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General Discussion / Re: oil pressure
« on: April 22, 2010, 12:12:49 AM »
Hi Rusty,

Just a ramble that probably has no barring on your problem but something that I have noticed with my car and I am not totally sure if it’s a problem or not.  When I first purchased my car I did my first oil change.  The Plymouth instruction booklet stated that the required engine oil content was 1 gallon.   After adding the required amount I noticed that my dipstick only registered to the half full point.  I didn’t want to over fill the oil pan so I assumed that maybe the dipstick was not the original stick.  When driving, if I was down a half a quart I would start to loose oil pressure.  So consequentially I started adding additional oil but still the oil level doesn’t come to the full mark.  I have since wondered if maybe I have a non stock oil pan that maybe required additional oil, but I have not yet figured out what the problem is or if there is a problem at all.  I was wondering if there is any adjustment on the oil input tubing that may be out of adjustment ??  I still don’t totally understand why my dipstick only registers half full with 1 gallon of oil in the pan ???

Just a ramble,  Chet…

General Discussion / Re: oil pressure
« on: April 21, 2010, 03:44:55 AM »

Have you tried a modern oil pressure gauge hook up?  Maybe your gauge is broken or the oil line to the gauge is clogged. ??


General Discussion / Re: photo request
« on: April 17, 2010, 10:08:58 PM »

The setup on the 29 might be a tad different then the 30U.  Unfortunately I can't send a picture currently my car and I are in two different states.  I could post one next weekend if no one else does.


General Discussion / Re: 4Dr sill plates
« on: April 17, 2010, 10:05:04 PM »
Could you post a picture once you get them installed.

Tks Chet...

General Discussion / Re: Exhaust hangers
« on: April 07, 2010, 03:57:19 PM »
I thought this Lube Chart taken from the 29 Instruction Booklet might be helpful.  When I bought my car the tail pipe was cut off just before the rear axle.  I bought a pipe setup, which was suppose to be for the 29 but it didn’t seem to go around the axle and sufficiently clear the gas tank.  Working with the owner of a local muffler shop we fabricated a bend that provides the exhaust at the rear of the passenger side wheel well.  (Not correct for the Plymouth but I believe like a Modal A)  The problem with the Lube Chart is that it doesn’t show the tail pipe extending past the gas tank rear top cover. ?  Oversight or reality I don’t know ?


General Discussion / Re: oil pressure
« on: April 05, 2010, 01:46:39 AM »

I wouldn’t suspect the vacuum fuel pump.  Mine is hooked up for show only and while running the oil pump is just sucking air and has no negligible affect on the oil pressure.  With no spark plugs installed the oil pump should be able to pump up some pressure after a reasonably long crank.  Are you sure the pump gear is engaged and working properly. ?  If so you may have an air leak on the oil side or intake tubing.  If so even if the pump is working properly it would be easier to suck air then the heavy oil.

Just my thoughts,  Chet…

General Discussion / Re: oil pressure
« on: March 31, 2010, 12:42:30 AM »

I would check the oil pump by disconnecting the oil input line and cranking the engine for a short time with your finger over the input to the oil pump.  It should present some suction pressure.  If not you can remove the cover and put some grease around the exocentric chamber to produce a better seal.   Fire the engine up using some starter fluid and if the pressure doesn’t come right up shut her down and troubleshoot the pump.  I wouldn’t run her longer then 3 - 4 seconds to fill the input tube.  If the pressure doesn’t come right up something is wrong.   If this fails, squirt some oil into the cylinders to protect the rings and cylinder walls.  I said fire the engine up in that cranking might not be enough to bring the oil up the tube to the pump.

Another thing you could try is removing the spark plugs this way you can increase the cranking RPMs without straining the engine.   This may allow you to bring up some oil pressure.

You could always tighten the pressure relief valve a turn or three by screwing it into the engine so that any oil pressure developed would be applied to the engine parts rather then the oil pan but I wouldn’t expect this as a problem in that the spring should keep the valve closed even at the lightest setting.  

My 2 cents, doesn’t mean it is correct ?  Just what I would do.

My thoughts,  Chet…

PS,  You could remove the oil pump front cover and make sure the exocentric is turning.

General Discussion / Re: steering wheel
« on: March 30, 2010, 01:10:41 PM »
Great info, Thanks


General Discussion / Re: steering wheel
« on: March 29, 2010, 06:31:23 PM »

In your original post below step 5 said “Remove the steering controls, just pull them out.”.  How does the horn button cover come off.  Does that come loose with the control arms ??

Thanks, I will have to go down this path someday in the future,


General Discussion / Forum Icon
« on: March 23, 2010, 12:45:27 AM »
Dear All,

You may have noticed the forum icon which appears below.

I thought I would let you know where I found it and where it originated.  When I was a teenager I visited the 1964/65 Worlds Fair in Flushing, NY.  The icon was made from my original entry ticket to the Chrysler exhibit. 

It was a great time filled with wonderful thoughts for what the future would be like in the year 2000 and beyond.  Space travel was the talk of the day.  Stereo & Color TV were the new technologies and computers were just SciFi.   Well we are not flying around in Jetson’s cars but that’s probably a good thing since I am not a lover of high places.  My family’s first car was a 65 Plymouth Fury and since then a number of Chrysler Products have followed me home. 

I just thought I would share the reasoning behind the icon. 


General Discussion / Re: Changing a tire on my 29U coupe
« on: March 22, 2010, 06:18:31 PM »

Attached are the directions for using the Atlas Split Rim Tool.  Once you have collapsed the split rim it is the same as changing a bicycle tire.

I hope this helps and I will post a copy of the doc in the Technical section.

Good Luck, see attached pdf file


General Discussion / Re: gas gauge
« on: March 22, 2010, 02:45:43 PM »

The gauge assembly should some how be attached to the plate that the cover screws on to.  My gauge was completely gone and I replaced it with a modified repro Ford gauge.  The only original parts were the base plate and the cap. 

See link for details:


Any pictures you could provide would be helpful. 

Tks,  Chet…

General Discussion / Re: 4Dr sill plates
« on: March 05, 2010, 02:15:19 PM »

If you are talking about the metal window trim pieces, they popup on ePay every now and again.  Body parts are generally a hard find.



Nice car Bob.

I think the 32 & 33 are examples of the best cars Plymouth made in the decade.  After the depression, labor and materials were cheep and the cars of that era were really spectacular in comparison to the previous 28 & 29 model years.

Welcome to the forum,  Chet...

General Discussion / Re: Exhaust hangers
« on: March 04, 2010, 11:49:01 PM »


Does the tail pipe go straight out past the rear bumper or does it curve out at the rear wheel well.

I curved mine out at the Passenger side wheel well because there didn’t seem to be enough room to get around the gas tank.  I would be very interested in seeing how it was originally mounted


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