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  1. 16 hours ago, thehandleman said:

    Hi SparkEE,

        Teach me how to tell the difference between a 1932 PB collegiate Roadster and a 1932 PB Roadster? as I have a PB Roadster but I thought Walter Chrysler offered college grads to paint the PB roadster if they bought the roadster, then chrysler would paint there school colors but other then that, I know of no differences ? I always thought mine was a Michigan college colors but no evidence, and yes the convertible coupes are very good looking cars.



    First let me say, that’s a beautiful car!


    Perhaps I should have said roadster rather than collegiate roadster, as I don’t recall the difference and would likely have read it in the Plymouth Bulletin or period literature that’s presently inaccessible.  What sticks in my mind is a windshield that fold forward.  Is that a feature of all ‘32 PB roadsters?


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  2. I was going to same - the unsold 31’s carried over into ‘32 and were advertised as Thirft models.  It is completely possible this car / chassis sold new in 1932.   I have a 1932 PB which is distinct from a body perspective (grill/rad, hood, cowl, fenders, etc.).  ...1933 looked almost the same as 1932, but with a six instead of a four cylinder.



    BTW:  Plymouth PB convertible coupes are beautiful cars. I’ve seen several and that or a collegiate roadster are on “my list”. 

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  3. 3 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:


    Within the AACA, cars are judged at national meets

    if the owner so desires.  At a car's first appearance

    at a meet, it is eligible for a "Junior" award:  First Junior,

    Second Junior, or Third Junior.  At a subsequent 

    national meet, the cars who previously achieved the

    First Junior level can try for the Senior award.


    The national meets are held around the country,

    and the location of the meets often change each year.

    A car must be pre-registered, often a month or two in advance.

    At any national meet, quite a few cars may receive

    the First Junior or Senior award.  To be "first" doesn't mean

    that yours is the only car in your class, or the only car at

    the show, achieving that level.

    Would this process discourage driving a car until senior judging completed successfully, lest blemishes appear from use?

  4. Years ago Dad bought a 1927 Stutz out of the north east just from pictures.  It was somewhat less than described.  As he was pulling the door panels off to address some of the problems, he found a parking stub for the University of Washington - it had been a “local” car at one time.  Not a fascinating piece on its own, but fun to trace where the car had been.


    I bought a 1933 Chrysler a couple decades ago when I was young and thought I’d discovered a hidden bootlegging compartment under the rear carpet.  Years later I was to find out, that’s where the optional radio box went.

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  5. Hans,


    if you search out the Pontiac Bulletin / Pontiac club, there’s a fellow in the Midwest that will recast your steering wheel with modern UV resistant plastic (mine looks terrific - i have a four door sedan 8/hydramatic in the exact same color scheme).  He also reproduces the hood ornament plastic “feathers” in original translucent red and non-original translucent blue (also UV resistant plastic).  It wa several years ago jay I had it done, so don’t have the contact info handy nor can I guarantee he’s still in business.  Worth trying to find, though.

    2 hours ago, Hans1965 said:

    Hi Auburnseeker, sorry to say - just bought it. Would love to get your steering wheel. 


    Nice young guy who got it from an owner that kept it since 1989. Mississippi car originally. 


    Crazy thing to do, but I did it. 





  6. Thank you for posting here first!  I toured as a kid with a four cylinder 1914 Buick keeping pace with our six cylinder seven passenger touring of a differt make (valve in block).  They are a great car (I have one now).  You might consider posting to the HCCA website as well.  ...good thing you are all the way across the country, I’ve been very interested in watching what has been coming out of your storage and I’ve no place to put anything!

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  7. On 10/29/2018 at 4:18 PM, auburnseeker said:

    Non running engines are huge gambles.  Now when I look at a car for sale,  that is priced according to one that should have a good engine, I bring a noncontact thermometer, I make sure it comes up to temperature,  doesn't overheat,  runs well, and smooth,  Starts well cold or hot.  I guess I'm just getting fussy But rebuilding the engines in the last two cars I had which wasn't planned for,  tends to make you think that if it's not running and maybe turns over,  then buy it according to it needing to be rebuilt.  If you win and it only needs something minor then great,  I'm sure you will find some other unexpected unpleasent surprise that will eat up that savings.  I usually find the bad engine and then the other surprise as a bonus. 

    Most of these cars were parked for a reason,  many were just worn out. 

    Slow to this thread but *absolutely* agree with the noncontact thermometer.  ...early thirties sedan taught me that lesson.  

  8. On 12/26/2018 at 9:29 AM, Jeff's Old Car Disease said:

    I need this set for my 39 New Yorker.  Any chance you still have the templates so you could redo my glass?  Pricing?





