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General BS and Laughs / Smog conversion
« on: April 02, 2008, 02:38:30 PM »
Cars gas tanks blow up - ever heard of Pintos??? Propane is quite safe. Quite a few urility companies around here have fleets of them. Never heard of a problem. And yes, it has less specific energy (I'm a retired Chem techer, thanks) but range is not such a big deal with a collector car, at least for me. The engine likes it better, and that's major.

General BS and Laughs / Smog conversion
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:15:39 AM »
In line with the post about emissions requirments for old cars in CA
-  I've considered converting to propane - it's easy, car runs
better, oil stays clean forever, less contaminants in engines... and
the car emissions are much cleaner - might even get thru a Smog Check -
anyone done it? What's not to like???

General BS and Laughs / California to require smog on pre-76 cars
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:10:51 AM »
Vermont is VERY car friendly (we have a camp there) ... NO emssion
inspection, NO inspection of any kind for classic cars, NO titles for
any car over 10 yrs old...and fees are LOW compared to NY, PA, MD,
Taxachusetts, and probably Joisey too. Not to mention great scenic
driving when it's not snowing... Lots of car clubs have their meets
there...I'm thinking of registering all our cars in VT  using our
summer address - my uncle  here in NY, who also has a place there,
has done it for years...

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / trannie swap... on an oldie
« on: April 01, 2008, 04:46:34 AM »
Great article Bob - I sorta remember reading that once - I got SIA back
when. Confirms my general impression... we had neighbors with a 55
'Dome with PF back when I was a little shaver, and they had that tank
for years without any problems... later traded on a silver '60
'Flite.... Anyhow, seems to be no reason to do a TorqueFlite transplant
on this 'Sweep.   I have a couple pics if someone could load
'em... Leaburn/Mobby? I'm truly a reee-tard when it comes to 'puters.

Brochure research shows PowerFlite to be available on '58/59 'Sweep
only, for '60 available ALL models, '61 don't know... Plymouth: PF on
all '57/58/59 Plymmie models AND all engines except '59 top engine -
Golden Commando. Don't have a '60 Plm brochure. For '61 PF was avail
for 6 cyl &  318 engine only... not sure '62 or later... Dodge
- '58 avail on Coronet 6 and V8... '59 avail on Royal and Coronet 6 and
V8...'60 avail on Dart and Phoenix 6 & 318-V8, '61 avail on
Dart/Phoenix 6 & 318...Chrysler - PowerFlite on 55/56 only? not
avail '57/58/59...

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / trannie swap... on an oldie
« on: March 31, 2008, 03:41:30 PM »
The standard enigine for '58 FireSweeps was a 350, and the PowerFlite was a step up option over the 3 speed stick - I have the factory brochure and it lists all the std equipment on the back cover - PowerFlite - only on the 'Sweeps, not on the 'Dome or 'Flite... I just checked the Plymmie brochures - PowerFlite was optional on Plym for '58 and '59 as well, but doesn't specify what models...not sure about Dodge but probably on the Coronet at least...  my old high scholol buddy drove a stripper Savoy 4 dr. with 318 and PowerFlite all thru college at U of MD in the '60s (man am I OLD!) , it had belonged to his Grandma in Ridgewood NJ, and then it went to him...BTW you can pick up brochures for all the Mopar '50s to 80s models and years on eBay for pretty cheap!  - averaging around 5-8 to 20 dollars, way less than I paid for mine from literature dealers over 25 yrs ago!!!  Get 'em while you can! Every Mopar fan should have a library of original brochures & manuals for reference!!!

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / trannie swap... on an oldie
« on: March 31, 2008, 01:35:16 PM »
PowerFlite was still an option in '58 over the 3 spd manuals on the FireSweep (this is one a 'Sweep 4 dr hardtop), and in some Plyms and Dodges as well... the 'Sweep was a Dodge front end w/ DeS grill and body from the cowl back on a 122" wheelbase, 350 B block Fury engine standard. 361 on the bigger series - "Dome & Flite... I'm not sure, but think some '59s might have had PFlite available too...I'll have to dig out the brochures and look. Probably to keep price down, at least in theory. PF was only intro'd in '55 so they likely wanted to amortize the tooling. Final drive is 1:1 anyhow, it just takes longer to get there!.. hey guess I'll have to change my 'handle" now!!!  " firedome" kinda goes good with my tube audio "hobby"  though...

