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General Discussion / Re: Another dumb question
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:06:16 PM »
Chet, Thanks for the nice comments about our web site.

I couldn't sleep last night thinking about your wheel problem. I have come to the conclusion that it is probably the spokes. If they were just 1/8" wide face to face then the drum would be set in that far. It could be 1/8" on the front or back face or as little as 1/16" on each, but the result would be the same. I measured some old spokes I have off of two different cars and one set measures 1.256 ( presumably 1.25) and the other measures 1.267 just over the 1 and one quarter inches.

I didn't take a wheel off to see how far the hub extended past the drum. If you want I could do that relatively easy.

Hope this helps.

Happy Motoring, Gary

General Discussion / Re: Another dumb question
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:49:11 AM »
I am doing a research paper on Plymouth Hub Caps like the one I did on Headlight Lenses.

What I find is that there is listed a Hub Grease Cap for Q, U, and 30U Wire wheels but not for Disc or Wood Wheels. That part number for 28 Q's is #20853, and for 29 U's and up to the 32 PB it is #301751.

I believe, (as previously stated) that the screw on cap for the Disc and Wood Wheels was intended to function as the grease cap.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Happy Motoring, Gary

P.S. If you are interested in the paper on Headlight Lenses check it out at
This is our Cascade Region website.

General Discussion / Re: New Wood Wheel problem - ?
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:35:27 AM »
Chet, an interesting problem. I am assuming that we are talking about WOOD Wheels. In looking at the parts manual I wonder if we are looking in the correct area.

Could there be a difference in the spacing of the brake drum on 20" and 19" wheels based on having different hubs? In my Parts List there doesn't even appear to be a listing for US. Built Q's. There are all kinds of different hubs listed based on U.S. and Canadian built Q's, U's and 30U's. I wonder if there is in fact a different clearance in the different mountings.

I have 3 sets of hubs for my 30U with 19" wheels and haven't had a problem yet.

The other thing that you might concider if you can't solved the problem is to have the inside face of the spokes relieved by about 1/8" to allow the brake drum to set farther out. Maybe spokes were not done correctly in the first place.

Just my thoughts.

Happy Motoring,

General Discussion / Re: Carburetor Adjustment Question
« on: July 19, 2013, 04:19:04 AM »
Sorry, but what carb are we refering to. Is this a Carter RT-08, DRT-08 or something else, It will make a big difference.

Happy Motoring, Gary

General Discussion / Re: New Guy
« on: July 19, 2013, 04:07:06 AM »
Hi, Glad to see you and your 28.

I have some of the washers if you need a few.

Let me know at as I am not on this site every day.

Happy Motoring,


General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:00:06 AM »
Doug, I'm like you just a little late with my thoughts.

Kim, Sorry I didn't get to this sooner.

An easy way to pull the engine, if your going to pull the transmission, is to also pull the flywheel and bell housing. This way there is nothing to  worry about with the steering column and Clum switch.

By the way it is easy to remove the Clum switch by just loosening the nut on the bottom,  which holds it onto the headlight switch shaft, and then loosen the side bolt on the trottle control arm, and the whole thing simple slides off the bottom of the shaft.

Just my thoughts.

Gary R., Happy

General Discussion / Re: an engine question...
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:44:42 AM »
Kim, I think your really smart to go with the original babbits. I know a fellow here locally that had the inserts but in and before they were done he had a fortune in just the engine.

If it was me the less you have to mess with on the engine for just an occasional drive is just greatl.

Wishing you the best.

Gary R., Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: HELP - BATTERY BOILED
« on: February 17, 2013, 07:28:40 AM »
Luckily it turned out not to be nearly as bad as I thought when I opened up the shop.
Took out the seats and rubber floor mat. Had to dispose of the jute material under the rubber mat. Took out the battery, pulled the car out and washed downt the floor boards and area around the battery box really well. Mixed up a spray of a box of baking soda in a gallon of water and spayed that all over the same area. Didn't get nearly the reaction I expected. Almost none at all. Then rinsed again with a fair spray of water.

New jute and a new battery and we are on the way again. Surprised me, but the battery was 5 1/2 years old. Guess the Battery Tenders really do work.

Hope nothng serious shows up in the future.

Gary R., Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Radiator cap question
« on: February 17, 2013, 07:13:24 AM »
The parts book lists caps as follows:

Raditor filler cap assembly --- Q, U, part number 43137
                                            30-U, part number 314253
                                            PA (optional equipment) up to 1670001 U. S. built , PB, part number 392919
                                            PA (standard equipment) -- PA after 1670001 U.S. built, PB, part number 380375

The Q and U had the winged cap. The 30U had the flat, what I call the bat wing cap. The reason the 30U cap is so hard to find is that people simply disposed of the plain flat cap and replaced it with the winged version.

Just my thoughts.

Gary R., Happy Motoring

General Discussion / HELP - BATTERY BOILED
« on: February 09, 2013, 03:57:17 AM »
I'm not sure what to do. I put my battery charger on my car yesterday, as my battery was low when I tried to start my car.

I set the timer and locked up the shop. But, today I went to the shop and when I opened the door I could smell the battery acid. The timer on the charger didn't functio and the battery was boiling.

HELP. Do I need to do anything special to the upholstrery and or any other items like paint to protect it. The smell of battery acid is terrible and I'm sure the fumes have permiatted everything around.

Any suggestions would be really welcome. Washing with soda, dry clening, anything PLEASE.

Gary R. - Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Data books
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:54:04 PM »
YES, I would love to have a copy of the book. I have tried to gather as much information as I can about the 4 cyl PLymouths.

Gary R. - Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Fuel line size
« on: January 11, 2013, 05:29:46 AM »
Sorry not much help, but I do watch and care.

Mine is a 30U with the fuel pump. The line is 1/4" all the way from tank to carb.

Gary R., Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Battery Tenders - Any comments or recommendations?
« on: November 04, 2012, 07:27:39 AM »
Have had one on my 30U for at least three years and it seems to work well and neve had a low battery and not had to replace it (the battery) yet.

Gary R. - Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Radiator cap question
« on: October 18, 2012, 02:26:17 AM »
I'm no expert, but the only cap that I have ever seen as "correct" for the 30 is that one that OLD MAN shows in the brouchure picture.

Gary R - Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Hubcaps - What do these fit?
« on: October 05, 2012, 10:35:19 PM »
These caps were used on the 30 - 32 wood wheel cars. The difference in the length is to allow for the aluminum beauty cover that was used to cover up the center hub and bolts. The front cap already sets out away from the wheel by virtue of the front bearings and hub design. To allow the rear cap to set out the same distance from the hub the rear one had to be extended.

I am currently laid up from an operation on my foot, but will try to get some pictures as soon as it can.

Gary R. - Happy motoring

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