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Everything posted by Rusty_OToole

  1. Cover with cloth, bed sheets or a cheap cloth dust cover. Do NOT use plastic, it will trap moisture and cause rust and accelerate deterioration of the paint.
  2. Wandering indicates worn distributor. Could also be idle set too high, meaning the advance is kicking in. Old engines idle very slow, like 400 rpm. Check the distributor for worn bearings, if you can move the rotor shaft from side to side it is worn.
  3. If I am reading this correctly the main latch is opening, the hood will come up a couple of inches, then is held by the safety latch? You need to feel around in the gap between the hood and body for the lever that releases it. Not sure where it is on a 54 Plymouth, sometimes they are in the grille area but usually they attach to the hood.
  4. "Call for price" I skip over such ads, never even consider them. To me they say "my price is so crazy high if I publish it no one will call, but maybe if I can get a sucker to call and ask I can talk them into it".
  5. I've used this line for laughs when showing a car. "If the deal seems too good to be true say the word and I'll louse it up a little". So far this has never worked. No one laughs either but I think it's funny. Another line I think is funny, if someone asks the price I tell them then add "If you offer me less I'll probably take it". This one seems to baffle people too.
  6. This thread reminds me of a story I heard about the Harrah collection when it was the biggest and best in the world. Cars were displayed with a sign that gave make, model, year and other details including the price when new. One day an old timer looked over a 1914 Stutz Bearcat very carefully, pointed to the sign that said "$2400" and said "That's a lot of money for a car that old. What will you take for her - cash?"
  7. What if it was the other way around? If you knew someone was selling a car for less than they had in it would you insist on paying more?
  8. Years ago I bought a late model Dodge Sportsman van that had been dunked in a river. The whole interior was full of silt including the gauge cluster, radio, and controls. I took the dash apart and figuring I had nothing to lose, washed everything in warm water then left it on the radiator in the house to dry for a week. Put everything together and it all worked perfect. You could do the same if you can get the dash apart. Just don't plug anything in until it is thoroughly dry. Or, try cleaning it in the car. Water will wash off coffee, even with cream and sugar. You don't need any exotic solve
  9. I'm thinking spray with distilled water then blow dry with an air hose or one of those electronic duster spray cans if you don't have a compressor.
  10. I used to be involved in air cooled VWs, the only broken crankshafts I heard of were aftermarket cast nodular iron stroker cranks. For some reason the cast cranks worked ok in Fords but the VW ones often broke.
  11. "the good Maxwell" was supposedly a much improved Maxwell, after Walter Chrysler took over running the company. Shortly afterwards they dropped the Maxwell and Chalmers names and called all their cars Chryslers. I have long wondered how much Maxwell was in the 4 cylinder Chrysler, and later Plymouth.
  12. Recently someone posted on this board a video of Jay Leno's unique 1934 Duesenberg coupe. Leno bought it from a guy who bought it from a garage mechanic in 1955 for $400. Leno paid him $500,000 for the car around 1995. What do you make of that?
  13. You could not drain the coolant out of a car and drive it indefinitely at speed even at the south pole. Outside temperature could make a difference but not that big of a difference because the heat can't escape from the guts of the engine fast enough to prevent overheating, melting and seizing of parts. You could start and run the engine as long as you stop before the critical degree of heat is reached and this could get you 5 or 10 miles. Maybe farther if you don't mind arriving in a smoking wreck.
  14. A water cooled engine might run all right without damage for a short period of time, say 10 or 15 minutes. I have driven cars with malfunctioning cooling systems 5 to 10 miles without damage, then they have to sit for an hour to cool down. Exterior temp doesn't make much difference. Some motorists used to drain the cooling system in cold weather, fill it up with hot water when they wanted to use the car, and drain it again when they were done. But why not just fill it with antifreeze?
