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Ply33 - I have a 34 Dodge Parts book and it was interesting to look this up. The bumper bars were accessories and the covers were either painted or chrome. Part number is 627577. This was available on both the DR and the DS models. Interesting what you find. The car even had a "Hat Box" as an accessory ! also a windshield defroster......haven't come across one of these yet either.

 

Steve, thanks mate....We are now into Stage 4 Restrictions here with a 6 week lockdown. You can't go out between 8pm and 5am ( who would want to....its damn cold ! ) and if you go more than 5km from home you need a permit. Police are now checking cars randomly.

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Ian .. was any insulating material attached to the lip (flange) of the running board that the strap is attached to? To prevent rusting a scratching etc?  There are holes in it suggesting something was attached .. to .. les 

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Hi Les,

There were round felt pads riveted to the lip you are talking about. I think there was 3 or 4. I didn’t want to use rivets due to a possibility of vibration causing rubbing and eventually rusting. I opted to use four or five felt ( waterproof ) stick on small pads that are sandwiched between the lip and the underside of the body.


Hope this helps

 

Ian

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Hi Les,

I sent you a PM re the felt.

 

Ok so back to the glovebox. So I have some power from the car ( for charging phones or anything else ) I fitted a USB port in the side of the glovebox and ran the wiring back to the light switch. It has a black cover and blends in well so all you see is a black round disc on the side of the glovebox. I finally got the glovebox in the required position and when I put the top bolts through the lugs there wasn't enough room to get my hand around to the top to get the washers and nut on. Had to think about that for a bit then had the idea to use a thin piece of wire with some Blue-Tac on the end. The end of the wire I made a horseshoe shape so that when I got the washers over the bolt I could just push the wire away and the washer should drop down....good in theory.....well bugger me....it actually worked ! Same thing with the nut, but this was a little more tricky....took a bit longer but again it worked a treat. Once I got the nut on I could use my little piece of wire to gently turn the nut as much as I could. You can see in the second photo I didn't have much room to move and the top of the bolt was well out of reach. Then I got a long ring spanner to hold it while I tightened to scres from underneath. Once these two were in I screwed the bottom ones in place......job done. The two arms of the glovebox were hitting on the dashboard frame. I used some tiny 3M pad with self adheasive which I put around the arm which will prevent the paint from chipping...you can just see these in the 5th photo.

 

Next the sun visors.

 

Cheers

Ian

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On 8/6/2020 at 8:17 AM, Ian_Greenlaw said:

Ply33 - I have a 34 Dodge Parts book and it was interesting to look this up. The bumper bars were accessories and the covers were either painted or chrome. Part number is 627577. This was available on both the DR and the DS models. Interesting what you find. The car even had a "Hat Box" as an accessory ! also a windshield defroster......haven't come across one of these yet either.

 

Steve, thanks mate....We are now into Stage 4 Restrictions here with a 6 week lockdown. You can't go out between 8pm and 5am ( who would want to....its damn cold ! ) and if you go more than 5km from home you need a permit. Police are now checking cars randomly.

I have the windshield defroster strange little mechanism,  don’t know if I’ll be using it yet,  your “ Fruits of Labor have paid off well, car looks great

 

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That almost sounds like brain surgery Ian. Very clever it looks like it worked great. 
The car is looking fantastic your attention to detail is impeccable. 

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On 8/22/2020 at 9:14 AM, Ron Lawson said:

Ian how have you seen photos of my car I don't know how to post pictures on here  Ron

 

If you email me photos of your car I can try to post them for you.

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I usually take a photo with my phone. Send them to myself and all I do is drag them to the bit at the bottom of this page where it says "drag files to attach"

 

Thanks for the comments.....doing the best I can with what I have......which isn't much sometimes !!!

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On 8/23/2020 at 2:14 AM, Ron Lawson said:

Ian how have you seen photos of my car I don't know how to post pictures on here  Ron

 

Now you’ve got a new phone Ron we want some pics. Lol

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Sorry all, been busy working my around the lockdown we have here.

For those of you that don't know we ( being Victoria ) had a spike in Corona Cases and metro Melbourne was put on Stage 4 Lockdown . This meant you needed a permit to go to work ( over 5 kms ) you couldn't go out after 8pm to 5am ( unless you have permit ), masks work everytime you go out, only one person allowed to go shopping........................you get the idea. The number of cases have now dropped and they have started to ease restrictions. The sad part about this is both my wife and I have mothers in Aged Care Facilities ( in their 90's ) and because the aged care places got hit the hardest ( one place half the residents died ) we are not allowed to go visit, which means we may never see our mothers again. Something we've come to terms with but a little hard on the family.

 

I have been working on the car but due to the lock down some thing cannot be done...i.e the leaking gas tank, the people that have this are in lockdown, the upholsterer is in lockdown and the guy doing the rope assist and travel rug cord is in lockdown so I have to do what I can with what I have at the moment.

 

I decided to fit the horn wiring. I grabbed the wire and the end which I put on it in a previous post. I needed a insulating washer which I found and fitted this to the plastic grommet I had made by a friend on a 3D printer. The wire is then fed through the steering wheel down the streeing shaft and i pops out at the base of the steering box. Checked for length and removed to fit the end contact which I bought a while ago from the restoration supply company. To attach this I drilled small hole in a piece of wood and inserted this into it. I then stuck the soldering iron into the top which heated it up enough to allow me to melt solder into it. Then I could get the exposed wire and push it into the liquid solder. Once cooled I put some heat shrink on it, refed the wire and attached it to the wiring loom connector. Another small but fiddly job done. I'll post some more updates of what I've done as soon as I get time.

 

Cheers

Ian

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