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    78 620 Longbed, '63/64 NL320, '64 Beetle Type 117 Ragtop, 61 FIAT 500D, 3 Vespa Scooters
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    Unique cars, microcars, military sidearms, violin refurbishment
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  1. Consult Pierce Manifolds for recommendations on jetting the 32/36 down for the smaller A-Series engine. they could probably supply the adapter and carb jetted down for your application. I have a 32/36 jetted down on our 1200cc E1 engine and have never had a problem with it. Gonna put one on the 620 next. Both of my 32/36's have 'Made In Spain' cast into the body. Beware of Far East knock-offs. https://www.piercemanifolds.com/https_www_piercemanifolds_com_category_s_99_htm_s/99.htm
  2. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    On sheetmetal, especially a larger panels and panels with little or no supporting contours, you can stretch the metal to the point of virtually ruining it. Same holds true for sand and bead blasting. I recall an Amphicar that had pretty much all the larger panels crapped completely out by a sandblaster.
  3. Kinda like Johnny Cash's song 'One Piece At a Time', only different. You possess some interesting 'Git Er Done' capabilities there. Nice work !!
  4. Stop by any competent auto body shop and ask them what they use. Most likely they will tell you 'Drip-Check'. It doesn't smooth the seam out, just seals it with a flexible filler that is paintable after it surface dries in a day or two. Not real expensive either. Here's a pic of the seam between the nose panel and left front fender on our 1961 FIAT 500D that was done thirteen years ago. You can fill the gap a little more but might take two applications. Not a means to blend the two panels as the seam is supposed to still show and be sealed to the weather. Also used to seal and smooth the inside curve on the drip rails on vehicles when they still had them over the side windows, windshield, and rear edge of the top; thus the term 'Drip-Check'. Comes in an aluminum tube with a needle nose. You squeeze proper sized bead for the gap down the seam then use a wet finger to force into the gap and form the little radius that blends the two panel contours. Takes a little practice. As I remember, you clean up excess with enamel thinner, naptha, or stoddard solvent. The FIAT is a US market car with the 7" diameter headlights in buckets so the seam between the headlight bucket and the nose panel is also sealed/filleted with the Drip-Check.
  5. Brake linings and possibly clutch disc and exhaust gaskets.
  6. James Leake was married to a lady from a prominent family (Halsell) in Muskogee. He was a member of the founders of TV Channel 8 in Tulsa. He died a decade or two ago and his 'James C. Leake Classic Car Auction' in Tulsa generally still takes place on first Saturday in June. He had exotic and intriguing cars, motorcycles, and airplanes in the big museum in north Muskogee. I took my dad up for a visit several times. Virtually always had Deusenberg, Marmon, Isotta-Franchini, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce & Bently, and many lesser pricey cars. I distinctly remember an original WWI Tri-Fokker hanging from the ceiling. Motorcycles: Vincent, early Harleys, and lots of interesting Britt cycles. We ran a beautiful 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet convertible through the auction in early 90's & didn't meet reserve. Big rotating stage in front of the auctioneers stand. Drive the car up on the rotissere, get out and they opened doors, hood, & trunk while it was rotating and the auctioneer was doing his description & the auctioning. As the bids wound down they closed everything up and you get back in and drive off the auction podium as the final bids came in. Spent about $800 (eight hundred 1992 dollars) in two minutes. The Plymouth went to Wisconsin with a jeweler a couple years later.
  7. Okie from Muskogee, huh ? McAlester area for me, Eufaula & Krebs to be more specific. Were you in Muskogee when James Leake had the vehicle museum there ??
  8. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    Yup, Wayno, The disc brakes are a must. I tend to be ultra-attentive when diving around modern vehicles. I'm always on the defense even in light traffic and I live in a little podunk town in Oklahoma (about 6K population). I can imagine the fun time it would be trying to fix a bender to any of the N-Series specific items. The U320 is one of the most alluring vehicles in the under $20K price level to me. It's one of the five top 'wants' on my list at present.
  9. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    Disc brakes conversion.
