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Honolulu Dick

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  1. With reference to comment #3, this thread, the use of Bill Calimer is highly recommended. He has made two replacement wooden wheels for the Honolulu Lulu, a 1917 touring, running with 25-inch, wooden felloe wheels. Steaming the felloes, bending them and allowing them to season in a bending jig to retain their strength and shape, takes months. Shipping from and to Hawaii added greatly to the bottom line. However, now that the new wheels are on Lulu, I am well satisfied with the expenditure of both time and funds. From my experience with him and his work, I have only high praise to offer. T
  2. The quick and dirty magic number seems to be 61. Divide CID by 61 and you get Ltrs. Multiply Ltrs by 61 and you get CID. 350 CID divided by 61 equals 5.737049 Ltrs. Your old 4-banger DB @ 212.5 CID should convert to 3.483606 Ltrs.
  3. The Honolulu Lulu is a '17 touring. Tranny has been removed and rebuilt - new in-put and out-put bearings and other small parts replaced. Gears showed signs of wear - leading edges somewhat rounded to one side - but, none were chipped, broken or missing. Honed all rough edges smooth. Actually, considering their age, I thought they were in remarkably good shape. Following the recommendation of other DBC members, the tranny has been filled with 1,500 weight [steam cylinder] oil. We can now shift [carefully] without the grinding/clashing normally experienced with straight-cut [spur] gears.
  4. Highly recommend you read the thread titled Marvel Mystery Oil, posted 2-days ago. RustyOT gave us a an excellent lesson pertaining to your question.
  5. Adding kero to gasoline in the same ratio as compression is a new one to me. Always willing to listen for new ideas, but the logic behind this one is somewhat suspect. The lubrication offered by kero is on the low side, if at all. It is a decent cleaner when mixed with Gunk for cutting caked-on, hardened grease and then followed with a detergent power-wash. Over the eons, "shade-tree" mechanics have developed many "home-remedies" using kero as a substitute for automotive "snake-oil." Had a friend who owned one of the early Buick OHV straight-eight engine cars, a relatively light coupe. Wi
  6. Good Questions. Thanks for asking. I'm always mindful of this topic and appreciate the sage comments offered by those having experience. It's called learning. Being a mid-septuagenarian, I learned about the use of MMO as a teenager. MY mentors were well into their later years, so this topic has its own extended lifespan. Generally speaking, there is no right or wrong. It's more a matter of believing or not believing. Those having years of experience with hard working machinery tend to believe in the use of MMO. Those having less experience tend to not believe. As to question #1. This i
  7. Thanks for sharing ~ ~ ~ Love the flyover theme and the great original artwork. To add an extra measure of joy to your Christmas spirit [screw this winter solstice garbage, it's Christmas] recommend a visit to the website armyparatroopersw.org. Under the heading titled Latest Discussion, click-on: The digital story of the Nativity. [cleverly created] A Christmas card for all my brothers and anyone else of the APO board. [good animation and sound] Santa and the FAA. [unexpected twist] For those who are less timid [having gravel in your gut and spit in your eye], check the one titled, The twe
  8. Long, long ago, my fun jalopy was a Model T runabout. Experience taught me to keep an extra couple of inner tubes on hand. When a tube went bad on the Honolulu Lulu [stem separated where it joined the tube] I replaced it with a heavy duty tube used with the 30 X 3 1/2 Ford tire. Some old timers [i am now one, unfortunately] regularly used smaller size tubes to reduce the chances of unwanted wrinkles forming between the tube and the tire. That Model T tube has been standing trouble for at least a decade now. Unlike the others, it rarely needs airing. At this point, I'm half way considerin
  9. Good!!! Good on you for accepting the good-on-you. Many good thanks for you being so good to do so. Have an especially good day. Good day to you, sir, good day. Thanks for the good laugh and goodbye.
  10. OK, the continuing march-of-time has forced a decision to go ahead and order new rubber. However, the thought of faulty, splitting inner tubes continues to haunt, big time. Asked a West Coast supplier about the faulty tube situation and have been assured that his heavy duty, metal stemmed tubes are "very reliable" and no issues have been communicated to him by his customers. [What else would he say?] They are ECC Small Combo tubes, having a 3" brass metal stem. My experience with metal stem tubes is limited. Mostly from being friendly with guys who owned early Model T's. Remember stories
  11. With reference to the closed thread pertaining to defective inner tubes, is it once again safe to buy new tubes? Is there info available that up-dates this subject? My situation requires that I replace all five tubes and I'm still recalling the horror stories told earlier about split tubes. Any and all thoughts, recommendations and/or advise is welcomed.
  12. Aloha all, As part of the process of making the Honolulu Lulu, a "17 DB touring, road worthy, we dismounted the differential cover. No metal chunks and gear teeth showing little evidence of abuse. So, the question is now one of learning what gear lube you guys are using. Have the heavy weight, steam cylinder oil for the rebuilt tranny. That stuff is so thick, I can't imagine it being used in the rear end. Your thoughts, if you don't mind. Mahalo.
  13. Thanks for sharing, Larry. Those were a couple of fun stories. Your dad's experience with the "48 Silver Streak is about as good as I have ever heard. I can imagine the expression on his face when he opened the hood and saw the oil pan on top. That's way beyond being funny. It's a gut buster! We had a '47 Pontiac, 2-door, Streamliner beater in the family when I was a teenager. It was tank heavy and horribly underpowered with an inline-6, flat-head, 90-HP, cast-iron, boat anchor. Dad replaced it with a '50, Chevy, Styleline convertible. I thought I was king you-know-who when riding aroun
  14. Thanks for the thought,Trimmer, but if I said what you said I would be saying, I would say that I would put a Ram Charger up a guys butt if he had the nerve to expose it in an Avanti manner. Otherwise, it's probably the guy behind the wheel of a Pierce that got Tuckered of the uninspiring view. That would be as bad as being Stewed-in-A-Baker. Personally, I prefer the busty chick, radiator cap kind, that resemble the figurehead on tall ships. I relish the thought of being behind their behinds, tongue hanging out in hot Mustang pursuit. It's gratifying to know that you have a good wife and
  15. OMG! Have I done it again? So soon! Has another attempt at lighthearted fun gone astray? If so, how so? I'm walking on broken glass here, barefooted. In what way do you take the sophistication of a Lincoln personally, dare I ask? I'm kinda running gun-shy, resulting from the last experience of using less than artful expressions. Please explain.
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