JimmyS

1932 Chrysler CI RS Coupe

Recommended Posts

My grandpa and I started restoring this back in the 1980’s, the car belonged to my dad.  We took every piece of this car apart! Every single thing.  We got it to a point that (we thought) it was ready for paint, chrome and interior that was about 1986.  The car sat in my dads shop until 2004 when he retired and decided to send the car off to a shop and have all of the bodywork we did redone, he had the chrome done, paint and interior.  He did his own style which I’m sticking with for now since he spent so much on it. It was never finished and sat again until April of 2019 when I brought it home.  My dad passed away in December of 2018. 

 

Some of the things that were done still have me scratching my head.  Things like the engine not being as detailed as I would like, the wiring was horrible, he had the wrong rear bumper and wrong headlights. I have since found correct lights and bumper, had a new wiring harness made (exact copy of original) detailed the engine, replaced all of the Phillips screws someone had used with slot heads and a lot more, still a long way to go.

BAC54173-71F4-422C-85E2-A7EB18BB0E9D.jpeg

454BC045-DEF1-42B7-A124-EBA76EF7E757.jpeg

EA853585-CCC1-41AF-BFD8-0C41A8E69755.jpeg

0A4B0188-973C-4062-BE46-695228CFB5DD.jpeg

1F3964FB-7DEB-4EB6-BFEE-E8021BFE9CAA.jpeg

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice car. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why something’s are done. We are lucky these days as we have the internet and information is much easier to research than it was just 20 years ago making OEM restorations much easier than they used to be.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some progress today, I’m a little limited at this time due to recent shoulder surgery.  
 

installed the chrome feature between the windshields and got rid of a bunch more Phillips screws.

5C4473B8-1D58-4FBD-8B1D-608930E39D9A.jpeg

0A8A9283-AE85-4E48-8DD2-EA3C901289DD.jpeg

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Man, the shoulder issues seem to be very common amongst us old car guys!

  • Thanks 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, chistech said:

Man, the shoulder issues seem to be very common amongst us old car guys!


no kidding.  Too many years of abuse I guess, reaching into odd places, twisting and contorting to reach things that I should have had a lift to do... and my early years of hard labor.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wonderful car, thanks for sharing with us!  I've found that most every "strange" decision made perfect sense at the time it was made. :)

 

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A little more work today.  Found a Freewheeling cable from another member in here and got it installed, someone in the past had bored out the mounting hole so I had to make an escutcheon. 
 

Anyone know what the two holes are for on either side of the handle? They have small red lights in them now but they don’t belong there.  The 

76B8079F-5B06-41E3-B9BD-419FF3C839AD.jpeg

67B20A7E-39DC-48AB-B99A-662D102B88AB.jpeg

87E14BDD-1927-4DFA-87E9-4A13BFE48496.jpeg

B09416A6-69E8-4DCB-9DC6-671D4FD82A99.jpeg

04761CD4-4D7F-4303-82C9-ADACBAE601F7.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did she have some form of directional system added? That is my guess for the two lights...

 

Absolutely a beautiful car and she’s going to be incredible when you get done!

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Mark Wetherbee said:

Did she have some form of directional system added? That is my guess for the two lights...

 

Absolutely a beautiful car and she’s going to be incredible when you get done!

 

Could be, I stuck the lights in there because I hate empty holes.  I can’t wait to get it done..... it won’t be concours original but it also won’t be hacked up. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To be honest, I would leave the directionals unless you find out that something did go there from the factory. With the dash being painted, filling extra holes becomes a chore...

 

I don’t know if you decided to try fixing your temp gauge yourself, but if so PM me your address and I’ll send you an inch of the tubing needed for a coupler as I had to buy a 1’ piece.

 

Good luck with your car, she really is a beauty!

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Mark Wetherbee said:

To be honest, I would leave the directionals unless you find out that something did go there from the factory. With the dash being painted, filling extra holes becomes a chore...

 

I don’t know if you decided to try fixing your temp gauge yourself, but if so PM me your address and I’ll send you an inch of the tubing needed for a coupler as I had to buy a 1’ piece.

