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PT81PlymouthPickup last won the day on August 5 2020

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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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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    Yardley, Pennsylvania
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    Retro Rodding

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  1. Sounds hard to me! Lols! 😄 I only weigh 180 lbs
  2. Never having worked on anything bigger than a 3/4 ton pickup truck and after reading through all the comments, I'm curious as how one achieves tightening nuts and bolts on heavy duty trucks? I can't believe a human with a wrench could exert 300-400 lbs with a wrench unless it was 10 ft. long? I'm guessing heavy duty impact wrenches?
  3. Plymouth/Dodge Rebuilt Flathead 6Cyl. engine | The H.A.M.B. (jalopyjournal.com)
  4. A young fella I know whom works at the local Tires Plus shop tells me they are required to torque all wheels on cars to 90 to 100 ft. pounds. I assume that's a policy to prevent broken studs and stripped nuts and also more importantly to be certain they're not too loose. I'm sure these tire places have an occasional law suit? I remember my dad telling me one of the young mechanics who worked for him had spun the lug nuts all the way down by hand and then forgot to tighten them with the impact gun. The customer didn't get very far before the wheels almost came off the car. Luckily, she was an u
  5. Yes, that's either a mix up or is referring to something other than lug nuts or bolts. I know that a 1/2-20 (which are what mine are) would strip the threads long before 375 foot pounds. I'm familiar with the old timer feel method, but thought it might be useful to have a torque number for those that might not be, or out of practice. What started me on this quest was that the feel method was failing me a bit. On my new modern rear wheels it was very positive and after checking with my torque wrench was about 85lbs. The original wheels which I am running on the front seemed like I could keep ti
  6. Anyone know what the correct lug bolt torque should be on the 1/2 ton pickups with original wheels? Most modern cars I believe are close to 100 foot pounds, but I'm thinking that's too much for our wheels?
  7. Chopped, channeled, Small block Chevy, Turbo 400 trans. Ford 9" rear, disc brakes all around? 😉 If you do, a bunch of us will show up with guns! 😄 Lols!
  8. Thanks Ed! I'm hoping the 3/8 spindle offset will take care of that. I'm a bit worried about my increasing the tire diameter about an inch? I'm running a 3:55 rear with a S10 T5 trans. Pulled fine with the 650-16s. I also just discovered Michelin no longer makes the Defender LTX in 215/85r16. Geez! My plan was to run 245/75r16 Michelin Defender LTX on the rear (which I purchased a while ago). They have the same diameter but wider than the 215/85r16s which I now can not get in Michelin. They would have closely matched the rear tires I already bought. So, now I'm faced with mixing tire brands an
  9. Hi Ed, Was the pitman arm rubbing issue with 215/85R16s on your truck minor? Did adjusting the steering stop limit your turning radius by much? I'm considering the 215/85R16s for my front axle. I converted to disc brakes which pushed the hubs out about 3/8" which might be just enough to avert the rubbing issue? Also, I'm curious what differential ratio you're running? Does your truck pull hills OK with the larger diameter tires? Sorry for all the questions! Steve
  10. These engines come available for reasonable prices if you keep an eye out for them. I've seen some decent ones on eBay. Often, some street rodder unloading an unwanted flatty from a Mopar that's slated for a v8 transplant. I came across a brand new 230 still in crate just a couple years ago that was advertised on Craigslist. He wanted $1800 and I got it for $1500. I didn't really need it, but figured at that price it was a bargain. I'm not even positive it will fit in my 1939 PT81 pickup? Soon as the weather warms up, I'm going to take a closer look and try to figure out if it will fit into my
  11. Does it crank over strong when you're trying to start it the second time?
  12. My dad owned a Chevron station on Rt 1 in central New Jersey. I was pumping gas there at about 12 years old in the mid 1960s. Talk about full service! We cleaned both windshield and rear window, asked if we could check under the hood fluid levels and would air the tires if they asked. Then we gave them Green stamps which they could redeem for gifts after accumulating a bunch. All the while saying "Yes Ma'am or Yes Sir" no matter how miserable the customer was. Never see that again! Was a magical time for me working with my dad and taking for granted all those cool cars and trucks that were
  13. Nice car! Off topic, but I'm interested in knowing what size and brand tires you're running?
  14. I agree with allbizz49's statement. Being a semi-purist, there is something to be said about keeping it Mopar. IMO, too many Chevy's in all makes of street rods! I like to see Chevys in Chevys, Fords in Fords, and Mopars in Mopars. Just my opinion, but a Ford in a Mopar is just weird. Lols! A nicely done flathead six is a strong reliable engine and a less complex project than the engine swap. My vote is keep it mostly stock and if you decide to go street rod, something like a 318 or vintage hemi would be cool. I agree with your frugality, but sometimes it bites you in the end. I imagine your
  15. At my age , I no longer have the patience to do all the stripping, repairing, filling, sanding, priming, painting, wet sanding, and buffing. And after all that stuff, have a truck I'm afraid to get a scratch on and probably would be too old to drive. That's if I lived long enough to finish it? There is something to admire about a vintage vehicle that is mechanically sound and gets used without worry. If you can keep a vehicle in a garage and no longer drive it in wet salty conditions, the current rust will hold up just fine. Lols! Anyhow, just saying; I've come to appreciate things without all
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