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    HPOF Rules on Interior and Dent Repair?

    It is possible to push out dents from behind without damaging the paint and it is impossible to tell there was any work done.
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    HPOF Rules on Interior and Dent Repair?

    There are body shops that specialize in paintless dent removal. They can remove fairly bad dents or at least make them smaller. If the metal is stretched or creased it is impossible to remove the dent completely. Suggest you hand the car over to a professional detailer with instructions to buff gently and wax. If you want to try it yourself don't use a buffer do it by hand. It will take longer but reduce the chance of burning through in thin areas. I know a detailer who masks off edges and raised ridges with masking tape before going to work with the buffer.
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    Bumper with logo "McK"

    In those days they used chains on all four wheels in bad weather.
  4. Lead body solder was the only filler allowed on new cars. All cars had lead fill on certain seams like where the roof joined the body. I expect the limo was heavier on one side than the other but not enough to make a difference.
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    I need help identifying these shock absorbers

    Did Apple say what kind they are?
  6. I knew a guy who worked in a body shop at the GM factory in Oshawa Canada in the sixties. Most of their work was touching up scratches or replacing a dented bumper. He said the worst job they ever had was a Cadillac limousine that fell off a transporter and wrecked one side. If it had been an ordinary car they would have scrapped it but this was a special order limousine with special equipment bound for the Middle East and it would have taken 6 month to build another one. So they repaired the damage, straightening and replacing body panels as necessary then repainting the car complete. The repair job took a month. He said they used a lot of lead but when they were done you couldn't tell it had been damaged and it passed all inspections for a new Cadillac.
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    A 92 may not be an antique now but just wait 20 years. That's what I did with my 66 Dodge, bought it for $50 bucks and waited 20 years.
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    Trying to find what it is worth

    Sorry my mistake. I got hold of the wrong end of things by reading too quickly.
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    1939 desoto s6 custom

    The brakes were state of the art for the time. Unlike the loose leaf brakes used in some inferior cars, they must be carefully put together and adjusted. For maximum efficiency you need to contour the brake lining to fit the drum and adjust them carefully. This is the major adjustment and is only done when you reline the brakes or take them apart. After that you do a minor adjustment from time to time to take up wear. For details see the repair manual.
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    1940 Plymouth 4 door Sedan NEWB

    Some info that will help save the Plymouth newb a lot of grief. #1 6 volt positive ground electrics. This means you need a 6 volt battery and it is connected opposite to modern cars. #2 Left hand threads on the left side wheels. This means you turn the bolts the opposite way to take them off. But look carefully at the ends of the wheel bolts for an L or R. Sometimes the brake drums get switched. #3 The brakes were state of the art for the times and work well if properly adjusted. First you have to contour the brake shoe to fit tight in the drum so it makes full contact. Then you have to adjust the shoes correctly, this is a major adjustment and only needs to be done when you reline the brakes or take them apart. After that you do a minor adjustment from time to time to take up wear. Usually once a year or less, or when the brake pedal gets too close to the floor for comfort. The gory details are in the repair manual #4 Get a repair manual, the factory one is best. They printed thousands, one for every dealership. They turn up on well known auction sites and book dealers. Will save you much money, time and agony so get one ASAP. #5 Most parts are available from local parts stores like NAPA or your favorite online parts store. Things like brake parts, fan belts, spark plugs, etc etc. Then there are specialists like Andy Bernbaum that have some of the rarer hard to find parts. Vintage Power Wagons has good deals on engine parts, as the Power Wagons used the same engine as your car. Good luck with your Plymouth, they are a well made car and not hard to keep in repair once you know how (repair manual remember?). Just keep in mind that there is such a thing as progress and a car that old is not like a brand new model. Keep off the interstate and out of real meat axey traffic and you will be fine. I know people who drive cars like yours regularly and enjoy it. Hope you have some nice rides.
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    1925 Chrysler 58 exhaust silencer

    I don't know what the difference is, and why a muffler made for a diesel engine won't work with a gas engine. I agree it would be best to have the original muffler but if that is not available I don't know why a truck muffler won't work. I did not suggest a car muffler because modern cars have a very different design of engine, chassis and muffler. A 4 cylinder diesel truck would be closer to the Chrysler in engine size, revs, etc.
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    1925 Chrysler 58 exhaust silencer

