Bhigdog

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About Bhigdog

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  • Birthday 01/06/1940

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    anything mechanical. I like moving parts

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  1. Bhigdog

    Change brake fluid from DOT 3 to DOT 5

    DOT 3 collects water and fosters corrosion and sludge. DOT 5 does not. DOT 3 is a very effective paint stripper. DOT 5 is not DOT 3 does not hold small bubbles makes bleeding easy DOT 5 does so bleeding takes more effort DOT 5 has been in my 69 Corvette since 1990 with no change/leakage/corrosion. DOT 3 originally in since it was new caused leaking, corrosion, severely pitted calipers. It's your choice..............Bob
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    Winter Buicks

    OUTSTANDING!..........Bob
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    Winter Buicks

    About 6" fcst for NE PA tomorrow along with some freezing rain. Sure to be a mess. Glad i brought in some extra wood and wine.....bob
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    taper angle on Chrysler product rear axles

    Put the axle in a lathe with a center in the tail stock. Indicate the axle taper so its running true. Indicate one inch of the taper to get the thousands per inch taper. Use simple trig to arrive at the angle in degrees. Should be dead nuts accurate.....bob
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    ALSA Chrome Paint

    I think these are the same folks that sell those pills you drop into your gas tank to cure oil burning and burned valves........bob
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    Ring Gear RIvets

    Twer it me I would use high strength shoulder screws. Much tighter tolerance on the un threaded shoulder portion for less axial slippage. See McMaster-Carr......Bob
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    Windshield Scratch Repair

    Below is a post I contributed in 2010 on polishing my 1956 Chrysler wind shield. It should still be true today..........Bob If the scratches will "catch" your finger nail the glass is toast. If your finger nail will slide over the wiper marks they are, with patience, repairable. Below is a post I submitted in 2010 detailing how I successfully removed wiper marks from my 56 Chrysler wind shield. I will add that this will not remove the micro pits that every windshield picks up over time but will restore your glass to quite usable condition...................Bob In the interest of sharing knowledge............ I'm finally getting around to installing the glass in the 56 Chrysler. I've been fretting about the windshield and the wiper marks in it for two years now. The "marks" were not quite deep enough to actually "catch" a finger nail but they definately could be felt. Imported repro glass is available for about $650 without a date code. I'd heard both pro's and cons about polishing out the scratches. I'd heard that it can't be done, that it would cause distortion because it would leave a shallow hollow where the groove was or heat build up would crack the glass. Being both a frugal type and having nothing to lose I figured I'd give it a try. First I needed a polishing "kit". I looked at ready made kits and saw they were nothing more than a hard felt pad and some cerium oxide polishing compound. So instead of p**sing away $75 bucks on a kit, I cut down an old backing disc from my DA sander to 3 1/2" diameter and epoxied a 3/8" thick pad of hard felt on the bottom. My local glass shop sold me a baby food jar of cerium oxide for $5. So now I had my kit. The kit sellers say to chuck their pad in a drill to polish out the scratches. I figured that was the cause of the distortion problem. Folks were using the pad like a disc sander and concentrating on the scratches. To get around that I mounted my pad on my DA sander and used it only on the orbital mode. Also, instead of concentrating on the scratches I evenly buffed the glass and only gave the scratches a bit of extra buff time. I'd also heard that the glass could crack from heat build up. Not true. I mixed the cerium oxide with water to make a loose paste. Wet the pad, spread a bit of paste, and started buffing VERY slowly and lightly. As long as everything is wet there in no heat build up. I kept a spritz bottle of water close by and just kept spritzing, buffing, pasting, spritzing buffing and checking. In about an hour all traces of the scratches were gone, there was no distortion, and I'd saved almost enough to pay for the new tires for the 56 that I need to order. The whole project took a morning to do including making the polishing pad. If you decide to try this here's few hints. The hard felt is available from McMaster-Carr by the square foot. Or, I have have enough left over to cut a disc for someone or two or three. Keep the glass wet and keep the orbital speed about mid way. Draw a line under the scratches, with a magic marker, on the back side of the glass. That way you can find them and you only have to wipe a small area clean to check your progress. Do not let the pad get dry. It will pack dryed oxide into the micro pits that are in every used windshield and you will spend an hour with soapy water and a tooth brush getting it out. Do not ask how I know this last bit...............Bob Edited April 18, 2010 by Bhigdog (see edit history) 1 EmTee reacted to
  8. Nah. It's a Buick customized with Mercury and Plymouth parts. The Venti-Ports give it away................Bob
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    early motorcycles.................

    A clone by definition is identical. The reproductions are merely imitations. What's the difference? Going out with a beautiful women or a blow up doll may yield the same conclusion but there will certainly be a difference..............Bob
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    how do you work under your cars ?

    You,re correct about falling. When i built it i made a recessed edge and cut 2 x 8s to fit so it,s covered. One thing i thought about is the remote chance of fire while working on a car. A pit is usually not the quickest thing to get out of.....bob
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    how do you work under your cars ?

    I actually have one in one of my garage bays. It's OK but like every thing else there's good and bad. I haven't used it since I got my 2 post lift and likely never will. Likely the safest option of them all.........Bob
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    Allentown Swap

    It's worth maybe an hour drive if you're bored s**tless and need some Chinese tools. Otherwise not so much....................Bob
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    how do you work under your cars ?

    Two post lift now but previously used 4 heavy duty jack stands on a solid level concrete floor. Nothing less. Ever........ bob
  14. Understand the folks here are hard wired towards emotional involvement with old cars rather than a more pragmatic involvement ( not that there's anything wrong with that ). If you feel an attraction to the car and have the time and resources that owning an old car involves then by all means keep it. A good approach would be to fix the mechanicals to make sure it is safe (pay attention to the age of the tires rather than only the tread depth) , clean and detail it, then use it for a year. By then you should know if you wish to continue with it or if it's more trouble than it's worth. In any event you will be in a good position to either sell or keep it............Bob
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    Damage to my 48 Lincoln

    The only thing I wonder about is that the damage looks like it was done a loooong time ago. Can't believe it was a shock to anyone when it came to light........Bob