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General Discussion / Re: Hershey 10/9
« on: October 02, 2009, 02:16:56 AM »

I hear you.  It’s hard to find Plymouth Parts anywhere.  But it is a grand event, Lots of interesting cars and venders.   I only have a day to look around but maybe I might find a treasure.  Unfortunately I probably will only touch on a quarter of the venders but what the heck.  I hope it doesn’t rain.


General Discussion / Hershey 10/9
« on: October 01, 2009, 06:31:03 PM »

Is anyone going to be in Hershey Friday 10/9.  I will be running around the flee market on Friday it would be nice to say hello.


General Discussion / Re: brake line hose
« on: October 01, 2009, 02:12:02 AM »
I got my set from Andy in Connecticut.

See link to web site.  Prices are good customer service leaves much to be desired.  Fast shipment.

If he doesn’t have any there are other sources.

Classic & Exotic

See link:

Happy Hunting,  Chet…

General Discussion / Re: split rim tool
« on: October 01, 2009, 02:04:45 AM »
There are two on ebay right now.  I think the link below is the better of the current two.  The come up quite frequently.  The one I have is an Atlas.

See link:

Happy Hunting,  Chet...

General Discussion / Re: National Fall POC meet in Westminster, MD
« on: September 29, 2009, 02:21:43 AM »

I believe so, I think the price was $5.00/wheel.  I will have to look into that.


General Discussion / National Fall POC meet in Westminster, MD
« on: September 27, 2009, 07:43:34 PM »
I stopped in on Show Day at the National Fall POC meet in Westminster, MD.  I thought you guys might be interested is seeing a nice 1928 Touring Car.  There was also a 1928 fresh barn find.  Since the barn find didn’t have any interior roof material left I was able to get a number of pictures of the construction and the owner let me take measurements of the wood pieces.   This was the main reason why I stopped up, so mission accomplished. 

1928 Touring Car


General Discussion / Re: brake drum
« on: September 24, 2009, 03:50:31 PM »
My 2 cents on the drums. 

I wouldn’t worry about truing up the drums since you will be bolting them back to the wood spokes, not exactly an opportunity for high precision.    I don’t believe that the drums were designed to be machined and reused but that is just a guess.  The speeds at which these cars were driven are all pretty minimum by today’s standards.   Of course there is always the concern for how fast do you really want to drive a car with 80 year old wood wheels. 

If you remove the drums the wheels should not fall apart and if they do then you should get them respoked.   I would mark the drum so that it is reinstalled in the same position.  I don’t remember off hand if the bolts are off center to provide only one position for installation. 

For more info, See the link below to a recent brake repair I did:


General Discussion / Re: missing electric parts
« on: September 22, 2009, 02:22:32 AM »

The bottom levers control a switch which is supposed to control your High & Low headlights and park lights.  The top lever is an engine idle adjustment.


General Discussion / Re: it runs
« on: September 22, 2009, 02:16:41 AM »

If you have the original engine in your 29 there is no water pump.  It is a thermal-siphon system.  What that means is basically the water is boiled out of the block and cool water is restored from the large radiator.   It actually works just fine.  Since heat expands the bottom line is that the system will boil off excess water until it has the working amount left in the radiator.  If you refill it will just boil the excess off.   Once it finds its own level it works fine even on extremely hot days. 

When the car is running the top section of the radiator will be hot and the bottom below the fan cool to warm


General Discussion / Re: new owner
« on: September 17, 2009, 12:38:28 AM »
Hi Rusty,

And Welcome.,  Other sources of information for our cars is the Plymouth Owners Club Forum.  See link below…

You don’t have to be a member of the POC to join the forum.

Tod Fitch’s web site:



General Discussion / Re: Roof construction for the 28/29
« on: September 17, 2009, 12:26:01 AM »

Hello all,

I found another picture of the 1929’s roof construction on ePay today.  It appears from the picture that as Doug explained the end bows have a slight arc to them as opposed to the front or middle bows.  I am just looking for other opinions or the best case, an actual template.  What say ye…


General Discussion / Re: radiator photo
« on: September 14, 2009, 01:20:34 AM »

So is my 29.  That is the correct type for the period.

General Discussion / Re: This is a REAL problem...
« on: September 14, 2009, 01:14:52 AM »
Chet I swapped engines in my 30U this summer.  The new engine (which I have had for several years) had a different bell housing.  The bell housing is longer and the transmission bolt size is different.  No big deal, the original bell housing worked but it was a little bit of a problem cuz I didn't notice until the front motor mount didn't line up to the bolt holes.  


What was the engine prefix ?  Q,U,PA ???  Both motors I have are U's


General Discussion / Roof construction for the 28/29
« on: September 11, 2009, 03:41:02 AM »

I have been collecting information concerning the wood structures for the 29 Plymouth.  I have yet to get a good understanding of how the original wood framing was constructed for the roof and inner body.  I founded this picture of a car that is for sale on eBay and the picture is of the roof looking from the drivers side door.

It looks to me like the original construction especially with the burlap batting.  Can anyone confirm that this picture is of the original roof construction for the 1929 Plymouth.  Also can anyone confirm how the woods are fastened together ?   Also is there any arc to the roof or is it totally flat ?

Tks,  Chet…

General Discussion / Re: This is a REAL problem...
« on: September 07, 2009, 02:05:07 AM »

You made the right decision.  Besides the 28 & 29 Plymouths are really not good candidates for rodding.  The wood framed chassis and bolted together frame would present a real problem with out major reconstruction. 

I think I am going to drop the 30-U engine into my 29.  Hay the extra 14 HP will be a big plus and it is a bolt in.  This way I can rebuild my original engine and put it back some day in the future after I rebuild the rotting wood frame.  I like doing carpentry so I am really looking forward to having the time to do her right.  I am looking at this work to be a retirement project but in the meantime having a good rebuilt motor to putt around the neighborhood would be very cool indeed.  So in a way I may have a 1929 hotrod. 

So what do you think can a 29 Plymouth kick butt on a 29 model A Ford.  May have to take her to the salt flats.  At least at the end of the quarter mile I will be able to stop.

Cheers, Chet…    ::)

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