24 Roadster

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  1. That's just how my father viewed DB and Ford. He beat it into my head that there was no comparison between DB and Ford. He never owned a Ford car. He bought his 24 DB Roadster out of a junk yard in 1934 for $50 when he was 16 years old. Learned to work on engines because of this and as a result he was an airplane mechanic in WWII and not on the front line. Before he died he made me promise him I would take care of the Dodge. I honored his request and the 24 Roadster is still part of the family and running great. I will make the same request of my son.
  2. I would also question if this was a 5 main brg engine as claimed.
  3. Thanks, I had the engine out so not a big deal. I wanted to clean and put new grease in anyway. How do I know when the grease is at the correct level? There is a plug on the end of the worm gear box. Is it full when grease comes out this hole? Or is there some other way to know when its full?
  4. I have run out of travel on my eccentric bushing to remove slack in my steering box. I am going to rotate the worm wheel to try removing the slack. I have removed the worm gear cover. Just to shorten the learning curve, can someone tell me the procedure on removing and rotating the worm gear? Also, when lubricating the gear box, how do you know when it is full? Thanks in advance for your help, 24 Roadster
  5. Yes, I saw that info. I also have a book that gives the spec of all DB car from 1914. (The Dodge Story by Thomas McPherson). It says the 1914 to 1917 was a 213 cu in with 32 HP. Then in 1918 and forward it list a 212 CU in with 24 HP. It also says the 1918 had an improved heaver crankshaft. But it seems to me that the HP should be the same on all engines built from 1914 to 1927 if the same method of measurement is used. Am I missing something? Maybe in 1918 they did change the way they were measuring HP. To further confuse things my dad who bought my 24 Roadster in 1934 also told me it had a 24 HP engine. I don't know where he got this figure from. Wow, I did not know this was going to turn into a bag of worms. Nothing is easy on these old cars. Thanks for all you comments, Any others are welcome
  6. Come on, Someone knows the true history of the early 4 cylinder engine. Did it start out at 32 HP and then go to 24 HP in 1918? Going to a smaller engine does not seem right. Or was it the same size from 1914 to 1927? Roger? Thanks for your help, 24 Roadster
  7. I am putting together some information on the Dodge Brothers for our local car club. Could someone send me the correct info on the 4 cylinder engine from 1914 to 1927 (CID and HP)? I am finding conflicting information. The book I have says the early engine was 32HP and 213CID. Then in 1918 went to a 24HP engine. Is this right? Thanks for your help, 24 Roadster
  8. If it is like my 24, twist the front ring (I think CCW when facing) and the ring and the front glass will come off. Then you can access the blub. You only have to twist a little.
  9. No, I did not remove the inter seals on the bearing. I should have. This makes sence because the pitch changed when I installed the new bearings. Looks like another tear down when I get time. Thanks for all the comments.
  10. The noise is not there when I press on the clutch. Only when the trans is in neutral and foot off the clutch. I have new sealed bearings in the transmission. The noise was there before I replaced the trans bearings but it seems to be louder now. That is why I wondered if this was normal. I have the proper OD and ID bearings but I wonder if it is an internal clearance or a lub problem with the new bearings.
  11. Is it normal to hear a roaring noise with the trans in neutral and foot off the clutch? I know the 90 year old straight gears are noisy in first and second but I have a roar with the trans in neutral. Over the winter, I replaced the front and rear transmission bearings with sealed bearings to stop leaks. I replaced transmission grease with 1500 wt. Do some of you hear the same noise? When in third gear, sounds great.
  12. Good eye. I have not hooked up the vacuum line to the tank yet. Yes, I do have an electric fuel pump, but I can also run off the vacuum tank by closing and opening a couple of valves.
  13. Took rebuilded engine out for a spin today. Runs great!!
  14. Took rebuilded engine out for a spin today. Runs great!!