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  1. Chudwah- Thanks for the diagrams. Sorry for the long delay to acknowledge, but I only check in 1-2x per month. Interesting and fun facts! Depending on the travel of the sedan's seat, the sedan looks like the winner here.
  2. JD- Thanks for the quick reply. I may take you up on that offer. The truck is beautiful. I was unaware of the urban legend, but happy to see it dispelled.
  3. JD - Quick question on a Model A truck vs. a Fordor with respect to "creature comforts." My Dad is 90yrs old and drives the heck out of his '31 Town Sedan. Getting in and out is somewhat challenging due to the relatively narrow gap between the seat and the side panel. (The seat is in its rear most position). Is there any difference with a truck?
  4. John- You are worth a hell of a lot more than the price of this truck. Your wealth of knowledge and generosity is absolutely amazing. I am grateful to have become friends with you and Cherrie over the years. It is always such a hoot when we get together. You two are the best! I am always impressed with the support everyone on this forum gives. That was an extra special move making that offer to John. It couldn't go to a better recipient.
  5. Edinmass- Agreed! Not a big fan of that color scheme either, but I think one could learn to live with it considering the outstanding detail and condition.
  6. Back to the $125K Cadillac that started this discussion... Isn't that the same vehicle which recently sold at Amelia Island for $84K? $41K for a quick-flip! (or Needless Markup). Such a gorgeous car!! https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20/amelia-island/lots/r0042-1931-cadillac-v-8-convertible-coupe-by-fleetwood/841086#
  7. Not far from me there is an auto repair shop that caters to older cars from the 40’s to the 70’s. Whenever I pass this place, it is always fun to see what’s sitting on the lot. Last week, I decided it was a good time to take advantage of the “no- traffic” pandemic situation and take one of my old cars for a spin. As I drove past the repair shop, I noticed something was amiss. Apparently there was a catastrophic land slide on the business just adjacent to the shop. The landslide collapsed one entire side of the repair shop’s lot, flattening a bunch of the old cars into automotive pancakes.
  8. I have this mystery (to me) item hanging in my garage and can't figure out what it is. I have a few ideas what it could be used for (Whomper, Billy-club, attitude adjuster) but I am pretty sure it has another purpose. That is where you, the AACA experts, come in. The item you see in the pictures is essentially a 36" long pipe made of 3 individual sections of aluminum tubing or pipe threaded together. The OD is 1 inch. On one end there is a small threaded cap about a 1 ¼” long. The threaded cap has a small hole drilled in it's the end so it is not meant to be water or air tight.
  9. Hi Peter Pan- We shopped around a little, but no one else had the answers like the Brassworks did. (BTW No relation here , just a satisfied consumer). The staff were very knowledgeable and familiar with this honeycomb style radiator. We sent the original radiator to them so they could strip off all the soldered bits and the tanks. Afterwards they even returned the old core to us. The downside: You can't be in a hurry. We were told there were 27 jobs ahead of us! The ETA was approximately 3 months. They beat their own time frame- it was on our doorstep in two m
  10. yes! even more if one of them turned up this week at a car wash
  11. Dave, on behalf of all the blind idiots of the world, we’ll give you 10% credit for your suggestion that the lying media, for appearance sake, “doctored” the image of the one and only “real” marathon car. Next, you'll be saying there is only one Santa Claus. Why 10% credit? After closer scrutiny, there may be a faint ghost image of the original graphics seen below Dodge 8. Or maybe it’s just my imagination. Photoshop does go way back; then they called it “Photo Retouching.” Now on to the other 90% of the argument… 1) Why do practically all the other pic
  12. John and Cherie are the Best! They roll out the red carpet for their guests. Hang out long enough and John will take you to the local watering hole and beat you at pool. Barrel of monkeys, guaranteed. Thanks guys!
  13. It's the one with most bugs in the honeycomb radiator. The daily mileage log shows they maintained their average speed of almost exactly 30mph every day. (Newark, NJ on August 12 =23mph, damn NJ traffic.) It obviously wasn't an Indy race, slow and steady gets you there. All told, this is a pretty good clip back in 1930, even for an 8 cylinder. Anyone know if they ever duplicated this with a six cylinder car? Who were the drivers and what were they paid?
