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General Discussion / great source for early Plymouth information
« on: January 22, 2019, 07:41:31 PM »
I recently revisited Tod Fitch's web-site that is a gold mine of valuable information about vintage Plymouths.  While exploring the site I discovered model specification information that I had previously overlooked.  I thought it would be worthwhile to pass this along on the forum as there are frequent questions posted about various mechanical tolerances and standards of adjustment.  I am going to describe step by step instructions to retrieve the great work Tod has done to consolidate all these details for us.  If you are already aware of this you can skip the remainder of this post.

First, go to
Home page will appear with Home, Model Info, Repair, Parts, etc; click on Model Info
On Model Info page there will be a line with Intro, Q, U, 30-U, PA, PB, etc; click on your Plymouth model (I am using U as an example)
After clicking on the model you choose, U in my case, that page will come up (1929 Plymouth in my case)
On the year model Plymouth page, (Engineering Code xx), there's a list Highlights & commentary, Production & Serial Nos, Specifications, etc
Click on Specifications; there beneath a brief table a line states Detailed Specifications & Standards of Adjustment are on another page
Click on Detailed Specifications & Standards of Adjustment; a multi-page table will show the many specifications for your selected model

Hope these directions are clear.  Try it, you'll like it.  And Thank you Tod Fitch.

General Discussion / where do these go...?
« on: May 06, 2018, 06:38:40 PM »
While gathering parts to go for powder coating I came across these 2 pieces that I failed to label.  I can remember what they are or where they go.  I am feeling pretty stupid to have to ask but this is driving me nuts.  There are captured nuts on the side arms which had large rubber washers on the back side (for vibration?).  I don't know how thick the washers were either.  Thanks for the help.  mc

Things you are looking for. / Bumper plates, again
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:33:29 PM »
I am still looking to buy 2 "bumper plates" (picture attached).  Bent, cracked, or even broken parts are acceptable.  The face on the ones I have is flat, not slightly curved like one I bought off the internet.  Thanks for your help.  Kim Mc
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Things you are looking for. / bumper plates
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:24:42 AM »
I would like to buy 2 "bumper plates" (picture attached).  Bent, cracked, or even broken parts are acceptable.  The face on the ones I have is flat, not slightly curved like one I bought off the internet.  Thanks.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / plating on different parts...
« on: April 12, 2018, 02:07:38 AM »
On the early Plymouths, like my '29, there seem to have been different plating coatings used on different parts.  I could use some help with this.

steel wheel rims:  cadmium   Did anything else receive cadmium plating?
bumpers:  chrome or nickel?  I've seen lots of chrome but an old timer told me they were nickel originally.  What is the consensus?
headlights and radiator cowl:  chrome?  My headlights are original (I believe) and chrome.  Same for radiator cowl?
door handles and window cranks:  nickel 

Did I leave anything out?  Thanks for the help.  Kim

General Discussion / engine bay splash pans....
« on: November 21, 2017, 01:18:53 AM »
I have what I think is the passenger side "splash pan" that goes alongside the engine at the oil pan level in my '29 coupe (picture attached).  However, I just have the one and I have no idea what the piece on the other side looks like or even if there is one on the driver's side.  If one of you could send me a picture of the driver's side splash pan, I would appreciate it.  Then I can start looking for a replacement.  Thanks for the help.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / paint colors for vintage plymouths
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:18:08 AM »
I have searched the internet for good examples of color combinations for my old Plymouth.  I recently looked at TCP Global as I used their paint on another vehicle.  Many of you probably already know of this site but I was excited to find what I believe is the exact color combination for my 1929 business coupe (chrome green dark).  Here is the link (you can enlarge the samples by double clicking to get a larger image to look at).   Now you just have to decide which color fits your car.  Kim

General Discussion / National Plymouth Meet, Tucson AZ
« on: April 08, 2013, 09:17:24 PM »
I am leaving tomorrow to drive my '35 to Tucson along with a '33 2dr sedan, '37 coupe, and a '46 sedan from the SF Bay area.  The one-way trip is over 900 mi and will all be on 2-lane roads; should be an interesting adventure!  I was thinking that if any forum members wanted me to get a picture of something on a particular model/year car I would try to do that if you will reply to this post with the specific request.  I'll also try to post some pictures of our trip and the event.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / an engine question...
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:08:02 PM »
I've taken my '29 engine (original) to a rebuilder.  I believe it to be in good condition (it still turns over easily), has about 60K miles on it, but hasn't been run since the 50's.  I was thinking about installing inserts until I read the two threads on this forum about babbitt vs. inserts.  Now I'm leaning towards staying with the babbitt.  And, maybe the babbitt bearings in it don't need replacement.  Anyhow, I'm looking for guidance from all of you with experience (or opinion) regarding rebuilding these early engines.  I just plan to drive mine occasionally just for the enjoyment; I'm not trying to build a show car or a daily driver.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks.  Kim

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 / 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 / front fenders
« on: September 25, 2011, 01:33:29 AM »
Can anyone tell me if '28 sedan front fenders are the same as '29 business coupe front fenders?  Thanks.

I'm working on restoration of my '29 biz coupe.  I know cooling the '29 engine can be an issue since it doesn't have a water pump.  Also, summer air temperatures in the central valley of CA where I live could present a challenge to keeping the engine running cool when driving it in during hot weather.  I was wondering if anyone out there has experimented with placing a small 6v in-line water pump alongside the lower radiator hose to force more water through the radiator?  Would this work?  Could it overwhelm the radiator flow capacity and force water out the overflow (thereby making the overheating problem potentially a bigger problem).  It seems to me that such a strategy could work and would not require major modifications.  I would appreciate hearing thoughts and ideas, especially from anyone who may have tried this or other modifications to improve engine cooling.  Thanks.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / Changing a tire on my 29U coupe
« on: March 21, 2010, 03:48:56 AM »
I've never changed a tire on one of these old split rims.  I have the split rim tool but I don't know how to use it.  Also, I don't know the correct procedure to unmount the old tire and mount the replacement.  Are "how to" instructions available anywhere or can someone brief me on the correct procedure/process?  Thank you.  Kim Mc

General Discussion / radiator shell repair question
« on: March 04, 2010, 07:55:49 PM »
The metal edge of the radiator shell around the radiator fill hole has corroded away (picture attached).  Can someone advise me if this can be repaired and who might have the skills to make the repair?  Thanks guys.  Kim

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