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  1. I had a cat, Sassy, that used to come to the patio door each night and I would put her in the garage. She would exit every morning when I opened the door to leave for work. I always fed her in the garage, kept a bed and litterbox in there for her. Not an affectionate cat, but a good mouser. Never had any mice. Then one day she didn't come home anymore. I tried several other cats but none would stay off the vehicles and they loved to scratch at the vinyl top on the Dart and the tonneau cover on the pickup truck. They never seemed to appreciate the stay in at night and prowl thru the day that Sassy did. Neighbor has four or five cats that roam around and leave me a porch present of a dead mouse now and then but they are not garage cats and run when spotted. I hate mice, but my guess is they don't like me much either!
  2. Every fall is a battle with mice around here. The Dart in the picture above was terrible for attracting mice into the headliner. The '41 has had a few over the years but none that died and stunk like this one. Best trap I found is a five gallon bucket trap. I use peanut butter as bait and used motor oil as liquid in the bucket. Thanks for the compliments on the car too.
  3. Here I am some years ago at the home of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, or whistle pig if you prefer. Punxsutawney, or Punxy as we call it, is a little over an hour from home. I had darker hair and my '69 Dart then.
  4. I opened the door on my '41 Dodge coupe to the unmistakable stench of a dead rodent. There he was, laying right by the fire extinguisher in the center of the front floor. As the song says he was "Stinking to High Heaven"! First mouse I have found in the old girl in a lot of years. None stunk like this one. Fall is coming and they are looking for winter homes I guess. For such a little guy he sure did stink! Neighbors cats are letting me down here. I tossed the mouse and parked the car outside to air out for a couple days. The scent is much better now. Just another battle we face with these old cars. A couple weeks ago I opened the garage door to find shelves dumped, insulation torn up and the unmistakable sound of something fairly heavy running behind the freezer. Got my flashlight and found a groundhog hiding behind the freezer. Not in a good place to dispatch with a gun so I herded it out the door with a broom. Must have came in the day before while the doors were open and then spent the night trying to dig its way out of a metal garage with a concrete floor. He wasn't successful, but he did make a mess.
  5. 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.
  6. Worn out bushings on the rear leaf spring shackles can and will cause a car to "chatter" upon clutch engagement as well.
  7. Happy 4th of July everyone. Let's see some red, white and blue. Here is some blue from yesterday.
  8. Still have the Rambler too? Always enjoy your posts.
  9. 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/
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. You mention Murphy's Law. Oldodge41's Law is: Murphy was an optimist! Yeah, my luck is that bad!
  17. Our local SS office is very good. Takes a bit to get thru on the phone sometimes though. I have spoken to 3 different ladies. One answers phones and passes info to the other two. Very pleasant. The second always treats me like a valued customer, explains things as much as needed for me to understand and seems to be very knowledgeable. The third is less cordial, all business and wants to rush through the call, but knowledgeable as well. Just a personality trait I think. After a bunch of calls to question things on my online SS account I have deduced that I should have initiated the process thru the local office instead of online. The local office even sort of said that without really saying it. I got my first payment on the date, in the amount, the local office said I would. My online info still doesn't match. Different dates, lesser amount and it doesn't seem to update. The local office says ignore it. I am trying to, but I keep checking it. If the info is there it should be correct. My wife's online account, on the other hand, is spot on and has updated quickly at each step. Bottom line, I agree, call the "local" SS office. Not the online, "create an account" system or the national ( sit on hold for hours ) number. The locals here beat that hands down.
  18. Awesome! You are on your way now.
  19. I retired December 1, 2021 @ 63.5 years old. I got my first Social Security check Wednesday. I decided not to wait for full benefit age. I don't know if I will live that long, but I hope I live long enough that I can look back and say I should have waited. Probably not likely, but who knows? I don't know what is right for anyone else, but I am comfortable with my decision.
  20. If I knew I would live this long I would have taken better care of myself when I was younger. I say that a lot. I think I mean it too. 😎
  21. Sorry to hear your wife is not well. I hope things improve soon. The old car can wait. It will be there when you are ready.
  22. I have replaced rod bearings, main bearings and piston rings with the engine in the car on my 1941 Dodge Coupe. If no damage to the crank, which can't be known till you get in there, and the oil pan can come off with the engine in the truck, then yes it can be done in truck. If it is a temporary repair to get by until the "good engine" can be swapped in, I would go for it, rather than have it undriveable as is. That's just me and how I do things, not for everyone. I would rather drive a good car than own a great car.
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