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General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: April 22, 2013, 09:04:27 PM »
Well, today I got a good lick in on working on the top wood repair of the '29.  Finally made up my mind how I was going to go about it and started taking things apart.  I removed the top bows (4); laminating them with 1/8" plywood will be easier now.  Then I removed the heavy wood piece that supports the top rear of the cab above the rear window.  Had to use the sawzall to cut some wood screws that were installed before the sheet metal was applied so that was the only recourse.  That let me pull that piece out because the right end of it has rotted off.  This also exposed the sheet metal above the rear window making it easier to treat for rust and repaint.  Now, with the bows and rear beam gone (it supports the back end of the top slats), I have better access to the right rear corner where the dry rot is.  I'll post some pictures; it may take 2 posts.  At least I feel like I made some progress today, even if things are still being taken apart and not yet going back together! 

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General Discussion / Re: Fuel Line Photos
« on: April 22, 2013, 08:37:27 PM »
checked my fuel line and while it is steel, there was no apparent seam in the tubing.  So, maybe it is a replacement.  I took a picture of the flared end on the engine side; the fuel tank end is the same.  I also used a blue arrow to point out the clip on the firewall post; was that used to secure the fuel line up to the vacuum canister?  Thanks.  Kim

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General Discussion / Re: Fuel Line Photos
« on: April 22, 2013, 09:57:26 AM »
Thanks Jason.  I'll look for that.  Kim

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General Discussion / Re: Fuel Line Photos
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:29:20 PM »
Hi Ted.  I have several photos for you (attached).  I do not know for sure that this is the original fuel line or that it is the original routing.  When I was given the car in about 1954 it already had an electric fuel pump on the firewall in place of the vacuum fuel canister.  So, you can take a look.  The fuel lines runs forward from the gas tank along the inside of the right frame rail.  At the front of the cab beneath the firewall there are two clips you can see in the picture that I believe secured the fuel line as it rose up from the frame to the vacuum fuel canister.  Pictures 1 & 2 are from the rear looking forward; pictures 3 & 4 are from the front looking back.  Hope this helps.  Kim

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General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:39:36 PM »
Last of Tucson '13 pictures

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General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:37:27 PM »
more Tucson '13 photos

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General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:34:51 PM »
Hey all.  I was asked to post some pictures of the cars at the Tucson meet.  There were no '28s or '29s except for one '29 sedan (with the parts in boxes) trailered to the meet and for sale for $6000.  There were about 28 cars that were judged as well as some others that just showed up.  I have about 11 pictures so there will be 3 consecutive posts. 

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General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:28:09 PM »
Hey OM.  I am bummed about the damage to my car but I am looking at the positive side of the experience.  Me and the car got to Tucson and back under our own power, safely, and with the tires on the pavement where they should be!

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General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:19:56 PM »
Well, this is not about '28 or '29 Plymouths but I wanted to show you all something.  Many of you have probably heard about getting caught in sand storms on the desert and having your car sand blasted, literally.  It happened to me while returning from Tucson to my home in northern CA.  While driving I-10 in the vicinity of Palm Springs, we (me, a '37 coupe and a '40's coupe being pulled on a trailer) all got into a real doozy of a sand storm.  At one point the sand and dust in the air was so bad I could not see more than a couple of feet in front of me, and because I had pushed in the clutch to slow even more, the head wind brought me to a complete stop on the freeway!  I didn't know I had completely stopped because the dirt blowing past gave the illusion of forward movement.  I was completely shocked when I looked down at the road beneath me and saw that I was stopped!  Fortunately the pickup towing the 40's car was behind me protected my 6 o'clock, otherwise with those little '35 tail-lights obscured by blowing dirt, I am sure I would have been rear-ended.  But I wasn't the only one stopped.  It was truly incredible.  I am posting several pictures for comparison; the front and rear bumper (notice the difference in the paint above the bumpers) and the front and rear license plate (the front was as good as the back before the storm).  Additional damage includes all leading edges, all fenders, the cowl and trim, the windshield is toast and the trim is pitted, the wheels, trim rings and hubcaps also bought the farm.  But the car did great otherwise and went to Tucson and back (almost 2000 mi) with no major problems (except one vapor lock on the desert); I generally got 17-18 mpg (high 21 with tail wind and low 13 mpg with head wind) and it used 1 gallon of oil.  Need to check the alignment and will be installing seat belts; one feels pretty vulnerable on CA freeways without them.  I will also be looking at used covered trailers for my next big trip! 