  14. Agreed. And the more folks that know about him, the more likely he will stay in business. Like an endangered species. Good question. Now, what did he say? I forgot. LOL Just kidding, I was paying attention. It was interesting because his point was, that you could probably get away with 0.165 in end play on this pump without any problem. He said the idea here is because of the pump design, when the impeller is spinning, it tends to suck itself up towards the pump body. End play, within reason, is not a problem. He added, "but if it makes you feel better, use some fiber wa
  15. Wow Ken - good find! No magnaflux needed here. Better to find the cracks now, rather than finding new louvers in your hood. When checking fan blades, don't just give them a casual glance. Some of the cracks are hard to see. Best to pull them off and examine them on the bench with a good magnifier. Better yet, sandblast or wire wheel the paint off before checking. Your fan probably could use fresh coat of paint, anyway. If it still looks good after stripping the paint, do a magnaflux test as Ken suggested. If it passes ALL the tests, congratulations, you have a hen's tooth.
  16. I think this is exactly what happens. For those unfamiliar with this setup, the fan consists of a set of two identical individual pieces of stamped steel that are mounted 90º apart on the water pump hub with 4 bolts . Close examination of several sets of these blades reveals the small gap left between the two blades (maybe 60 thou). This gap leaves each blade essentially unsupported at this point. (Warning...pure speculation ahead!) For every mile driven, the gap allows thousands of micro-flexures along this junction and eventually the metal fails. Of co
  17. Stuart, Do they look like the rests pictured below? If so, you may be in luck because I purchased them from a great guy right there in NZ. He made several pairs of these rests. They were cast in silicon-bronze from an original set . They came out great. And the bloke personally delivered them to me in San Diego! That's service. His name here on the forum is DBNZ (Phillip).
  18. When was the last time you purchased a product or service and the business just knocks it out of the park? Sadly, it doesn’t happen very often anymore. But when it does, it is only fair to pass it along, right? Besides, maybe some other service business might decide to raise the bar or perhaps some manufacturer might decide to stop using Chinesium. Now to the story… My Dad and I needed a rebuilt water pump following the “Great 1929 Dodge DA Phaeton Fan Disaster” (That story is the subject of another thread As this was Dad’s first experience with Romar, he conducted
  19. The Great 1929 Dodge DA Phaeton Fan Disaster Here's a vacation ender for you... My Dad took our ’29 Dodge Phaeton on a car tour near Los Angeles (110 miles each-way). He was on the return leg of a fun 2 day tour when suddenly he heard a loud bang coming from under the hood. With the engine still running, he pulls over and lifts the hood. Holy Sxxx!! There’s a gaping hole in the side of the hood and the left fender! One of the radiator fan blades launched through the hood of the car and penetrated through about 80% of the fender. The blade sliced through that tough D
  20. Who knew there were so many kinds of wheel and tire locks? Let's muddy the waters a bit more: The manufacturer of the lock did not always manufacture the lock cylinder! For some examples, see this interesting site for an array of locks: http://www.exwisehe.com/accessory_locks_tire_8.html A couple of them have some similarities to dneivandt's lock. In row 2 column 4, the lock body looks a lot like yours. In row 1 column 3, look at the cylinder cover of the "T&A nut lock" (no I did not make that name up).
  21. I believe you are correct when you said the locks were not specific to Plymouth. In 1929, the Dodge DA sidemount locks were the same as used on a Hudson. Briggs and Stratton made them. Here's a page from their catalog.
  22. Absolutely YES Dodge Brothers used yellow! As an example, in 1927-28, the Dodge Victory line included an entire spectrum of colors and color combinations. In John Bittence’s excellent treatise on Late 20’s Dodges includes an April 1928 announcement entitled “Color Program Victory Line” wherein Dodge Brothers dealers were advised that each color scheme would run in production for about three weeks. The result would be that every dealer would have at least two to three different colors on hand at all times. “For the dealers who want to paint still further variations, we can furnish any
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