Taylormade

Members
  • Content count

    1,835
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

Everything posted by Taylormade

  1. Taylormade

    1928 Dodge Brothers 4 door listed on eBay

    Owner says it was an 8 out of 10 fifty years ago when they stuck it in a barn. Check out the rust holes at the bottom rear of the body. A perfectly good car ruined by indifference and neglect. Only a dedicated Dodge Brothers fan is going to tackle this restoration since you can buy a nice one for a fourth of the cost of the restoration. I sense the odious scent of rat rod wafting in from the barn.
  2. Taylormade

    Flooring pictures please

    I actually love the pattern, but it strikes me that it is too large in scale to fit the car. I was expecting a much smaller version of that design, which I think would fit the overall look a bit better. Color and look are dead on.
  3. Taylormade

    Is this a Fog Light?

    I knew I wasn’t going crazy - I saw the request on the Dodge Brothers Club site on Facebook. I directed the poster to this post.
  4. Taylormade

    Is this a Fog Light?

    Someone on the site is looking for this exact light, but I can’t find the darn post. Just saw it 15 minutes ago, and now It’s disappeared into the void. Hopefully he’ll see this post and get in touch.
  5. Taylormade

    Do You Remember When Edsels Were New? What Did You Think?

    I do remember the incredibly sappy promo song that went with the car’s introduction - ‘Ford, Thunderbird, Lincoln, Mercury, Continental...and happy day, happy day, the brand new Edsel’s on it’s way!
  6. Taylormade

    Do You Remember When Edsels Were New? What Did You Think?

    Since the grill looked like a toilet bowl, I wasn’t impressed. Over the years it’s kind of grown on me.
  7. Taylormade

    1929 Chrysler - Oil Pressure

    A lot of this is related to the overall condition of the engine. Is it badly worn, is the oil pump in spec, is the pressure relief valve set up correctly? I’d take a look at the oil pump to start, and then go from there.
  8. Taylormade

    Chrome powder coating vs real chrome

    Not to get too far into the weeds, but should a 26 Dodge Brothers have chrome or nickel plating. Some dim memory tells me that the 1927 Pontiac was the first car to use chrome plating - don’t quote me on that! Just wondering.
  9. Taylormade

    1929 Chrysler 65 Coupe

    Black walls were standard.
  10. Taylormade

    Wiring Question

    There was little left of the wiring in my 1932 dodge Brothers DL sedan when I got her. Now I'm ready to rewire the car and have a question for all you wiring gurus out there - electrical systems are not my forte. The car originally came with one of those infamous coil/ignition units that had the ignition key built into the coil. These are still available, but at $250 I'd rather save a few bucks and use a regular coil, since it's hidden under the dash anyway. In fact, the car ran on this setup when I first owned it and never gave me any problems. This is the replacement ignition switch that has always been in the car since I owned it. It has three terminals, IGN, BAT and STA. Although I took pretty good notes at the time of disassembly five years ago, I can't locate the one sheet I need - how the switch was wired up. I have a new Rhode Island Wiring harness, but it is designed for the coil/ignition setup. So, how do I bypass that and wire it correctly for the current ignition switch? The green wire went from the STA post on the key switch to the negative post of the coil. The wires on other two terminals - your guess is as good as mine. The switch is a simple on and off - just two positions. Here is the wiring diagram for the original wiring setup. It's a positive ground car. What gauge wire is usually run from the positive terminal of the coil to the distributor on a six volt system? Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.
  11. Taylormade

    Wiring Question

    Again, no three positions, just two - on or off. I think the remote starter button theory is the correct one, thus three terminals on a two way switch.
  12. Taylormade

    49 Chrysler Straight 8 Overheating

    I did mine with the engines fully assembled. It won’t hurt anything with the engine partly or fully disassembled, just make sure to dry everything off and leave no standing water. Put down a tarp or other protection if you do this in your driveway- you’ll never get the rust stains out of the concrete, otherwise. And you're blasting the water passages through the plug holes, not into the cylinders. The mess will shoot out of the other open holes. Take of the water pump, too, as this will give you a large opening at the front of the block to spray into. Trust me, you want to replace the plugs at all cost - easy to do and cheap. Any good auto parts store will have, or can get, the plugs.
  13. Taylormade

    49 Chrysler Straight 8 Overheating

    Remove all the casting/freeze plugs. Get a pressure washer. Get the nozzle inside one of the openings and blast away. Use a coat hanger to rod out any stubborn areas. Blast in all the openings, in different directions. You will be amazed how much crud will come out. Keep blasting until the water comes out clear. Wait a few minutes, rod out the passages with the coat hanger one more time, then blast again. I’ve done it many times - 48 Plymouth, 29 Plymouth, 32 Dodge Brothers, 50 Dodge - works like a charm. You really want to remove the plugs anyway as they tend to rust from the inside.
  14. No luck. I forgot the last one I had was broken in half and missing a big chunk out of one end. I’ll keep my eye out.
  15. It’s hard to tell from the pictures - does the hood narrow in width from front to back? If so, I ran into a similar problem and discovered the compound curve was way above my pay grade. I needed a skilled metalworker to help me out. If the hood is an equal width throughout its length, you may be able to pull it off using the pipe method.
  16. Taylormade

