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Ted Levitt

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  1. 5 minutes ago, Mattml430 said:

    Well today The Victory six sports roadster is pretty much completed. 
    All I have to do is build the luggage rack. 
    All the top and side curtains are finished. F7490F54-DCA4-4675-8498-FCCC5AE56C4D.jpeg.af45e4ac4583cb558c63390202d0209c.jpeg

    She’s come along way 
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    So thank you to everyone that has helped and supported me with the restoration. 
    Big  Thanks to Peter Johnson, Doug, Ron, Teddy Levitt, Rich,Dodge’y Stu Bill Gess, Dale Emmett,Derek Long, John Post and everyone else that helped me along the way. And especially my beautiful wife for putting up with me doing this everyday. 😁Couldn’t of done it without the help of everyone. So thank you all very much. 

    I hope this thread will help and maybe give someone Some inspiration to take a rusty old wreckage and turn it into a beautiful old car again. 
    Ive loved every second of it all there is no part that I didn’t enjoy doing. 

    Cheers Matt 

    Now!! to find something else to do. 

    Matt, your one of a kind.  Amazing workmanship on all levels my friend.  

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  2. Update on 1928 DodgeBrothers Victory Six coupe.  I wasn’t happy with he clear coat, don’t know why but I only put in two coats, so I sanded it and re- cleared it with another 4 coats, and it was a lot better, now wet sanding, compounding and polish. It’s only the 3rd car I painted on the last 35 years or so.  But I thank be my friends for a lot of good advice ( Wayne E, Patrick W, & Dave S).  Couldn’t do it without good friends. Thank you, enjoy.

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  3. 1 minute ago, Mattml430 said:

    I agree mate the left side is the right side. 
    Yes Rich it’s getting close to going for RWC. I’ve just got the front seat back to go and front carpets. 
    My front base didn’t come up as nice as I wanted it to,  I had some trouble on the side corners. I got it a little better than it was but it all comes down to experience and I haven’t got much of that with trimming. I should of allowed a little more material on my corners. I won’t get any better at it if I don’t keep trying it’s just a shame it’s on my car and not someone else’s 😂🤣,Just jokes I’d be gutted if it was someone else’s car. Anyway it will do for now and I might try and get another leather hide the same colour and do it again down the track. 
    It’s hard getting the whole cover through the machine. 
    I think the process of sewing it is working really well just knowing how much stretch and material will only come with experience. Here’s some pictures of the front seat if it helps someone else to try tackling upholstery. 
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    laying it all out and using hemming tape has been great for me. 8F178072-2671-4025-8EF1-9458255AD5D6.jpeg.837a0675a9d27386f64a9e1b6d1c6c1e.jpeg
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    rolling it all up and pegging the ends made it a little easier to get through the machine. I used a small rubber roller to push the leather onto the tape and fold the leather over nice and tight. 
    I think I’ve been a bit spoilt with the deep neck on my machine it’s an old sail makers machine. It’s a great machine, a Consew that I picked up for $2000. Been worth every cent. B8BE44FA-BFDD-475F-95E2-B1C4B540FC9D.jpeg.17f0e1b81b5743a9190652b8e6acc13f.jpegI used a foot with a guide on the edge which the leather runs along. Having the right feet is key to sewing a little better it would be harder without it. 
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    packing the pleats with an aluminium straight edge. A5D28D95-1578-4344-83C8-712116F6F389.jpeg.5c1da9e6f3bd74918a9f1f120f01d51a.jpegD327C518-EADB-4BEE-9276-C9BE3FAA99B0.jpeg.94beb51c93fbfbb37e3414730f2b502f.jpeg
    The not so good finished product. Just the corners I’m not happy with. 

    As expected, amazing workmen ship. Love it.  

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  4. Little update on the 1928 Dodge Brothers Victory Six 5 Window coupe. Working on the mounting the tires on the rims, sanding the wooden spoke wheels, put epoxy on them, sanded more, primed & Stripped down the grill shell to get ready for plating. The wooden spoke wheels needed a lot of work. Primed the spoke wheels, but still need a little work, hoping to get color on them this weekend. And starting to practice pin stripping. I think I can pin stripe them and the car, so I'll have to practice this week and give it a shot.

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  5. Hello Everyone,  Here is an updated picture of the Dodge Brothers Victory Six Gas Gauge.  The are work is now done and just waiting on the round metal disc that they are going to be Sublimation/printed on.  Should have them ready to ship very soon.  Just let me know how many anyone wants.  They will only be $15.00 each.  The three dots you see in the center are where I will be putting the holes for the two rivets & dial stem to come through.  

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  6. 4 hours ago, Mattml430 said:

    Great video Ted I’ve actually never seen that style shock before so it was interesting. 

    Don’t quote me but t to GE information is in the CD put out by John Bittence on Dodge Brothers Victory Six. A must have for anyone that has a Victory Six. It’s sold by Tom & Cindy Myers of Www.MyersEarlyDodge.com for only $10.  I actually printed it out and made my own shop manual from if, over 500 pages.  It has just about everything there is to know about victory six’s, specs history, everything.  As for this shock/ stabilizer, if I remember correctly they were put only on the front of the cars in early 1928 and rear ones were an option. Then that put them on standard and then late in 28 switched to the hydraulic knee action shock forget the name. And the became the standard for a while.  

  7. 9 hours ago, Ron Lawson said:

    Great Video Ted The Watson's on my 2249 are an earlier version than yours To adjust mine you use a special Watson tool and a set of spring scales 

     

    Yes.  the proper way to adjust these stabilizers is like you said with a spring scale.  But from my experience and speaking with others that stabilizers and the next generation of shocks that were put in these cars didn’t do much.  And when hand tightening using about 1 & 1/6 turns gives it the pressure needed to where it wasn’t originally set. But bottom line your method is the correct way. Thanks for adding that my friend. 

  8. 10 minutes ago, RichBad said:

    Nice, they look good Ted!  How did you end up doing the face - was that printed on a sticker or some other method?  Did you manage to scan one to create the artwork or create from scratch? I need to re-do a few gauge faces but mine are white.

     

    From two original faces I took pictures of them and my sister put them in her computer and made one good one from the two pics and they are printed directly on the metal disc. I think the process was called sublimation?   They won’t scratch or peel, probably last longer then the originals. I just have to drill the holes when she gets them done. If you send me pics of yours she could make them for you.  

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