Bob Call

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  1. If you don't know what the model letter is for the truck your engine is in or came from, these gaskets fit 1954 thru 1956 241, 259 and 270 cubic inch Mopar V8's. I'm pointing this out because some Model F, G and H trucks had 331 ci Chrysler engines.
  2. Unless you are restoring for a car that will be judged for originality, how about an insulating and silencing product like Dynamat? You can get jute pad from a carpet installation shop. Jute can hold moisture so it can promote rust. http://www.dynamat.com/automotive-and-transportation/automotive-restoration/dynadeck/
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Matt, where can I get some of that easy money? I have plenty of time but not enough money.
  6. C Carl, and others, if you want technical books try Brown Book Shop in Houston. brownbookshop.com Technical publications are all they sell. If they don't have it and if it's available they will get it for you.
  7. The Nash-Healey was built on the Nash Ambassador drive train including B-W overdrive, body designed, and car assembled in England, by Donald Healey. Healey designed and fitted the aluminum head to the Nash engine. Healey is best known for the Austin Healey. I have a 1954 AH 100. Engine parts for the Nash engine may not be real common, but, you should be able to find most parts. Worst case if the aluminum head is un-useable you could go back to a stock iron head. With modern technology aluminum repair is not the near impossible task that it once was. It wouldn't hurt to ask Midwest if they will give you a customer reference. Then call the customer and ask about their experience with the Midwest repairs.
  8. Here in Oklahoma an old plate like YOM cannot be registered if refinished even though it is the correct colors. It must be original finish. So, the 52 plate I registered has a little rust on the edges and the white letters and numbers are a little faded and the black background is dull.
  9. Why should your federal taxes subsidze corn farmers and ethanol plant operators?
  10. I just looked at my post at #16 above and somehow the last sentences are gone. It was, when the guys pushed the Stude into the shop to remove the front clip they started by pulling the engine. When it came out, low and behold it was a 331 Caddy and Hydramatic. What nobody has said is, and I believe, Studebaker copied the basic design of the 49 Caddy OHV V8.
  11. Hope all the people in PA reading this post get in touch with their State Senator and urge them to support this bill. I live in Oklahoma where you can get ethanol free gasoline. I buy it when I am near a station selling ethanol free. The few cents price difference is offset by increased mileage. If enough states dump the ethanol myth maybe the price of corn based food products will go down.
  12. Ask an old time rodder about the Stude 289. It's relation to the Caddy 331 is reinforced by the rodders using after market intake manifolds designed for the Caddy on Studie 289's. One of the most popular 1950's engine swaps was Caddy into a Studie to create a Studeillac. On a recent episode of one of those "restoration" shows a guy brought a roached out 1950 Stude to Brode Stroud to restore. Brode says it can't be restored, too much rot and rust, and suggests a project using the bullet nose. They push the Stude into the shop and start pulling the engine and trans, and, low and behold it's a 331 Caddy and Hydramatic.
  13. bigblockjoe I would like to apologize for my smartass reply to your post. Stay with this site and post in the Riviera section for specifics about your car. Everyone will make you welcome. As Joe P said you need to be concerned about the tire size for clearance of the body and chassis. Also, the offset of the wheels can affect the steering geometry and excessive wear of wheel bearings. The engineers that design the cars don't just stick any old wheel and tire on the car, there are specifically designed for that car.
  14. Why don't you bag it and put on 13 inch gold spokes? Or, jack it up with a lift kit and get some sick 24's and it'll be a bitchin' ride. This site is people that want to keep cars stock. Check H.A.M.B. at jalopyjournal.com, it's all about modified cars. (Was that to harsh?)
  15. Northwestern Auto Supply in Grand Rapids, MI, might be a good source. Rapid service. I sent them a 52 Chrysler MC by Priority mail on a Friday and they shipped it back on Monday. Look them up on the internet for their 800 number. No catalog just call and talk to a real parts guy that knows his stuff.
  16. Garage is small 2 car. Just park 1 car and store a lot of crap I really don't need. So, 2 bulbs illuminate it just fine.
