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Update on my > Award Winning 28Q <.... and where are those Rings?
« on: September 22, 2008, 04:10:46 AM »
Hello again,
    I have been lurking in snail mail world, and have finally taken time to get online again!  I have had my 28Q out a number of times, but she smokes heavily out of the oil breather/filler cap and into the cabin space... after every drive I can literally taste my car for about a day or two, so I can honestly say it is IN-MY-BLOOD!

    Last week I was given another promotion at Home Hardware, I am now THE assistant manager of the store [although I was pretty much doing this job already anyway...], not just a manager, and of course it means more money for more toys!  I was not completely suprised by the promotion, I knew it was works, but did not expect it now, or with such a substantial raise so immediately.

   I am going to buy a car trailer as a result and I am thinking of buying a fully loaded extended cab 2001 Dodge Ram2500 Larime SLT 4x4 with a 5.9L [360 auto] with leather, etc. as a tow vehicle for the '28Q, has anyone had any experience good or bad with these?  It is a US model with 73,000 miles on the odometer.  I think the mileage is ok, but the used car dealer is asking $13,995 for it, is this too much?  Am I going overboard for a two vehicle?  I was thinkging it is better to have more power, and work the truck say not as hard as you might a smaller one???

  This weekend I had the car out for it's longest trip yet, to the town of Rothesay NB, a bedroom community of Saint John for the Valley Cruisers 27th annual car show in the arena there.  There were approx. 60 cars there, and the participants did the judging, there were 12 categories in all, one for people's choice, participants choice, and car you would most like to take home, as well as the antique, street rod, cruiser, etc. classes...  I spent a few hours there on Saturday, then had to work today and got back just in time to be the last car out of the my amazement I had won third in a field of 6-8 antiques, being beat by a near spotless 1956 T-Bird and a truely stunning 1960 T-Bird in a silvery/blue color.  I truely did not think I would win out over the others either, as they had all been fully restored, but the old Q really held her own.  She did me prowd by not only making it there without a problem, but making it all the way home without needing to add water or oil!  She will get another oil change tomorrow - it's the least I can do after such a long run and only burning a 1/4 of a tank of gas.  My mom's 1999 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor burnt more gas than my 1928!

    Although it was the end of summer today, it was a beautiful day to drive the 28Q home, the air was warm but not too warm, the sun bright and the road long but smooth. Aaaahhhh.... relaxing!

  The other day I took the advice of a friend (the friend who played the role of a carburator when we first got her running) and added a bottle of STP Oil Treatment.  Note this is not a 'Slick 50' type addative, but it is a thick molasses like oil additive that does not contain Teflon.  That really made the old car run much better.  The oil is quite cean all things considered, I mean no oil filter and such.  I am thinking about putting one of those very strong rare earth magnets on the outside of my drain plug as a metal particulate grabber as I can see a few sparkly bits in the oil from time to time.  Has anyone tried this or have any negative things to say?  I am thinking that the drain plug is the best place, as I always clean it thoroughly before putting it back in the pan.

    I bought the engine gasket set from Gasket city, and was very pleased to see just how complet it really is.  I think I will order a few extra head gaskets just in case.  Before I tear the motor down I would like to pick up a set of stock size rings, I have a set of 060 over pistons, but would prefer not to have to use them, I am hoping that the original pistons are still ok.  I do not want to take the motor apart without having the rings, so if anyone knows a source please let me know.

    One last thing, I noticed the taillight sticking on on my 28Q and found it to be the pressure switch.  Where did you get the correct replacements?

Happy Motoring!!

Chris Osborne
Saint John, New Brunswick


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Re: Update on my > Award Winning 28Q <.... and where are those Rings?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008, 03:28:29 AM »

Congratulations on the promotion and also on your first car show award.  It also sounds like you might want to be careful with the oil and exhaust fumes.

Do you plan to rebuild the motor yourself or are you going to send the block out for rework. I would be very interested in that project and your outcome. 

Have you done a compression check yet?  I am also curious on the result of a compression test.   If you pop off the head take some pictures and post them. 

Good luck with the car, and thanks for the update.   

Maybe someone else can help you with the parts search,

PS… You might try Terrill Machine Inc. -  They rebuild flatheads.  A couple of years back these guys didn't have what I needed but recommended someone who could help me on another project.  They are in Texas, might be worth a call... 254-893-2610.  If you reach them let us know if they can help with the motor parts.

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Re: Update on my > Award Winning 28Q <.... and where are those Rings?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 05:48:16 AM »
Hastings has been making rings since before Plymouths were made.  You can order a brand new set for about $75.

Hastings Manufacturing
Company, LLC
325 North Hanover Street.
Hastings, Michigan 49058
Phone (269) 945-2491
Fax (269) 945-4667

The same brake pressure switch was used on many cars up through the early 1950s.  Should be able to find one at your local NAPA store.
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Re: Update on my > Award Winning 28Q <.... and where are those Rings?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2008, 02:32:18 AM »
    Thank you very much once again for the information!!!

Chris Osborne
Saint John, NB