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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

General Discussion / Re: Red Head?
« on: August 11, 2012, 04:31:32 AM »
Looking at my parts book "PLYMOUTH MASTER PARTS LIST" for all models prior to 1934 it has the following listing for heads.

Cylinder Head  Q --- part number 42721
Cylinder Head  U --- part number 301074
Cylinder Head (silver dome) 30-U --- part number 310271
Cylinder Head (silver dome) PA --- part number 394996
Cylinder Head ...PAX, PBX (small bore engine) --- part number 376819
Cylinder Head (silver dome) -- PB ---part number 387542
Cylinder Head (red head) (also includes 385441 cover) PB --- part number 390864
Cylinder Head (silver dome) (use 381552 tim.cov.) PC --- part number 610638
Cylinder Head (red head) (use 385440 tim.cov.) PC  --- part number 610639
Cylinder Head (aluminum) (service package) PC, PD ---part number 615811
Cylinder Head (red head) PCX (small bore engine) --- part number 603074
Cylinder Head ((silver dome) --PCX up to engine PCX-1371 (use 381533 timing hole cover) and after engine PCX-1371 (use 385432 timing hole cover) (small bore engine)
Cylinder Head (silver dome) PD --- Part number 610650
Cylinder Head (red head)  PD --- part number 610652
Cylinder Head PDX (small bore engine) --- Part number 610654

It appears that there is a reference for the "red head" for the PB, PC and PD - interesting that these call for a different timing gear cover

There is a reference for the "aluminum head" for the PC and PD - different head gasket, studs, and washers
These are all the references to Cylinder head. There are a lot of listings for studs, washers etc.

Hope this helps

Gary R. - Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Sharing my good fortune...
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:40:10 PM »
It is just amazig what is still out there. You have one great neighbor.

A great item for your project.

Good Luck and Happy Motoring, Gary R.

General Discussion / Re: Visitor from Down Under
« on: June 19, 2012, 07:26:11 PM »
Did a little more digging into my Parts book.
It lists part number 71028 for the Q after RW-167-P (US built) and GP-323-D (Canadian built)
And part number 301090 for the U.
Not sure if that is the difference between straight and curved of maybe straight used on the old Maxwell engine.

Gary R. - Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Visitor from Down Under
« on: June 17, 2012, 11:46:10 PM »
Not really sure about the export cars, but think the 28 & 29 cars had a straight tube spark plug wire holder and the 30U had one that curved down toward the distributor.  (Note: the curved one has one of the holders that go to the head bolt missing, and that it is a little longer toward the back or fire wall than the straight one)

Gary R., Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: Visitor from Down Under
« on: June 17, 2012, 07:20:34 AM »
Gary, Hope you have a great trip.

With regard to the windshild mechanism, do you need a complete one, or do you have one to rebuild?

The rebuild I can help you with.

Gaskets are available from Olson's Gaskets, 3059 Opdal Road E., Port Orchard, Washington, 98366 - eMail is

Bob Clark at 105 Wolftrap Road SE, in Vienna, Virginia 22180-4940 may have your carb kit if it is Carter RT-08 or DRT-08. try

Gary R., Happy Motoring

General Discussion / Re: loose shifter
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:12:56 AM »
Excellent breakdown and step by step instruction. I guess I can tighten mine up this fall as well.

Gary, Happy Motoring

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