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  1. On 4/27/2017 at 8:37 AM, Wheelmang said:

    As best I can tell the only thing missing on my 26 DB is the horn. Otherwise it is completely original. Would it be a sin to put a Ford ahooga horn on it?


    We´re all sinners, but we try to be good!  This is original for my ´24: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Dodge-Brothers-Horn-/361966096851?hash=item5446dc51d3:g:x6UAAOSw42dZBAZA&vxp=mtr   It´s a little over-priced, I think. . . . Make an offer, if you can use it.   Good luck!

  2. Just a word of encouragement. I have a 1924 coupe, which has a longer wheel base and other changes, so I can´t help much with your project. Just want to share a word of encouragement in your restoration project. These are wonderful old cars, and their owners are good folk. Merece la pena restorar y compartir con los demás su historia y aventuras con su viejo Dodge Brothers. ¡Animo! ¡Que viva Nueva Zelanda! Gracias por la foto.

  3. pbajeff--

    I hope your "stewing" goes well. I, too, have had 283 and 307 Chevys, but I´m partial to the old DBs. There are lots more Chevys around than 31 Dodge Brothers. Congrats on finding the Dodge; I hope you will keep it original. Its value is not just in dollars and cents. I´m a U.S. citizen living in Colombia, South America, while my DB sits in the States for now.

  4. My ´24 coupe (produced in May of 1924) has a louvered hood and rectangular pedals; I have seen round pedals only on pre-1924 DBs. The dash also appears to be that of an earlier model. The original motor in my car does have priming cups. Good luck with your purchase.

  5. Greasyguy/Grease Monkey/Whatever . . .

    Your insulting rant does not deserve a response, but as a victim of your smear, I feel compelled to post my disagreement with your judgments and opinions. Since you’ve set the tone, I’ll reply with the same bluntness. In my opinion, the old car hobby and this forum are ill served by the gratuitous arrogance and insults of your post. Like you, I have some suggestions:

    1) Avoid this forum, if you are bothered by DB cars that aren’t “fun” or by DB people you consider to be a “strange bunch,” “not too smart,” “extremely insecure,” who “can’t spell,” and who you suggest are “just plain weird.”

    2) Look closely in the mirror before you again condemn an entire group of people you do not


    3) Consider finding yourself another hobby, about which you are better informed and less


    4) Consider therapy for yourself. Please!

  6. The starter motors on a '21 I once owned and also on my '24 coupe both turned the engine at about one revolution per second. And that was with new brushes, charged battery and clean cables. Seems slow by today's standards, but things moved at that pace 100 years ago. Fortunately for us, our DBs "always" start immediately.

  7. I like baked potatoes, too, but the charcoal buggy and auto heaters were designed to hold burning charcoal "bricks". An adjustable vent allows air to enter the combustion chamber so the burning charcoal doesn't extinguish itself. For years, the Clarke company produced several models. The design works!

    Here is a description taken from an eBay sale:

    c.1910 charcoal footwarmer in excellent condition. These were made for horse and buggy and carried over to the horseless carriage. Slide out tray held burning charcoal to keep feet warm. I have had a few of these over the last 40 years but none were anywhere near as nice as this one. Tag reads " No. 11 LEHMAN HEATER mfg. by LEHMAN BROS. NEW YORK". 14" long x 7 1/2" wide x 4 1/2" tall at tallest point.

  8. 1) A fuel filter is a good idea. It will catch water and other gunk before it gets to the carburetor and will give the operator peace of mind. Cut the horizontal fuel line under the car, next to the frame, then attach a simple in-line plastic filter using two short pieces of hose and clamps.

    2) I installed these filters on a '21 and a '24 years ago, and they have never given any problem. The four-cylinder creates plenty of vacuum to pull the gasoline through the filter.

    3) I bought the cheapest in-line filter available at the local auto supply store (a paper filter enclosed in a transparent plastic bulb with plastic inlet and outlet nipples. I check under the car occasionally to see what has accumulated in the filter and replace as needed.

    Good luck.

  9. Hello--

    I've been following this thread and rooting for you and the old DB. I knew it would start--The old DBs always do; and they give good service if treated with a little respect and common sense. I have a '24 coupe that I rescued from a forgotten corner of somebody's shop and it has brought me lots of joy over the years. I prefer it to the showroom-restored '21 that I spent so much money on. "Problems" with these old cars usually have more to do with the owners and operators than with the vehicles themselves.

    If you're going out in the southwestern sun, you may want to restore your sunshade. Make an envelope of the material and sew around both sides of the metal frame. No big deal, since it appears that you have all the hardware. And restore the vacuum tank! The first thing I did with my coupe was throw away the electric fuel pump. Let's hear it for the Roaring Twenties!


  10. Roger,

    Thanks for telling it as it is. Your clarification is on target and speaks for a lot of us who have put blood,sweat, and tears (not to mention serious dollars) into genuine restorations of these fine Dodge Brothers vehicles.

  11. I have 3 original photos that show the rear window shade on the '24 DB coupe. All show what appears to be a rectangular pull tab (maybe 1 inch X 2 inches) in the center of the shade. No strings or tassels are visible. One of the photos is dated June, 1924. The photos are small and not close-ups, but I will e-mail a copy, if you wish.