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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    I'll try to shoot a picture of my battery area tommorrow. I'm not sure if there is a cover over the battery. Mine didn't have one. It is suppose to have a hold down of course which I added beacuse it got lost at some point. I'm not sure what the other indentation is for. It's pretty shallow for much of anything unless possibly a tool kit might have fit in there?
    Glad to hear your driving yours. I'm taking mine to a show tommorrow (driving it there) only about 8 miles away but usually the entrance line takes up to 1 hour to park. 23 years and they still don't know how to park cars. There are about 1500 cars preregistered. Lets hope it stays cool. It's been good so far but this will be the test. It's a hot rod show so I will have one of the few stockers but that's the way I like them. I somehow lost my taste for most hotrods!!!
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    Well here it is, drove it onto the trailer, finally got it home. Now that I have it home, will start looking for parts to stock. Right now looking for a headlight lens, and the covers for the horns. If someone has a picture of what they look like, could you post it. So I know what I'm looking for....
    How does one determine what the correct body color is. The vehicle plate doesn't give much information. Definetly not going to stay this color.
    Thanks,
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Looks like a good base. I actually don't think the color is too bad. I thought I added the battery tray photos a couple of days ago but I see it isn't here. I have seen an NOS pair of horn covers show up about once a year on ebay. I bought one set. They were 300.00 but the chrome was real nice. If you get far enough along, and still don't find horn covers, let me know. I have the used ones off my car. I just haven't decided wether to turn them loose or keep them just in case. Excuse the dust. There seems to be alot falling out of the seat cushion.
    My guess is the recess may have been for a tool kit?
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Ok, Thanks, and I will definitely keep your spares in the back of my mind if I run into dead ends.
    It will be a couple of year project. So I have time. The indent on the right in my car has the carpet extended into it. Oh well, it will make a good stash whatever spot, maybe the service manuals for my little trips I will be taking....Thanks. 8-)
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    The sedan and Roadster may have a different seat frame style. I'm not sure but there always seemed to be differences.

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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Quote Originally Posted by auburnseeker View Post
    The sedan and Roadster may have a different seat frame style. I'm not sure but there always seemed to be differences.
    Isn't there a raised "subframe" under the convertibles and roadsters on the Airstream? I seem to remember my friend Russell Parker who owned a convertible sedan and convertible coupe Airstream saying that to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auburnseeker View Post
    The sedan and Roadster may have a different seat frame style. I'm not sure but there always seemed to be differences.
    The seat frame shown here looks exactly like my 4dr closed car.
    My 2 dr coupe has a much different seat made all out of woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keiser31 View Post
    Isn't there a raised "subframe" under the convertibles and roadsters on the Airstream? I seem to remember my friend Russell Parker who owned a convertible sedan and convertible coupe Airstream saying that to me.
    Yes converts had a very unusual rasied frame on top of the existing
    frame. I've seen this in many cars even to day. Honestly I don't
    like it one bit, but I guess this is what they felt they had to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJMcKee View Post
    Well here it is, drove it onto the trailer, finally got it home. Now that I have it home, will start looking for parts to stock. Right now looking for a headlight lens, and the covers for the horns. If someone has a picture of what they look like, could you post it. So I know what I'm looking for....
    How does one determine what the correct body color is. The vehicle plate doesn't give much information. Definetly not going to stay this color.
    Thanks,
    I may have both the lens and the horn covers you need. I would have
    to look at my stock to see what is left. As for the color, I think it may be
    fairly close to an original color. MY 4 dr. car was originally green. Way
    to faded to tell . See the attached pictures and see what you think...
    ERic
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Quote Originally Posted by VW4X4 View Post
    I may have both the lens and the horn covers you need. I would have
    to look at my stock to see what is left. As for the color, I think it may be
    fairly close to an original color. MY 4 dr. car was originally green. Way
    to faded to tell . See the attached pictures and see what you think...
    ERic
    Hi Eric, ya its pretty close, so I imagine that's and original color, but I still don't like it. So it will change. The wife is looking at a pale green/mustard blend color, with the off white upholstery color thats in it now....except redone. We have a Plymouth in the group here with it, and its pretty sharp.
    It would be great if you have those parts. thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJMcKee View Post
    Hi Eric, ya its pretty close, so I imagine that's and original color, but I still don't like it. So it will change. The wife is looking at a pale green/mustard blend color, with the off white upholstery color thats in it now....except redone. We have a Plymouth in the group here with it, and its pretty sharp.
    It would be great if you have those parts. thanks.
    Steve can you please Pmail me.... thanks
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Ok, a little help here, I found this pull tab at the bottom of the front seat, on the transmission hump, any idea what its for? I thought maybe the release for the bottom cushion on the front seat, but couldn't see how it would operate it.
    Maybe it the release for the moonshine load they put in the trunk

    Any ideas'
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Just make sure that Shine tank is empty because as good as that little six runs it will still have a hard time escaping the revenuers
    Maybe that's what mine was used for. It did have a bunch of spent 38 shells and even a few shotgun cartridges under the seat when I cleaned it out. Still doesn't explain the outy bullet hole/mark in the sheetmetal inner frame of the rumble lid. Accident or somebody wasn't well liked?
    It's probably just the release for the seat adjuster to go forward and back. Thaty's what the one in my car is for but it looks a little different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJMcKee View Post
    Ok, a little help here, I found this pull tab at the bottom of the front seat, on the transmission hump, any idea what its for? I thought maybe the release for the bottom cushion on the front seat, but couldn't see how it would operate it.
    Maybe it the release for the moonshine load they put in the trunk

