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About Flivver250

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  • Birthday 11/12/1956
  1. AC with original drive train and no rust. The odometer shows 17K which must be at least 117K. Interior and paint was remododelled by blind angry beavers with bad taste and no skill. Would be a simple resto. Very clean under the hood. Also at this yard is an old V8 Rambler 990 with and a six cylinde Falcon. The Rambler is quite clean. These look like they sat somewhere in a dry climate, untouched for years.
  2. Worthy topic. I mentally identify everything after 1970 as transportation. 1970 and earlier are cool. Perhaps it is my age.
  3. When I started twisting wrenches on my 56 Caddy, I had no mechanical mentor, just an old Motors Manual and some borrowed wrenches. Junkyards first choice, local parts store and JC Whitneys were second. I reassembled the engine using the original gaskets (even the head gaskets) and cut a number of cork gaskets with an Exacto knife. No one told me not to use new gaskets. That Caddy should never ever have run, but it fired right up and ran well enough. Positive proof there is a God and God is extremely merciful. Ran all new brakes and used copper line (didn't know better). Took it to an old timer mechanic for it's Vermont state inspection sticker. He saw how hard I'd been working on it that I think I broke his heart. He said son, I can ignore a whole bunch, but those copper lines will get you killed. He gave me a ton of steel line and said, put these in and I'll pass her. Didn't sleep until it was done. Learned how to use a flaring kit fast. Put a Craig 8-Track in there and I was pimp daddy. Gave the car to my older brother when I went into the army and he promptly sold it to a collector in Quebec. I have always wondered if the car survived the years and the salt. Doubt it did. I have no doubt the collector was positvely flabbergasted when he dug into the mechanicals and probably thought it was owned by an army of mechanical morons. It even had a Chrome bare foot gas pedal. That Caddy would go anywhere in snow. It was a tank.
  4. I have always used GM for trucks, but now that I am on a farm, I found the Ford chassis just plain tougher if you have to move heavy stuff, especially in rough terrain. The GM seems to be a gentlemans truck that prefers pavement. Diesel naturally is better. The 7.3 liter and their brand new one are best, stay away from the 6.0 liter or 6 leaker as it is known to some. I have a 97 F250 with the 460, standard cab, 8 foot box, 4x4 auto. Didn't pay a whole lot and it is in perfect shape, will pull anything. Rides and drives like a man's truck should. If I baby it I can get 12 MPG. I may be odd, but I prefer a regular cab and think a short box is missing a couple feet. The Ford 4x4 use the Dana 50 Twin Beam or the Dana 60 up front. You will have to do the bearings races, seals, U-joints and ball joints every 100K. Not bad if you enjoy wrenching, expensive if you don't. The Dodge truck is a cheap shipping crate for great engine Cummins). Always buy more truck than you currently need. You may end up with a bigger load occasionally. I bought a new a loaded 3500 dually with the Duramax in 2004. It was a sweet ride, but I would not have taken it into the fields. I also had a BBC 454 that wouldn't pull a fart. If GM gasser is a must, the 8.1 chevy is a better engine teamed with the Allison tranny. Had one of those for plowing. It did the trick, but my Ford is definately tougher.
  5. I have no answer to your question, but my condolences for your loss and compliments on the Dodge. It is beautiful. Don't let that family jewel slip away.
  6. Here is the 53 Chieftan I used to own. Bought it around 1982 from an old lady's estate. 18K on the odometer. Hadn't run since 1973. Pulled the head, cleaned out about a pound of carbon, replace two burnt valves and it ran like a dream. Flathead six with three on the tree. Beautiful inside and out.
  7. I wish I still had mt first.
  8. I never liked that hidden 13mm nut on the diesel injector pump.
  9. I live overseas and only get to run my US vehicles once a year. Tractor, pick up, couple Harley's and soon a classic Buick. I have a large clean dry shop that two feline jihadists call home (cat door), plus I have mouse bait with poison. I thoroughly wash and dry my treasures, change all the fluids, even in the lawn mowers, and use a battery tender on everything. While I am on a farm loaded with rodents, they give my shop wide birth. Cats are the best mouse trap ever designed and these two critters respect the contents. I have on occasion found a mouse skull, but I think those are carried in for entertainment. I fill every fuel tank and add stabilizer. Every engine starts immediately, no worries. Even if I don't use an engine, I always change the oil every year. Can't hurt. Maintenance is not a chore, it is a hobby.
  10. Very nice MB. I used to work on Mercedes. I always found them well laid out and thought out when it came to working on them.