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  2. With this past weekend weather not good enough to enjoy a ride, took the evening off today to get that open air feeling again! Went to the Wednesday night Cruise-In and when pulling in noticed this green Dodge with a spot open beside it. Just had to park beside her as it looked along the condition of mine, not restored to show, appearing original and sure enough, it was a 1958! We drew a bit of a crowd after a bit and when he opened his hood, sure enough it has it's original flathead six with standard steering and standard brakes. I thought it was interesting to see the two side by side to get a perspective on the styling differences. Had a good conversation with the owner and appears he is keeping it the way it is and just enjoy it. I like that!
  3. Hemi Dude

    Engine cranks but will not start.

    Yes, the SMEC provides the grounding circuit to fire the injectors, the hot (+) is a constant. The SMEC also provided the grounding circuit to the ignition coil (-) terminal, in order for it to discharge the secondary circuit. (make the spark)
  4. The only "ugly" part you'll ever see is the tail lights.
  5. Spinneyhill

    Identify GM connecting rods NOS, help appreciated

    Do they have the dippers on them?
  6. No need to pull the engine, it can all be done in the car. Regarding engine mount, here again Look it up for an '88 Dodge Daytona. CORTECO MT2600 Front Right [Wholesaler Closeout -- 30 Day Warranty] (Only 13 Remaining) $5.43 Add to Cart WESTAR EM2600 {Click Info Button for Alternate/OEM Part Numbers} Info Front Right Choose: [Regular Inventory] (Only 3 Remaining) ($6.76) $6.76 Add to Cart
  7. John348

    1957 Hudson Hornet F/S SOLD

    Hey Marty, From what I understand the new owner is in your neck of the woods
  8. Spinneyhill

    Brake Job for1955 Plymouth Savoy Flathead 6 Powerflite

    On either, once inside, remove the springs first! The tool for that looks like this: Hook the spring with the slot and put the point into the shoe and close the handle. Very simple. When you get that puller for the rear drums, remember that every time you hammer on the end of the puller you are in fact hammering on the end of the axle and then hammering the bearings sideways, which can be very bad for them. Use a LONG spanner and just light taps with your little hammer and a lot of patience. An impact wrench (e.g. a rattle gun) works well.
  9. jayspartanburg

    Single Engine Module Control (SMEC)