  17. I don't care what the PC environmentalists say, you can't beat good old fashioned incandescent bulbs and I'll stay with them until I die. Every time I find them on sale I buy a 4 pack of 100 watt. I use two 150 watts in my garage.
  18. From my lengthy post above you might think I worship at the Temple of the Gates. No, I do believe that Apple OS is much better, however, I work as an independent contractor in the evil hydrocarbon exploration and production industry. My work requires that my hardware and software interface with the information management systems of some of the largest corporation in the world and their systems do not work with the Apple OS and very few software developers even attempt to write applications for this business that interface with Apple.
  19. Ike I have not. It was basically one side of a commercial "swamp cooler" but constructed of wood instead of metal. He had a water sump at the bottom and used a small electic pump to circulate the water. Water level in the sump was maintained with a float controlled valve like that in a toilet, might have been a modified toilet valve, with a garden hose as the water source. Humidity in the house was high when in use and everything felt damp. My dad built in our driveway what was probably one of the first "okie motel" pickup campers. This was in 1951. He had my uncle to weld up the frame work which was 1 inch steel tubing. The frame sat in the three stake pockets on each side of the bed. He skinned it with aluminum. Windows were purchased at Spartan Aviation mobil home surplus store. (Google Spartan Executive and Spartan Manor. J. Paul Getty was the president and ran the factory during WW II). Remember this was during the Korean war and a couple of FBI agents visited my dad wanting to know where he sourced the aluminum and fortunately he had sales receipts from the metal dealer where he purchased it. He was a fireman (now PC term is firefighter) and sometimes on his off days he worked at Fruehauf Trailers so he had all of the metal working tools to build the camper. Back in that time people were very resourceful and men like my dad could do about everything including being a champ beer drinker (preferred brand was Greisedieck Brothers Pilsner from St. Louis).
  20. This is not legal advice as I am not an attorney. Find out from the county courthouse, probably the court clerk, where mechanic and materialman's liens are filed in your county, and, how long they have to be on file before you can foreclose the lien. File the lien in the proper office claiming unpaid storage fees and state the amount. Show the owner as the tenant that was evicted and unknown persons. After the required time has passed file a petition for foreclosure in the proper court, justice of the peace if your state has them. Print a notice of the pending foreclosure and sale in at newspaper of record in the county, again the county court clerk can give you the name of the newspaper. There will be a hearing before a judge and you state your claim and ask for a judgment. The judge will grant the judgment and order of foreclosure and sale. The county sheriff will set a sale date and place. If there are no other bidders you will be awarded the property in exchange for the judgment and the sheriff will issue a certificate or bill of sale. With the documents from the case the DMV should issue a new title. You can then dispose of the car however you see fit. You will need legal assistance for the preparation of the documents. If there is a law school near you contact them and you can get a law student to prepare the documents at no cost. If you will post the make (brand) and approximate year of the truck someone on here will tell you where the serial number is located. Prior to 1968 cars and trucks has serial numbers not VIN's.
  21. I don't know where you are located but I have always had good luck buying from Fry's Electronics. If you are near one of their stores logon their site and watch the weekly newspaper ads. The last two laptops I bought from Frys' were a Toshiba Satellite, 15.6 in screen, 4 GB ram, 500 GB HD, NO DVD, cost $238; other is a Fujitsu Lifebook, 15.6 in screen, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HD, DVD recorder/player, cost $248. I also buy Logitech K330 wireless keyboard and mouse package because I don't like the laptop keyboards. They are usually about $25 at Fry's. You can get a 1 TB external USB HD from Fry's for about $60 to $70, all the storage you should need for years. The Toshiba came with Windows 8.1 and the Fujitsu, purchased 6 months earlier, came with Windows 7. I bought a brand new unopened Windows 7 Pro DVD on Amazon for $40. I upgraded the Fujitsu from 7 to Windows 10. Now W 10 does not support one of the printers I use heavily, and, just this week I tried to pay my city utility bill online and the payment service does not support W 10. I also have two 24 in monitors that I got on sale at Fry's for less than $100 each. Both these laptops have an HDMI port so you can plug them into your big screen TV and watch movies, sports, play games, etc. Lots of Fry's sale merchandise can be purchased online. I live in Tulsa and the nearest fulfillment center is in Dallas and regular or free shipping never takes more than 2 days. My work takes me to Dallas and Houston so I have access to Fry's stores regularly. I first started shopping Fry's back in the 1990's when I lived in San Diego. There is a Microcenter store in Houston that I have shopped a few times. They have comparable prices to Fry's. The last laptop I had before I bought theses two was a Toshiba and I had it for 5 years before it gave up the ghost. I just can't bring myself to pay more than $250 for a computer and unless you are a "gamer" there is no need to spend a lot of money on a computer. For protection from virus, etc. I use Avast which was recommended by a local computer repair shop. It costs $29 per year and can be used on up to 3 machines. It is fiddle free, just install and forget. It runs automatically in the background and only if there is a problem will you see a message. I have had it for 2 years and not once have I had problem with compatibility with applications I use, unlike McAfee and some others. I have Microsoft Office 2013 applications which I purchased on DVD for about $120. Does not expire like MS Office 365 which you have to renew each year. Apache Open Office is very similar in user interface to MS Office and it can read and write MS file formats, and, best of all it is FREE on the internet. Just search "Apache Open Office".
