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    After you bleed the lines make sure you bleed the stop light switch as well. People forget to do that and the brake light suddenly doesn't work. Remove the switch, give a little brake pedal, and then tighten it again.
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    Dodge friends, I finally finished recommissioning my 1954 Dodge Royal coupe. It was last registered in 1975 and until January of the year, it was sitting in a garage in Hollywood Ca. I purchased it from the original owner. It came with an original letter from the dealer congratulating them on their new purchase, the DMV receipt for the registration, the paper temporary plate, a postcard letting them know their plates were ready for pick up and the original build sheet. It was sitting on it’s original Super Cushion tires, with a matching spare in the trunk, all showing wear of less than 10 k. The speedo indicated 9,857 miles ( I had mistakenly said 9,872 in a previous post) Because of the low milage, I took extreme care in getting it up and running. I started by dropping the pan and then decided to remove the heads, pulled the pistons, made sure the rings were in good order, lightly honed the cylinders, replaced all the gaskets. Some of the hydraulic lifters were sticking so I bought a new set and replaced all of them. I used some assembly lube and light oil and put it all back together. I rebuilt the carburetor, starter, all six wheel cylinders, blew out all the brake and fuel lines. I installed a new fuel pump, master cylinder, battery and fuel tank. The tires were as hard as hockey pucks and rode like Fred Flintstone wheels, also because of the flat spots, (This was during short tests down my street) so I replaced them with some 225 75 15s. I color sanded and polished the original paint and was able to bring it back to a very respectable shine. I cleaned the interior and installed some new carpeting. I’m still looking for one hood spring. The car drives like a dream. It starts right up and the ride is incredibly smooth. It certainly feels like the super low milage car it is. Thanks to the group for all the advice and encouragement and a special thanks to Jack for the useful shop manual. Below are a few shots. I need to figure out how to upload more and I have a nice “before" video if anyone can advise me on how to attach.
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    Because the term "original miles" has come to represent a car with a reading on its odometer that has not been reset, rolled over, altered, or which otherwise reflects an inaccurate reading of how far that car has traveled in its lifetime. The same goes for "authentic" and "actual" miles. On cars with 5-digit odometers, this can be quite relevant: a car with 102,363 miles will show 2363 miles on the odometer. How to tell people that the reading they can see with their own eyes is not an accurate reflection of the car's actual use? Well, fortunately we've developed a term for that in this hobby: "original" or "authentic" or "actual" miles. Yes, yes, yes, I know it seems so very witty to suggest people using this term are rubes or to say that "original" or "authentic" miles aren't any different than regular miles, but like many other generally-accepted terms this phrase does not necessarily conform to the pedantic specifics of those particular words. Just like a "frame off" restoration or "new old stock" parts, the exact definitions of the words being used aren't the relevant part, yet they nevertheless convey a generally-accepted and specific meaning within the hobby. Whenever I have a low-mileage car (like that 1956 Olds with just 3607 miles on it), I get probably half a dozen E-mails with this idiotic word play from people who just think their thoughts are too funny not to share. What's an "authentic" mile? Where can I buy "original" miles? How far is an "actual" mile? Haw, haw, haw. Enough already, everyone knows what it means.
  5. 4 points
    A handful of these in the center console of a 1993 Cadillac Allante we sold a few years ago...
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    I used a universal steering wheel puller on my 63. No drama.
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    Nice Sunday drive out and back to my Car Club Museum and Heritage Village. Grounds were a little wet so will have to clean up the tires but it was worth the trip! Membership has it's privileges so drove inside the Village for some shots. This is one of the last few two storey log cabins moved here and slowly being restored for public viewing. It is a big hit with the kids that come through for the Education Program. Went on further to stop at the 1800's General Store and found a group of camera bugs taking pictures. To my surprise one of the ladies was from my neighbourhood whose boys went to school with mine. Naturally they just had to take pictures of the Special and said they would forward me some of their work. Looking to see what a more professional camera might do versus my Canon point and shoot... Just as I pulled into my driveway doesn't two friends pull in behind me in Joe's '55 Cadillac! It was a NICE Sunday for a ride! 😎
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    Why is this a problem? Not everyone is interested in showing their cars or having them judged. For many members, owning, working on, and driving them is satisfaction enough, and the camaraderie with the like-minded is sufficient reason to participate in the BCA. It is puzzling that one would see those members as lesser or inferior to the 400-point crowd.
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    It is indeed though I believe it could be seen as cheating. A real mechanic would eye-ball that with a hand held drill in one hand, the vane in the other while walking through a shop lit by a single light bulb. (I would mention that the bit would be bent and dull but I think that's obvious) I hope that reading about Joe's patience will somehow rub off on me.
  10. 3 points
    My 9-year-old son and I tackled it in about 45 minutes one Saturday, including bleeding the brakes. It's easy to see just by looking at it how it all fits together. You won't have any problems once you're under there and can see how it's mounted. Easy!