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General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 12, 2013, 12:47:46 AM »
Heaters; my '35 has none even though it spent it's first 75 years in Michigan! Go figure.  The '33 has a nice after-market heat that is correct for the year.  Tod Fitch, the owner, reports it works real well.  I don't know about the '37 and the '46 but I will find out.  We arrived in Tucson today.  No major problems for any of the cars.  Looking forward to tomorrow and checking out the cars that are already here and those that will arrive.  I am attaching some car pictures.  A couple of others joined us today in AZ; a '52 with trailer, and a '46 custom built "woody".   There is a group picture and one of me and my '35 out on the desert.  Stay tuned.  Kim

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General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:14:04 AM »
Well, after 2 twelve hour days of driving the 2-lane roads of CA and AZ, our little 4 car caravan has made it to Gila Bend AZ.  About 3 hrs of driving today will bring us in to Tucson.  So far, no one has had any major problems.  We have cruised along at 55 mph, sometime up to 60 mph with no problems.  Getting lots of waves and "thumbs up" along the way.  I'm having fun but I wish we would take more breaks from driving to take some pictures along the way that I could share here.  I'll get more in the next few days.  Just a reminder, if there is something or particular part that any of you would like me to check out and possibly photograph for you, send me the specific info and I will try.  Here's a picture of our little caravan 2 days ago at Mt Pinos, about 7000 ft elev; quite a climb up from the valley but we all made it.  Still snow on the ground up there.  Yesterday was all desert; Joshua trees and Saguaro cactus.  Have to run; getting ready to get on the road.  Kim

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General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:31:22 AM »
Well, the sedan has sailed so to speak.  The 4 cars, a '33 2 dr sedan, my '35 deluxe sedan, a '37 coupe, and a 46 sedan all arrived together in Hesperia CA (east of LA) after almost a 12 hr day.  The 46 didn't like the grades up to Mt Pinos (elev about 7000 ft at the pass); no breakdowns, just slow, like it's losing fuel at the carb.  I will get your pictures providing the car's owner(s) are agreeable.  I don't think there will be a problem and I'm happy to do it.  I want to know too.  Have to go.  We leave in 30 min for Gila Bend AZ.  Pictures later.  Kim

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General Discussion / National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 08, 2013, 02:17:24 PM »
I am leaving tomorrow to drive my '35 to Tucson along with a '33 2dr sedan, '37 coupe, and a '46 sedan from the SF Bay area.  The one-way trip is over 900 mi and will all be on 2-lane roads; should be an interesting adventure!  I was thinking that if any forum members wanted me to get a picture of something on a particular model/year car I would try to do that if you will reply to this post with the specific request.  I'll also try to post some pictures of our trip and the event.  Kim Mc

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General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:47:23 AM »
To OM: thanks for the headliner info.  Now I for sure want to strengthen the bows by adding the plywood strips.  If that doesn't stiffen them enough, maybe I will end up replacing all of them.

To SDGlenn & Frank:  Hey guys, I too have a convertible Mustang ('67).  I am currently doing a "resto-mod" on it.  I don't want to pollute this Forum with Mustang chatter, but we have the makings of a "Secret Society" within the Plymouth Club! :) Maybe we can talk later via email.

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General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: April 03, 2013, 05:33:05 PM »
Thanks for the reply and info Frank.  I have no idea at this point how the replacement headliner is secured to the bows.  I think the tacks in mine might have been an attempt to put a sagging headliner back in place.  I don't think it would have come from the factory with tacks showing across the headliner.  I kept the old headliner so I will pull it out and see if I can figure this out.  At any rate, I don't think a little extra wood along the bows will change much, if anything.  I would hate to skip the reinforcement step and then have a bow crack or break after the new top is on!  Thanks for sending your thoughts along to me.

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