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  1. 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


  2. Greetings all.   Looking for the long brace that runs across the frame and ties into the short braces on the bottom of the sidemount wheel wells.  It is probably about 5 feet long, made out of (I believe) C-channel with a plate welded across the bottom.  It mounts with one bolt into the bottom of the frame rails.  Basically straight with a slight 'kick' on either end to line up with the short brackets on the fender wheel wells.  This description is based upon a photo of one I saw on ebay a couple of years ago and, stupid me, not only did I get outbid, I failed to save a picture of it.  Any leads appreciated and, if nothing else, a photo or two from another PE dual side owner so I can fabricate the thing.  Thanks and remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day.

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  3. I think the difference between the 34 Dodge and the 34 Plymouth, at least insofar as the back seat assembly is concerned, is more dependent upon the style/design of the rear of the sedan body than of the Dodge being up-market.  See the attached photo of my 34 PE sedan.  As you can see and similar to ply33's sedan from 33, the body is somewhat 'cropped off', leaving a large, separate sheet metal cover for the rear of the frame and the gas tank area.  The 33 is similar, although the cover is shorter.  On the 34 Dodge, as can be seen from Ian's earlier photographs, the body swoops down in a 'ducktail' fashion, all the way to the bumper bolts, without a separate gas tank shroud.  That is probably why Dodge provided easy access, as the space was larger and more useable.  As with the 33, the 34 has room for my jack and some tools, not much else.  The top of the seat frame hangs off a couple of brackets and the bottom screws into the bottom of the braces behind the springs.

    Keep up the great work Ian, I am in awe.  SMB


  4. Love the YOM plates, nothing else looks just as 'right' with a vintage car.  Here is the one on my 34 Plymouth sedan.  The two 'tabs' for the month/year on the registration tags used to be provided by the state, I painted them black because they look better than the plain brushed aluminum.  I have seen them for sale on line as well.


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  5. Just a heads up:  The chrome window frames with the integral vent on the 34 convertible coupe are unique to the convertible coupe.  The chrome frames are 'square' while those from all of the closed cars have a ridge in the center to ride in the felt window channel.  Photo of a 34 convertible coupe window frame, passenger side, attached for your reference.  Difficult item to find.  SMB


  6. 21 hours ago, 60FlatTop said:

    I have a reminder in the center of my steering wheel. "BRING MY WALLET"


    I knew a guy in Los Angeles who had so many radios stolen out of his that he said he was beginning to believe that 'BMW' stood for 'Break My Window'.

  7. Little bit of trivia:  That '69 Caprice is parked in front of Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley/San Diego.  Still looks just like that if you wanted to re-create the photo.  I believe Chevrolet was taking pictures throughout San Diego in that time frame, one ad photo was taken in my in-laws' driveway in Point Loma but I have never seen the resulting ad.  Great looking Caprice by the way.  SMB

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  8. You can file this one under 'where there's a will, there's a way'.  When my present house/garage were being rebuilt/remodeled, we moved into an apartment with a 2-car garage.  By taking careful measurements and using a floor jack to get the panel and the coupe right up against the walls, my sedan fit in between with about 1" to spare on each running board.  Allowed me to store the 'fleet' until our house was done.

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  9. I agree with keiser and Bloo that the engine screams Chrysler product.  I cannot find the block casting number in any of my parts books but the 1935 Dodge Truck Parts List for 'Trucks Built After June, 1935' lists the head number 636175 (without the -2) as "Cylinder head (high compression--6.5 to 1) K32V, K33V, K34V".  The K32V, K33V and K34V are all 1935 Dodge 1 1/2 ton trucks.

  10. Was sometime in the early 1970s, saw an ad in the local newspaper for a 1930 Model A Sedan Delivery (not the panel) for sale.  Car was in Fallbrook, CA, which at the time was about as far back in the woods as you could get in San Diego County.  Stopped in that evening on my way to a job in Long Beach, car was unrestored, very straight and 100% there and original.  Guy wanted $1500 which at the time was way more than my 'discretionary budget' as a young married working guy.  Called my wife and told her about it and that I just couldn't spend the $1500.   She called the seller the next day, on her own, to offer to buy it at the $1500--but it had already sold.  Saw what I believed was the same car years later at a show, it had been restored, blue with black fenders, apparently a multi-show winner.  Shortly thereafter I bought my 34 Plymouth PE sedan, which I still have today, and which started me down the road to my fixation with 34 Mopars--so sometimes it all works out for the best.  By the way, still have the same wife today as well--again, sometimes it all works out for the best.

