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1934 Dodge Full Body Off Restoration


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This is what I was going to send you. The first pic is the black upper support for the hinge that bolts to the body. The slotted screws is what mounts the upper part of the hinge to the that bracket. The second photo is the 3 screws that mount the hinge to the windscreen frame.

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Got my brake backing plates back from the painter so now I can start reassembly when I get a bit of time.

Bit of a difference !

Since the car hasn't been driven yet, do you think I need to replace the gaskets ?

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Ok, so today was "why the hell don't these indicators work" day !

Absolutely dead. Started with the flasher unit and found I had the L and the P terminals back to front....fixed that and finally I had the ticking noise from the flasher unit. No lights but the flasher was ticking. I actually had a quick look on Utube and found a guy installing a similar one on a 1950 Chev but what he said led me off to check. He said the switch assembly had to be grounded on the steering shaft. My shaft was painted and I had a rubber surround on the clamp to protect the paint work. I rigged up a temporary earth wire and I have lights ! I didn't want to have an earth wire screwed to the side so I pulled apart the unit and at the bottom you'll see a mounting screw. Again connected a temporary earth wire to check and this worked fine. Made up an earth wire and hid it in the base opening where the rest of the wires came out. Again set up temporary wires to the whole lot at everything worked except the two front indicators were swapped around. Got under neath the dash and found the wires that went to the front and cut, swapped and rejoined them. So now I've got to a point where only the front indicators are not working and this is only because of an earth problem. I do have earth where the bumper bar iron spacers are so I'll have to remove the bumper bar and make sure there is an earth contact all the way to the indicators.

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Sweet.

Goes to prove that 90% of all electrical issues are groundless.

The right and left thing obviously lands in the other 10%.  😄

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Your absolutely right that 90% are ground issues.

Not sure if I posted where I got my front indicators from. ....my neighbour had a really big skip in his yard and I asked him if I could chuck a couple of old printers in it. Sure, no problem he said but he'll be away for the weekend. Anyhow I turfed the printers in the skip and something caught my eye in reflecting the sun. Dug it out and it was an indicator....new from the looks of things and it had a rather large body which suited the shape of the headlight. Not wasting any time I jumped in the skip to search for the second one ( hoping they came in pairs ). Sure enough, I found the second one under a few pot plants and grass. Again looked new. Gave them a bit of a polish and put them away until I needed them. When I went to install them, stamped in the orange part was "Harley Davidson - Made in the USA". Worth hopping around in someones skip. Who knows what else was in there !

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18 minutes ago, Taylormade said:

What, exactly, is a skip

A Dumpster, a large garbage container.

 

I love it that the OP called this a "Body Off" restoration.  I cannot see how you can have a frame off restoration as most people refer to it..  To get to the frame you need to remove the body.😊😊😊

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FRONT fender (sidemount) installation: looks as if I may do this solo .. can you provide as my advice as to a safe and good fitting?  ... I may have to do this alone .. so wanna be careful 

 

my radiator shell is chromed and painted and the grill is ready to install 

 

maybe a few pointers !

 

tx .. les 

 

 

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Hi Les,

From memory I had my radiator installed first and I remember undoing it to get the fenders to sit properly. I don't think theres any trick to it but I did have a lot of flanelette sheets for coverage and protection while I was working around the car. Sidemount ? not 100% sure what your referring to. Post some pics .....I love pics !!

 

Richard....Sorry I should remember we have different terminology for things....like blinkers and indicators. My son called me a "Bin Rat" for rummaging through the "Skip"

 

Anyhow, my brother came over yesterday and we set about reinstalling the fuel tank. Blocked everything off and put a bit of fuel in it and swished it around. Only leaked from where the fuel guage mechanism is mounted. Removed that and thought I'd better make a new gasket. Cut one out and punched holes in it. I probably didn't need it but I put a very slight smear of aviation gasket maker on the top and bottom of the gasket and then screwed into place. Took a while to get the tank back in as I had to drop the exhaust but we go there in the end.

 

After that we tackled the front indicators as they wern't working. We did know it was an earth issue. The powder coating on the bumper bar irons were causing a non contact. Ground a ring around where one of the packing washers sits and after a few tries worked as it should. Funny thing was by doing that it must have grounded the front bumperbar so the other indicator work straight away.

 

Overall a few more things off the list. Next electrical thing to sort out are the horns then apart from turning over the engine thats the bulk of it done.

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Been a little frustrating over the last week or so. Tried to install the rear 1/4 window garnish mold and found that when the upholsterer made the side pieces that run from the front to the rear of the car they just didn't curve down enough and there is a gap above the garnish mold. Also the window winder hole was made too big so he's been back and removed them and remade them. When I got them back he made to top too short and you could see the tacking staples so back they went again. Got them back again and refitted and this time one of the anchor lugs was in the wrong spot causing it to bow. Also he didn't adjust the height at one end so its covering over half the weathercord. Back they go again....hmmmmm.......they just don't listen sometimes. Anyhow I'm hoping to get them back this week coming and try again.

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He did a good job. I saw some he did at the Motorclassica and 12 months later I went to him and asked if he'd do mine. Only reason he did them ( as now he only does major projects ) was that he remembered me from the show. Pays to chat every now and then

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32 minutes ago, Ian_Greenlaw said:

Thanks guys,

Still got a lot of problems to go.....

My wife gave me an ultimatium.......move the Dodge stuff out of the loungeroom for the Christmas Tree or else !!!

The nerve of some people !

Just throw some Christmas gift wrap around them....tag that says “from Santa to a very good boy“...good to go 

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