  10. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    Yup, Wayno. I reckon the climate is such in Australia, that they didn't import many, if any, with heaters. Ted just put together a heater unit for a chap 'down under' that's upgrading his pickup. Seems that I may have an image of an early interior in a shop, owner, or parts manual that shows the early visor. Might take a look and see what I can find. In the 50's & early 60's when the Germans and Japanese, in rebuilding their economies, were in the midst of breaking into the world market just a decade or so after their cultures/economies was still devastated from WWII, It's intriguing to look at that period in history and ponder some of the discussions that must have taken place in conference rooms on mapping marketing strategies for them to get a foothold in world markets. I think of this at times and consider the special models, like the roadsters, N-Series 320 pickups, and Fairlady models that were probably meant to be 'Eye-Candy' to attract customers to the brand.
  11. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    Yup, one of those 'If I'd a known ahead of time things'. It's all good !! Still driving one of the classiest little trux of all times !!
  12. difrangia

    New 320 owner, 62?

    Working from memory, MT, I'm thinking that your pickup is a 62 ?? There are members with more exposure over the years than me on these early trucks, but there are two more holes over close to the corners of the windshield. I'm thinking that there were early simpler visors that mounted on each end and did not swivel to shade the side windows. I'm thinking that those holes are evidence that your pickup had the early visors at one time. I have the visors that you have (originals that I added) and also the two extra holes per side that you have. Our 320 is a 1963 build characteristics/64 cowl tagged pickup. I don't believe that there was any center support on these visors.
  13. I'm sure that you're correct on the mount failing before the bolt, if it is 3/4" diameter as you stated. The little sedan is feather light and if the power unit is anywhere near stock, won't be creating any excessive loading on suspension/steering parts. I got my engineering degree from under a shade-tree (as in shad-tree mechanic). I tend to over engineer everything which allows me to sleep well. The rolled versus cut threads, either by lathe or threading die came from a discussion on steering parts on a Ford Festiva forum several years ago. Someone was needing another half inch or so of threads on each side of the car to dial it in. Someone suggested running a die further onto the rod end to get the extra adjustment. Jumped right out at me and I did a bit of reading on internet and joined in on the forum. A really good discussion ensued. The rolling of the threads is sort of a minor forging operation whereas material is displaced and compressed aligning the metal grain structure on the surface smoothing and strengthening it. The cutting of threads leaves microscopic tears and lines that could develop into cracking and breakage when vibration and stress are encountered. I recall a story that went around our little podunk town back in the 1960's. A mechanic at a service station garage had done some work on a car for a customer and put low-stress bolts in the steering and/or suspension. A bolt failed and someone was killed in the subsequent mess. Nothing to do with threads or fasteners, but when wife and I were dating in early 1966, she lived in Tulsa, about 100 miles from where I lived. We were still in high school and I worked till 4 or 5 o'clock on Saturday. After work I'd jump through the shower and blast to Tulsa for the rest of the weekend. I was 18 and had a 55 Chevy with new 283 with Corvette Rochester fuel-injection unit. I have a cherished pic of wife at 15 years age sitting under the hood on the FI intake plenum. Anyway, I'd blast to Tulsa so we could go out on Sat. night There were several areas on the trip where I'd run at 90-100 mph on occasion. One night I arrived at her house and we decided that we were staying home that night so the car sat in the driveway all night. Next morning we went out to go to breakfast or something and I backed out of the driveway. As soon as I got in the street and started straightening the wheels up, I could hear a scraping sound and the steering went funky. Got out and the right tie-rod end had fallen off the ball. I most likely had been running at or near 100 mph twenty miles or so before parking in her driveway.
  14. The bolts in the pic above look to me like Grade 5 bolts. Markings on bolt head would show. I'm judging by the Cadmium looking finish. I've always heard that it's not a good idea to use any fasteners below Grade 8 on steering, suspension, and other critical applications. There're all kind of articles and forum discussions to search on internet on this subject. Here's an example: https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2013/11/22/tech-101-identifying-and-replacing-automotive-hardware Another consideration that I always address on really critical applications is machined versus rolled threads. I visited in on a lengthly thread on one of the car forums a couple years ago about this aspect of fasteners. Machined threads can leave stress risers in the finished product that can provide the start of a cracking type failure. Sure don't want that in any steering components.
  15. Excuse me, but this is a discussion on the 'Destruction of America'. Just something that ran through my mind at the monent. I see immigration being used as a cudgel, among many in their arsenal, by the 'Fundamental Transformation' warriors which relates to the destruction of America, to me anyway. Today's discussion may not be about immigration, but seems that I recall it being a topic earlier in the thread. My recommendation would be to disregard and go to the next post. It's what I generally do; and I sleep much better when I do. Have a great weekend, all !!
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