Ron42Dodge

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  1. Ron42Dodge

    ReChrome Advise Needed

    I appreciate all this input. So are there platters that will do this disassembly and reassembly? I don't own a welder and would hate to learn on this. And yes, I would like it to look like it came out of the factory. I considered the blackout option but my car was delivered 1 week prior to blackout. I would rather do it correct. I've been stalled on this step way to long. I'm not even sure how to undo the existing welds. I've got to stop staring at this project and start moving forward.
  2. Ron42Dodge

    ReChrome Advise Needed

    That is all I was really after but they wanted them taken apart. Only the front faces need chrome. The rest can be painted or at least not buffed . Joe seems to believe they are correct but I feel maybe it is more convenient.
  3. Ron42Dodge

    ReChrome Advise Needed

    I have a 1942 Dodge Grille that needs to be rechromed. The grille is actually 3 assemblies (right, left and center) along with some mouldings at the top (right, left and Center). I have been stuck on this step for several years and now it's time to reach out for help. I was told by our local Chrome platter that I had to completely disassemble my grille into individual components. My center grille section is made up of horizontal and vertical members. The vertical interior members are stainless and just clipped in so I removed them and went back. No they need me to break all the factory welds. For the Center section there are 7 horizontal pieces and 2 end pieces where the horizontals were welded to the the vertical ends. I don't even know if you could reweld them on. Some suggested rivets but there would be conflicts with the end piece and the last vertical stainless. I have the same problem with the right and left sides. I've attached pictures of a NOS Left side to let you see how it left the factory. Then the top center moulding they wanted disassembled but that is all welded to the back side of plated material. Discoloration guaranteed. Only the front faces need to be polished out. Is all this disassembly necessary or am I talking to the wrong platter? I'm pretty sure there are other one piece egg crate like grilles that are chrome plated that cannot be disassembled but have been replatted (1946-48 Dodge?). Input would be appreciated. Ron
  4. Ron42Dodge

    1942 DeSoto with overdrive

    Looking in my 1942 DeSoto Parts Book they list a Standard Transmission and an Underdrive Semi-Automatic Transmission. Both could have the Fluid drive option if I am reading this correct. .
  5. Ron42Dodge

    WW2 "Blackout" model information

    Nice research Paul. Can I ask where you ended up finding this info?
  6. Ron42Dodge

    Body Number???

    Bill, Great explanation. I could see them grabbing the next available body vs trying to find the next one in number sequence. Do you know is convertible were tagged as a coupe "C" or if they had a different letter after the build number? I know my convertible has a different tag bolted to the firewall with a build number but there are holes for the other 2 tags above the pinch weld that I don't know if I have. I may have to start digging through the boxes of parts to see if they are in there. But if I need to get them remade I better know what designation it should be.
  7. Ron42Dodge

    Body Number???

    That's what I originally thought but my serial number is 1903 into the the serial numbering series so it seems that I could not be the 2880th car built. And then I'm more confused with Reg Evans number.
  8. Ron42Dodge

    Body Number???

    I have a 1942 Dodge and I am curious as to what the Body Number tag on the firewall actually tells you. Is there a breakdown of these numbers? My car is a Deluxe 4 door sedan with the Body Number tag of 2880S. I assume the S references Deluxe as that reference is made in the Parts book. C - Custom, S - Deluxe The model number for the 1942 Dodge is D-22 for the American version and D-23 for the Canadian version. Based on the Vehicle Serial Number this is a very early production car being in the first 2,000 produced. Probably delivered in October of 41. The original paint color was (and still is) Bombardier Blue. The only reference to the Body Number I can find is in the parts manuals they say to include the Body Number when ordering parts But it would sure be nice to know what the numbers mean.
  9. Ron42Dodge

    49 chrysler fluid drive converter needed bad

    Greg, I got reading your past posts and it sounds like you have a leaky Fluid drive unit. Still not sure if 6 or 8. Years ago I pulled my fluid drive unit out and sent it to a transmission shop in Ohio. They had the seals in stock back then. Still working great. The Fluid drive looks like a torque converter. The seal is located in the center so when the seal fails, you loose about half the fluid. There are 2 seals involved. One is a covered spring like seal and the other is a graphite ring. My graphite ring shattered into pieces. Once the seal goes the oil will flow out and run down the the outside of the fluid drive and flow onto the bell housing and run out the screens. If the unit spins it will throw all that oil around in the housing area like the old spinning paint art toy. Replacing the whole unit you could possibly find yourself with the same problem as who knows the condition of the seals until you add fluid. There are some pricey seals on ebay but you need to verify which one you need by identifying what unit you have. But if a new fluid drive unit even exists, I'm sure that price would be sky high. I'll see if I can find where I sent mine Either way it is a lot of work. You have to pull the transmission out and remove the clutch to get the fluid drive out. Removing the nuts that connect the fluid drive to the engine are the biggest pain. A lot of cussing. I'll see if I can give you any insight. Ron
  10. Ron42Dodge

    49 chrysler fluid drive converter needed bad

    So just to verify, are you looking for the whole housing of the torque converter. 6 or 8 Cyl? Looks like 46-50 8 Cyl were part number 1320621 and 41-53 6 cyl were unit 1320563. That one was also used by Dodge and Desoto 6 cyl. Do you not have one at all or is yours leaking? I have a used housing I pulled off a 42 Dodge parts car but have no Idea of condition. But before I dig I want to verify what you are after. Leaky seals can be fixed.
  11. Ron42Dodge

    Gadgets and Gizmos

    6 volt Mopar Battery Tender for up to 9 batteries. I like the color coded terminals.
  12. Ron42Dodge

    Unknown Brackets

    Yes I will. I will make you a great deal for your help. Message me your address.
  13. Ron42Dodge

    Unknown Brackets

    Looks like by 42 they were not using this bracket anymore. Both my 42 Plymouth and 42 Dodge manuals don't have this bracket. A little more digging this was unique to 40 Plymouth Part number 856754. Thanks for the help.
  14. Ron42Dodge

    Unknown Brackets

    Boy I think you nailed it. I will definitely look tonight. Thanks