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General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: May 01, 2013, 08:33:31 PM »
Here's the latest wood fix.  The back top bow was broken at one end right at the dado that fits in the side beam.  Initially, I glued it in place but didn't like the result so I removed the bow to make a better repair.  I was afraid that if I didn't fix it right or make a new bow, it might fail during or after a new top installation.  So, the glue joint seemed pretty tight (break visible in picture "bow end 5"), but I put 2 small dowels through the break into good wood on either side.  These, coupled with the 1/8" plywood re-enforcmnent I will soon attach to both sides of each bow, should make the bows much stronger as well as re-enforcing the weak spots.  It might have been easier to just cut out new bows but each is a different length and each has a "bow" (about 1/2"+ above level) at the center (in simple terms, they are curved).  Hope this isn't too much detail or that I'm boring all you that have done your restorations.   

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: April 30, 2013, 04:01:03 PM »
Thanks Jason.  I appreciate hearing from one that has been down this same laborious road.  I expect making the parts will be easier than putting everything together and making it all fit!  Gotta go....wife just told me we've got no water pressure so have to go see what's going on at the well....don't ya luv it!!

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: April 30, 2013, 02:54:59 AM »
Got the new band saw blade and cut out the large thick corner piece.  Tomorrow I will do some hand-held belt sander work on it to shape it then cut the mortise.  I am leaving the mortise end a little long for now until I fit the various pieces together.  I began to cut out the strips of 1/8" plywood that I will use to reinforce each side of each of 4 bows.  The cutting was going easily compared to the thick corner piece but even though I was being very careful not to stress the blade, it broke again.  That's 2 today...they are just such small blades....I'm not really surprised.  I've got one more and I hope I can finish the plywood strips....6 to go, each 4 ft long.  But, overall it was a good day...not a lot done but progress!

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: April 29, 2013, 10:25:22 PM »
Well, some progress, but slow.  Milled one of the new wood pieces I need using a small table saw, a bench belt sander and a hand-held belt sander.  I am satisfied with the piece; I just haven't drilled the screw holes to secure it.  I am waiting to get everything together and then will dry fit the parts before making any necessary final modifications to the new replacement parts.  The 1/8" plywood strips are drawn on the sheet stock and ready to cut out but blade broke on the bench-top band saw so I have to make a trip to the store to find a new one.  I have 2 more parts to mill; maybe these will go a little faster now that I've got some experience with the finished one.  Not easy...nothing is square as the pictures show...lots of angles and compound curves.  But it's only wood for the concealed top structure so it doesn't have to be perfect, just solid enough to hold the fabric top in place and to provide base for attachment of the interior fabric.  I am attaching a picture of the completed piece (along with the matching piece from the left side and the rotted piece I'm replacing) and the next one to mill (along side the glued-up blank stock).  Life is good!  mc

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: April 23, 2013, 04:06:57 AM »
3 more pics to go with my previous post...

General Discussion / Re: I need some advise...
« on: April 23, 2013, 04:04:27 AM »
Well, today I got a good lick in on working on the top wood repair of the '29.  Finally made up my mind how I was going to go about it and started taking things apart.  I removed the top bows (4); laminating them with 1/8" plywood will be easier now.  Then I removed the heavy wood piece that supports the top rear of the cab above the rear window.  Had to use the sawzall to cut some wood screws that were installed before the sheet metal was applied so that was the only recourse.  That let me pull that piece out because the right end of it has rotted off.  This also exposed the sheet metal above the rear window making it easier to treat for rust and repaint.  Now, with the bows and rear beam gone (it supports the back end of the top slats), I have better access to the right rear corner where the dry rot is.  I'll post some pictures; it may take 2 posts.  At least I feel like I made some progress today, even if things are still being taken apart and not yet going back together! 

