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  1. viv W, yes after sandblasting priming and painting the rear end, I pulled both axles out to clean, check and re-install bearings. I also removed grease nipple and cleaned it as well and checked condition of inner seal. On my car, the backing plate acts as the bearing retainer, and I can likely use a .002/.003 feeler gauge to check clearance when the 6 bolts are tightened. This can be done before installing the outer seal. I must say when I disassembled all these 90 years old parts their overall condition was remarkable, no signs of wear, corrosion etc, the tapered roller bearings were near perfect. Grease was still soft but chewy, so new grease will no doubt be welcome. Leomara, you may find that star-shaped gizmo with the 6 holes is the outer seal retainer, does not have anything to do with the bearings other than trying to keep the dust out of there. The tapered part of the rear hub fits snug against it's leather seal (at least that's how mine works).Thanks VW.
  2. I too could use advice on this. I removed my CD8's rear bearings (except for inner race which is back-shimmed at factory for correct end play so I left it in place) checked and regreased them. In meantime, I sandblasted, primed and painted (rustoleum) both sides of brake backing plate, which originally would have likely only be painted on back side. Regardless, overall thickness is now altered slightly. I installed the backing plate and the "outer seal" retainer using the thin paper shims that were there originally behind the seal, but have not paid attention to the query leomara is asking. I assume you tighten the 6 bolts with no paper shims behind the backing plate and turn axle, if too tight, remove and add a shim and tighten again, and repeat until it seems about right.
  3. Here is pic off internet of a Model 72 Roadster rear deck. I recall a guy (DPCDfan) named Gary R had some of these for sale a few months ago (Dec 17 2019) among a lot of 1930 era Chrysler parts listed a 1931 Chrysler CD8 Parts. Check parts for sale section. Should be easy to make, but might have a groove around edge? Here is pic from his listing? Good guy to deal with, California I think, he could send you measurements if he still has them. BTW, I think these were bronze castings made many years ago.
  4. The 4 rear deck cleats were missing from my Roadster and are impossible to find (have looked for 5 years. closest I came is a set of unfinished old bronze forgings, guy asking $200+ shipping. They would have required a lot of finishing work, then chrome plating, figure a total cost of about $800 ready to go. Originals I understand were polished aluminum castings (or may have been chromed aluminum?). A friend sent me the primary dimensions. So decided to make my own, a piece of hard aluminum 5' long cost me $12 and about 30 hours of my time and here we go, about $3 apiece! I initially ran the 3/8" aluminum bar lengthwise thru a 1/4 round bull-nose bit router on the table, then cut the pieces to length, about 11.5". Next ran cleats end-wise on belt sander gradually creating about 1/16" crown on top of cleats. Since rear deck curls upwards about 1/4" near seats, front of cleats was next bent in a vice using male/female wood molds simply made on belt sander. Next countersunk holes were drill-pressed, 8&1/16" apart (must be done after bending otherwise bar would likely kink at bolt hole during bending). Next step included using the disk sander to shape horizontal ends of cleats and then angle grinder with sanding disk to bevel the ends close to a series of pattern photos (see photo off internet). Final stages involved cleaning up with 120, 220 wet, 400 and finally 1000 grit wet paper. The spacers would originally have been part of the casting, but I made them separately, they are about 3/8" thick, 1/2" flat sides, rounded ends. To shape them, pre-drilled a piece of bar with 8 -1/4" holes spaced about 9/16" apart, then cut 8 pieces about 1/2" x1". I strung all 8 of them on a snug 1/4" bolt (4" long threaded rod covered with sufficient duct tape to make a tight fit) and clamped the set in a vice and sized and rounded ends with angle grinder sanding disk and then block sanded with 120/220/400 while still clamped as a set. Plan will be to eventually secure them to underside of cleats with mastic of some sort. The originals had a slight taper (wider at top, easier to remove from casting mold), but don't think I'll bother trying that. Also outer 2 cleats hjad 3/8"x5/8" slot for top cover hold-down straps, have never seen them in use, so don't plan to put those in at the moment. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
