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  1. My coupe only has a scrap of shade left on the roller, so I'm drawing a blank on this one.
  2. I agree. I replaced the standard-sized piston rings on my '24 four-cylinder several years ago, following the conditions set out by Brian. The end result was good compression, decreased oil consumption, and much-improved engine performance. Good luck. --Bob
  3. I put an inline fuel filter on my '24 DB (four cylinder), with no adverse effects. The original vacuum tank works fine with the filter installed; there is no vacuum problem, even with the vacuum operated windshield wiper activated. I cut the horizontal copper fuel line under the car, and installed a cheap paper filter in a transparent plastic case, using two short pieces of hose and small clamps. When I see that water or other sediment has accumulated, I simply replace the filter. I change the filter every year or two and have never had any problems. The same arrangement worked well on a '21 DB I once owned. Good luck. Bob
  4. Thanks for your posts and for the lead for a supplier. Someday soon I hope to replace the rear shade on the '24 coupe. Good luck with your projects. Happy New Year! --Bob
  5. My '24 coupe, too. But is there a source for restoration/replacement?
  6. My '24 business coupe has a hole covered by a sliding plate in the passenger-side firewall. A short pipe extends forward into the engine compartment, directly behind the exhaust manifold. It appears to be an original installation. I fabricated a metal "stove," attached it to the manifold studs, and connected it to the pipe in the firewall with a flexible metal pipe. The engine fan blows air through the stove and over the surface of the exhaust manifold, and warm air enters the car. The contraption is a bit unsightly, but it works reasonably well in below-freezing weather. --Bob
  7. Hello-- This is not necessarily a recommendation, just information to help with your project. In 1999-2000 I did a frame-off restoration of a 1921 DB touring in Connecticut. The restoration included new top, side curtains, and upholstery, all reproduced from the originals. The master upholsterer was Emil Krusinsky of Dragone Classic Motorcars, 1812 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. I was pleased with the quality of his work, though it was expensive for my budget. You might want to speak with George or Manny Dragone, visit their upholstery shop, and talk with Emil if he's still there. Dragone's telephone number is (203) 335-4643. Their website is: www.dragoneclassics.com/home.htm. I'm attaching a photo of the canvas lining, which is a good reproduction of the original. Sorry I can't help much with your project--I'm living outside the U.S.
  8. Hi Rich, I am sending you an image I found in my archives. If you have a digital camera, why not take a photo of the logo from your DB literature, or from your car? Good luck with the show, Bob N.
  9. Here's my opinion: We should keep the Club as it was founded. Dodge Brothers vehicles, like the brothers John and Horace and their company, hold a special place in automotive history. Dodge Brothers cars, the Dodge Brothers Company, and the excellent, ongoing work of today's Dodge Brothers Club all need to be recognized for their unique place in automotive history. More "Dodge" cars in the inventory, additional club members on the roster, or increased dues revenue will not enhance the already noble history of the Dodge Brothers story or make a "better" Dodge Brothers Club. It's true that we're in the 21st century and need to update and promote the Club, but not at the expense of blurring our identity, or that of the Dodge Brothers nameplate. If we want a better club, I suggest that we study the Dodge Brothers story, drive our cars, and keep telling the interesting story of the Dodge Brothers. Trying to tell the story of cars that are far removed from the original vision of the brothers Dodge is something better done by another car club. I am a U.S. citizen, living in Europe. I have a '24 DB coupe that resides in Illinois, and I once owned a '21 touring, which I restored with much help from the Dodge Brothers Club. If I sound biased on this issue, blame the cars.
  10. Steve, I agree. Go for it! A few years ago I picked up a barn fresh, tired looking '21 touring. Today, after much work (fun, really), considerable financial investment, and help from the Dodge Brothers Club, the car is an accurately restored "museum piece" that is driven regularly and enjoyed by all generations. I live in Europe, but the old DB is enjoying a second life in Illinois. Nothing beats these Dodge Brothers vehicles! Your project is worth the time, money, and heartache.
  11. Hello Ashley-- A well maintained car and common sense should prevent your becoming CRASHley on the road. I have a 24 DB coupe, which probably weighs a couple hundred pounds more than the touring model, and I drive regularly in traffic, both in the city and the country. The '24 Dodge Brothers, unfortunately, does not have front brakes, but the rear brakes are good-sized and do a reasonably good job of stopping the vehicle, providing you drive at 1920's speeds and use common sense in anticipating stops, especially on descending grades. On the open road, I like to cruise at 40-45 miles (not kilometers)per hour. Fifty mph is FAST, but possible, if the car is in excellent shape and you drive defensively, maintain a good distance from the car ahead, and slow down well in advance of intersections. Operating these cars is much different from operating a modern vehicle, and practice is necessary before taking them into modern traffic. Cars that pass our antiques on the road and then quickly cut back in front of us are a perpetual nuisance and danger. If you intend to drive the '24 DB, make sure you have good brake drums and linings that are not compromised by leaking grease or poor adjustment. Adjust the brakes according to the operator's manual and test them before you hit the road, and you should be fine. Bottom line advice: I say, Go for it! You'll enjoy the excitement of a trip into the automotive past. dbbob
  12. My '24 had the same symptoms last summer. The coil was good and the points were properly adjusted, so I figured it must be the condenser. After I replaced that little critter, it ran perfectly. Good luck!
