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  1. It's been a while since I posted, and I figured it was time for an update. The car went for rust repair and a base coat of hot rod black paint last winter, and this weekend we finally reinstalled the seats that my wife and I reupholstered ourselves. The car just needs a tune-up and a minor electrical issue resolved before it's fully road worthy. These forums have been invaluable in our slow quest to rebuild and rehabilitate this car that we bought 11 years ago as a non-runnimg project, we are so appreciative of all the help and advice we've received along the way!
  2. Hi all I finally got around to calling Lebaron-Bonney, and the mystery is solved! The part in question is called Door Cording or Edge Welt, and they both make and sell it. They were super helpful to talk to as well; even though they're super busy they took the time to look at this post, take the question out to their floor manager and find out what the part is we're looking for. Color options from their website, in case anyone else is looking for the same thing: http://www.lebaronbonney.com/webcatalogs/fabric/files/assets/basic-html/page-22.html Thanks all for your help! I'll post pics when I get her all put back together, probably looking like spring at this point.
  3. Hi Spinney The Windlace you show goes around the door openings, on the body of the car not the doors (e.g. it doesn't move when the doors open and close). The stuff around the windo frame is similar, but much thinner, maybe 3/16 or 1/4" wide. It's starting to look like this is a make-it-yourself kind of item. Sigh... further down the rabbit hole we go!
  4. It does, but I've been unable to find a part listing for it anywhere including CPR I may break down and call LeBaron-Bonney and see if they have any ideas. I'll report back if I get anywhere with them.
  5. Hi all I crossposted this last week in the parts wanted forum but thought I'd try here as well. I'm rebuilding my interior after a rewiring project required pulling the headliner and dash out. That led to painting the dash and windshield trim, which led to painting the inside window moldings. I've been able to identify all of the necessary replacement parts so far but this one (pics attached). It's a length of cording that's sewn to a cardboard strip which tucks into the window trim, and it runs around the upper 3/4 of all 4 doors. I've heard it called an anti-rattle strip but can't find the correct term to search for, or a supplier for it. I'd be very grateful for your help!
  6. Hi again, all I've managed to trip over yet another part where I don't know what to search for, so have no idea whether this part is hard to come by or not. Backstory: I've rewired my '47 Torpedo from tip to tail with a (very excellent) wiring harness from Rhode Island wiring. To do that I had to pull the dash, headliner and many other ancillary parts, including the absolutely shredded windlace and other cloth components - all of it was torn, nasty and needs repair/ replacement. While I had it apart, I decided to paint the window garnish moldings since they were all surface rusted and grubby. In prepping them for paint, I had to remove (gently!!) the stainless strips that run under the glass, the window felting (that was a term that i'd never heard of, and what a right pain in the backside to figure out!), and the subject of this post: There's a flexible bit of fabric piping that goes around the upper parts of the window garnish, that is sewn to a fiberboard strip that is tucked into the window trim. It's the consistency of a light paper, heavier than construction paper, about the same as a thin cracker/ cereal box. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what that stuff is called! Can one of you point me in the right direction please? I'd be ever so grateful! Thanks very much, Rubin Edit: I added a photo of the trim below.
  7. Thanks! I've contacted the seller, we'll see what they say. The fenders have had the headlight buckets stripped, so that only gets me part of the way there
  8. Hi pont35cpe Thanks for the info, I just tried to call them and they're closed until after Labor day I'll try them again next week, but their parts listing stopped at 1950. Rubin
  9. Hi all We've gotten through the bulk of the mechanical overhaul on our rig: It's basically been rebuild from a mechanical perspective. It's got new brakes and lines all the way around, new fuel lines, freshly lined tank, rebuild card, new motor(!), rebuilt generator and starter. In running the new headlight wiring, I realized how rough the upper fenders and headlight buckets are (see attached photos). The rest of the fenders are in great shape, it's just the top of the fenders by the headlights, where mud and crap cakes up from the wheels that's all rusted out. So, I'm wondering if anyone has a source for either (preferably) repair panels for the front fenders of a '47 Pontiac Torpedo, or complete fenders. If the fenders are complete, they can be pretty well dented up - I'm thinking we'll cut out the headlight buckets and weld/ braze that section into our existing fenders. I posted in parts wanted as well, but thought I'd cover my bases here by asking about fabricators who might have patterns for these fenders - they definitely don't have to be original, but I would prefer if they were steel (e.g. not fiberglass replacements). Thanks in advance! Rubin
  10. I've got a '47 Torpedo with some rust-through around the headlights. I'm looking for a pair of fenders, or patches that could be welded in to repair the rusty bits. Anything out there? Thanks in advance!
