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    1930 Dodge Brothers 8
    1939 Studebaker Coupe Express

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  1. This web site has a few tech. manuals for Bosch magnetos. Maybe yours is one of them? http://go-faster.com/BoschMagnetoVeteran.html Here is a document about the MJA American Bosch magneto. http://www.oldcroak.com/mja-1/ I am sure if you keep looking for magneto information on the www, rather than Mitchell stuff, you will find something.
  2. Coincidence. The engine numbers are done during assembly. The casting numbers are set before production starts. The next engine would be D180190 of course.
  3. I can't remember any problem doing it. I think I must use an offset ring spanner too, an old Sidchrome I inherited from my father. Or maybe a standard ring spanner with a slight bend. Access is probably easier on a car with wire wheels coz the wheel is off when doing this. Tricky spanner though. Thanks for the tip. I haven't seen one before.
  4. I think you are right. It is a Q. Thank you for the start of the casting letter sequence. Very useful.
  5. http://www.collectorcarads.com/Studebaker-Commander/56325 This one shows seams across the doors but no fancy metal or carpet on the door. The '39 was sharpened up a bit with the trim, but it is mostly the same other than the front clip and front suspension (and the OD if it has it).
  6. According to the parts book, 1937 engine numbers started at D112601 with no differentiation between 5A (conventional front axle) and 6A (planar suspension). So if that first letter is a "D" you have a 1937 engine. 5A serial numbers for cars made in South Bend started with 5536001 so your 5570064 appears to be a 5A from South Bend. 1938 serial numbers started with 5,582,001 from South Bend. A Q-5 body is a "Regular" coupe body less rumble seat with the spare on the rear or a "Deluxe" with the spare in the seat compartment, also less rumble seat (not sure how to interpret the entry in the chassis parts book). I don't know what the "A" stands for in AQ-5. The body parts book says the spare was on the rear only. G 4 12 is the casting date of the block. I don't know when the years started, but as G is the 7th letter, I would be willing to bet it was cast on 12 Apr 1937. 189195 is a casting number. It is not the part number of the block, which is 189680. 189195 does not appear in the parts book, but 189196 does (in the shock absorber group). 189028 is also a casting number; the part number of the 1937 head is 189328 (std, CI) or 189662 (Al., High Compression). BTW, xclnt choice of vehicle!
  7. Can you use factory parts books that show years, models, engine number and serial number ranges? They you show them the car with the factory photos to verify model etc, and produce the serial and engine number to prove year? If the car has no legal ownership paper, how do you show proof of ownership? A receipt? a pile of receipts from the last few owners?
  8. I wonder if it was a '35 and had a prang, after which a '36 front end was grafted on?
  9. What about asking Egge what clearance they recommend for those solid-skirt pistons? Your local engine reconditioners should be able to give advice too - i.e. pick their brains! Note also that you have to measure the piston at the right place when determining the piston to cylinder wall clearance. I note the coefficient of linear thermal expansion of Al is a little more than twice that of grey cast iron so some allowance seems to be necessary.
  10. The Hollander is an interchange guide. You can see the web site at http://hollanderinterchange.net/ I wondered if the P-5 stamped in the top of the box could refer to a Ply P-5 - I am not familiar with models of this era. It appears not? I have Chilton information for 1927-33 only. It is pretty basic compared to The Hollander. I also have an Interchange Guide by the Automotive Publishing Co. of about 1942. It shows the 1938 Chrysler and DeSoto interchange separately to the 1938 Plymouth and Dodge, which means the DeSoto and Plymouth may not, according to this guide.
  11. I am working from The Hollander, 1952. So is it correct? We can't know unless someone has a low mileage known unmolested car you can look at. Interesting the model is not cast into the case. I have read Chryco. developed gearboxes for itself in concert with Warner and maybe this is the result. Is the '37 a P-5? If so, the Hollander shows the case with the brake as the same as '36, with "Car Mfgs. # " of 668068.
  12. So how do you handle and mount a 100 lb chuck? Engine lift?
  13. Possibly a "splash panel" from below the radiator or bumper in a post war car? The longitudinal bend looks like a car front end shape.
  14. Whoops. I had 1936 in my head. The numbers above are for 1936. Sorry for misleading you. I have edited the post above to show this error. The 1938 P-6 should have a casing number of 668068. Only three parts inside would be different from the 1935 box. The De Soto box has 6 out of the main 10 parts different from 1935.