    Any chance your spark knob hasn’t disintegrated?  If so, can you take a few pictures of it before you touch it (prior experience with this request).  I have a mock up, by would love to know what the original actually looked like.


    Also, I understand others have vacuum formed new plastic back over the metal dash surrounds.  Something I’m interested in doing if here are enough of us to make he project cost-feasible.  

  9. On 12/9/2018 at 9:40 PM, BrianBuckley said:

    Hi...I sure will be willing to take the photos you wanted.  Jack who sold me the car said that although the device is is not connected as he had trouble with it.  I will get them to you...I guess on this site next Saturday as I will be traveling this week.  Also...I wanted to say a quick hello to Curt Schultz who commented on my purchase of this Chrysler in this forum.  Curt...maybe you will remember me...I purchased sidemount covers from you for my 1934 Auburn Phaeton as well as one front fender about three years ago.  I guess you consider my buying this Chrysler BS.  Dave Knopp and I a good laugh about that.  Dave took some pictures of the Chrysler last Friday...maybe he can send them to you.  Best Brian

    Terrific, thanks!  Some years ago I bought a 1933 Chrysler CQ which had all of the vacuum declutching and accelerator starting equipment removed.  Over the years I’ve been trying to piece the missing components together.  At present, it retains the (perhaps) WWII era modified accelerator linkage.  Still looking for the declutching canister, amongst other things.

  10. On 12/4/2018 at 9:48 PM, BrianBuckley said:

    You guys won't believe it but the 1933 Chrysler pictured here was actually for sale and get this...I actually bought it.  As it turns out, a gypsy listed it for sale after finding it sitting in a driveway under a tarp near San Jose, California.  If you are not from out here and are not familiar with gypsies and cars...I will give you a quick lesson.  For whatever reason, some years ago, local gypsies came upon the idea of finding and selling old cars here in California.  If you don't know anything about the way a gypsy thinks, consider this...a gypsy would sell his own mother if someone would offer to buy her.  They are known for having multiple identities (I have actually had the same gypsy introduce himself as Joe, John and Bob over the course of a few years) forgetting he had previously met me.  They also are quite unscrupulous and are willing to lie, cheat and steal anything and everything that is not nailed down.  But here is the thing...they beat the bushes like nobody else and actually find cars...even very rare cars.  As an example, about a year and a half ago, I saw a local listing for a 1971 GTO 455 convertible and responded to the add.  Pretty quickly, I got a guy on the other end of the phone who knew next to nothing about the car he was selling but wanted to make sure I was a cash buyer and willing to buy the car immediately.  I knew almost immediately it was a gypsy selling it and it turns out I was right.  It also turned out that car was one of the rarest GTO's ever of 18 455 HO 4 speed convertibles.  Did the gypsy know that?  No.  Did he care? No.  All he wanted to do was make a quick buck which I was more than happy to oblige him with. Also a little note...gypsies never put the car in their own names...they always title jump.  With respect to this 1933 Chrysler,  the nicest guy named Jack was willing to sell it.  He was actually approached by a likely gypsy who offered to buy it and gave him a sizable deposit in the form of a check and then told Jack not to cash it (are you beginning to get the idea).  He told Jack he was going to keep it for himself and get a loan to buy it (yeah right).  He then advertised can see the listing above in one of the posts.  Hence the "V-8 engine" when one of the photos clearly show a straight 8 in the car.  What is interesting is that I actually got to see the car without the "gypsy" present after he gave me the address where it was located.  I went early and sure enough the car was actually there.  Jack was a prince of a guy and wanted the car to someone who was going to care for it as he was now 85 years old and no longer able to work on it himself.  I agreed to buy it and get this...I actually paid for it!.  I did feel as though I owed the "gypsy" something for his "work" in finding and listing the car so I provided him a pretty decent finders fee...all things considered.  The car is in beautiful shape and has been cleaned up and now purrs like a kitten.  I thought everyone who had written about this car would enjoy hearing what dear departed Paul Harvey used to call..."and now for the rest of the story".  Thanks.  Brian.

    That’s quite the experience Brian!  Does that have the vacuum declutching equipment on it?  Any chance of seeing a picture of the carb side of the motor?

  11. 10 hours ago, roysboystoys said:

    Thanks for the photo of the key. I have one of those caps and could not get any of my keys to go in the slot.

    Now I know

    Interesting.  My '33 Chrysler uses a "bent" key for the ignition and side mount locks (same key).  What is the vintage of the locking Plymouth cap?