto today. Now how do I choose a top coat?   
    Modern paints are not formulated the same as the original paints on our cars, that's why many places' formulas have difficulty making exact matches if you give them a paint code, but they can get close enough that "experts" can't tell it's not an exact original color.  The MoPar paint chip sheets I have are made with the same paints as applied to the cars, so a shop (body or paint) that runs one of those scanners on it will get as close a match as possible with modern paints.
     
    Ditto what Sam B wrote about paint systems.  Different primer and finish systems will work, but best results tend to be obtained with one system.  Kinda depends on how much you want to spend, as you've probably already discovered, none of them are cheap.
     
    I've gotten original finish colors fairly recently from both Advance Auto and NAPA based on color codes, no issues.  I had problems with PPG getting a good match for 1948 Fortress Gray, but that was 30 years ago, things may have improved.
     
     
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to soth122003 in When it rains it pours   
    Well here we go. I have a leak on one of my freeze plugs (the hard one to get to, bottom aft under the oil filter). Now I've had this leak for years and it was a minor inconvenience. Leaked about 1 gallon of water every 2-3 weeks and only while parked and not driving. So being as I'm old and retired (read lazy and no initiative) and since I only use water in the radiator for coolant and the car runs at about 170 degrees all the time, never really had the gumption to fix it.
     
    Now I am sure a lot of you fine mopar fans out there like to watch our you tube star and movie mogul Keithb (yes Keith I blame you for the motivation), Well his last video was... you guessed it, changing a freeze plug. Now some of the worst things you will ever hear is 
    1. Son, Have I got a great job for you!
    2. When the boss comes out and says "You know I've been thinking..."
    3. When you watch a video and think, that doesn't look to hard.
     
    So yesterday I pull the oil filter. Move the plug wire holder out of the way. Drill out the freeze plug and pop it out and there was a wall of crap keeping it from leaking. The crud was damp but not letting water flow through. Gotta scribe and poked it through and whoosh out comes about 3 gallons of water. Got the hose, flushed it out and used a wire wheel to clean it up. Put the new freeze plug in with a little permatex to help seal it and used my air hammer to tap it into place. Now being that I used the hose and pick tool to flush and get rid of the crap that built up under the number six piston, I'm feeling pretty damn good about my self (YAY ME). Yeah Right, things can never be that simple. I fill the rad and engine with water and I go to check for leaks. And what to my wondering eyes did appear A LEAK!!! 
     
    Under the freeze plug about 1/4" and 1" aft water was leaking. Not a lot but enough. Looking at the way the water ran down before the plug change it looked like the plug was leaking and running down about 1/4" and following the engine casting line along the block. NOOO. Wasn't that way at all, the block was cracked. 
     
    So today, Monday, was spent running the engine up to temp (40 minutes) and using the block sealer to seal it from the inside (another 40 minutes) and the leak was reduced to a weep. Drained the water per instructions and jacked up the back end of the car to get the water clear of the cracked area. Tomorrow will be cleaning the cracked area and using JB weld (Since you can't weld cast iron) to seal it from the outside. The saving grace of all this is it is a minor problem and at least it is not a cracked block in the upper piston area. It also is not cracked into the oil galleys, both which would require an engine change. So Keith, from the bottom of my aching legs to the width of my sore back and top of my stiff and bruised shoulders, Thank you for motivating me to do a simple job that turned into a head ache. 
     
    The bright side of all this is the weather here in Florida is warm and sunny and with a little introspection the job needed to be done anyway. So for all you mopar fans out there feel free to comment, make fun of, offer alternative suggestions I may or may not take, sympathize, or whatever to my tale of woe in the latest adventures of "MOPAR MADNESS". (Said with words echoing and thunder and lightning crashing).
     