    Any ideas'
    Steve,
    That is the seat adjustment. If you can get underneath you'll see two
    rods that run to each side, and pull on the track locks.
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Ok, here's a question to ponder, when talking about al-natural, the picture of my Chrysler on this site shows something in pretty decent shape. It runs well. Needs tires, the back seat side panels are kind of crusty from water leaks, but interior is intact. But for now I'm thinking of driving it to some local shows as is. Question is that acceptable in the hobby. I know I can do what I want, but I've seen and read topics of people that express to keep it as original as possible. Two ways, to do that, the old car that's been kept in a vacuum sealed chamber all these years and looks as it came off the showroom floor yesterday, or a car pulled out a silent 25year sleep in a barn, dusted it off and you got what you got, and it runs.
    Thoughts ???
    This is my thought till I've collected enough stuff and cash to start the body off restoration. Of which most I will do myself.
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    I would just service it get it up and running and enjoy it. You will find as many people or more look at it and appreciate it as is. MY car is far from perfect and really needs paint. I have as much fun with it as is or more than I would if it was restored. Besides when is the last time you even saw a 1936 Chrysler at a car show.
    It will also give you a chance to get the mechanicals 100 percent sorted out.

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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Quote Originally Posted by auburnseeker View Post
    I would just service it get it up and running and enjoy it. You will find as many people or more look at it and appreciate it as is. MY car is far from perfect and really needs paint. I have as much fun with it as is or more than I would if it was restored. Besides when is the last time you even saw a 1936 Chrysler at a car show.
    It will also give you a chance to get the mechanicals 100 percent sorted out.
    Thanks for the feedback, I was thinking along those lines for awhile, it has some issues that I need to resolve, but nothing major, I plan on pulling the radiator and having it boiled and checked out, already did the gas tank. and then put some new brakes on it. But yea, think it would be fun to see some reaction to the out of the barn look. We have a monthly car show here in Colorado Springs, on the 1st Sat, May - Oct. So as long as its running might as well enjoy it till I get all the bugs identified and get coin set aside to restore it.
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    OBTW, still looking for a starter relay for that, the one i got in it is pretty sick, but it does manage to start the car with a little coaxing. Any ideas, I've looked all over the web, and its not there. Does the Dodge, Plymouth use the same one ???
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    As far as I know the electrical part of the starter is all Chrysler Only. I think it's up until 1941 but would have to double check. There has to be one out there. What about having your solenoid (i believe that's what you thought was wrong ) rebuilt at an electrical shop. It might be alot cheaper and then you would know it's good. A used one is a crap shoot.

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    I stumbled across this site while trying to find parts for an Airstream. I purchased a 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 coupe in February. It's rough to say the least. I have been trying to find a few parts while trying to get a title. Someone had sandblasted and primered the body without removing the VIN plates, therefor erasing the VIN # completely. I found a set of numbers on the frame starting with a C7, but North Carolina will not use those #'s. They have said they can issue me a NC VIN # and it will still say 1936 Chrysler Airstream on the title. What a mess.

    Some of the parts I'm looking for include: hood emblem, passenger window garnish molding (I'm told a '36 sedan front door garnish without vent window will work), driver's side 1/4 window garnish molding, 2 glove box doors with hinge, wiper pivots and linkage, and a medal top insert. I'm assuming the windshield is held in by a garnish molding. If so, I need that too. Does anyone make patch panels for these cars? I bought a set of 1/4 panel patches.

    I have a set of 4 rust free fenders for a '35 Airstream with the original paint on them if anyone is interested. Also have the chrome headlights and stands. All are in beautiful shape! Thanks for any and all help!

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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Hi, Duster,

    I've had my 36 sedan since my first posting on this site, (earlier this year), parts are somewhat hard to find, the guys on this site might be able to point you to some parts, I found my headlight lenses (2 of them) but only one survived the mailing, so its risky.
    How about some pictures of your's. Mine is the green one.
    I found out that back in those days, there was no vin plate, the Vin was developed off the Engine serial number. That's how my title is written.
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    Re: 1936 Chrysler Airstream C7 owners?

    Quote Originally Posted by SJMcKee View Post
    Hi, Duster,

    I've had my 36 sedan since my first posting on this site, (earlier this year), parts are somewhat hard to find, the guys on this site might be able to point you to some parts, I found my headlight lenses (2 of them) but only one survived the mailing, so its risky.
    How about some pictures of your's. Mine is the green one.
    I found out that back in those days, there was no vin plate, the Vin was developed off the Engine serial number. That's how my title is written.
    There WAS a vin plate on the passenger side door post "in those days". They did use the engine number a lot to register the cars by.
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    The original engine is long gone. The number they gave me will work, just have to get it bonded through an insurance company before they will give me a title. At least it will say 1936 Chrysler Airstream on the title!

    I posted a few pictures in my album, not sure how to attach them to a message though....

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    Here you go 340duster...
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    Thanks keiser31!

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