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General Discussion / Re: Steering Wheel Switch Wiring
« on: April 15, 2009, 11:01:05 PM »
Doug,

The center wire in the steering column is grounded when you press the horn button.   So this wire is providing the horn with the Plus (+) side of the battery.   The other horn terminal should be going to the Negative side of the battery to complete the circuit.  In the Plymouth diagram this connection is coming from the fuse under the dash, going to the horn, then off to the terminal on the steering wheel switch to complete the path for voltage to your lights.   If the fuse or connections are bad you can connect to any negative path but I would put a fuse in this circuit to protect your wiring.

I am not sure about the numbers, my switch has no numbers or I can't read any ???

Be careful connecting wires in the Plymouth if they are not fused.  You can smoke the wires real quickly.  Use any 10 or 15 Amp fuse to protect your original wiring.

I hope this helps,  Chet…

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General Discussion / Re: Horn Bracket Question for 29U
« on: April 06, 2009, 02:21:10 PM »

Mine is the same as the one Rich described.

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General Discussion / Re: Radiator Gasket
« on: March 25, 2009, 11:33:21 PM »

Wow,

Rodney that is some kind of adventure.., for sure.  That is like driving to Florida and back for me.  I have concerns driving large distances only because of the speeds that modern roads demand on our cars.  If I could keep to a 30 – 35 mph regiment I would be fine with a long trip. 

Please keep us posted on your progress.  A picture per day would be great if you could swing it and we will be here to offer any advice and cheer you on form the peanut gallery. 

GREAT ADVENTURE…  :o :o :o

They say that there is only on day in life that is of any importance.

Yesterday is past and gone.  Tomorrow hasn’t come yet, so there is only Today.    Enjoy….

Chet…

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General Discussion / Re: Radiator Gasket
« on: March 25, 2009, 06:12:39 PM »

P.S I want to replace the spark plug leads, will modern ones be suitable if so what kind?


Rodney,

I am a firm believer in the expression, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

If your car is running well, not missing, and the wires are not cracked or have white spots from arching then you may want to let it go.  If not, going to a modern auto parts supplier might present a problem in that they usually sell sets that are precut for the car you have and I doubt if your 29 is in their computer.   Also modern high energy ignition systems use resistive wires which may present a problem with your low energy coil.

If you find a local supplier of farm equipment or antique car parts they may have roll wire that they could cut to your desired lengths.   The coil to distributor wire is pretty long.

Or you could by a set from a supplier like Andy Bernbaum.  See link below.  Be cautioned that customer service isn’t one of their strong suites but they ship fast and prices are OK.

http://www.oldmoparts.com/k.htm

Good luck,  Chet…

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General Discussion / Re: Radiator Gasket
« on: March 24, 2009, 01:18:39 AM »
Hi Rodney,

How did your car run?  Were you able to take the test drive?

Chet…

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General Discussion / Re: Steering Wheel Switch Wiring
« on: March 19, 2009, 11:41:21 PM »
Rich,

The steering wheel switch is a good one.  When I rewired my car I rang out that switch with an ohmmeter to determine which post was which.  I regret that I didn’t make a diagram and it’s been too long a time to remember with any accuracy.   If I ever get my car out of storage this year I will have to go back and diagram that item.  Whether the switch ever had any markings or not.., I am not sure but  I couldn’t find any on mine.

Chet...

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General Discussion / Re: Radiator Gasket
« on: March 18, 2009, 03:47:23 PM »
Rodney,

I wouldn’t use cork.  This flange needs to be tightened down pretty good and cork will flatten and deform.  I don’t know about the rubber but I would suspect a similar reaction but certainly not to the same degree as cork.  Also rubber may not like the temperature of the head, I don’t really know what the advantages and disadvantages are.   The standard paper gasket materiel should work fine with some gasket sealer.  Probably almost anything will work, the water system isn’t pressurized.    My car just had silicon, which I replaced with a proper gasket after I fix a stripped screw hole.  The flange was only tightened properly on one side.  I guess that’s why the previous owner choose silicon.

