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    Yardley, PA 19067
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    Machinery, Travel, Fishing
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    1939 Plymouth PT81 Pickup Truck

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    Yardley,PA resident working for Princeton University
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    Tool & Die Instructor

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    Retro Rodding

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  1. I've been happy with my Scarebird installation on my truck. Lots of info on this site. I have better luck searching topics on Google such as "rusty hope p15d24" rather than use the search here. Be sure to do your homework and speak with the vendors before you decide.
  2. Sweet! You need to get a Thompson machine gun to go with your car. 😉
  3. Would look even better with blackwalls! 😉
  4. Nah! There should be a law prohibiting whitewalls on trucks! Just ain't right! Lols! 😀
  5. Just my opinionated opinion, but whitewalls look better on cars. I prefer black walls on trucks. Plus, I can't imagine painting a tire would hold up very well?
  6. I guess there's many ways to look at it. I look at it like therapy. Put-zing around fixing and improving my truck takes my mind off the darker realities of life. The driving part can be a bit intimidating when competing with modern vehicles on the roadways. On the other hand, it is exciting not knowing if you'll come back home alive. Well, more likely under your trucks own power. Lols! Good idea to have some towing coverage. Even with some of the changes I've made; (front disc, Borg Warner T5, higher ratio differential, seat belts) I still opt for the rural routes whenever possible. I'm the first to admit! My truck is still a death trap in a bad accident. But I guess I'll keep driving her. Might be luckier to die behind the wheel then at a Nursing home? It's later than we think. Cheers! Ha!
  7. Oh yeah! Probably a good idea to disconnect your battery. Un-fused feed wire to ammeter could possibly cause catastrophic event if you ground it by wrench?
  8. I'm 66 and just finished doing a bunch of stuff under my 39 truck dash. I learned quickly to take a couple aspirin before starting each session under there. Lols! If you lay on your back with legs hanging out drivers side it's doable. It took some patience to not get frustrated. The trick for me was getting good light under there and then work methodically with 1/4 inch drive ratchet set being careful not to disturb wiring to much. If I remember correctly, after unscrewing the speedometer cable, and pulling out the dash light, there's only a couple nuts requiring a 3/8 socket to remove the assembly. Other option is get some young guy to do it for you. Good luck with that!
  9. My 1939 has a fused third terminal on the ammeter which was hooked up only to the light switch and horn. The fused terminal does not go through the gauge. On my truck as originally wired, the only thing registering on the meter was the charging circuit. I'm confused why they did it that way? Turning on lights or using horn does not show any draw. Not certain, but I think 39 might have been the last year for that? I believe in 1940 the light switch was wired from the ammeter and there was a fuse on the light switch.
  10. During re-examining all things electrical on my truck, (12v neg. ground converted) I was pondering if my neg ground cable should be where I affixed it many years ago? I used one of the bolts in the top of the T5 transmission. The original cast iron 3 speed had the ground anchored there. Haven't had any issues, but not sure that's the best place with the more modern gear box? I'm thinking it may be better to anchor to a bell housing to block bolt? Anyone have experience with this?
  11. I have wired my 1939 PT81's amp meter as per Mopar wiring diagram. The light switch and the horn are wired to the third terminal on the ammeter which is fused. Everything is working fine, but neither the lights or the horn show any indication of draw on the amp gauge when I use them. Does this sound correct? I know the ammeter is working properly because other accessories such as heater motor indicate a draw. I'm guessing that Mopar originally used the ammeter for just the charging circuit?
  12. Getting ready to install my new starter switch. Anyone know if the contacts should be lubricated or left dry? When I took the switch off there was a black grease that had definitely been applied to the copper contact surfaces. I rebuilt this starter 35 years ago, but can't remember why I lubricated it or if it was even supposed to be? My dad, a professional mechanic was alive then. I'm thinking he may have suggested lubrication? I'm wondering if it may have been some special lube? I was thinking of applying a light coat of anti-seize? Thoughts and opinions welcomed!
  13. Lols! I certainly don't need any more maintenance opportunities! My old buddies mom used to say: "You'll become a slave to your possessions" We didn't know what she was talking about back then, but I sure do now. Yeah! You would think those lower contacts would be easy to source? Common wear item back in the day. Somebody must be hoarding those somewhere?
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