  11. Hey Bloo I'm happy to report that Norman (that's what we've decided to name the car) is running great. I tinkered with the carb and it started nearly every time. The hot start issue is caused by something with the accelerator pump, and if it doesn't fire right up when it's hot, holding the accelerator to the floor will usually do it. Once in a blue moon it needs a short shot of ether to start when it's hot (like, it's happened twice now, the above being one of them). Thanks everyone for your help on this long running thread, I'm very happy to report that we've move to other repairs and updates on the car, including a tip to tail re-wiring that I started today!
  12. One more update in this loooong thread and associated saga! Last fall, I ran out of warm-ish weather before we were able to get the car running, so we parked her for the winter. Last week, I was finally both inspired and had a little free time, and was able to take the advice of a family friend who came and looked at the Pontiac. His observation was that it sounded like everything was set as it should be, and that 6v was just not enough to turn her over fast enough to start it. S we put a tow strap on my truck, and pulled her around for about 150' until she fired up! It smoked like a locomotive for a bit and then settled down to a steady but low idle, and was even able to start back up under her own power. However, the victory lap was postponed due to the multiple jets of coolant coming from the freeze plugs that I neglected to change out before the engine went into the car (I mean, I'd changed the freeze plugs in the old motor, so in my mind that had been done, right?! Well, the 'new' motor had other thoughts about that...). I'm sure you can all imagine what a feeling it was to have that engine running after all the busted knuckles and time sunk into it! So Wednesday night, I got my new freeze plugs (Dorman 555-041, 1-61/64" in case I'm not the only person who didn't know that...) and changed them out in pretty short order. My lesson from the last time: it's really easy to just drive the plugs right into the block and fish them out - the whole job was about 1 1/2 hours including pulling the generator, flame arrestor, stomp start and accelerator linkage and putting them all back together again. After that work, she fired right up. She was idling slow, but running OK and not steaming or smoking. She started up and restarted just fine in the ~10minutes I had her running. Sweet. Thursday I decided to take a victory lap/ shakedown ride to the farm next door to pick my daughter up from camp, and it died on the way back. It was a 1/4 mile trip each way, so it made it roughly 5/16" of a mile in total We towed it back home and today I did some diagnostics. From what I can tell she's perfectly happy to start when cold, but hot starts are hit or miss (often miss). If I pour some gas down the carb throat she'll usually start up and stay running. She's got a barely running, loping idle, and my tinkering with the various idle adjustments on the carb are not having much effect. It's clear that I've found (yet another) new area where my enthusiasm far outstrips my knowledge. I put a rebuild kit into the carb shortly after I got the car,so it should be fairly clean and grime free inside - I pulled the cover off the float in the fall and it was clean. Any ideas for what might be causing the hot start issue? Related: The carb was pulled and reinstalled in the new motor, but I don't think much changed so I'm not sure why it's suddenly so far out of whack with the new motor. Maybe I just did something dumb and linked something up wrong? Thanks all again for all your help! Happy summer!
