Rain postponed my usual Sat morning cruise but a beautiful Sun afternoon lured both me and the 49 out from our peaceful Sun afternoon napperhouse's
While fueling up, a fellow pulled in to the pump beside me in a 49 Dodge Meadowbrook in original condition and we shared a nice convo that folks driving vintage auto's would happily engage in.
An unusual feature of the 49 Dodge Meadowbrook is that it utilizes a fluid coupler as well as a normal clutch in between the flathead powerplant and 3 speed tranny. Altho the coupler is similar in operation to a torque converter it isn't one. He said he can shift into gear at idle at a stop, any gear, release the clutch and the engine won't stall. Said 1st gear is really too low so he usually starts out in 2nd and rarely downshifts from 3rd to 2nd when cornering. A really neat feature. It also sported a 6v pos ground electric system and a lot of chrome trim on both the interior and exterior. It was a big heavy looking car.
We were both checking out each others rides and he offered to trade as he always wanted a Stovebolt pickup. After some thought I turned him down. I've nothing against an old classic Mopar but figured I'd have a time trying to get my nearly finished 235 bolted in it
A great day indeed