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whiteknight001

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Trish Davis wrote:

Petey is auto, which sets up a whole bunch of towing difficulties.The lighter any hitch or base plate is, the better. I intend to keep the frame's 2' extension for The Big Box but use that space to tote whatever.


Trish,

If nothing else, and with the fact that Petey is an automatic, a tow dolly might be in order. This would mean the least amount of mods to towing vehicle and "toad", and the wiring for lights will be relatively painless. Just my thoughts. Me? I like the idea of the dolly. It does
"eat up" some things as far as towing goes, but short of finding a toad that's manual, or "towable automatic", (which indeed is an oxymoron) it is not too bad of an option.

I like flat black too. Had a '72 model Chevy Luv truck I nicknamed "Chet". He got the "stealth" paint job long before it became all the rage with the Air Force. But it didn't help worth a damn with "land-based radar" lol... The hubcaps? Vintage? SWEET!! But they would probably disappear in a hiccup, unless Petey had some big hairy friends with large teeth and a deep bark! The steelies are almost as sweet, but there's something about seeing that "Chrysler" logo...

Don't even contemplate a set of "Daytons" unless you REALLY REALLY LOVE concrete blocks under the axles...

And it's just wonderful to be able to see a pic of you! It pleased me so much I had to turn up a couple glasses of single malt in your honor. I'll try to post a pic of me as well, either my infamous "Geriatric Punk" or the equally weird "Phantom of the BiPAP"... lol... One of the respiratory techs we used to work with heard that I'd been "supercharged" and told my wife that because of that, I had joined the ranks of "Zorro", "the Phantom of the Opera" and the "Lone Ranger"; then asked her how she felt about having the pleasure of sleeping with a "masked man". She said later that her sides haven't hurt that bad in a LONG time!!

The cape part is kinda tricky. Especially if you get it hung on something whilst navigating to the bathroom about 2 am...

your happie friend,

Mark the windblown


1972 Mobile Traveler 20' Dodge B300 Class C
"The Kobayashi Maru" Trans- Prarie Land Craft
"Requiescat in pace et in amore..."

whiteknight001

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OK, Trish... you started this!

Looking at Petey just triggered a whole bunch of
thinking, which is dangerous, and resource-consuming
for me...

The Oklahoma State University mascot is "Pistol Pete",
and I can see a bright "hugger orange" PT Cruiser in
my near future. If I opted for the 'vert, that would be
even sweeter. I have always loved convertibles, they
make me feel less confined. And no, I don't look any
better with my hair "tousled" by the wind. Just more old
and frumpy.

So, I'm looking for me a Petey now. Dang you.

your little fat buddy

Mark

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If'n you're wantin' yer own Petey, there're a few considerations.

At, or about 100K, the water pump is going to die. No big on a normal vehicle, but the frt half of a PT engine has to come off to get to the water pump.
I would not kid about a thing like this.

Also, the timing belt needs to be changed while you're in there.
Ask me how I know this.

Stock frt end bushing are, frankly, sh!t.
Urethane bushings are spendy and worth it. Summitt.

The way the tie rods are designed,one bolt, inside a steel sleeve, takes all the stress of the frt end.
Got a machinist buddy? Have the sleeves machined made from medium carbon steel and heat-treated for stress. This is one time when tensile strength actually matters.
Ditto for the bolts, they need to be low or medium carbon steel and will need heat-treated.

NO! Not all stainless is the same grade /made with the same alloys.
Carbon steel is always preferable because iron (ferrite) really is the sh!t.

Treat carbon steels with POR-15 and paint with Rust-Oleum. It'll last decades.

Wheels. The pretty chromed stock wheels are chromed aluminum and bend.
Why do you think Petey got new shoes and socks? You seldom see a PT with stock rims. But Cavalier, Neon, Sunfire stock rims (5x100) fit perfectly. :0)

Later models have plastic-ey cheap interiors. Petey is an '01 and his interior has held up very well. And if you find an underseat box for the pass seat, BUY IT!

Transmission cooler and lines really like to be cleaned out every few years. No one does this, then their PT's run like crap. Jack, jackstands, 3 hours, some dirt, you're done.
All auto PT's are gear-bound. But I refuse to contemplate changing a clutch in a PT.


Aren't those Chrysler wheel covers sweet? I covet them; heartily, I do.




whiteknight001 wrote:

OK, Trish... you started this!

Looking at Petey just triggered a whole bunch of
thinking, which is dangerous, and resource-consuming
for me...

So, I'm looking for me a Petey now. Dang you.

your little fat buddy

Mark


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Ah-ha!
I got my 1949 Chrysler hubcaps. For $45.
One's dented, 3 are perfect. Rubber hammer + 2 hockey pucks, it'll be fine.

Petey is going to look so good.

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Sweet!

But admittedly, I have a lot of catching up to do here...


She ain't purdy, but at least she's slow!


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Yeah, you do. Better get on that... ;-0)

79powerwagon wrote:

Sweet!

But admittedly, I have a lot of catching up to do here...


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Well, I know this is for Dodge's, but here's the finished re-build of the RV I acquired a couple of months ago that replaced my Dodge: Here.If you look in the other albums, you'll see how it looked to start with. I wonder how long if will look like this with 3 dogs?

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* This post was edited 08/22/12 05:31pm by Jer&Ger *


Jerry & Gerry, our pets (dogs), Byron, Coco
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Jer, reverse what you put in the linky fields. If you click on it, all you get is http://here and, at least on my iPad, I can't copy the whole text to paste in another tab because the forum sticks ... In the middle....

Thanks


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Trish Davis wrote:

Yeah, you do. Better get on that... ;-0)

79powerwagon wrote:

Sweet!

But admittedly, I have a lot of catching up to do here...


I'm tryin'! I'm tryin'!!!!

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Jer,
Nice looking rig... it is laid out very similar to the Ford based rig I picked up last year, except mine has the split bed/bath area in back. I still have the old dodge for the kids to borrow and it also works perfectly to take to my mother-in-laws in the spring and fall to do the heavy lifting yard work for her. That way we don't have to sleep in the house and have her dog wake me up at 3 in the morning.
Anyway, great job looks like a nice unit.... see you out in the wilds of Idaho some time.
Al


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