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Here is the Google (German to English) translation of the entry from "peter.k":

Hello friend Dodge in distant Australia It's nice that you celebrate that. would have liked to have been with my car there.

Unfortunately, the road is a bit too long. In thought I am with you. Looking forward to some pictures of you. Gruss Peter.k :rolleyes:

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Thanks for the translation and thanks for the message Peter K. AS promised here are some shots of the day. I'd guess there were 10,000 people wandering around the gardens and there were many different things to see but especially for me the 100th anniversary of the Dodge made it more enjoyable.

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Last lot...........

Danke an 1936 D2 für die übersetzung. Freunde und gute Menschen gibt es überall.

Ich spreche leider kein Englisch aber mit Google geht es so.

Herzlichen Dank für die wunderschönen Bilder und jetzt habe ich auch so teilnehmen

dürfen.Bei uns in Deutschland ist jetzt tiefster Winter und mein Car steht schön warm in der Garage.

Nochmals Danke und Herzliche Grüsse Peter.k

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Translation of Peter K's words from our Mr Google:

Thanks to 1936 D2 for the translation. Friends and good people are everywhere.

Unfortunately I do not speak English but with Google, it goes like this.

Thank you for the wonderful pictures and now I also participate as

allowed. Here in Germany it is now the dead of winter and my car is nice and warm in the garage.

Thanks again and Best regards Peter.k

Ian I have enjoyed very much your thread as you build your car. I am impressed at the quality and speed with which you get things done - not TOO many other projects getting in the way. I have spent six months just getting around to cleaning up the wheel locking rings for my DC. You have rekindled my enthusiasm! Keep on keeping on!

All the best

Graham

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Hi Graham,

Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I'm not very fast a getting bits done on the car. I'm down to all the fiddly bits on the car now. I'd love to have it finished for the Motorclassica here in Melbourne in October but time and money always seem to be in short supply. Hopefully if I keep plodding along I'll be close at getting it finished. I'm in the throws of pulling the front windscreen mechanism apart which I need to do to get a half decent chrome plating job on them.

I'll keep on posting pics of my progress.

Cheers

Ian

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Great photos Ian ... It was good to see you there on Sunday.. There was a total of 409 cars on the day with 43 Dodges in the featured display ... and how good was it to have the 34 on the book cover and the event badge.

Thanks for not including the "Rubbish Bin" shot

I still have to turn side ways to get my head through the doorway.... a fewpost-88994-143142369549_thumb.jpg more pics

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A couple of questions / requests some of you guys may be able to help me with :

1/ The metal plate that sits on the lower cowl near the running board ( ive posted a pic ). Does anyone have a good closeup shot of this as I want to get mine restored.

2/ The bar under the front seat that operates the seat sliding mechanism ( pic attached )...is this suppose to have the bends in it or is it dead straight ?

Just little things but still important.

Took all the garnish moulds to the blaster today and once done and coated with an acrylic primer, they'll be ready for the woodgraining effect.

Cheers

Ian

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A couple of questions / requests some of you guys may be able to help me with :

1/ The metal plate that sits on the lower cowl near the running board ( ive posted a pic ). Does anyone have a good closeup shot of this as I want to get mine restored.

2/ The bar under the front seat that operates the seat sliding mechanism ( pic attached )...is this suppose to have the bends in it or is it dead straight ?

Just little things but still important.

Took all the garnish moulds to the blaster today and once done and coated with an acrylic primer, they'll be ready for the woodgraining effect.

Cheers

Ian

Site has some issue latley!!!! anywho, a guy messaged me looking for seat pattern info , "Silverdome " was his handle, here is what I have.....

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I like the photos....especialy the "mice munching holes" hahaha good one.

The 8th photo which shows notched out areas for window hinges looks like its the skinny cover that sits behind the rear seat and the notches are for the rear seat hinges.

By the way, how is your car going ?? haven't seen any pics for a while.

Been a bit slow here with high temperatures during the day. I'll try and add a pic of my daughters friends folks home.( sorry its small as its from he phone ). Have a look how close the fire came. Lucky the water chopper flew past and doused it. They say half of them have been deliberately lit ! morons.

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I like the photos....especialy the "mice munching holes" hahaha good one.

The 8th photo which shows notched out areas for window hinges looks like its the skinny cover that sits behind the rear seat and the notches are for the rear seat hinges.

By the way, how is your car going ?? haven't seen any pics for a while.

Been a bit slow here with high temperatures during the day. I'll try and add a pic of my daughters friends folks home.( sorry its small as its from he phone ). Have a look how close the fire came. Lucky the water chopper flew past and doused it. They say half of them have been deliberately lit ! morons.

you are right Ian that is the rear window interior pc and the knotches for the seat hinges, sorry, I was in a rush getting pictures on here, as for mine ..lets just say It a "slower" process but will get there....hahah

Winter, work and money,,,,let alone time....havent done much at all, but as long as she sits in the garage I know I have it anyways,,,,

Steve

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your welcome ,always glad to help where I can..................as for the mice knotch, as long as it looks original you;ll be good......haha......

Now here's something a little different.............