    I'll send you a pm.
  10. Matt Harwood

    1953 Muntz Jet

    This is just too cool a car not to share. The story of Earl "Madman" Muntz and his Road Jet can be found elsewhere, but the short version is that a used car and electronics salesman decided he wanted to build a car. He bought Frank Kurtis's design, tooling, and factory, stretched the wheelbase 13 inches, added a back seat, and called it the Jet. The result was more expensive than a Cadillac 62 convertible and as exclusive as anything you could buy in 1953. Movie stars were frequent buyers and the bespoke nature of the car (and its hand-built assembly) pretty much ensured that each one was unique. Muntz used a variety of powerplants from other large luxury cars: the Cadillac 331 OHV V8, the big Lincoln 337 cubic inch flathead V8, and towards the end of production, the 317 cubic inch Lincoln Y-block OHV V8, all backed by GM Hydra-Matic automatic transmissions. Muntz claimed he built more than 400 Jets, losing $1000 on each one, but more recent estimates suggest that fewer than 300 were actually built. The Muntz Registry believes that perhaps 130 or so still exist in some form, but only 20-30 of those are complete, running, driving cars. For many years the Jet was little more than a curiosity, but that's changed recently as collectors realize that a bespoke, hand-built car designed to be the ultimate in personal transportation is a worthy machine. As for this one and my relationship with it, I wasn't sure what to expect. I suspected that it would be shoddily built and indifferently restored, but I've found it to be quite the contrary. You'd be forgiven for thinking that Muntz knew nothing about building cars, but fortunately Frank Kurtis did and using that design as base stock has resulted in a rather entertaining car, both to look at and to drive. We don't have much history on this bright red Jet other than it comes from a large collection where the former owner bought it on a lark because he'd never seen one before, but in more than a decade of ownership, he never drove it. His shop performed routine maintenance work and it does run and drive rather well today. But most of the restoration was done prior to his ownership and it was quite well done indeed. The paint shines up beautifully, the bodywork underneath is very straight (even though Muntz reportedly used several hundred pounds of lead to get each car to fit together), and it's obvious that the restoration was done to a standard befitting an expensive car, not a clown car. Nice chrome, neat details like the twin Appleton spotlights, split V windshield, and jet-inspired taillights add to the look. And yes, this is a very LOW car--parked next to a 1946 Cadillac convertible, the Muntz is easily six inches lower. Was the Jet the first American car to feature bucket seats and a console? Maybe. The boxed rockers provide support in lieu of a frame (this is a uni-body car) so you step over the sills and then down into the car and the result is a driving position that's like sitting in a chair in your living room. There's a full array of Stewart-Warner instrumentation in an engine-turned panel, and while all the gauges appear to work, I find their accuracy (all of 'em) to be highly suspect--I think that's kind of fitting for a car like the Muntz, although I have no idea why it has two water temperature gauges AND an oil temperature gauge. The upholstery is not white, it's alabaster, so the off-white mottled look is intentional, and it's in great shape. There's new wiring throughout, all the lights and signals work, and the AM/FM/CD stereo head unit in the armrest looks vintage so I think the Madman would approve. There are other neat details like full armrests in the back seat, an accelerator pedal that says "POWER" on it, and a padded dash. And yes, that's a lift-off hardtop. We didn't lift it off simply because I didn't want to take the risk of hurting it, but it comes off with some effort. It also has a good sized trunk--no spare, but the gas filler is in there. This particular Muntz is a late production car, and as such it is powered by the 317 cubic inch Lincoln V8 that was all-new in 1953. It has been recently serviced, which shows in the new ignition components and a fresh Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor on top of the original manifold. The Lincoln engine is plenty muscular and moves the heavy Jet without working too hard and it looks great in Ford Blue paint with chrome accents. Experts will spot the modern dual master cylinder and power brake booster, but there are still drum brakes underneath and the steering is manual but not heavy in the least. The GM Hydra-Matic automatic transmission shifts well--maybe too well, because it snaps your head back even at modest speeds. Maybe this is an adjustment thing and it does pop out of reverse unless you get the lever positioned just right. Otherwise, it starts easily, idles well, and runs great. Underneath, there's a new stainless exhaust system with muscular-sounding mufflers and someone obviously spent some time fixing the rear suspension, as it's now a GM 10-bolt with adjustable coil-over shocks--if you look at other Jets, you'll see that they tend to sag in back, especially if there are people in the back seat. Not this one! No rust in the monocoque, it tracks straight, brakes smoothly, and as I said, it's surprisingly fleet for such a big, heavy car. Steel wheels carry spoke hubcaps with a cartoon Madman Muntz on the center caps and a set of 7.60-15 wide whites. I didn't know what to expect, but I have found that the more I look at this car, the more attractive it becomes. I expected it to feel crude and unfinished and I am pleased to say that I was completely wrong on that count. It drives great! Good power, no quirks, no compromises, and plenty sturdy-feeling as it goes down the road. I thought this would just be some weird car that nobody would really drive but I discovered that it's actually something you can use every day and not feel like you're giving anything up. That I like. We're asking $129,900, which is a big number, but then again, these have been breaking the six-figure barrier at auction for about two years now. Are they the flavor of the month for the ultra-wealthy or a genuine collector car that belongs at the top of the heap? I'll leave that up to you to decide. Thanks for looking!
  11. dei

    The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

    Brian, The next time Cardinal95 and 1957BuickJim set up a day you could join the fun as they are in Troy, Michigan just down the road from you. I'm hoping to go to Eyes on Design this year (June 17) and might just drive the Special out Jefferson Ave along the Lake. It will only be in the general parking (not in the show) but would be a good place to meet for the day too. Something to think about.
  12. zipdang

