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  1. Pull coil wire to make sure it’s not a timing issue? Once put two starters on a 49 Ford before finding distributor had advanced itself. I know, I know. Pardon the simple suggestion.
  2. All of them. In those days you left the keys in them in case someone needed to borrow the car. Also, locking and securing the house meant hooking the screen door.
  3. Ah yes. Reminiscent of the days when there was a ignition point file in the glove box to file the radio vibrator points and a well stocked tube tester cabinet could be found anywhere.
  4. Two of my older brothers were serving in Europe June 6, 1944. They were 19 and 21 years old. My oldest brother participated in the landing and was wounded two days later. He passed away in late 1950 from complications caused by wounds. He had bought brand new 1949 Kaiser Frazer that he taught me how to drive. I was about 10. I drove him around a lot towards the end ( very small town) because clutch became painful for him. That was a hard car to see out of and hard to aim the way the fenders and hood were shaped. My Mom wouldn’t drive it. I have both of their duffel bags with names and serial numbers on them. Thanks to all who served.
  5. Having owned a 55 crown Vicky ( bought in ‘57), this one looks strange to me without fender skirts and the rear end jacked up. Appreciate the picture. I won’t go into the fact that mine came from the factory with the 292 police interceptor engine in it. It always start arguments.
  6. After 40 years of class A ‘s, both gas and diesel, towing small car/jeep, and the whole rv experience, we ended up with a Roadtrek 210 class B in our old age. Absolutely love it. Everything class A has just smaller. 21’ Chevy 1 ton van. 6’5 inside height. Toilet, shower, water heater, furnace, microwave, queen bed, 2 burner range, generator, 8500 btu AC, refrigerator, amazing storage , and on and on. Over 2000 lbs cargo capacity. Fresh water, Gray, and black tanks. It’s older, (1993) may qualify for this forum, but pristine in and out. 350 tbi with 4l80e. 12-14 mpg running west ( from CO.), 16-18 running east. Still marvel at mpg. Drive 65-70 mph. Park anywhere. Roadtrek workmanship very very good in this era. Think original Roadtrek was bought out a couple of years ago, and have heard there’s lots of problems. The older Roadtreks were only built on Chevy or Dodge 1 ton vans. Good ones are out there. Easy to work on and of course parts are easily available and priced right. Newer ones are built on Chevy, dodge, Ford, and Mercedes I think. Transit van types.
  7. International trucks: 13 letter sh*t spreader
  8. I was taught it took two people to grease a throw out bearing. Pull the coil wire or leave the ignition off one person push in clutch and hit starter to turn engine a few revolutions other person on grease gun to pump TWO shots of grease while engine turning when I had my trucking business, on over the road diesels and hose on throw out bearing, we just greased them with engine running and clutch pushed in.
  9. I’ve done a half a dozen of those in pickups with 5.4’s. Coolant tubes were always rusty. Just bypassed tubes with heater hose routed OUTSIDE of intake valley. Ford assembly line heater core quick connects at firewall a pita to disconnect and usually rusty and have destroy to remove. I just replace with hose clamps.
  10. In 1954, a month before I turned 14 and could get a drivers license, I bought a 1947 one owner Chevrolet for $75. ($720 today) It had 61,000 miles, had been overhauled once, had a burnt valve, rods were rattling, but the rings were good. Dad had a truck/ tractor repair shop with a Sioux valve grinding machine so grinding the valves and tightening the rods and mains wasn’t a problem. I remember splitting the exhaust manifold for duals while head was off and then blocking it off until I got the money for duals. Hated the car. Wanted a Ford V8. The Chevy had the stubby gear shift lever because they came with the soon to be non-working vacuum assist shift. Two handed gear grinding shifts were the norm. No drag racing here. Ford had the cool long easy shift arm that you could flip to the left side of column making 1st to 2nd almost straight down. Ford had insert bearings and oil pressure so you could rev them up without puckering up. Sold the Chevy two months later for $100 and bought a 49 Ford club coupe for $125. Ford turned out to have a cracked block and was a money pit, but boy was it fun. Different block, 3/4 cam, dual carbs, dual exhaust with heat risers blocked, and on and on. I believe longevity got a serious foothold in the everyday car in 1955-56.
  11. Yes. I had it recorded and backed it up and watched it a couple of times. Wow. Same thing happened on the Pierce Arrow later in the show when loaded down with all his auction buddies, but you have to look quick.
  12. Balance Masters makes Liguid mercury filled drive shaft balancers. Easy to install and reasonable. Usually cheaper than a shop balance. Never wear out. I think they go from 2” to 5-6” OD. I’m not connected with the company in anyway, just a satisfied customer. Used them in my trucking business for over 30 years. When I bought my first set of truck wheel balancers from them I asked about warranty. The claimed their product would outlive me. It looks like they may be right. Sons and Grandsons now have business now and first set of balancers still running.
  13. Nice car. Always liked that speedometer face, looks like my ‘55 Vicky. Wife and I picked my daughter and her husband up to take to dinner on her 55th birthday. When she got into Tahoe, odometer was reading 55555
  14. Where in Colorado is pickup located? I see a couple for sale on the front range.
  15. Bumper jacks were commonly used as jumper cables in the fifties ( in my experience) as automatic transmissions became more common. If you think about it for 10 seconds, you’ll figure it out. I’ll give you a hint: if polarity of vehicles was different you needed two bumper jacks, other wise one.