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Ian: It seems that none of the Australian '34s with the 3 door hinges on the front doors have external horns on them. Would you happen to know if this is how they came from the factory? I think you are the only person in Australia that seems to have the horns in their possession from the photos I've seen.

Regards, Steve

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Ian: It seems that none of the Australian '34s with the 3 door hinges on the front doors have external horns on them. Would you happen to know if this is how they came from the factory? I think you are the only person in Australia that seems to have the horns in their possession from the photos I've seen.

Regards, Steve

Hi Steve.

Mine is an all steel body imported direct from the States. The other guys in Australia ( most I know of ) have Richards Bodies. What happened was that Dodge exported the chassis to Australia and a company here called T J Richards made the bodies for Dodge. These bodies had a lot of timber in them....ie the door frames, internal timbers etc...That's why I often ask for photos as mine in a lot of aspects is very different. According to the parts book I have is that the horns were an optional extra. now whether not a lot of horn kits were not sent over I'm not sure but a lot of 34's do have a horn mounted to the top of the engine and I assume this was the standard unless a car was ordered with the dual horns.

Cheers

Ian

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Hey all,

Now the heat has subsided back to the Dodge !

Time to do the instrument panel. Bought some black neoprene as the cork gasket was a bit ordinary. Put the instrument panel surround on it and using a scalpel I cut out the inner shape. Then I put the glass on top to get the outer shape and cut that leaving the gasket I need. Using some adheasive I put the gasket in the back of the instrument panel surround and pressed into place. I then got the instrument panel face plate and the instrument housing and using pliers crimped it all together. You only see the raised chrome surround so the crimping marks don't show. ( the Heater guage isn't put in as i had just painted the sensor cable black and it was drying ). Turning the assembly over I realised that someone ( no me ! ) only left me with just half an inch of wire sticking out the light globe sockets. I got busy and reconnected the wires and heat shrinked the connections.

Cheers

Ian

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The finished instrument panel.

Another small problem I notices was the guage faces. Firstly they are printed in gold the black wording / numbers are applied sort of giving them a gold shadow under the black. The oil guage only had the gold and no black writing on it ! I took it to Dave the Painter who did my car and he gave it to Simple Simon who did the rims of the car. The result is pretty good and you'd find it hard pressed to pick which one unless it was pointed out. Overall happy with the result.

Cheers

Ian

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Spent most of the day pulling apart the locking mechanisms from the front window frames. Interesting set up I must say. There seems to be 3 main parts to this. The window locking and release meshanism, the windout mechanism and the slide assist lever. I'll post a seperate thread for anyone who is interested in a few closeups. For the moment i'm just trying to sand them back to a reasonable flat surface then I'll get them coppered and then replated once I'm happy with the finish. Only thing is I'm having trouble with getting the lever off. It was stamped in place with a pin that an oval type shape to it. I might try and get away with leaving it but I'll show my plater first to see what he thinks.

Cheers

Ian

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it's posted om here. under build car thought it would show up here but here it is

"Nonscatter" this is the word that appears on build cars , after looking over both build car and code sheet, now I get it , this word refers to the type of glass used in these cars.....

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Hey all,

Cleaned up the ashtray supporting bracket and spring. Also buffed up the cowl vent opening handle and when I gently tapped in the supporting pins it cracked across base. This must have been the most gentle tapping I've ever done on anything. Looking back there was a line in the chrome work that the previous owner had done so may have been a flaw in the metal. Any suggestions ?

Cheers

Ian

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now that I know mine is broke it seems to me I have seen this same part on something, gear shift on bike or maybe snow machine, cant hurt to see if I can find one to match it,,,if they all have this flaw why not change it out to something almost identical but made without the flaw, no???

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...been a flaw in the metal. Any suggestions ?

Silver solder? If hidden, not a problem then. I think silver solder may also be platable.

Just thinking about your lovely flannelette car cover. I used one for years until I twigged it often felt a bit damp in the "winter". I also noticed fine scratches on the round corners. Any dust on the paint or cloth when you drag it on or off will scratch the paint. So I am ambivalent whether to use one or not. My current thinking it to leave the car uncovered and work on wind-proofing the garage door. It reminds me of those dry mops that were sold for car "polishing". They were slightly oily or something and picked up the dust, which you then wiped all over the paint. They came in a cardboard or perhaps a thin tin-plate tube.

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I guess the part is semi hidden and needs to take a bit of force. I showed the part to a guy up the road who makes a lot of stuff for the motor bike industry. We decided that welding etc would only lead to breaking further up the part.

We talked a while about it and decided to make a steel plate the with the same contours, drill two holes in it and sit it flat against the broken part. Using bolts instead of pins, this should take the force of the ratchet movement. When this is made I'll get it plated and install. One side will be thicker then the other so I'm now thinking of getting two made, one for each side. That should even it up.

I would like to windproof the garage door. Only thing is I have a triple garage, 2 kids at home and a wife that love keeping the garage doors open. There is also a roller door at the rear and external opening doors. I think the cover is a cheaper option...ha

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Hey all,

Worked on the ashtray today. Bolted the opening mechanism in place after fabricating a missing bit. Inserted the chrome surround. Fitted the handle and butt out thing inside the ashtray and the wing emblem I had and then fitted to the car. Only a small piece but worth the end result.

Cheers

Ian

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