    Wooden roof rebuild

    Yes, that’s the style I was thinking of. Should look great.
  17. Taylormade

    49 Chrysler Straight 8 Overheating

    No water distribution tube in the early engines. Not sure when they came in, but my 32 Dodge Brothers six doesn’t have one. If your motor doesn’t have the full water jacket (if you can see the shape of the cylinders on the side of the block) then you don’t have the tube.
  18. Taylormade

    Need help on 1949 Cadillac purchase

    I’m not sure if this would work, due to the metal thickness and type of paint on these old cars, but I’d have a “paint-less dent remover” technician take a look at the problem and see if he could work them out.
  19. Taylormade

    Wooden roof rebuild

    Are the stainless roof bows going to be visible? On my 32 they are wood and used to give support for the headliner, which is stapled to the bows. My bows are hidden by the headliner. I have seen some DBs with visible bows, but they have been finished wood or cloth covered. Just curious where you’re going with this.
  20. Taylormade

    Rear brake drum seal surface tapered

    Same on my 1932 Dodge Brothers DL sedan. Seems to be common on thirties Chrysler products.
  21. Taylormade

    Wooden roof rebuild

    Looks great. Are you going to seal the final product so moisture doesn’t delaminate the plywood?
  22. Taylormade

    1971 Dodge Challenger Indy Pace Car

    Cool car. I was at the race in 71, shooting footage for the race film that was produced each year. My brother-in-law and I had unlimited pit and track passes and I thought a shot from the press stand at the start would look good. When we arrived at the stand just before the start, we discovered it was completely full. Rather upset, I set up near the rail along the track at a lower vantage than I wanted to and shot the start. I heard my brother-in-law yelling behind me and turned just in time to see the pace car skid by behind us and crash into the stand. We both looked at each other - we had been standing in front of the stand just a minute before, right where the car impacted. We moved down to turn four and shot the rest of the race from there. Some of my footage of the terrifying Bobby Unser crash was used. His car rode up the wall in flames and I still remember the intense heat from the burning alcohol fuel from all the way across the track.
  23. Taylormade

    LaBaron Bonney Alternative?

