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  1. paint

    3M puts out what I think is a good filter which is popular and does a good job. I got mine at Home Depot for around $40. Ace Hardware also sells them. They seal well, not too expensive and you can get replacement filter pads for them. This filter has two straps and a filter pad on each side.
  2. carburetor with manual choke

    Mopar cars in the 60s used a 6 volt coil but had a 12 volt electric system. For these cars they had a resister about 3 inches long mounted on the fire wall. The output of the resister went to the coil. I would think many auto part stores would still sell these because they would fail over the years. Power to the electric choke as you probably know is only applied when the starter is used. You may not even need a choke due to what I guess is mild climate. Many have found that using a electric fuel pump to prime the carb helps for faster starting especially when the car has set for some time. Nice car.
  3. carburetor with manual choke

    On the electric choke you should be able to use it with a in-line resister. Many cars in the 60s and later have a resister for the coil wire to step it down from 12 to 6 volts. Pouring gas into the carb is not fuel injection and there is risk of fire when doing it.
  4. 1952 Plymouth Gear Shift Knob

    The emergency brake handle is different than the shift lever in that there is metal under the plastic. One fix for this handle would be to use JB Weld to form a new handle over the metal then paint to match the steering wheel. Another fix would be to replace the 52 handle assembly with a 51 assembly which has a chrome metal handle.
  5. Hard time getting car into 1st gear

    The adjustments to the shift linkage are fairly simple. One adjustment only is for adjusting the position of the shift lever on the steering column and this is adjusted at the bracket on the shift arm that has a slot in it. The other adjustment is only for shifting the gears in the transmission and it on the rod from the transmission that has a spring at the end of it and two adjusting nuts. The way to adjust this rod is put shift lever and transmission in neutral then adjust the nuts so there is no free play in linkage. Try different adjustments to this rod because the first try may not fix the problem. It is possible a small free play may work for you. Hope this fixes the problem.
  6. Hard time getting car into 1st gear

    You need to buy a shop or service manual for your car. Go on internet and search for shop or maintenance book for the year car you have. There are a number of places that sell this including ebay. The cost is around $45.00 and if you plan on working on your car it is necessary to have this book.
  7. Doorseal Rubber

    You are correct. It may be possible to install the rubber without loosening the front fender. Try it and see. If you loosen the front fender there are 2 or 3 nuts behind the kick panel, one nut behind the trim below the door and one nut above in the engine area to deal with. It is possible to break any of these studs during removal. When I did the install the front fenders were not attached.
  8. Doorseal Rubber

    The seal talked about is the one that goes on the A pillar under the rear of the front fender and the front edge of the front door. The original seal was secured to a metal strip that is held in place with 4 or 5 screws. I made a seal that seems to work using two pieces of rubber in order to make it thick enough. Maybe the second piece of rubber was not needed. The main rubber with the two humps used I think was bought from Steele Rubber and is used as a rear hood seal on either a Chevy or International Harvester truck. The rubber was attached to the metal strip. Using a thin double stick back rubber both rubbers could be mounted too the metal. The rubber on the left is the original molding. The new rubber will need to be cut on each end. Hope this helps.

    Check with Neil Riddle in Seattle. Get number from vender section of this site.
  10. 1948 Plymoupecial deluxe sill plate

    A tool that can help is the Dremel with cutoff disks. If you do not have one, get one today and you will not regret it if you are working on cars. The cut off disks do not always work fast especially on thick metal but they do a great job.
  11. Engine swap

    Lots of things you can do If you have lots of money. It is usually cheaper to find a car that is like what you like and buy it rather than building it or having some one build it. There are a few Mopar Magazines on the market that should have lots of info on mods you can make to your car. Read these to figure out what will do the job for you. This site deals with cars 35 years older than your car.
  12. 49 Front suspension rebuild

    Do you have a service manual? Do not recall having any problem with the rubber seal or dust cover.
  13. 1948 Plymoupecial deluxe sill plate

    You are looking for the metal sill plate which would be under the rubber door sill cover. The rubber sill covers can be had for a lot of cash from Steele Rubber. Can you make a sheet of metal to replace or repair the metal area? There is a place named Kemp's Rod and Restoration, Inc. that in the past has made some of the parts Plymouth Doctor sells. One number I have is 906-482-5656.
  14. 48 or 49

    If the bumpers on the car are ribbed and not smooth, the car is a 49. There are lots of other differences but the bumpers are unique on the 49.
  15. 1949 Plymouth Sedan Deluxe fastback

    The door sills used are hard find in good or fair condition. If yours are altogether and attached, you can make them look better. On my car I removed all dirt and other stuff on the sills then painted them with black paint for plastics that I got from the local O'Rilley parts store. The paint can may have said gloss but the finished product was more like satin and looked new. Neil Riddle may have the rocker trim for your car. The trim can be repaired if you have it.