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  1. Computers and smart phones have altered my attention span. My brain has been programmed to constantly seek fresh new information to read. I scan web sites like this one probably too often. I am always seeking new, interesting information connected to the old car hobby. Printed magazines attract me but fail to keep me engaged. I lose interest and head back the internet. So much information on the net. Within 30 seconds of reading printed material I start to wander. Looking for something else to read. I know I’m not alone....
  2. Born in 1971, I sometimes feel I missed some of the earlier, legacy eras. Not much I can do about that. Lol. With reference to automobiles my earliest memories would be mid-70's. My parents cars. I remember going to a car lot to pick up a slightly used large blue 4 door Pontiac. It was a massive boat with tons of room in the back seat for my brother and I. I remember it seemed to float down the roads with power steering and brakes. Probably a Parisienne. Before the Pontiac Dad had a '74-5 Dart with a 318. I know I travelled in it but have no actual memory of it. Fast forward to a later period when cars started to gather my attention. High School. 1985 or so. All the kids were driving muscle cars. Most were 15-20 year old original cars. Most had been hopped up with performance parts. I don't think many got or needed a full frame-off restoration at that time. I have fond memories of illegal street drag racing into the wee hours on Friday and Sat nights. Some cool cars that come to memory are '69 Beaumont, '69 Mustang Cobra Jet, '67 Chevy II, '67 Chevelle....Big thirsty engines. Cheap fuel. Horrible handling. The older I get the more I regress. Earlier, simpler cars appeal to me. Carbureted, points, no computers. These are my daily drivers. My wife gets a new car every 5-10 years. Each new year, more and more computers and plastic in cars. If the digital touch screen flakes out you can't control the heat or A/C. I am not a fan. I do the minimum required maintenance, then get rid of it when the miles get high. I suspect that adaptive cruise control, auto brake collision avoidance, lane correct auto steering, back up cameras, lane change cameras, proximity sensors, and the like, are dumbing down drivers in general. Leaving responsibility and consequences absent from driver's minds. Safer, yes I agree in some aspects. Dumber in other aspects. I am hanging on to the good old days in some ways.
  3. @Rlasker3 Great score there. Nice little car. Simple, easy little car to work on. Someone had money to burn. They ordered a radio, and the clock! I'm happy to help with questions or any advise wanted. I own a 38 and a 53, both Mopars. There is plenty of help here on this forum. Many experienced members who helped me along as well when I was new to old Mopars. Keith
  4. Block and parts sent to the machine shop about 2 weeks ago. Waiting...In the mean time I continue to tinker away at more projects. A little update here:
  5. Really cool project. Great work. A great display of dedication and determination. Thanks for sharing it here. A great piece of history, preserved.
  6. Are you restoring your Ply? Or building a decent driver? I had a friend build me a glove box knob. He turned down some stainless steel and made a nice knob for my average driver, 38 Ply. Could share a pic if wanted, for ideas.
  7. Click, click no start?....I enjoy the simple hydrometer test before I begin any further electrical troubleshooting. https://deepcyclebatterystore.com/use-battery-hydrometer/
  8. I use Spotify on my smart phone. I set up my own set lists. A simple bluetooth amp connected to my cell phone. 50W per side stereo cranks out whatever I like. Simple. Easy. Effective. I go back to the 50's and up to the most modern music that I like. From Patsy Cline to Death Punch. I can mix up whatever I want to hear. It's fantastic. I like rock and some country. Mosty older outlaw Waylon period country. J Cash. Beach Boys. Van Halen. Even Glen Miller sometimes, when I am "In The Mood". Sure melts away any stress after a week of earning a living. Crazy how small and simple a system can be. You can round up speakers at a thrift store for little. Blue tooth amps are decent and low priced. My blue tooth system is seen here.
  9. Yes this weekend the weather has been fine. Sunny and mild. Spring has arrived. I took my ‘53 Chrysler out and about today running errands. I think felt a little change in my attitude yesterday. I drive my old cars at any opportunity. They aren’t show cars. They are mainly my regular drivers. I do avoid foul weather and they are parked in my garage. I have completely lost any interest in modern cars. Ugly. Boring. Plastic. Computers on wheels. A great day includes dwell meter and a vacuum gauge followed by a drive.
