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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-11-13 1:08 PM (#590094 - in reply to #526294)
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I hadn't driven it in almost a month, so I decided to take it to the grocery store today. I have to say, this car has a really good heater.
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Powerflite
Posted 2019-11-13 3:26 PM (#590098 - in reply to #526294)
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That's really nice. None of my forwardlook cars have good heaters. Some might, but I have been too afraid to hook them up to try them.
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normsclassicradio
Posted 2019-11-13 6:45 PM (#590104 - in reply to #590098)
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Powerflite - 2019-11-13 1:26 PM

That's really nice. None of my forwardlook cars have good heaters. Some might, but I have been too afraid to hook them up to try them. :laugh:


Not an option up here in the "GREAT WHITE NORTH"
My car is parked until spring. Maybe I'll go over the heating system next year. I do remember as a kid it seemed to work OK... in 1975...
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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-12-27 9:31 PM (#592113 - in reply to #590094)
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I delivered my '71 to the paint shop today which freed up a garage slot for the wagon. Before parking it in the garage, I decided to take a drive around the neighborhood. That backfired as the fuel line clogged. I changed the fuel filter on the side of the road and it restarted. Since it was running again, I drove past my house to make one more circuit. Of course, as soon as I created the hill it died again. Some helpful folks gave me enough of a push to coast home and I pushed it into the garage. I'll blow out the fuel line tomorrow.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2019-12-28 8:05 PM (#592152 - in reply to #592113)
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Today, I worked on replacing the window whiskers and window channels. Long, long overdue.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-01-07 6:45 PM (#592617 - in reply to #592152)
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I finally got around to swapping the parking brake band. Now I should be able to park on an incline.




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Powerflite
Posted 2020-01-07 6:51 PM (#592618 - in reply to #526294)
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Wow, that's really worn out.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-01-07 9:23 PM (#592621 - in reply to #526294)
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I still have to get it adjusted. There are no instructions in the service manual for replacement of the band, but there are instructions for adjusting it. It's supposed to be 65 degrees on Saturday, so I will probably get to it then.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-01-12 4:45 PM (#592832 - in reply to #526294)
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Today, I took advantage of freakishly warm weather and adjusted the band as best I could. I'll give it a few miles of driving around to kind of bed it in before I climb under and recheck the adjustments. I found that my fuel line was not clogged and that I'd made the mistake of believing a 65-year-old fuel gauge and was simply out of gas. So, I dumped a couple of gallons in it from the mower can and drove it to the gas station. Unfortunately, I've now lost my gas cap.
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Powerflite
Posted 2020-01-12 9:05 PM (#592842 - in reply to #526294)
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A couple of my cars has fooled me like that too. Seems to be one of their favorite pranks.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-01-29 6:26 PM (#593580 - in reply to #592152)
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I started replacing the window sweeps and window channel on the passenger door. I got as far as getting the interior trim off and the vent window assembly out when I decided I was tired of being cold. So, it can wait 'til another day (or week, or month).



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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-02-18 4:13 PM (#594482 - in reply to #593580)
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Got back on it today. Getting the curve using the new pieces to match that of the old pieces is not easy.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-02-22 7:36 PM (#594702 - in reply to #594482)
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Today, I finished screwing the outer window fuzzy to the '55 Plymouth passenger door and decided to pull the window regulator to see why it's so hard to wind up and down. I found corrosion on the steel channels in which the guides slide and that the regulator itself is a little out of whack. The large gear was cutting a groove in the plate to which it is mounted. I tweaked it a bit and cleaned and greased everything before putting it back in. It didn't even require any substantial cussing. It all works much better now.



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56D500boy
Posted 2020-02-22 7:55 PM (#594703 - in reply to #594702)
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71charger_fan - 2020-02-22 4:36 PM It didn't even require any substantial cussing.


Sorry. You must not have done it correctly if there wasn't any substantial cussing.

Suggest you redo it again and report back.



KIDDING!!

Good job. I am still shocked to see two guide tracks on one window. The 4 dr sedans (like my 56 Dodge) only have the one.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-02-22 8:52 PM (#594709 - in reply to #526294)
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I wonder if the two-door window is wider and heavier. There are three guide tracks. Two on the window and one mounted to the door. To get the window out/in, the window had to cranked up to the point where the guide comes out of the door-mounted track. The hard part of doing it alone was during installation, trying to hold the window up and align the guide with the door-mounted track while slowly cranking the window down.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-02-24 1:16 PM (#594759 - in reply to #594709)
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Today, I installed the inner "cat whiskers" onto the upper passenger door molding. Maybe tomorrow I'll have a chance to reinstall that and the door panel.



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56D500boy
Posted 2020-02-24 10:05 PM (#594780 - in reply to #594759)
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I would be worried that your screw heads will scratch the glass. No such worries with pop rivets.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-02-25 8:54 AM (#594796 - in reply to #526294)
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The screws sink deeply enough into the the material that it's not an issue.
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56D500boy
Posted 2020-02-25 11:23 AM (#594800 - in reply to #594796)
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OK. There might be an issue with the threaded bit not allowing the inner window frame to sit down properly on the door. Maybe.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-02-25 5:29 PM (#594817 - in reply to #594800)
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I was worried about that, but figured if that became a problem, I could just Dremel the ends of the screws off. However, I didn't have to.

Today, I put the door panel and the upper trim back on the door. Before I did that, I decided to make a pattern to replace what appeared to be a missing panel over the large access hole in the door. I assume the original was probably cardboard and didn't survive the years. Unfortunately, only three of the four clips were still with the car. I used coroplast to make the new panel.



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56D500boy
Posted 2020-02-25 8:46 PM (#594832 - in reply to #594817)
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Well that is good news Terry. I wasn't trying to be negative, just flagging potential issues as I saw them.

As for the "hole" in the door (panel), in my 56 4 dr Sedan experience, each door had a door panel and beneath
that, tight against the door, was a thin(ish) cardboard/paper "liner" (?) that was glued to the metal of the door,
covering all openings, big and small. Three of my four were trashed by water and I replaced then with 6 mil poly
taped to the door with "Tuck" tape. The fourth (and last) door I did was fine, close to perfect, so I left it as it left the factory.
I did clean and paint the inside of the door with anti-rust primer/paint so I think that it will be fine for the next 64 years.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-03-03 9:50 PM (#595166 - in reply to #526294)
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Since I had an entire season and then some on the gear oil, I took advantage of warm weather and crawled under and drained the differential. I was happy to see it come out looking like gear oil instead of sludge. It wasn't even very dirty. I would have changed the transmission, but I didn't have enough gear oil.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-03-10 4:53 PM (#595478 - in reply to #595166)
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I somehow lost the return spring from the parking brake when I put on the new band. Today I found this spring in one of my junk bins. I think it's from a junked washing machine. Works. No more looking for the missing spring.



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56' Savoy
Posted 2020-04-24 4:14 PM (#597295 - in reply to #595478)
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Hi
My 56' Savoy needs to have the park brake bands replaced too. Where did you find new bands,and how did you fasten them ? Rivets,or maybe glue of some kind ?
Thanks
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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-04-25 10:02 PM (#597332 - in reply to #597295)
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Oldmoparts.com sells the band's with lining attached and ready to install
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56' Savoy
Posted 2020-04-26 3:57 PM (#597369 - in reply to #597332)
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Great ! Thanks for your help
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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-04-30 7:34 PM (#597563 - in reply to #597369)
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Today's parts score.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2020-06-20 12:40 PM (#599904 - in reply to #597563)
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Scraped off one of the stickers that was on the glass when I bought it and replaced it with one to make my grandson happy.



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