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  1. You're making this harder than it really is. Like Mark Shaw says use a worm drive hose clamp as a guide and cut with a utility knife with a wet blade.
  2. Any good SHARP blade will do the job. Lubricate with water. Trying to cut dry you will have a hard time trying to keep the cut straight.
  3. You need to do a new thread each time you post something new to ID. When people look at this thread they see it was posted in 2011 and many will go right by without looking.
  4. I believe it's a 1953 or 1954 Willys Aero.
  5. I would think the best and easiest with the stuff still on the engine would be a pressure wash using a mild detergent like Dawn dishwashing liquid, then rinse with clear water.
  6. McD How about adding a second stock pulley to the crank and water pump. It would require a spacer be fabricated to fit between the two pulleys so they will seat properly without play, and, longer mounting cap screws/bolts. Then you can have one belt that gives the additional contact to the water pump so you don't have to use too much tension on either belt. Either the alternator or compressor would have to be repositioned to run on the front belt. From your pictures probably repositioning the alternator would be the easiest.
  7. Don't confuse state registration license plates with the county personal property tax, they are two different animals. As I understand it the personal property tax is based on the January issue of the NADA price guide. The website for Fairfax County gives an example of a NADA loan value of $5,000. Tax rate of $4.57 per $1,000 accessed value, or, 5,000/1,000 = 5 X $4.57 for a tax of $22.85. As the NADA value of a car goes down and the age goes up the accessed value goes down thus the tax goes down.
  8. Contact the Department of Finance in the County you are considering moving to. They will tell you how the tax is accessed and what the rates are for antique cars. As Joe said above the value is based on the January issue of the NADA used car guide loan value. Thus the older the car the less the tax until NADA no longer lists the car and the tax is then zero.
  9. Nobody has addressed your question about the key code. GM used Briggs and Stratton locks for many years. Any old time locksmith shop should be able to cut a key with the code number. Maybe a GM dealer that has been around since the fifties still has a key cutter and could do it for you.
  10. I stand corrected. Rusty is right, the 55 Windsor is 301 cubic inch and the 56 is 331 cubic inch. Also the HP on the chart I was looking at is wrong, the Windsor Spitfire was 250 HP in 57. The 301 block is highly prized by the Bonneville racers. With a destroked crank they can have a hemi headed engine in the smaller classes and stock it is 4.93 liters right at the cut off for 5 liter classes. I have a 52 Chrysler with the 331 hemi and when the exhaust needed replacing, I had a custom dual exhaust fabbed which was a lot easier than finding a stock replacement single and didn't cost much mo
  11. Ok, the WE55 identifies this as a 1955 Windsor Spitfire, 331 cubic inch, rated at 250 HP, the same as the hemi for that year. The last five digits mean it was the 37180th Chrysler V8 engine produced for the 55 production year. This should be pretty much a direct bolt in to your 54. The motor mounts may be different requiring the use of 54 mounts. Maybe someone with a parts book can tell us if there is a difference in the mounts.
  12. Merdead The engine you have pictured above is a Chrysler Windsor Spitfire V8. The engine ID number is located on the top of the front of the block between the oil filler pipe and the water pump. It will have a suffix with a W which indicates Windsor. Post the ID number and we can tell you what year and the engine cubic inch. The 54 New Yorker had a 331 cubic inch hemi V8. The term baby hemi usually refers to the Dodge hemis and DeSoto hemis which are physically smaller than the Chryslers. The difference between your "polysphere" and the "hemisphere" engine is the heads, pistons, cam and p
  13. This car no longer available. Checked on it this past Wednesday 1/23/13.
  14. Joe The nominal size of the 6.50 X 16 is 6.5 inch width, 80% height aspect ratio or 5.2 inches and diameter of 26.4 inches. The radial metric equivalent is 165/80R16. The metric converts to 6.49 inch width, 5.19 inch height and diameter of 26.39 inches. It's kinda hard to find 80 aspect ratio radials. If you have to go to 75 aspect ratio you need to go to 175/75R16 to keep the diameter which is 26.33 inches on the 175 but the width increases to 6.88 inches. So a radial is not going to look like the 6.50 X 16 bias on the car. The other choice is the repoduction 6.50 X 16 from Coker or Un
  15. Joe Here is a link to a tire size conversion chart where you can find the radial size equivalent to 6.50 X 16. Tire Tech - Tire Size Conversion Chart
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