keithb7

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  1. I realize the smaller mass-produced cars are not on your radar, however I am compelled to say I thoroughly enjoyed a country drive today in friend’s 1935 Plymouth coupe. It had no problem keeping up with traffic. It was tight, smooth and seemed to drive as it would have when new.  Of course heads turned our way, every person we passed. It was a fabulous experience that I won’t soon forget.  I reveled every minute and felt a little spoiled, if at least privileged. 

    Certainly a bucket list item was checked off today, for me. 

     

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  2. There may be some videos here that can help you along your restoration path: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVoBq2i7wl4w0W4JB6cAMjg

     

    I put all these videos together as I work my way though my two old Mopars. Many of the parts, systems and operations of the car varied very little over the years. What I talk about in my vidoes will apply to your old Chrysler as well. The absolute best web site to support these old Mopars is here:  https://p15-d24.com/forum/4-p15-d24-forum/ I suggest you sign up and start a thread. Many great folks there will help you. You may be able to source used parts as well. 

    Regards, Keith


  3. Hello fellow vintage car enthusiasts. Recently I bumped into a story about a female from Oslo Norway who entered ralley racing in 1934.  She bought a 1933 Plymouth and raced it with good results. There is an interesting story of Irma and her car here: https://www.allpar.com/corporate/bios/irma-brandt.html Details go on about how she managed to keep it from the Nazis during the  occupation of WW2. The car remained in her possession and was restored for her 50th racing anniversary. Back in 1984.

     

    Is this car still in Norway? Has anyone seen it lately? It does not appear that Irma had any children. She passed in 2003. I wonder who has possession  of the car today?

     

    Here is an article from 13 years ago. It's in Norweigan. Google was able to translate it for me https://www.oblad.no/underholdning/ndash-kvinner-ta-styringa/s/2-2.2610-1.3797787

    The car looked great back then. Perhaps it is in a museum in Norway? Just curious about this old car with good known history.

     

     

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  4. The transmission is a semi-auto correct? It shifts up when you life your foot off the gas? It shifts down automatically when you slow to a stop. 
     

    Back in the 1950’s engine oil was not a multi-viscosity oil. When you changed your oil, you had chose the viscosity based on average ambient air temperatures. There was:

     

    5W for use below as -10F

    10W for use as low as -10F

    20W for as low as +10F
    30W for now lower than +32F

     

    Today we have multi-viscosity detergent engine oils. For example a 10w30 flows like the old 10W at -10F. Yet it also holds up like the old 30W oil, at higher ambient temps. 
     

    You can still buy straight 10W engine oil. Farm & Tractor type supply stores have it. I would not worry too much about what brand to buy. It’ll work. The manual calls for the oil to be changed every 10,000 miles. 

     

    If your tranny is slow to shift today, it may have incorrect thicker weight oil in it now. As you drive, the oil pump in the transmission turns. It moves oil only when the car’s driveshaft is turning. That oil pressure, at 38 to 40 psi, waits for a series of events, to enable a shift. 


  5. Degreased everything and has a good look at the gears. They look great for 82 yr old gears. Crown to pinion gear backlash measured up at .007”. Spec is .006 to .010”. So it’ll go back in as it is. No noise. No complaints. Looks and feels great. I’ll install a new pinion seal once it’s bolted back up in place and the axles are in place. 
     

     

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  6. In terms of insurance costs, I carry liability to cover me. Collision damage?  I'll take the risk and fix it myself. Theft insurance on a 1953 4 door with a torque converter and a clutch? Lol, not many would attempt to steal it.  I perform all my own maintenance and repairs. For me it's a fairly affordable hobby compared to some others. As someone else also said here, the hobby can be enjoyed at many levels. In my experience piling friends in a big old 4 door and heading for ice creme together, really is fun no matter how you look at it!

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  7. 1 hour ago, Bloo said:

    This is shaping up to be like one of those threads where someone has a problem with a car title, and it garners responses from several States, Provinces, and Countries, all of which have different title law.

     

     

     


    Not sure if this is pointed at me. If people generalized their comments less and offered more details the thread could stay on point. Which is exactly why I specifically stated my car’s year and make.  
     

    General statements made about seat belts causing more harm than good covers pretty broad range of cars built over a 70 year span. 

