Ian_Greenlaw

1934 Dodge Full Body Off Restoration

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Hi Ian , Re your imported 34 Dodge, I too haven imported Dodge. Mine is a 33 Brougham and the insert looks the same as yours and was redone when previous owner had it. They used what looks like 'SIKAFLEX' to seal it.

After 7 years in the bus repair industry I can vouch for this stuff but it isn't easy to get off.

Cheers Beetles

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Hi Beetles,

I have heard of Sikaflex and I'll check it out...thanks for that.

Have you ever tried to get the original build sheet from Detroit ? Mine was missing on the microfilm along with about 200 others.

Cheers

Ian

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Just picked up the main body and doors from the painter. Got quite a few parts to go but at least I can start.

Actually I have that many things to do now I dont know where to start !

Cheers

Ian

Thats a beauty of a car! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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Ian What can iI say Except EXELENT workmanship This is sure going to be one pretty car (automobile) for our northern DB friends Boy I am Envious Cant wait to see the finished restoration Cheers Ron

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Hi Ron,

Thanks for the comments. I'm not an expert and I need a lot of people who can do good work. I'm also going to start a thread under "My restoration projects" from when I first started on the car. Again a bit of an update, I picked up the four guards today. Damn, this painter does a nice job....and he's a great bloke to deal with too.

Cheers

Ian

p.s. The blue car was around the corner from where I work. That has gotta hurt. ( its a BMW and remember impact was on the drivers side ! )

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Attached the 2 radiator support rods and coil mounting bracket. My wife even sowed 2 king size flannelette sheets together to go over the car....nice one !

Steve, I also attached the Dodge Badge and the Budd Body Badge to the firewall........look familiar ? These are the replica ones I sell on ebay.

Not much else this weekend as it was daughters 17th birthday and she had 50 people to her party. I think I was more nervous about the car than her !!!

Cheers

Ian

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Temporary until I can find a supplier that has slotted ones. Very hard to find imperial size bolts too. Round Head / Countersunk machine threads are very difficult to get hold of. I'll keep looking though.

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Ill send you some if need be Ian, it is sorta right there in your face and the tags look so good the phillips sorta detract from your hard work

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Thanks for the offer Jason.

I'm going to try another place on Thursday but if they dont have what I need I'll come back to you if thats ok.

It is disappointing that when you get to this stage and all you can get is not really what you want !

Anyhow I'll let you know how I go after Thursday.

Cheers

Ian

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Dont get discouraged, nothing perfect in this world and you have come alot further and done a nicer job than many of us with our own cars

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After learning that Pat ( Landman ) started his thread well into his restoration I'd thought once I reached a certain point of mine I'd do the same.

I figured that hopefully everyone would be alive by the time its finished ( including me !) which later upcoming threads I'll explain that one.

After watching a neighbour many years ago rebuilding and old Whippet I always wanted to restore a vehicle and admired many at passing club runs and shows.

Finally I decided that the look of the Ford 34's had beautiful lines and loved the shovel nose grill. I'm not sure overseas but in Australia these were very popular with hotrodders and a lot of these guys had deep pockets. An unrestored one would sell for $15,000 and upwards. I looked at a number of Makes and haven't given very much thought to the Dodge brand until I saw an add in the paper. Dodge 1934 Sedan 6 Wheel Equipped US Body $3200 ono.

This looked interesting and after talking to my wife I set off to have a look at it. Cost also played a big part as we had just bought a business, new car and three small children but having a project like this, I would be at home incase I needed to look after the kids. The date was 6th May, 1998.

Anyhow, when I arrived at the house to look at the Dodge all I remember seeing was that big Grill looking at me. The owner had spend 5 years stripping the car in a tiny garage and then it sat there for another 20. The only thing still on the chassis was the front wheels, body shell, 4 doors, rear mudguard and a running board. He also painted a lot of parts in Bitumen Paint. The owner said it was approx 95% there ( more like 80% ) and it was a good solid body ( got that part right ).

