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  1. <quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate>Back home from Hershey, it was time to tackle the frame. Although we had powerwashed everything at Ed's, there is still a mountain of grease and dirt everywhere. I spread out the tarps and got to work. I made the pleasant discovery that the rear spring shackles looked almost brand new. I have the feeling this car was gone over mechanically some time before I bought it. Since Phil and I probably didn't put more than 4,000 miles on her, collectively, things seem to be in pretty good shape. I began disassembly of the front axle. The biggest problem was getting the totally rusted cotter pins out. A real pain in the you know what. Everything else broke loose with a bit of muscle power and a long breaker bar. I got everything off the driver's side. The brake linings need replacing. I'm hoping the drums can be turned - they look okay, but I won't know until I get them into the shop for turning. The brake hoses were toast, the rubber rotten and the fittings corroded. The lines themselves, which I thought were copper, are actually copped coated steel and have rusted away to nothing. Total replacement of everything required, plus new brake cylinders and springs. Oddly, the driver's side kingpin seems solid and the spindle moves smoothly, while the passenger side pin is shot, with lots of back and forth movement. I'm not sure how that happened, but I'm replacing both with the king pins I got at Hershey.<quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate> The Delco shocks still work, which amazed me. I'm hoping the shafts are still smooth and un-pitted. I plan to replace the seal, and, if the shafts are okay, it should be an easy rebuild. I need to source the rubber grommets for the arm mounting points. Still lots of work to do on the passenger side. More details and close up photos when I get the entire front end apart. <quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate> I need to get new bearings and seals for the front wheels. I don't want to make the same mistake that Phil did in 1980 and destroy the seals by taking them out and then finding out that I can't get new ones. Anybody have a good source?<quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate>
  2. Thanks for all the kind comments and the encouragement - it's greatly appreciated. Now on to more entertaining matters - the resurrection of Daphne.<quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate> My brother flew out from his home in Denver and we drove to Hershey from my place in Illinois. Nice drive, plenty of sunshine and a chance to catch up as we don't see each other that often. The weather was good on Wednesday and we parked and hit the Green field first, contacting Larry (yirgaman) who had everything waiting for us. All the items were as advertised - a nice, relined gas tank, new king pins and the interior door handle I needed. Larry threw in a spring and escutcheon which was really nice. While there I noticed a glass case filled with other small goodies. Despite having a tail light, these were so much better than mine, so I bought one - for less than I paid for my rough one. Thanks Larry! Larry's space was at the North end of the Green Field and near the cross walk so I managed to carry everything back to the car without much of a problem. Then it was on to the South Chocolate Field to hook up with Jim (sandbarfarm 31) and pick up a radiator. It was advertised as coming from a 30,000 mile car that had been rodded and it sure met those standards. I won't know for sure until I take it to the radiator shop for a checkout, but it looked good to me. Luckily, Jim had a dolly and we made the long, long trip back to the car. We walked around some more and I managed to find a set of spring shackles and pick up lots of cards from restoration suppliers and chrome shops. We spotted this Stanley Steamer near the Car Corral. My brother found a car he really liked in the car corral - a 1932 Chevrolet, all original, with 19,000 miles. He was tempted, but his small garage and transport problems made it impossible, but he wanted that car! Then the rains came. We headed for the Coker Tire space and I got a big discount on six 5.50 - 18 Firestone blackwalls and saved myself a ton is shipping costs. Thankfully, they had wheeled cars available, and we made another long journey back to the car. Along the way, we spotted Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars fame trying to cover up his big, open cars before the rain ruined the leather upholstery. We got the tires back to the car, slipping and sliding down the grassy hill of the parking lot, and then made the trek back to Coker to return the cart. By that time we were both exhausted and headed back to the motel for some well deserved rest. The rain dampened things for the next two days, so we attended the Dodge Brothers Club dinner on Friday night and headed home on Saturday. A great, if slightly wet trip, and I picked up some much needed items for the restoration. <quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate>
  3. Like any old car you have to keep on top of things, but these old Mopars are very solid, dependable cars that are generally easy to work on. Check for front floor rot as the cowl vents often leak over the years and water collects under the front rubber mat and tends to promote rust in these areas. Get a shop manual - I have one if you're interested. It is very complete and well illustrated and will take you through any repairs you may need to make. I've had a 48 Plymouth and a 50 Dodge Wayfarer, and both were excellent cars. They aren't great on the freeway as 60 is about the top end for most, but you can install an overdrive if highway driving is your forte. On back roads they drive great, with a smooth ride and super cushy seats. The only thing that always seems to be a pain is getting the rear brake drums off if you need to work on the brakes. Plenty of posts here on how to do it, but that is one pain in the neck in my opinion.
  4. Thanks everyone for the kind words. I hope I didn't come off as too much of a crybaby. It is what it is and I'll continue on with the low cost aspects of the restoration for the time being - if there is such a thing as "low cost" when it comes to these great old cars.
