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Thanks, guys...SDGlenn, your way (which I might try) seems the same way as in the Model A videos...

Ian - your and my way appear the same except you use no choke...interesting.

Anyone else?

General Discussion / Starting Procedures - How do you start your car?
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:44:50 PM »
Just curious on how you start your old Plymouth when it's cold...what is your "procedure" that works best for you?  I got this thought after watching some You Tube videos and came across videos about " How to start your Model A".  So, tell me how you do it since I may learn something here as I always do...

For me, I turn the engine over a few times by pushing the starter button (with the ignition off) to get the oil somewhat circulated.  Then I turn on the key which gets my fuel pump running and then tap the gas pedal a few times, with my left foot on the gas and right foot over the starter.

As I then push on the starter with my right foot (left foot over/on the gas), the advance is all the way in (different than what the Model A owners say - retard the spark until car is started for both electric and crank starting) and the choke is half way out.  As the car is turning over and attempting to start, I then start pushing the choke in until it starts (this is assuming my battery has a good charge!).  Once started, I get the idle smoothed out by playing with the choke (if needed) and eventually pushing the choke all the way in.  I let the car idle a few minutes before heading on my way...

Now it's your turn to I said above, I may learn something here so let me know!


General Discussion / Re: Fuel delivery problem?
« on: March 07, 2013, 05:46:34 AM »
Thanks for the replies...I will try Ian's method to see how that does as well as replacing the fuel filter; for what it's worth, the filter is between the tank and the fuel pump.

Chet - The car has a Carter 6v fuel pump with an in-line dial-type pressure regulator.


General Discussion / Fuel delivery problem?
« on: March 04, 2013, 06:47:34 PM »
Good Morning:

I took the Plymouth to a show this past Saturday that made for a 90+ mile round trip.  The car ran great on the way down, but on the way back, it seemed to "stumble" a little every few miles...

After several miles at my cruising speed of 40 mph, the car would start to buck a little and decelerate.  I would "play" with the choke a little to see if that would help and it seemed to sometimes, even though that might have been phsycological if anything.  What got the car "normal" again was by letting off the throttle until it "gathered" itself up (at the same time, the speed decreasing to 32-33 mph) and then I could slowly work my way back up to speed.  Then, it would do it again...sometimes after a few miles, sometimes after about a mile.

Again, it did not do this on the way down at all.  Also, it never did this at slower speeds and in stop and go traffic; ONLY during sustained 40 mph driving.  Filiing up the tank on the way home didn't seem to help things either.

I plan on replacing the fuel filter first to see if that helps, since that would be the easiest thing to do first for trial and error purposes.

Any thoughts or other things I should consider at this point?  Thanks!

General Discussion / Re: Klaxon Horn Maintenance
« on: February 18, 2013, 07:12:41 PM »
My Klaxon 12C on my '29 (supposedly correct according to the parts catalog) is an ahh-oo-gah horn with the rotating motor.  So what part is the "agitator"?

General Discussion / Re: Klaxon Horn Maintenance
« on: February 17, 2013, 04:44:39 PM »
Is the agitator the flat diaphram vibrating piece or something else?

General Discussion / Re: Radiator cap question
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:54:05 PM »
Doug, from the pictures, that is a nice looking roadster and nice price, too.

Old Man, caps for sale: Don Summer, 105 Kinross, Clawson MI, 48017.  248.435.6115 or 435.2916 no web or email.  From "The Plymouth Bulletin" Parts Reproducers section.

Advertising 28-29, 31-32 parking cap; 31-32 goddess; 33 goddess (lock-on) and hood ornament; 34 & 35 ship.  Did not list a 30, but might be worth a call.  I bought one for 29.  Very nice, and you pay for it!


I've got a repro by Don that I've had for 10 years that is beautiful...not cheap, but well worth it and it looks better on the car than my "repaired" original!

If you need a cap, I would definitely invest in one!

General Discussion / Re: Fuel line size
« on: January 04, 2013, 04:48:36 PM »
frank - I'd love to see more photos of your car...if you don't want to post on here, you could send to me at



General Discussion / Re: Fuel line size
« on: January 02, 2013, 05:30:28 PM »
frankp - is that your engine compartment?  Looks great...are those the correct colors for everthing?  My vacuum tank and air cleaner are both black...

General Discussion / Re: Fuel line size
« on: January 02, 2013, 03:41:44 AM »
No return line...pump has been on the car since 2003.  I have a new one just like it as a back up.

General Discussion / Re: Fuel line size
« on: December 31, 2012, 06:53:48 PM »
My Carter 6v pump is rated at 6 psi, so I am hoping and assuming the regulator is keeping the pressure under control...if it ain't broken, don't fix it :)

Is there a 6v pump out there that put out 2 psi where no regulator is needed?  Just wondering...

General Discussion / Re: Fuel line size
« on: December 29, 2012, 07:00:23 PM »
Thanks Ian and Craig...

Years ago, a 6v Carter fuel pump was installed on the frame near the tank (with a see-through in-line fuel filter installed between the tank and the pump).  I am going to leave the pump in place and just wanted to "clean up" and possibly re-do the lines.  There is also an older round metal fuel pressure regulator (Chicago Rawhide) in-line on the frame 2-3' before the carburetor...set on #2...not really sure if it works or not.

Besides all that, the car runs great and if you saw my earleir post on distance driving, just came back from a 200+ mile trip over Thankgiving.

Anyone else on here using an electric fuel pump on their old Plymouth?

General Discussion / Re: Fuel line size
« on: December 29, 2012, 05:02:13 AM »
No one on here knows or cares to share?

General Discussion / Fuel line size
« on: December 27, 2012, 04:20:34 AM »
Can someone tell me what the correct size fuel line is for our cars?  Also, is it the same size from the tank to the vacuum tank and then to the carburetor?


General Discussion / Re: Distance Driving
« on: November 29, 2012, 04:23:27 AM »
Well, the trip to and from was a success.  Over 200 miles of great driving and perfect weather...very happy with the car.  I brought several hand tools, a gallon of distilled water, a quart of oil, car cover and detailing supplies for the show.  Didn't need anything other than the detailing supplies!

Also had my GPS to check the speed.  It turns out I'm only 2 mph off.  40 mph on the speedometer is 42 on the GPS.

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