Taylormade

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  1. Fiddly stuff today, but it needs to get done. Once I get my new firewall pad back I can run all the wiring, the choke cable, the throttle cable, the speedometer cable, oil pressure line and the temperature gauge line through the firewall and install and wire up the dash insert. I had my temperature guage and the sending unit and the fuel sending unit and gauge restored by Bob's Speedometer, so they are back and ready to go. All the wires and tubes run through a rubber grommet in the firewall. This is from Phil Kennedy's car. My grommet was toast - hard as a rock and coming apart - although that slit is supposed to be there. I can't find any repo rubber for this part so I made my own. I bought a 1/2 inch thick rubber pad off Ebay. After a disastrous attempt to cut the rubber to shape with an angle grinder and a cut-off wheel - that totally melted the rubber and left my garage smelling like a family of skunks had unloaded - I discovered the rubber cut very nicely with a utility knife lubricated with soapy water. So I cut it to the correct shape and tried to figure out how to get it to the correct angles on the sides. Sanding by hand would have taken a week, and my table-top disk sander gleefully melted the rubber again, even at slow speed. I finally discovered my bench grinder with a rough stone wheel would take the rubber off fairly cleanly without turning it liquid. It came out pretty well and was a perfect fit. A little uneven around the edges, but that's hidden by the outer cover.
  2. Since I need to get my dash wired, I finally got around to addressing the problem of my firewall pad. This is very visible in my car and the original is in really bad shape and has also separated. The black surface faces inside and is visible. There are also many unnecessary holes drilled in the firewall, so I will have to determine which holes should be punched in the new pad. I found a company called Quiet Ride Solutions that will make me a new pad. They didn't have a pattern for a 32DL, but I told them I had the original pad and they offered to make me a new pad based on my old one and only charge me half price since I was supplying them with a pattern for this model. At this point I know I should have filled the excess holes in the firewall, but I'm just going to install rubber plugs and call it a day since I would like to drive Daphne before I die.
  3. The Ford pins look similar, but they don’t seem to have the same split attachment method. If I can’t find anything else, I’ll buy some and see if I can make them work. Thanks for the tip.
  4. Four short and two long.
  5. Does anyone have any extra firewall pins? There are some missing on my 32 Dodge Brothers DL sedan. I'm actually amazed there were ANY left at this point. i need two sizes - one is 1-3/8" long and the shorter pin is 7/8". Head diameter on both is 5/8". I'm sure these were used on many Chrysler products. I tried the usual suspects, Restoration Supplies and Restoration Specialties. They have some pins that are close, but not the same. Thanks for any help.
  6. Does anyone have any extra firewall pins? There are some missing on my 32 Dodge Brothers DL sedan. I'm actually amazed there were ANY left at this point. i need two sizes - one is 1-3/8" long and the shorter pin is 7/8". Head diameter on both is 5/8". I'm sure these were used on many Chrysler products. I tried the usual suspects, Restoration Supplies and Restoration Specialties. They have some pins that are close, but not the same.
  7. It hasn't blown down yet, and it gets pretty windy here on the plains. Just ask Dorothy Gale.
  8. We used Simpson Titen HD screw anchors. Meets and exceeds all codes and worked great. Makes it much easier to place anchors exactly where you want them.
  9. When we retired, we downsized and moved to a small town to be near my daughter and the grand-kids. The house we bought had two garage spaces back to back - a converted car port in the front and a single space garage added at a later date. I was reduced to one car, my 1932 dodge Brothers sedan, but needed more space for the restoration, so we build a third garage space off the existing back garage. Not the most practical solution, but it worked out pretty well. The last photo is the day it was finished and I began to organize the space. Almost all the parts on the floor are now restored and back n the car.
  10. It’s 0n;y 40 miles away, but the bug scare makes looking at it impossible. Maybe why it’s still for sale, but it was listed before the plague hit. I’ll check on it if and when.