Hope this helps,  Chet…



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General Discussion / Re: Radiator Gasket
« on: March 18, 2009, 02:18:53 AM »
Rodney,

The gasket is a typical paper gasket.  Here in the US any auto parts store sells gasket material.  Check with your local auto parts store and they should have the proper material. Tell them it is used between the head and the hose tube.   I’m old fashion ( you can guess that from the car’s I drive ) so I don’t generally use silicon.  Just regular gasket material and some gasket glue.

My 2 cents,  Chet…

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General Discussion / Chrysler's best from past to present...
« on: February 21, 2009, 03:08:10 AM »

This link was from a post on another car forum.  I thought you guys would appreciate the photos.

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Here is a photo gallery from KTLA.com it is a local TV Station in LA. The name of the gallery is "Chrysler's best from past to present”

http://www.ktla.com/photo_gallery_landing/?galleryID=6530#68552


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General Discussion / Ready To Crush Your Car ?
« on: February 04, 2009, 02:34:22 PM »
  Ready To Crush Your Car?
« Reposted from POC web forum  ( January 27, 2009, 11:57:35 PM )»

I thought this might interest some of you so as directed in the text.., I am passing it on: 

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http://www.houstonmopars.org/scrappage-alert-2009.html

The Dems are on the loose!  Say good by to our cars.  Read and pass along!

I found this section ominous:
 
"Many of you may wonder how this will affect the old car hobby.
It will affect us immediately in some ways and eventually in
others. There will be an immediate reduction in older parts available
for restoration and project cars. Old cars will be looked upon
as detrimental to the environment, and will be labeled as such.
Most government programs and initiatives such as this start out
as “voluntary”. They then become permanent, and we may all
be compelled to rid ourselves of older cars, or prevented from
driving them. In addition, body shops and auto service related
businesses will dwindle in number, driving up repair costs. Trust
that once old cars are labeled as gross polluters due to this
legislation, we will be forced into emissions testing, or even paying
carbon taxes on our cars. There is even the possibility of federal
auto registrations to keep track of these older cars. You and your
hobby will be affected by this legislation."
 
I also read a comment from the California Air Board saying that all old
cars belong in museums, not on the road.
 
Remember,SEMA has an alert online now:
 
http://www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62505

 
A message from Tom Cox
 
Hello All,
 
Some of you are no doubt aware that the Senate and Congress
are considering funding another ill advised cash for clunkers
program. In the past, such scrappage programs have been largely
funded and administered at the State Level. Unfortunately,
the Senate and Congress are poised to ram a stimulus package
through within thirty days of the inauguration. Many
representatives in both Houses, at the urging of car dealers and
manufacturers, are petitioning the Obama transition team to support
a Federal scrappage program funded in excess of 1.5 Billion
dollars as part of the stimulus package.
 
The belief is that low income families will trade their clunker for
approximately $1,500.00 from Uncle Sam, and then rush to buy
a new car. In addition, it is believed that buying  and scrapping
these 13 year old and older cars will clean the air.
Both assumptions are heavily flawed.
 
Many of the cars traded in under this plan would have been
driven sparingly, if at all, and many would likely come from
junkyards and junk dealers. Additionally, these vehicles aged
13 years and older are a minimal part of the pollution problem
due to their small numbers and minimal annual mileage driven.
This is another feel good proposition that never accomplishes
anything, but making bureaucrats feel useful rather than
addressing true causes of air pollution.
 
Low income families will never be able to run out to buy a new
car simply because someone gave them $1,500. New cars cost
far more than that. $1,500.00 will not cover taxes, DMV fees,
and the higher insurance required on most new vehicles. Not
only will these lower income folks not be able to access a new
under this plan. Accordingly, they will be limited to working
in areas serviced only by public transportation, which will trap
many in deteriorating metropolitan areas without access to better
jobs. In addition to the motorists affected, auto body shops, general
repair shops, auto parts companies, and many others in our back
yard will be affected negatively through the scrapping of these
cars.
 
