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  1. I know this is an older topic but what the heck.. I needed to get a color match for my Bombardier Blue 42 Dodge. The best original paint was on the firewall so we cleaned it extra good and rubbed out the paint. There were no matches in the system for the color scanned. So the paint supplier had a guy with an eye that would add a splash of this and that to get the proper mix. I needed 2 gallons and unfortunately he mixed each gallon individually and kept no notes. Then he said the 2 gallons would not likely be exactly the same so he suggested not putting them in side by side areas. WTF. I took them to my body show guy and asked if he had a 2 gallon can and we poured the 2 together to make one color. I had the car painted (base coat, clear coat) and it looked great. About 3 years later I went to a show in Minneapolis and ran into another Bombardier Blue 1942 Dodge that also repainted from a paint scan. I think we were both surprised.
  2. New Old Stock Cluster Gear used by Chrysler products in 1933 and 1934, including Dodge Desoto Plymouth and Chrysler. Gear part number is 618899. Will need clean-up, coated with cosmoline.
  3. The only thing I could find so far on McConnel was an ad for McConnel Motors, Inc that indicated their sales were at 14 Maplwood Avenue and service was at 674 Tyler in Novemebr of 1927. The service garage might still be there more visable from plunkett.
  4. I figured out the triangular ones. Apparently used on 1935 -38 Plymouth Rear Bumpers and called a Shield Shape.
  5. I have 3 styles of Bumper Bolts that seem a little unique. First I have a triangular shaped capped bolt. The triangle is roughly 1 3/4" tall (from middle of short side to opposite tip) with the 2 sides being almost the same as the height and the short side being 1 1/8" across. Appears to be 7/16" to outside of threads with the length of 1 5/8" measured from the back edge of the triangular shape. The threaded portion is 7/8" with 14 thread per inch (coarse thread). Second I have a Round capped head that has a curve to the back side. The head is 1" in diameter. Appears to be 7/16" to outside of threads with the length of 1 3/8" measured from the back edge of the head at its longest point. The threaded portion is 1" with 14 thread per inch (coarse thread). Third I have an oval shape capped head. The oval is 3/4" wide and 1 1/4" tall. Appears to be 7/16" to outside of threads with the length of 13/16" measured from the back edge of the head. The threaded porti is 5/8" with 14 thread per inch (coarse thread). Any help in identifying these would be appreciated.
  6. Thanks Jack. I saw Magnum on the head and I thought those were hemi's. But that is why I asked. I've been to Detroit but I did not know about the trains. I guess I will have to go back some day.
  7. I found this story on the Detroit Zoological Society Blog. Is that a newer Hemi I see? https://detroitzooblog.org/2016/07/13/on-the-right-track-detroit-zoo-trains-ride-high/ On the Right Track: Detroit Zoo Trains Ride High Thanks to racecars, airplanes and dogged determination, the Tauber Family Railroad trains are running like well-oiled – and greased-up – machines. The Detroit Zoo’s Tauber Family Railroad has been a longtime favorite of guests of all ages. In 1931, three years after the Detroit Zoo opened its doors, the railroad system was donated by The Detroit News and it wasn’t long before riding the train became as much a part of going to the Zoo as seeing the animals. After serving an estimated 10 million riders, the original train was retired in 1949. In 1950, Chrysler donated three new trains, the Scripps, Reuther and Walter P. Chrysler. These trains – which the Detroit Zoo mechanics affectionately refer to as Scrippy, Ruthy and Wally – are still in use today, with rides offered daily from May to October, when the weather permits. Running for eight hours a day, seven days a week will put a strain on any piece of equipment, let alone a machine that has been around since Harry Truman was in the White House. To accurately portray just how “experienced” the trains are, when they were donated, gas cost just $0.18 a gallon, Disneyland wouldn’t be opened for another five years, television viewers were a year away from being able to watch “I Love Lucy” and there were still only six hockey teams in the NHL. When Tim Wade was hired by the Detroit Zoological Society’s (DZS) maintenance department in 2014, the trains were known to be less than reliable, though still safe. In the short