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  1. 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!
  2. I wonder what they did to the frame to get an Isuzu motor in?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The frame was partially boxed from the factory, mainly the front portion ahead of the X-frame.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Those wheels are going to be spectacular! Worth all the trouble you've been through and then some.
  15. 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.
  16. I have a 29 Plymouth distributor. Unfortunately, I sold the right angle base a few months ago. I can post pictures if you're interested.
  17. Ragtop, you're in luck! No Countrysides are known to exist, but an Aerocoupe was found. This is from my previous post. A photograph of what is believed to be the only Zapmobile in existence. It was found in an abandoned garage outside Ashtabula, Ohio by Thomas "Chuffy" Heidkamp in 1963. Chuffy always meant to restore the car, but after pulling it out of the garage, it languished in his backyard until 1987 when he was killed in a freak accident with the automatic milking machine in his barn. A bitter family dispute over ownership of Chuffy's car collection ended in the infamous Ashtabula Shootout. Thankfully no one was injured, but it took twenty two years of litigation before what was left of the car was finally awarded to Chuffy's son-in law, Carl "Shifty" Munson. Unfortunately, in 2013 the car broke into three pieces during an attempt to load it on a trailer in preparation for transport to Barrett-Jackson. Shifty decided to keep the car, repairing the damage with J B Weld and chicken wire. It will go up on eBay sometime in the near future with a reported reserve of six-point two million dollars (American).
  18. Who knew my cheap gag would turn into a serious discussion about the dangers of linseed oil? Maybe we all have too much time on our hands.? As as far as the date of the fire, I had limited photographs of Auto Show fires - one to be exact. Since I set the fictional Zapmobile as a 1938 model, I was forced to use dramatic license. In other words, "It's a joke, son."
  19. Another disaster that befell the Zap Motorcar Company was the rushed introduction of the Zapmobile Countryside Cabriolet. An attractive, if overpriced, automobile, the Countryside featured wood trim. This led to disaster when one of the display cars at the 1938 Los Angeles Auto Show burst into flames. The resulting conflagration leveled the Auto Show. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, but all the cars at the show were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire was believed to be the highly volatile linseed oil used to treat the wood on the car In the rush to get the Zapmobile to the show, the Zap engineers had not let the mixture dry sufficiently.. A stray cigarette butt is suspected of igniting the linseed oil and sending the car up in flames. This rare photo shows the carnage. An assembly line shot of the Countrysides being built. The cars were built without ashtrays. None are known to survive.
  20. Sorry, I wasn't disparaging Restoleum paint products, but I seriously doubt they are industry leaders in the spar varnish category. I, too, use the etch primer and it works great, as does the gloss black. My only complaint is with the nozzles on some of the spray cans. The old style nozzles work fine, but the large, flat "all direction" nozzles are impossible to clear and I have had to toss many half full spray cans because the nozzles clogged. I even tried replacing the bad nozzle with a new one from another can to no avail. Calls to the company got me nowhere. Now I only buy this type of can when I know I have a large area to paint and can use most of the can in one sitting.
  21. Spar varnish for marine use is the best there is. Glad you found a solution. For some reason, even the thought of Rustoleum varnish gives me pause.
  22. I'm no expert, but the concave curve of the rim and the lack of reinforced support on the edges of the rim make me believe these wheels were designed to work with tires of some type, either solid or inflated. i don't think most early farm equipment used tires.
  23. Could the pine-tar/kerosene/linseed oil mixture be preventing the spar varnish from drying? It may be incompatible with the varnish.
  24. Could be, although I can't make out any print on the paper. It also appears to be under the gasket, so you could remove the speedo without disturbing the paper. It was obviously put on there for some reason, but I can't figure it out.