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General Discussion / Re: Reproduction Handles
« on: January 16, 2017, 09:43:03 PM »
Sorry, giving bad info. Tried to contact Verdone's this morning, but the numbers are no longer valid. Guess the previous comment about her passing might be right.

I would like to get a set of handles for my 30U coupe. Need 2 door handles, 2 window cranks, and the short handle for the windshield mechanism.

Happy Motoring

Gary R.

General Discussion / Re: Reproduction Handles
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:26:49 AM »
Have not delt with her for a while, but there was a Marge Verdone, in Newmanstown, PA. that did the our handles in stainless. Easy to nickel plate (the correct finish). If I remember correctly they where about 100-125 each as well.
Try 1-717-949-3341 or email VERDONES@everlink. com

Happy Motoring
Gary R.

General Discussion / Re: Manifold gasket
« on: August 12, 2016, 08:31:49 PM »
Be careful, I bought a set of the exhaust manifold rings (ferrules) for my 30U off of Ebay. I set them aside as I was rebuilding the engine, and when I went to use them they were way to big, but advertised as for the 29-32 Plymouth. I didn't have them before and still don't have them. Just used a good one piece gasket from Olson's Gaskets and works fine.

Happy Motoring, Gary R.

General Discussion / Re: 29 u
« on: June 16, 2016, 06:14:25 AM »
Carmen, When I first got my 30U, (which has the water pump) I would have problems with it belching water about every fee minutes. What I found is that I had a plugged radiator. If would build up pressure and when it would release and flow it would blow out around the cap. It was never hot as you could hold your finger in the radiator. Took the radiator out and had it flushed, took the water pump off and flushed out the engine block. You couldn't believe all the crap that came out. Anyway had the water pump rebuilt (which is a special story of it's own) and haven't had any problems since.

General Discussion / Re: of Door Locks and Outside Handles
« on: June 16, 2016, 05:56:23 AM »
Hi John,

Two things here: First  the spring is supposed to go behind the door panel, not behind the escutcheon. If you put it behind hte escutcheon you create a space between the door handle and the door panel. the purpose of the spring is to hold the door panel out and make a good fit with the door handle and escutcheon.

Second, Yes I did try to fix the dropped handle with a stronger spring.  Mind you mine is a 30U, but still the same.
Don't do it, my handles are to hard to turn. Most people go up to my car and tell me the doors are locked. Someday I will take the panels and locks out and replace the tough spring. I have a collection of springs so can replace with originals. When you look closely the holes in my lock mechanism are just facing down slightly.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Gary R., Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: 30U needs water pump help
« on: June 10, 2016, 02:23:15 AM »
Sorry to be so late to this issue, but some info for all.

Years ago I had water pump problems on my 30U. Would leak after every run.

One day I was talking to Ron at Automotive Friction Company in Damascus Oregon. I asked that if there were so many pools and spas out there why couldn't we find a modern ceramic seal that would work on my water pump. Ron stated he would like to work on that project, but he didn't have any pump cores left to play with.

I gave Ron one of my cores and he rebuilt it with new sealed bearing in and out. A new modern impeller for great water flow. And best of all a modern ceramic seal. He even bored the packing nut out to fit over the exposed bearing and fitted it so it looks like the original, even has the oil spouts.

Been down the road to a fair number of show and tours and NO problems.

Now I don't know what it might cost to have yours done this way because he did mine for free as research and development.

If you contact them about doing yours be sure to tell them just what you want, not just a common rebuild

Automotive Friction Co., 20521 SW Hwy 212, Damascus ,OR 97089, ph. 800-545-9088

Happy Motoring,

Gary R.

John, looks great. B nice to her back on the road again.

Happy Motoring,

Gary R

General Discussion / Re: current vehicle status plus a question
« on: May 12, 2016, 01:00:40 AM »
Sure looks like a great project. Glad you got some time with it before a tear down.

Check to see if the numbers on the frame might have something to do with a serial number from Plymouth or Holden.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Gary R.

General Discussion / Re: Another diassembly question
« on: March 25, 2016, 04:36:14 AM »
NO, there is a nut on the end of the crankshaft which has the notches for the hand crank. Take this off and the pulley is set on the crank with a keyway.

I am just starting to get my engine back together after a complete rebuild.

Happy Motoring, Gary R.

Things you are looking for. / Re: Gas Guage
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:39:32 AM »
If you need specialty work done, Bruce Abbott at Abbott Instruments in Portland, OR restores all kind of vintage instruments, i.e. clocks, gauges, etc.

I took him my gas gauge and sender unit from my 30U and he rebuilt them to the correct specs, and they work perfectly. Sorry, not cheap.

Abbott Instrument 10860 SW 74th, Portland, OR 97223, phone 503-246-1287

Happy Motoring, Gary R.

Things you are looking for. / Re: Wire wheel
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:25:05 AM »
Not sure why I never saw this request before, but if you are still looking for the wire wheel for a 30 I have a set of four, with caps.

Easiest to get me at

Happy Motoring, Gary R.

Bob rebuilt my DRT-08 for my 30U, am just waiting to get the rest of the work done to get it started.

Great Job and quick turn around.

Gary R.

Things you are looking for. / Re: rear wheel hub puller
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:19:42 AM »
I use the "t" truck puller as well. Just got a bolt that was longer with more threads.

Happy Motoring, Gary R

Things you are looking for. / Re: Front Motor Mount
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:14:01 AM »
Thanks Chet

Things you are looking for. / Front Motor Mount
« on: November 10, 2015, 02:03:35 AM »
Several years ago I got a new front motor mount, but it got pulled apart when I had some help pulling the engine.
Where do I go to get mine redone, or get a new one?

Gary R. Happy Motoring

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