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General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 29, 2012, 04:34:02 AM »
Hi all.  Did a little work today but not as much as I had planned.  I pulled the shield off below the radiator that hides the frame and axel...(I'll have to check to see what that piece is called).  It needs some work.  I removed the rear bumper and worked on degreasing the splash shields from the engine bay.  That gunk is practically welded on.  I am still trying to remove one stabilizer rod that extends from the radiator through the firewall.  That's a challenging job for just one guy....I need at least one arm that is much longer than it currently is to reach under the dash to the inside of the firewall and to the engine side of the firewall at the same time.  Some pictures attached.

General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 27, 2012, 05:59:12 AM »
Here's a little history about my '29 U business coupe.  It was purchased new by my great grandfather in Omaha NE (i believe).  It spent its first 25 years in the vicinity of Stanton NE.  The car was handed down to my grand parents (residents of Stanton) and they gave the car to me when I was about 12 (1954).  I drove it all over our farm hunting and fishing.  My dad would let me drive it to the Platte River about 1/2 mi away through the fields on farm roads; I only had to cross one little used county gravel road.  Much of the dirt and mud still on the car I probably put there!  When I turned 14 I was able to get a "learners permit" that allowed me to drive from our farm to and from school and school functions.  That's when the car got painted purple and gold, the school colors.  Early in my sophomore year the family moved to the Texas gulf coast.  The car was last driven by me in 1956, the year of our move.  The car went into storage.  It remained in NE until the 90's when it was moved to Colorado .  Early in 2010 I brought the car to California (where I've lived since 1965).  It has been a long time goal of mine to restore this family heirloom.  Before I did anything to the car I was able to get Tod Fitch and Bob Semichy to look at the car and give me some advice.  Because all the wood in the car remains in excellent condition, they recommended that I not do a "frame-off" restoration.  I am taking their advice.  My goal is to bring the car back to it's "original" look and for it to be a nice restoration but not something that is only for show.  My enjoyment is working on the car, learning all about it, and being able to drive it once again.  I'm the 4th generation in the family to "own" the coupe.  It next goes to my daughter and her husband and eventually to my grandson (2 yo) who already loves cars!  I am having great fun with this project.  Attached is a picture of the car right after I got it here from Colorado. 

General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 27, 2012, 05:25:05 AM »
I was thinking I would just bolt down the front engine mount directly to the frame like the rear motor mounts.  What good is 1 piece of rubber like a hockey puck going to do?  ;D  Thanks for suggestions; I like those.  I will remind the mechanic about the distributor...he's real savvy about old engines, but I always worry about those delicate parts.  Took a couple of days off working on the car.  A friend called me and said he had picked up a '29U complete engine in AZ that he thought I would want.  I went to San Francisco to pick it up; turned out it was a '30 Dodge truck engine I think (different than the '29U engine).  I didn't buy it so if anyone is interested I have a couple of pictures and the motor number (UT22672).  Tomorrow I will continue to degrease all the parts I pulled off then prime them before I put them on the shelf for their eventual return to the car.  I'll continue to post stuff so stay tuned.  Thanks again.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 25, 2012, 04:36:38 PM »
Picture attached.  What do you think....should I replace it? ;D

General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 24, 2012, 11:19:59 PM »
Hey guys.  I thought about removing the hand brake and shift tower but there was about 1/2 inch of dirt and grease on everything so I just decided to drop the trans and deal with the gunk after it was out.  It wasn't a bad job.  Just had to find the right swear word to get the trans unstuck from the bell housing!  :)  The engine has been degreased and it's loaded in the back of my truck (pic attached) on it's way to the mechanic in about an hour.  Yahoo!  Thanks for your interest and help.  I will continue to post my progress.  And I'm sure I will need further help from those with more experience.  Thanks.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 24, 2012, 04:51:51 PM »
Hi Ian.  Going to try this again.  I wrote a long response with attachments yesterday with attachments.  But because the attachments exceeded 1000KB I tried to delete one and ended up deleting the entire reply.  I just had to walk away for a while.  So I am trying again today.  The engine is out!  Managed it by myself and did just what you suggested.  I lifted the front of the engine higher than the bell housing end and just brought out the right side first then was able to move the left rear motor mount around the steering column and box.  I will probably remove the steering column at some point anyhow so I will re-install the engine with that out of the way.  I don't want to accidentally damage the Clum switch at the bottom of the column.  I am going to have the engine completely gone through and will have done whatever it needs done.  I was the last one to drive the car when I was 14 back in 1957!  So, it's been waiting in storage all these years for me.  It was originally purchased by my great grandfather and was given by my grandparents to me.  I plan to return it to as near its original condition as I can get.   Have to run.  Will keep you posted on my progress.  Thanks again.  Kim Mc 

