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    Rebuilding 1951 Dodge

    So my compression has finally gotten too bad and I think it’s time to rebuild the engine in my ‘51 Meadowbrook. The cylinders are between 89 and 94. I’m using a lot of oil too. So how in depth does this rebuild have to be? Can I just replace the rings and the gaskets and call it a day? Everything runs very well and I see no metal in the oil changes. The oil pressure stays in the correct pressure. These engines seem to be tanks, you can’t stop them.
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    Stromberg BXVD-3 Carburetor

    0el49 reached out to me but didn’t respond when I messaged him. I assumed he had a stromberg but I don’t know. Do you know of any other 1bbl carburetors that had a dashpot?
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    Stromberg BXVD-3 Carburetor

    I have a 1951 Dodge Meadowbrook that came stock with a Stromberg BXVD-3. However, mine has a BXV-3 on it. I would like to get the correct carburetor for my car. Any direction would be appreciated.
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    Water Pump Plugged in My 49 Dodge Coronet

    Based on the looks of the distribution tube it is probably rusted through so that would possibly need to be replaced. I’m not sure if the engine runs for any length of time but in my ‘51 Meadowbrook I powerwashed as much of the rust out of the block as I could, replaced the water pump, and flushed the radiator forward and backwards then put water in the radiator and a tub of wood bleach. There’s a lot of discussion about wood bleach on here. My car constantly overheated so I put the bleach in and ran the car for about 5 hours total over the next couple of days. Then I flushed it and repeated the problem. Now my car doesn’t overheat. I’m not sure about the mechanics of the wood bleach and correct me if I’m wrong but it seems to eat the rust.
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    Hydra-Matic won't shift

    I worked on the transmission and got it to shift to 2nd gear but it wouldn’t shift to 3rd or 4th. So I took the control valve body back out and found the 3-2 Detent Plug stuck. I fixed that and now it won’t shift out of 1st again. Do either of those books talk about that?
  6. I broke the control valve panel on my ‘52 Cadillac. I took the one off my parts car, same year, model, and transmission, and adjusted the bands. The car wouldn’t shift out of 1st gear. So I took it back out and cleaned it. Everything moved perfectly and smoothly. Now it shifts from 1st to 2nd, but I can’t get it to shift to third. I’ve tried to adjust the T.V. rod according to the book and it didn’t help. I loosened the T.V. rod nuts so it didn’t create any pressure and that didn’t work. Am I missing something that I can adjust? I see nothing in the shop manual that talks about this. Any advice would be helpful. And yes I know that many people say to rebuild them whenever they have the slightest problem but I’d like to try to fix this in car before sending it out to someone. Thanks!
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    1952 Hydra-Matic shifting

    I broke the control valve panel on my ‘52 Cadillac. I took the one off my parts car, same year, model, and transmission, and adjusted the bands. The car wouldn’t shift out of 1st gear. So I took it back out and cleaned it. Everything moved perfectly and smoothly. Now it shifts from 1st to 2nd, but I can’t get it to shift to third. I’ve tried to adjust the T.V. rod according to the book and it didn’t help. I loosened the T.V. rod nuts so it didn’t create any pressure and that didn’t work. Am I missing something that I can adjust? I see nothing in the shop manual that talks about this. Any advice would be helpful. And yes I know that many people say to rebuild them whenever they have the slightest problem but I’d like to try to fix this in car before sending it out to someone. Thanks!
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    Hydramatic repair

    Not to take from Bob’s thread but I put the control panel back in and it shifts to second. But I can’t get it to shift to third of fourth.
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    Hydra-Matic won’t shift

    I cleaned the control valve body and now it shifts to second gear. Will not shift to third gear though. I'm assuming that is linkage that has to be adjusted. I can feel it clearly shift into second gear.
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    Hydramatic repair

    All he told me was that I have to rebuild it. Standard answer when people don’t know what the solution to the problem is. I took the control valve body back off and soaked it in a degreaser then put it back together. The pistons seem to move much easier. I haven’t gotten it back into the car yet. I’ve hit that point where I’m running out of solutions so I’m delaying trying another for fear that it won’t work. But I feel confident that this will help. I’ll get it back in within the next day or two.
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    Hydra-Matic won't shift

    That seems like a very helpful book. It says more in those pictures than the shop manual does.
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    Hydra-Matic won't shift

    I guess nobody has any suggestions..
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    Hydramatic repair

    Poci, you aren’t talking about Willie are you? The guy that said your transmission was crap? He won’t help with advise.
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    This is why you should have spare parts

    Yours has better looking hubcaps. I bought mine from a guy and his wife in farm country. They had planned to rat rod it. Unfortunately the passenger side windshield cracked when I was replacing the weatherstripping but it had the last inspection sticker, NJ 1973. Had to replace a stuck valve and it fired right up.
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    This is why you should have spare parts

    she doesn’t enjoy it like I do, she just tolerates it