Roger Walling

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  1. John_S_in_Penna, It is in Fact a 71 Impala convertible 402 engine, auto with AC. I have been asking $18,000.
  2. I found this car under my christmas tree on Christmas day 10 years ago.
  3. Not all old tires must be discarded. See, Although not in the above content, It seems that the largest problems occur with radial tires that may have not been checked for air pressure, bubbles and cracks regularly. The radials also do not have the compounds in them to allow them to age gracefully. They usually give a few miles warning before they blow. (one or two) A side note, Salt flat racing tires are usually 10 or 20 years old as US tire makers no longer make them.
  4. I have a 71 convertible for sale that is a good restored driver except it needs a top. I think I have it priced right but no takers. I am wondering if most buyers of this type of a car just want to buy a car without ever working on it v/s a hands on type of a guy.
  5. The part of restoring cars that I like is repairing parts that are drastically destroyed. My door hinges on my 38 Buick were so rusted that all that was left on one side of the hinge was the brass bushings. I removed the bushings and installed a section of 1/8" brass pipe in their place and proceed to mig weld up the missing area, letting the steel flow up against the brass. My intention was to drill out the hinge after welding, but when I removed the pipe, the original bushings fit right in and work good to this day. A very satisfying past time!
  6. I was looking for a grill for a 31 Essex and one came on ebay and I bid sky high and got it. A person in New Zealand emailed me explaining that he was bidding on it and he thought he put in an outrageous bid. He offered me much more than I paid for it and I refused. He then wanted to but my old grill and I told him, as scarce as these are, I would never be able to find one if I get in an accident so it is not for sale. ( I still feel bad for not selling it to him.)
  7. Too many personal stories. Stick to the facts and make it short and sweet. After a while, I was skipping whole paragraphs.
  8. mikeyz123, You have received many comments and a lot of possible problems with your car. The head gasket may be the only major thing wrong with it. You should consider all answers and only act on them if you can get someone to confirm the problem or you will be chasing your tail forever and chance destroying something , or at least spending time and money on something that does not need repairing. Now that the head is off, spray penetrating oil on the valve stems as they open when cranking over the engine. This will only cost a few $ and "if" your valves are sticking, it "may" correct them. You can also inspect the valve seats (the round circle that the valve hits when it closes) It should be shiny all the way around without any gaps or burned areas. A can of Rislone or other additive to improve engine performance could be added to the oil when you get it back together. Remove and clean the battery cables at the battery, engine ground and starter, this may help it turn over faster. Don't forget to charge the battery! Clean and gap the spark plugs. Consult the book on the correct order of the spark plug wires
  9. You may have been reading a book on general repairs to cars. The book that I recommended is specifically for 49 Chryslers and should tell you about everything in the motor. It is a reprint of the Chrysler Motor car co.
  10. How do you send private messages? Thank you.
  11. The bolts that are pictured hold on the intake and exaust manifolds, they are not the ones that I mentioned to access the lifters and valve stems. STOP!!! BUY THE BOOK. Before you waste a lot of time and break something.
  12. If you think that you have sticky valves, you can spray penetrating oil down the valve stems while the valve is open. The side of the engine has a cover that encloses the lifters. Take that off and spray the lifters and stems of the valves. It may help if somebody cranks the engine over when spraying the lifters. This advice is general in nature and your engine may be different. Not to insult you, but it seems that you know next to nothing about engines. You could do more harm than good. When I was 18, I knew nothing about automatic transmissions and when I broke my reverse band on my 55 Chrysler, I bought the shop manual and studied it. Low and behold. it turned out to be much simpler than I had imagined. There was a simple trick that I never would have thought of on my own. I didn't even have to remove the transmission that I was going to do! Buy the car makers manual, study it before you make an oops!
  13. I can see where lightning will be a problem with this in your garage. I would plan on placing one or two 4" fluorescent lights outside of each window bay.
  14. I like to display a picture of the car when I bought it in the back window.
  15. Try connecting the road draft tube to the air cleaner intake. It would act somewhat like a pvc valve. It may eliminate the smell from the engine compartment. I installed a pvc on my 55 Chrysler in place of the road draft tube and I have no such smell. I have seen an engine that has such a set up and was sucking so much vapor from the crankcase that if you disconnected it it would not idle.
  16. I think that vintage mud probably contains a lot of dripping oil and grease deposited over the years that kept the frame rust free. I have been reconditioning trucks for sale for over 50 years and have noticed that in the first twenty years, the oily mud was much thicker as nobody ever cleaned the underside of them. In recent years however, the DOT does not like a oily frame and I never see the mud anymore, or the oil.
  17. PhilAndrews, I'm sure that your reflectors came out nice and will last a long time. But, I am lazy and I took my rusty reflectors and brushed them with silver POR15. It is the best silver paint that I have ever seen!
  18. Johnnya101, Whatever you do, make sure to see the title before putting down any money. Make sure that the name of the owner on the title is the same as the person selling it. Don"t be shy when you ask to see his identification. If the sellers signature does not match the titled owners signature, he still owns it! NEVER BUY A CAR WITHOUT A GOOD TITLE! ANOTHER PROBLEM IS TITLE SKIPPING. THAT IS WHEN THE CAR IS SOLD MULTIPLE TIMES WITHOUT BEING RETITLED. THE REGISTRY MAY DEMAND SALES TAX AND PENALTY FOR EACH SALE. Caps are intended as it is a very important issue.
  19. I bought a truck that had sat for about a year or so and when I started it it smoked like crazy. I put two bottles of "Motor Honey" in it, and ran it at about 1500 rpms for about 6 hours. It still was smoking so badly that I decided to return it to the dealer that I had bought it from. The next day I started it and one puff of smoke came out and then none. I kept the truck for 10 years and never had an oil problem since. Give it a try!
  20. Winter is coming, rebuild it in the snowy season and have it ready for the spring. A motor can be rebuilt in 2 weeks, tops, even if the crank needs grinding.
  21. ? Ralph Nader would love to see this go around a corner!
  22. Google search = BF Goodrich Blackwall 40x8 10 Ply | Coker Tire › Tires › Brands › BF Goodrich $859.00 - ‎In stock BF Goodrich Silvertown bias ply tires were original equipment on many American cars and trucks that we now consider classic or collector vehicles. Coker Tire's ... 40x8 BFGoodrich Truck Tire - m. e. MILLER tire › Truck Tires › Antique Truck Tires › 9.00-24__(40x8) 40x8 BFGoodrich Truck Tire. Bias ply, all position "Oval Block" tire. 40x8 is the old number size, today is 9.00-24 and fits on a 24" rim. Used on many older Fire ... Note, I doubt that they are less than 6 years old, as recommended by many, however I am running tires that are 25 years old on my fire engine that my tire store says they are OK because they are bias ply and I never go over 50mph for any amount of time.
  23. By spraying it with carb cleaner you now have a much better looking carb, but you have done nothing for the running condition of it. Looking down into the carb, have someone step quickly on the gas pedal, if you do not see a squirt of gas, your accelerator pump is not working. That is what gives the motor the extra gas it needs to start. You also may have low compression, sticky valves, slow cranking or weak ignition.
  24. I once repainted a plate for a friend. It was a labours job, when I was done, I fastened a nut and bolt to the holes to scratch the area to "prove" that it had been on a car. I then scratched the edges and added a few small chips,then I rusted up the scratches. It truly looked like an used original plate. It pasted state muster then... the owner painted it silver to match his car. That was the last plate that I ever did for him.
  25. Ma. did this and now it is almost impossible to build your own car as you please.I vote NO to any attempt to change car laws.