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General Discussion / Re: Wheel size and model year.
« on: September 05, 2013, 02:04:46 AM »
Although I have the 20" wood wheels, I put Lester's on a couple years ago (black wall) and really like them.  Prior to that, there were Lester WW on the car for over 20 years.

General Discussion / Re: Carburetor Adjustment Question
« on: July 19, 2013, 07:24:42 PM »


General Discussion / Re: Radiator fluid
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:57:42 PM »
Just as a thought. Could adding coolant stop thermosyphon effect. My understanding of thermo cooling systems is that the water needs to get hot and expand to start circulating. So by adding coolant this might stop water expansion ( i know it will expand but maybe not enough) and also increase the boiling point.
What do you think?
Maybe reduce the mix to like 30/70 coolant/water
I use just rust inhibitor which has a very slight coolant content. Never had a problem with overheating. In fact it works very well.

I believe "yes" to this.  I used to run 50/50 and had occasional overheating.  I had read on some tractor sights about the thermosiphon system and they recommended more water (distilled) than coolant because it DOES effect the system.  That's why I use approximately a 70/30 mix (mostly water) and keep it full.

General Discussion / Re: Radiator fluid
« on: July 09, 2013, 05:47:37 PM »
Distilled water...more water than coolant...maybe 60/40 or 70/30 mix.

General Discussion / Re: Carburetor Adjustment Question
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:22:09 PM »
Here's a photo of the screw and spring...does this look like yours?


General Discussion / Re: Carburetor Adjustment Question
« on: July 01, 2013, 05:41:21 PM »
Thanks guys...still a little confused with the different answers  :)

If anyone else wants to weigh in and check this area out with their car running, that would be great.  If this IS normal, than no worries.  If not, then I guess I need to replace the screw. :-\

General Discussion / Carburetor Adjustment Question
« on: June 30, 2013, 08:44:50 PM »

I was working on the car today and "playing" with the idle control screw/fuel-air mixture screw (#5 in the instruction book) and noticed that while fine tuning to what I though was a good setting, there seemed to be a "hissing" sound (air) coming from that part.  That is, I could place my fingers on the screw itself which would stop the hissing/air, as if the screw was loose inside the housing.

My first thought was/is this is not normal and there shouldn't be any leak/suction (air) here.  Am I correct in this?  If so, is the screw somehow worn out causing excessive play?

Has anyone had this issue before or is this normal operation?



General Discussion / Re: Quiet time
« on: May 31, 2013, 03:02:05 PM »

On the spark plugs, I use either Champion D16 or AC C87...I put the AC's in since the car most recently since it came with AC originally, so I'm told.


General Discussion / Re: Plymouth Wire Wheels
« on: April 23, 2013, 05:06:30 AM »
Any idea on these wheels?  They're cheap, but I don't want to buy if they're not correct.

General Discussion / Re: Plymouth Wire Wheels
« on: April 22, 2013, 03:28:43 PM »
Here are the photos:

General Discussion / Plymouth Wire Wheels
« on: April 22, 2013, 05:20:02 AM »

I found a fellow in Florida a couple of hours from me who says he has '30-31 Plymouth wire wheels.  I have seen the photos (I can try to post soon) and they look to be complete and all orignal and have the drums attached.  They are 19" wheels.

I was curious to know if these would fit the '29 and if they would be the correct optional wheel.  This is how they are described:

"I've come across a real nice set of four 30-31 Plymouth wheels.  They are just as I found them, unrestored, but in very good shape.  I think the spokes would all adjust if soaked a bit.  There is also a stamping on each one in the drop center that indicates they were made by FIRESTONE 6-31 and that they are 19 inch (fyi, also 3 inches wide)."

Please let me know any thoughts or concerns...thanks! 

General Discussion / Re: Fuel Line Photos
« on: April 22, 2013, 05:14:29 AM »
Thanks Kim and Ian!  This helps and I think mine is in the correct area...there are clips along the frame rail where a piece of original line was so I think I'll be good.

On another note, does any one know if a compression fitting or flare fitting was used on the line at the tank?  There is a compression fitting there the carb, there is a flare fitting (the long type).  All the brake lines under the car have the flare fittings...I'm curious if all the fittings (fuel, brake) should be the flare type?

General Discussion / Fuel Line Photos
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:00:43 PM »
Would anyone happen to have any photos of how the stock fuel line is run underneath the car from the tank up to the vacuum canister?  I have a pretty good idea, but would like to see any photos that anyone on here may have.

Thanks for your help!


I forgot to mention that the reason I like to circulate the oil a little (with ignition key off) prior to me starting the car is because if I don't, the car knocks until the oil pressure comes up, which could be a few seconds.  Circulating it first helps with that, although it still knocks a little (1-2 sec) before the pressure comes up.  If I don't circulate at all, she'll knock for 3-5 seconds before pressure comes up...sounds terrible and I worry about possible damage.  Maybe this is somewhat normal for these cars?  Again, this is regarding cold starts.  Warm starts, she fires right up, no choke, etc.

Thanks for the feedback!

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