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Starting on a '55 Plymouth Plaza Suburban

Discussion in 'All other classic cars' started by 71Charger_fan, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. 71Charger_fan

    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    One more photo
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    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    These ought to take care of my spark plug/valve interference problem, at least for the time being.
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  3. 68RT

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    Just had a retro moment. You should have spark plugs WITHOUT extended tip. Never was even an issue until extended plugs became available with higher compression engines. You would have had something like a N12 - N14 originally. No letters after indicating extended tip. Not sure who stocks unless small engine repair shops. A lot of Briggs come with non-extended plugs.
     
  4. Fast Eddie

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    You all miss the point.............those were self adjusting spark plug gap engines.:rolleyes:
     
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    No. It did not adjust the point. Gap had a lifting reaction.
     
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    I put the .050 washers on the plugs today and reset the gaps. That should buy enough clearance. After it's run a few times, I might try the .040 washers although I am not confident those will provide enough clearance.
     
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    I picked up a set of these. I think they might clear the valves without indexing washers.
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  8. 68RT

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    That is what they are supposed to look like.
     
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    I was having a devil of a time setting the timing. Eventually, I realized the 0 I was seeing was part of a 10. So, I finally took some sandpaper to the pulley and found the "DC" marks hiding under years of rust and crud. I hit it with some brake cleaner then some white model paint and wiped off the excess with my finger. That made it easier.
     
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    I drove it from Frederick to Hagerstown yesterday for the weekly cruise in at the Valley Mall. First I've had it over 50mph since last summer. It pulled pretty well for such an old girl. I was able to maintain the 70mph speed limit even on the long grades. I may have to pull a little timing out of it as it detonated just a little near the tops of the biggest grades. Now that it's gotten good and hot, I may do a comprehensive lubricant change again (engine oil, transmission, differential).
     
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    I realized that the spring I fitted to my wiper arm, while a significant improvement over what was there, just wasn't really strong enough to pull the blade firmly against the glass. So, I installed a pair of ANCO adjustable arms. While I'm not thrilled with the appearance, it's a worthwhile trade off to have functional wipers.
    Plaza wiper arm (2).jpg Plaza wiper arm (4).jpg Plaza wiper arm adapter.jpg Plaza wiper arm (3).jpg
     
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    I got tired of looking at the holes in the door for the spotlight. So, I dug out the old non-working spotlight and sawed the part that goes all the way through the door short and remounted it. The shaft and shaft jacket were both bent anyway and I didn't have the handle anyway. However, with the shaft and jacket cut, there was nothing holding the head of the spotlight up. So, I drilled and tapped the jacket and put in a set screw.
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    Looks good and easier then fixing the holes.
     
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    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    I got my shipment from oldmoparts.com of window channels, window sweeps, and parking brake band. Doesn't look like $270, but this isn't a cheap hobby.
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    any new updates?
     
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    Waiting for my '71 to go off to paint to free up a garage spot so I can get some work done on the wagon.
     
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    Yesterday, 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 today.
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    Yep, time to drop the gas tank and fix the problem permanently. From there, figure out whether the tank needs to be sealed or just cleaned, from the sounds of it.
     
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    Today, I worked on replacing the window whiskers and window channels. Long, long overdue.
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