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About meadowbrook

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 04/30/1968

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    SE Michigan
  • Interests
    Reflecting Jesus to others, anything mechanical, all cars, the older and quirkier the better, movies, history, laughing.
  • My Project Cars
    1950 Dodge Meadowbrook
    1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
    197? Triumph Spit6 ('78 Spitfire body on a '73 GT6 chassis)

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  • Biography
    Born in Brazil, work for Chrysler since 2006.
  • Occupation
    Calibration Engineer


  • Location
    Southeastern Michigan
  • Interests
    Automotive anything, helping out other people with their cars, movies, church service.

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  1. I just asked because I’m not sure the Chrysler engine has that much more power and I could more easily upgrade the 230.
  2. Thanks so much for the responses. Sounds like it’s more trouble than it’s worth.
  3. Mechanically, are the Spitfire engine components as available as the 230?
  4. Hi. Would anyone know if a Spitfire engine from a 53 Chrysler bolt into a 50 Meadowbrook?
  5. Hi. Long time no post. lookinh for tips on a quick way to fix this issue. My 50 Meadowbrook's original engine broke a chunk off #4 piston , which caused a loss of compression and a rattling sound. Otherwise the engine ran fine, go figure. Pulled the head and was surprised to see no damage to the cylinder wall. I guess aluminum is way softer than steel. Anyway, it's the same for all other 5 cylinders, no wall damage. My oil pressure has always been excellent, about 45 pounds hot at anything above idle. I was thinking of dropping the pan, removing the rods and pistons, honing and replacing with new pistons, rings and rod bearings. Is there a Wayne to hone and covering the bottom of the cylinder to keep crap from the crank? I saw an old shop manual that showed a vacuum hone setup to suck out the particles. A readon son I don't want to do the whole engine aside from cost is project creep. If I rebuild, then I'll paint the engine then I'll have to re paint the engine bay and the the car. It's a survivor so I'd like to avoid that. It has 85000 miles.
  6. Hi ! see attached my pics of the engine in my 50 Meadowbrook. Ive mentioned before that it started to make a clicking noise and lost compression on number 4 cylinder. I pulled the head and saw that this piston lost some of the material above the top ring and that explained the compression loss. I also noticed some debris was stuck to the piston, but maybe it was smashed in and not melted in. I never heard detonation. Anyway, the cylinder walls are all glass smooth so I think is will disconnect the rods, pull them with the pistons, hone the cylinders and get new pistons, maybe try to lap the valves but not pull the engine. The oil pressure has always been to spec so I assume the bearings are ok. Any thoughts?
  7. Hi. I’m looking for tips and recommendations. Ive mentioned my 50 Meadowbrook has lost compression on number 4 (I suspect a broken ring and/or piston) and I will likely pull the head and perform a partial rebuild with just new pistons, rings, a hone if the walls are ok and maybe lap the valves. any recommended sources? I can go Napa, RockAuto, Vintage Power Wagons, Bernbaums or ?? If I find I need a full rebuild, would it be worth it to spec out a cam and intake and carb from a 1958 230? It was rated at 135hp and mine is 103.
  8. Thanks for your concern. I am actually looking forward to opening her up. Never opened up a flathead beyond the oil pan. And she has gone some 20000 miles since it got her for free. Including a trip from Michigan to Pa.
  9. It's a car, and it's a 230.
  10. That’s the first thing I did and the valves appear to be ok. i will pull the pull the piston and check. As far as parts, would Rock Auto be a good source of new rings and pistons if needed? They have them.
  11. As long as I have owned it it has never overheated
  12. Hi all, I'm back after a long hiatus. I covet your opinions on my latest issue on my 50 Meadowbrook. the original 230 on it has developed a sudden clattering noise that shows up when I rev it and goes away at idle. I have performed a compression test and although all pistons hovered around 100 to 85 psi, # 4 since the noise started can't go over 35 psi. I performed leakdown test and the hissing I hear comes from the crank case as I remove the oil fill cap. Engine still starts and runs fine and oil pressure is perfect but the compression loss tells me I either broke a ring or the piston cracked. So, here is the question. Is it doable and worth it to pull the pistons with the engine in place and assuming I need just a hone or a bore, to do so there by covering up the crank to avoid contamination?
  13. I will do that. I'd like to add that I pulled each spark plug wire to see if any cylinder was the culprit but the noise did not change. I'll post a video but basically at idle it sounds normal As I slowly rev it you hear random clicking , then when I let go and it slows down you hear very rapid ticking until it again reaches idle and the ticks go away. Engine smoothness is unaffected and oil pressure is the same as before, about 20 at idle and 45 at anything above 2000 rpm. Temperature is normal too
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