Ian_Greenlaw

1934 Dodge Full Body Off Restoration

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Ian, you can purchase all types of stainless fasteners from Totally Stainless here in the states. They have the slotted round head and pan head metal screws as well as the smaller than standard slotted oval head screws for trim and garnish mouldings. Nice work on your car!

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I like your restoration work, Ian and I agree with Steve that you can keep some original things which just show the age of the car. The Restoration Supply Co. is an eye opener to me; I'm keeping that name on file!

Ray.

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Got the car in the garage still with all the stuff thrown in the top and started to pull everything out. Removed the remaining running board and rear fender, removed the rear seat ( front one was already pulled out ), pulled out the front metal toe baors ( covered in bitumen paint ....yuck ), took off the front fender support. The upholstory was in bad shape so just ripped it all out but kept the backing boards for patterns later on. When I pulled the back driver side panel off near the back window there was, in white paint, " EMP MAR RH DR" . I knew the Model is a DR and that RH was for Right Hand but couldn't work out the other bit. My Mum came out to see where I was up and I showed her the writing. She took one look at it and said thats probably the colour...Empire Maroon. Never ceases to amaze me what people retain ! So now its down to the front suspension, gearbox crossmember and the four doors. I thought I'd leave the doors on as this would give me something to do while the chassis is at the blaster / powdercoater and I could "bag and tag" all the parts I toom off it.

Cheers

Ian

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That is definitely the paint color abbreviation.....I have the same on my 1931 coupe.....

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Hello Ian and Everyone

Very nice job you have done there.have been following this thread for a while and thought it was time i said hello. i have the remains of a dodge the same as yours that i hope to find a home for at some stage.post-79433-143139207688_thumb.jpg

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Hi, the poor old girl has seen better days. Did the door pillars rust off ? Would you be interested in selling any tiny parts if they are still on it ?

glad your enjoying the thread. I'm not an expert but try to do a reasonable job. I have also started a thread under Current Restoration Projects from when I started the car and hopefully I can remember what I did.

cheers

ian

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Thinking about it, I assume this is a Richards Body. The timber rots and the steel rusts pretty quickly too. I suppose one benefit of having an all steel body is minimal timber to rot.

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Gday Ian

From what i can gather the american build ones had full steel bodies with floor etc but the ones we have here had steel outers with wooden frames on the inside. if you look closely at the pic near the rear wheelarch you can see the flatbar frame that the wood bolted to. i have a 36 truck which has the same metal outer shell as the american version but wooden framework holding it together.im sure there are others who will be able to shed some light on it. im more than happy to sell any parts that will help you with yours. i saved this from the crusher a few years back,i had to trade a few modern cars with the guy to cover his scrap loss.the two trucks i have were saved the same way and will be projects later on.my kcl is at the top of the list. as you would know parts are hard to find here in aus. anyway enough of my rantings. just let me know what parts your after and i will have a look.

Cheers Gary

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Hi Gary,

Not sure but you may have gathered mine is a Budd ( steel ) body. The 34's were made with two timber inserts in the floor. If you have a look at my album you'll see what I mean. The only timber in mine was 2 pieces that go between the body and chassis, 2 large flooring panels and a few other pieces that the upholstery is fastened to.

If ok I'll send you a PM to you email address with some pics of what I'm looking after.

I've attached a pic of the first valance panel I'm fitting after I picked it up from the painter. He also sprayed the same underbody spray inside the running boards.

Cheers

Ian

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Gary, what is the vehicle next to the sedan. I can't make it out clearly from the pic.

Thanks

Manuel in Oz

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Hello Manual

I think it is a chev from what i can tell. it has wire wheels with a smaller stud pattern than the dodge and its rocker gear is above the head. the gauges and bonnet look the same as the early to mid 30s chev pictures ive seen.

I will wait for your PM ian.i would like to see the parts used rather than rotting away. i need to track down someone that does running boards to suit my KCL if anyone has a lead.being a 119 seems to make them harder to find. also after some hubcaps to suit wire wheels.

Chhers Gary

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Gary,

My running boards were made by Buckeye Rubber in the States. They had the original 34 pattern and three people in Victoria bought them ( one being me ) and cost us all up AUD$680 landed. Not a bad investment. May be a little more now but when I bought them the exchange rate was 90c.

Cheers

Ian

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Started pulling the front independent suspension off an found a lot of bitumen paint again. Also tackled the gearbox crossmember and did have a fight with one of the bolts but I won that round. Once all this is done I'll send the chassis, crossmember, running board brackets and as much as I get get hold of to send to the blaster and then the powder coater. Next step the battery support brackets and the body. I'll start pulling the small stuff from the body once the chassis has gone to the powder coater.

Cheers

Ian

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Ok, so I sat around long enough pondering "what the hell have I done" and thought that its time the body came off the chassis. I figured I didn't have that much to start with so I might as well start with nothing ! Used a heap of Penetrene and suprisingly the bolts undid fairly easily. Put two saw horses on either side at the rear and jacked up the back then slid a piece of wood under the main body. I had already built a frame made from pallets and four wheels which will keep the chassis low enough to fit under the raised up body. You can see the amount of muck stuck around the rear spring hangers but was confident that a trip to the blaster would fix this. Once the body is off I'd thought I would have better access to the rear spring so planning a bit ahead I'd remove those next and also the battery case support brackets.

Regards

Ian

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I like that. Attention to detail. You are progressing well.

Ray

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Ian, with all the work you're doing it looks like you're making up for the lost time from your DB :) .....anyway, looks like a beautiful job!

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Thanks ray an bob,

lim off to dave the painter today to pick up the steering tube that had to be redone and the bonnet pieces. Now I'm back to running out of storage space again.

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What beautiful paint! That car is going to win some trophies for sure.

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Thanks Mike,

I'm paranoid about scratching the paint while putting things back on the car. I'm afraid I'm not much of a trophy collector but I enjoy it when people stop and have a look, I guess it shows you've rebuilt something special.

I often drive along and see an old car going in the opposite direction and think hopefully I'll be driving mine one day.

Anyhow back to refitting things and getting on with it. I must say having it painted has stirred me along.

Ian

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