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  1. whtbaron

    1925 Chrysler Speedster

    I know some guys that are into "ultimate" wiener roasts... they launch a lit wad of rags soaked in diesel fuel with a potato canon into unwanted buildings stuffed full of dead limbs (trees boys, think trees...) . Obviously they live out in the country where there are no park staff involved, but the resulting flame has been seen from miles away.
  2. whtbaron

    1925 Chrysler Speedster

    I'm late getting back to the question, but yes, the 228 did come out of a 54 Canadian built Dodge pickup so it is the long block version. My Mopar mechanic is currently putting the 54 pickup on a late model 4x4 chassis which would make a few guys around here cry a little. On the bright side I was able to score a mint running flathead with the 4 spd transmission for $300. LOL... I just noticed the remnants of the tree in the wrecker when I was about to say that wrecker ( oh man, is that a hand powered winch??) might have some resale value. Guess it comes with free fire wood?
  3. whtbaron

    Seems like a real shame

    A couple years back, one of the rod magazines ran a series based on the premise that it was faster to complete a car by buying a restored car, doing a chassis swap to a modernized one, and hitting the road without all the bother of new paint, interior, etc. It seems the concept has caught on with enthusiasts with deeper pockets, but lacking the time or talent to restore a body. The slump in the antique car market has also helped to make it more economical. He would be hard pressed to get three grand out of that chassis around here.
  4. whtbaron

    1925 Chrysler Speedster

    Too bad you weren't closer... I'm looking for the same truck for it's front and rear axles (with 5 bolt hubs). Time does fly... 2 yrs later and my Whippet chassis just barely made it into the heated shop before the snow flew...
  5. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    If it doesn't hop out on it's own pretty soon I'm thinking more extreme measures might be called for. I hate to do it but since the block is toast anyway, I might take a cutoff blade around the top of the cylinder and see if I can relieve the metal that is hung up against the rings.
  6. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    Strong rust too.... 2 weeks later and I'm still soaking. I've tried heating the outside of the cylinder walls twice, putting the acetylene torch down the coolant ports and melting snow on the piston... no budge. I had to take the rod cap off with the air chisel and I've beat up the rod with the hammer anyway, so I might have to cut the rod below the piston. I'm a little reluctant to do that because then all I have is the remaining rod/wrist pin to hammer on. I wonder if soaking coke down the walls around the piston would dissolve the rust enough to free it up?
  7. whtbaron

    How to Remove Paint Spilled onto Car

    Lacquer thinner is another possibility as long as the original finish wasn't lacquer... which in the case of the Jeep is unlikely. The problem with all of these suggestions is that if the underlying paint is badly oxidized, you will probably rub through before you get all the house paint off. I wish you luck, but I've been faced with this predicament on a customer's car before, and ended up doing a complete repaint.
  8. whtbaron

    OEM parts found!

    LOL... looks like you have the same luck as me!
  9. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    Got curious this afternoon and decided to tip the Moon engine on it's side and have a look underneath. First we had to blow out another shovel full of Rockies remains... . There really is 6 connecting rods in there so the top of#2 piston is almost completely gone, and it does appear to be a 4" stroke. The crank has been emerged in squirrel remains for some time so it's looking pretty rusty and sad....
  10. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    LOL... I am actually.... and now I have the floor heat on in the shop to make it nicer to work! It's a classic love story really. Iron gets separated from oxygen early in the steel smelting process, and spends the rest of it's life trying to be reunited with it's first partner. After a lifetime of trying to fix things in an unheated shop with a gravel floor, this is officially the first of the "old car project" parts to make it in the doors.... I am a little stoked! Now I need to get the Whippet chassis in there before it freezes to the ground for another winter... We're still soaking...
  11. whtbaron

    For Sale 1931 Speedwagon

    North Central Kentucky.... a pic of what it looks like might help as well....
  12. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    After blowing out the creepy crud, the back 2 cylinders are looking a little better, but getting the pistons out without breaking them is going to be a challenge. It's looking better since I started the WD-40/ Fluid Film soak. Hopefully we can still find some good parts in there, but I'm a lot less optimistic about the crank and camshaft now.
  13. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    At this point I think I learned how Boyd Coddington felt when they unveiled Miss Belvedere. The motor had been stored outside with no spark plugs in the front 3 holes so not too surprisingly, the front piston was cracked from frozen water, as was #3. What surprised me was that there was no piston or connecting rod in #2. Apparently when this motor was put into farm duty as a stationary, they removed #2 piston and ran it as a 5 cylinder. (Edit... that may be incorrect. I now believe what I'm looking at is the wrist pin at the bottom of the bore, and the entire top of the piston has broken up and gone AWOL) . I've opened up some nasty motors in my time, but I must say this is the first time I've seen maggots in one. Note how #4 is the only cylinder that still has carbon in it instead of rust, despite one valve being open. I'm guessing if we can salvage one good piston, that will likely be it.
  14. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    Pistons are the next item on the shopping list, so it was time to break out my new Gearwrench 1/2" 6 point sockets and my favorite homemade breaker bar. I like them. Yes, I could have used an impact, but sometimes I like the feel of doing things manually and I was afraid that those exposed threads on the 90 yr old head studs would snap off. I'm happy to report that I didn't break any.
  15. whtbaron

    Continental from 1925 Moon

    Unfortunately while moving the motor into the shop, I shook about 80 yrs worth of squirrel and mouse nests loose in the bottom which proceeded to fall through the bottom of the oil pan. This pic is the 2nd pile on the floor after I reached in a dragged out what I could by hand. Yes, that's the bottom of the oil pan on my makeshift engine dolly. The long bolts out the back of the flywheel were for a wooden pulley. Apparently after this motor was removed from the Moon it was used to power a saw mill or grain elevator. I was beginning to have a bad feeling about the parts inside the motor at this point...