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Iam making a 4 day weekend ,out of a 3 day weekend.Iam starting on my 38 Dodge.I bought it in 72 from a friend in high school.Never had time to get to it,still don't!Always working on others cars/motorcycles.

Well Iam making time.I'll post as I go.

Here is the engine mock up.Block is in machine shop now.Going though trans & rearend in the next week or so.Stay tuned.

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Worked on the Dodge ,interior is out,trans,drive line.Engine ready to come out.I'll aline the front fenders before taking them off.They are a littel ruff.Then make a new rear body panel(under truck lid)They all rust there.Stay tuned.

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Are you maintaining a stock front suspension? If you are not, please don't throw your spring u-bolts away. I need one for a '37! (see my posting regarding '37 Dodge front spring u-bolts)

Steering box, other stuff also desired!

Jeff

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Yes ,Iam using the stock set up.It rides so nice.My Fords ride like Iam in a buck board wagon.Went for a ride in my friends 33 dodge last week.Real nice ride.Ther was an axel on ebay .

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Rolled the gal out today and cleaned the under side.And look what I found inside.A Coke ,Miller High Life(must have been one of my brothers put it there),rebuild in a can,invite to a sweet 16 party and a tag from the chevy dealership.They even gave me a discount!Stay Tuned

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Worked on the Dodge ,interior is out,trans,drive line.Engine ready to come out.I'll aline the front fenders before taking them off.They are a littel ruff.Then make a new rear body panel(under truck lid)They all rust there.Stay tuned.

Dave,

My rear body panel is also rusting out. If I remember correctly that pan is made up of 2 pieces of metal sandwiched together and they always trapped moisture inside. This photo doesn't really show the rust bubbles under the paint but they are there. When I strip the several layers of paint (yellow and blue under the tan) off this car for a repaint I'm going to eliminate the inner piece (maybe permanently) so I can get at the rust or if I'm really lucky you'll make 2 and sell me one eh ?

Reg

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That would make 3 then.A friend in Reno needs one for his too.Iam working from the front to rear.It will be some time before I get to it.I have to do metal work on everyone else car first.No time to work on my own stuff.Stay tuned!

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I had some time to work on the 38 tonight.I new it had some frontend damage at one time.The grill was riveted to the shell.On the drivers fender,they riveted sheet metal to the back and bondo the front.No welding.Look at the steering arm.Yes thats a coat hanger!I drove this in high school.There was so much grease ,I never saw it.It all has to be redone anyhow.Stay Tuned

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Well I havent had time to work on the Dodge.Been pushing to get this Model A sport Coupe out.We got it home from the upholster today.It will go back to its home next week.

Its a one family car.Grand Pa bought it new.

Now I can put some time in the Dodge.Stay tuned.

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YA,I know. on my plate I have .31 AA,30 blind back,30 coupe,25 chevy & a 70 chevy truck that Iam putting a 57 truck dash in.+ trying to get to my dodge and other things I have.And Bonneville in 2 weeks!YIKES!!!

OH, and I cant make it out this year for the swap meet.But I'll make it out next year Doug.And I did see pix of the c-dan.Do you have any pix of the other car?

PS.The cobblers kids have no shoes!

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I picked up an NOS fender for the Dodge.The drivers front had some bad work done to it.I was going to fix it,but I dont have to now.

We leave for Bonneville today.WAAAAAAAAAA Hwooooooooo!

Back in a week.Stay Tuned

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Well we made it back.The Monata boys in the Fast 4 #60 ,set a new record in the blown vintage 4 cyl. class.Every car in that class blow up there engines.I was with the Edgy Speed car #595.We could not get the fuel injection to work.Just test runs.Dick Berteluchi helped us sortout our injection.Thanks Dick!I never got to make a pass.But as always we had way to much fun.My assies friend where there in ther Studebaker Avanti made lots of passes over 200.Made lots of new friends form all over the planet.

Stay Tuned

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Hey Doug thanks,I saw that guy giving an interview the next day.And a guy from I think Korea put his Suzuki on its roof.He had no interperter with him.No know what he was saying.Looking forward to next year.And on the long drive home we came up with more crazy stuff to build.It will take about 2 years for that stuff to see the light of day.Now if we could only get paid for this stuff.

Now back to work here.Stay tuned

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Had some time with the Dodge this week.I was metal finishing some model A fenders.And a littel lead work.Had every thing out ,so I worked on the NOS fender for the Dodge.It had dings all over it.Then I started on the drivers side floor.Rusted out.I'll make a new side for that today.Here are some photos.

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I need help with the rear fender stays for the coupe.Can some one take a photo of these and how wide the holes are?

The ones on the car are home made.Like the rest of the things I find,made badly!Thanks

Dave,

Here are a couple shots of the ones on my 38 Dodge coupe. They appear to be stock and only have one mounting bolt on each end. Let me know if you need any more info.

Reg in Grass Valley.

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Had some time this week to work on the Dodge.I removed all the frontend sheet metal.The nose was repaired so bad,I pulled it all apart. And Ill repair it and put it back together.today I cleaned the garage so my wife can get the car in for winter.Then I worked on the car.The brakes where stuck.I had the car on those harbor frieght roll a round dollys.But I got the brakes freed up.

I talked to an old friend today.He has 32 Fords And Model a's and some nice old motorcycles.I remembered he had an old board track racer.Can't remember what it was,nor can he.Singel or v tiwn?He side he thinks its in one of his barns.So he asked, do you want it?YAH!He says, I'll dig it out and send it to you.Well I say,What do you want for it.You can have ,you will do something with it.What a guy! Geuss who gets all my 32 stuff?

Stay Tuned

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You bet Doug.All I can remember is it's red.I hope he still has it.

Reg,When I was getting the brakes unstuck I looked up in the wheel well on the rt. rear.The stay and fender bracket are ther.But beat to s*$#.You no.

Off to finnish the blind back sedan today.

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