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Bob Ritter

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    Sun Valley, Ca.
  • Interests
    Enjoy old cars of all kinds and seeing cars at car shows. One of the things that I look at is the fit of the sheet metal and how straight the body is and the kind of detail that was done.
  • My Project Cars
    1948 Plymouth convertible- 1950 plymouth suburban

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    Painter and bodyman/body shop owner.
  • Occupation
    Painter-bodyman-insurance adjuster-retired.


  • Location
    San Fernando Valley, Ca.
  • Interests
    Body work- Painting...

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  1. What I do when drilling through painted area's is use masking tape to cover the area where I'm going to drill a hole, I then mark the spot and take something Sharpe and make a small hole in the tape so the bit won't slip. You can find the trunk spare tire inflators at Camping World and most trailer stores.
  2. I would suggest Ford because it has the same bolt pattern as the Plymouth, so you can use your same wheels. I think the important thing to look for is the length of the axels, you can always move the mounting plates to match the spring mount. You will want to keep the measurements as close to the original rear end as possible. Your big problem is the drive shaft, if you can get the drive shaft with the rear end it will help when it come time to alter the the drive shaft. I'm not sure why you need disc brake in the rear if the car is stock, you can always do front disc brakes and they sto
  3. Dot-5 has a high boiling point making it good for high-heat conditions, but it is glycol based, making it suitable in vehicles with ABS and compatible with Dot-3 and Dot-4 (though it's best to stick with one type and follow the manufacturers recommendations.)
  4. Someone has already told you how to remove the master cylinder, one thing people don't always do is bench bleed the cylinder before installing to remove the air. Secure it in a bench vise run lines from the port to the reservoir and fill with fluid, start pumping the pedal until the air is out. When you go to bleeding the brakes start at the farthest cylinder from the master cylinder. I would suggest using Dot 3 brake fluid.
  5. Restoration Specialties do have these clips, I see someone already gave you the company name. But let me give the part number (11964) they are a $1.25 each, and they are called stud fasteners. www.restorationspecialties.com 814/467/9842
  6. In most hobbies we share information with one another in how to do things and where to locate things, I would like to share something that may help you in doing repairs to your vehicles. I have been following a guy that has some videos that show step by step how to repair and paint your vehicle, he takes you from begin to finish in these comprehensive training DVDs. He shows you time and money saving tips, on how do a quality job. I purchased five of the six DVDs, but you can order just or as many as you like. These DVDs are by Kevin Tetz and he is a ASE, ICAR, PPG, and Sikkens certified coll
  7. Sunchaser tools have the shrinking disc's and you can also order videos showing how to use the disc right, you can do a lot of damage if you use the disc wrong. They are located in Pasadena. ca. 626/795/1588 Hope this helps, Bob
  8. Getting the rust stains out the parking light lenses is really easy if you use muriatic acid, this is the same acid that you use in your swimming pool. I have been using muriatic acid on metal parts to remove rust for years, but you need to be careful when using it, follow the instructions.
  9. I have been looking for stainless steel fender welt for a while and when I did find it was way over priced. Dennis Carpenter ford restoration parts has it made up and looks great and is priced right. I know we are Mopar people and don't like any other bands of parts on our cars, but this a after market part done right. Dennis Carpenter 800/476/9653 part # 48-16070-SS
  10. Great job, really looks good. Just finished the front floor sections and side braces, inner rockers, upper rocker plates on a 1948 Plymouth convertible and though I had a lot work- you made what I did look play. Thanks for all the pictures.
  11. The rear trunk springs are very easy to compress because they are self locking But to compress the springs you must remove the trunk lid, use a board to pull the hinge down to lock springs. But this does not help in removing or installing the hinges, because housing has a metal cover and the springs are to short and are hidden by the cover. The best to remove and install the springs is a srew driver and a punch in my opion.
  12. Dennis, I like your idea of using the washers to keep the hood springs stretched to install, but only if the fender is on, other wise a pry bar works great. Bob Ritter
  13. I just removed my convertible top bow assembly to sand blast for painting, the worse part was cleaning all the grease, dirt, and grime from around the rivets and bow arms, this was caused from the oils that had been used over the years. The problem with using these types penetrating oils is they don't dry and allow dirt and grime to build up. What you should be using is Dry Lube, it goes on wet and sets up with a dry wax like synthetic film, and it does not collect dirt and grime, you can use it on hinges, locks, or any moving part. I would suggest buying it in a aerosol can with a straw for r
  14. Have rebuild the trunk lid hinges on a 1948 Plymouth convertible, but now I'm having problems installing the springs, none of the service manuals are of any help. Has anyone have any information that will help, or installed any springs? I finally figured it out, it takes two people a pry bar, a long narrow punch, and clevis pin. You need to grind the clevis pin on the end so that it aligns the spring and the hinge holes easier. You use the pry bar to pull the spring down and align it with the hinge holes, this is where the other person becomes very handy. Thanks, Bob rritter2@ca.rr.c
  15. Aerosol cans are great for painting small parts like brackets, and when trying to paint larger parts you will get a lot of dry spots. The advantage to using aerosol cans is you can have the color your painting your car put in these cans. My project car is being painted complete so I had the color put in a aerosol can and used it to paint the locks, hinges and some small parts...
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