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  1. I drive my 1937 Special with a 1952 263 straight eight a lot and had two manifolds crack. I knew nothing about special lube and washers so my cure was a complete shot in the dark but has worked fine for the last 20 years. Did away with gaskets and alignment rings and used red high temp RTV silicone. Haven't had an exhaust or intake leak for at least 20 years. I'm sure the manifold is free to "creep" between hot and cold cycles.
  2. When we think long trip we think 37 Buick. A 1,000 to 2,000 mile trip is routine. After the 1937 engine wore out I put in a 1952 263 straight eight and automatic transmission so wife can help with the driving but it's pretty much original except for 12v and radial tires. It WILL get front disc brakes after our episode in Kansas City where the drum brakes went on strike during a monsoon. The usual question from men is "what year/make" while women ask "you drove that all the way from Texas?" Modern car is just a road trip while the 37 is a conversation at every gas pump, restaurant, motel, etc. Nearly everybody has a father or grandfather that had one "just like it".
  3. Since it has no mounting ears (brackets) it must be held in place with a band and the most used of this type was on the 49-53 Ford 8BA flat head V8 engine. Could you get info off of the tag if you cleaned it?
  4. Glad you found one. For years I got authentic looking tags from a trophy shop when I provided a title and sample tag. They do stamping, raised stamping, engraving, and all types of finishes on trophies and presentation items so a car tag is an easy job for them.
  5. To each his own but if 54 has an 8BA design distributor and a 3 bolt carburetor it looks to me like Ford wanted to use up some left over flat head parts. I am a tiny bit familiar with engines since we make them from scratch; not just rebuild or overhaul them. Pic of a block just out of the HAAS 5 axis mill and a twin plug hemi head for a BB Chevy. Also where these engines end up. Finally, I DO make mistakes (the twin plug head is in the scrap bin) and any time I I think I'm perfect I go over to the pond across the road and try to walk across it___sank every time so far. Keep it light.
  6. Get you some Cunifer ( or any copper/nickel) tubing. It doesn't corrode from water and is easily bent to shape without a tubing bender. Volvo started using it a good while back and they are the safety leader.
  7. The 54 239 is half flat head and half OHV and generally not considered the best of the Y-blocks. I'd move up to a 55 272 which is a much better engine and still 6v.
  8. A Thompson Sub Machine gun and a bank money bag.
  9. I don't know if it is a rumble lid or just a deck lid but my friend found a reproduction for his 32 coupe that had the pickup bed insert. We had to tweak it a little for proper fit but that may have been due to it having a pickup bed in it for 50 years. If you PM me I'll connect you with him.
  10. Have you tried Lare's in Minnesota?
  11. I am kind of a lift nut and now that I have both a drive on and a two post Rotary lift I want more. Allard Machine in Ennis, Texas has maybe five single post lifts that are flush with the floor to use with the super low sprint cars they work on. Dusty's Rod Shop on Baily, Texas has a drive on lift that is flush with the floor (no ramps) so the chopped, dropped, and bagged cars they build can roll on with a 1/4" ground clearance. Now to the crown jewel of lifts, which of course are illegal to sell, is the one owned by a muffler shop in Bonham, Texas. It has two wheel troughs, one stationary and one on rollers. You drive through the stationary one till the front wheels fall into the rolling one and keep driving till the rear wheels drop into the stationary one. (what could possibly go wrong here?). This leaves the entire bottom of the vehicle wide open with no arms or runners in the way. The shop also has a two post lift but I wait till the "suicide" lift is open just so I can watch and covet.
  12. My 37 Buick Special has an 120mph top speed on the speedometer face so one time I plugged in my GPS and opened it up for two miles on a dead level road. It topped out at 93mph on the accurate gps and 105 on the optimistic speedometer. This was on a paved road and radial tires so I'd guess half that speed was close to the norm in 37 with bias ply tires, tubes, and a gravel road. Had TERRIBLE wind noise at that speed.
  13. My memory is fuzzy about yesterday so take what I remember from 1967 with a grain of salt. IIRC my partners 1967 Mercury Cyclone GT with a 427 (medium riser?) had a 160mph speedo which I think was just a factory installed Stewart Warner unit with maybe the "SW" deleted from the face. I do remember it's speedo showed a few more mph than some of the other muscle/super cars so they must have had 150mph units. Many years later I stuck me head in a GT40 at a Ford dealer and it's speedo was over 200, maybe 225 or 250. So far out of my price range I didn't look that closely.
  14. All's cool guys; did not realize project was first posted in General Discussion.
  15. Did I miss read what this section of the forum is called? I swear it says MODIFIED, that's M-O-D-I-F-I-E-D. It has a V8. that's a modification. An open rear--Ditto. Automatic--Ditto. I guess all some will accept is fuzzy dice and a locking gas cap but in my opinion if you don't want to see real changes that took original thought and even some design/engineering then maybe you shouldn't click the "Modified" heading. I promise I won't click onto your pre-37 rides and make snide comments about "termite farms" even though I'm thinking it.