  5. If you are going to put the body and fenders on another frame, it's going to mean a great deal of disassembly - heck, you'll basically have to take the whole car apart! That will certainly give you a chance to examine the hidden areas you're concerned about. There are no double panels in the fenders of Chrysler products of this era, so you'll be able to get to the metal on the back with no problems. How far you want to go is up to you. POR-15 will drastically slow down the rust problem but will never completely stop it. It will allow you to keep the exterior paint as it is - although you will have to clean the surface rust around the holes. You're going to have to live with those rust holes, however, as cutting out the bad metal and replacing it will obviously destroy the paint around the repair. I would be wary as my 32 Dodge looked pretty good before I took the fenders off and discovered what was really lurking below the shiny black paint - more rust than I ever imagined. They had to be rebuilt as about 50 percent of the metal was gone. If you really want to prolong the car's lifespan, It looks like you have a major structural problem with the tops of those front fenders and when you take things apart you will probably make it worse. I'd replace the rusted out metal and do your best to match the paint on the rest of the car - although I suspect you'll end up doing so much work you'll have to repaint it anyway..
  6. Looks like Kyle sold his DL. $8500 isn't a bad price - let's hope it went to someone who will keep it original.
  7. Great looking car and a beautiful job on the second time around restoration.
  8. It's been awhile since I've posted anything. Hershey and one of my major clients suddenly closing their doors for good put a temporary hold on things. The good news - I picked up a great radiator at Hershey from fellow board member Sandbarfarm31, and a nice gas tank, along with a set of NOS king pins and a great tail light from board member yirgaman. Thanks guys! Took the top insert off the DL's body last night and will post some photos soon. Turned out to be an easy job. With the body totally stripped of glass, window and door mechanisms, trim and the top insert, sanding and priming is underway. No new pix as things look about the same as they did in post #270. The bad news - money is tight with my losing a major client. I still hope to make Detroit next summer, but finances may play a big part in that endevor. Well, a no cost option is me stripping down the frame and cleaning everything up, so that's next.
  9. I still wouldn't have paid more than $5000 tops if I were trying to purchase it. And, if I'd owned it for years in that shape, I would have gladly sold it for $8100. But since I was neither trying to buy nor sell the car, my opinion is worth about 2 cents.
  10. Apparently by collectors of firearms.
  11. They are still out there. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1923-buick-model-45-Phaeton-restoration-project-located-Vancouver-BC-/181226826901?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item2a31f5ec95
  12. Just a quick update - lots of new posts since August. http://forums.aaca.org/f143/ressurection-daphne-1932-dl-348459.html#post1151916
  13. Thanks for the photo, Phil. That's exactly what I was talking about. No designs, just the stamped lip to hold the carpet/rubber floor mat.
  14. I have a friend looking for six 1936 Packard wire wheel hubs. I'll be at Hershey all week. PM me with a price if you have any available. Thanks, RT
  15. My DL does have them, but they are nothing fancy, just black painted steel with a lip to hold the rubber mat or carpet.
  16. Check this out. Someone used this poor old girl for target practice - and then some. How many bullet holes are you willing to repair? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1929-DODGE-FIVE-5-WINDOW-COUPE-HOT-RAT-ROD-ORIGINAL-POWERTRAIN-CLEAR-TITLED-/251350468653?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3a85a7c82d
  17. Thanks, Steve. Looking at the map, and based on a few local shows in my area, I thought there might be a long wait in line to get into the parking area. Glad to know that isn't the case.
  18. I haven't been to Hershey in 20 years. I want to get to the vendor area early, if possible. How long should one expect to wait to get their car parked in the morning? I'm staying in a motel about eight miles to the west and was wondering what time I need to head out to get to the meet when it opens and get my car parked - Wednesday and Thursday especially. This is my modern car, of course. Thanks, RT
  19. <quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate>I built a dolly for the body today - not exactly an engineering marvel, but good enough to move the body around as Crin sands and primes it. All the metal work is done - at last! - and now we can get on with the paint work. Ed did an outstanding job. What was supposed to be a two week job turned into three months, but we kept discovering new problems every time we went to inspect the next area. You've seen enough of the fenders and hood, but here a few before and afters of the body. It's a little tough to see, but there is a sizable dent in the center of the roof above the windshield and the cowl is caved in between the vent openings. And the repairs. Several dents removed - these were on the car when I bought it in 1965. They always drove me nuts! Finally, the rear door fits and closes correctly. I removed all the glass except the back windows, taking out the window and door latch mechanisms in the process.<quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate><quickprintreadystate style="display: none;"></quickprintreadystate> I'll be restoring those over the next few weeks.
  20. Daphne arrived nearer to home today as Ed personally delivered the finished body, now temporarily back on the frame for transport, to Crin's Undercover Upholstery and Paint. We wheeled it off the trailer and took the body back off with Crin's lift. We then rolled the frame back on the trailer and Ed delivered it to my place where it now resides in my workshop - finally! I'm going over tonight to take the windows out of the body and I'll take detailed pictures of the completed body work. It now looks like that huge slab of ice never fell on the old girl, she's straight as an arrow once again.
  21. Crin has the front fenders color sanded and buffed out. They've gone from a rather garish shine to a really nice shiny glow that looks much more like the original paint on the old girl. This is Crin's paint booth/workshop. That's not one of my fenders, it's from his 36 Packard. Vent system.
  22. Very nice find. I have to admit, I'm a car guy, but there are plenty of folks on the forum into these old trucks and they'll be able to offer a wealth of information.
  23. Terrific job. Hope to see you in Auburn Hills next year.
  24. Taylormade

    1929 desoto

    That's kind of what I thought, however he mentioned he went to the Dodge Brothers big meet which reads to me like it was put on by the DB Club. Not a big deal, I plan to drive mine, not show it.
  25. Doesn't look like he's been active on the forum since 2005.