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05-18-2008 - The Big Explanation

Post by Specialdeluxe » Sun May 18th, 2008 4:45

The Big Explanation.

I am going to wing this post, hopefully it won’t be too long winded. I have been feeling the need to explain a few things about this site so new members as well as long time members have a better understanding of what is going on here.

I started this web site soon after I purchased my ‘49 plymouth. I was 20 years old at the time. My greeting to site visitors on the home page still tells the tale of an eager youth with his first old car. My initial intent for this site was to meet people who also had ‘49 Plymouth’s so I could have any questions answered as I fixed my car and to keep track of vendors I found that sold ‘49 Plymouth parts. As I collected advertisements and ‘49 Plymouth collectables I would put them on the web site. It became a great way to keep track of my findings and share it with others.

I had started to do freelance web site design while going to college and used this site as my show piece. I really wanted this to be a community web site and not MY web site. I needed to find ways for people to add the content because at the time I didn’t have very much. I also didn’t really know a whole lot about the car. The extent of my knowledge even now is from when my ‘49 was running, reading the shop manual, what I learned when I disassembled it and from what I read on the message board.

The Message Board

Emails started coming in as people found the web site. I would try to answer their questions as best I could from what I knew and could look up in the shop manual. The number of emails soon became overwhelming. I wanted to help everyone but just didn’t have the time. I decided to add a messageboard. Now we have almost 300 ‘49 Plymouth owners from all over the world discussing one specific automobile. A treasure trove for owners of this humble car. I check in on the message board from time to time to make sure it is still working and remove spammers trying to sell you Viagra. I noticed that there was a member on the message board that was doing a great job welcoming new members, pointing them to proper resources and researching information to help them out. I decided to ask them to be a moderator for the message board and essentially to just keep doing what he was doing. I think John (Johnny_S) has been doing one heck of a job. Thanks John!

The Photo Gallery

Many people would send me photos of their car and I would make a web page showing it along with a short story about them. This too became quite the job. I found another web application that allowed message board members to create their own photo gallery and write descriptions themselves. This too has been fun to watch. There is a nice variety of ‘49 Plymouths in various stages of restoration. From stock restorations to wild customs.

The Knowledgebase

I wanted to share some of the articles I found that were written about the ‘49 Plymouth. I used to retype the full length articles and scan the photos to create the web pages. Now that’s just plain crazy! I found an add on for the message board that made things a bit easier but it also had a gaping security hole that allowed hackers to gain access to the board and make junk posts. I have recently found a replacement plug in that so far looks to be holding up. I have many articles that have been emailed to me that I will be adding to this part of the web site. I’m really glad to have something that works and will make it worthwhile to add the articles.

The majority of the articles I will be posting are from the Plymouth Owner’s Bulletin. One of the first articles I wanted to add to the site came from a book called 1946-1959 Plymouths by Jim Benjaminson. I emailed him to get permission. He gave me the go ahead to reprint the portion of the book. I am a member of the Plymouth Owners Club and I noticed that Jim writes a large number of the articles in the bulletin. So I asked him if I could use those articles also. He agreed as long as I gave credit where credit was due. Thanks Jim!

The Rest of the Site

Yes, there is more to the web site. If you are viewing the message board, clicking on the blue Plymouth in the upper left hand corner will take you there. You’ll find random information that I have been putting together.


My ‘49 Plymouth

Nope, still don’t have it together yet. When I had taken it apart I was putting myself through school and didn’t have any cash to spare for the car. I saved up some to get the engine rebuilt and found a guy to do it. He ended up having health issues and had me come and pick it up. That was the first of the many set backs I’ve had trying to get work done on the Plymouth. I have the car stored in a garage that isn’t mine which makes the opportunities to work on it very limited and difficult. I had purchased all of the parts to rebuild the suspension and had them in a box in the garage. Somehow the box ended up getting filled with rock salt. Then there were the personal life struggles. Sometimes when it rains... it also gives you a swift kick to the backside!

I do think that things happen for a reason though. I now have a pretty good job and the freelance web design is paying off as well. The personal life is much improved and there is a 2009 wedding planned. Her father is an auto body mechanic! Then there’s my brother Scott. My brother and I used to be very close when we were kids but drifted apart during our teen years. We finally started doing things together again a few years ago. We go fishing, ice fishing deer hunting and make fishing lures together. We also restored an old ‘64 fiberglass Larson runabout that I use as my fishing boat. Scott called me two weeks ago and we were talking about fishing when he asked about the Plymouth. Then we went back to talking about fishing. After wards I wondered why he had brought up the Plymouth, so the next time I talked to him I asked him why he had asked me about the car. He said that he figured I would never get working on the car as long as it was in the garage it is currently in so I should bring it over to his house where he has the garage space and the tools.

Today we pulled the frame and engine out of the garage and brought it over to his house! We went over the parts for the front end and found that some of them didn’t survive being stored in salt water so I’ll need to track down replacement parts for parts that were in perfect condition the last time I saw them. Even though that really sucks, at least I can work on the Plymouth now! We have the “to do” list started, I have a key to the garage and an “o.k.” from the little lady to work on the car and spend money for parts. We will be photographing each step of the way in this restoration.

