DazedinDayton

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  1. Hi all, first off I want to thank you collectively for your help in educating me about this car via your posts on this forum and private messages. Then I suppose we can get into the (short) story... I traded for this car five months ago and have done relatively little with it since. I ran it a few times in February and March but the soft top was taller than my garage door so I decided not to drive it until I had an extra set of hands. Then I got busy with all sorts of things-family, college, work, and then those stinking tornadoes! So the poor old girl sat in the garage unloved until a couple of days ago. After a good amount of fiddling, flooding, and frustration, I had the car running and idling great off of fuel in the bowl. But the vacuum tank float is sticking (or sunk) so it floods the carburetor to the point of overflow within seconds of opening the bottom fuel supply valve to the carburetor. Despite that, the car was running again so I got brave. We took it around the block. It ran badly down the hill but really missed, stuttered, surged, and backfired on the way back up. We did make it up the hill but not around the corner to the house. Basically, it would chug along just fine so long as I kept fuel in the bowl and the vacuum tank shut. Too bad I can't really drive it that way! So I towed my '24 DB the rest of the way home with a '73 Elec Trak E20. I can only imagine what a silly sight that must have been. There are a few things I already knew needed addressed but the vacuum tank float is the top of my list. I've seen all sorts of opinions on whether or not to repair, replacement with an electric pump and regulator, etc. But I want to know from the guys who've done it: is this something I can rebuild at home? Are components available? Could I try flushing the tank manually with some sort of cleaner/solvent without damaging it? One last note: When I ran the car in February it would not overfill the carburetor and flood. By the time I started it in March, it would. I feel like this is a "I let the car sit too long" type of issue. Here's a few pics from earlier... there's a video of me towing it on the electric tractor but I'll save that for later!
  2. Hi all, I found what is listed as the complete drivetrain and suspension out of a 1926 DB sedan for sale on Facebook. Also includes wheels and steering components. No affiliation to the seller but I am sure someone on here needs these parts. I’d sure hate to see them go to scrap. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/272220407064773/ For what it’s worth the seller Lori was very kind and even offered to meet me halfway if I paid for her gas. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to do so. Maybe you are? If this is not the appropriate place to post this please let me know!
  3. I am looking for the front passenger side inner door handle (and nut?) for a 1924 DB touring car. I’ve included pictures of the driver and passenger sides for reference. Thanks for any help, Chris
  4. I’d love to have the part number for those oil seals. This car doesn’t leak anything else and I have nothing against upfitting if it does the job better than the period correct replacement seals would. I believe rebuilding the water pump will be a winter project though. The short term goal is to just get it out and enjoy the weather. If that means stocking it with two fills of water - “there” and “back” - so be it! Couple other things I’ll be looking includes the missing front passenger inner door handle and how the previous owner said the horn works when tested outside the car but did not work when installed in the car. I’ll include some photos he had of the car and one with the ol Chevy truck I traded. Still think I got a heck of deal but that’s another story.
  5. MikeC5, that sounds like a wise course of action. I’d ballpark that it was leaking at least 1/2 gallon per hour. Is that considered excessive for these cars? Fiddlerbill, I sent you a PM. As for the DB, I think it’s time to live dangerously and test my starter. Problem is that I don’t know what size fuse to put in there! All I know is that it’s 10 amps and none of the fuses I have will fit.
  6. I was actually wondering if it were possible to do just that. Glad to hear it worked for you! I'll give it a go later on today. Edit: Found a book called Electricity and its Application to Automotive Vehicles by Paul McDowell Stone from 1923 on google. It features good information on the theory of operation, adjustment, diagrams, and troubleshooting of the Dodge Bros ignition and type G starter generators. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=f6Q7AAAAMAAJ&pg=GBS.PA207 https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=f6Q7AAAAMAAJ&pg=GBS.PA702
  7. I appreciate the advice! I’ll give that a shot. Also found a response by Mr Rodger Hartley from over a decade ago about replacing the broken fuse clip on my starter generator and the news is not good! I’ll be giving him a call soon as several folks have suggested he’s the way to go.
  8. Thanks for the warm welcome! Now that the weather is nice I'm aching to get this car out on the road. Looks like I need a 12V model G starter generator. Previous owner said the packing needs replaced and I believe him. He did a lot of good work on this car. Another thing the PO did that I am endlessly thankful for was showing me a very exact procedure to start the car with the hand crank. Started right up after one single crankshaft rotation yesterday! I did run it two or three days prior but that is impressive nonetheless. Will I need to purchase the special wrenches to replace or service the packing? Even if I don't need them, is it advisable to use them for the job? If so, where would I find them? Myers or Romars too? Thanks! It looks like Myers does an exchange, I'm not sure about Romars yet. Sending emails out to inquire now. Does anyone simply sell them outright? I'd like to rebuild mine after it's off the car.
  9. It’s funny, I own and use a 1973 Elec Trak E20 for mowing, plowing, and occasionally to move a trailer around the property. I had no idea that JD was prototyping an electric rider at the same time GE was ramping up the Elec Traks for 1970 production.
  10. Hi folks, new here and new to DB’s. I lucked out and traded a square body Chevy truck up to this beauty on Saturday. It’s a 1924 DB sedan as far as I am aware. It runs and drives but needs some TLC as you may expect of a 95 year old car. There are also a few non-original modifications like the additional of an ignition coil, repaint, and the replacement rag top. Thankfully the car came with a book of information, a mechanics manual, and several other good pieces of literature I have not even begun to thumb through. So do forgive my initial ignorance, it will get better with time. The previous owner told me that the starter generator lets out a puff of smoke when engaged. I plan to replace the unit after verifying the original wiring is still in tact. I think it needs a GE type G or GA based on my reading. Obviously I am going to check what I have going on under the hood and reference the literature before I start throwing money at the problem. The second thing I believe needs addressing is the water pump leaks out of/around the rearward nut. It is a bigger leak than I would be comfortable with for semi local drives to car shows. The previous owner suggested that the pump needs resealed but my knowledge about this car is incomplete to the point that I am not currently able to diagnose the specific issue. Again, I have lots of reading ahead of me! Regardless, this car is the fulfillment of a childhood dream and I am beyond excited to tackle these issues and take my boy out for a drive in it! More pictures to come, especially with regards to parts identification and the work it needs. A few questions before I go: 1) Do any major parts resources exist for these cars? 2) What literature would be most beneficial for learning everything I need to know to maintain this beauty?