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  1. ply33

    1933 dodge

    If you are okay with a reproduction, you might want to check with Don Summers American Arrow. Not cheap but pretty good quality. For my '33 Plymouth they had a version for mounting as a trophy or drilled and fitted with the hardware to actually use it as a radiator cap.
  2. Some states are starting annual fees for EV vehicles to cover the lack of gasoline tax a "regular" car would have generated. Not exactly equivalent as gas tax is somewhat related to miles driven. Only somewhat as there are vast differences in vehicle fuel economy: I can drive three to four times as many miles on a gallon of gas in my Prius as I can in my old car so the state gets more $/mi to fix the roads when I drive my old car. Not sure how my state will be distributing the EV tax money to counties, cities and towns for road maintenance. I am sure there are politics involved there. I've heard of some proposals to create a mileage based fee but the ones I've heard of have been rejected either because they'd fail (honor based ones like reporting your odometer reading) or create privacy issues (GPS or ODB2 monitoring). Figuring out how to fairly charge for common infrastructure is messy. In the places I have lived in there is a sewer charge based on water usage. It means that someone who has a large yard they irrigate could be paying more for sewer services than a neighbor who puts the same amount of waste down the drain but has a smaller or zero-scaped yard. Not what most people would consider fair but what are the options? We have had that with roads forever too: A typical long distance truck does about 10,000 times the damage to the road per year as a private car but pays far less than 10,000 times what a car pays in road taxes.
  3. My only quibble with your excellent post is this: I don't think it is just right now that we are building things without thought to the consequences to the long term results. I think it has pretty much always been that way. Maybe it is just my state: The state require utilities to offer time of use (TOU) metering and my utility makes it really attractive to switch to TOU if you have an EV or plug-in hybrid. In winter the rates are not radically different, but in summer the difference between peak (4 to 9 PM) at $0.52/kWh and super off peak (midnight to 6 AM) at $0.09/kWh means that few plug-in or EV owners will be competing with people trying to cool their homes when they get home from work. Just set your car to charge after midnight. Helps balance the utility grid load which might actually make it easier for the utility to manage the spin up and spin down of their generating stations. If/when solar becomes a big enough source to create what the utilities call "negative demand" in the middle of the day, they can change the super off peak rates to match peak solar generation to induce people to charge cars at that time of day. There is talk about creating systems that would allow the utilities to send pricing information to devices/customers on a dynamic basis which would allow loads that can be moved around to pick the time with cheapest power (i.e. when supply minus uncontrolled loads) exist.
  4. Actually, Apple Macintoshes were, and I think still are, very popular with software and firmware developers who work on mobile and embedded devices: You can run the MS Office suited required of you by the suits in management but you have a Unix system under the covers that allows you to pretty seamlessly build and run things in the same environment as your target products which all run flavors of Unix nowadays (Linux kernels are in practically everything). The other option taken if management forces you to use a Windows machine is to wipe it an use some Linux distribution like Ubuntu on the box. Integrating with the company's office suite then uses either something like LibreOffice or setting up a virtual machine image running Windows. Granted, I retired from firmware development a few years ago, so it might have changed.
  5. That wasn't done with a movie camera but with a number of cameras setup along a track and triggered by the passage of the horse. The concept was a big leap from existing technology but the other innovation was being able to take a high speed photo rather than the usual for the time long exposure. Look up Eadweard Muybridge and his work with Leland Stanford.
  6. Nearly all Prii (or Prius') sold are/were hybrid, only a small number have been "plug-in hybrids". So they fill up at the same gasoline pump as any other "conventional car", they just use less fuel to go the same distance. In the 201,000 miles my 2004 Prius traveled before it was totaled I averaged 44.5 MPG. Just think of a Prius as a high capacity econo-car and that every Prius you see on the road is saving gasoline so it can be used in a SUV or pickup truck. .:) Rewriting your statement to read Telsas would make more sense as they are full EVs. I don't see a break out, but the local electrical company where I am claims 40% of the supply in 2018 was from renewable sources. And I am pretty sure that there is zero or close to zero coal in that mix (I think that only LA's DWP brings in power from out of state coal burning electrical plants). Where I used to live the power company listed the mix each year. Renewable and "non-carbon" sources (nuclear and large scale hydro don't count as "renewable" here) were, if I recall correctly, something like 80% of the mix. Basically, no coal, almost no oil and about 20% natural gas for them. So, no "we won't need the oil or coal fired plants" because they are not currently powering anything in my area anyway. I don't have a Telsa or other pure EV car, but I see that my electrical company offers a "time of use" plan for EV car owners with a "super off peak" price from midnight to 6 AM of $0.09/kWh. If I divide out the reported miles/kWh I see on the web for "real life" Tesla owners, that seems to work out to between $0.03 and $0.04 per mile. Local 87 octane gas is about $3.00 according to gas buddy. Assuming 40 MPG for a equivalent gas powered sedan at the higher end of the efficiency scale, that would be between $0.07 and $0.08 per mile. So, for "fuel" the Tesla will cost you about half as much per mile. The sticker price for a Tesla is pretty high but that is driven by battery costs which are dropping pretty rapidly and lack of competition which is growing, so it seems reasonable that the purchase price of pure EV cars will be competitive with gasoline cars in the reasonably near future. I suspect the average "non-car" person looking to buy a car will see a silent EV vehicle that costs half as much to run per mile and needs less service than a gasoline car as a good purchase. I suspect the days of the internal combustion powered car are numbered. But I could be wrong, I made my 2004 Prius purchase assuming we'd be consistently paying over $5/gal for gas by 2010 and that didn't happen. Instead I just got a car what happened to be reliable, durable and cheap to own.
