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  1. Yup. Just give me some 2 part epoxy, some zip ties, and a big hammer, and I could RULE THE WORLD!
  2. Heck, I thought it was for proofing moonshine.
  3. I posted on the parts wanted list but thought not everyone looks over there. I'd like to find a pair of decent 11" rear drums. More common on non-Plymouth Mopars. I converted my Plymouth rears to 11" out of a 53 Dodge Meadowbrook. The drums are too skinny to turn and I'm getting ready to do a full brake job. I believe many of the 11" Dodge rear drums will work, and possibly some Chrysler/DeSoto drums as well. Anyone have a pair of 11" rear drums collecting dust, and willing to sell or trade for...??
  4. When you put in the pump it needs to be indexed so you don't change the ignition timing, since the distributor is driven off the oil pump. If you didn't index it, the timing is possibly so far off that it won't fire. Have you got a service manual that talks about indexing the oil pump? It's something you can fix pretty easily. We can probably talk you through correcting that. If the ignition is left on for quite some time, and if the points happen to be closed at the time, you can burn up the contacts on your points. That would be pretty evident on a visual inspection of the points. Here's a link with some background about the oil pump, timing, and how to synch them up: http://www430.pair.com/p15d24/mopar_forum/showthread.php?t=5919&highlight=index+pump
  5. My dad acquired a 48 Packard on a road trip in the 50's, when our 40 Hudson threw a rod on the Jersey Turnpike. The details of the deal are quite a story. Anyway, the Packard was a real highway car, very smooth, and one helluva oil burner. Had Overdrive, and Dad never really mastered the intracacies of freewheeling. Always yelled at us kids when the darned thing started freewheeling. And we were all in the back seat!
  6. Mackster, if it's coming from the left of center, look for leaky o-rings at the oil cooler up above the left cylinders. What year is the bug? My son and I are spiffing up a 72 Super Beetle for his wife. I've made up several special tools for the Plymouth, but a real hub puller is a must-have, and an Aamco brake tool second on my list. I got the hub puller, still looking for the Aamco, although a forum member has made a very generous offer to risk loaning his Aamco to me for the cost of shipping and insurance.
  7. That P15 looks a bit like the one Arthur is selling. A great start for a fun driver. Mackster, I sure missed the Father's Day show in Pomona. I'd love to come out for Mooneyes and stay for the Grand National Roadster Show in January, but your neighbors would probably complain about me sleeping in my wagon in the back alley for that long:D
  8. Shel, I would think the grooves would not be a big deal for a driver. Still plenty of grabbing surface. PS, Bearheart, welcome to the forum. Love the 40 Dodge front ends. You will definitely find answers here.
  9. Pretty decent old 54 coupe for the money. Darn, I could use $2,500 worth of parts off it for my 53! Interior, front bumper, right side door for starters.
  10. Looks tacky but it works...I just realized it's been probably 2-3 years since I made up an oil baffle for my rear crankcase breather, and have not seen a drip of oil from there since I installed it. I know, it looks awful, but something of a prototype that worked so well I forgot it was even there. I cut up an aluminum beverage can and installed it in an old breather I had, using 5 minute epoxy. Still use the fiber filter that goes in the canister. The baffle lets oil accumulate and run back into the crankcase instead of dripping.
  11. There are some good posts about exhaust options in the old stuff, run a search and you'll find more than you probably want:D One trick I've heard of but never tried, is to run one small diameter straight pipe to the rear, and one with a glasspack. I've heard that some of the guys with the Bombas do that.
  12. Funny, I was just recently wondering what ever became of Arlo. Must be the Thanksgiving season. I would get a kick out of seeing him perform.
  13. I rewired my 53, at least the engine, overdrive and headlights so far. pretty inexpensive if you do it yourself. There are several methods. I tagged every wire at both ends as to where it connected, then removed the harness, stripped off the tape wrap covering, and cut each wire to match the old ones in length and color. Here's a link to an earlier thread on rewiring: http://www430.pair.com/p15d24/mopar_forum/showthread.php?t=13205&highlight=wiring You would want either some basic soldering skills and materials such as heat shrink, or a good quality ratcheting crimper and plenty of decent quality end terminals. I like harbor freight but not for their electrical terminals. Too lightweight. Rhode Island wiring sells complete harnesses, great quality but up in the price range you mentioned. Have you got a service manual yet? There is one available on ebay, under $30., called the 1946-1954 Plymouth Service manual. You'll need one and it contains wiring diagrams in addition to tons of other great info. When I cleaned up the frame on mine when the engine was out, I first used a putty knife to scrape off 90% of the old goop, then plenty of Gunk foaming engine cleaner. A nasty job, careful you don't track it into your house. I did mine with the car over a tarp, and when I was done I rolled up the tarp and dumped it. Also threw away the shoes I was wearing. It's a good practice to get the car running, charging, etc. before the rework, so you're sure any glitches later are not due to your work.
  14. I can see daylight around my doors:eek:
  15. Wish I knew. MyP24 came with a box of new weatherstrip but I haven't gotten going on the install. Now, what I have heard is, once the new stuff is in, you may find the doors are harder to close, until the new stuff takes a set with the doors shut.
  16. There are folks that will build split exhausts from your stock manifold, and others that can fab up dual carb intakes from your stocker. I believe Moose on this forum does that, as well as George Asche, not on the forum. Stock cam can be reground, head milled, crankshaft balanced.
  17. One cure is to move your engine mountings so the engine sits an inch or two over to the right side.
  18. Very sweet of your wife to contribute to your hobby that way. Sounds like you have a keeper! If you live in a cool climate you could keep that quilt handy on the rear seat, so your passengers can snuggle up while you all tour the Christmas decorations around your town in that beautiful car.
  19. You sure learn a lot on this forum. I had no idea about dialing down my clickers for storage. I have a ft/lb and an inch/lb clicker. The first was set at 10, but the second was at 800+. My next torque wrench will be a pointer type. I figure there's less to go wrong with one of those. You see decent ones by Snap-On, Proto, Craftsman and others at the auto swap meets for low bucks.
  20. Beautiful car Greg. Would look even better if he took a sawzall and lopped off that roof. It would make a neat touring car.
  21. I saw a new episode of Car Crazy where they were at Bonneville. Lots of neat cars. When they got to the hotel parking lot segment, I saw a couple of cars familiar to the HAMBers, Denise with Big Olds, and Don Dillard's green 32 roadster. A good episode if you get a chance to watch it. Episode 195, original air date was 11/16/09.
  22. Those flathead Fords were always too darned fast. I drive a flathead Plymouth for safety.
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