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Hey fellas,

Been a busy last few years, did more car stuff last summer than usual. Member Frank P passed away last year and I helped his kids sort through his Plymouth stuff. I ended buying his roadster. We cruised it to the local shows around me quite a bit last summer. Below are a few shots from one of the threshing shows I bring stuff to and Frank use to meet me at. Couldn't pass up some sunset shots in front of a period correct gas pump! Also brought out the old original sedan and its a horse a piece for what gets more attention. Have to keep people (and kids) interested in this old stuff to keep it alive!

I plan on doing some videos on the cars this summer and will post them here when they are complete.

I do have some random parts from Franks collection I have to go through yet, so if anyone is looking for something odd I may have it. (that guy kept everything)

The national meet is in Minnesota this year and I plan to go for the first time. So if anyone is planning on making the trip let me know!

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I heard the show for 2024 is coming to Brainerd MN. Can anyone confirm more information about? And who plans on attending?

I know I need to become a member...
Member frankp (Frank Pistotnik) lost his battle with lung cancer this last Saturday.

I met Frank years ago when searching for info on my then newly acquired 29 Plymouth. Over the last 9 years he has came over and wrenched, gone with on a parts run road trip and annually would drive one of his 29's over to meet me at my hometown threshing show. (with a collector car corner) We had some good talks and he was a great resource for information. He will be missed.

I will post the live stream information for his service when available for those interested. It will be January 28th at 11am.

Service and live stream info > https://www.muellerbies.com/frankpistotnik
I got a real close look at some very rare cars this weekend. The Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion featured the National Case Expo. Case was (still is) a huge steam & gas tractor manufacturer in the late 1800's and early 1900's and one of the few tractor company's to survive all the buy outs and consolidations that ate up so many in the last century.

From the collectors page "The J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company purchased the Pierce Racine Automobile Company in August of 1910. From the start the Case Automobile was a high class car, and it is said, the best car one could buy for the price.  Do to declining sales and stiff competition from mass produced automobiles, the Case Company ceased production of automobiles in 1926/1927.  In total approximately 24,000 units were produced.  Today these cars are highly prized by collectors."

I read some where there are about 100 known to still exist. In the early hay days of autos, Henry Ford was cranking out more model T's in a week, than they produced in total. Due to the little screen I am working on, I'll make a new post for each car. See pictures below.

General Discussion / Stuck Piston Removal Trick
January 02, 2019, 06:39:54 PM
Dealing with old gas engines and parts for them, you occasionally get one that is seized.

2 summers ago I bought a tractor for parts. It was stored outside and one of the cylinders was seized. Presumably the one with the exhaust valve open. I broke it down into a parts pile after a short attempt at getting it unstuck. With no real plan of using that block, it wasn't high on my list of things to do. This last week I was getting the parts together and off to the machine shop for that project rebuild, and found I had different castings on the tractor i wanted to rebuild and now I want a matching pair which brings me back to the old parts pile. This engine configuration is much different than a standard design. The main part of the engine is actually used as the tractor frame. The "blocks" drop into it 2 cylinders each, with a one piece head that bolts across them horizontally. So with the head off there is not direct access to pound or press the piston out. To remove it without damage, grease does the trick. This thing was soaked with every type of concoction for prolonged periods of time. At the end of the day if you want it out, bush the spark plug hole to take a grease zerk. Get a lot of grease and borrow a power gun if available and you will get results. (look at the PSI rating on the sticker)

Stuff 4 Sale / Original 29 Plymouth For Sale (Not Mine)
December 18, 2018, 05:19:07 PM
Here I thought I had something unique, this thing is its twin. Same discolored hood paint, even has a trunk.

Someone replaced/updated the door handles to something else. Also looks to have a Stewart Werner vacuum canister (Not Kingston) But quite find!

General Discussion / Member Sighting - Nowthen MN Show
August 19, 2018, 11:58:25 AM
Met Frank for breakfast Saturday morning, we were doing our part to represent early Plymouth's in the car show portion of the Nowthen Threshing Show. Few laughs, few beers, some smart talk, fun day over all.

(I know someone will ask, the blue car in the far left of one of the pictures is a 28 Pontiac)

General Discussion / Post'em up.
November 12, 2017, 09:00:28 PM
Test thread for cool pictures. Here is my first crack at using Chet's new picture host. - On edit, (again) found the public share setting. Can you guys see the pictures? Size OK?
Wish I had these collectibles at my garage. Snapped with my I phone in the evening hours of the Nowthen Threshing show.

