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  1. Apparently, no one has performed this task. I'll let everyone know if I manage to get them off without destroying the part.
  2. I thought about that, but I worry I might fry the old seal and not be able to ID it to get a replacement. People rebuild these things, so there has to be a solution. I doubt Apple Hydraulics would let me in on their methods.
  3. Did you order them or were you able to get them locally?
  4. I have disassembled my Delco-Lovejoy shocks off my 1932 Dodge Brothers DL. Actually, a very easy job - up until now. My problem is how do I remove the metal cap that covers the shaft arm seal? You can see the metal dome that covers and protects the seal in the following photographs. Is there a way to get the metal dome off the shock body without destroying it? Any real world experience would be greatly appreciated. The shaft is a bit pitted. The arrows show where the seal contacts the shaft. I was thinking a Speedi-Sleeve might be the solution here.
  5. I have disassembled my Delco-Lovejoy shocks off my 1932 Dodge Brothers DL. Actually, a very easy job - up until now. My problem is how do I remove the metal cap that covers the shaft arm seal? You can see the metal dome that covers and protects the seal in the following photographs. Is there a way to get the metal dome off the shock body without destroying it? Any real world experience would be greatly appreciated. The shaft is a bit pitted. The arrows show where the seal contacts the shaft. I was thinking a Speedi-Sleeve might be the solution here.
  6. Sometimes, no mater what you do, the restoration process just seems to be one problem after another. After the upholstery debacle, I decided to tackle something about which I actually have some knowledge - the braking system. Daphne needs a total rebuild: cylinders, master cylinder, lines, linings and drums turned. After examining the brake cylinders, I noticed the Dodge Brothers/Chrysler engineers, in their infinite wisdom, used different cylinders on the front and back of the car. The bolt spacing on the front cylinders is narrower than on the rear, and the rear cylinders have a slightly smaller bore. You can see the spacing difference here, with the front cylinder on top. The front cylinder has a bigger bore, maybe a 1/16th of an inch. So, do I get my old cylinders re-sleeved or buy new ones? I thought new ones might be an easier fix. WRONG! I call around to the usual suspects (Roberts, Bernbaum) who advertise that they carry cylinders for a 32 Dodge Brothers DL. Their reply -"well, we do, sort of. You can make what we have work, but they aren't original pattern." Okay, I guess re-sleeving is the order of the day. But WAIT! There, on the dreaded EBay is a listing for four new brake cylinders that fit a 1932 Dodge DL. Right there in black and white. Hmmmm, better check this out. I send a friendly note to the seller, "You do know that the front and rear cylinders are different on this car? " "Yes," he quickly replies, "they are different." With utter trust I send in my hard earned cash. Several days go by and then my cylinders arrive, nicely packaged, new and shiny, ready to go on my...but WAIT! NOOOO! The bolt spacing on all four cylinders is the same. He's sent me four rear brake cylinders. Drat! I dash of a new missive to the seller informing him of his grave and possibly costly error. He quickly replies, "I apologize for that, I must have mixed you up with another person the 32 does indeed use different cylinders and I fear that I do not have the correct ones for that car, you can keep the rears and I will give you a full refund if you would like." So the guy is at least honest - I hope, since I don't have my refund yet. But I also don't have my front brake cylinders, and I'm not too happy that since I explicitly asked him if the cylinders he was selling were different.. I also noticed that the casting on the new cylinders is different than the originals. Notice the band around the center of the cylinder, not present on the original. Everything else seems to be the same, bolt spacing, length, bore, attaching area, so I think I'll be okay using the two on the back drums. So, it's back to the drawing board for the front cylinders. I guess I'll be sending them off to be re-sleeved at Apple Hydraulics as they are also rebuilding my shocks - another task that I discovered was bit beyond my skill level. I was okay until I discovered I was going to have to machine out the seal area to get a modern seal in where the shaft goes into the shock housing. One step forward, two steps back.
  7. One of the reasons I love to post on this forum is the honest feedback I get from other members. You always love to get compliments and kudos on your restorations, but I really like to get critical posts when they are warranted. In the case of the back seat upholstery, I'm afraid I have to agree with joeybst999 - they do look amateurish. When I went to pick them up I was very disappointed by the wrinkled seams and uneven stuffing of the pleats. I let things stew for a few days and posted shots of the seats without comment to see if anyone out there thought they were as bad as I thought they were. Believe me, in person, they look much, much worse. So, I've parted ways with the gentleman who did the work. Thankfully, he didn't do the front seat. I took the seats to another shop that is actually closer to our new home and after seeing some of his work we came to an agreement. He feels he may be able to save the upright half of the back seat, as it's correctly stitched but needs to be taken apart and correctly padded. The bottom of the seat is probably toast as it wasn't padded correctly under the upholstery and will not be long enough in the front to accept the added padding. Another live and learn experience, one step forward, two back. This car will be a driver, not a Pebble Beach showpiece, but I want it to be as right as I can make it within my budget. I've done all the work on the car myself when I can, but the upholstery is beyond my skill level. I'll post shots of the redone job for comparison when it's finished.
  8. I was always sorry that my Dad never knew I had bought back the first car I ever owned and that he helped me to buy back in 1965. He died at 91 just a few months before I rediscovered the car, but I'm sure he's watching the progess of the restoration up there somewhere.