With a walk around his yard ( where the panels were ) and inside the house ( where the rest of the car was in boxes ) We agreed on $3000. He also had the original 4 digit plates but wanted $3000 for those. I didn't have the money but was happy with the car and couldn't wait to get the 3 trailer loads home and start sorting. Looking back it is probably easier if you pull the damn thing apart yourself....at least you know where everything goes and can label everything.

Over the next lot of posts I have to scan some of my old photos ( prior to our digital camera ) and I'll try to explain what order I did things in.

Hopefully it will make interesting reading for anyone thinking of restoring a car. As I dont have some of the technical skills like Bernie or Pat who can turn their hand at almost anything which I admire, I'll try and make up for in photos etc..

Dodge Advert.pdf

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Thanks Jason. Its just frustrating when you can't find what your looking for ( usually a lot of small things ) that make the end result look special.

I've started a Thread under My Current Restoration Projects and I'll start from the very beginning there but keep this post going as thing progress.

Ian

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Jason,

Remember we were talking about tool boxes under the front seat in the Dodges. I can across this photo of a 34 Dodge Convertable and bugger me there is a toolbox in the floor behind the front seat ! Mine hasn't got it but this one sure does.

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Jason,

Remember we were talking about tool boxes under the front seat in the Dodges. I can across this photo of a 34 Dodge Convertable and bugger me there is a toolbox in the floor behind the front seat ! Mine hasn't got it but this one sure does.

Interesting, I will have to look into this, yes keep this thread going, many of us are not computer savvy so we do not know where ( or might forget ) that you have a separate thread going.

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We're all sitting here holding our breath. Looking forward to what I'm sure will be a great story. If you can't remember the chronological order of events, just do it by ststems i.e brakes, fuel, drivetrain etc.

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Thanks Pat. I've got receipts and a book that shows what I've spend ( maybe not a good idea ! ) and dates so hopefully it will be fairly close.

I hired a trailer and on the back of my new Grand Voyager ( Dodge Caravan I think ) picked up the Dodge. First time it had seen daylight in 20 years.

The previous owner ( Harry ) had a tiny garage so he could only work on one side at a time which is why a rear guard and running board were still attached.

All the panels and seats were put in the car through the roof so it looked like the car had its own swap meet inside it. Harry had parts in every room in the house and he was trying to remember where everything was. I made sure things like headlights, differential, gearbox etc. He assured me he would keep looking once I took everything and he would contact me if anything was found. He did just that and we still contact each other. The rear diff was removed and a free wheeling axle was fitted in its place so he could still move the car with the diff out. I loaded crates under the car and in the back of my new car and eventually made 3 trips to get everything. The car would be at my mothers house while I worked on it as we lived at the back of our business and really had no garage to speak of. Harry also gave me a folder with hand drawn diagrams of how things were removed and various other information he collected along the way.

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Hi Ian

I too am looking forward to following your progress. I keep a running total of what I spend down to the last cent. I also keep a file for all the relevant info that I accumulate and all the receipts. You my have noticed I have a 'thing' about keeping histories.

Bernie J.

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Hi Bernie,

I actually enjoy trying to find things out about a particular car either being history, sales info or product info.

I still very much enjoy reading your posts and like a lot of other people hope you'll do another car when you've finished yours.

Cheers

Ian

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Another bit of progress today. I got the luggage rack back from the painter. The chrome protectors were all beyond repair so Harry that use to own the car started and got some rounded brass and has threads braised to them. I got the ends rounded like the originals and chrome plated. Found the Dodge emblem and spend the last few nights putting it back together. I think the result was worth it in the end. When I get a bit more money I might get the emblem fully restored but looks ok for the time being.

Cheers

Ian

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Great work coming up with replacement chrome. The Dodge emblem looks good too. I've purposely left things original on my car too. I value the "good enough" parts I've got because hey, this things only 70 plus years old!:cool:

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