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / trannie swap... on an oldie
« on: March 31, 2008, 12:16:29 PM »
Nothing at the moment, but made a deal on a '58 DeSoto w PF,  not arrived here yet... the 5 FLs I've had in the past all had TF, and I'm not familiar with PF as far as how reliable they are...or whether it'd even be worth trying to convert it over... after owning a '56 Packard Ultramatic with electric actuated solenoid selectors,  it couldn't be too complicated... that tranny was a freakin' nightmare.  For TF I'd need the 5 button selector head, right.  I've never heard much of anything real bad about PF or anything,  and at my age could care less about the better acceleration of the TF...  but just wondering if they were actually reliable.  Will post pics of the new heap when it gets here if anyone's interested...

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / I need your opinion on Polaraco
« on: March 31, 2008, 10:28:41 AM »
Sharp wheels! They'd look really cool with Red-Line tires like on some
of the old Wide Ovals - remember those?  Back in the dinosaur age
of pre-radial tires? Way back when we got our license?? Back at the
Dawn of Time??? I think they make  them on radials now... or, the
slim line 1/2 whitewalls are cool too - too wide, and they look like
something on old '50s Buick Roadmasters... think sporty! 

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / Engine/tranny swap - 59 - 72..???
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:55:32 AM »
Let's see a pic of that DeSoto in Member's Projects!!! - some of us like those FL classics!! 

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / trannie swap... on an oldie
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:45:46 AM »
Anyone ever swapped a TorqueFlite into a PowerFlite car?

Any real reason to?  - other than the obvious - extra gear, acceleration etc?

I don't care about go-fast - but, any mechanical issues with PF?


General Mopar Discussions / Service Cars: Mopars
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:39:20 AM »
Guy a couple of miles from me has a '61 NY'er ambulance - painted it
PINK & BLACK!! Yikes!!! Then he goes and puts it on a 'Burban 4 x 4
chassis - takes it to cruise ins... knows no one else will show up in
one! I'll try to get a pic of it sometime - it's crazy!!

General BS and Laughs / What Mopar do you think is the most Valuable?
« on: March 27, 2008, 02:46:35 PM »
Your right - the Green Hornet... Steve - that was the Plainsman I think? It was kind of a wagon with sliding roof...

General BS and Laughs / What Mopar do you think is the most Valuable?
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:33:29 PM »
Wasn't the original (Adam West) Batmobile a George Barris modified 66
Imperial? I think it was for sale recently, for something like 1.3
Million... course, it is a custom... still, it is a Mopar. 

General BS and Laughs / Rail Road Bridges Forgotten Icons
« on: March 19, 2008, 02:06:58 PM »
No, Dave LeVan retired to Gettysburg, grew a ponytail and rides
Harley's from his dealership, after he arranged the sale of ConRail. He
was also Pres. of the Board of Trustees of Gettysburg College. ConRail
was formed from the remains of the Penn Central and NY Central. CSX was
run by John Snow until he went to work as Treasury Secretary in
2002(?)... CSX was the Chessie System, which itself was formed from a
merger of the B & O, Baltimore & Ohio, the country's oldest
railroad (see "Tom Thumb") and the C & O,  Chesapeake and
Ohio, back around the '70s. I think the Norfolk Southern was in there wife's Mom & Uncle both worked for the B & O in
Baltimore back in the '40s to '60s.

General BS and Laughs / Rail Road Bridges Forgotten Icons
« on: March 19, 2008, 08:00:46 AM »
When Conrail was liquidated in '98, the CEO,  David LeVan, who was
a Gettysburg College grad, went back home to help the College in a
number of projects, and opened up Battlefield Harley- Davidson, one of
the biggest H-D dealers in the US! - it's really something!! My
daughter was at the college at the time, and lots of publicity was
given. Conrail was extremely successful under LeVan's leadership, as is
CSX today... signed,  an old B & O fan. RA

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