  11. Put the steering box back together today. The bearings as races were in pretty good condition so I just cleaned them up and then repacked them before assembly. I figured it would be a pretty straightforward job as it's just a sandwich, with the bottom race already in place (how you get it out of there is beyond my pay grade and it didn't need to be removed, anyway) the bottom bearing, the worm gear, the other bearing and then the upper race. The upper race proved to be more of a pain then I expected. If I'd had a large piece of pipe I could have probably done better, but the local hardware stores are all closed because of you know what, so I had to try a tap it in slowly with a small drift and a hammer. Tapping is probably a bit mild, as it took a lot of force to get it started. About the time I was about to give up and call it a day, my final "tap" sent it down into place. You can just see it down there in this shot. The steering shaft and worm gear turned smoothly so I guess i got things right. There are no other bearings in this Gemmer box, just the bushings for the gear shaft. Both the shaft and the bushings are in good shape. Clearance is about .002 as near as I can measure. I just made the gasket for this application, so it's time for cleanup and paint, and then final assembly. I'm using Corn head grease as lubricant. I did have one question. The outer steering tube screws into the steering box. i discussed my problems with the threads in an earlier post. According to the owner's manual, you screw in this outer tube to adjust the load on the bearings. It says to tighten it down with the front wheels off the ground until you feel a slight drag on the steering wheel, then back it off a quarter turn. This makes some sense, but as hard as it was to get the bearing race in there, it seems as if you tightened it down and then backed it off, the race wouldn't back off as it's not attached to the outer column. Maybe just using the steering for a bit backs it off, but I'm a bit confused as to how that would work. They don't give any play specifications as to bearing clearance in this unit. Going to start putting the windows back in tomorrow.
  12. This car has been listed on C/L for quite a while. Not sure why it’s still around as the price doesn’t seem all that bad.
  13. When it comes to cutting gaskets, I'm about as bad as it gets. We have a Cricut machine which we use to cut out paper, cardboard and light plastic. I use it to build models. It makes very accurate cuts and can cut perfect circles. When I was working on a project with my daughter, I suddenly realized that the machine would be ideal for making gaskets, so I thought I'd give it a try. This is the machine. It's just really just a C and C machine and works cutting on two axis. I took what was left of the gasket to my Steering box and taped it to a sheet of paper. Then I scanned it and brought it into Adobe Illustrator and used it as a pattern to make the shape of the gasket. I set it up so I could cut two at a time, just in case. The artwork was saved as a PNG file with a transparent background. Then I put the files into the Cricut's software program and had it cut the gaskets. This is on cardstock, but it will cut gasket paper just as well. I was amazed at the fit. And the cuts are absolutely clean and flat. It's always great when a plan works out.
  14. I have quite a bit of side trim left over from my 50 Wayfarer Sportabout project. Some other parts, too. PM me with what you are looking for.
  15. My life has changed very little. I’m semi-retired and for the last five years my time was spent doing computer graphics and illustration in my home office or out in the garage working on my 32 Dodge Brothers sedan. We live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, have plenty of toilet paper at the local grocery store and count our blessings. Living in the boonies has certain advantages you don’t appreciate until something like this happens.
  16. I know nothing about OD units. I assume the rear case is the actual overdrive, just behind the actual trans case. I guess the OD case will not bolt up to your 33 trans case - that would be way too easy.
  17. Applying the rubber and final installation. I had the boards powder-coated black and sanded the upper surface for better glue adhesion..
  18. Here are some pics of the running-boards being fabricated. As I said before, not for the faint of heart. Not to say that a real master metal worker couldn't do it by hand, but this ended up being an exact duplicate of the original and they fit like a glove. The number of pieces was extraordinary.
  19. My 1932 Dodge Brothers has a device on the driver's side front spring mount that supposedly dampened the steering. As you can see in the photo, the drivers side looks totally different than the more conventional passenger side. The leaf spring on the driver's side is also shorter than the other front spring. This may be what's going on with your frame.
  20. Mine is probably different 😀 but I have detailed photos I’d be glad to post if you need them.
  21. I saw your photos of the installation of your engine and trans on Facebook. It looks great! Now I see why your Floating Power setup works with a different transmission - the trans mounts attach to the bellhousing. My 32 has a totally different setup which makes it impossible to do what you have done. Looks like my fussing and worrying was totally unfounded. Saner heads prevailed - as usual.
  22. I had new running boards made for my 32 Dodge Brothers DL. They look similar, if not identical, to your boards. To get them exact is not a job for the faint of heart, but it can be done.
  23. Just getting ready to do mine. All my rollers appear to be in good shape and the original fabric is still there, although very brittle and prone to cracking. So, the correct term is "no fray?" Do they usually have it in different colors? Thanks for posting this, I was at a loss after LB went under.