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  11. Sorry to hear about the situation with your motor mounts.  Not sure if it would help but you are welcome to come down to SD and look at the mounts on my 34 DRXX as an example.  You may not remember me but we met at Vista a couple of years back, I had my 34 PE sedan (picture attached) and you had your sedan up and running.  Following your thread, nice work, will have to pick your brain on local engine folks when I get to the engine on the DRXX.   

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  12. Here is a photo of the body color 'painted designation' which was on the rear passenger side back panel, 34 PE coupe.  Note that in calling out the color, Gray Light Metallic, it also had the body style, PEBC, or Model PE Business Coupe.  Color callout and body style did match what was originally on the coupe.


  13. Here is one I purchased a few years back, can't recall how much it was but it was under $500.  Only original one I have ever seen, but there are repops coming out of India now that look too pristine and the colors are wrong.  Mine is complete with all the chips, rust and some sloppy re-paint on the lower half of the sign, but it still has the original holes from the neon wiring.  Looks just fine on my garage wall and goes well with my 34s as it has the 'Motors' wording proper for 34 as opposed to the 'Corp.' wording used in 35 and later.  Have seen one photo of an old Dodge/Plymouth dealership with this sign along with a similar size set of Dodge 'wings'--hate to think how much one of those would cost these days, pristine or not.


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  14. On 12/10/2019 at 8:15 AM, classiccarjack said:



    I would love to find, or possibly have reproduced, the upper and lower stainless steel trim pieces that secure the stainless surrounds on my 1934 Plymouth grill(mine are missing).  I also would love to find a grill insert.  I am not a street rodder, so the billet aluminum inserts that are made will not work for me.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Thank you,


    Jack H.

    I have the upper piece, good luck finding the lower one.  Shoot me a PM, I'm in San Diego.  

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  15. On ‎11‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 10:51 PM, Wowabunga said:

    1)  Set handbrake and remove your brain.... you won't need it because "sanity" is not required to change a flat using this "rim jack" a style popular in the early 1940's.  Packard, Studebaker and Cadillac also used a near identical setup.


    The jacks were only used for a year or two and are somewhat hard to find.  The accompanying "stand" is many times harder to find fyi.




    One of my favorite stories, told to me by my father about the 'old days' with his '41 Super Sedan was putting it up for the upstate New York winter in his father-in-law's large garage out back of the house.  He would drive it into the garage, getting it as parallel as he could with the back wall of the garage, and then jack the car up by putting a standard bumper jack on the rear bumper.  Claimed what he would do is then simply kick the Buick off the jack, towards the wall and then repeat that until the car was up against the wall.  For once, bumper jack instability worked to his advantage, although I have a hard time figuring out how that would work with the Buick jack shown in these pictures.  I do note, however, that he never told me how he would then get the car out in the spring... . 

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  16. Yes on both of them.  Don't want to part with the brochure but will gladly send you copies of whatever you want.  Have 2 radios, both out of PE, but both have the PF control head (black dial).  Willing to part with either or both for a reasonable price or trade for any 33-34 convertible parts you might have.  I will pull the radios out this coming weekend and send you some photos. 


  17. In the early 1990s I was involved in an accident with my 34 PE Plymouth sedan, guy ran a red light and I 'T-boned' him in the middle of the intersection.  Despite the large, heavy front cross-member in those 34s with a stock coil independent front suspension and a 6", fully-boxed from the factory frame, the frame was bent to the extent that we had to do a front frame clip r&r.  I had installed as a safety feature front disc brakes and I stood on them so hard that, coupled with the impact, the whole car pitched forward to the extent that the rear 'silent U' rear spring shackles flipped over.  In short, until you have been in one of these crashes (and survive), you really cannot conceive of the massive forces involved.  An old timer told me once that his bother had been killed in a similar accident, sitting in the rear seat, from being thrown through the wood roof frame of a closed car of some sort, chicken wire and all.

    Luckily, I had installed seat belts in the front seat.  I used a set out of a full-sized GM car, using the buckle end (with the short belt) on the outboard side, which allowed me to bolt it directly to the large, through the frame body bolt that is conveniently located right there at the 'B' pillar.  Ran the belt up through the seat frame and between the cushion and the side of the seat frame, using a large plastic sleeve from the original belts to prevent chafing of the belt as it ran through the sheet metal bottom of the seat frame.  In the center, I bolted the belts, with integral retractors, to the floor with large reinforcing plates.  During the crash they held me in place and I never even hit the steering wheel/column.  Without them, I certainly would have been impaled/thrown through the windshield.

    Bottom line, you won't get me or my family in a car, new or old, without seat belts.  Open car or not, I am incorporating a similar setup into my 34 PE convertible that is shown in my avatar.

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