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  1. Ray, I took a second look at your pictures. I think one other item is missing and that is the straps that run from the front to the rear bow to keep the "field" of the top from sagging. You can see a couple of these in my second photo in post #2. David maybe can add to this.

    Also Ray, any chance you could post some detailed photos of your side curtains both inside and outside? Thx, Joe

  2. Thanks for adding that David. It helps to hear from the pros. Ray, the pads David refers to, can be seen in the second photo post #2 above. The passenger side pad is seen in the upper left corner of the picture. We used the cotton-no foam.

    David, one comment: It seems that with this particular Dodge Phaeton top, when I was setting up the bows, the straps really did the work of keeping the bows from sagging. But without the pads, you would definitely not get very smooth roof lines. Is it possible there are different type of irons/bow setups? This one Dodge advertised as a "one-man top" which is a joke, unless that one man happens to have at least four gorilla arms.

  3. Thanks for the kind words Ray. Here are a couple more pics I took during the top bow setup. You may find it useful to employ a couple of ratchet straps to set your top up in the desired position. Stand back and check the top profile from a distance before you commit! Then, measure the exact strap length needed. Allow for a bit of stretching. I imagine the reason one would use the leather belt strap method is that you could alter the strap length easier.

    And Rick, I know what you mean about the tie wraps-see theses pics!



  4. Ray, it looks like you may be missing some support straps. On my 1929 Dodge DA Phaeton, the entire top is supported by these straps. See attached photos. I have also seen them made out of leather, almost looks like a belt for your pants! Personally, I like the look of the fabric version. Joe



  5. Hi Ian,

    That starter looks like it has a solenoid on it.

    Solenoids replaced the little pedal in the middle of the front floor that engaged the starter mechanism.


    Manuel in Oz

    Manuel, is this the kind of starter pedal you speak of? This picture is a 1929 Chrysler Phaeton. I was never sure what that pedal was for, as it is located just in front of the driver's seat. Seems like a strange place to put a pedal.



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    So you see, Joe...sometimes changing a headlamp CAN lead to a bit of work...down the road!

    (One lesson learned: I need to put the electric fuel pump on its own fuse.)

    Phil, I may need to revise my definition of work! This story reminds me of the old adage: There is never enough time to do it right, but there is always plenty of time for the new owner to do it over. Unfortunately, the wannabe electrician that did your wiring is probably still on the loose somewhere.

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to John! I should be more respectful of a fellow 107 yrs. YOUNG! That ought to be some cake- is the fire extinguisher ready?

    P.S. Hey John, aren't you overdue for a trip down here?? I just had a buddy stop in from out of town last Saturday. It was a gorgeous day, so we took the '29 Phaeton out for a spin all around Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla. He was absolutely amazed by all the people waving, getting out their cameras, honking, thumbs-up and all. After we returned, he couldn't stop talking about how he felt like a rock star driving around in an old car!

  7. Honolulu Dick- gotta love quick & dirty!! Thanks!

    As far as tax goes, probably every state has its own procedures, but in California, which many state laws mimic, we pay a registration and license fee annually. If your car sports YOM (year of manufacture) plates, an additional fee is charged for this. If your vehicle is not running, you place it in "NON-OP" status which still costs something, but it is pretty minimal.

    Traditionally a brand new car would pay the highest registration fee based on the value of the car. Each year the reg fees would drop a bit until they hit a baseline bottom level fee over about 8 years. This was true until recently when all of my "bottomed" out cars started going UP again!

    In California, sales tax is paid on every transaction where there is a non-family change of ownership. This is up to 9.75% in some counties. Sales tax is charged over and over on the same vehicle each time a new owner takes title.

    Government at all levels tapped the coffers and now grasp at anything to TAX you.

  8. Attached is a photo of a 1950 Chrysler Windsor Club Coupe I restored years ago. The photo was taken the day I sold (and delivered) the car --- around 1979. As you can see the door lines are not the same as the photo's shown above.

    FMF- nice Chrysler! I have one, too. No doubt they are totally different when you get to see the whole car. In the movie, you only get to see a piece of the car, which didn't include the full door.

  9. John, once again, your eagle eye for cars amazes me. I googled 1947 Buick Convertible and this is what i found.

    Looking at the similarities between the Buick in the movie (what I could see of it), and the 1950 Chrysler, it makes you wonder how much industrial espionage and design stealing was going on. Some say all the cars look alike today. It's true today, but it was pretty much true back then ,too.Thx! Joe



  10. I know , they have a forum for this type of question, but the DB forum is where the smart guys hang out so here goes...

    A friend, Lane Nishikawa, made a movie here in So. Cal. about WWII and while watching it, I notice a couple of period cars. One in particular looks a lot like our 1950 Chrysler convertible, but with several differences. Here is a series of frames from the movie showing some features. Can anyone nail this one down?









  11. Dodge KCL you are no doubt right on the money with the advent of Kettering's system. One note as a slight correction: Marconi, while successfully commercializing the use of wireless transmission of electrical energy actually "adapted" (i.e., stole) most of his work from Nikola Tesla.

    In 1943, a lawsuit regarding Marconi's numerous other radio patents was resolved in the United States. The court decision was based on the prior work conducted by others, including Nikola Tesla from which some of Marconi patents (such as U.S. Patent 763,772) stemmed.

    The case was resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court by overturning most of Marconi's patents.

  12. Wow! Hbergh- interesting problem there. My guess is you do not have a "functional" vent in your gas cap if it was difficult to remove (presuming, of course, that the difficulty was, in fact, due to excessive vacuum). The entire fuel system will fail to operate properly without a functional gas cap vent. I seriously doubt that your engine is drawing enough vacuum to collapse the tank, unless the tank was extremely weak to begin with. Joe

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