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highduster
Posted 2019-02-13 3:38 PM (#578172 - in reply to #137962)
Subject: Re: 1959 Plymouth with Perkins Diesel


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Thanks for the info on "carpet". When you found NOS rubber, was it still pliable? I'm afraid that it may have aged on the shelf as bad as mine in the car. It doesn't bend, it cracks!
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ABloch
Posted 2019-02-13 6:56 PM (#578179 - in reply to #137962)
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Surprisingly it was. I went to SMS one day and took a look at a few that he had, still in boxes and they were very brittle. Just lucky for me I suppose.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-02-13 8:22 PM (#578186 - in reply to #137962)
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The 6 cylinder stick shift cars usually got 3.73 gears, wonder if they went down a few ratios to account for the low RPM torque of the diesel. The right gears and a turbo and you'll be in business!
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Dave L.
Posted 2019-02-13 8:51 PM (#578187 - in reply to #137962)
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I know I posted this on another thread before, but here it is again.



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highduster
Posted 2019-02-13 9:16 PM (#578189 - in reply to #137962)
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Thanks again for all the help and the ad copy. I had located Chrysler's taxi brochure, but no mention of a diesel being available. Their estimate of top speed seems like an exaggeration. All the fabric for my 60 came from SMS. Took a while to receive it, but it's nice. I'll look for a tag on the rear, or do the old fashioned count the revs for a close guess.
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Phil_the_frenchie
Posted 2019-02-14 4:37 AM (#578197 - in reply to #137962)
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I had a friend who have a '47 DeSoto limo with a 4cyl Perkins diesel (and manual 4 speeds transmission), max speed was around 65-70 kmh (40-45 mph) !!!! Every time he drove the car nobody wanted to be behind the car, cause speed and .... smoke !

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Mike McCandless
Posted 2019-02-14 6:29 AM (#578199 - in reply to #137962)
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I have 2 diesels if someone wants to make an offer
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highduster
Posted 2019-02-14 7:41 AM (#578200 - in reply to #137962)
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This engine really smoked when it ran for the first time in 40 plus years. It died down a little on it's own, I guess as the rings reseated and some of the junk blew out. But it still was visible and burned your eyes! Then I started tweaking the fuel injection pump timing and got the smoke down to almost invisible by advancing it a little. Still smells, but not nearly as much.
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highduster
Posted 2019-02-14 9:32 PM (#578229 - in reply to #137962)
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Mike:
PM or email me about those diesels. After my experiences with this one, I could use some spare parts!
Thanks
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SavoyPlaza
Posted 2019-02-15 5:29 AM (#578236 - in reply to #137962)
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Easy, Ed! Are you thinking of starting your own FL taxi fleet? ha ha

Just kidding, I do like the updates on this rare beast. Thanks for posting!
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highduster
Posted 2019-07-07 4:27 PM (#584522 - in reply to #137962)
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I've got it driving now, with an antique car license. It gets lots of attention at local cruise-ins. Will try to upload short videos. Still in desperate need of a manual steering box.
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Powerflite
Posted 2019-07-07 5:16 PM (#584524 - in reply to #137962)
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I have a manual steering column available from a '58 Dodge if you are interested. I *think* it is the same as the Plymouth.
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westaus29
Posted 2019-07-11 8:56 PM (#584721 - in reply to #584522)
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Great to see this baby has been rescued by someone who has the time to give it the TLC it needs to preserve it! It certainly adds a side to the Chrysler story which many of us may not have known, and has generated quite a lot of info from members in the know.
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highduster
Posted 2019-07-11 10:00 PM (#584726 - in reply to #584721)
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She's on her way to good health. Torqueflite had the steering box I needed, should be here in a couple of weeks. She's fairly roadworthy, other than the loose steering. I think I'll head off the environmental enforcers by replacing the fuel tank which has a constant slow diffused drip. I hope to purchase a new one and have it modified for the fuel return required on diesels.
All additional knowledge is welcome, as this is my first venture into diesels. I'm headed to an antique tractor show tomorrow at the request of one of the participants. We'll see if the interest is as high there as it is among the car guys at the cruise-ins.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2019-07-11 10:43 PM (#584727 - in reply to #137962)
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Highduster, I think you'll steal the show! If you still have that Borg Warner overdrive that was in the trunk of the car, get that set up and into the car. Add a turbo and then it won't be so slow AND you'll have great fuel economy. Can't wait to see videos of this running and driving and great to hear another FL car is back on the road!
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GregCon
Posted 2019-07-13 8:23 AM (#584758 - in reply to #137962)
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Well....adding a turbo would kill this car IMO. A car like this has to be as stock as possible.
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