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General Discussion / Re: 1929 U windshield removal?
« on: May 17, 2018, 04:08:47 PM »
Not aware of a list, and unfortunately not too many issues that I am aware of.

General Discussion / Re: Dave's 1929 U Resto project
« on: May 07, 2018, 04:27:44 PM »
Looking for maximum vacuum.  19hg was the maximum vacuum I could get with the distributor advanced the most it could go; backing down a degree or two (17hg for me) to prevent too much/over advance of the timing...settled in nicely and fine tuned at the carb. 

General Discussion / Re: Dave's 1929 U Resto project
« on: May 04, 2018, 05:06:41 PM »
It was "old man" who mentioned the vacuum gauge a few years ago...worth a try and will also show if other issues.  My reading was a steady needle at max 19hg then backed off to 17hg so timing not too far advanced.

I was never able to get the screw out of the head over #4...I ended up taking the side cover off turned over the motor by hand until all the valves for each cylinder were aligned in there "correct" position...luckily it worked!

General Discussion / Re: Dave's 1929 U Resto project
« on: May 01, 2018, 06:53:54 PM »
When I was having some timing and running issues a couple years ago (since fixed - needed a new distributor base) my compression test results at the time were as follows (motor was rebuilt in the '80's):

#1 = 57
#2 = 62
#3 = 59
#4 = 57

After the car was running, I used a vacuum gauge to adjust the timing.  Max vacuum was 19hg and backed it down to 17hg.  From there, fine tuned at the carburetor.

General Discussion / Re: Check out what I bought! 29 model U!
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:06:08 PM »
I wouldn't change a thing and just maintain it...looks great!

General Discussion / Re: Renovate wooden wheels
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:18:40 PM »
You should be able to find a thread on here from when I did mine about a year ago.  Since pics were posted at the time through Photobucket, they may not show up.  Basically, a local hot rod restoration shop did mine - no one else wanted to touch it.  Masked the wood and cleaned/gently blasted the metal.  Then the spokes were sanded smooth and I had everything painted the body color (acrylic enamel) and another man pinstriped the darker green color of the car.  Should be some photos of the car in the photo section.

General Discussion / Re: plating on different parts...
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:11:40 PM »
I had my bumper supports powder coated gloss black at the same time I had my wheel rims done.

General Discussion / Re: plating on different parts...
« on: April 13, 2018, 05:36:48 PM »
Mine are black as well.  Everything else with the bumpers is chrome on mine.

General Discussion / Re: plating on different parts...
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:12:31 PM »
I've seen wheels in cadmium and black.  I did mine black after seeing the old black and white photo of a '29 roadster on the assembly line with black wheels and body colored spokes (and pin striping).

My headlights are chrome and original.  My bumpers were chrome (had re-chromed); not sure if original.

General Discussion / Re: 29 Build Thread - Part 2
« on: March 29, 2018, 03:37:19 PM »
What Frank said!

General Discussion / Re: Wood wheel
« on: March 27, 2018, 05:14:50 PM »
Frank, your '29 U has 19" wheels?  Mine are 20"

General Discussion / Re: 29 Sedan Roof comments welcomed
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:36:08 PM »
Yeah, the slotted screws are good for another 5HP.

General Discussion / Re: Interior door handle finish
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:51:17 AM »
My exteriors are chrome and the interiors were nickel I assume...looked like the worn pot metal and the holes were "rounded out".  I replaced both interior handles with Model A Roadster chrome handles...not correct, but look great!

General Discussion / Re: 29 Build Thread - Part 2
« on: March 10, 2018, 02:04:40 AM »
Well, I'm glad everyone took my comments as just comments and no one got upset...I was wondering if I was going to get "hammered" with replies :)

Anyway, regardless of which way you go Chet, I'm sure it's going to look great when done.  Whatever you are happy with is what matters most.

General Discussion / Re: 29 Build Thread - Part 2
« on: March 07, 2018, 06:52:10 AM »

My dash and firewall are body colored, which may or may not be correct (I BELIEVE the dash, at least, is correct).  I see what the judging guide says, but is this fact for every Plymouth ever made or the interpretation of someone who wrote the guide?  Who knows if every car came off the assembly line this way without any variation, whether we're talking about firewall color or anything related to these cars.  Unfortunately, it seems there is a lot of "guesswork" on how they came out of the factory.  Seems like no one really knows 100% and we have to rely on original examples and/or photos which may not always be consistent with each other.

I commend Chet for his due diligence in trying to get his car as accurate as possible, as I would do the same.  Personally, I would go with body color on the firewall like later Mopars...So back to my question, is the guide "gospel" and 100% factual or a best "guesstimate" of how things were or should be?   

I would like to know, not trying to start an argument with anyone.


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