  5. I've been in touch with "Doorsills", prompt reply, he can make 'em, just waiting on some info before ordering.
  6. Thanks for the supply lead 36 D2 C, I'll check him out.
  7. I have same setup on my 1931 CD8 Roadster, and no one seems to have any good original photos of the back of seat mechanisms. My speculation is that the seat back was split. A 3 piece articulated hinge allowed the passenger side seat back to be raised off the bench (which was fixed) to gain access to the RS area (for example if it got locked and you lost the key?). Also perhaps to transport long items, like skies, poles, etc. For 1931, the driver side back was also hinged, but they connected to a device used like a scissor jack type to enable the seat back to be moved forward and backward up to 3 inches (bench seat was fixed). So I suggest that is what the hinges are for. As for a "barrier" between seat backs and rumble seat area, there was just a light clip on panel, much like an upholstered door panel quality. It clipped onto the back side of that wood rail. As much as I know. Someone (Matt Harwood?) sent me this photo, and you can see the lightweight panel, but in this case it is not authentic as you can also see the original proper clips are still in place on the wood rail. Again, these are 1931 photos, earlier Roadsters may be entirely different. My Roadster has 3 pressed steel braces running from tub down to floor/toe space as shown here. However, 1931's had all steel body so if your's is wood framed, setup might be different. Hopefully someone has photos of this seldom seen area. I should mention that since these cars were also built in RHD, operation mechanisms for seats had to be able to be flipped. Edit: I added a 3rd photo showing evidence of 2 hinges on each side of original wood cross member. I do note hinges on passenger side were recessed into the wood, but not so for driver side?
  8. Ditto to all of the above, this thread has been my morning coffee companion for past couple of months and presented some wonderful rare cars and certainly lots of photos I've never seen. Thanks to all who contributed, there are probably hundreds more great photos yet to see.
  9. Looking for a pair of these embossed aluminum sills/thresholds for my 1931 Chrysler CD8 Roadster project. Phaetons may have used similar ones. Thanks for looking around!
  10. I'm looking for door threshold pieces for my 1931 Chrysler CD8 Roadster, have never seen them but this picture shows a pair. Anything looking like this kicking around your parts pile? I suspect they were embossed aluminum. Phaetons probably wore similar pieces.
  11. When I look at all these period photos from circa 1930 "Concours d'Elegance" events, it dawns on me that (1) they truly focused on the elegance factor, especially the clothes, formal photos etc, and (2), the cars were typically close to brand new, often same year, suggesting it was as much about bragging rights, showing off, or presenting rare new cars as anything else. I presume some much older cars were included, but so often it seems in this thread that a 1931 Cadillac, HS or Duesenberg appears in a 1931 or 1932 Concourse. Would be unusual today to see a new car in a C d'E event? Now I have never been to an event, soo....Thoughts? Paris Concours d´Elegance 1932
  12. While I like the logo and consider it well done, it does reflect about 1940-1970 give or take, certainly no earlier than 1938. I'm sure the same artist if given a 1915 touring, a 1932 coupe, a 1950 finned wonder, and a 1970 Muscle car of the right sequence/proportions, could create the same nice image.
  13. Mike, I sent you a PM re MC vents. For others, here is photo of MC with proper vent and switch in place. Note small hole in top of hollow filler bolt.
  14. A view from top of rear roof cross member, note the short added piece necessary to house the tenon for a new cross slat. Floor framing under front seats accommodates tool tray @ photos showing original braces at new front door post, and at original rear door posts.
  15. Photos of rear roof area with old wood removed.
  16. This series shows how I replaced the rear roof cross member. In order to avoid disturbing the steel brackets shown, I created a 2 piece tapered end, pre-drilled and fittted with 3/8" T nut installed flush on upper side, then simply slipped the wedge in first, with glue on it, then the long top piece and put 3/8" countersunk machine screw up through bracket and bothe wood pieces. Notch in upper piece is to recieve the roof side rail.