General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 23, 2012, 12:38:45 AM »
Hi Ian and Frank.  Well, the tranny is out; bit of a fight but the good guys won.  Tomorrow the engine comes out.  Then I'll start the project of degreasing and cleaning all the parts and chassis.  Should be able to get the engine to the mechanic/rebuilder this week.  This big stuff goes fast...I'm dreading the body work.  Pics attached.

General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 22, 2012, 05:23:03 AM »
Hey Ian and Frank.  Well, today I disconnected every thing else, including the clutch and brake pedals.  The clutch pedal would not come off the shaft because apparently some pinhead had beat on the end of it making it sort of like a mushroom.  I had to work at it with a mill bastard file (which pretty much describes the job too) for about an hour before I could slide the pedals off the shaft.  All that remains to unbolt are the the front and rear motor mounts....and I have to drop the transmission which I can not get to move at all.  I thought it would be easy since the tranny is about the size of a cantaloupe!  But it won't budge.  I'm going to have to do some reading and research to see if I am missing something.  The wife is off with her girl friends for the weekend so I can work on the car without any "honey do's" getting in the way of my "fun"!  Hope to have both the engine and trans out this weekend.  Will keep you posted and will post some pics too.  Thanks again for responding.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: I need some advice...
« on: September 21, 2012, 04:34:40 PM »
Thanks Ian and Frank.  I've got the radiator out and nearly everything else off or disconnected.  The driveshaft is off and the tranny unbolted but not out yet.  Still have the pedals and master cylinder to remove.  I was hoping I could do what Ian suggested and just lift and twist the engine so the left rear motor mount clears the steering column and box.  I will let you know how the rest of this adventure turns out.  Thanks again guys.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / I need some advise...
« on: September 20, 2012, 07:03:50 AM »
I am getting ready to pull the engine from my '29U.  Will it come out easily without removing the steering column and box?  I want to keep the steering in for now so I can move the car around.  Thanks for your help.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: 1934 dodge
« on: July 25, 2012, 06:19:20 AM »
Well, your first post about the car was about Jan. 1 (you had not even picked up the car yet).  Now at the end of July, the car is completely finished.  Amazing job.  Wish I could work that fast (and have things turn out well too!).  Great work.  A real inspiration!  Thanks for all the step by step posts as your work progressed.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: Sharing my good fortune...
« on: June 25, 2012, 05:18:31 PM »
Rich:  OK, I can do that.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: Sharing my good fortune...
« on: June 23, 2012, 05:04:02 AM »
reply to Jason A.  I intend to keep the box for sure.  I don't know yet if the other radiator I have leaks or not; still have to test it.  If it is good, I will use it instead and keep the box and radiator together; after all, the two have been together for 83 years!  The set makes a pretty cool item.  It still has the label of the shipping destination in Oakland CA (visible in picture).  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Sharing my good fortune...
« on: June 22, 2012, 04:44:57 PM »
Last week a street rodding neighbor called and said he was bringing a radiator over for me to look at.  He bought it sight-unseen from a friend who said it would fit his '32 International pickup street rod.  It wasn't right so he brought it over and asked me if I knew what the radiator fit; he was going to take it to a swap meet to sell.  What I saw was a "honey-comb" core vintage radiator still secured in the original wooden crate.  I told him it looked identical to the radiator in my '29 Plymouth coupe.  We pulled out the box and on the end of the crate was stenciled "radiator for Plymouth; 1929-30, 4 cyl".  Apparently no one bothered to look at the box!  I bought it right there.  I needed it for the restoration of my great-grandfathers coupe.  Sorry, it is not for sale.  But I thought some of you would like to see it.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Re: Great find!
« on: May 09, 2012, 06:35:47 AM »
There is a luggage rack on Ebay right now.  It looks in good condition but I am uncertain what car it fits.  Check it out; item #370610888759 or search 1929 plymouth.  That's is a very nice trunk.  mc

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