Rusty_OToole

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    excuse my dust 1951 movie

    For those interested in the Sears Auto Buggy story there is a photo spread and article in the November 2018 Hemmings Classic Car about the 1910 Model P 'Surrey with the fringe on top' starting page 64. There is also a personality piece on page 18 about Alvaro Krotz who built the cars.
  2. Go ahead and use them. Fill with knee action fluid or hydraulic jack oil. If the seals are bad it will leak out. If they don't leak, or only a little, they are fine. If you work them by hand you should feel resistance when pulling up.
  3. A 1957 Plymouth hardtop made 153.453 MPH on Daytona Beach in 1957 and followed it up with a return run of 166.898 for an average of 160.175. Far from stock, it had a Chrysler hemi engine built for racing by Tony Capana. Later the same car hit 183 on the Bonneville Salt Flats with a different motor, just before it blew. https://www.hotrod.com/articles/the-new-plymouth-for-1957/
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    Pontiac rear fender ID

    The unusual mounting flange suggests it is for a station wagon. A better picture might help identify it for sure.
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    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    With under 50000 miles and good oil pressure it should not be smoking like that. I suspect that while in storage the rings got stuck and the seals dried out. A few long drives might straighten it out, especially if you add some lubricant to the gas and oil, like Seafoam. Otherwise you will have to tear it down for a ring and valve job and new crankshaft seals.
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    REO Chain starter

    The North East starter generator off a teens or twenties Dodge is probably your best choice, and it is 12 volt. But, you never know your luck. Similar units were used on other cars, I suppose it depends on what you can find.
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    Exhaust smoke and oil consumption

    If an engine has worn rings it will smoke when you accelerate, if it is valve guides it smokes when you lift off the gas pedal. When in good shape they could still burn a quart of oil in 500 miles and that was normal. How many miles on the car? How is your oil pressure? Tinindian has a good point, heavy oil won't cure a worn engine. But if the car was sitting and the rings got gummed up light oil and a few long drives, like over 100 miles, might free them up. I also agree that you are likely leaking a lot of oil. If the engine is a greasy mess you want to clean it then go for a drive and inspect for fresh leaks. But you may be able to see where it is leaking by where it is greasy.
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    REO Chain starter

    If you aren't concerned about using modern parts you could use a cheap reduction gear starter, substitute a sprocket for the drive gear and make a suitable sprocket on an over running hub for the drive shaft or the front end of the engine. Then you could add an alternator off some mini car. Chain or belt driven or even friction drive on the flywheel. If you want to go friction drive use a skate board wheel in place of the pulley.
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    REO Chain starter

    You might also look into the BAS or belted alternator starter. This is a special alternator that also drives the engine through the usual serpentine belt on some late model cars, 2007 and up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAS_Hybrid
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    REO Chain starter

    Here is Dyke's Encyclopedia showing the Dodge starter/generator system. It is chain drive, 12 volt, made by North East. https://books.google.ca/books?id=w9ftAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA366&lpg=PA366&dq=Dodge+chain+drive+starter+generator&source=bl&ots=tWuhZq-FVF&sig=HLjnQqmMOjLDmiDMM-AlIapH8wM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiMhv_6h83dAhXJtVkKHU3hB5wQ6AEwCHoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=Dodge chain drive starter generator&f=false
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    REO Chain starter

    You can change a 12V starter to 6V and vice versa by installing the appropriate field coils. There was another system sometimes called Dynastart. It used the same motor as starter and generator. It mounted on the front of the engine and drove through a planetary reduction gear for starting, then was driven directly by the engine for generating.
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    REO Chain starter

    Didn't Dodge have a chain drive starter or starter/generator in the teens or twenties?
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    1948 Chrysler Windsor problems

    As to how hard it is to install a new wiring harness. You don't have to be a genius or a master mechanic but you do need patience and a certain amount of mechanical and electrical savvy. Get a ready made harness from a reputable supplier, a wiring diagram and follow the directions. It will be easier if you can remove the instrument cluster a few inches out of the dash for access to the back side. Or if you are agile enough to work under the dash. It helps to break it down into sub systems like lights, ignition, charging etc and deal with a few wires at a time, checking and rechecking everything you do. The individual wires are not very challenging but there are a lot of them. As to how smart you are, and how good at following instructions and not getting ideas of your own, how much patience and mechanical ability you have, only you can judge. The good part is you do not have to have it done on a time schedule. You could work on it an hour or 2 each evening and quit when you get tired or frustrated.
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    New Engine