  15. What the seller paid is irrelevant. The car is worth what it is worth to you, right now, today. It might be the seller got a terrific deal. It might be the seller had to do a lot of repairs that don't show to make the car roadworthy. Or it might be he is dreaming, and trying to sell the car for twice what it is worth. It is up to you to figure out what that car is worth to you today. Knowing the seller wants twice what he paid at auction I probably would look elsewhere for a car. But sometimes there are no other comparable cars, and sometimes the car could still be a good deal, and someti
  16. It was a common thing to make 3/8 scale clay models or sometimes plaster casts of proposed cars. Those that were approved, went on to a full scale clay model and if this was approved a full size working model or prototype was made. If the photo of the Packard model maker shows a wooden model that is old school, and may be a model made to stand more handling than a clay model, such as one made for wind tunnel testing. Pierce Arrow started making clay models around 1910.
  17. There was an old junkyard near here that was reclaimed in this way. They neutralized old antifreeze and oil by driving plastic pipes about 3" in diameter into the ground and dumping in enzymes. I was told the enzymes were moldy corn. Some of the soil had to be dug up and hauled away, two areas totaling about the size of a house foundation. The new owner bought the site from the town for back taxes for $30,000 and spent another $50,000 or so and has a commercial site worth at least $500,000.
  18. The whole vehicle will have an easier life with limited use at low speeds on good paved roads, compared to when it was new. Make the body strong and don't worry about it. If you can consult an old coachbuilder or find some old coachbuilding manuals so much the better. In the old days they made them rigid and added iron reinforcements as necessary. Weymann was the first to deliberately make a flexible body covered in waterproof fabric or artificial leather that could flex with the frame. They had a certain vogue but never displaced the conventional body, before both were replaced by the all st
  19. If there was lime or limestone in the soil it would neutralize the acid but the lead will be there forever.
  20. 1. Can't help you there 2. Any good automotive paint company can mix the original color if you give them the name or the paint code off the firewall plate. Every painter has his favorite brand. Give the name and/or number to the paint store, if necessary they will get the formula from the company. 3. Keep it 6V. It is hard enough doing a decent conversion on a cheap car like a Chev or Ford, that had vacuum wipers and minimal electrical equipment. Your car with its electrically controlled transmission, electric wipers, complex heater system etc is practically impossible to do without
  21. My guess is that your experience is typical. They get babied for a year or two, and when the 99 point car slips down to a 90 point and no longer wins trophies, they start driving it more, or sell it to someone who does. Or, in a few cases, it sits in the garage. There are a lot of cosmetic restorations that look gorgeous but barely run, those end up sitting unless someone spends the money and time to get them running right, which in some cases costs as much as it cost to make them look good.
  22. When I see a car like that full size Ford with no options, I figure it was bought by an old man who was buying what he was used to - a car with no power options, manual trans, not even a radio - basic reliable transportation. The kind of guy who bought a new car about every 10 years, or maybe had never bought a new car in his life before. Such cars are an especial favorite of farmers. When I see one like that with no options except for the biggest motor they offered, I figure the old man pulled a travel trailer or boat trailer. I have seen a few cars like that and owned one, a 1968
  23. It's a myth that bypass or partial flow filters don't filter all the oil. They do, just not all at once. Compare to a pool filter that takes only a small amount of water at a time, but over a few days will make a murky pool sparkling clean. Bypass filters have the advantage of filtering out much smaller particles of dirt than a full flow. Bypass filters were the only kind for years, they were standard equipment on luxury cars and optional on cheaper cars. Full flow filters came in about the same time as hydraulic lifters and I think there was a connection, as hydraulic lifters can be jammed up
  24. There were 2 transmissions used on Dodges with fluid drive. One was a straight 3 speed, the other a 4 speed self shifter. The 3 speed was like any typical manual trans of the time, except for the extra long input shaft to accommodate the fluid drive and clutch assembly. The self shifting M6 transmission can be identified by the 3 electrical devices on the right side, a governor, a solenoid valve and a switch. The shifting is electrically controlled. The M6 is the same transmission used on DeSoto, Chrysler and Imperial. The fluid drive is one of the earliest efforts at an automatic drive.
  25. The Dubonnet system was used by a few European cars including Simca BMW and Alfa Romeo as well as Vauxhall. Apparently they worked well as long as they were maintained meticulously, meaning they had to be greased frequently and the oil in the shocks topped up.
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