General Discussion / Re: Fuel Line Photos
« on: April 23, 2013, 03:37:27 AM »
checked my fuel line and while it is steel, there was no apparent seam in the tubing.  So, maybe it is a replacement.  I took a picture of the flared end on the engine side; the fuel tank end is the same.  I also used a blue arrow to point out the clip on the firewall post; was that used to secure the fuel line up to the vacuum canister?  Thanks.  Kim

General Discussion / Re: Fuel Line Photos
« on: April 22, 2013, 04:57:26 PM »
Thanks Jason.  I'll look for that.  Kim

General Discussion / Re: Fuel Line Photos
« on: April 22, 2013, 04:29:20 AM »
Hi Ted.  I have several photos for you (attached).  I do not know for sure that this is the original fuel line or that it is the original routing.  When I was given the car in about 1954 it already had an electric fuel pump on the firewall in place of the vacuum fuel canister.  So, you can take a look.  The fuel lines runs forward from the gas tank along the inside of the right frame rail.  At the front of the cab beneath the firewall there are two clips you can see in the picture that I believe secured the fuel line as it rose up from the frame to the vacuum fuel canister.  Pictures 1 & 2 are from the rear looking forward; pictures 3 & 4 are from the front looking back.  Hope this helps.  Kim

General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 20, 2013, 04:39:36 AM »
Last of Tucson '13 pictures

General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 20, 2013, 04:37:27 AM »
more Tucson '13 photos

General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 20, 2013, 04:34:51 AM »
Hey all.  I was asked to post some pictures of the cars at the Tucson meet.  There were no '28s or '29s except for one '29 sedan (with the parts in boxes) trailered to the meet and for sale for $6000.  There were about 28 cars that were judged as well as some others that just showed up.  I have about 11 pictures so there will be 3 consecutive posts. 

General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 20, 2013, 04:28:09 AM »
Hey OM.  I am bummed about the damage to my car but I am looking at the positive side of the experience.  Me and the car got to Tucson and back under our own power, safely, and with the tires on the pavement where they should be!

General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:19:56 AM »
Well, this is not about '28 or '29 Plymouths but I wanted to show you all something.  Many of you have probably heard about getting caught in sand storms on the desert and having your car sand blasted, literally.  It happened to me while returning from Tucson to my home in northern CA.  While driving I-10 in the vicinity of Palm Springs, we (me, a '37 coupe and a '40's coupe being pulled on a trailer) all got into a real doozy of a sand storm.  At one point the sand and dust in the air was so bad I could not see more than a couple of feet in front of me, and because I had pushed in the clutch to slow even more, the head wind brought me to a complete stop on the freeway!  I didn't know I had completely stopped because the dirt blowing past gave the illusion of forward movement.  I was completely shocked when I looked down at the road beneath me and saw that I was stopped!  Fortunately the pickup towing the 40's car was behind me protected my 6 o'clock, otherwise with those little '35 tail-lights obscured by blowing dirt, I am sure I would have been rear-ended.  But I wasn't the only one stopped.  It was truly incredible.  I am posting several pictures for comparison; the front and rear bumper (notice the difference in the paint above the bumpers) and the front and rear license plate (the front was as good as the back before the storm).  Additional damage includes all leading edges, all fenders, the cowl and trim, the windshield is toast and the trim is pitted, the wheels, trim rings and hubcaps also bought the farm.  But the car did great otherwise and went to Tucson and back (almost 2000 mi) with no major problems (except one vapor lock on the desert); I generally got 17-18 mpg (high 21 with tail wind and low 13 mpg with head wind) and it used 1 gallon of oil.  Need to check the alignment and will be installing seat belts; one feels pretty vulnerable on CA freeways without them.  I will also be looking at used covered trailers for my next big trip! 

General Discussion / Re: National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:47:46 AM »
Heaters; my '35 has none even though it spent it's first 75 years in Michigan! Go figure.  The '33 has a nice after-market heat that is correct for the year.  Tod Fitch, the owner, reports it works real well.  I don't know about the '37 and the '46 but I will find out.  We arrived in Tucson today.  No major problems for any of the cars.  Looking forward to tomorrow and checking out the cars that are already here and those that will arrive.  I am attaching some car pictures.  A couple of others joined us today in AZ; a '52 with trailer, and a '46 custom built "woody".   There is a group picture and one of me and my '35 out on the desert.  Stay tuned.  Kim

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