    Joe Lee
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    Dan Hiebert got a reaction from Bryan in Things That Changed When I Grew Old   
    When I was young, I told myself I wouldn't become like the grouchy old curmudgeon that lived down the road.  After my grandpa died, my grandma met the old coot, and ended up marrying him (step-grandpa?).  So I got to know him.  What a life he lived.  Lumberjack, WW1 veteran, auto mechanic in the '30s, contractor building US Post Offices across the Midwest, inventor (4 patents), sportsman.  Died at 100 + 6 days.  Turns out he didn't start out as the crotchety old man at the end of the road, just got tired of stupidity.  Like me, he was a people person, but people ruined that for him.   
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to Plymouthy Adams in Things That Changed When I Grew Old   
    reminds me of a favorite saying.....I love humanity, it's people that I can't stand....!
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to Plymouthy Adams in Shot three coats of primer surfacer on the 48 DeSoto today. Now how do I choose a top coat?   
    when last I bought paint from Napa their go to line was Martin Senour.  Finally shot that paint, only it was 40+ years later....it performed flawlessly might I add...
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    Dan Hiebert got a reaction from MarcDeSoto in Shot three coats of primer surfacer on the 48 DeSoto today. Now how do I choose a top coat?   
    Modern paints are not formulated the same as the original paints on our cars, that's why many places' formulas have difficulty making exact matches if you give them a paint code, but they can get close enough that "experts" can't tell it's not an exact original color.  The MoPar paint chip sheets I have are made with the same paints as applied to the cars, so a shop (body or paint) that runs one of those scanners on it will get as close a match as possible with modern paints.
     
    Ditto what Sam B wrote about paint systems.  Different primer and finish systems will work, but best results tend to be obtained with one system.  Kinda depends on how much you want to spend, as you've probably already discovered, none of them are cheap.
     
    I've gotten original finish colors fairly recently from both Advance Auto and NAPA based on color codes, no issues.  I had problems with PPG getting a good match for 1948 Fortress Gray, but that was 30 years ago, things may have improved.
     
     
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    Dan Hiebert got a reaction from T120 in Things That Changed When I Grew Old   
    When I was young, I told myself I wouldn't become like the grouchy old curmudgeon that lived down the road.  After my grandpa died, my grandma met the old coot, and ended up marrying him (step-grandpa?).  So I got to know him.  What a life he lived.  Lumberjack, WW1 veteran, auto mechanic in the '30s, contractor building US Post Offices across the Midwest, inventor (4 patents), sportsman.  Died at 100 + 6 days.  Turns out he didn't start out as the crotchety old man at the end of the road, just got tired of stupidity.  Like me, he was a people person, but people ruined that for him.   
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    Dan Hiebert got a reaction from Ulu in Things That Changed When I Grew Old   
    When I was young, I told myself I wouldn't become like the grouchy old curmudgeon that lived down the road.  After my grandpa died, my grandma met the old coot, and ended up marrying him (step-grandpa?).  So I got to know him.  What a life he lived.  Lumberjack, WW1 veteran, auto mechanic in the '30s, contractor building US Post Offices across the Midwest, inventor (4 patents), sportsman.  Died at 100 + 6 days.  Turns out he didn't start out as the crotchety old man at the end of the road, just got tired of stupidity.  Like me, he was a people person, but people ruined that for him.   
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    Dan Hiebert reacted to 48Dodger in Sometimes something shows up without any warning.....lol   
    A Axe throwing joint in Sacramento, Ca...
     
    48D

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    Dan Hiebert reacted to OUTFXD in Jacquiline, My 1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe   
    Starting to look sexy!

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    Dan Hiebert reacted to Plymouthy Adams in HA   
    Well, I have determined that I absolutely am not a hoarder, I got a brochure in the mail concerning the cause and effect of hoarding and I was able to toss this in the trash without a second thought whatsoever....
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    Dan Hiebert got a reaction from streetsnake in Newbie Looking for Help   
    Desirable is in the eyes of the beholder.  Mechanical parts for these era cars are still available, and generally more reasonably priced than even the next decade.  What would be "desirable" to me is working on it with your sons, enjoying that process, and then enjoying the car with the family.  You'uns may even decide to do more cars as a family, one for each kid, maybe.  Since it's not an overvalued 60's or 70's muscle car, there is room for the occasional learning by error that won't break the bank.  Next one could be something a little sexier.  Welcome to the Forum, and enjoy!
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