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About Rusty_OToole

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  1. 1932 Chrysler

    Ride and handling much better than a model A. Faster, roomier, smoother riding as you would expect of a car that cost 3 times as much.
  2. 263 oil filter

    Don't give up. Some cars, trucks and industrial engines still use that type filter and there are NOS ones too. You should be able to find something that will work.
  3. Famous Car

    Bill Hines did a lot of work that Barris took credit for. That is why I put in the crack about Barris shooting his mouth off while Bill worked. Later Bill opened his own shop and was well known in California low rider and custom circles but never sought publicity the way others did.
  4. I was surprised to find that a 1957 Plymouth roof would fit a 1959 Chrysler New Yorker. Someone wanted me to replace a damaged roof on the New Yorker and he found the Plymouth, I measured carefully and the roofs were the same. This suggests Chrysler used the same body shell for Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto and Chrysler in those years. I know they had a separate body and chassis for the Imperial.
  5. Another car that used the same trick was Cord 1936 - 37. They made do with 2 stampings. One made the left front and right rear door, the other the right front and left rear. They used something called a trim die to cut out the rear fender notch in the back doors. There must be other examples if anyone knows of them.
  6. Tires - Brass era

    I would use the 3 1/2 tires and never worry about it again. I/2" is nothing, a difference of 2.4% in diameter.
  7. Famous Car

    For those not familiar with the work of this talented man, here he is giving a tutorial on the use of lead fill in bodywork. Bill Hines works while George Barris shoots his mouth off, just like the old days. "I learned how to do this in 1941 George". If you want to see bodywork done old school, this is it. To put this in perspective at the time this video was made the 2 men had known each other for 50 years.... Bill had been doing bodywork and working with lead for 16 years before they met.... and he kept working on cars for another 9 years.
  8. Get a factory wiring diagram and make everything the way they did it. Same wire sizes, and same color coding if possible. When someone half asses a car especially the wiring you never know where they will stop. So fix what you can find but if something doesn't work be aware the wiring may be messed up especially at the ends. It is possible Mr Half Ass just took the wires off the coil and changed them around. If so you can change them back. Break it down to its simplest form. Take the ignition system first. Trace from key switch to coil to distributor. First be sure the switch is wired correctly. Chrysler did not use a fuse panel, they used the more expensive but superior circuit breakers. There are a couple of circuit breakers in the wiring up behind the dash, they look like little gray boxes. Check wiring to the battery first. Then the charging system. Then the ignition system. Then any other system that seems to be altered. Just put everything back to original. If something doesn't work, fix it right. Don't half ass it. If you have any questions, ask. In the end it is usually easier and cheaper to fix things right than it is to half ass them and chase gremlins forever.
  9. baby lincoln grease/lubrication

    Have heard of using outboard motor lower end grease when water pump grease is not available, thoughts?
  10. Are the Post WWII to mid 1950s Cars In Again?

    I can't believe the number of people who buy pre 1955 cars then want to tear them apart and install things that were common from 56 up like 12v electrical systems, auto trans, V8 engine and air conditioning. Why don't they just buy a car that has all those things?
  11. Engine swap in 1955 Nash...Buick V8 Maybe?

    The Ebay part is just a bare block, not much good to you. If you advertise on the Nash club site or just keep watching Ebay and doing occasional web searches you might turn up a complete engine or engine and trans. It might be worth your while to buy a complete parts car, if your car has a real good body and you find a rust bucket cheap.
  12. Engine swap in 1955 Nash...Buick V8 Maybe?

    OP needs engine and trans which were one year only, 1955 Nash Ambassador and Hudson Hornet V8. The only V8 offered that year so if the car looks like this and has a V8 that is the one. Packard used the same engine and trans EXCEPT the Hash was set up for torque tube drive. I don't know if a Packard engine and trans will fit, maybe if you change the tail shaft, I expect someone in the Nash club would know. Look for headlights in the grille, a unique Nash feature that year. Hudson OP wanted help and he is getting it, just not the kind he asked for.
  13. Engine swap in 1955 Nash...Buick V8 Maybe?

    You could go to the forums page and scroll down to the American Motors (AMC) Nash and Rambler section. Or try the Nash car club of America Or maybe the American Motors Club I found them in less than 5 minutes with a couple of Google searches. No doubt if you did some creative searches for things like nash 320 motor you could find out lots of interesting things. My advanced Google fu skills allowed me to find a Nash 320 (Packard) engine block on Ebay There was another engine but it was a hunk of junk. Also turned up an ad for a rebuilt 320 for only $2995 unfortunately, from 2015. But, it was placed by well known Packard expert and rebuilder, Jack Vines. Jack Vines Jack Vines, 3227 E. 28th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99223 Packard V8 Limited. (01-2015) Nash club classifieds. I don't see any 320 engines but there is a 1956 Ambassador Super sedan with air and continental kit for $6500. It would certainly be easier and quicker just to buy this car, probably cheaper too. For Sale 12/05/2017 Name: Richard butcher Email: Phone: 1155592307 Local: little falls MN Item: car Make/Model: nash ambassador super Year/Era: 1956 Price Range: 6,500$ Description: Factory A/C (not used in about 2 years). Continental kit added. Coker WWWs were bought in 2016. Original 250 engine replaced with a 327. Exhaust manifolds were replaced in 2009 with a custom exhaust system. Chrome and stainless good. The transmission is automatic. Glass is good. Upholstery was redone in 2007. Brakes re-worked in 2016. Has a new front grille emblem. Has auxiliary push button starter switch. There are no power brakes or steering. Tri-tone exterior - top white paint is very good; black paint could use repaint, and the green is believed original and needs repaint.
  14. Engine swap in 1955 Nash...Buick V8 Maybe?

    Have you contacted the Nash club and tried to find a used engine and trans?
  15. The coil always grounds thru the points in the distributor. This means if the car is positive ground, + goes to the distributor. If the car is negative ground - goes to the distributor. The other side of the coil is connected to power through the ignition switch. On positive ground cars, the power side is -. On negative ground cars, the power side is +. Hope this is clear. The box is the horn relay. It should have a big wire from the battery, a big wire to the horns, and a small wire to the horn button. The horn button grounds the relay, throwing an internal switch, which makes the horn blow.