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1960fury
Posted 2017-08-25 12:31 PM (#546998 - in reply to #546993)
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imopar380 - 2017-08-25 12:03 PM

the clutch fan, referenced in above post!



excellent piece, at least it looks like the mopar performace 5 blade fan/clutch (according to them the unit that robs the least amount of hp from an engine) i have been running for 25 years without problems. replaced it with a lighter aluminum version that does not cool as well.
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Posted 2017-08-26 7:39 PM (#547092 - in reply to #546998)
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1960fury - 2017-08-25 9:31 AM


excellent piece, at least it looks like the mopar performace 5 blade fan/clutch (according to them the unit that robs the least amount of hp from an engine) i have been running for 25 years without problems. replaced it with a lighter aluminum version that does not cool as well.


The clutch fan is actually a 7-blade unit. The original non-clutch unit is a 6 blade fan. We arrived home from our trip today after 12 days out with the car. That fan worked great, the temp gauge didn't come near the hot mark at all, even when stuck in some heavy traffic hardly moving. In the past the gauge would creep right up near the hot line in a situation like that during hot weather.

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Viper Guy
Posted 2017-09-09 9:23 PM (#548072 - in reply to #165059)
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Took my '59 Firesweep to an "orphan" car show sponsored by the Studebaker-Packard club. Not only my DeSoto but believe it or not there was another and it too is a FL!



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Posted 2017-09-11 4:49 PM (#548172 - in reply to #165059)
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Tried to get the rear window out, but the window gasket is hard as a rock !
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Posted 2017-09-11 5:13 PM (#548174 - in reply to #548172)
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Took Both the Dodges to our local town Vintage day,,,



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Posted 2017-09-12 5:44 AM (#548199 - in reply to #165059)
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Posted 2017-09-23 1:40 PM (#549019 - in reply to #548199)
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Took the '55 Suburban to a local car show.



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1961plymouthfury
Posted 2017-09-26 8:07 PM (#549230 - in reply to #165059)
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Did some sanding on the body were it was needed to be done. I got more por 15 and its waiting to be applied were it is needed.
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brdtee
Posted 2017-10-07 12:51 PM (#549930 - in reply to #165059)
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Took some storaged junk out of the trunk today. 

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Powerflite
Posted 2018-02-27 1:30 AM (#558884 - in reply to #165059)
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Looks like your Windsor is coming together nicely Heikki. That will be a sweet car to cruise around in once you get it back together. I started to work on the left side exhaust on my New Yorker today, but a friend of mine brought by an 8 3/4 that he wanted me to cut & weld to A-body specs. That ate up the majority of my day so I didn't get much else done. Oh well, there's always tomorrow right?
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-03-12 1:08 AM (#559710 - in reply to #558884)
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Today was busy.

I started off by shampooing my 56 Dodge's rear seat bottom:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=65218&...



While that was drying, I moved into the garage and played with the brake adjustment on my D500 Center-plane 12" x 2.5" brakes (left front - it had locked on a few weeks ago backing the car out of the garage):

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And then while I still had the wheel off, I finally installed the custom 0 gauge solenoid to starter cable that I had made months ago.



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And while I was under there, I took a photo of the throttle pedal lever boot that I made and installed months ago:



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And finally before I put the left wheel back on, I wire-brushed the upper and lower suspension control arms and painted them (heavily) with a cheap hog's hair brush and Tremclad (think Rustoleum) semi-gloss black rust paint. I will have to do the other (right) side when I lubricate those center-plane brake shoes at some point in the near future. I had to avoid the urge to paint the anti-roll bar black while I was there - mostly because I don't know what the correct colour is/was (black? silver?). Same with the bumper brackets (I did paint the frame rails while I was there).

Then I started the car after weeks of not being started and let it run up to a good temperature (monitored the generator output on fast idle and it was something like 13.9V).

Then I cleaned up outside, came in, washed up and cracked a beer.

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57burb
Posted 2018-03-13 1:10 AM (#559792 - in reply to #165059)
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Please add some heat shrink to that joint where the cable meets the lug at the starter. Stranded cable has a tendency to pull loose from lugs over time, especially welding wire. Some good shrink wrap with the adhesive inside will keep that connection tight forever.
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-03-31 10:14 AM (#560821 - in reply to #165059)
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I've been using the Coronet to commute to work until I can get the parts to fix my daily driver. It looks out of place among the sea of new cars.



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Viper Guy
Posted 2018-04-13 10:38 PM (#561575 - in reply to #165059)
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All too often we never pay much attention to the stone shields. These things take about as much abuse as anything on the car but seldom, if ever, get more than a wash or polish/wax. Today I renewed mine after about 60 years of being on the car.





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56D500boy
Posted 2018-04-13 10:57 PM (#561579 - in reply to #561575)
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Viper Guy - 2018-04-13 10:38 PM
All too often we never pay much attention to the stone shields. These things take about as much abuse as anything on the car but seldom, if ever, get more than a wash or polish/wax. Today I renewed mine after about 60 years of being on the car.


Very nice. Look better than new. How?

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Viper Guy
Posted 2018-04-13 11:06 PM (#561582 - in reply to #561579)
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Viper Guy - 2018-04-13 10:38 PM
All too often we never pay much attention to the stone shields. These things take about as much abuse as anything on the car but seldom, if ever, get more than a wash or polish/wax. Today I renewed mine after about 60 years of being on the car.


Very nice. Look better than new. How?

