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oldodge41 last won the day on February 9

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About oldodge41

  • Birthday 06/26/1958

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    Central PA.
  • My Project Cars
    1941 Dodge Business Coupe

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  • Biography
    I am an avid do-it-yourself guy. I like all types of cars, stock, modified, antique, muscle, trucks
  • Occupation
    Supervisor at PSU Power Plant - Retired


  • Location
    Central Pennsylvania
  • Interests
    Old cars, motorcycles, dirt track auto racing

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  1. I had a couple bolts, not Mopar related, that were to torque to 320 ft-lb. Since I typically don't work with such high torque numbers I do not have a torque wrench that can be set that high. While researching torque wrenches that will accommodate that setting I came across some internet postings that recommend a simple math calculation and a lever of a specified length to achieve proper torque spec. Growing up we never had a torque wrench and just tightened things until they felt tight or as tight as you could if there was no feeling of fastener failure. Not the proper way to do it, I know, but it worked for years and years. The postings I found said to take the torque spec divided by your weight times 12 and that is how many inches of lever such as a pipe or breaker bar to use when applying your full weight to the fastener to be torqued. Some guys claimed this method was more accurate for them than a random uncalibrated torque wrench. So for example: 320/225=1.42 X 12 = 17.04" Anyone ever used this method? Anyone ever used this method and then verified with a calibrated torque wrench? I will now sit back and let the bashing commence.
  2. Worn out bushings on the rear leaf spring shackles can and will cause a car to "chatter" upon clutch engagement as well.
  3. Happy 4th of July everyone. Let's see some red, white and blue. Here is some blue from yesterday.
  4. Still have the Rambler too? Always enjoy your posts.
  5. I have no idea as far as price. I see some crazy high asking prices asked for these types of cars online. I don't know if they ever sell them though, and if they do what do they end up taking. It is a three window coupe, which is a plus, but it is a Dodge. That limits the buyer pool somewhat. My '41 is very similar, but it is on the road and a "drive it today vehicle". Not a show car by any means but a good driver. I would hope to get slightly more than your asking price for mine if I were to sell it, but I don't know if I could or not. In some ways, if I were a buyer, I might be more interested in yours than mine since I could finish it my own way. Some people prefer a turnkey vehicle over a project though. Having said all that, which means nothing, I wish you luck with the sale. It is a '41 Dodge Business Coupe, It doesn't get any cooler than that! If you do Facebook I would suggest placing an ad here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1745684212385388/ here https://www.facebook.com/groups/FlatheadMoparParts/ here https://www.facebook.com/groups/323302901424137/ and here https://www.facebook.com/groups/145020766030540/
  6. I replaced the lower radiator hose on my '41 Dodge Coupe yesterday. The old one was one that my dad and I had found searching thru a local auto parts store inventory back in 1990 that sort of fit. It was all rubber with no metal pipe. It always had a slight kink at the upper compound bend. Didn't hurt anything, as it lasted 32 years. No idea what it was actually for. I used it on both the original 218 and current 230 engines. It started looking and feeling soft upon my latest inspection so I replaced it. Rock Auto listed an all rubber Gates hose for a 1948 Dodge Deluxe at a reasonable price, so I decided to give it a try. It fit great, one very simple arcing bend molded in. No kinking at all. I did trim about an inch off the upper end because it just slightly grazed the inner fender and trimming moved it in and away from the possible abrasion point. Lower Radiator Hose Gates #20121 listed for 48 Dodge Deluxe fit my 1941 Dodge Business Coupe. Thought I would let others know if they too wanted to do away with the metal elbow in the lower radiator hose.
  7. Don't lose hope. I once lost one in the middle of nowhere. Some time later I was driving that stretch of road and someone had found it and placed it on a tree stump or fencepost.
  8. Knuckle Harley that is great news! For you and everyone who suffers from Cancer. I love your attitude. Best of luck in bearing the five year odds.
  9. Mine may have had the filler panel when new. I never looked for one because I always thought one day I would relocate the bumper. My car does have the rear filler panel. Might leave the back alone and might play with it too. Not sure. Heck it took 30 years to get around to doing the front.
  10. I had the "41 out today just long enough to take a picture. Too much crap on the roads for a drive. I wanted to check out the new look outside of the garage. So I snapped a couple pics while it was out.
  11. I have never really liked how far the front bumper sits ahead of the body on my 1941 Dodge Business Coupe. One of my winter projects this year was to make new bumper brackets and move the bumper closer to the body. I also like the cleaner look without the fog lights. Below are before and after pics.
  12. You mention Murphy's Law. Oldodge41's Law is: Murphy was an optimist! Yeah, my luck is that bad!
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