    Well, my broadcloth arrived today in good shape and with the backing.. Now, if the wire-on I ordered Friday shows up soon, I’ll let you know.
  24. This is the story of Daphne, the Black Daliha, my once and future 1932 Dodge DL sedan. Warning: this is a story of lust, loss of innocence, betrayal and redemption. Read at your own risk. It was 1965. I was a sophomore at Syracuse university. Life was good. Vietnam was just a distant dark cloud on the horizon. I had everything - except a car. I'd just joined Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. All the cool guys in the frat owned cars. I wanted to be a cool guy. I lusted after a set of wheels. But not the wheels the other brothers were driving; not an MGA, or a new Chevy convertible, or a 58 Corvette, no, I lusted after a big, black 1930s sedan. After all, my favorite TV show had been "The Untouchables." Those long, curvey, full-fendered monsters roaring down a rain-slicked street got my blood boiling. Not a coupe, not even a convertible, but a four door sedan - with sidemounts, of course. That was MY idea of a car! I was immediately shunned by most of my fraternity brothers. On a pleasant spring day I was walking to class and happened to pass by the staff parking lot. Sitting there, under a huge oak, was the car of my dreams. Stunned, I pushed my way through the hedge to get a better look at her. It said Dodge Brothers on the winged badge that adorned the chrome radiator shell. The front fenders held magnificent spoked wheels and hulking Allstate tires. The four door body, black as coal, stretched off into the distance. Lust doesn't even describe my feeling at that moment. I had to own that car. I would kill to own that car. Two minor problems: I couldn't find the owner and I was broke. Day after day I passed by my obsession on the way to class. She sat there, taunting me. My attention slipped, my grades suffered. I spent long nights staring at the ceiling, unable to sleep. Then, one day, I noticed something different about the black beauty. Was it...? Yes, a sign in the window: black with red letters - FOR SALE. And below, in ball point pen - $400. My euphoria was short-lived as I suddenly realized the magnitude of my dilemma. My heart sank. I was doomed. Where was I going to come up with four hundred large? My palms grew damp, my eyesight dimmed. This couldn't be happening. Someone was bound to snap up this gem and she would be gone forever! What to do, what to do? Holding up a convenience store was out of the question. What would my parents say if I got caught? My parents...hmmmm. Yeah, I could call my dad, already strapped with paying my tuition and gearing up for my brother's entrance into the ivy halls of higher academia, and try to extort the $400 from him. My mouth dry, my fingers numb, I dialed sunny California - where my parents had conveniently moved from New York just after I decided on Syracuse as college of choice - and hit up the old man for four hundred clams. Things remained fairly calm until I mentioned the car in question was a Dodge. My father, a GM claims adjuster/manager/executive for 18 years (it would be 40 years before he retired) was appalled. A Chrysler Product! Was I out of my mind? And what year was it? I wasn't sure; late twenties, early thirties? Who cared? It was cool! To this day I don't know why my father said yes to my buying a 33 year old non GM product, but he did. He sent me the money and I was the proud owner of a 1932 Dodge Brothers DL sedan. My loss of innocence came fast and hard. I treated my gem, my overwhelming desire, like dirt. She never let me down, despite my indifference, my abuse, my thoughtlessness. I was remiss in changing the oil, maintaining the fluid levels, washing her, keeping her safe. I drove her in the snow, in the slush, through the brutal upstate New York winters. I piled into a parked car during a blizzard and somehow managed to scrape up enough cash to have the damaged passenger side fender repaired - twenty-five bucks. I owed her that. A fellow Delt backed her out of the driveway - the driveway was our only parking space and musical cars was the game of the day - and he ran into a parked car across the street. The back window was small on these sedans - low visibility. Gone was the tail light and the fender was crumpled. I couldn't raise enough money to fix it, so I slapped on a cheap aftermarket tail light and soldiered on. She always started, always got me to where I was going, but my treatment of her was beyond the pale. Deep in my heart I knew I was the villain a she was the suffering victim. Then, the call from my dad. Oh, the horror, the horror! My brother was in college now, times were tough and he couldn't afford the car insurance anymore. I'd have to sell the Dodge. I begged and pleaded, tried to talk him into putting her into storage. No deal, sell the car. I put an ad in the paper. The guy who sold it to me called. I wanted $400. He said that was too high. No one wanted my car. It wasn't cool. I wasn't cool. Then a fellow Delt, a kindred spirit, Phil Kennedy, found out I was selling the old girl. His sensibilities were apparently as strange and twisted as mine. He wanted to buy the car. He loved the thirties styling. He'd never owned a car. He lusted after my Dodge. Just one problem - he was broke. He nervously called his father, who read him the riot act and then agreed to give Phil the money. The deal was made and the Dodge passed out of my life - I thought forever. Forty-five years passed. I met the girl of my dreams, got married, had a daughter, three grand-kids. I thought of my old Dodge often, wondering whatever had happened to her, figuring she was probably part of a 1986 Subaru or something equally horrifying. In a moment of insanity, I was talked into joining Facebook by my daughter and granddaughters. I began to catch up on old friends. I thought about Phil Kennedy and my old car. Any chance he still had...no, impossible. I finally tracked Phil down and discovered he had bought another 32 Dodge. My old car was sitting in his grandmother's - now his - garage, and had been there since 1970. At that point I had a 1948 Plymouth and a 50 Dodge Wayfarer roadster. Phil and I exchanged amenities and promptly lost track of each other for three years. I came in from the workshop one day after fighting with the rusted out floorboards of the convertible. My wife could see I was miserable. "Do you really care about the convertible?" she asked. Now, I thought the Wayfarer was a neat old car, but I had to admit my heart wasn't really in it. And then it came to me - the car I really wanted to restore, the only car I really wanted, was my old Dodge, my first car. I struggled to find Phil again. Would he still have the car? Would he sell it? Through another Delt brother I found Phil's email and sent him off the message. It was like that spring day in Syracuse all over again. I lusted after my old car and this time, if I was lucky enough to get her back, I would treat her like the lady she always was. Phil's reply was too good to be true. Since he had purchased his all original 32 he had decided he'd never have time to restore "my" old Dodge. He was thinking about selling her, and had actually though of me first - but he figured that since I already had two cars, I wouldn't be interested. I quickly got that idea out of his head! We made a deal and my first car was coming back home after 45 years. Over the last two months I have sold the Plymouth and the Wayfarer. I hated to see them go, but I wanted to devote all my time (and money) to the restoration of the Dodge. Here's the Plymouth heading off to Texas. I hope to have Daphne finished in time for the 100th anniversary of Dodge in 2014 and drive her up to the big show in Auburn Hills. It will be a daunting task, but she deserves it after what I put her through all those years ago.
  25. Taylormade

    The Ressurection of Daphne - a 1932 DL

    Picked up the radiator yesterday with leak repaired and everything pressure tested for any other leaks. Everything checked out fine. Total cost - 25 bucks. Putting everything back together tomorrow. My extra fabric arrives from LB tomorrow and I’ll get that over to the upholstery shop so he can finish my seats. Planning on getting the motor started this weekend, then making new floorboards.