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  1. Chrysler often changed the displacement of their six cylinder engines by changing the stroke of the crankshaft. With different length connecting rods so the same pistons could be used. The longer the stroke, the shorter the rod. In this way they made 201 - 217 - and 230 cu in versions of the Plymouth/Dodge engine. I wonder if the conversion used different pistons or longer rods?
  2. Probably .25Uf but it should be listed on the spec page of the repair manual.
  3. Are you saying the old flathead 323 cu in 135HP straight eight New Yorker, was faster than the new 331cu in, 180HP Hemi V8? If so, Chrysler sure wasted a lot of money developing the new engine. I don't remember mentioning Bonneville, or the 57 Chrysler. I don't doubt that a 57 Chrysler 300 with a 400HP+ hemi head 392 cu in V8 made 171MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats. What this has to do with a pre 1950 Cadillac, or a 51 Chrysler is beyond me. Besides the vast difference in cars and engines there is a big difference in air resistance between sea level and Bonneville - 4119 feet elevation. And possibly a difference in rolling resistance between wet sand and salt. I know top speed on the sand is about 10% lower than on a hard top road. Also, the Daytona Speed Trials were for strictly stock cars while Bonneville is for hot rodders and hop ups are not only accepted, they are encouraged. My point was that a GENUINE 100MPH, independently timed, for a CERTIFIED stock, unmodified car, would be very rare for any pre 1950 model.
  4. There's a 1911 Cartercar in the Canadian Automotive Museum on Simcoe Street in Oshawa Ontario.
  5. I noticed a few months ago in the local ads, you can buy one for the same price as a Camaro or Firebird of the same age, maybe less. It looks like a hell of a bargain to me. If you want one now is the time to buy one even if just for laughs. For comparison I bought a 1974 Porsche 911 about 10 years ago for $2750 when they were considered the dog of Porsches. Now I could get $25000 with one phone call. I think the same parable applies to older Corvettes. A few years ago the 70s Vettes were dismissed as smogged up dogs. Look at them now. When you can buy a Corvette for the price of a used Toyota Corolla what have you got to lose? Next time someone starts crabbing about how overpriced collector cars have gotten we should refer them to this thread. No you aren't going to buy a Duesenberg for $10000 and drive it home, it's not 1965 anymore but you can still buy a nice old Vette cheap. As for whether the Corvette is a better buy than a used BMW my feeling is the Corvette would be less of a headache to keep in repair although maybe not by much. Would like to hear some expert opinions on this point.
  6. Door panels should always be backed with plastic sheet, like factory. Doors always contain moisture that runs down the window.
  7. Davis invented power steering for trucks when working at Pierce Arrow's truck division. It wasn't really needed on cars when they had high pressure, narrow tires. It may have been used on a few large trucks in the thirties and forties but even there, was a specialty item for the heaviest hardest to steer trucks. As time went on car tires got wider and low pressure tires were introduced, for a softer ride. Through the thirties car makers developed easier to use steering systems like recirculating ball bearing steering boxes, and added more leverage (more turns lock to lock) and large diameter steering wheels. Reducing the need for power steering. Power steering was an expensive add on, and expense didn't sell well in the depression. During the early forties car production was suspended, in the late forties they could sell anything they could make. Only in the fifties was there the demand sufficient to make it worth while to offer power steering, and once one company did it, all the others fell into line.
  8. Mfrank you beat me to it. The Cunningham coupe was a Kamm design. His experiments in aerodynamics in the 30s, proved that for least air resistance you needed a long tapered tail. If this was not practical, second best was a 10 degree taper then a quick chop at the back. Steeper angles did not work as well.
  9. In 1950, no car had power steering. First car to offer power steering was Chrysler in 1951. The system was invented in 1926 by a Pierce engineer named Davis but never caught on. Chrysler was first, but in a few years everyone had it.
  10. Upholstery supply places sell a thick black cardboard material that may be what you want. There is a thin stock for kitchen chairs and a thicker material for sofas. The thick stuff works well for door panels, and should be what you need. It is used for the back of sofas, chairs etc. under the upholstery cloth.
  11. I wouldn't trust old flex hoses. I would expect the rubber to deteriorate over the years even in a sealed package.
  12. Tinindian has a good point. I would add some Redex, Marvel Mystery Oil, Bardahl or your favorite lubricant to the oil and gas then go on a few long trips. Start with about a 50 mile trip and work up to 100 or 200 miles at a time. Be alert for overheating, oil or water leaks, etc because a few weak points may show up when you start driving longer distances. But once you clear up these troubles you should be good for a lot of reliable miles.
  13. How many miles? What's the oil pressure like? Sounds like your engine will soon be due for an overhaul or rebuild. But, if you don't use it much it might go on for years the way it is.
  14. It was common to paint the fenders and running boards black and the body some other color especially on the cheaper cars. Whether your Studebaker came this way, I don't know. The original blue may be so dark as to look almost black until you polish it up.