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    I've got the 33 Chevy all back together. Took it out for a quick drive and it all works perfect. I dropped the gas tank and fixed the fuel gauge sending unit and also installed a fuel filter and a six volt electric fuel pump at the tank. The float on the sending unit had fallen off inside the tank. I put that back together, fabricated a bracket for the electric fuel pump and installed an inline filter between the gas tank and the electric pump. I pumped 5 gallons at a time into the tank and check the gauge after each one and it looks as though the gauge is accurate. The car is almost entirely stock. It always had a vapor lock problem, so I'm hoping the next time it vapor locks on a hot day I can just hit the accessory switch for the electric fuel pump for a few seconds and that will take care of it.
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    Hi guys found a wheel puller for my 1928 Chrysler mod 52 wood spoked wheels 2 3/8x16 thread pitch lang's old car parts the one for a 1928 ford t.t. truck fits same size 2 3/8 x 16 thread pitch just got one coming 120 bucks
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    Note: You can just see the head of the coupler that connects the pull rod to this release handle. That piece was also machined out of SS. Al
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    I never lock any of my cars for the above reason.
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    Businesses, almost any kind, proprietorships or corporations tend to mature and experience their own version of senility. At about 40 years they lose their founder and are taken over by "the board" or begrudging heir, most of whom rarely have the vision of the founder. I have been studying this since the early 1980's. These hobby support industries were formed in the 1970's and '80's. They are due for the creeping inept management problems of the 40 year mark. Large or small, it happens. George Eastman, in my town, made film. He had a plant that made cameras to give away so people would buy film. Forty years after his death, 1962, they built a new plant to make cameras and each department was profit driven. The inheritors didn't get it. Most of the company is gone now. Many other companies have or are following the same path. Mergers, if you generalize, are a pooling of weaknesses and hasten the end of both companies involved. It is just a life cycle. Bernie
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    We went out to an expensive dinner in the '29 Cadillac last summer and I just rolled up to the valet stand and we got out like it was totally normal. The valets (one male one female) didn't even try to get in the car, they just said, "Is that a stick shift? You should probably park this yourself," and pointed me towards a spot right in front. I don't know what I expected--if the kid had climbed in ready to go, I probably would have watched until he made a mistake or until he parked it successfully. It's not like he can really hurt the car or the mechanicals, but the problem wasn't the car's age, it was the fact that it had a clutch...
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    Yes, though the cigar should be lit if he's also spraying clear coat at the same time.
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    Here is my parking. The full size car was in the shop.. I ask to unload my car from my truck.. The looks they give me is priceless.. I took it to Dallas last year.. I ask the hotel to help me unload it to park it in my room.. I got a lot of ????
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    Robert Petersen - Publisher and Founder of the Petersen Museum in California. Wally Parks - Founder of the NHRA The Others - ???
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    I used to try that in used parts emporium yards. Broke steering wheels several times. Must be a west coast no rust thing. I use a harmonic balancer puller with long bolts. One tool instead of two to own.
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    Isn't he supposed to be chewing on the stub of an unlit cigar while doing this? Actually, I've never claimed to be a real mechanic. The fact is, I tend to think up complicated ways of doing simple things. If I were doing it for a living I'd be in trouble.
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    I pulled original carpet and seats out of a 1950 Buick to repair the front floors. Stuck in the black tar/sealer that seals the seams on the drivers side rear wheel well. Was a flyer stuck in the sealer. It showed the three people running for president in the local/factory union? Not sure if it was just for the assembly plant? or factory? All three look like no one you would want to make mad. Not a smile on any face, just a very serious look.
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    When I am out driving around in a classic/collector car, I have found my sanity.
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    Hi Auburnseeker, sorry to say - just bought it. Would love to get your steering wheel. Nice young guy who got it from an owner that kept it since 1989. Mississippi car originally. Crazy thing to do, but I did it. Hans
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    Older, but excellent restoration with fresh tires and a new clutch. Also fresh wheel and front suspension paint. The leather and top are in good condition as the photos depict. Cooling system is 100% as is the foot and hand brake. The ignition system is Wico impulse mag and the carburetion is BB1 with air cleaner. Both modifications were for improved touring. The car has seen several HCCA long tours, all of which were successful. Four of which were in our hands. Feel free to call at 541 659 4392, or e-mail wcrow547@gmail.com
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    Ran held off so Baby got some new shoes yesterday. The difference in ride quality is amazing.
