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    About 60, married with 2 kids, now empty nest.

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  1. Thanks fellow restorers, your feedback is greatly received. It is very heart warming to receive your thoughts from people who have a very strong attachment to their cars and the car's history. Thanks Again Regards Aussie Dodge.
  2. Hi fellow restorers, I would appreciate any information or photos on the correct colour for the spare wheel carrier emblem for a 1920's Dodge. This spare wheel carrier is designed for disc wheels and has a brass "DB" emblem inserted into the middle of the carrier. I have seen an old black & white photo and it appears that the raise "DB" brass section of the emblem has the paint polished off revealing the "DB" in a polished brass colour. The non raised section of the emblem appears to be painted, but from a black & white photo it is impossible to determine the colour. If this section is painted I suspect it may be black to match the spare wheel carrier, or maybe for a 1925 Dodge the colour could be dark blue to match the body colour. Appreciating any feedback or suggestions - Regards Aussie Dodge.
  3. Mike, thank you for a great detailed post with excellent photos. I am just about to install new brake linings in my 25 Dodge. Just a quick question, my old dodge has no linings left on the internal brakes so I have no idea of the length of each lining. My old mechanics guide book suggests the total length of lining for the internal shoes is 5 foot, 11 inches per vehicle, but there is no guide as to length of the linings inside each brake drum. I have spoken to a couple of local brake mechanics and they have suggested that there would be a primary and secondary lining within each drum and that these can be identified as one lining is longer than the other. The shorter lining (primary) typically faces the front of the vehicle and this apparently has something to do with the amount of additional pressure that the braking system can apply to the brake drum when the vehicle is moving in the forward direction. Have you encountered this situation? or can you provide information on the length of the brake linings for the internal brake on a 25 Dodge. Regards Aussie Dodge
  4. Hi JayG Thank you for your suggestion, yes I would be open to a swap for the correct carrier. It now appears some how I have the wrong carrier to suit my car. Thank you for the photos, they are a great help. I am a little puzzled by the top bracket in the photo, it appears that it is designed to bolt flat onto the tub surface which has some sort of support behind the tub. With my car I can't see how this would work as it has a wooden frame behind the tub, there is no reinforcing support iron work as per the all metal Budd built bodies. My car has a small cast iron support bracket behind the mounting hole in the tub which is screwed with wood screws into the timber frame. This support bracket has threaded hole of approximately 3/4 inch diameter, which appears to be designed for the top support arm of the carrier to be screwed into. Regards Aussie Dodge
  5. Thank you for your suggestion Ray. The top support arm of my spare wheel carrier is rivited to the carrier disc as you suggested and the round bar section which attaches to the vehicle has a flange at the end where the last inch and 1/4 is threaded. This support arm appears to orginal with no signs of it being altered. I have been told that it is very difficult to find spare wheel carriers and I was hoping that if the problem is only with the top carrier mounting arm, then I would be prepared to have a new support arm made if I could obtain the dimensions and possibly some photos of the correct top mounting bracket.The problem with my spare wheel carrier is that the top support arm is too low and would be too short if it bent upwrads to match the height of the mouting hole in the tub. If your car has a similar spare wheel mounting system, I would greatly apprecate a couple of photos, if possible. Regards Aussie Dodge.
  6. Thank you for your reply Mike C5. The mounting hole in my rear tub is well above the top edge of the wheel carrier siimilar to your car and appears to be in the right place with no visiable signs of repair, also there is a metal bracket immediatley behind the mounting hole which is attached to the wooden frame. This bracket is threaded so that the top support arm of the carrier can be screwed in. It is a little hard to see from my photos, but the top support arm of my carrier has a flange at the end and the last inch and 1/4 is threaded. The mounting hole in my tub is 9 inches from the top of the tub. I would appreciate if you could measure the distance from the top of the tub to the centre of the mounting hole for the spare wheel carrier on your vehicle, as this will give my a guide where the problem layes. The problem with my spare wheel carrier is that the top support arm is too low and would be too short if it bent upwrads to match the height of the mouting hole in the tub. Regards Aussie Dodge
  7. Hi Guys, Can anybody help. I have a 1925 Dodge with an Australian built tourer body. The car has 20 inch disc wheels. I was preparing the spare carrier to paint and to my surprise when I carried out a trial fit I found the top mounting bracket is approximatley 100mm ( 4 Inches ) below the mounting hole in the back tub, the lower mounting brackets line up and bolt together perfectly. The spare wheel carrier came with the car, but was not installed. Photos attached. Could anybody please advise what the top mounting bracket should look like to suit a timber frame tourer body, also any overall measurements of the top bracket and in particular the distance from the top of the body to the centre of the mounting hole in the tub, also any photos would be greatly appreciated. PS Could somebody please advise, if the spare wheel carrier is correctly installed dose the spare wheel align vertically, or does it lean in towards the back tub, any measurement and photos appreciated.. Aussie Dodge.
