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  1. Thanks Willie and John. Now I have a picture in my head of what I'm looking for and better understanding of how it works. 


    Lamar, you know I can put some spit on my hand and finish those trenches up for you. maybe a little trade for a horn button and maybe that Tee fitting for the vacuum line? I'm busy today, but I can swing over tomorrow. I'll call you this evening.


    Thanks fellers!

  2. Does anybody know where I might be able to find the horn switch and plate that mounts to the steering column. Does anybody make an aftermarket part that might could be retrofitted? I replaced the horn ring wire that goes on the inside and solders to the brass/copper? ring, but I'm missing the plate and switch that mounts on top of the opening on the column for the wire from the wiring harness to plug onto. On a side note, I've read many threads here and gone over the description in the manual, but my head just can't grasp how the horn actually works.

  3. Quick (dumb) question. I have a brand new Waldron's Exhaust on my '53 that I installed early last year. Everything is lined up and it fits perfectly, but I'm wondering if I'm supposed to have the pipes to welded and to the muffler or is it okay that they are snuggly fit with the "cold" connection. 


    p.s. I'm NOT referring to welding the pipe to the exhausts manifolds

  4. Thanks for the reply Willie. I'm not even sure when or how the old washer popped off. I'm wondering if it came off when i was hammering the old shock link shaft out and maybe it rolled down into the chassis? Who knows. Looks like I need to find someone with a welder. 

  5. Al, thank you for the detailed suggestion with the flanged nut, that all makes sense. I think I'll give it a shot. I just need to find someone with a welder.

    Willie, I'll hit Lamar up soon. I'm also visiting my parts car in NC this weekend and maybe I can rip out the washer from it. I'll report back.

  6. Anybody know where to purchase or "fashion" the washer that goes on the inside of the frame for the rear shock link. I've noticed that mine is missing on the passenger's side. I assume it's tapered to match the taper of the shock link bolt? Is my assumption correct?

  7. Well that is the strangest thing... John, I think we were reading each other's minds. I reattached the bottom and tightened it down something fierce so that when I eased the axle down it would create some real tension to hopefully pull down as you suggested on the top and allow the threads to engage again. At least this is what I thought was happening. I started on the bolt again and I would periodically check the tip of it on the top of the frame and I could feel it slowly going down! Hooray! I got the bolt out and I was expecting to find and a few rows of stripped threads. But no. The bolt looked all good. Totally confused. I looked up underneath to check out the nut and it too was all fine. Weirdest thing. Am I that dense that I just wasn't making enough turns? I know it's a fine thread, but the bolt isn't that long! Whatever, I'll take it. I got the spring out and I installed the new ones without any problem! All is good, thanks for the help everyone. Now on to the shock links!

  8. Great points- the nut that is welded to the frame doesn't seem to be spinning, so I guess I stripped it. Very strange as it definitely loosened everything when I first started, but then the bolt itself got tighter with the retainer and spring dangling (I detached the bottom first) I'm definitely turning the correct, that is a great suggestion and has gotten me in trouble once before years ago. I'll keep messing with it...

  9. Noticed she was sagging on one side in the rear, so I decided to go ahead and replace the original rear coil springs with some newly ordered ones. Everything was going dandy but then the last retainer bolt I was trying to remove (the upper on drivers side) wouldn't come out. It felt like it was loosening for about 4 full turns and the retainer and spring dropped a little. Then the bolt started getting really hard to turn. I pulled out my breaker bar and now it just turns and turns and still requires a lot of force. I can still feel the pointy tip of the bolt on the top side of the chassis. Should I figure out a way to just cut this bolt head off and drill it out? Then retap and replace with a grade 8 bolt? Thoughts, recommendations, condolences?

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