Pete K.

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About Pete K.

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    '25 Dodge touring
  • Birthday 03/26/1956

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    Amateur antique auto mechanic

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  1. My guess would be all black background, hence all '25 touring cars were all black from factory. I can't see factory painting in other colors for coupes and sedans as the tire carrier was already painted, done and dried, all lined up as the assembly line was going! I know they had men pin-striping the bodies, but I highly doubt they would have that much time to do the insignias. I'm sure we've all seen every color of the rainbow put onto the carrier insignia, but by whom, over the last 90 years?? Many other makes of cars in this same time era used black in their design on hubcaps and the like, Buick for one. ('29)?, Packards used black and red for years.
  2. Like said before, documents of receipts, especially engine work, may boost value up from 8K, maybe 11-12K? A professional engine shop is very expensive these days. Can you tell me what size rims and what type/size tires you have on your new touring? Your "new" car is very sharp!
  3. I got sprayed across the knees trying to get my dog away from a skunk. ( I had on shorts). My hot coffee went all over me. Pup got it in the snout. As I was screaming and swearing, I saw dog rubbing his snout in a yellow jacket nest in ground 25 ft. away. and getting stung. I ran to pull him away and slipped in a" huge" poop pile and went sliding down to my shoulders on ground, now being attacked by bees. It was "breath taking" to say the least. This was Sunday morning and a church is right next door. Upwind. The singing halted, the flock gawked at a crazy man sitting in his yard, taking his clothes off and swearing 'till the air was blue. This was 17 years ago and some church goers still leer at me as they walk by my house. I related this story on the old Larry Glick show on WBZ-Boston and "friends" still call me "stinky". Ya, Ha Ha ,real funny.
  4. I've been using straight STP for many years with good results, no "side affects" in any of the early cars I've had/have.
  5. Yes, I agree this is an interesting thread! I do agree with Carl, and I will keep my carb inlet air ducting as wide open as it will go, short of disassembling it somehow. I have noticed the painted upper portion of my carb frosting up on the outside on start up/idle, in Summer and other seasons. I don't recall having that plate with any square nuts and long carriage bolts in my '25. It's a slightly different set up, but original.
  6. Wow, Ray, those real glass wings with the beveled edges look great. I've always been disheartened with my Plexiglass wings on a 1925 auto. They do polish up very clear when I give them a wiping of the #2 NOVUS polish and a rag.
  7. Mine being the same on the '25, I polished the face highlights, (brass) and painted in the background black, as I seem to have found traces of the black paint still left on part of it. Word to the wise; use gasoline proof paint. The tank fumes go up into that gauge face area and will crinkle up a lot of the enamel paints used today!! P.S. I believe the green you're seeing is corroded brass.
  8. Hope you didn't give up on me Mike, I'm so slow lately. Let me know if the pictures are not good enough, they seem cropped off more than I took with my camera for some reason. One pic is from me standing at the front right wheel, looking at the top part, next is from behind the wing, at the bottom. The other pic is the overall side view. The steel strap used was painted black to match windshield frame and the wing glass chrome backets are fastened to the strap at the top & bottom with screws and nuts.
  9. My '25 and an old spare engine I have are both galvanized pans. No sign of any paint.
  10. I did read that a lawsuit existed, I thought it may have been between Buick and Marmon.
  11. Looks like a Buick to me with the "widow's peak" top inner radiator shell. Packard's didn't have the Widow's peak. That radio is an 1931 Atwater-Kent, model 84, AM receiver. Left knob- on-off, center knob dial, right knob volume.
  12. Hi Ray! A quick story; I removed the head of my Model A to replace a very old head gasket years ago, just to know a new one is on the engine. I quickly noticed a fairly good size crack from the #2 cyl. exhaust seat heading to the cylinder. This is from a quick wipe of grime from the block with an oily rag! I never even had a remote hint of any problem when the Ford was running for several years with it like that. I ended up finding another valve seat crack and busted off two studs myself. I DID elect to find a better block, Model A's being easy to find, not the old Dodge though! I feel bad for your position now. Installing a steel seat can be kind of scary as Taylormade states. I wonder if a repair can be made by heating up the whole block and then welding with a cast iron rod, then machine that down.
  13. Measuring these are a real trick to do when the top is up, you're alone, you can't sit in the rear seat nor stand up. All the other top parts are in the way. I will try my best to get you better measurements if you need them.
  14. Mike, The second bow appears to be about 54", inside measurement. The bracket you are holding in photo is different than mine. same slot on top, but a J hook at bottom that hooks into slot of the body bracket. Those straps are 7/8" wide that are probably nailed at rear of top bow, being one long piece each side. They loop through my J hook bracket and go back up to bow and that end is nailed also. Each entire strap appears to be about 38"- 40" long. The straps appear to be made of a folded burlap core with a linen covering sewn through itself in two rows. They seem to be pretty tough in strength. My top bows are covered with a black linen.