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General Discussion / Parts Help
« on: June 10, 2019, 11:21:05 PM »
Below is a picture of what is left of the center hood guide which is attached to the fender flat.  I am in the process of repairing these pieces and this one is an easy fabrication but I would like to know what was originally attached to it.  I assume some type of rubber stop ??

Anyone have a picture of what this should look like with all it's parts.

Tks,  Chet...

General Discussion / Help with Paint - 29U
« on: June 10, 2019, 04:31:47 PM »
At this point I haven't decided what color or combinations of color that I want to paint.  Obviously red isn't one of them.  What's more important is I need to understand what gets painted and what doesn't especially with the fine details of a combination color scheme.

I don't want to make an expensive mistake like chroming bumper parts that should have been painted Black.  So here is my present understanding for your combined critique.  Looking for true to original as a discussion point.

All 4 Door 1929 Cars:

  • Wheel fenders, center door pillars, door frames, and dash - BLACK
    My assumption is the front fender screws are chrome plated and not painted.  I believe the fenders were painted prior to installing on the car during manufacture.
  • Body, wheel rims and wood, - PRIMARY BODY COLOR   ( Wheel Hubs ?? )
  • All raised body trim areas - SECONDARY COLOR
Pictures showing unique details would be appreciated. 

Suggestions on paint would also be helpful.

Tks Chet...

General Discussion / MOVED: Distributor Cap Success 30u
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:29:19 PM »
This topic has been moved to Sources for hard to find parts..
Good info on maintenance parts.

General Discussion / Quiet Board / Spring chores
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:03:14 PM »
Everything comes alive in the spring including work and projects.  The garden absorbs a large chunk of time especially with the level of rain we have been getting.  Cutting the grass twice a week here is becoming par for the course. 

I haven't settled into a good car project week yet, but I have been able to keep focused on breaking in the engine.  I hope to redo the valve adjustment this week.  It has loosened up a bite since startup, cam transition tap until the engine gets hot.   Will install the newly rebuilt RT-08 carb now that it seems the engine is running OK.

Chipping away a tiny bit at a time,  Chet...

Hopefully things are going well for everyone else.  Fingers crossed.

General Discussion / The Prodigal Son returns.
« on: April 05, 2019, 07:32:19 PM »
Snapped some pictures in a rest area on my way back from Massachusetts.

Might get to install this over the weekend.  It looks like 2 days of reasonable weather. 

Hopefully all is correct and finally set for another 90 years of service, that is, if gasoline is still available 90 years from now.


General Discussion / What’s happening?
« on: March 08, 2019, 04:46:45 PM »

Very quiet board.  I know the weather has been a negative factor in getting things on the car to-do-list accomplished, but just checking in anyway.   At this point in my project I am doing cosmetic body work and the cold weather has ruled out any major accomplishments.   I fear that the warm weather will bring a tsunami of work to be dealt with all at one time.  Oh well I could benefit from losing a few pounds.   Waiting for spring.


General Discussion / Looking for Guidance
« on: January 06, 2019, 04:32:05 PM »
My car has seen many repairs and restoration attempts over its long history.  So I am always questioning whether items or construction was original, true to original, or not even close.  Since I have finished the wood framing I have been slowly working on the body work in preparation for the paint shop.  My driver's side front fender had a lot of small holes left from poor body filler repairs.  Metal patches need to be welded to the underside of the fender.  Since I am not an expert welder I decided to remove the fender rather then trying to weld thin steel against gravity. 

Here is my Question:

There are 5 screws holding the fender to the car frame.  Is the picture below representative of how the fender was originally attached or were these screws carriage bolts ?  I had to drill one of these out and the screw and eyelet were brass ?  The square back bolts appear to be original. Does this look and sound correct ??

See picture below of what I have on my car.

Tks Chet...

Things you are looking for. / 29 Throw-out Bearing
« on: January 04, 2019, 06:05:16 PM »

Anyone know of a source for a new replacement for the 1929U Throwout bearing.  I have the metal housing just need a new replacement bearing.

Tks Chet...

FYI... Will be deleting post in this category which are more than a year old. 

General Discussion / Happy Holidays
« on: December 19, 2018, 05:42:43 PM »
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
To All !!!

General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving !!!
« on: November 19, 2018, 04:31:46 PM »

General Discussion / My Motor Update
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:16:51 PM »
It appears that engine oil was the problem with my engine.  Builder is going to redo the bearings.  I hope they also clean out the oil ports.  Just in case of debris.

Tom, I think you posted is diagram of the oil system But I can't seem to find it.

Note from the builder:

Pulled apart your motor the other day and 2 of the rods are badly damaged.  Definitely a lack of oil which caused the heat buildup and then the babbitt just grabs and tears.  The oil piping may not have been totally primed when it started thus causing the damage.  Will get going on the re-babbitting of the rods.
Will be in touch.

General Discussion / Model U Distributor Housing
« on: October 21, 2018, 08:30:59 PM »
Just an FYI,

I tried to order a distributor housing from Tom Hannaford at Then and Now but he didn't have any more housings and didn't have any plans to have anymore made.  At least not in the near future.  I purchased the German CNC machined one from eBay and will be receiving it soon.  Heavy cost factor, but it appears that this might be the only game in town for a new part.  $399 USD.  I'll let you know how this all works out mine was on it's last leg and I figured the engine rebuild deserved a new distributor housing.  I did manage to pick up an original part in fragile condition.  Not usable in a car but great for determining measurements for checking or reverse engineering.

Will let you guys know how this works out but will still have to get my motor back from the shop.  As of last contact.., nothing has be done to it yet.  I have a commitment for these next coming weeks.

General Discussion / Distributor Observation
« on: October 12, 2018, 08:20:48 PM »
The Plymouth master parts list for 1929 – 1933 reads as follows for the Distributor on the 28Q 29U

“Distributor Assembly – Order from United Motors Service, Inc. “  Page 101  (8-4)

It appears that the distributor was sold with the base already attached and was not supplied as a separate part.  I was able to research the following Distributors:

The one from my car is a Delco Remy Model – 635T  I also reviewed Delco Remy Model – 638C and Model  630B.  What I founded was that although all three had the same base the 638C and 630B had a different gear set then my Delco 635T

From a glance everything else looks identical.  I was wondering if a mismatch of these distributor bases could cause timing or sputter problems.  Maybe the gear sets basically do the same task even though the gear cut is 180 degrees opposite in design.  Maybe the 638C & 630B are for a Q engine ???

Anyone have anything to add.  Chet...


Just thought I would check in, things here have slowed down considerably but are looking better.  After having to put the motor back into the shop, loosing the electrical service to my work shop, not to mention week after week of rainy days, I haven't been able to gather the necessary enthusiasm to make any forward progress.   

With better weather at hand I was able to trench the 110 feet to my out building and bury a new power line.  Should be back up and running by Wednesday.   Sounds like an easy task but I have lawn sprinklers so needed to hand dig around the Xfinity line, the irrigation, and the Verizon cable.  Not getting any younger but finally done.  Hence the light at the end of the tunnel.

Nothing new with the car but hopefully with power comes progress.

Speaking of trains the wife and I took a ride on a steam train out of Wilmington, DE.  Click on link to see the steam engine.  File is 110 Meg so it might be slow to load depending on your internet speed.

Cheers, Chet...

General Discussion / October
« on: September 25, 2018, 01:13:34 AM »

Anyone going to Hershey this year ?

October 10-13 -- Hershey Region Fall Meet

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