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    Are you sure about removing the axles to remove the rear drums? I seem to recall on my '41 Century they slid off the wheel studs. Is it possible yours were just stuck? Or maybe there were locking washers on the studs, which I've seen before? The closest I've seen to needing to do axle work to service the brakes is on my wife's '56 Chrysler where you need a special puller to get the drum off the tapered hub. On the '41s at least, I don't believe you have to remove the axles to get the drums off--that seems like a crazy design that wouldn't pass muster--a lot of work just to get in and adjust the brakes or reline the shoes. I'm not positive on the '40s, but that sure doesn't sound right. There is also a rubber flex hose for the rear brakes from the frame to the torque tube, so make sure you replace that one, too. It gets overlooked a lot--my Century, my Super convertible coupe, and my Limited all had what appeared to be replacement front hoses but original rear hoses that were downright scary. Again, 1940 might be different from the '41s I'm familiar with, but there has to be a flex joint in there somewhere between the frame and the rear suspension.
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    Yup, figure I'll have to go more than 2,019 miles to say I actually met the Challenge but hey, I'm out there and enjoying the RIDE! 😉
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    Kimberly, I would suggest to put up a few photos of each. That will make it easier on you.
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    So those are the 'original' miles - what other kind of miles are there? I often wonder why the need to add 'original'.
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    This could be another choice. It is the only local place in Victoria that has a different selection of fasteners. All the hardware stores these days seem to get their supplies from the same place and have the same selection. Of course local businesses survive on solving most peoples needs and don't have the room or talent to keep specialty Fastenal has not let me down in 39 years. https://www.fastenal.com/
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    Not for sale but this one was looking very good at ROA in Williamsburg
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    No. Even if I found them to be trustworthy, I think old cars - even as late as the fifties - are too unfamiliar to most folks. I would probably pay to see a valet try to drive a Model T, though, with it's manual spark advance and no gas pedal. 😄
  38. 1 point
    Searching completed Ebay auctions found several 15 T cars that would have been good Tour cars for 10K and less. Being "correct" for a Tour car would be far down on my list.
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    It's common to hear that the internet has hurt the printed medium; but interestingly, F & W said that its jump into electronic media was what ACCELERATED its demise. They spent too much, and unwisely, it was said, on a full-bore move to get away from the printed page. And of the car magazines lost in recent years, they didn't merely move to electronic versions. Instead, they disappeared entirely. Automobile Quarterly is gone (I'm not sure why); Cars and Parts got involved in modified cars and lost their antique-car subscriber base, eventually changing their focus entirely and ceasing to exist as an antique-car publication. Thankfully, Collectible Automobile is still very good. Maybe the lesson is: Hobbyists want to read and relax with a printed page. They want true hobby-focused articles that are well researched and give good insights. And the writers need to be knowledgeable on the subjects!
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    ^^^^^^ The Porters Muffler Shop pickup is restored and in the NHRA Museum in Pomona. Bob
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    When t I got my 1930 Buick touring I started removing the interior and found leather loops originally designed to hold glass bottles of shine. No moonshine but the engine did have a split manifold an dual carbs.
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    How about a cheap expandable hand reamer? They tend to dig and carve out chips, but if you are going to press in a bushing it may not matter too much. I’ve had bad experience with trying to grab odd shaped parts and use powered reamers on them - but I lived to tell the tale. Try Victor Machine for decent but affordable reams, drills, mill bits, etc.
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    A bag full of 1940's condoms in the trunk of a '47 Buick Roadmaster. There still there in this HPOF car. Love preserving history.
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    I found a 1948 Quarter under the carpet of a 1948 Chevrolet once. Another time I found a 1928 penny in a Model A Ford. But the best was under the seat of a 1929 Packard I found an entire tool kit.
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    Another 80 miles today trying to find wildflowers. As it was we ended up at the Bat Cave state park. No Bruce wayne was not there. This is an Old train tunnel that was built in 1913 to make it easier to get from Fredriksburg to San Antonio. During WW2 the line was torn up for scrap mental and soon after the bats moved into the tunnel. Now, during the summer months, there are 3 million bats that come out at night. They eat bugs and help keep our environment well. Its free viewing and there is a nice trail you can walk down during the day. I will post pictures as soon as I recharge my phone. In the meantime we stopped at a Raaman Restaurant, (You know Raaman, its what you survived on in college), last week and this is the paint job in the bathroom. Dee told me that the ladies room is similar.
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    I have a '40 Buick Special. If you change the front brake cylinders make sure you get new rubber hoses as well at the same time. The rubber can crack and mine looked old and ready to go. The rear has no rubber. But it's harder to do the rear brakes because you have to get the C clips off in the differential, to remove the half axles, to get the drums off. I had a mechanic do the rear brakes, it was worth it to pay the cost, modern mechanics know all about taking out the axles because trucks are still built that way. I did the front brakes myself, they were easy.
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    THANK YOU ! I would have been one of those guys, wondering why the brake lights weren't working. Standing there scratching my head and wondering how I was going to re-wire the lighting system. I bought the service manual, and it doesn't say anything about bleeding the switch. This is the kind of information one can only get from the many knowledgeable people in a place like this! Cheers, and thanks again for your insight Wm