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John Norlien

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About John Norlien

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  • Birthday 10/22/1955

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    Pine Springs, MN
  • Interests
    Camping, old cars, boy scouts
  • My Project Cars
    1954 plymouth Savoy

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    Married, 3 boys, 1 boy into old mopar
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    St Paul, MN
  • Interests
    Old Cars, fishing, Boy Scouts

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  1. If my 54 Plymouth has been sitting for more than a week, I will loosen the wing nut on top the air cleaner and put about a tablespoon of gas in the depression in the ari cleaner and then go turn the key. Starts right up. I worry about what the oil is doing during that time.
  2. I might also suggest sources like McMaster -Carr
  3. Where i am, there is a Friday night cruise night in North St Paul. Love to go and see who brought what. So I am there most Fridays with the 54 Plymouth.
  4. I had a similar symptoms with my '54 that ended up being fuel pump.
  5. I am thinking of going front disk- make the car much more drive-able. What have others done for the master cylinder when you put in front disks?
  6. I bought a new pump for a Chrysler industrial engine probably 30 years ago for my 54 Plymouth and have had no more fuel pump problems since. Prior to that, I had low fuel pressure problems that i thought were vapor lock, etc. I had tried rebuilding my original pump and tried buying a rebuilt pump.
  7. I was told years ago to pull the plugs, put in a small squirt of oil and roll it over a few times with the plugs out first, then put them back in and put a SMALL amount of gas down the carb and start it up. This is how I have always done it. Easy to get at the plugs on a flathead anyway and doesn't hurt to have a good look at them.
  8. I ended up needing to replace the center pin. To get it correctly centered, I measured the center ball and the pin length, divided the difference by two and machined up a couple of blocks out of 1" square steel with a slip fit for the pin and the thickness as I calculated. Pressed it all together and when the end of the pin was flush with the blocks, it is centered.
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    Minnesota State Fairgrounds St Paul, MN https://msrabacktothe50s.com/ One of the country's biggest car shows- some 12,000 vehicles. Need to see more MOPARs
  10. Who is coming to Back to the 50's in June? Should we stake out a spot?
  11. I had problems with what I thought was vapor lock on my '54 Savoy. Problems went away when I replaced my fuel pump with one intended for a Chrysler industrial engine.
  12. I bought a seal kit from Northwest Transmission referenced above and the kit had all the parts needed. The reaction shaft seal for the torque converter is usually the problem on the Hy-Drive. If you get a 53-54 service manual, they have a reasonable Hy-Drive section. Other pieces to be aware of- the clutch and throwout bearing in the Hy-Drive set up are unique to that setup as far as I can tell. I see the service manual for sale at the Motorbook store online- I have no experience with them, but the cover looks the same as my original.
  13. Where is a good source to buy a spring such as in Don's picture above?
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    https://msrabacktothe50s.com/ Cars of all types from 64 and older on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Last year had 11,950 vehicle participants. Hope to see you there! Bring Mopars!
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    John Norlien

    My son drove the Plymouth to his spring formal
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