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General Discussion / July 4th Drive...
« on: July 05, 2007, 08:39:20 PM »
I took the 29-U out for a 76 mile drive on July 4th.   The weather was beautiful so why not.  I encounter many different types of road conditions from average city streets to super highways and also deserted country roads.   The car ran great.  It looks like my Gas problems are behind me now.  The 2 psi electric fuel pump along with cleaning out the gas tank really made a big difference.

Along the way I make a wrong turn and found myself on a three-lane highway with six miles to go before the first chance to exit.  I ran her up to the blazing speed of 50 mph with throttle to spare.  I turned on my newly installed 4 way flashers to warn motorists of my high rate of speed.  Many drivers were impressed and gave me the thumbs up as I passed them.  Some drivers were so impressed that they sent me the “You’re number one sign”.   At least that is what I figured they meant in that they only held up one finger.  My wife said that I should wave back so I gave them the “Your number one sign in response to their generous tribute.

What a great 4th.  Picture below is a memento of the trip.  A one lane crossing on the way to my Daughter’s Townhouse in Leesburg.  Here again while snapping the picture of my car on the one lane crossing the other drivers waiting to cross kept giving me the “You’re # 1 hand sign.  What a friendly town…

PS....   The wife wanted me to confess that no motorists were angered or annoyed by my escapades on July 4th.   I just thought my version of the story was funnier.   I will say that everyone who ran across my car on Wednesday either on the road or off were very happy to see the old Girl still on the road.

Hi Dave & Welcome,

We are not a very big group yet but hopefully the site will grow.  I will keep an eye out for your hinges.  I set up this site for all Plymouth Owners whether factory original or custom creations.  Anything saved from the crusher is a good thing and not all cars are destine to be museum pieces.   Actually they are a lot more fun when they are on the street.!!!

Are you planning on putting the running boards and fenders back on.  It would sure look sweet with the running boards on.


Interesting Ride…

General Discussion / Re: Welcome to this New Forum !!!
« on: July 02, 2007, 04:33:42 PM »
Hi Dave & Welcome,

We are not a very big group yet but hopefully the site will grow.  I will keep an eye out for your hinges.  I set up this site for all Plymouth Owners whether factory original or custom creations.  Anything saved from the crusher is a good thing and not all cars are destine to be museum pieces.   Actually they are a lot more fun when they are on the street.!!!

Are you planning on putting the running boards and fenders back on.  It would sure look sweet with the running boards on.


General Discussion / 2007 Sully Plantation Car Show, Virginia
« on: June 28, 2007, 01:24:42 AM »
I attended this show on Father's Day, for a commentary & pictures click on the link below.

Depending on your connection speed it might take a couple of minutes to load...

Chet...   Accompanied by my Wife Melissa, with daughters Melanie on the left and Carrie on the right.

General Discussion / Re: 29 brakes
« on: June 27, 2007, 05:03:52 PM »

There is a hub puller that screws onto the wheel hub in the same fashion as the hub cap.  In the center is a screw, which is used to apply pressure to the axle shaft, which will break the hub free from the axle.

Just an FYI...  I don't have one but I was watching one on ebay but it went on a buy-it-now, which wasn't available at the time I was viewing.  Also I am not sure what the hub thread size is.  Since I finished the brakes I haven't pursued the puller.


General Discussion / Re: Headlights
« on: June 17, 2007, 03:30:16 AM »
The rear wheels are on a tapered axel which has a key way.  I tried a regular puller and had no luck.  You might want to try an axel puller to free the wheel & drum from the tapered axel (slide puller).  Actually for one of my wheels I used a chain and a bottle jack to get the drum free. 

LOL, but once you break the drum free the wheel should come off easily. 

Remember fixing the brakes is the first step toward creating a usable driver.

Good luck ..,  Chet…  :)

PS.. If you need New Hydraulic Wheel Cylinders you can try Andy Bernbaum Auto Parts - Source for Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, and Chrysler.  Ask for Catalog 1930 - 1962.   Heard good & bad you be the judge.  Their customer service skills lead much to be desired.  Mechanical things are OK, but stay away from his rubber products.    Call  617-244-1118  He ships real fast.

Good luck.... 

General Discussion / Re: Headlights
« on: June 16, 2007, 05:45:40 AM »

The bulbs are easy to find in that they are still made.  I have the numbers at home but I am traveling at the moment.  I believe it is the same bulb that is used in the Model A Ford.

see link below...  It's the first item on the webpage...

As far as the brakes go, even when working best they don't stop as good as a modern car.  I just completed a complete rebuild on my car so anything I can help you with I will.

Good luck with the car,  Chet...

General Discussion / Re: Headlights
« on: June 15, 2007, 03:09:55 PM »
I'm new at this and have just purchased a 1929 Plymouth Model U 4 door sedan that needs some TLC.
I am looking for a headlight, does anyone know where I can get one. Also after my first test drive I am going to pull the wheels and check all the breaks. Didn't stop very well scared the wife.  :)

Hi & welcome to this web site,  Do you need the Glass or the whole light.


