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1930 DC8 Roadster Restoration Progress Photos

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Hi Everyone,

I thought I would share a few photos of our 1930 DC8 Roadster restoration as some of you may find it interesting.

The car is an Australian Delivered DC8 with a Richards body which uses a timber frame.

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Cheers

Stewart

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Thanks for sharing Stooy, please keep the photos coming

What are your plans for it / was the car mostly complete and original / wire or wood wheels etc....

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G'day Stewart.

I'm very impressed with the progress you've made with your DC. It looks great.

Did you make the boot lid or repair the original? I found it very time consuming getting the right curvature on mine.

Keep up with the good work. I will drop over to see you next time I'm in Melbourne.

I've now done 1,200 miles in mine since it returned to the road and I am very happy with it now. Initially there were a few niggling problems but all sorted and the car is a very satisfying drive.

Cheers.

Jim:)

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G'day Fellas,

Ken- Thanks!

Dave- The plans are to restore it and paint it in a factory green. We are planning to modify the engine a little for more power, IE twin carbs, bigger cam and porting etc but all modifications which will unbolt if we want them to. It is a 6 wire wheel car, and while most of it was there is was all in pieces. I will post some photos below of it when we got it.

Jim- Glad to hear your car is going well! It would be great to see you when you are down next. The boot lid was cut in half and repaired. The curve is a pest but we are very lucky that the very experienced panel beater who we are working with is very good. We work with him once a week and we all work on the car together so we are learning a lot.

This is in a Paddock near Wagga Wagga where the previous owner found it in 1982. Ours is the car on the right and the one on the left is a CF8 DeSoto.

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Loaded up on the Family Land Cruiser ready to head home when we purchased it 12 years ago.

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This is a new one from last week my brother and Peter straightening the right hand 1/4 from a previous accident.

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Cheers

Stewart

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Hi Stewart,

And I thought mine was difficult, I don't know if I could tackle something like you have done.

Where abouts in Melbourne are you ?

cheers

ian

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Hi Ian,

Thanks, but honestly without the help of the skilled panel beater we are working with we might be able to either.

The car is in Bayswater at the moment in the south east of Melbourne.

Cheers

Stewart

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Hi Sewart,

Thats fairly close, I'm in Lower Plenty.

Are you looking for a painter or are you doing that yourself ?

The guy that painted my car us in Lilydale, not far from where your car is.

I also have the name of a good upholsterer too.

Cheers

Ian

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Painting.... Eastern Classics...Factory 13. 91/99 Beresford Road, Lilydale.....Dave Wicken. 0433178708

Dave painted mine and now the guy who did body work on my car is recommending him. He's just finished a Delage, AC Cobra and now he's doing a Combi....excellent work at a reasonable price and a great guy but he is booked up. I got in 4 months before I was ready.

Upholstery.....classic and Sports Auto Interiors.......Tony McConnell.. Factory 18 23 Susan Street, Eltham 94314070...... again Tony has done a lot of restored cars I've seen as well as every Elfin that was made.

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Thanks Ian!

I actually know Dave, I wrote an article for Classic Cars magazine last year on a Lancia B20 which was painted by Dave and I interviewed him for the article, great bloke.

Thanks for the trimmers name.

Cheers

Stewart

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The photo of your brother and Peter looks like a great opportunity for a caption photo.

Assuming Peter is the gent in the bottom of the photo :"Don't push to far, you're going to turn it into a useless tinnie Ford ya bloody brute"

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Love it Dave.

You would be surprised how hard we had to hit the quarter to get it straight. Old Dodges are bloody tough!

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Hello Everyone, 

 

Here are a few updated photos of our progress. 

 

We found that the rear guards didn't fit the body so we have had to construct new ones but we elected to save the tail of the old guards as the pressings are hard to replicate. 

 

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You can see here that the new back panel is in place and my brother is cutting the second corner out ready for replacement. 

 

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An overall photo showing the guys making paper patterns off the new right hand rear corner to make the left hand rear corner. 

 

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Stewart 

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G'day Stewart.

 

Pleased to see the progress on your DC 8.

 

I can relate to the rear mudguard problems. I needed to modify tourer guards to fit my car but it all worked out well in the end.

 

Keep up the good work. Perhaps I will see you in Warwick next year?

 

I've done close to 3,000 miles now and it is running very well. I'm sure it would benefit with the 19 inch wheels from your DeSoto sedan. It just seems too low geared.

 

Cheers.

 

Jim 

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G'day Jim, 

 

Thanks. 

 

Yes the mudguards are a bit of a pest but we will get there. Peter Tomasini is a great panel beater and is so very helpful with this sort of stuff. 

 

What is on in Warwick? 

 

That's great news that you car is now running well. 

 

Are you running a 4.6:1 Diff at the moment? 

 

Cheers 

 

Stewart 

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For those who do not know, Peter Tomasini (and Tom Peach, who I believe used to make panels for Aston Martin) have made a number of videos on working metal and to my mind they are just fantastic. I am sure if one googles their names they will find where the videos are available if interested. Some excerpts  of these videos have also been shown on some TV programs. A few years ago I attended a "Metal Meet" in Melbourne and both these blokes attended and gave talks and practical demonstrations as well as offering advice and assisted in correcting stuffups by some of us amateurs. UNBELIEVABLE. One of my mates that I traveled over to Melbourne with is a very good panel beater of 40 years experience and was most impressed and said he learned a lot. He could not believe how hard Peter hit the metal.

Stewart, your Dodge could not be in better hands.

John

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Stooy,

 

 Can I ask what this piece is in the photo below ? I've highlighted the photo with a yellow arrow pointing to the piece. I think I know what it is but I wanted to hear your description.
 

This is sure to be one of the best threads on the internet... We are all watching with anticipation of the progress for this rare bird.

 

Great job to this point gents!

 

 


 

 

 

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Thanks Guys, 

 

John - Agreed, Peter is truly amazing.  We are lucky enough to go and work with him on our car every week so we are learning heaps. He just finished a Maserati 3500 GT which he re made the entire bottom 1.5feet of and then gas welded it back to the old top panels. It made the Dodge look easy. 

 

30Dodge Panel - Sure, that is a piece of gum tree? With a hollow in it to allow for blocking of panels. IE Rough shaping before you start to smooth them out.  

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G'day Stewart.,

 

The Dodge Brothers Club of Australasia holds a major rally every 4 years. The last one was in Forbes in 2014 where there were 102 Dodge Bros. Vehicles in attendance for the centenary

of the first Dodge.

 

In the intervening years "Tweeny" rallys are held at 2 points in Australia to allow more cars to attend. Next years will be at Mt.Gambier in South Australia, and at Warwick in Qld. These will be held in September and October.

 

Also. I don't know what ratio diff I am using.

 

Cheers.

 

Jim 

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G'day Jim, 

 

Thanks, I didn't know that.

 

I don't think I will be ready for Warwick I am afraid or have the leave from work.

 

Maybe we might be ready for the next big one.

 

It might be worth calculating as you may be able to get an improvement using stock, somewhat available parts. The Dodge DC8 should have a 4.6:1 diff ratio. The CF8 DeSoto has a 4.9:1 diff ratio. If you were using a DeSoto diff and could shift to a Dodge one you would get about a 6% improvement in RPM.  

 

Cheers

Stewart  

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I've seen Peter's work up close when I was with my painter. he hand made a bonnet with about 30 vents in it....looked absolutely superb.

Any updated pics ?

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