    There was a Simplex car made in New York City before WW1. It was a very expensive hand built car, the engine could be as you describe. If it was, that was one rare motor, they made less than 100 cars a year. There were other Simplex cars made in Wisconsin and in England, and a Crane Simplex made by the Simplex co with a 6 cylinder engine.
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    1947 Windsor Gas mileage

    Here is a device for adding devices to your AM radio including 6v positive ground. There is a video that explains how it works. https://redirad.com/ This allows you to use a CD player, ipod, smart phone or whatever the cool kids are listening to today. I'm no electronics expert. There are devices you can put in your car that will broadcast onto your AM radio without changing it. This is just one of them. I have no connection to the company and have not tried their products, it's just something I stumbled across and thought it was cool.
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    Need suggestion for a mysterious coolant leak

    It's normal for coolant to expand when hot and contract when cold. This can amount to a lot more than .5cm. I wouldn't be surprised by 20cm between hot and cold. Maybe more. Does the coolant drop enough that you have to add more? How often do you need to add, and how much?
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    So whom would you sell it to?

    I have been dickering in old cars for a long time and I no longer take anyone's word that they are going to buy until I get the cash. If someone asks me to hold a car until he can come get it, I reply that I will hold it if he gives me a deposit, non refundable. It should be enough to cover my advertising costs and out of pocket expenses if the deal falls through. But once I have a deposit I will hold the item for a reasonable time. I usually ask how long the customer needs and give him more than he asks. For example if he says he will be there in 3 days I give him a week. If he wants a week I give him 2 weeks. But in no case longer than a month. Once that time is gone the deposit is mine and I am free to sell to someone else. I make this plain from the beginning. In other words if someone says I will take it and asks me to hold it for them the answer is no, unless I get a deposit. I make it clear that I will not hold it for them if someone else shows up with cash.That is straight talk, plain honest and above board.
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    DeSoto Hubcap ?

    Since no one else has answered I will say it is DeSoto probably early fifties. I would Google pictures of DeSotos starting with 1950 until I got a match. My guess is 51 or 52.
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    So whom would you sell it to?

    I would sell to the first person to hand me the money. The second person in this story seems serious, the first is conversation. I would still send the pictures. He asked for pictures and you promised to send them, I don't see anything about the first person even wanting to buy the item.
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    Followup to having curved glass windows made

    I understand that they make 2 pieces of thin glass and laminate them together with plastic in between, squeezing the glass back and forth between rubber rollers until all air is removed and the glass is clear. If you paid for the molds they should belong to you or to the car owner who paid for them. It should be spelled out in your contract.
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    Followup to having curved glass windows made

    On the other hand the molds now exist so if anyone else wants windows for an R&L electric they should get them a lot cheaper. Do the molds belong to you, the glass company, or the car owner?
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    Followup to having curved glass windows made

    I congratulate you on having the fortitude, and money, to do it right. If anyone else is in a similar situation and doesn't want to spend the time and money, plexiglass or lexan windows can be bent to shape and they are much cheaper.
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    1947 Windsor Gas mileage

    On old radios the capacitors are more likely to have failed than the tubes. They were made of wax paper and tinfoil and had a life of 10 or 20 years. Capacitors are cheap, but finding someone to work on your radio may be the hard part. New capacitors are made of mylar and last indefinitely. There are plenty of NOS tubes around, most common tubes sell for $5 to $10. So, parts are not expensive it is the labor. But once the set is fixed it should go for years and there is nothing like the sound of the old tube radio. They not only sound better, they bring in stations from much farther away than modern AM radios. You can also add a device to your car, that broadcasts FM, Sirius etc thru your original radio. So there is no need to junk it and substitute an inferior, and more expensive modern device.
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    Misfire Teaser - straight flathead 6

    An easy way to tell which way the distributor turns is to look at the vacuum advance, it points in the direction of rotation. Or to look at it another way, it pulls the points towards the rotor.
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    Misfire Teaser - straight flathead 6

    Just checked my Canadian Service Data Book for 1954. It covers all foreign and domestic makes sold in Canada from 1942 to 54. It says all six cylinder engines firing order is 1-5-3-6-2-4.