The web site should start to get pretty interesting.
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Good going in your Plymouth! :driving:

Paul Schettner
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Paul's 49

Post by p18plywood » Tue May 20th, 2008 5:12

Hi Paul:
I believe I found your site about the time that I bought my 49 Plymouth woodie wagon,( what was left of it at any rate). That was about seven years ago. I was 50 then and nievely thought I would have this project done in a couple of years to take my youngest son and my two grandsonson out for rides. My son is now 20 and has his own car, motorcycle, life and I have two more grandsons. I'm still making progress on the car, but I'm hoping now to get it finished before I'm too old to drive. My 10 year old grandson has agreed to drive "Bapa" around when he is too old and the 3 year old will drive the Indian cycle while I sit in the sidecar. I've still got a lot of years ahead of me(God willing), but time does seem to fly faster as you get older. Just enjoy the process, like working on the car with your brother. It's important to set goals, but the time in between can be filled with great memories.
I'm now 57 and money( or the lack of) is still the single biggest delay factor in this restoration project. Some things never change.
I recently got a digital camera and if I ever learn how to use it I will send some pictures of the car in it's current state. I am severely techno challanged with electrical/computer things.
Good luck'
Gerry

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Post by Johnny_S » Tue May 20th, 2008 8:52

Hi Paul....thanks for the post and the update. Sorry to hear about your "salt water" issues. I know the story about parts that were better when stored than when they come out of storage!! I'm sure we have many parts available throughout the group to help get you back in business ... just post a list of "wants".

I appreciate the kind remarks. There have been a couple of us who frequently visit the site and provide information and welcomes to folks who post. That's the way you learn .... ask questions and hope someone will take the time to help. I've learned a lot that way from a wide variety of folks.

So....thanks again Paul. The site lives on. It may not be the most active one around but no one can doubt its focus!

Johnny S
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Re: Paul's 49

Post by Specialdeluxe » Mon May 26th, 2008 5:46

p18plywood wrote:Hi Paul:
I believe I found your site about the time that I bought my 49 Plymouth woodie wagon,( what was left of it at any rate). That was about seven years ago. I was 50 then and nievely thought I would have this project done in a couple of years to take my youngest son and my two grandsonson out for rides. My son is now 20 and has his own car, motorcycle, life and I have two more grandsons. I'm still making progress on the car, but I'm hoping now to get it finished before I'm too old to drive. My 10 year old grandson has agreed to drive "Bapa" around when he is too old and the 3 year old will drive the Indian cycle while I sit in the sidecar. I've still got a lot of years ahead of me(God willing), but time does seem to fly faster as you get older. Just enjoy the process, like working on the car with your brother. It's important to set goals, but the time in between can be filled with great memories.
I'm now 57 and money( or the lack of) is still the single biggest delay factor in this restoration project. Some things never change.
I recently got a digital camera and if I ever learn how to use it I will send some pictures of the car in it's current state. I am severely techno challanged with electrical/computer things.
Good luck'
Gerry
Thanks for the "I've been there too" remarks. I've felt horrible having the desire to work on the car but not the means to do so. The recent change of events will hopefully get things going again. My brother will definitely supply some motivation and know how to put the car back together. He is really excited to to the engine rebuild. The future father in law (who's known me my whole life, and remembers the day I was born) is going to be a lot of fun to work with on the body restoration. You're right, the largest part of this is going to be having fun with people and getting those memories.

I'd love to see your photos added to the gallery!
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Good going in your Plymouth! :driving:

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Post by Specialdeluxe » Mon May 26th, 2008 5:52

Johnny_S wrote:Hi Paul....thanks for the post and the update. Sorry to hear about your "salt water" issues. I know the story about parts that were better when stored than when they come out of storage!! I'm sure we have many parts available throughout the group to help get you back in business ... just post a list of "wants".

I appreciate the kind remarks. There have been a couple of us who frequently visit the site and provide information and welcomes to folks who post. That's the way you learn .... ask questions and hope someone will take the time to help. I've learned a lot that way from a wide variety of folks.

So....thanks again Paul. The site lives on. It may not be the most active one around but no one can doubt its focus!

Johnny S
Colorado
Hey Johnny!

I'm hoping that things will now get a bit more interesting now that things seem to be going well. I'm building the savings for the engine parts and tracking down the parts for the suspension. I'll be using this post for my list of parts I am looking for and update it as I go:

http://www.49plymouth.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=682
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Good going in your Plymouth! :driving:

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Re: 05-18-2008 - The Big Explanation

Post by roughn3ck » Thu Jul 23rd, 2009 9:15

i just want to thank all of you for all the imfo. and storys i check on this sight almost daily wondering who has what problem or if i can learn how to fix a problem and this web sight alone often motovates me to get out there and do something new with my car with the things i have learned from here and once again i just wanted to say thanks for all you guys have done

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