Ian_Greenlaw

1934 Dodge Full Body Off Restoration

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Thanks Scott,

Is it only the two anchor points for the exhaust ? Is their nothing between the fuel tank ( rear of it ) and the rear of the car ?

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

Dropped over to the exhaust guy yesterday and did a number of things. First job ( while up on a hoist....I have to get one of these ! ) was to drop the fuel tank. Drained it and undid the retaining straps. Couldn't work out why it wouldn't drop and then realised that the filler neck, grommet etc was still in place.....rookie mistake ! Sorted that out and finally got it removed. It became quite apparent of the problem. While the tank itself is in good order the sleeve that holds the filler tube was cracked most of the way around hence the leaking of fuel when the car was being transported. Found a place locally to where I was that actually makes and repairs long range fuel tanks. They will have it repaired in a week or so. Second problem was a leaking rear right side brake cylinder or so I thought. The leak appeared to be coming from the brake line where it goes into the banjo fitting rather than the cylinder. I tightened it up a bit and it continued to turn. Closer inspection I found that there was a crack in the banjo fitting. I'll source another one and then fix it. I'll have to remove the backing plate as the brake fluid has caused a bit of havoc with the paint. 

 

The exhaust guy took all the bracket fittings home and blaster and coated them. When I arrived he had them bolted in place and the exhaust system had been delivered. He couldn't get a round muffler so we opted for one as close as we could get which in the end actually sat up a bit higher. I decided on stainless steel piping so it wont rust and he buffed the end to give the impression of a chrome tip. He made up the rubber woven supports that take up the vibration in the brackets and the end result was that it is extremely sturdy. Another job off the list. I've arranged for it to be picked up next Tuesday and brought home. I'll have to refit the fuel tank and other items when she gets home.

 

Cheers

Ian

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Soooo.....Rummaging around my bits and pieces I got when I original bought the car I came across two complete brake drum / backing plate setups. Couldn't see the Banjo Fitting for the year and years of muck built up around the. Finally got the socket over the bolt and removed them. Looks like they may had had a few fails and changed the design so the collar is incorporated in the complete fitting. They cleaned up pretty well. 

 

Also took a shot of the front of the car.....slightly different aspect of the car.

 

Cheers

Ian

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Looking great Ian You must be a very proud man 

 

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That’s looking magnificent. I love that last photo. 

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Thanks guys.......still a long way to go......I’ll keep pushing along !!!

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Now come all the fiddly bits and pieces and trying to get everything to fit in place.

First job was to get the front seat runners bolted in place.....that was pretty straight forward once I had the right size bolts !

Found the upholsterer used the two forward holes on one side and the two back holes on the other side....so I just adjusted the runners to suit, otherwise I would have had to cut the carpet :(

Once done I got the cross bar which I painted and two clevis pins which I didn't have. These were a little too long so I used a spacer and cut it down to suit. Trimmed the split pins and I think the end result looks the part.

Just to make my wife happy, I got the two Front Bumper Bar Bolt Iron Covers out of the lounge room and made sure they had a tight fit.

Two things off an extremely long list.

 

Cheers

Ian

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It’s looking better and better everyday. 

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A few more bits and pieces :

Got the Dome Light housing installed, fitted a new globe and fitted the glass cover and retainer ring. Had a trial fit of the header panel so before I put the sunvisors on I 'm confident it will fit in place. Also trial fitted the dash trim panel to see how it looks. Came up pretty good with a snug fit. So far so good. Still having problems with the left side door as I think it may have been bent inwards at one stage as the window frame is binding on the door........No problems....only solutions.

 

Cheers

Ian

 

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Hey all,

Been a bit busy lately to do any progress on the Dodge. I did find time ( as we all do ) to buy something. It arrived all bolted together ( all 750 kg of it ) so spend most of yesterday putting it together.

As my garage roof height is 3.4mt I bought the extra height left one so when the car is under it the ramps sit above the car and you don't hit your head on it. I just have a few adjustments to do and then bolt it to the floor before I put the car on it.

 

Started work on the glove box and glove box door and getting it to fit. There is a large gap between the lugs at the bottom of the dash when the glove box door bolts to and the bottom of the glove box so I'll make up a wooden support which should fill the gap nicely. Once done I'll adjust the do so it shuts properly. I'll post photos when I'm a bit further along.

 

Cheers

Ian

 

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Wow, chromed front bumper bolt covers! Nice touch!

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Hi Steve,

These were chromed when I got the car so I just got them replated ( after fixing one of them ).

Was this not the case originally ?

 

Cheers

Ian

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Finally found time to work on the car and post a few more photos. After contacting a few other dodge owners they sent me photos showing three lug at the bottom of where the gloxebox attaches to. Typical....not on my car !...back to making my little wooden support. Used a piece of redgum ( very hard timber ) . Grabbed the rebuilt glove box door with all the fittings and cut my little piece of redgum to suit. Made sure it fitted between the two hinges and didn't foul on them. Allowing for the bolts to hold it in place, I made a smalled piece, drilled the holes and countersunk them so the screws wouldn't hot on the hinge support. Tempory fitted the anchoring screws after marking out on the glovebox base. Checked the glovebox for fit around the door and where the hinges go and then adjusted the hinge slot in the base of the glove box. Finally after all that attached the glovebox door. Another two hours of adjusting and finally go the glove box door to shut properly. Now all I have to do is put the actual glove box in the housing !

Funny thing is I thought after a few hours I'd have this whole thing finished....sometime the simple things take the longest time to do !

 

Cheers

Ian

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2 hours ago, Ian_Greenlaw said:

Hi Steve,

These were chromed when I got the car so I just got them replated ( after fixing one of them ).

Was this not the case originally ?

 

Cheers

Ian

 

For Plymouth, those covers were painted. At least as far as I can tell from the parts books and factory photos they were painted. I could be wrong.

 

But Dodge was a step up in the product line so I would not rule out the possibility that chrome was an option. If you are a stickler for details you should probably consult the Dodge Brothers club.

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Ian

from where you started to where you are, excellent, car looks great, especially all the little “ details that must be addressed,  Great job

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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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