  7. I think so to. I just made some big lumps of solder on mine, been working okay for a few decades now.
  8. Cylinder head casting has a "U" on it. You are correct in the location of the engine serial number stamping location and that will definitively say if it is a Chrysler product and if so what. But that "U" would lead me to guess a 1929 Plymouth rather than 1928.
  9. I can't speak directly about Franklins but air cooled VWs did quite well in the Arizona desert heat when I was growing up. Come to think of it, Tom Hubbard was a Franklin collector in Tucson and at one point I think he may have had the largest single collection of Franklins around. I don't recall the desert heat being considered an issue. His house and garage have now been turned into a Franklin car museum.
  10. Different manufacturers rolled in "modern" features at different times. For Plymouth specifically and, I think, Chrysler manufactured cars in general: Four wheel hydraulic brakes: All Plymouths from the first in 1928 (Chrysler from 1924). Full pressure engine lubrication: All Plymouths from the first in 1928 All steel bodies: 1930 Mechanical fuel pump: 1930 Automatic spark advance: 1931 Thin shell replaceable engine crank and main bearings: 1933 Synchronized transmission: 1935 (constant mesh transmissions with sliding dog clutches used earlier, by 1933, but no synchro mechanism). I think GM was the first with synchronized transmissions, maybe 1930 or 32. I am sure someone on this thread will know.
  11. From the advent of the automobile until maybe the mid-1930s there was continuous and rapid technological changes made to cars. A bit like computer or mobile phones today: A couple of years difference in design can make a huge difference product. And like now with mobile phones, the lower priced lines generally picked up features and engineering a little after the high end lines. All this to say that the difference between a late 1920s car and an early 1930s car can be considerable and for any given year the higher priced makes were more likely to be a more advanced or refined vehicle. You've had the Model A Ford suggested. And it has lots of things going for it, most notably a huge supplier base for parts. I suspect that early Chevrolet suppliers exist too that may have a large range of reproduction parts. But the Model A has a steel body, etc. The further you go from Ford and Chevy the fewer reproduction parts you'll easily find, so the more the need for joining a marque specific club to help find that elusive widget you need. On the topic of reliability, I notice you have a 46 Dodge. By 1933 Chrysler had come up with a pretty decent mechanical design and the running gear in a Dodge from 1933 is strikingly similar to that in your '46. Four wheel Lockheed hydraulic brakes and the same basic engine with full pressure feed lubrication, aluminum pistons, etc. In fact, other than the head it uses the same engine gasket set as your '46. I find that most tune-up/wear parts I need for my '33 Plymouth I can get from my local auto supply store. They might have to order them from the local warehouse, but I can usually get what I need in a day or so. So you might consider a 1933 or up Dodge. Unfortunately body and trim parts will be much more difficult to find than for a Model A Ford so you need to keep that in mind when looking at cars.
  12. The build card for my Plymouth says it was shipped to Lang Motors in Rochester, NY. I found a listing for Lang Motors in a 1934 city directory for Rochester showing an address of 775 Culver Road. Looking at Google Street View, I can believe the building currently at that location is from that era and could have been a automobile dealer.
  13. There is an photo illustration of a mirror in the accessory section of the 1928-33 Plymouth Master Parts List that appears to be a clamp on mirror.
  14. Yep. From the serial number, it is the 191,942 of 367,044 built at the Detroit plant, so about 1/2 way through the production year. Interesting that it looks like it cost $10 to register in 1938. That would be about the same as $180 today.