    Did you notice the inquiry was posted from the Czech republic?
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    If I let myself go I would have a hundred projects but figured out years ago to limit myself. Now I don't even allow myself to look at ads except occasionally. Of course you guys wouldn't understand this ha ha funny joke.
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    Love the 56 Fury, a much overlooked 50s specialty car. According to a Tom McCahill road test it would outperform the hottest 56 Fords and Chevs thanks to its Canadian sourced 303 engine. It also had the style to look right at home in front of the toniest night clubs in New York or Hollywood. I wouldn't mind having one now.
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    Can't help remembering how you asked about restoring the interior on your 47 and when I pointed you to a professionally made interior kit for half price you couldn't afford it. But you can afford to blow $200 bucks and an weekend to buy another project. Wish I could say I don't understand but unfortunately I do.
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    Trying to find what it is worth

    Brewster did make town cars on Ford chassis for city use but they had their own distinctive heart shaped grille and different front fenders. I am not saying Brewster didn't make this one but it doesn't look like a typical Brewster. It could have been made by another coachbuilder. Are there any builder ID plates on the cowl, step plates or on the firewall? For more info on Brewster and values do a search for Brewster, there have been 2 or 3 threads in the past on these cars, with postings from Brewster owners. Maybe you could contact them for more information.
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    1925 Chrysler 58 exhaust silencer

    Could you buy a silencer for a light truck that has the right size inlet and outlet pipes and is an appropriate overall size?
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    1954 Chrysler New Yorker Parts

    Try Andy Bernbaum Chrysler parts specialist.
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    You just got a real good deal on a parts car. Many of the parts will fit your 47. I think the 54 has the modernized engine with full pressure oiling and insert bearings. Also I believe the rear axle will interchange with the 47 and has a more hiway friendly gear ratio. If you get tired of tooling around at 50 MPH you could put in the better engine and gears and hit the interstates for a change. The 54 has better brakes and lower suspension, these parts will fit your 47. The 54 was the last of a series of Chevs that had a lot in common under the skin back to the early forties. 55 up have quite different front and rear suspension, drive train etc. although they did carry over the 6 cyl engine.
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    I need help identifying these shock absorbers

    Wonder if it is a British made brand put on by the original owner?
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    '52 Skyliner?

    This must have been a fairly common thing. I saw at a new car show in 1964, a turbocharged Corvair with plexiglass hood displayed by the local dealer. Have heard of other cars that had them available, the oldest a 1949 Olds. I believe they were offered by the factory as a dealer display item. It might not appear in the regular catalog but in dealers' advertising catalogs. I am suggesting they were offered to all dealers as an advertising novelty but only a few took them up.
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    Dodge and DeSoto are cool but it is not fair to compare a medium priced car with a low priced car. Even though the deluxe versions of the so called low priced three, well optioned, could cost as much as a Dodge or DeSoto/
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    Moving along to the sixties, let's compare these icons:

    This is impossible to answer. Back in the day my favorite was Corvair. I owned one and was impressed with the unique design. Later I switched to Valiants which were the best performing, best handling, and probably best overall. But given my choice today I would take a Lark VIII hardtop. Was not impressed with the Falcon which was too bland and had reliability issues or the Rambler which was known as a loser's car.
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    49 chrysler rear brake adjustment

    There are 2 adjustments, major and minor. A major adjustment only needs to be done when the brakes have been relined or taken apart for some reason. For maximum efficiency you need to arc the shoes to match the drums then adjust the shoes so they make full contact. After that you need to do a minor adjustment from time to time to take up wear. The brakes are very effective when put together right and adjusted right. You need a manual if you want all the gory details. It sounds like yours were never put together right or adjusted right.
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    As for the 1958 283 outperforming the 348 in stock form the first road test I recall was Tom McCahill's in Mechanix Illustrated. There were others in car magazines of the day saying the same thing. Did a quick web search and it seems the 1958 Chevs outweighed their 1957 counterparts by 300 - 400 lbs. Since both offered the same 283 engines with identical horsepower it seems logical the 57 would outperform the 58. At least, that was the opinion of performance enthusiasts of the time.