General Discussion / Daves's 1935 John Deere...
November 05, 2017, 05:45:41 PM
Had a busy summer, got the Plymouth rewired worked through some bugs and failed at fixing my radiator leak. At that point I was growing tired of working on her, and switched gears. Late summer and into fall the threshing shows start and I get tractor fever. (some of the reason I've been gone for a while, maybe no noticed lol)

I know this is a car forum, but you guys may get a kick out of the story and the early engineering of the equipment. Similar to the cars of the era, its interesting to see how it evolved. And like the car, I like to get things mechanically accurate and working the way they were intended when new. 

Tractor Story - My Grandpa grew in north central MN. Nice area, not a lot to do for money but farm. That is what his dad did and what he did for while before and after some time spent in the tail end of WWII. In the early 70's he decided to move down to the Twin Cities metro and get a descent paying job. (which he did) He had one tractor left (maybe the only one) when he moved and had no reason to bring it to a neighborhood in a Twin Cities suburb. So it was sold to a family friend / neighbor up north. This was a 1935 B John Deere that was on the farm since he was a kid. (My Great Grandpas) He would bring it up once in while, kinda wishing he still had it. I bought an old Minneapolis Moline to restore, when he was still around, and my dad still farms and we members of tractor clubs. The interest never leaves, but when there are reminders it helps.

A number of years back I asked one of my great uncles if know the guy who bought it. He said he did and would ask if he had any interest in parting with it. He said no. Kind of put it out of mind and did not give another thought. So September this year, I get a message out of the blue. My great uncle ran into him (they live in the same area, small towns) and he was wondering if that fella was still interested in that old tractor. Indeed I was. So I contacted him and actually met up with at a tractor show in September and made arrangements to pick it up. He is 90 years old (same age as my grandpa would be) and just starting to get ready to part with some of his collection.

So roughly 44 years later, my Great Grandpas tractor is back in the family. After some light mechanical touch ups, I put it work! I buy stuff to use!

Maybe some of you have seen this, interesting land speed race car. Crazy engine spec's.

"The huge four cylinder engine has a 7.5-inch bore x 9.843-inch stroke with a 1729 c.i.d. (28 liters) and it produces 300-h.p; each cylinder displaces 432 c.i."

It lives http://theoldmotor.com/?p=133946

Test drive http://theoldmotor.com/?p=141582

Engine build http://theoldmotor.com/?p=122246

History http://theoldmotor.com/?p=134463

General Discussion / American Car Brochures
February 25, 2015, 08:50:57 PM
Someone passed this onto me via email today. Its someones auto blog and a lot of people have contributed by scanning in their collection of antique and classic advertisements as well as other things. There are 5 for the 29 Ply and many others. I know the URL seems a little odd, but there is a bunch of interesting stuff there.

General Discussion / 28 for sale
August 25, 2014, 04:55:04 PM

First car on the page. Any takers............................................
I ordered a 6 volt electric pump to get me rolling while I find (hope to someday) a replacement vacuum canister. Its the lowest pressure (I can find) available, 2.5 - 4 PSI. Does anyone know roughly what PSI these gravity fed carburetors can handle? It is suppose to be internally regulated, so I should not need a return line. Just wondering what other guys have done. I may try and choke it down with a needle valve if I have to.
Found this entertaining. Starts a little weird but man they try and kill these cars. I like them hitting the rail road ties at speed,(@ 3:28) and then showing it in slow motion. Might total most small cars today.

General Discussion / Dave's 1929 U Resto project
November 04, 2013, 02:42:35 PM
Well the battle starts. The first thing I wanted to do with this car is try and get her running, see how it sounds and have any problems hopefully show themselves right away. Well I need a part or two. See below Pics.

General Discussion / New to the forum...
October 29, 2013, 11:36:04 PM
Hi guys new to the forum and these old Plymouth's. Here's my story.

So I sold a toy recently and I was kinda looking for my classic Olds I have always wanted. I took a stroll through a local classic car consignment place just to see what they had. He was showing me cars none which where what I was looking for or in a price range I wanted. I was about to leave when I had mentioned a Craigslist barn find I saw (Ford model T) and it was gone in with in 24 hrs, he said well you have to see this. An original 1929 Plymouth U fresh from the barn and very good condition. I gave it a quick look and went on my way. Well I came back the next week for a closer look after not being able to not get it out of my head, you just don't find cars this old in this condition.  I bought it after a closer inspection.

So I start my mission to seek out parts and info and stumble across Franks barn find thread, yep the one I just picked up. So I contacted him asking a few questions, and he was nice enough to come out and loan me his manuals. Big thanks to you Frank.

Little more background I come from Rogers MN, 5th generation farm family. This car comes from Rogers MN, 1 family has had it since it was new. Ellingson classic cars has the contact info for the former owners. They had planned on restoring it, but for some reason had to let it go. I plan on contacting them and getting more info. Chances are someone in my family knows of them.

I plan on starting a build thread and post pictures as I get time. I'll get into the details soon.