  17. When I decided to rebuild my 1931 Chevrolet coach back in 2008, the primary reason for a re-build was bad wood. Doors had a 1/2-3/4" droop, turns out front posts were shot. 2 major areas needed attention, front and back. Up front, both front door posts, the front half of the main sills, the ends of the roof side rails and the front roof header were shot or crudely fixed. In back, the rear roof cross member, and about 16" of roof side rail was badly rotted. That's about 35% of the wood. I realized it could be done without de-skinning the entire car, so that's what I did. I have the required woodworking gear, and used ash for structural members, and poplar for non-structural. Generally used scarfed joints with glue and in some cases through bolts and T-nuts. For the main sills, I butted new to old and used 1/8" steel plates top and bottom to create a solid job. Here and following are a few photos of how things went together. It took a lot of fitting to get everything close as many of the old pieces were too far gone to be much help as patterns. I did look into buying a full kit from Rodmans, but felt I could do it my self for the cost of $300 of wood. Only pieces I would buy if I had it to do over is the front door posts which were very complicated shapes. I'll post a series of photos for those who are contemplating doing it themselves. This set of 4 show new front sills spliced to original just ahead of door post, and extensions put on roof side rails.
  18. When you have 72 spokes on a wheel like this, where the lug wrench has to go through the spokes, the spoke count needs to be a multiple of the bolts. Since there are 72 spokes, bolts pattern would be 6 or 8, and in this case 8. For a 10 bolt wheel you would expect 80 spokes (40 inner, 40 outer), or 60 spokes (30 inner, 30 outer), 04 40 (20 inner and 20 outer like the Marmon), some multiple of 10. 70 or 50 would never be used. spokes are always strung/placed in pairs, and 1/2 of 70 is 35 which cannot be paired. BTW, your second photo clearly shows 6 holes and only room in hidden are for 2 more.
  19. I can only count 8 lug holes? Looks like 72 spoke. (a multiple of 8). If OD is 22", tire size is likely 20". I'm not sure ring goes with that wheel, without a split etc, not sure how it would be held on, may be for a different type demountable wheel type. A wheel from that period normally has a spring steel split/lock ring like this one by Budd, for circa 1929/30 Marmon (ignore Chrysler hubcap).
  20. By 1931, the "reservoir" was part of the master cylinder unit and the passage to the piston/cylinder area is internal, the unit has a vent on top of the filler bolt on top of reservoir as shown here (I have installed a temporary modern vent). I'm not familiar with models that use a separate cowl mounted fluid reservoir, but assume the line from the reservoir to the MC would be gravity fed, not pressurized. The brake light switch goes in the spare hole shown.
  21. Just the opposite leomara, the 5/16" input line comes from the Master Cylinder and the 1/4" output lines go to the wheel cylinders. Here's the math: 1/4" O/D lines are 3/16" I/D while 5/16" O/D lines are 1/4" I/D, as both size lines have same wall thickness of 1/32". Capacity of each line is based on pressure and cross-sectional area of line. Since hydraulic pressure is equal in all directions, only the cross-sectional area is a factor in calculating capacity. A 1/4" line like these has a cross sectional area of about .028 square inches (Pi x R-squared). A 5/16" line has a cross sectional area of .049 square inches. So a 5/16" line has 75% more cross-sectional area than a 1/4" line (.049/.028=1.75.). So basically a 5/16" line when you account for other variables (friction loss, kinks, etc) has a capacity nearly double that of a 1/4" line. That's the reason the manufacturers use the larger line to the first junction. TMI, just my Architectural/Engineering background/sickness!!
  22. No question for me, painting including all the prep, tape, prime sand clean, touch-up, prime sand clean, prime sand clean, then re-tape, paint, the most difficult of all jobs. No room for error, everything is seen, and even minor stuff will bug you forever. I didn't even mention fully assemble, then disassemble then re-aassemble.. grrr. And if you want to hire a quality guy/shop to do it, then be ready to pay big $$$. I think it is the most discouraging part of a full restoration.
  23. Listen Buddy, you're just lucky that wasn't my Mustang!!
  24. I would suspect that the movie bosses wanted only the biggest names/Alist in the lead roles in their productions (just like today), and if cars were to be used, only wanted the Alist cars as well. Exceptions might be made for movies based in rustic/rural locales, or in poor neighborhoods, but I suspect most movies were intended for escapism, and thus upper crust in nature.
  25. A truly wonderful collection of Hollywood's finest! Cars were really a prestige item in that era, and the photography is superb.