Many of you may wonder how this will affect the old car hobby.
It will affect us immediately in some ways and eventually in
others. There will be an immediate reduction in older parts available
for restoration and project cars. Old cars will be looked upon
as detrimental to the environment, and will be labeled as such.
Most government programs and initiatives such as this start out
as “voluntary”. They then become permanent, and we may all
be compelled to rid ourselves of older cars, or prevented from
driving them. In addition, body shops and auto service related
businesses will dwindle in number, driving up repair costs. Trust
that once old cars are labeled as gross polluters due to this legis-
lation, we will be forced into emissions testing, or even paying
carbon taxes on our cars. There is even the possibility of federal
auto registrations to keep track of these older cars. You and your
hobby will be affected by this legislation.
 
If politicians really want to help in these times of crisis by
selling cars, while cleaning the air they should support the following
instead of Cash for Clunkers:
 
* Allow an above-the-line tax deduction for interest, sales and
excise taxes associated with the purchase of a new car as put forth
provide a tax credit/voucher for everyone towards the purchase
Provide tax credits to help repair or maintain an older vehicle
since this employs the folks who make the parts, sell them,
install them etc.
 
* Provide tax credits to help repair or maintain an older vehicle
since this employs the folks who make the parts, sell them,
install them etc. This will offer the owner added performance,
since maintenance and not age is the greatest factor affecting air
pollution from vehicles.
 
It has come to my attention that Congressman Rich Boucher (D)
of Virginia, Chairman of the  House Subcommittee on Energy
and Air Quality, is a major driving force behind this legislation.
Please write him via the E-mail link on his web site below, or
BETTER YET, contact his Washington office at:
 
Congressman Rick Boucher
Washington, D.C. 20515
202-225-3861 (It only takes a minute to call!)
202-225-0442 (fax)
 

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General Discussion / Re: Model Q Body number plate
« on: February 02, 2009, 02:16:12 PM »

Dave,

On Sunday I could make a tracing and mail it to you.  It might be helpful if you are fabracating a tag.

Chet...


Dave,

Sorry I never got this done.  I am heading over to the storage facility today so I will email you a scan.  This should be better then a tracing.

Chet...

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General Discussion / Re: rod bearing
« on: February 02, 2009, 02:06:09 PM »

Any progress with the bearing problem.?

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General Discussion / Re: rod bearing
« on: January 27, 2009, 12:55:29 AM »
Jim,

I feel your pain.  If you have a modal A Ford engine rebuilder in your immediate area maybe he could replace the bearing for you.   It wouldn’t hurt to ask “Then & Now Auto Services” see the link below.   If they don’t do this they might be able to steer you in the right direction.

http://www.maritimedragracing.com/then_and_now_automotive___se.htm

Chet...

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General Discussion / Re: rod bearing
« on: January 25, 2009, 07:33:48 PM »
Hay Jim,

A picture would be worth a thousand words. 

Are you saying that when you first start up, oil pressure is low and the bearing knocks but after a time the pressure goes up and the nock goes away?   If this be the case and you are sure which bearing it is you may be able to remove some spacers (if available) on the bearing cap to tighten the bearing. 

Also I don’t see any reason why you could not just change the one connecting rod bearing, but I’m a shade tree mechanic so my opinion isn’t worth much.  You need to talk with a engine rebuilder.   Also try an inquiry on the POC page or contact the POC’s 4 cylinder technical expert.

Good luck Chet…

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General Discussion / Re: Plymouth in the snow
« on: January 21, 2009, 02:37:27 AM »
What a great picture. Definitely would make a wonderful Christmas Card.

It's been really cold here in Virginia for quite a spell.., actually all over the northeast.  Someone mentioned in a conference call this morning “Where is global warming when you need it.”

Chet…

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