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    Whatever one's motives for creating a street rod from an old car, the project radically changes the identity and original purpose of the vehicle. A 1927 Dodge Brothers, once "converted" into a street rod, is no longer a 1927 Dodge Brothers, no matter what you call it. If you build a street rod with fine workmanship, modern features, and good market value, you are not saving an historical vehicle and "putting it back on the road." What you are putting on the road is a personally-designed new creation. The 1927 Dodge Brothers has ceased to exist, and it is disingenuous to call the new creation a '27 DB. In my opinion, street rodders who come to this Forum for help with their projects shouldn't be surprised at the naturally strong reaction of Club members who see the very basis of their hobby (a limited supply of ancient vehicles) threatened. We support preservation and restoration because we value these cars for what they are and were, not for what we can make them into. An original vehicle, restored or not, is a genuine historical object that speaks to us directly from the past. If it is preserved rather than rodded, it will continue to speak accurately to future generations about a world long gone. Hot rods tell a story, too, but their story is more about today's rodders than about the cars of yesteryear.
  14. Frank-- Thanks for the latest posting. Now I see that the car is obviously a coupe, and not a sedan, and it's no earlier than a 1924 model. It is identical to my car, except that it's 80 years newer. I don't have any vintage photos of a '24 coupe, so I was very happy to see yours. Gracias! dbbob
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    Devona, I don't understand this message. Is this a Dodge Brothers post? What am I missing here?
  16. DC8Guy-- Welcome to the Club and the Forum. I am a 1920's four-cylinder aficionado, so I can't help with your questions about your "modern" vehicle, but I am confident that others in the Club and Forum will be able to address your concerns. The DBC magazine and many Club members will probably be a good resource for you. Please be patient: These cars transport us to an earlier century, when life was slower, the world was less complicated, and (in my opinion) cars were more interesting. These old Dodge Brothers are worth spending the time, trouble, and money necessary to keep them running and original. Best of luck! Congratulations on your "new" car, and best of luck in bringing it back to life. dbbob
  17. Hi Frank, Welcome! The car is definitely a Dodge Brothers. The high radiator, sun visor, shiny paint, near-new tires, and 1924 license plate tell me it is most likely a 1924 black (only color available)sedan. The runningboard step plates and bumper were accessory items. The front of the car is identical to my 1924 DB coupe. Nice photo. I would like to see the others. Now all you need to do is to FIND THAT CAR! Good luck! --Bob
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    Nice Dodge Brothers vehicle! A street rod? DON'T DO IT! Consider what this car is: A piece of American cultural and industrial history. It's not just another among millions of Chrysler products. It's an original Dodge Brothers, manufactured before Walter P. Chrysler bought out the Dodge Brothers, and you are lucky to have it. Where will your street rod be when it is 77 years old, like this old sedan? I'm not mad, just disappointed. Think about it, before putting this nice old car under the torch!
  19. Hello Pronto 25-- My solution for a "stuck" motometer: Grasp it FIRMLY with the base down, and "pound" it slowly on an inflated car tire. You will have to repeat this action many times but, little by little, the fluid will make its way back into the reservoir. Make sure the tire is not a hard truck tire or a high pressure tire that has no "give." You don't want to damage the part of the motometer that extends into the radiator. Don't rush, and risk having the motometer fly out of your hand. Does anyone out there have a better method? The motometer is a useful accessory, but certainly not necessary for operation of the car. These cars came from the factory with a simple screw-on cap made of bakelite. By the way, I have a '24 Coupe. Enjoy the holidays!
  20. Ricardo-- Leadfoot is on target. Fifty to fifty-five pounds should keep you rolling smoothly. If you have genuine 6-ply tires, they can probably stand another 10 pounds, but that won't be necessary for local touring. If your tires are weather-checked or show evidence of dry rot, don't go above 50 lbs. psi. On my '24 coupe, which weighs a few hundred pounds more than your touring, I maintain 55-65 pounds. It makes for a bumpy ride, but with the tires at 55 pounds psi or more, the car steers well and maintains speed when shifting. If you leave your neighborhood, make sure you have a spare tire (with inflated tube). You probably know more about changing tires or fixing flats on a '21 DB than do the kids who work in your local tire outlet. I'm glad your generator is working again. Aren't you glad to be part of the Dodge Brothers Club family? After 6 months in Spain, I still haven't found any Dodge Brothers vehicles. Que pasa? Si hay algun Hermano Dodge en Espana, llamame, por favor! Vivo en la region sur de Madrid. Gracias! --Roberto
  21. Ricardo: You already have good advice for your upcoming tour. Whenever I venture out, I always take along a screwdriver that fits the vacuum tank cover. Also, as a back up for the correct open-end wrenches you forget (for brake adjustments, etc.), you might want to consider a good pair of channel lock pliers. Make sure your battery is charged, if it has been sitting over the winter. A 1920's tire pump will inflate your spare tube and get you to a pit stop. A containter of water and a quart or two of engine oil should get you through the midwestern plains without using your cell phone to call an official Dodge Brothers service station. Go for it! Happy touring! --Roberto
  22. Rich: Nice looking vehicle! Good luck in locating replacement inserts. There are a lot of tourings out there, and I'm sure someone in the DB Club or elsewhere has been able to address the problem. I'll let you know if I learn anything. In the meantime, happy touring!