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Success….ish

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.

The bad news is, the 1947 Dodge with a 1953 Plymouth engine uses a distributor from a potential third automobile.(edit, it seems to have the distrib from the 1947 230 dodge engine, but that’s just based on the info i found at rockauto.com) So when I opened up the box containing new points, I was not very happy to see an exact mirror image of the one I needed.

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On the left, the original, and on the right its mirror universe self.

But times a wasting, since the old points are out, lets file them down for 20 minutes and put them back in.  What’s the worst that can happen.

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These are the points that were in the car, not looking too happy

Now for the good news.

I got out my camera, because I’m always an optimistic guy.  I start recording and what do you know….

Spark, sputter, spittle, spattle. Oh my goodness!  It’s got spark!

The old Dodge wants to start now.  I get my gas, I get my starting fluid and I make quick work of this.  Turning it over, adding fuel, hoping I’m not adding too much, but adding more anyways.  Rinse Repeat

By the end of the day I drained the battery twice and got this

  • 2 successful starts(which lasted exactly until the gas in the carb ran out)
  • 1 successful backfire, which filled my garage with a glorious plume of blue smoke
  • 1 Happy camper.

Tomorrow the siblings are coming out, and with a freshly juiced battery and a lot of luck, I might be able to tell more tales of progress and internal combustion.

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The car isn’t going anywhere and that’s ok.

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Under the dash, who knows, maybe my spark is down here…

I started out with every intention of creating spark today.  And I created lots of little sparks here and there, indicating that life does indeed live in this car.  Just not where I want it to exist.  I have nearly zero experience with distributors or their simple but surprisingly elaborate design.  I’m reminded just how far electronics have gone throughout the years, and also suddenly amazed that anybody ever thought ‘gosh, I’ll ignite compressed flammable gas in a metal cube with tiny electric sparks created by magnets and wheels….’  What?

Anyhow.  I finally reached a point where I closed the hood.  The first time I’ve physically closed the hood in about a week.  I then took a step back and just admired the lines and curves of this car.  It didn’t matter that the Dodge wasn’t sputtering fuel and smoke throughout my garage.  It didn’t matter that the second I do get it running I’ll find another serious issue which needs immediate attention.  What mattered right then and there was that it was right there.  It was sitting right there looking fanfreakingtastic.

I remembered how this isn’t about getting the car started so I can drive off to get groceries.  Or to park it in a hot parking lot while I go about my day.  This is a project.  And it’ll be a long project.  And that’s not just ok, that’s great!

I continued looking at it, and I decided that I may not have the mechanical abilities to make antique electronics spring to life, but there’s plenty more to do.

I cleaned up the work bench and wiped it down.  Then I pulled out my arsenal of microfiber towels, polishing pads and assorted cleaning compounds, polishes and waxes.  Tonight I would make the driver door look as glossy and spectacular as the passenger door.

A lot of people talk about the patina of older cars.  I respect that concept.  That a classic automobile has been around the block more than a few times and that you can celebrate its age by leaving it as is.  I respect that, but don’t think this car needs that.  This car has the richest and most fantastic black paint I have ever seen on a car.  And I want that to pop and shine.

A complete repainting of the car will no doubt eventually happen.  The surface rust is widespread and without some sort of care it will eventually spread.  But in the mean time I do agree that the rust does bring out a certain amount of personality to the car.  Especially when the rust is showcased by mirror like painted surfaces.  This contrast, to me, makes it so fantastic.

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driver side after a short amount of sanding/paint correction and wax/polish.

I proceeded to lightly wet sand a section, which did work wonders, but I get very concerned about removing too much of the thin paint and opening up semi sealed up rust wounds, so I used the paper sparingly.

Not bad, but it was getting late, and I needed to do one more thing while I let some wax dry.  So I approached the dashboard chrome.  The dash retains a lot of shine and sparkle, but has a lot of pitting that I am going to research more before I try to remove.  For now removal of dust between the lines and a light polishing is where I’ll leave it.  I realized that it was even later yet, and I need to return with a short bristled toothbrush next time.

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slowly the dash will take shape, for now I have only worked randomly at single sections.

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