General Discussion / Test Drive #3 Lots of Pictures....
« on: June 03, 2007, 04:24:04 AM »
As reported by my friend Don...

Hooked up with Chet (and another co worker Sergio Tron from Chicago) this evening and went cruising in Chet’s 1929 Plymouth. Car mostly ran great (Chet really needs to work on his gear shifting) on the first leg of the trip. We went to a local cruise in at a Chicaflet (or what the ever it is called) drive through joint. I rode this leg (shotgun) in the front seat and let me tell you Chet is a good guy but we were a bit too close for security purposes especially when Chet grabbed the emergency brake handle. We hung around at Chicaflet for a while and elected to check out the other action in town. Hit the highway running well. At the first stop light Chet’s son-in-law pulled up beside us and challenged us to a race. Chet goosed the engine a few times and when the light changed the race was on. I now know how blueskies will soon feel as this was not much of a race. Sorry to say Chet lost big time. Down the road a piece we encountered a bit of a hill. That is when the problems started. The engine was surging as if starving for gas. Chet skillfully drove to the nearest Sunoco and filled up with 260. We had about 3 miles to go to get home (with a stop at the 7-11 for breweskies). This part of the trip was done in short segments due to the car not running well at all. Had to pull over several times and give the car a rest. But the old Plymouth made it home under its own power. All in all a fun drive. Here are a few pictures.

I am still having gas line problems but noithing that can't be fixed.    A great night with good friends....

Actually at the cruise-in a guy asked if I were going to install hydraulic brakes.  I told him I didn't have to because Plymouths came stock with hydraulic brakes in 1928.


Since I have little operational experience with a 1929 Plymouth I was curious about a few things.

Question 1: This drive was a 28 mile run driving at an average of 45mph with few stops.

As learned earlier the radiator doesn’t stay filled to the top and will find it’s own level.  I didn’t have an apparent problem with over heating but it was an 85 degree day and the last 15 miles it appeared that the engine sounded like it was running hot.   I can’t explain the sound just a familiar sound of a block running hot.  The next day I could only fit in a Quart of water which quickly spilled out once the engine got hot.

The radiator was cool on the bottom and hot on the top upon completion of the run which I believe is normal.  Does this sound normal and if not will adjusting the timing help. ?

Question 2:  Noise in the bell housing:

The bell housing sounds like it has marbles bouncing around inside.   The noise doesn’t appear to be coming from the engine and was there prior to changing the transmission.  I didn’t find anything loose and kinda suspect the clutch arm in the bell housing vibrating or the throw-out bearing bouncing on the clutch arm that depresses the pressure plate. ???    Anybody have any ideas?


General Discussion / Re: Some news
« on: May 23, 2007, 05:48:20 PM »
Hi Martin,

I’m glad that you were able to find some of the things you needed.  When you install your new wiring harness, if you could please take a couple of key pictures.  I rewired my car basically to fix pending issues and someday in the future when my 48 P15 is complete,  I will probably take my 29 off the road and start a full restoration of the wooden sub-structure.  Once I get in that deep I might just as well install a new, reproduction wiring harness along with other details.  Your experiences could be very valuable and helpful.

Tks,   Chet…

General Discussion / Continued down my 29-U drive train.
« on: April 26, 2007, 02:59:47 AM »
The good news is that the differential contained the correct amount of oil.  Maybe I should say oil and sludge.  The Plymouth Instruction Book for the 29 U had no recommendations for cleaning this area but I felt after 78 years that maybe it was about time.  The oil was black and had the consistency of molasses.  The amount of sludge was incredible and needed to be spooned out of the bottom of the differential casing.

For a blow by blow click on the link below…


General Discussion / Got some more work done on the 29
« on: April 15, 2007, 07:31:58 PM »
Took advantage of a nice Saturday before the rains of April came.

-   Rebuilt and installed the Parking Brake Assembly from the two assemblies I had.
-   Installed the Drive Shaft and new disks. ( What a pain )
-   Got one more rear wheel finished with new brake cylinder.  Only one more to go and the brakes will be perfect.

Next on the list is to remove the Differential cover and clean and inspect the differential gears.
Drop the oil pan and clean out the sludge.  Take a good look a the motor innards.


General Discussion / Re: New to the Plymouth family
« on: April 09, 2007, 02:26:55 PM »
Hello Martin,

Welcome aboard.   This site is very new and hopefully we can help a little.  You may want to check out the National Plymouth Owners Club Forum at the link below…

also Tod Fitch’s site:  Plymouths First Decade

There are many members with old Plymouths and you do not have to be a member of the POC to join.   I hope that you will also frequent this website and keep us up-to-date on your progress.

Good luck with your New Old Car.


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