  9. Thanks, everyone, for your timely answers. Sounds like Dot5 is the way to go.
  10. I'm helping an acquaintance sell his 1926 Dodge Brothers four door sedan. The usual story, he's not up to date in his computer skills. He bought this car when he graduated from college and it's basically been sitting ever since - a lot of years, but in a garage and under cover. The motor turns but it's not running. It had had a home restoration when he bought it. The seats are redone in vinyl, not original, but a pretty nice job. The body looks good and very straight. The fenders need some work - there is some bondo showing through the paint, but they are not too bad. Some surface rust on the fenders, but not much. The car is complete. He says he has the moto-meter, but has to find it at the moment. The pictures are not the greatest, but they are all he has at the moment. It's the same old story - he's kept it all these years with the intention of getting it on the road, but time and money have run out and he needs to sell the car. He has affection for the old beast and would like it to go to a Dodge fan who would keep it as original as possible. It looks like a good candidate to get running and then you could work on the cosmetics while you were driving and enjoying the car. The body paint and interior are certainly serviceable at the moment. The car is located in central Illinois, just west of the Indiana border off Interstate 74. He's asking $5700, but it's negotiable. At this point, I think he's more interested in finding the car a good home. PM me for his phone number and you can give him a call if you're interested.
  11. I also received my new wiring harness from Rhode island Wiring. I used them for the rewire on my 1948 Plymouth, so I went with them again. I was very pleased with the materials they sent. As usual, it was well packaged and complete - everything individually bagged and labeled. My harness has very few visible wires - everything was wrapped in a loom. This is the reason I felt I couldn't do the wiring myself. The harness arrived in a beautifully done loom with the original blue tracing. The individual visible wires are in the original color and tracing with the correct connectors in place. I detailed wiring diagram is also provided. Pretty simple for this car. The separate headlight wiring has the stainless metal covers as per original. I also got a package of wiring for under the dash. Love the colors and tracing on this new "old" wiring. And, finally, a battery cable with the correct large gauge for a six volt system. Overall, I'm very happy with what I received.
  12. I have the rear seat upholstery finished. A while ago I discussed the amount of fading i found in the original material: it had gone from a medium brown to a tan color. The fabric I bought from LaBaron-Bonney is a very close match to what I found in a few spots where the sun never reached the original. The new fabric is a wool broadcloth, like the original, but a bit thicker. For some reason it looks a bit shiny in the photos, but it's not. Here is the original faded rear seat - And the newly upholstered cushions.
  13. I'm getting the brake cylinders sleeved on my 1932 Dodge DL. I'd like to use silicon brake fluid in the finished system, but all the resleevers won't guarantee the work as they say the silicon MAY swell the rubber and cause problems. I'm tired of Dot 3 eating off the paint on my backing plates and frame when/if a leak occurs. It was suggested I use a high end silicon fluid rather than something cheap from NAPA, but they still don't like me using silicon. Any suggestions, experiences or horror stories to confirm/deny this problem? Does anyone make a rebuilding kit that is designed for silicon use, like modern fuel lines designed for ethanol?
  14. And I bought the car Phil had stored away for 40 years. To top it off, I sold the car to Phil in 1967, and, it being my first car, I was overjoyed to get it back four decades later. I regretted selling it the moment I signed the title over to Phil, and thought about that car just about every day since. Thank God I had the presence of mind to sell it to Phil - the one guy nuttier about old cars than I was. Probably no other living human would have kept the car that long and it might be part of a Toyota if not for Phil. I guess fate plays funny tricks on us now and then.
  15. Thanks Joe. Kathy and I had a blast making it, glad you enjoyed it.
  16. I think it's a early twenties Willys-Knight based on the radiator shape. It had no badges or markings that I could find. Here is a 1922 model touring... And the car I found... What do you think? Similar, but no bar between the frame rails at the front on the green car. The asking price painted on the side was $1500. The fenders, especially the rear were in bad shape. The car needs all new wood and a lot of work, but a dedicated guy could probably restore it.
  17. Guess I should have titled the last one "And One Old Man."
  18. Sorry keiser31, you were talking about the car in the junkyard I guess, not Tom's collection. That car was pretty solid considering how long it has been sitting there. From what I could see, the floors were very solid.
  19. Yes, he had some very rare cars and all of them restored to beyond perfect condition.
  20. I was out in Montana last week and found some interesting items on my travels. They don't call it Big Sky Country for nothing. There are still old cars sitting out all over the roads I traveled. This was shot in Virginia City. Not a Dodge, but still interesting. An Imperial convertible - not Dodge, but Mopar at any rate. I had a chance to see the collection of Tom Gerrard while I was out there. Some nice Mopar iron. Unfortunately, all this traveling has had a negative effect on Daphne's restoration. My new 200 Amp service should be in and ready to go by Thursday, so I'll have lights and a compressor in the garage extension. Then I'll have no excuses and I'll have to get back to work on her.
  21. I found these old girls out in Montana last week. Rest in peace ladies.
  22. I found this in a Montana junkyard while on a trip out west last week. I think it would make a heck of a speedster. I think you would have to extend the front of the frame out to get the radiator back a bit, but that cowl and the seat (lowered) could really be made to work.
  23. I've been away from the car editing the Dodge Brothers Centennial video. Now that it's finally done, I can get back to Daphne. With the garage finished, I now have a place to put things. I've spent the last few days unpacking things and trying to get them organized. The 100 plus temperatures are not helping! At the old house everything was laid out and at my fingertips. Now I'm prowling through boxes trying to find my tools, parts and sanity. I found a good upholstery shop nearby and the seats should be ready in November. The two major tasks remaining are the brakes and getting the motor painted and installed. Hopefully I'll have those completed before the cold weather arrives. The garage is a mess as I try to lay everything out and then get it organized on shelves. This is going to take a good week or more. When I have something that is actually interesting to report, I'll post again.