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Scott Bonesteel

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  1. Agree with most of the above.  Definitely not 34, no apron on the side and too short for the 114" wheelbase on the 34 PE model (although the 34 PF and PG with the 108" wheelbase had a shorter fender).  The lack of the apron is the determinative fact, plus the bolt hole pattern for the headlight bracket runs front to back on the 34s, not side to side as on this one and as on the 33.  Not a Dodge because it lacks the spear bead on the front crown.  Not 33 Desoto because they wrap around the bottom of the radiator shell, much like a 33-34 Ford.  Best guess:  33 PD.  The PC is significantly shorter and I remember having a couple of those fenders years ago and they look almost 'round' when viewed from the side, visually much shorter looking than this one.  Looks like a nice fender, first one I have seen in a long time without the front bumper bracket hole being all torn out. 

  2. The outside chrome ring and the lens comes out as a unit.  The switch stays put with the body of the light.  The outside ring has 4 lightly spring loaded tabs that stick straight up into the body of the light.  There are no screws or clips involved.  I will shoot a couple of pictures to you shortly, showing one disassembled.  To remove, I would just try to slip my fingers under the outside of the chrome lip on the long sides of the lip and simply pull down, perhaps with a slight wiggle.  Be careful as the glass lens will come with the chrome lip.  The body will be screwed into the roof bows and the switch, as well as the switch lever, will stay attached.

  3. Not sure about in Australia but in the states the Dodge truck hubcaps are different on the outside shell than the car caps.  I have a late 34-early 35 KCL humpback and I have always thought the 36 had the same cap for the artillery wheels.  Instead of the raised 'spears' on the cap, there is an outline around the entire 'Dodge'.  Truck caps.  Seems to me there was a discussion about this in an earlier thread of postings I was involved in.  SMB


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  4. The newspaper clipping raises an interesting distinction by its reference to the 'North Island flying ground of the United States Navy'.  The plane was built at Ryan Aviation which was located roughly just north of the current San Diego/Lindberg Field airport.  North Island is across the bay, next to Coronado Island, and remains a USN airbase to this day.  I have seen photos in the past of the Spirit flying over San Diego on test flights so there is no reason it could not have relocated to North Island before the flight to NYC.  I note that the license plate frame seems to say something--perhaps 'San Diego'--those frames from the late 20s are incredibly scarce.  Finally, in response to Keiser and Arkopolis' comments, the original San Diego Aerospace Museum did burn down in the late 70s.  It was replaced shortly thereafter at its current location, the old 'Ford Building', also in Balboa Park but in the portion that was part of the 1935 Exposition.  Ford used the building to showcase its new 1935 models, including in a test track located behind the building to give visitors a chance to ride in the 'new Ford' over various terrains, etc.  The Aerospace Museum is WELL worth a visit.  Fantastic collection of aircraft (including another rebuilt exact replica of the Spirit of St. Louis) and original building with murals depicting the history of transportation.  Just next door is the San Diego Automobile Museum which is also worth a visit. 

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  5. Modern dealerships are, in my experience, virtually worthless unless you are looking to purchase a new model.  Recently brought my daily driver 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee into the local Chrysler Jeep dealer and was told that 'we don't like to work on these old models'.  It is going to be interesting how they are going to comply with the Lifetime Power Train Warranty I got from them when I bought it new from them, which requires it be submitted for an inspection (free) every 5 years.  Heaven forbid that they would have to fix something.  Even the parts departments are a joke.  Granted, the computer parts catalogues are perhaps better than the banks of 3-ring binders we used to see used by a seasoned counter man (person).  However, I can recount several instances when I was told, based upon the computer, that some part didn't exist or didn't fit my Jeep when I was standing right in front of them with the broken part in my hand.  Went home and with ten minutes on the web or ebay the correct part was on its way to me in the mail.

    Cannot imagine what would happen if I pulled up in any of my 34 Mopars with a request for service.  Not going to happen.


  6. Bottom line, its a hot rod.  Only difference is that instead of a $3000 small block Chevy you now have, as one poster indicated, a $60,000 transplant.  Fast as hell, granted.  Only satisfaction is that now all the late 60s 'classic cars' that came with small block Chevy engines as original equipment will be having them replaced with Tesla electric motors.  I think original vehicles, full classics or otherwise, with stock drivetrains or minor modifications (e.g., Model As with hydraulic brakes) will continue to have their own, unique appeal, which cannot be replaced with electronics or other updates.

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  7. I think what you have is somewhat of a mis-match between the cover and the emblem.  The Dodge wings did not come in that color scheme until 1933, and what you have almost looks like a 35 Dodge trunk emblem.  In any event, the emblem is not a 32.  There is also the extreme difference between the condition of the cover and the enamel on the emblem--one would not expect the emblem to be so spotless when the cover has obviously seen a rough life.  Further, the cover is definitely not a 33 or newer, so it mis-matches the emblem.  The 32 emblem is a different color scheme, part blue and part silver, also a very striking emblem (see attached photo).  Don't know about the year on the cover itself other than it is not a 33-34-35 Dodge.  Emblem is valuable and worthy of saving, someone else will have to help with an ID and/or value on the cover.  


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  8. I originally thought as above, bleed valve to remove air from the system but correct that it is on the wrong side of the thermostat.  Having worked on lots of old industrial, non-car machinery over the years, that looks like a typical installation for a gauge of some sort, particularly the valve used.  Could shut the valve to avoid leaks if the gauge failed and/or to change the gauge.  Could be, I suppose, for either temperature or, less likely, pressure.

  9. Still have these listed, more photos in the listing.  The reserve (i.e., this amount will buy them if not outbid) is $320, plus $20 shipping.  That is my friend's price and that's why they were listed at that price.  Same price range as the Plymouth and Dodge versions, which are a lot more common.  Would really like these to go to someone who can use them, very nice set of horns.

  10. Have a nice pair of 33 Desoto trumpet horns that I will be listing tomorrow on easy bay for a friend, wanted to give the folks on this forum a heads-up to look for them if interested.  As soon as listed I will post the item # here to make them easier to locate, along with a photo.

  11. As another owner of a Plymouth 4-dr sedan from the 30s, I have an instant bias, but, bottom line THIS is what the old car hobby is all about.  Not to detract from those with the skill and/or $$ to take a Pierce Arrow back to Pebble Beach standards--those folks are also enjoying the hobby and standing in for those of us without the skill and/or $$ to do so.  But the description by Keith really sums it up for many of us.  Thanks!

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  12. 13 hours ago, keiser31 said:

    Probably IS San Diego since it shows the Spirit of St. Louis.

    The photo is part of a whole series of photographs taken in 1927 at Ryan Aviation in San Diego, which was located at Dutch Flats, just to the north of the existing Lindbergh Field, San Diego's current airport.  Located at the corner of Barnett and Midway.  That was the original location of the airport where the plane was built and where Lindbergh flew from to St. Louis, on to New York and finally to Paris.  Found lots of pictures of Lindbergh posing that day at that location--lots of people but that Chrysler is the only car I could find.  Lindbergh must have been exhausted by the end of the day (he looks it!)

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