  10. Hey Ian, thanks for an update on the brake adjustment tool. Glad it worked out. I shipped the tool to you last May. It's from Canada! Lol. Good work on the restoration. Cheers Mate.
  11. Drilling and tapping the hole for my bourdon tube temperature gauge.
  12. I own a 1953 265 ci 6 cylinder Windsor Deluxe. Fluid torque drive with M6 semi-auto tranny. I have not towed a trailer with it, I'm sure it would, but it won't perform very well. I'd wager any hills would really slow you down. I agree a V8 would be better fow towing. I am rebuilding a different 1953 flat 6 Mopar engine now. I wouldn't call it a cheap rebuild. Parts and machining, if I do all the tear down rebuild labor it looks like it may cost me about $3800 -$4,000 or so, US funds. Not including addressing the generator, water pump, carb, starter. I am not done yet. I will keep a tally. I have no experience with a 50's Mopar Hemi V8, but I am hearing complaints about rebuild costs for it. Something to research further.
  13. So glad to hear that @Hudsy Wudsy. Cool that my video took you back to your time behind the wheel in the ‘60’s.
  14. Hey thanks for calling me out to come here! I love participating in threads about these era Mopars. I do own a ‘38 Plymouth. If you want to check more details about the mechanical detials of this car see my you tube channel “Keith’s Garage” look for Mopar stuff. That car for $10K USD in my opinion is worthy of a good closer, thorough look. My ‘38 was a $2800 buy. I could easily throw $10k at it and not be done. I am rebuilding an engine now for mine. If that car were a coupe I guess it might be $25K? More? Coupes are nice but sedans are offer great value for the buyer. No so great for a seller. My ‘38 came with a 1953 226 ci 25” length engine in it. I was happy with its performance. 3 speed. The sedans all seem to normally have the 4.11 rear end. I am comfortable cruising at 50 mph. 55 is ok too but a little buzzy for my comfort and safety. In general I am shifting into 2nd before I get completely thru the average 4 way intersection. The stock 201 engine I’d wager, might me a little anemic. I’ll guess 40-45 mph cruising comfort, for me. Keep in mind my experience and mechanical understanding dictates my comfort level. I have absolutely no desire to update engine power, brakes, tires, steering, and who knows what else, so I can cruise on interstates and keep up with traffic in a 80+ year old car. This ‘39 was designed and built for an era where most roads were dirt. 55 mph was not a sustainable speed for long trips. Road conditions were questionable for sure compared to today’s standards. In late ‘30s Mopar car you would have found yourself easily getting around a model T or Model A Ford ahead of you. My car is mainly a town cruiser however I do take it on the hiway now and then. 50-55 is not an issue on 4 lane divided roads. Single lane winding hiways? Pretty sure I’d have tail-gaters. I’d be pulling over to let the average person in a rush, go around me. I love my ‘38 sedan. Super easy to work on. The hydraulic, manual adjusting brakes are totally adequate. They perform well for the car’s performance and weight. A good tight syncho, and the tranny feels crisp and shifts well. I am currently rebuilding my 228 ci engine. Boring it out to 237 ci. I am really looking forward to the increased torque. I drive a steep grade hill home, every time I take my car out. At 228 ci, I never needed to down shift a gear at 11% grade. Gas pedal floored, I could maintain 30 mph, even faster when the engine is tuned well on a cool day. I have no doubt the stock 201 engine would require 2nd gear. Any other questions I’d be happy to answer. Here’s a brief drive. I was attempting to showcase what average roads were like in the late 30’s. Looking at this and understanding why the car was designed, is why I feel its quite adequate. My suggestion is enjoy the car for what it is. What it was built to be and perform as.
