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James_Douglas last won the day on September 17

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    Long time classic car guy. I can be hounded directly at JDD (at) 8bells dot commercial.
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  1. I have a couple of second gears in my parts and one is a fast second gear. If you look at my old posts what I found was that the fast second gear works great in the lighter cars. In the big suburban, I found that the standard second gear and OD worked better in city traffic. Since I have run both, I had the opportunity to get a feel for them both. James
  2. I use a wheel chuck here in San Francisco with the 5000 pound Desoto Suburban. Every time. One reason is to not allow the thing to roll back with the OD engaged, the other is so that I do not have to curb my wheels which is a PITA in parallel parking. Although once a meter reader gave me a ticket for not curbing my wheels and I had to go to court. The judge admonished the meter reader that in California by law a chock is acceptable in place of curbing your wheels. James
  3. I would have to go back and check my notes on the joints. My plan down the line when I have some time is to figure out how to sleeve the old bat wings and use off the shelf joints. Then if needed one could pull out the sleeve and press a new one in and just use a off the shelf joint. James
  4. Just unbolt the clutch. Do each bolt a little at a time until the the clutch is loose. If the pressure plate is ok, then just get a new or rebuilt clutch and or pressure plate assembly as needed. Just do not rock the unit on the coupling. James
  5. RNR1957NYer, I know the feeling. I went through and restored my parents 1964 300K coupe in the 1980's. They purchased it new. I even have the original window sticker my mom too off with a razor. I then got a '64 300K convertible and restored it. I then moved into San Francisco. The old buildings garage doors were just too narrow to get these cars in and out of. I stored them out of SF. But after many years of them sitting, and me paying to store them, I decided to sell them. What a stupid mistake. The CV I could live without, too much scuttle shake for me. But mom and dad coupe I should never have sold. So, now I will be doing more more of these cars over the next couple of years. I will also rebuild the 1947 Desoto. The car things we regret! James
  6. What state are you trying to register it in? If in California, have a CHP "VIN" officer come out. Also, check with the DMV Special Processing Unit in Sacramento. If you have any family registrations from before non-op with your relatives name, they may process it without worrying about you having to go find the frame rail stamp. I have never gone looking for the number on the frame of my 1947 Desoto, but I can tell you that my 1949 Desoto Convertible has the number stamped on the top of the frame about 1/2 down the frame rail. No way to see it without taking the body off. As Tod mentioned, sometimes engine numbers were as the VIN and sometimes used the body number on the door pillar. Make sure when you do the paperwork that you use the body number NOT the engine number as if you ever rebuild the engine and deck the block that number goes away. Of course any idiot can stamp the number back on the engine. Best, James
  7. I seem to remember ordering some rod from McMaster many years ago and cutting a longer rod and then drilling the ends for a couple of small cotter pins... James
  8. I really do not know why not? I have been driving and parking my classic cars here in San Francisco for 30 plus years. I do not leave them out on the street overnight, but other than that I use them just like any other car. I have never had a car stolen, I have never had a car get hit. Given that San Francisco is more or less a classic grid, one can always find ways around to avoid the bad traffic spots. What would make one make such a blanket statement? In a few weeks six hundred of us will be driving our classic cars to the annual old car picnic in Golden Gate Park. James
  9. I have had two 300K hard tops and two 300K convertibles. So, I know well what I am walking into. The big deal is the unitized body. The rust proofing from 1960 to about 1968 sucked and a lot of them are rust buckets under the skin and hard to fix. Not to mention expensive. I plan on rebuilding the 413. When I do, I may down tune it to 9.25 to one so I can run regular. I may also put on fuel injection with a knock sensor. We shall see... James
  10. After a lot of discussion we decided to not use the 1947 Desoto Suburban for our cross country retirement travels. The big issue is that we now live in an age where: 1. People just have no patience on the freeways and in the mountains for slow 1940's cars. 2. No trunk. We are seeing more and more reports of people with cars, both classic and not, getting broken into by bashing the windows to get to things in sight. The 1947 Desoto Suburban does not have a trunk. We do not want to worry about someone looking in and deciding to break a window to get to things while we are in some diner someplace. By dumb luck we ran across last week an 88 year old man that had a few cars. He cannot drive any more. One of the cars was a 1964 Chrysler 300K hardtop. It was his mothers that she purchased new in the fall of 1963. FACTORY paint still on it. The sheet metal unibody is perfect. A couple of small dings here and there but where it counts the metal is just fantastic. The car has a documented 98K miles on it. Now you have to understand that my mom and dad, in addition to the 1949 Desoto that a got back and restored, purchased a 1964 Chrysler 300K in the fall of 1963 as well. I restored that car as well a convertible. I sold them both in the late 1990's. I regret to this day selling the hardtop. Neither of the 300K's would fit into the garage space here in San Francisco at the time. So, we are going to rebuild a stock 265 for the big Desoto and not do all the fancy modification I was contemplating. We will use it for spring and fall cool weather trips in Northern California for fishing and the like. The 1964 Chrysler will be completely rebuild for cross country trips. James
  11. I have done several of these and I have not had any of them leak. I do however cover the recess with some silicon seal before I add any oil just as insurance. You could take the entire trans to a general machine shop and have them place it in a mill and create a step in the case around the hole, like the engine blocks. Then place a flat style welch plug in with permatex. That should seal it up tight. I suspect that the case or the shaft is out of spec. The other option is to source a NOS shaft and tap it through and see if it seats better. James
  12. Domi, My friend is out of town and I am heading out of town for a week or so. So I will not be able to get you photos until I return. James ******** Domi, Mon ami est hors de la ville et je pars de la ville pour une semaine environ. Je ne pourrai donc pas vous obtenir de photos avant mon retour. James
  13. I have driven my friends car on several occasions and it drives just fine with the single BBL Carter BB. James
  14. I have tried using this tool in place and could never get a good angle to do the job correctly. I ended up having to pull the fender, both inner and outer to get a good hit to replace the brass plug leaks. I used JB but after 50K miles it is showing signs of some weeping. That is why on the next one I am going to machine the step out of the block and use the cup style ones...
  15. Domi, I have a good friend with a 1946 T&C. In fact I flew across the USA with him to advise him when he was looking at it and I have helped him with work on it. In the next couple of days, I will take some detailed shots of the parts in question. There was a shortage at the factory in 1946 of Carter One Barrel Carburator's and some of the T&C's got a Two Barrel Carburetor and some got a Strongberg. So, if you are starting from scratch, you could hunt for any of the three sets of needed parts. Give me a few days and I will see what I can photo and get it posted. James ******** Domi, J'ai un bon ami avec une T&C de 1946. En fait, j'ai traversé les États-Unis avec lui pour le conseiller quand il le regardait et je l'ai aidé à travailler dessus. Au cours des prochains jours, je prendrai quelques photos détaillées des pièces en question. Il y avait une pénurie à l'usine en 1946 de Carter One Barrel Carburator et certains des T & C avaient un carburateur à deux barils et d'autres un Strongberg. Donc, si vous partez de zéro, vous pouvez rechercher l'un des trois ensembles de pièces nécessaires. Donnez-moi quelques jours et je verrai ce que je peux photographier et le faire publier. James
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