amount of time that Wade has been a part of the DZS family, he has changed the entire way that the trains are maintained and repaired. Previously, mechanics would rob parts from one train to ensure the other two were running; now Wade makes sure only the most dependable parts are being used. Wade and the DZS maintenance team, which also consists of Ben Fritsch, Alvin Dillard and Ross Urtel, have integrated new fleet maintenance practices into the upkeep of the train; ensuring that when Zoo guests want to ride the train, they can. Because of the loads that these trains carry, there is a need for proper maintenance and repair. By bringing his technical expertise, as well as his racing background into his work on the trains, Wade has been able to improve the efficiency of the railroad system. Wade grew up racing cars, which meant needing to be both the engineer and the mechanic when it came to maintaining as well as enhancing the vehicles he was racing. Wade has been involved in the mechanical trade as long as he can remember. He says that he got his doggedness and dedication to quality from his father, who was an aviation mechanic. Having never worked on a train before, Wade will be the first to admit that initially the task of maintaining the trains was a little overwhelming. This was when Wade decided that he should think of the trains as a racecar, and after that, improvements really started happening. His idea was to treat the trains as if they needed to finish an eight-hour race, and anything less than that would be unacceptable. As a mechanic, most of Wade’s work is done behind the scenes, which he says suits him, as praise has never been important to him. However, if he is having a bad day, he says walking over to the Africa Train Station and seeing the families smiling, waving and enjoying their time at the Zoo gives him a real sense of pride knowing that his work has made a difference in their experience.
  8. I'm sure there is some interesting history behind the Detroit Zoo Railroad. The zoo web site notes The Tauber Family Railroad has been a perennial favorite at the Zoo, serving nearly half a million passengers each year since it was presented by The Detroit News in 1931. The miniature railroad consists of two complete trains of six coaches each and one standby. All three locomotives were donated by the Chrysler Corp. in the 1950s. In 1982-83, the locomotives were renovated and new coaches were fabricated through a fund-raising campaign by the Detroit Zoological Society and The Detroit News. The locomotives were refurbished again in 2008 with new coaches, rebuilt engines, gears, gauges, wheels and bodies. All aboard! Does anyone have any behind the scenes information about these trains? About these engines? Were they gas powered? Flat Head? Hemi? Electric? If donated in the late 40's early 50s was that under K. T. Keller direction? Great Airflow look from the 30's
  9. They did make 46 - 48 Dodge Town Sedans. I knew a guy that had one. I saw it several times. The D-24 parts book also lists it just to confirm I'm not crazy.
  10. Although it is not porcelain, one of my favorite finds was this dealership poster from WWII. Couldn't sell new cars so you sold service and used cars.... for Victory. I have not yet seen another.
  11. I'm guessing 30s but I'm not sure.
  12. And there was the exact same picture and a write-up in the link above. 1932 Servi-Car Soon after the success of the Package Truck,Harley came up with a third commercial model in 1932, called the Servi-Car. This became the most successful of the three cargo configurations. A great marketing feature of the Servi-Car was that it had a hand-shift and a foot clutch like a car, so anyone who could drive a car could operate one. It also came with a special towing package that allowed it to be connected to a car or truck bumper. Service stations could hitch the Harley to a customer's car and tow it to their location, then unhitch and ride the Servi-Car home. The Servi-Car caught on and had the longest production of ANY Harley motorcycle, and stayed in production until 1973
  13. Although you don't feel a 1942 model seems correct if it has chrome, about 88% of the 42 Mopar models were produced before the chrome restrictions. And even the last 42 Plymouth to roll off the line had chrome bumpers. Trim was blacked out or omitted but bumpers were not required to be. In some cases the parts were already chrome plates and paint was put over the chrome to make it correct.
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