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Herman

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Dutch DMV-day for my '57 Chrysler...
« on: November 04, 2009, 01:02:10 PM »

Today I had to get up waaaaaay too early for my liking to drive my '57 Chrysler Windsor to the local DMV station for it's Dutch title application.
It was a chilly and rainy morning and the car told me she didn't like it at all by holding back when pushing on the throttle.
 
Up untill today I had never been able to actually 'drive' the car around since it's not legal to drive on the streets yet. So, as I pulled out of the garage and headed on down the road I found the engine was low on power, like it wasn't getting enough gas.
Eventhough I had to drive a short distance on a traffic packed highway, I was kinda glad I could easily keep up because everyone was moving slowly. I did manage to arrive at the DMV station just 5 minutes before my appointment.

Our Dutch DMV tests the car's technical items like steering and suspension for wear, rot and general, proper operation.
With old cars we have less rules to worry about, so there's no exhaust-emission tests for instance.

On the pic below the car had just been driven up to the brake-dynometer. The rolls are powered by an electric motor, the brakes are applied and the machine measures the actuall brakingforce produced by the front and rear brakes in seperate runs.
No more than 30% difference in the left and right wheel is allowed. The car passed with flying colors with hardly any difference at all.






Below the car's headlights are tested for correct light-image and alignment.
It turned out I had made an error and put the pass.side headlight bulb in the housing the wrong way. 'Normally' the DMV fails the test and let you make another appointment on another day after you fixed the problem(s). But the guy doing the test was cool and told me I could fix the problem if I wanted to on the spot while he tested the car next in line. Luckily I brought a couple of tools and was able to correct the problem.




After the headlight-check the car went into the VIN-number-bay, where the VIN-number gets punched into the chassis.
Right after that the car goes outside to be weighed. Then it's back to the office again and leave an arm or a leg before you can go home again.
 

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 01:30:43 PM »

Cool Herman
 
So that means you're all legal now?
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 01:37:37 PM »

Barely!
In about a week I'll get the title mailed to me. Then I can have a set of plates made for me and I'll be able to drive the wheels of this thing... Well... If the carb and fuelpump would stick with the plan that is.

I do want to replace the wimpy 2-bbl carb and intake with something more serious like a dual quad intake, but they've risen in price about 10-15% since the last one I bought for my 392 about 2 years ago.



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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009, 03:18:32 PM »

Wow, that kind of serious brake test etc is what all cars should have
to go thru. That car musta blown their minds - they'd probably never
seen anything like it - or anything nearly so cool!!!  The '57
Chrysler is one of the best designs ever, I sure wish I still had my
300C. But then again, there's much from 30 yrs ago that I wish hadn't
changed !


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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2009, 11:27:50 PM »


At the begin, the employee doing the testing came out to my car as I was first in line at the door and with a little bit confused look he said he was supposed test a 'Chrysler' but couldn't see one. So he had to ask if my car was one... :)

Most guys working there could see the coolness of these cars especially when they are technically OK, but there are also people working there that are real @ssholes when it comes to old cars and it doesn't matter how well the car has been build, it's still a POS in their eyes.
They are probably being deprived of good sex in their lousy lives or they are 'stuck' with an ugly wife on the couch everynight I guess...



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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2009, 02:37:24 AM »



BEE - YOO - TEE - FULL car, btw!!

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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2009, 02:06:32 PM »

Now that most of ya are impressed by the way they do the inspections overhere... ;)  I guess I'll also have to show how I got the car through the process with genuine McGyver technology ... ;)

There was one thing that almost made the inspection fail the car
though... and that's the fact that the rules say that car-doors must be
able to open 'normally' from the inside AND outside. Since my car has
shaved doors this could have posed a problem for me.

Although I have a remote sender to pop the doors open, it also has to be able to be done manually.

The rules however do not state in what way you have to be able to
manually open a door, so I bent that rule my way and placed a piece of
string on the inside doorhandle, routed it to the outside along the
glass and Voila! it's OK'ed :)



However, I didn't put a string on the pass.side door and that's where
the inspector noted me that he would have to fail the inspection.

I knew I had a piece of string hanging on the remote lock inside the
trunklid, so I asked I he would OK the car if I placed a string on that
door aswell now. He said that's ok. So I cut the string in the trunk
and tied it to the pass.side doorhandle and flipped it outside through
the window-gap. The guy pulled the string, the door popped open and all
was well... LOL



That's the way to get a shaved car legally on the road overhere... :)













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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2009, 04:07:19 PM »


Clever... and hard to believe the inspecion rules are so stupid!!

It's just as dumb here:  the guy that built my garage wanted to
put a big shed behind it. The town said he could only put an addition
connected to the existing garage. So he put in his shed anyway  - 6 ft away
- then he put a 6 foot board between the 2 buildings, connecting them.
The town passed it. It's unbelievable just how stupid bureaucrats can
be!!   ... Glad your car is on the road - now go give em
hell!!


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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2009, 12:07:14 AM »

Gorgeous car , and I thought the rules over here in Hungary are the worst in Europe , could not believe a car would not pass because you cannot get into it manually!!   
hope will have the chance to check yours and other beauties once I'm in a Holland meeting 
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2009, 01:08:23 AM »


The reasoning behind the rules are that whenever you're in a serious crash, the paramedics or people outside the car should be able to get in to help you out. That is, unless the firedepartment didn't get out the jaws of life and turned your car into a convertible already... LOL

But... "Hell" will have to wait a bit !!
One day after the inspection the original wimpy 2-bbl intake was already laying on the floor ;)
Time for a well needed upgrade in the engine-power department ... :)







The new empty space in the engine-bay will be occupied with a bit more serious type of carburation...


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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2009, 01:54:33 PM »

Yeah safty first, the car now is more secure from the outside than before 
will it be an LPG application? 
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2009, 03:06:01 PM »

No LPG. In fact, non of my rides have LPG.
That's one of the 'issues' with having a number of cars... It becomes too expensive to install an LPG-system in every running car, especially if each car is driven 'less' yearly because the other cars are getting used aswell. They call it 'time-sharing' in certain areas :)

I've just installed a Weiand dual quad intake on the poly-motor in the '57.
Tomorrow I'll be cleaning and installing the carbs, but they may need some modifications as the carb-mountings are very low and their throttle linkages might hit the manifold.



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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2009, 11:13:39 PM »

[/QUOTE] Interesting, so I am "time sharing" with my Fury as well
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2009, 12:38:22 AM »

I'm afraid not in YOUR area then...  

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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2009, 01:28:45 AM »

dual intake,  another thing that I never saw live and even unknown in my area, I'm sure this car will go like hell  , LOL did not know you have all these rides in this case LPG is pointless
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