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Everything posted by Taylormade

  1. Do those doors look odd? Maybe cut down coupe doors, or was this a cabriolet - though the cowl looks correct for a roadster.
  2. How long ago did she run fine? Does the starter seem to spin about as fast as it did back in the day when the car would start? Before I messed with a 12 volt, I'd make sure the battery wires were in good shape, that there is a good ground, that the plugs are clean and in working order, the the motor is properly timed and gas is getting to the carb. Is the coil good? Make sure all the wiring is connected and in good shape.
  3. There are varying theories on this, ranging from absolute truth to total BS, but striking a hammer with another hammer is usually frowned upon. They can apparently shatter and spray metal shards. Just a friendly warning, and I may be all hot air.
  4. I feel your pain, Ian. Health issues and three film projects have my restoration temporarily stalled. My knee is now almost healed and I'm finishing up the last film, so with the weather warming up, I hope to get back to my car very soon. Sometimes I wonder where the time goes.
  5. My 32 Dodge Brothers has anti-squeak between the fenders and frame. Orgininal to the car when I took it apart.
  6. There is usually a thin anti-squeak material made of impregnated woven cloth between the body and frame. My 32 DB has a different mounting system, but my 29 Plymouth was set up like your car. It had the material between the fenders and the frame. The running board splash pans had the cutouts so they could be removed without taking the body bolts out. On my car, the rearmost hole in the fender lines up with the front body bolt and lines up the fender with the body. I can't remember if there was padding between the splash pan and the frame on the Plymouth, but there was between the body and the top of the splash pan.
  7. Hey guys, it's my knee that went bad. Thanks for the medical advice, but I obviously have to start posting something about restoring my car before this turns into General Hospital.??
  8. Looks like we're both on the same page. Maybe we could swap my shoulder for your leg.
  9. I guess it's the price of advancing age. I actually had a moment wondering if I'd live to see my car completed as they rolled me into the operating room. Hoping the coming Spring and sunshine improve my outlook. I have really enjoyed talking about the restoration, taking pictures and discussing problems and solutions. At the moment I'm missing all that terribly and feel I should be doing something, but physically just can't do it. Limped out to the garage today - a first - and the sight of Daphne waiting got the juices going. Hopefully I'll have something interesting to say here soon, rather than complaining about personal problems. No more bitching, I promise.
  10. Well, another fly in the ointment. After helping my wife recover from knee replacement surgery, I went and tore the meniscus pad in my knee. I was operated on last Tuesday and can finally limp around with a cane. The doctor says two months before I'm back to normal. Hopefully I can get back to some "sitting" jobs - rewiring the headlights, cleaning and painting small parts - in another week or two. This is a serious monkey wrench in the restoration and I'm not happy as we've had sunny, warm weather here and all I can do is sit and stare out the window at the garage. I'm afraid my dreams of attending the Dodge Brothers National meet in Green Bay this summer in Daphne have probably been short circuited. To put it mildly, I'm bummed!
  11. I wonder what they did to the frame to get an Isuzu motor in?
  12. I think you're going to find the bolt patterns are incorrect on two of the cylinders. I went the same route and discovered the pattern is different on the front and rear. Luckily, my originals were resleeved with out any issues.
  13. I just wanted to let everyone know I'm still alive and kicking. My wife had a knee replacement over the holidays and this, combined with the bitterly cold weather, has put a bit of a freeze on progress with Daphne. I'm picking up my re-silvered headlight reflectors tomorrow and I've been working on some small inside jobs like wiring and instrument cleaning and repair. Pictures and progress reports soon.
  14. They always had the six in the early thirties. They offered the eight for a few years, but the depression killed it. You had a choice for a brief time.
  15. Part of the reason folks are re-lying the way they do is that this site is dedicated to the care and preservation of original vehicles. When we see a nice, original car like yours, we cringe at hearing about dropping a flathead V-8 in. These cars are not conducive to drivetrain modifications due to the rubber Floating Power engine mounting system. They are also geared and designed for speeds no higher than 55 to maybe 60mph. Dropping a flathead Ford V-8 will get you little, if any, advantage over your original motor. The fab work, new tranny, new rear end is a waste of time in my opinion. Find a gutted Mopar and hot rod it if you like, but please preserve this beautiful old girl.
  16. The frame was partially boxed from the factory, mainly the front portion ahead of the X-frame.
  17. My first car was a1932 Dodge Brothers that I bought at age 19 when I was in college. I had always loved older cars, the look, the styling and the feel of times past. I drove that car every day in the Syracuse winters and regretfully sold it to a fraternity brother in 1967. I found him a few years ago and discovered he still had the car. I bought it back and am reliving the fond memories once again.
  18. Why not hook up a small, gravity fed fuel tank? If the car keeps running, you'll know it's the vacuum tank that is the problem.
  19. Not meant as a criticism, but that lower radiator hose may give you trouble. Originally there were two short hoses with a metal u shaped pipe in the middle. Your hose may be molded (can't tell from the photo) but if it's not, you are putting a lot of stress on the lower radiator inlet.
  20. By GIT Tech are you referring to Grain It Technologies? If so, give them a call. They should be able to tell you the correct colors you need and if the plate you have is the correct pattern for your DR. Remember, with their system, you use a special ink on the plate/roller, not paint. They have many plates with different patterns, so don't assume your friend has the correct one. I've always found the company to be very consumer friendly and willing to work with you.
  21. You have several problems here. First, in the very unlikely event that you found a replacement, the Babbitt on the rod will probably not match the circumference of the crank. Your best bet is to have the rod rebabbitted and bored to match the crank. Second, the crank appears to be scored and in poor shape. Based on your picture, I wonder what the rest of the rods and the crank look like. I hate to say it, but I think you're going to have to have the crank turned, have new Babbitt poured in the rods and mains, and have everything line-bored. Anything less and the motor could self-destruct at any time.
  22. At the moment I'm sticking with the original design. The problem is with the rubber "hinge points" in the top corners of the windshield opening. Mine are rock hard. I'm going to make a pattern and see if I can cast new ones. We'll see how that experiment works out.
  23. Those wheels are going to be spectacular! Worth all the trouble you've been through and then some.
  24. I'm afraid modern clear coat would give a "plastic" look to the spokes that would kill the original look you're going for. Again, I'm not an expert, but I've always heard that the wood spokes can "breathe" with spar varnish made for wood, while the clear coat will seal them up and cause problems. Of course, I may have been misinformed - I often am.