  22. This is my personal experience and is not intended to discourage anyone from patronizing this vendor. I have a 52 Imperial which is basically the same car as the 54 New Yorker except for cosmetic updates. Chrysler products from 50 thru 55 used the Kelsey Hayes Vacu-brake booster. There are two models, one with internal valves and one with external valves. I spoke with Mr. Karp on the phone and he told me that he has the molds to make all of the rubber parts for these boosters. I had my mechanic to pull the booster, package it and ship it to Karp. A few days later my mechanic received a booster from Karp. Mechanic tells me it was not the same booster he sent as the mounting bracket was different. He modified the bracket to fit and installed it. He cannot get any pedal with the booster connected but can get pedal with it disconnected. Master cylinder was rebuilt and wheel cylinders are new. I have emailed Karp numerous times asking him to call and talk to my mechanic to advise him how to troubleshoot to isolate the problem. No response from Karp. Caveat emptor. One of the posters on this forum recommended Brake Materials & Parts Inc. in Fort Wayne. I emailed them and they responded immediately saying that they could help me and/or rebuild my booster. I'm going to phone Karp and ask him again to call my mechanic. I suspect the problem is the vacuum check valve between the booster and the engine. Shop manual says if check valve is faulty the booster receives no vacuum and will not function. My car is in Tulsa and I work short term contract jobs and right now I'm in Houston and will be here for a couple more months. Not being on location where I can go to the shop and make a nuisance of myself, it's had to get things done when they have real paying customers that have priority over me. Scott & Margaret BethkeBrake Materials & Parts Inc800 Sherman BlvdFort Wayne IN 46808 Phone: 260-426-3331Fax: 260-424-1331Email: BrakePartsSTOP@aol.com Website: http://www.BrakeMaterialsAndParts.webs.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/BrakeMaterialsAndParts
  23. Maybe someone with a Hollander's can give you the interchange info on your rear glass. There is a standard number system for auto glass. Your rear window will have a number unique to that glass regardless of the manufacturer and from that you can find all cars that used the same glass. Chances are that Chevy, Pontiac and small Olds and Buicks used the same rear glass. 2 and 4 door sedans may not use the same glass.
  24. The 51 thu 53 and 54 Chryslers with Fluid Drive or Fluid Torque drive have the long bellhousing block. With the introduction of the Powerflite automatic came the "short tail" block. 51 thur 53 heads are different than 54 and later heads with smaller valves and exhaust ports. Also, 51 thru 53 used regular reach spark plugs. 54 and later use 3/4 inch reach plugs. The plugs do not use the copper washers that come with plugs. The plug tube is the sealing gasket between the plug and head. The tubes were designed to be expendable and changed with plug changes during a scheduled tune-up. If you buy this car make a shop manual your first purchase. Easy to find used or new reproduction on epay.
  25. As Joe said there is not a big demand for 1950's 4 door Mopars. Convertibles and 2 door hardtops is a much better demand. The Coker tires and short tail hemi are probably half the value of the car.