  8. Hi Guys, Can anybody help. I have a 1925 Dodge with an Australian built tourer body. The car has 20 inch disc wheels. I was preparing the spare carrier to paint and to my surprise when I carried out a trial fit I found the top mounting bracket is approximatley 100mm ( 4 Inches ) below the mounting hole in the back tub, the lower mounting brackets line up and bolt together perfectly. The spare wheel carrier came with the car, but was not installed. Photos attached. Could anybody please advise what the top mounting bracket should look like to suit a timber frame tourer body, also any overall measurements of the top bracket and in particular the distance from the top of the body to the centre of the mounting hole in the tub, also any photos would be greatly appreciated. PS Could somebody please advise, if the spare wheel carrier is correctly installed dose the spare wheel align vertically, or does it lean in towards the back tub, any measurement and photos appreciated.. Aussie Dodge.
  9. Hi Robert b, Thank you for your reply. As per my original post I looking for somebody preferably here in Australia who may be interested in rebabbiting the bearing in my 1925 Dodge. If you can help in this regard could you please drop me an email at ted.lambert@bigpond.com Regards Aussie Dodge
  10. A big thank you to all who have posted replies to date, your knowledge and willingness to help is terrific. This forum is outstanding in bringing people together with like interests to share experiences and knowledge. Thank you all Again - Aussie Dodge
  11. Hi Guys, Just wondering if anybody can help with information regarding rebabbiting engine bearings. I have found it very difficult to find a vintage engine reconditioner who has knowledge of how the engine bearings in my 1925 Dodge should be constructed. The current main and big end bearings have an "X" shaped oil grove cut into the bearing surface for both the top and bottom bearing shell and this grove appears to be cut through the bearing material and down to the base metal brass shell. I have spoken to a few machinists, some say the oil groves are unnecessary, some have suggested that you only require the "x" groves on the top shell and others have suggested that you only require a single circle grove which runs around top and bottom shell, similar to what you would find in a modern engine. I am concerned that maybe a circle grove similar to what is currently used in a modern engine may not work properly as the old Dodge engine is not oil pressure fed like modern engines. Can anybody help with information and/or experience with rebabbiting engine bearings in an early dodge and if you have any recommendations on how the bearings should be constructed. Any suggestions on a workshop who could carry this work would also be greatly appreciated. Regards - Aussie Dodge.
  12. Thanks Guys, your information is very helpful. Wow what a fantastic restoration. If Australia was a little closer I would certainly like to pop into the museum and see the Dodge first hand. The picture looks great and helps with an idea of the correct pin stripe color. From the photo the stripe is much lighter than I was considering. Thanks Again for your assistance - Regards Aussie Dodge
  13. Thank you for your reply 1925 DB Coach. Yes I feel it's going to be a challenge to find the right color. I have experimented with different shades of yellow and while some look good in the blue body, the same color looks out of place on the black wheels. Thanks for the tip I will try lighter colors - Regards Aussie Dodge.
  14. Hi Guy's Does anybody have any idea of a current color equivalent for the pin strip color on a 25 Dodge Tourer? My car was built in August 1925 and possibly had the body fitted in Australia. I am reasonably sure the current paint work is original. The body is dark blue, fenders are black, disc wheels are also black. Both the body and the disc wheels have a 1/8 inch pin strip. The original pin strip color is now a chalky off white, however I have been told is was most likely a creamy yellow called "Cartouche Yellow". Can anybody advise if this pin strip color is correct and also can anybody advise what would be a today equivalent color or paint code. All information gratefully appreciated - Regards Aussie Dodge.
  15. Hi Guys, has anyone had any experience with rectifing worn valve guides in a 25 dodge block. I am fitting a new set of valves which are the standard size of 3/8 diameter and a couple of guides are badly worn. I have had some suggestions of boring out the old guides to around 1/2 diameter and fitting a sleeve like a K- liner, however from what I have been able to determine, K -liners are only avaiable up to aroung 2.6 inches in length and the original valve guides are 4 inches long. I am happy to get something made if this the best way to go, or is there something similar off the shelf? I have heard that bronze alloy's make a terrific valve guide with good lube and heat transfer charteristics. Any suggestions? Regards - Aussie Dodge