:)


80 grit sandpaper, then 150, then 400, then 600, then 1000, and finally - the buffing wheel. And thank you for the compliment!
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imopar380
Posted 2018-04-14 12:07 AM (#561584 - in reply to #561582)
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I've been working on my steering column and shaft all week. http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=68374&...
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Mstrat2727
Posted 2018-04-15 11:48 PM (#561697 - in reply to #165059)
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macedon
Posted 2018-04-17 7:51 PM (#561802 - in reply to #165059)
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I'm rearranging my shop, moving some stuff around to give me more room to remove the front clip off my Desoto. I got reminded just how freakin' MASSIVE a 392 and tranny is. Sheesh!



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56D500boy
Posted 2018-04-17 8:49 PM (#561806 - in reply to #561697)
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Some progress on making 56 Desoto carpet set fit into a 56 Dodge without too many obvious glitches.

No blood was split so that was a good thing.

Still need another day to get the final positions worked out. It's not going to be perfect. But much better than when I got the car.

Old photo (but not much new):

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RUSTORICHES
Posted 2018-04-17 10:22 PM (#561810 - in reply to #561802)
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macedon - 2018-04-17 5:51 PM

I'm rearranging my shop, moving some stuff around to give me more room to remove the front clip off my Desoto. I got reminded just how freakin' MASSIVE a 392 and tranny is. Sheesh!


Here You need one of these for that 392……Custom made to fit





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firedome
Posted 2018-04-18 9:26 AM (#561826 - in reply to #165059)
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Curious as to why a '56 DeS carpet was used? Aren't similar sets available for just about all makes?
Looks good in any event.

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57burb
Posted 2018-04-18 10:38 AM (#561831 - in reply to #561802)
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macedon - 2018-04-17 6:51 PM

I'm rearranging my shop, moving some stuff around to give me more room to remove the front clip off my Desoto. I got reminded just how freakin' MASSIVE a 392 and tranny is. Sheesh!


They are HUGE! And when you start pulling them apart, they get even bigger! But they can be fun too.

I used some chain, eye bolts, an engine leveler, and a 2x4 to make this front-clip arrangement. It allowed me to use an electric winch to lift it in the air to keep it from taking up so much space. I had it high enough that we could walk under it. The clip could be attached to an engine hoist to move it around. Worked well for me.



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macedon
Posted 2018-04-18 9:49 PM (#561867 - in reply to #561831)
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57burb - 2018-04-18 9:38 AM
I used some chain, eye bolts, an engine leveler, and a 2x4 to make this front-clip arrangement. It allowed me to use an electric winch to lift it in the air to keep it from taking up so much space. I had it high enough that we could walk under it. The clip could be attached to an engine hoist to move it around. Worked well for me.


That's a cool set-up for the front clip. I may just try that myself.
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-04-19 2:04 AM (#561875 - in reply to #561867)
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Not as exciting as a front clip hoist but I worked hard on getting my two piece Stock Interiors/ACC 1956 "Dodge Desoto" carpet set (which turned out to be for a 55/56 Desoto Fireflite 4 dr sedan) into its final positions and then starting the trimming (because the Desoto is so much wider) and the cutting of holes for the front seat mount and the new shoulder belt outboard bottom mount and the seat belt receiver. I struggled to get things symmetrical but eventually realized that there were too many hard points, i.e. the steering column hole, the gas pedal hole that were set by ACC (even after they redid the front piece) and subsequently the headlight high beam switch and the windshield washer pump pin, that symmetrical was not going to happen. Won't really be an issue because the seat will hide the things that aren't symmetrical anyway.

I used an awl to line up the sill plate in its proper position (using the awl through the screw holes, into the holes in the rocker panel) and then I market the inner edge of the sill plate with masking tape. I ended up trimming about 1.5" off the front of the rear section in the right front passenger door area and a bit more in the rear of the rear section by the right rear passenger door area. I am targeting to have about 1" of carpet (with no padding) under the inner edge of the sill cover. I still have to trim the outer edges of the front carpet piece.

Made good progress today - once I got over the symmetrical thing. So I was quite happy with the day (which also included rough fitting the carbon fibre version of my cold air scoop).

Hey, soon I might have a real front seat and I can retire the milk crate and foam pad and go for a real drive!


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57burb
Posted 2018-04-23 1:11 PM (#562121 - in reply to #165059)
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I replaced the 3" rear lowering blocks with 2" ones. After driving it, the stock springs were sagging to the point it was getting a little too low in the rear. The last straw was when the driveshaft rubbed. Eventually I'll put some shorter and stiffer leaf springs on it to get rid of the blocks altogether.

I ran all the wires to get the power windows operational again. Still have to wire in the relays and switches to get it all working. At the same time I installed a small amp and the cables to get an iPod or wireless/Bluetooth device playing through the speakers.

Other than that, I just drove it a bit. Man it is sweet.

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Posted 2018-04-23 4:10 PM (#562135 - in reply to #165059)
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just removed the body from the chassis

Marriage lasted 63 years, not divorced just spending some
quality time apart

 

 

 





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57burb
Posted 2018-04-23 5:25 PM (#562142 - in reply to #562135)
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'55 New Yorker convertible. Now THERE is a car worth saving! Love it.
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RUSTORICHES
Posted 2018-04-23 9:07 PM (#562151 - in reply to #165059)
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My D500 and I parted ways today,yep she left me for the the "Canadian Big Rock Candy Mountain"….. Kelowna BC is where she's now calling home



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Posted 2018-05-17 3:04 PM (#563579 - in reply to #165059)
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1961plymouthfury
Posted 2018-05-19 3:11 AM (#563631 - in reply to #165059)
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My dad is doing the finishing touches before the paint and I am polishing the stainless steel . I am also starting 1 once a week
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-05-19 6:18 PM (#563651 - in reply to #563631)
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I continued on with the windlace install - working on the driver's side rear door of my 56 Dodge

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I also scanned and posted Section B of the 56 Dodge Date book:

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