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dpollo last won the day on June 13 2018

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About dpollo

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!

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    Chrysler products, farm machinery, off grid power
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    in process 52 Dodge convertible . Finished : 35 Ply. coupe, 40 Ply. coupe 50 Ply sedan, 51 Ply Convertible 52 Fargo half ton , 28 Chrys roadster

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    have never been without a Plymouth or Dodge six since 1956
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  1. typical 49 to 56 Plymouth.... will fit 40 to 56 The speedometer drive moved to the left hand side in 49
  2. I did this back in the mid 80s and wrote an article about it in the Plymouth Bulletin . I tried unsuccessfully this morning to find it. It was titled " Brighten Up those Bulls Eyes" . I used a Bosch reflector that took an H4 bulb . The bulbs are a Phillips brand and were not easy to get in 6 volts. After carefully using diagonal wire cutters to tease the original backing away from the bulls eye lens, I used windshield urethane very sparingly to glue the lense to the Bosch reflector. It fits perfectly. The results are impressive, especially high beam. The Bosch reflector has a deflector which keeps the heat of the H4 bulb away from the lense. It is hidden behind the bulls eye so everything looks good and there is no blinding glare.
  3. the most common block drain is a simple butterfly handled valve available new at most any auto supply. as PA says 1/4 pipe thread 9/16 wrench needed
  4. before I actually got a US built car, I assumed they all had needle bearings in the upper king pin pivots. Read what Dodgeb4ya has to say. The king pin itself is the same diameter and I have never tried to substitute a bronze bushing for the needle bearing. I have several unopened kits as well as several opened ones and it seems to me that the better kits contained both bronze and needle type bearings. ( just to save anyone asking, I have no parts for sale)
  5. Andy is correct but many people, including me , have put the longer engine in their Dodge or Plymouth. Everything, in your proposed swap will fit except provision must be made for the extra length. this is not so very difficult but will include moving the radiator forward and possibly making more room for the crankshaft pulley . The tie rod may hit the oil pan but this can be corrected with a minor reshaping of the pan. If you have a contact in Canada, the Canadian radiator from any 6 cylinder Desoto or Chrysler would be helpful as well as the oil pan from a 53 or 54 Canadian Dodge or Plymouth. The extra weight of the longer engine will not be an issue but was compensated for in Canadian cars by using beefier front springs and a needle bearing in the upper king pin.
  6. A nightmare to be sure. You should be able to reach up through the grille and manipulate the lever which the cable pulls on. On cars without the cable, the end of this lever is extended below the latch so it can be pushed through the grill opening to open the hood. It may be possible to look up from underneath in front of the radiator. Perhaps someone will be kind enough to post a photo of what the latch looks like with the hood open.
  7. you may also consider a synchronized passenger car trans from 35 to 38 and you will need the bell housing which goes with it. Simple, strong and compared to the truck light weight.
  8. I cannot think of a worse swap . If you install a non synchro trans from a 1940s truck you will ruin the driveability your car and the tear up will reduce your resale value to scrap. instead consider an S 10 or similar 5 speed if that is what you want. but keep this in mind : The original trans in your car was one of the best in its day and can be fitted with a BW Overdrive found in Plymouths from 52 to 56 . This is a simple bolt for bolt swap, no tear up at all.
  9. the electrics on the transmission serve only to drop the oil pressure to allow a downshift. Of course they were designed to work on 6 volts but this has nothing to do with your grinding noise. Make sure the transmission has an oil equivalent to SAE 10 . You were correct in checking the fluid drive oil level but that unit has little if anything to do with the shifting.
  10. regulators were adjusted by bending the spring hook on the regulator elements. This is simple enough BUT read the shop manual or the advice given in a Motors manual first !
  11. on 49 to 52 cars, the Stop light switch is mounted on a junction block just forward of the left rear axle. Standard Motor Parts "SLS" 24 will work although wire terminals on SLS 23 or 25 may be more suitable.
  12. I have one on my 35 Plymouth's 217 (51). Works very well except for trouble with automatic choke. Originally from a 56 Dodge 230.
  13. Great exploded view of the engine ! As a kid, looking in a shop manual, I thought that if you took the lid off the engine it would explode into all those many pieces. As a teenager I discovered that if you kept the throttle down hard in low gear, the engine would explode into all those pieces. Never forget, it was our duty to find the weaknesses in our parent's generation of automobiles. A digital image of this would be great but it is possibly still protected by copyright.
  14. gas pedal , arm rests and visors and possibly the trunk latch will fit
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