    Video LA 50s

    Early Google street view...
  13. Grimy

    25 Buick fuel problems

    Do you have the parts to put the carb back to original? Or another carb, even a loaner from someone in your area, that you can substitute? After all you've gone through so far, I really think that substituting a known good component is much better than tweaking what you have. Short-term Plan B: Use an outboard's portable tank, position it on the cowl or roof, hook up rubber hose, and let gasoline flow by gravity. If you still have the problem, it's not the supply pressure but MAY be the carb. If the problem is resolved, it's a supply pressure issue. Again, WHERE is your Holley regulator located in the system?
  14. maok

    25 Buick fuel problems

    What carb is it? What do your spark plugs look like when it starts to run rough? How do you know its flooding?
  15. 2seater

    HVAC Plastic Vacuum Line

    This is the somewhat lengthy thread on the controller modification.
  16. dei

    The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

    I didn't write down the start mileage as I was so anxious to take advantage of the 80 degree temperature and enjoy the sunshine! Pulled into the parking lot and spotted this 1958 Dodge Cornet and just had to park beside it. The car might have been painted but a long time ago and is in pretty nice shape otherwise all original running a flat head 6 cylinder. Quite the styling differences between the 1958 marques.
  17. carmover

    25 Buick fuel problems

    George,I have backed the pressure all the way off and it is still flooding.I never said I was running three pounds I said it was set up to handle up to three pounds.I run a whole lot less pressure than that.I will never go back to the vacuum tank I hate that system.I am pretty sure the problem is going to be in the carburetor and not the pump and regulator.
  18. Xander Wildeisen

    Check it out Keiser31

  19. With being rained out lately, took advantage tonight and headed to the Wednesday Weekly Cruise-In.
  20. Xander Wildeisen

    Check it out Keiser31

    Tried to buy the coupe when I was 17, owner would not sell. Tried to buy the convertible when I was 21, owner would not sell. A person could have saved the convertible at that time. Got the chance to buy them both a few years ago. No saving the convertible, just the frame and some key parts. The coupe became a large patch panel. The roof from the coupe is on my stretched truck. Convertible was cut up, and the frame was used, rear tub, windshield and door tops. Fun to do, love building customs, but this is not really a custom, just a lot of work. It drives very nice, all stock, just running a 354 Hemi and a 700R4 transmission. So I have both cars that I tried to buy. It is a very nice solid convertible now. top lines up nice with good door gaps. I have what ever parts you need auburnseeker.
  21. Spinneyhill

    Check it out Keiser31

    How about that then? It even has a faded image of your logo on the door. I don't think you did much "running around" to find that driveway 😎!
  22. 2seater

    HVAC Plastic Vacuum Line

    I did extensive work on an HVAC controller several years ago and replaced the valves with externally mounted Ebay units. That worked flawlessly, but is a lot of work. That said, just drawing a vacuum on the black main feed to the controller yielded inconclusive results when testing to see if the whole assembly would hold vacuum. There is another check valve inside the controller with multiple connections to the four valves, and yes, it is possible to have a valve fail, although rare. The valves appear to be primarily gravity operated to close, although there may be a very light spring, and I have not dissected one. The reason I mention this is they will likely leak vacuum if not stood on end like the installed position. You can also check the individual actuators to see if they hold vacuum. The best way is to remove the entire vacuum connector on the bottom of the controller and apply vacuum to the individual ports. The connector is held in place with a threaded stud and something like a 7mm or 8mm nut in the middle.
  23. Ok thanks. I picked up 4 wheels at Rivi-central and it looks like I got three 65 and one 66 (pictures attached).
  24. Please post a picture, restored or not.
  25. You will need a special puller and a large hammer. Search the forum and there is great info on this. The puller bolts to the lugs on the drum. Not a light weight thing as these are tapered axles.
  26. Mark Wetherbee

    1920s Horn Button & Lever

    28-9 Model A Ford, missing the tube that ran down to the switch at the gearbox
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