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Projects Plymouth 1953 hardtop

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Moparguy_bmx, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Hnstray
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    Hnstray
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    If you are suggesting this is a "Plymouth"....I completely agree and in rereading my earlier post I can see how my comments may have not been clear. In saying BMX's Plymouth bears no signs of being an export model I was trying to express that while it obviously HAS been exported from the US, it was not likely built as an "export" model per se.

    The majority of the Mopars specifically built for 'export' were badged and trimmed like upper scale models. i.e. Dodge, Desoto or Chrysler even though built on Plymouth body/chassis foundations. BMX's Belvedere appears to be USA built Plymouth for USA sale that eventually found it's way to other lands.

    Ray
     
  2. There's a thing about car exports in my country back in that era, the only way you could get a car was choosing it from a dealer's catalog, and wait for it coming from the states. People say that the wait could last years. I guess that's the reason I don't see export cars around altough I have seen some I'm dubious about their procedence I truly think mine is american and not export.
     
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  4. I might do that as well as I need a clutch disc, it was wasted haha
     
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  5. Well, started cleaning the engine before disassembling, found on my stash those clutch discs, (the black one is the one that came off the engine, some springs broken and really worn out) , not sure about the material of the ones I have, just know they are NOS that my grandad stored. Looking for advice. 29196705_10214000055666900_9170762230826795008_o.jpg WhatsApp Image 2018-03-14 at 13.15.41.jpeg WhatsApp Image 2018-03-14 at 13.14.02.jpeg
     
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  6. s55mercury66
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    The one on the left looks like the one you removed. If it fits the splices and is the same diameter it should work, in my opinion.
     
  7. s55mercury66
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    If you are re-using your pressure plate you can put it together and make certain that it all fits. I would try both of your NOS ones just to see.
     
  8. Both of them have the same splice and diameter, but the one you say is more accurate, same diameter (inside and outside the lining)
     
  9. s55mercury66
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    Splines. Lol, auto-correct is now disabled. I am following this with great interest, my friend has a 1948 that I would like to buy, and it has been sitting for many years. Do you have a pilot bushing, or is it a bearing? Check it carefully, if you are not replacing it.
     
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  10. Haha I already said that I'm not english native so I thought splice was correct, my bad! . Haven't checked that but I have lots of cooper pilot bushings in a box if the engine one is wasted, you are talking about the one in the center of the flywheel right?
     
  11. s55mercury66
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    Yes, but I think it is actually in the end of the crankshaft. I had "splices" in my reply also, so I was laughing at myself :)
     
  12. Well, lately haven't had much time to work on it, neither do I have money to spend. The old 218 needs rings for sure, found most of the top compression rings broken and even one was melted. Sorry for the bad cylinder photos haha. Cleaning all the muddy oil was a daunting task but it is pretty clean now.
    I'm thinking on getting a chevy small block for this project, so this might change its direction, don't know yet what's going to happen. 20160101_210937A.jpg 20160101_210951A.jpg 20160101_210841A_snap.jpg 20160101_210900A.jpg 20160101_210910A.jpg 20160101_211047A.jpg
     
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  13. s55mercury66
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    Those old flatheads were used in a lot of other stuff. Forklifts and you might find one in a tractor. Some searching might find you a replacement instead of using a Chevy. Clark forklifts and I think Massey-Ferguson tractors. I just got the one in the 48 Plymouth to crank over, but I believe it has valves that are stuck open. It also has a 230 from a 55 Plymouth instead of its original 218.
     
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  14. s55mercury66
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    An in-house overhaul, very good.
     
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  15. harleyjohn45
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    I can't believe what MOPAR has done on this engine. Looks like it will be running soon.
     
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  16. Little progress, don't know yet if to paint it red or orange (only block, rest black).

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  17. 'Mo
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    There are so many other options. Have you decided on a color for the car?
     
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  18. The car will be as it is for now, maybe all black in a future.
     
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  19. I got all the gaskets, and the front motor mount, floating power ! haha. Can't wait for the weekend to work on it.
     
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  20. 'Mo
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  22. Found this photos of the car when it was still in the countryside waiting for revival. 21843986_10212620046767540_10516769_o.png 21844336_10212620046127524_1931465241_o.png
    And as weekend has started for me this is what I've been working on ...
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  23. Some more photos, installed the new clutch, carter and gearbox today... almost ready to rumble. IMG_5954.JPG IMG_6014.JPG IMG_5925.JPG
     
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  24. That came back together pretty fast! Nice going Mopar BMX
     
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  25. Had some time before going to work today.. tomorrow will finish to put it all together and test it. Happy labour day for everyone !!

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    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018
  26. s55mercury66
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    Cool, did not know May 1st is Labour Day in Argentina. Ours in the US will be September 3rd.
     
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  27. I actually live in Uruguay, thought this date was global, but anyways I might be spending the rest of the noon working on the car haha
     
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  28. s55mercury66
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    Sorry, I knew that, but had Argentina stuck in my head.
     

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