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  1. ply33

    Safety Glass

    And good glass shop should be able to cut flat safety glass to size. They may not have the correct setting tape (or whatever your car used) but if you can get the correct setting tape or rubber channel material for your car they could probably install it too.
  2. ply33


    A while back stainless reproduction grill inserts were being made by Dave Stromberg: Fat Fendered Relics 114 Stout Rd. Silverlake, WA 98645 Telephone: +1.360.967.2061 email: The crank hole cover has been reproduced from time to time. You might want to check N/C Industries on that if Dave Stromberg does not have it. N/C Industries 301 S. Thomas Ave. Sayre, PA 18840 Telephone: +1.570.888.6216 Fax: +1.570.888.1821 email: The shell does not appear too bad in your photo and I've never seen it reproduced. Probably a competent body shop can repair it. Same for the wind/dust/whatever piece that goes behind the shell.
  3. ply33

    temp gauge stopped working

    Any of the temperature gauge repair people suggested by others in this thread should be able to fix it. Or you can try it yourself: On the OP's '34 Dodge, there should be a freeze/welch/core plug in the head above the temperature sensing bulb. It may be hidden under a bracket for the horn if the horn is under the hood. It is likely that if you remove that plug you can help work the sensing bulb out from behind.
  4. ply33

    just finishing up my 1915 shell gas station

    Neat! There is a good chance we'll be driving through Nashville next spring, I've book marked your website as a place to visit on the way.
  5. Near as I can tell, Chrysler Corp. cars used the chicken wire and cotton padding while commercial vehicles use a masonite like material over (or perhaps inset into) the wood frame. I assumed that the padding was more in the center and tapered it to nothing on by the time it reached the edges of the roof insert but I haven't seen documentation from that era that specifically states they way they did it.
  6. Nice workmanship and excellent photo tutorial! FWIW, when driving in the rain it is very likely that it will leak around the front of the roof unless you have it properly sealed. When that happened to me I had no interior in the car which was fortunate. I'd hate to have it leak into a nice new (or even older but still good condition) headliner. The original shop manuals called for using "dum-dum" between the top assembly and the body. I was told that the modern equivalent of that is something like 3M strip caulk which is what I used. No leaks for me and its been about 20 years since I put my roof on. I don't often drive it in the rain, but it is nice to know that it is leak free when I do.
  7. ply33

    Early 30's Cars

    I see skis in the first photo. Looking up North Creek, New York I see it is/was a railway stop almost adjacent to the current Gore Mountain Ski Area. Looking up Gore Mountain Ski train, it seems that it was revived in the early 2010s. Unfortunately, it has now shut down. Too bad as I like the idea of getting my old wool ski knickers out with my old leather telemark boots and doing a vintage ski vacation. I'd do a vintage ski outing in my '33 but have some issues with that: I've not found a set of tire chains that will fit the car. I'll probably have to have them custom made. Even if I had a set of chains, I am not sure how to stow the wet, dirty chains after use as the car has no trunk. I really don't want to put that type of thing on the carpeted floor. I haven't figured out how to rig a ski rack system on the car, preferably vintage style (what ever that might have been), without the possibility of damage to the car. I guess I should figure out that pretty soon as skiing on vintage gear is something that I am unlikely to retain the ability to do for very many more years.
  8. This. The Dodge was being aimed at the same type of people that were looking at Pontiac or Oldsmobile.
  9. ply33

    collector cars in California fire

    With regards to erratic behavior, there was at least one antique car spared in Paradise. Edit: Oops, John_Mereness beat me to it.
  10. ply33