 

Good luck with your car, she really is a beauty!


Thanks Mark.  I sent the gauge to Seattle Speedometer, that way he can calibrate it too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 Jimmy,

The 2 holes could be for dash lights.

My '31 CG has them.

Looking back at your picture of the rear axle, there is a "red head" in the back ground.

Your new pictures show a silver head.

Is she really a red head ?

 

Mike in Colorado

1931_chrysler_imperial_4_door_sedan_limousine_220dfc0bd5.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Instrument panel has 2 internal lights.  Engine is a “Silver Dome”  

 

the old pic was taken in 1985.  It is now painted silver

Edited by JimmyS (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/1/2020 at 6:45 PM, JimmyS said:

A little more work today.  Found a Freewheeling cable from another member in here and got it installed, someone in the past had bored out the mounting hole so I had to make an escutcheon. 
 

Anyone know what the two holes are for on either side of the handle? They have small red lights in them now but they don’t belong there.  The 

76B8079F-5B06-41E3-B9BD-419FF3C839AD.jpeg

 

 

B09416A6-69E8-4DCB-9DC6-671D4FD82A99.jpeg

 

You may want to try soaking parts  in Evapo-Rust for clean-up of these kind of things.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wiring wiring and a little more wiring today.  Tested out the flexibility of my shoulder today and it actually did well.  Still have some under dash work to do but that will have to wait a bit on reaching in there.... 

5FC145DE-978A-464F-B705-A96C25E377B5.jpeg

9B4BE34B-1026-499E-9428-5F83CFD9BF31.jpeg

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here’s the same car in 1962. Not sure what the mascot is that was on it then in place of the gazelle but I still have it, any idea of what it is off from?

B326FB40-6A44-4822-9D3C-05EA58D7934C.jpeg

56CA3C61-D372-4CD6-9592-3EB14D946D5E.jpeg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Little things take so long to do.  I’m not sure that Chrysler had the dome light switch in this position (by passenger door) but it must have been where my dad thought it belonged.  There were wires running out of an escutcheon but no switch.  I dug through my parts bin and found a push pull switch from that era, cleaned it up and installed it (had to open the hole that my dad had made, but this looks good and it’s complete) 

ED7E1B04-0F02-496C-8AF2-A047E60B1E81.jpeg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice job you'll love it when it is done, I like the bold interior a lot.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On to the little things... my headlight switch had been broken and was not in very good shape.  A fellow member on here sent me a repairable one all the way from Zimbabwe! This morning’s project was to resurrect it.  It came out pretty good.

 

 

9D50E351-56D8-41FC-8EE6-6BE79E2FF7FC.jpeg

82FB6204-09A2-479A-83F2-94EC492393BA.jpeg

B48ABF1E-4E14-4B10-AD2F-02A8BE0C181B.jpeg

9A9D6262-22FA-4E60-B0F9-60636FA12A40.jpeg

CE573EF0-DE72-424E-8138-BEAAF2374CAD.jpeg

1F567C5C-8AA9-4DA1-BD55-227870CC21E3.jpeg

4E264AAE-0B7B-4E68-BC62-C79CDD587EDF.jpeg

AA7B5091-6A8E-47A3-863B-C19A88D9E7CE.jpeg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice! What is the CLUM # on that little item? It is on the large tab under the CLUM name.

Edited by keiser31 (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, keiser31 said:

Very nice! What is the CLUM # on that little item? It is on the large tab under the CLUM name.


Number is gone, all exterior connections are the same as a 9271. 
 

 

B992F671-3B4B-470D-9D97-BD47507C54EE.jpeg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is your steering box sealed well so that it won't leak into the switch again?

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 hours ago, keiser31 said:

Very nice! What is the CLUM # on that little item? It is on the large tab under the CLUM name.


I’m pretty sure this is an 8821, not the correct p/n for my 32, but... once installed no one can tell the difference and it works perfectly. The external contacts are the same as the 9271. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now