  13. Hi all Thanks Bloo for your post, you're correct, the oil pump gear was off by a tooth or two. I reset it so that no.1 firing is at about 4 o'clock (matching where it was originally, and in agreement with the photo you posted). I then marked on the distributor where no. 1 cylinder's plug wire is, then turned the motor until no.1 cylinder was at TDC on the compression stroke (turned the motor over with my thumb on the spark plug hole, stopped when I felt air escaping, advanced until the flywheel timing mark is visible). Finally, I turned the distributor until the rotor was pointing directly at the no.1 cylinder mark I'd made. When I tried to start it, it coughed briefly and stopped firing. It sounded like 2-3 cylinders fired and then it just turned over. I tinkered with it by changing the timing by a degree or two in each direction but the best I could get was a relatively consistent but weak fire on one cylinder. I thought maybe the plug wires were bad, since I'd been mucking around with them in my efforts to adjust for the incorrect oil pump gear. One had lost an end in the distributor cap when I was trying to re-order them before I changed the oil pump position. So I replaced the spark plug and coil wires with a new set from CPR, and just for good measure the battery. It cranks very slowly considering that the starter and generator were rebuilt about 10 miles but a bunch of starts ago, and the new battery surprisingly didn't help all that much. I've tried jumping it with my 6v charger, charged the battery ad nauseum, and even tried jumping it with my jumper pack in 12v mode (yikes), all resulting it it feeling like it *almost* wants to start but not quite. It fires some, so I know there's power going to the sparkplugs, and the plugs smell like gas so I know they're getting fuel as well. I may pull the carb just to make sure the jet isn't blocked, but it barely fires even when I give it a shot of ether, so I don't think it's a fuel problem. I suspect the timing is still off somehow, but have once again exhausted my skills (which are getting better, but I'm not exactly drawing from a deep well there...). At this point I'm at a loss for ideas again. The car has a 'new' motor, new plugs & wires, rebuilt carburetor, fresh, non-ethanol gas etc.and she just won't fire up. And I've just carefully re-read Bloo's post and realized I missed this part: "Rotate the distributor just a tiny bit further to the left, and then to the right until the points JUST OPEN. Tighten the clamp." I bet that's where I'm off, and I'll give that adjustment a try tomorrow. In my usual fashion I managed to invent my own way to do it that almost but didn't quite work. On an almost completely unrelated note, I found an incredibly clever old trick for reinstalling the hood springs - I put it in my bench vise and bent it to one side. While it was bent, I slipped a bunch of washers in between the coils, bent it the other way and put in more, and then was able to pop it in place with the hood up as high as the springs would allow it to go. When I let it down most of the washers fell right out (when the spring was stretched). Slick. My wife keeps reminding me (often mid-Tourette's episode) that we do this for fun, right?
  14. Hey again, y'all The adventure continues! A little background, and response to fraso's good advise: Before I reassembled the power plant and put it back in the car I pulled the head, and inspected it and the block carefully. I replaced the head gasket with a new one, and before I assembled the water pump etc. I pulled the water distribution tube and replaced that with the significantly cleaner one from the original motor. I also opened the valve covers and had a look in there, and everything is clean as a whistle. The old motor, on the other hand, was *completely* sludged up. So if the cracked block hadn't killed it, the poor lubrication eventually would have. When I put it all back together and filled it with coolant and oil, I watched carefully over a few days for leaks. There was some very minor initial leakage (seepage) from 2 of the freeze plugs (well, shit...) that seems to have stopped the next day, and hasn't returned in the nearly 2 weeks it's been loaded up and ready to run (yay... maybe... those little b$*%ards were a right PIA to change out and I'm really not in a hurry to do that again!). However, I've run into issues (probably directly related due to my thorough lack of knowledge about this) with getting the distributor set correctly. In short, I think the distributor drive gear is oriented differently on the new motor. I initially thought I'd installed the distributor 180 degrees off, so when it didn't start I flipped it, and succeeded in getting a rifleshot of a backfire that nearly made me have to change my pants, but that was all. I popped the distributor cap and looked at the rotor, and found that it looked different. On the old motor, No.1 spark was at about 5 o'clock as I looked down at the distributor. No matter how I orient it, the new motor is putting the rotor between 2 plug wires on the cap. when No.1 cylinder is at TDC on the compression stroke. It's landing at about 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock now, so right between 2 plug wires (!). I've been reading a lot about distributors and timing, and will likely give setting and starting it another try tonight - I'm feeling bold enough to try setting the distributor to line up with no.1 cylinder at 3 o'clock and change the wires all by one position counterclockwise, and see if that works. Worst case I have pictures of how it was all set before I mucked with it and can set it back. If y'all have pointers, I'd love to hear them Thanks all for your input and interest as we bumble our way through this adventure! -justinsdad
  15. So, it's been nearly a year since my last (sad) post so I thought I'd follow up with the latest on Old '47. After finding that the engine block was cracked, we ended up putting the car back together and parking her for the winter. Shortly after my last post describing our trevails, I was contacted by a longtime forum member who had a motor that had been rebuilt back in the 80s, and was only a few hours drive away. My son and I trucked down their way, met him and his wife (nicest folks ever!) and brought the engine back home. This summer, in amongst too many other projects and diversions (I may have a motorcycle problem as well), we managed to pull the old motor out and last night the 'new' motor went in. Hopefully the next update will be to report that I didn't mess anything up in the transplant, and the car is running and happy with her new power plant. I wanted to say a big thank you to all who chimed in on this thread to offer your experience and advice! -justinsdad
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