    collector cars in California fire

    Trees are probably not untouched but a large number will probably survive. I haven't been to the Paradise area so I can't say for sure, but lots of that western slope of the mountains at that elevation in California are covered with live, scrub or valley oak and manzanita. The manzanita is basically a torch waiting to be lit. The oak are generally fire resistant, they will lose their leaves during a fire but leaf back after the winter rains. I don't think that any of the California native oak species have significant commercial value. Definitely a "fire ecology" area as is most of California that isn't actually too arid to have enough plants to burn. +1 (or maybe +10) I used to live in the area affected by the Woolsey Fire. There is some coast live oak and valley oak and sycamore in the longer, wetter drainages but mostly that land is chaparral. The native sage, chamise and buckwheat are, again, fire ecology species and can come back pretty quickly after a fire as they have fairly deep root burls that survive most fires. In the higher mountains there are pine and fir. Only about 3% of the actual forest in California is managed by the state. The biggest owner/manager with about 57% of the acreage is the US Government with the rest in private hands. The forest fuel situation is pretty bad for a number of reasons including but not limited to: 100+ years of Federal and state policy to fight all fires. That has resulted in lots of underbrush, etc. that provides tinder and acts as ladders for fires to get into the crowns of the trees. Lots of people moving into the "wild land interface". Drought/climate change has weakened most of the trees, brush and scrub through out the area. Current USFS policy, at least in the forest I do volunteer work in, is to remove undergrowth and to thin trees by removing the smaller ones. Brush can be burned out with "prescribed burns" but that requires a lot of things to come together (away from structures and private property, appropriate moisture content in the fuels, appropriate weather, available personnel, budget, etc.). So even if an area is a candidate for a prescribed burn it can take years for everything to come together to make it happen especially in a prolonged drought where the fuel moisture is too low for years on end. Selective thinning of the smaller trees is something that a commercial logger doesn't want to bid on as there isn't really any commercial value so the bids come in high, etc. A commercial operator would rather take down the bigger trees, not the smaller ones. But just word that the forest service is planning to request bids for tree removal brings out locals who think they are going to clear cut the everything including the large trees. So there needs to be lots of public outreach and education before they can get community buy in. Usually the issue is the locals in or near the affected area, the bigger environmental groups understand the ecology of the area enough to agree with what the Forest Service wants to do (remove the low fuels and remove the fuel ladders that allow fires to get into the tree crowns).
  11. ply33

    collector cars in California fire

    Heard back. . . He and his wife are safe but they have lost all their property and their car collection. He seems to have a positive attitude about going forward which I admire.
  12. ply33

    collector cars in California fire

    I know of a couple with a '37 Plymouth who retired to Paradise about 5 years back. I don't know how they have fared. . . I suspect answering my query is pretty low on their priority list. FWIW, I came across a post in a site totally unrelated to old cars where a fellow claimed that their lives were saved by their Prius. The claim was that the smoke, etc. was so bad that the internal combustion engines failed but the Prius was able to run on battery mode long enough to get them to safety. Not sure I believe it. . . Seems if there was enough oxygen for a human to survive there should be enough to run an engine but maybe the modern engine controls got confused enough with the gasses being detected that they went haywire. I don't know that I want to be the one to make the experiment about whether an old car with a carburetor would be better or worse than a new fuel injected car when driving through a fire. From the low res maps that I see, it looks like the neighborhood that I lived in during the 1990s is in the path of the Woolsey fire. Or if not in the actual fire zone in the evacuation zone. Here by the beach many miles south of the Woolsey Fire, there was a dry Santa Ana wind last night and the NWS has issued a "Red Flag Warning" until Tuesday. Just hoping for some rain some time soon.
  13. ply33

    Security certificate for website is expired ?

    I assume that is 2006. As a push toward "https everywhere" major search engines, including Google, are now using the https vs http in ranking search results. So sites that use https will be listed first. Anyway, my personal old car website has been up since 1999 and I noticed it dropping on many search results ranking. I recently changed over to forcing https on connections and I see that at least some of my pages are ranked higher. The AACA forum is apparently using CloudFront and I am not quite sure how https certificates work with that, but for a stand alone web site or even sites that are hosted using a lot of virtual server software it is pretty easy to setup https with Lets Encrypt.
  14. ply33

    Security certificate for website is expired ?

    More to the point: Your account/login information for this website should be securely transmitted between your computer and the website. Especially as so may people re-use passwords, etc.
  15. Boy, someone sure gave that ball joint stud a beating. The rest of your drag link looks pretty respectable through the grime. I don't see a lot of wear on the slots at either end though some may be apparent once it is cleaned up.