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Scott Bonesteel

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. John's photos of all those obscure foreign cars made me think of this movie clip from the 3 Stooges in 'Punch Drunks'.  Damsel in distress in her 34 Plymouth PE convertible coupe, stuck in a ditch:

    Damsel:  "I'm in a terrible dilemma!"

    Mo:  "Yeah, I don't go for those foreign cars either."


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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. OK, I just re-read your original post and you need the measurement to the bottom of the frame rail.  Since my cross member is out and the panel is now shoehorned back behind another car, I took measurements from my cross-member that should get you there.  The overall width at the top frame mount is 28-3/8".  With the cross member sitting on a level surface, the top of the center mounting surface is 1-3/4" up.  On the same level, the center line of the top mounting bolt hole to the frame is 7-3/8" up.  If I do the math, that means that the top of the center mounting surface should be 7-3/8" minus 1-3/4" (i.e., 5-5/8") below the center line of the top mounting hole in the frame.

    Hope this helps, you should probably check my math as that is not my strong suit.  Pictures attached.  My KCL is a late '34, suicide doors but past the change to the round gauges but not yet an early '35 (although nobody really knows for sure on these things as they were not a closely tracked as the cars).  If all the pictures don't fit I will send them in another post.  SMB







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  10. Adrian--

    Thanks for that, you obviously put a lot of time into those dimensions.  Like you, the more I look at yours it looks like a later fabrication.  I cannot see that 'bulge' reinforcing plate on Ian's and the weld bead looks like a wire welder--certainly much better than most of the original welds I have seen on Plymouth frames in that time frame.  Also glad to hear from another convertible coupe owner--my PE has a rear spare, my PE sedan is the one with the dual sides.  SMB

  11. Ian--

    Couple of photos of the two hangers on my 34 Dodge DRXX.  First two are of the hanger from the rear of the frame X-member.  Third one, apologies for the quality, is at the rear by the gas tank cross member.  Your hangers appear to be complete, this is where they go, as far as I know.  Hope these help.  SMB




  12. Went through the extensive postings on Ian Greenlaw's beautiful 34 Dodge dual side sedan and located these photos of what I am looking for.  In the first photo, it is the long square tube bar at the far left with the hump in it for the exhaust.  The bar mounts under the main frame rails and sticks out a little bit where it ties into the brace mounted to the bottom of the wheel well.



  13. On ‎5‎/‎22‎/‎2020 at 3:18 PM, Ian_Greenlaw said:

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks mate, she's getting there.

    Could you do me a favour. Could you crawl under you car and take a few shots of where your exhaust system is mounted. I know one spot but just not sure how many anchor points there are.




    Ian--Will crawl under my 34 Dodge DRXX coupe this weekend, much more original than my PE sedan, and will shoot you a couple of photos.  SMB


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