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  1. Spinneyhill, Foot brake on rear wheels contracting. Hand Brake linkage goes to rear wheels and then disappears inside so I'm assuming internal.
  2. 1924 Dodge Bros Roadster Driving forward, wheels will randomly lock up. Car is fully immobilized and can not go forward. Engine strains and will stall unless clutch is disengaged. Unable to push forward even in neutral or with clutch disengaged. Shifting to reverse allows the car to move backward without restriction. After doing this, you can put the car in a forward gear and move forward without restriction. The first time this happened, I heard what sounded like a clunk coming from beneath the floor. It was followed by a smell of burning rubber. That may have been due to tire skid, I don't know. Once it starts moving forward, everything seems to operate smoothly until it randomly happens again. Looking under the car, there is nothing that appears to be grossly out of place. Any ideas of what I'm looking at here? E brake link? Transmission? Clutch?
  3. 1924 DB Roadster When letting foot off gas to shift, there is often a very loud POP that comes from the tailpipe. Can also be replicated standing still by running engine at a higher than idle RPM (ie: 1,500 RPM) and then suddenly taking foot off the gas. Happens when car is warmed up. Spark is set at full advance, adjusting advance does not seem to affect it. Using an electric fuel pump Problem became noticeable on the last day of a 2,200 mile trip. Not a problem before that. This is NOT a backfire that comes from the carb but rather an afterfire that come from the tailpipe. I have heard a number of theories on the possible causes such as fuel mix to rich or possible leak in the exhaust system. Are these cars prone to this and if so, what are the likely causes? Thank you!
  4. I have a 1924 DB roadster. Should the radiator cap seal tightly using a gasket, O ring or the like? I find that sealing the cap tight, pressurizes the system which is good for a system designed for that but I understand these cars did not use a pressurized system. So seal the cap tight or not?
  5. 1924 Dodge Bros Roadster. Enough slop in the steering that it makes me very uncomfortable to drive, especially at speed. Main issue seems to be with the steering box. Other linkages seem to be okay and the steering wheel moves the wheels with ease once you get past the slop. I can't seem to find sources for parts needed for a rebuild. Open to any suggestions for finding parts or other solutions.
  6. I am looking to start fresh with some new trans oil in my '24 DB Roadster. I've been reading the various forum articles and a lot of folks seem to like the Meropa 1500 product that is repackaged as Lub164 as sold by Restoration Supply Co in CA. I've also read favorable comments about Penrite T-250. As far as I can tell, both products seem to be in the same viscosity range LUB164 is an ISO 1500 and Penrite is an SAE 250. Restoration Supply Co. sells both although, the Penrite product is significantly more. I don't know enough about oil specs to know if one product has a clear advantage over the other. I need someone to help me clarify the data as it pertains to these old gearboxes. Thank you.
  7. Well, it's going to be a task either way. We own a '29 Franklin that was stripped mostly for body and interior parts. What was left was a perfectly good frame, engine and running gear. A previous owner then fashioned a body from spare aluminum sheet stock. He decided to go with something that had a classic roadster look.
  8. Back to dealing with my bent steering linkage. Has anyone successfully removed the end caps from a series 11 drag link? The caps are fine but the pipe is bent and needs replacement. I am concerned because the drawing indicates "Braze" at the threaded connection so I don't know what I'm in for. Also interested if anyone has an intact series 11 link that they would be interested in selling or otherwise parting with. As an aside, I am curious about the marking on the tube which looks like the letter "C" in a hexagon. Any info is helpful and appreciated.
  9. An addendum to my comment on John Deere Corn Head Grease: The steering box on our '24 DB has only a grease fitting to fill the box. I removed the fitting and used a needle attachment at the end of my regular grease gun to shoot the grease deep into the box. At the same time, I jacked the front end just so the wheels would clear the pavement and then ran the steering back and forth, from end to end, in order to work the grease into the gearing as much as possible. Refill to the filler hole and repeat.
  10. Looking for an interchange for ignition points that would fit a 1924 DB Roadster. Is there anything that a store like NAPA might carry that is easy to obtain?
  11. Looking for a resource to replace the radiator in a 1924 Dodge Bros Roadster. Used to dealing with Fords and Chevys where product is readily available but having a difficult time locating any radiator resource for Dodge. I did see that Brassworks offers something but it is custom built with a substantial lead time and cost. Looking for other options. Thanks
  12. Another option the John Deere Corn Head Grease. This is a flowable grease that is designed for high sheer but slow speed, They use it in corn pickers that have a sort of steering mechanism for the machinery. The Ford guys swear by it. It flows to keep things lubricated but is thick enough not to leak. It comes in a grease cartridge so you can just load it up in your modern grease gun. I've used it with good results.
  13. Recently acquired 1924 Dodge Brothers roadster. I am not near the car at this time so I can only go by what someone else is telling me. I'd like to get some general tech specs for the engine as well as production dates and any other historical info. The engine number is A166 004 Body number A196 462
  14. I don't currently have access to my car otherwise I'd check this myself. Does anyone know the thread size for shift knob on a 1929 Franklin? Also, I would love to see what an original shift knob looked like. Can someone send me a pointer or a pic? Thanks! Steve