Ian_Greenlaw

1934 Dodge Full Body Off Restoration

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Finally a bit more progress. I started out by using stainless steel and made a pin but I found I couldn't peen it over. I then decided to use some solid brass rod. To hold it I got 2 pieces of wood and drilled a smaller hole to hold the rod in place. Cut the rod to the right size and hand filed it down to suit the vent window latch lever. Once one side was done redid the other side to suit the cam. After a mock set up got my brother to hold it and gently peened each side over. Then the next tricky bit was to get the Window Support Connecting Link in place. Maybe I should have done this first before anything was assembled. Eventually got the after a long of trial and error. All I have to do now is hope the mechanism still works. Then its just the felt in the channels and the anti rattle liners and its finished. Easy said than done.....this step alone has taken ages.

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Thought I'd do something that was pretty straight forward......not really

I got the two pull knobs that had new wires attached to them, the two inserts that were rechromed and the cable housing that I cleaned up and sprayed black.

I used the same blocks of wood that I used for the pivot rod and put the black cable housing in it. I then got the two inserts and put the over the cable housings and using a rubber mallet tapped them in place. Once done I got the pull knob wire and after running it through my gloves laced with grease I inserted it in the housing all the way through. Once done I repeated for the other assembly and then installed them in the car. I'll tighten everything up on the carburettor a bit later on.

Cheers

Ian

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Ian, those knobs look great! On my 32 they are just nickel plated without the fancy white inserts. Is that plastic/Bakelite or painted?

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I believe they are a ivory coloured baker lite with chrome inserts ( but then again they could be plastic but I didn't think plastic was perfected then ). I put them on the polishing wheel and they came up like new.

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Did some work on the electricals the other day.

As my light switch was non existent, I bought an old one from the States which came with a nice chrome knob.

Connected the wires and installed it in the dash.

Also got an ignition switch ( again, mine was beyond repair ) and using a 1934 Dodge door lock escutcheon and a rubber grommet I was able to get a finished product that looks authentic. I had to make a plate that sat behind the dash so now once that part of the electrics is sorted should be ready to install. Incidently the guy who had the car before me cut off the original ignition switch bracket which I tried to remount but after the car was painted was too late once I found out where it went.

One of the pitfalls I guess of not being able to disassemble the car myself.

Anyhow, a bit more progress !

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Thanks for that. trying to juggle full time work, kids, house etc....I wish I could more along a bit quicker than I am.

Got a call yesterday from my chrome plater and the rear tail light housings are ready to be picked up looking forward to going to work to see how they turned out.

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Dropped into the plater and picked these guys up. Looking a lot better than when I started......and the big holes are gone !

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I'm lucky that this guy does a lot of car parts and he doesn't mind giving advice ( he tells you what he thinks without pulling any punches ) and I'd prefer that so at least you know where you stand.

All I have to do now is reassemble them. I think the screw holes were rusted and I'll have to retap them which in turn means trying to find suitable slotted metalthreads.......never ends does it ! part of the fun though.

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More progress.....

Painted the cover supports that go over the front bumper irons and a bracket I made up to house the flasher cam and a relay.

Found a good use for my wife's rose bushes !!!

Also got the internals of the rear tail lights sorted out. Couldn't get the internal back in at first so then I put the ending in my vice and gently squeezed them and moved the tail light housing along a bit at a time. End result was they went in and no damage to the chrome housing.

Next I might tackle the instrument panel and see how that goes.

Cheers

Ian

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Ian approx 54 weeks until our Queensland rally 2016 ,wil you be ready 

good luck great progress 2251db

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Hi,

Queensland hey.......I'll be lucky to make it to the corner store the way I'm going...ha

Got an oil leak under the gearbox. I think its from where the layshafts are protruding out.

Might have to do what Richard ( Taylormade ) did and do a rebuild, although it was rebuilt previously.

I'll have to think about that one !!

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More progress,

Thought I'd tackle one of the rear tail lights today. As there wasn't any earth I made up a cable that I attached under the rear guard which is hidden. Soldered the wires and used heat shrink to protect the joins. Using the new screws mounted the housing and then reinserted a reflective lens that I modified from an outdoor spotlight previously. Overall happy with the result, so I might try the other side next.

Tomorrow, I'm off to an American Motoring Show at Flemington Racecourse ( where they hold the Melbourne Cup horse race ) and weather is suppose to be exceptional so looking forward to that.

Cheers

Ian

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Spend a few hours today having a go at fitting the instrument panel. When I started I thought I may have had to have done this before the choke and throttle cable went in but getting it on its side and between the cables and steering column I was able to gently push it in place and it fitted first go. Tightened the screws and removed the low adhesion tape and another job done ! Finally something that didn't have to be modified, bent, scraped or drilled out.

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More progress,

Thought I'd tackle one of the rear tail lights today. As there wasn't any earth I made up a cable that I attached under the rear guard which is hidden. Soldered the wires and used heat shrink to protect the joins. Using the new screws mounted the housing and then reinserted a reflective lens that I modified from an outdoor spotlight previously. Overall happy with the result, so I might try the other side next.

Tomorrow, I'm off to an American Motoring Show at Flemington Racecourse ( where they hold the Melbourne Cup horse race ) and weather is suppose to be exceptional so looking forward to that.

Cheers

Ian

What models used this type of stand? Here is our 2 dr sedan with this set up. Took the drivers off for repair.

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Gauges look good Ian ... Great to catch up again at Flemington ... You said attending made you more enthusiastic to get home and get some more done ... Attend more shows may be the way to go.

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John - Thankyou, I was rather impressed with the instrument panel......I got a milk crate and sat in the car looking at it for a while !

Dave - It seems that they used what ever stock they had of the stands. I've seen both closed bodies and convertibles with both bumper mounted stands and fender mounted stands. Maybe earlier models had one type and later models had the other. Originally I thought the luggage rack got in the way but I don't think that is the case either.

Ken - one more show this year......the Motorclassica......always look forward to that one !

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John - Thankyou, I was rather impressed with the instrument panel......I got a milk crate and sat in the car looking at it for a while !

Dave - It seems that they used what ever stock they had of the stands. I've seen both closed bodies and convertibles with both bumper mounted stands and fender mounted stands. Maybe earlier models had one type and later models had the other. Originally I thought the luggage rack got in the way but I don't think that is the case either.

Ken - one more show this year......the Motorclassica......always look forward to that one !

Thanks IAN  Love to see your car. Plan on coming to your country when we get the chance in a couple of years. Great job you have done. Going to follow some of your post while working on this 34 2 dr sedan. 

Dave

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Thanks Dave, it would be an honour to spend some time with you if you make it down under. I often go for a walk from my place ( less than a mile ) and there are kangaroos there.

A bit more work done. I tackled the other side rear tail light housing and the fit was better than the other side I did previously. I also wired up the dome light wire and instrument panel wire. Next I'll do the ignition switch etc, then I'll move on the the horn wiring. I may not install the actual horn trumpets until I get the car back from the upholsterer.

Cheers

Ian

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Thanks Richard,

Interesting to note the tail light stands are often bumper bar mounted where mine are rear mudguard mounted. Dave and I are trying to figure out when and why the change took place.

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On the 32s, they used both a long and a short tail light stand. My eary car has a long stand, while my buddy Phil's later car uses a short stand. Why they changed...who knows?

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