  15. Well its Feb 25 today. As she lays in my garage, can be seen in the pic below. I’m still waiting for engine rebuild parts to arrive. I won’t take my block to the machine shop until I have all of my needed rebuild parts. Parts all shipped today. Hopefully within 2-3 weeks I be taking the block, crank and head to the machine shop. Its been a fairly long boring winter waiting for parts. I’ve been reluctant to tear more things apart while I wait for my engine parts. I don’t want to end up with a large pile of metal that needs 6 plus months of reassembly. I’ve thought about all the cosmetic things I could be doing while the engine is out. Really doll the engine compartment up. I could. Yet something picks at my conscience about the original old car look. Looking like it has been driven daily for 80 plus years. Like it may have come just from the farm. I don’t know why, but there’s something oddly attractive about the car’s worn look to me. Building a reliable daily driver that looks worn and tired is attractive to me too. We shall make progress soon. I am getting excited for the new 237 ci Desoto power plant. 3 7/16” bore x 4 ¼” stroke.
  16. Spring is coming. I changed the oil and filter today in my ‘53 Chrysler. She needs 13 quarts as the engine oil, and torque converter oil are shared. The torque has a drain plug similar to the oil pan. You just have to spin the torque around to get the plug to the bottom. I assume they added weight 180 degrees from the plug to balance the torque. I put about 7 quarts into the engine oil pan. Then I start up the engine. The oil pump proceeds to refill the torque. I watch the oil pressure gauge. As soon as I see a blip I shut off the engine. I add about another 4 quarts. I Flash up the engine again, idle it for a minute or two. Then finally adding about 1 more quart brings the oil up to the fill mark on the dip stick and the level stabilizes. A 5 gallon pail of oil is lower priced than buying multiple 1 gallon jugs. Then leftover oil leaves me with about 1-2 year’s worth of top up oil. She leaks and burns some. So the big pail works for me! It can be a bit of a bear to manipulate 5 gallons. I do the oil and filter about once every 16-18 months. Dealing with this amount of oil and also my family’s other cars, I set myself up with a Mity-vac. It is an oil suction or pump system with about a 9 quart reservoir. It allows me to cleanly suck oil out of larger drain pans, (or directly from engine sump pans) and pump it easily into other sealed containers for transport. No mess. Works well! I like it and recommend. I don’t generally use the mityvac system to pump clean oil into a component. Too much dirty oil and contamination to try and clean out of it.
  17. 17 more years for my ‘38. I’ll be 67. I sure hope to see that centennial milestone. Maybe by then I’ll have it restored. Lol.
  18. As I continue to wait for my ‘38 Plymouth engine rebuild parts...Today I am helping my son get his M/C ready for spring. Time to reseal the front shocks. The 2-wheel work has reminded me how fun, simple, and rewarding the 2-wheels toys can be too. An old vintage motorcycle could also bring me a lot of joy. I may keep an eye out for one.
  19. I have limits on how much cash I am willing to toss into the wind for my old cars. I do all my own mechanical repairs, component rebuilds and maintenance. Some exceptions are I take my stripped down engine block in for machining, I do the rest. Paint and body work? I’m delaying. I may dabble in some sheet metal welding and repair. Paint? Doubt it. Some interior work I think I’ll try my hand at. I’m mainly fixing up drivers I guess. Paint, re-chrome and upholstery? I’m on the fence about paying large sums of money to a professional for a quality top job. The idea goes against my instincts. I am programmed to stretch my dollars where possible. Do things myself and learn. We all know the monetary return on investment when restoring most old cars is usually quite poor. Often not so 20-50 years ago. Yet we do it anyway, for love and satisfaction. The old car scene is a hobby for most of us, not a business. With respect @Matt Harwood. I know it can be trying at times.
  20. Yes valves can be set with the manifolds on. Do you have a fender-well window that you can remove?
  21. Cool car. I see the CL is gone. Anyone know, what was the asking price? Are these old Chryslers challenging to find parts and maintenance items for?
  22. If I recall Maxwell hired Walter to help the ailing Maxwell company. Was Maxwell in receivership at that time? Possibly.
  23. At the 9:30 minute in this video I show the tool and talk about the procedure:
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