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  8. ‘53 Chrysler over here. Body is bolted to frame. I installed 4 lap belts. Drilled thru body and used large washers on the back side. Rarely does the car go above 40mph. Probably 95% of my driving is in town on small roads. The lap belts, I gotta believe, offer some type of additional support.

     

    They might keep the steering wheel out of my teeth. My wife’s face out of the glove box. The back passengers don’t need their eyeballs inside the ashtray that is mounted in the back of the front seat.  I can’t quite grasp why the seatbelts would not help me and my passengers. If the body comes off the frame, we’re all going with it. Head-on collision at 40 mph with another car going 40? I’d be inclined to take the seat belt every time over nothing. 

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  9. Axles and diff out tonight. Easy-peasy and quick. Love the simplicity of this car. 
     

    Thought I better go thru and check the diff out.  No bad symptoms. Feels tight. No slop. Bearing life unknown. I guess I’ll just clean everything up and check gear contact pattern. I better do some reading and learn all about these. As of this writing I feel the need to learn more before I dive in. Perhaps I should go ahead and re-bearing it? I’m in this far anyway. 
     

     

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  10. See this this old photo of the Firetruck. 1930's I believe. I am extremely fortunate as I still get to drive it today. The frame was shortened, however it is still is on the road and takes part in many local vintage car events. Attached is a photo of my wife helping me get it ready for a parade last Nov. 2019. I believe it's stayed local here in Kamloops its entire life since it was new. Currently it is in the hands of the Kamloops Vintage Car Club. Which I am a member of. We own and take care of it (we baby it). We bring it out for everyone to see whenever we can. Several times a year.

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  11. I'll be 49 this spring. I got into my first old Mopar in 2017. I bought another one in 2019. Now I have two cars!  In the past 2 years I have began locating and stashing old Mopar parts. I think it's a natural process as we know we drive old cars. We love them, and we want to look after them. So we see deals, we buy and store the parts. I plan to drive and enjoy my old Mopars for many years. However I am aligned with the idea of selling this stuff before we become too old, or too bothered to deal with it. I am not a hoarder. Any earlier hobbies in my life that I was "really into" at the time, and have since moved on, the stuff is sold. I am not keeping stuff for my heirs to have to deal with. It's all junk to everyone else, as many have mentioned here in earlier posts. My old car parts? Well if one of my sons shows interest, has the space, time and money, he can have all he wants. I'll drive until they pull my license. By then I won't be able to get under my old Mopars so hopefully the cars will have changed hands by then. Best case scenario, my sons take me out for a drive in their (my old) Mopars. Alas, life often brings other plans that we had not planned on. It is what it is. I'll deal with the deck of cards dealt to me as the cards turn over. One at a time.

     

    Back to the topic: Pre-war parts. I suppose your perspective depends on the make and model of car you are trying to support. I have a 1938 Plymouth sedan. There's gotta be 100,000 of these rusting in farmer fields still. Seems that way. They keep turning up. Best part is, it's a 4-door. Nobody wants a 4 door. Why would I pour too much money into restoring  4 door? At this point I'm not. I have 2 old cars that I consider drivers, that I love to work on and drive. As the memories stack up, and the work to be done comes to an end,  I may someday be inclined to do a real nice job of paint and bodywork. We'll see....I keep wandering. Back to the topic. 

     

    I am having little trouble sourcing parts for my old Mopars. My '38 is pre-war I suppose. I work on it. I drive it. I work on it some more. I drive it. It's been awesome and I enjoy every minute that my any of my 5 senses interact with it. (yes you can taste that old upholstery when you get in it). They made so many old sedans, parts for me are pretty easy to source. Other guys with rare cars...I get it. I bet you have a heck of a time when you turn a tool too hard and break something. The language flows out...

    I am not so sure I'd enjoy that old rare pre-war car. Sure I'd like to look at it and drive it. However source parts?...Hmmm. I'll certainly pause before jumping in to ownership.

     

     

     


  12. I can't say why, but I am enamoured by this 34 Chev. I keep coming back to this thread to look at the photos and admire it. Yet I'm an old Mopar guy! The worn paint and body looks just right.  Just as you might expect it to look for an 86 year old car. Is that a rumble seat in the back or just a trunk? It appears that the spare tire may prevent it from opening. 

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