Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by rekbender

  1. rekbender

    1939 Plymouth Coupe

    My lever was straight back and forth - back against the seat was direct, forward was overdrive. The linkage was uncomplicated and could be easily fabricated if you wanted to save some money. Since mine was in a stock '32 Ford chassis, the OD unit was incorporated in the torque tube - no external brackets. I bought the car as an unfinished project and the OD was already installed in the tube. It was beautifully done, probably by Mitchell
  2. rekbender

    1939 Plymouth Coupe

    I had a Mitchell OD (26% overdrive) in a Ford flathead powered roadster a while back.It did require a second lever to engage, kind of cool in hot rod. It got lots of questions. It was synchronized and work perfectly, and had a speedo drive on the output shaft. I always used the clutch to go in and out. Not as slick as an R10, but you could split shift - I didn't. The Mitchell product seemed to be extremely well designed and built, but expensive. I don't know if parts are still available.
  3. rekbender

    Show your tools.

    I found these a few years ago in a closed tire shop. Dynatrue tire truer and Atlas "Tune In" on car balancer. They were going to be sold for scrap. Of course I had to save them.
  4. rekbender

    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    I'm a fair weather driver. The '36 was stored inside an old garage from 1957 thru 2005, and hasn't been wet in 60 years. The '49 is a 40 year old restoration and leaks in lots of annoying little places in the rain. I just drove it today, and now it's in for an oil change.
  5. rekbender

    Engine swapping

    I had the same experience with my '36 Plymouth. '58 Dodge 230 with a '48 Plymouth 4bolt flywheel, '36 bell housing, '36 starter. It has worked fine for 9 years. At the time, I was unaware of the 230 crank flange difference, so I just blindly bolted everything together. Patmac, post some pictures of how everything fits. My '36 bell housing looks just like bones44's.
  6. rekbender

    Transmission Identification

    The transmission may have a number stamped at the top rear of the case. Pictures are of '35, '36 and '37 Plymouth transmissions. The last two digits of number on the left side appears to indicate the year the transmission was assembled. The model designation is stamped on the right side. PJ for 1935, P1 for 1936. I've seen build dates stamped on the front case edges of later 3 speeds. Could you post pictures?
  7. rekbender

    Topping up gearbox oil

    Thanks for the info. The oil I used after replacing the bronze stop rings is rated GL5, although the label on the back says it's a suitable replacement for GL2/3/4. I purchased GL1 at Tractor Supply ($17.99 for 2 gallons) this afternoon, and since the car the car is on the rack now for it's pre-season servicing, I will drain the transmission and fill it with GL1 tomorrow. These were my last two NOS stop rings so I hope to make them last.
  8. rekbender

    Topping up gearbox oil

    Is it the white metal synchronizer stop rings that are affected? How about the brass stop rings in the earlier transmissions? Any other information GL! versus GL4/5 would be helpful. I had a brass second gear stop ring fail suddenly and completely in my '49 transmission last summer - is this the result of the wrong oil? I replaced the stop rings and it shifts great, but I'm afraid of what's in the transmission now.
  9. rekbender

    Door latch and striker for 52 plymouth

    Just a guess, but I think the latch (lock) was painted. Yesterday I removed the latch from a 1951 or 1952 Plymouth convertible door. The inner door frame still has it's original mint green or Nile green paint. It appears that they assembled as much of the door as they could before painting, The latch goes in first, then the rear glass channel. The latch remote control rod was assembled to the door shell as well as the window regulator regulator, the door hinges were attached to the shell, and the door was painted. These components all were painted on this door. Then door glass, stops, vent window, handle, lock, even the little wedge on the door jamb were attached to the painted door. If the door and striker were adjusted prior to painting, I'd guess the striker was painted as well, but maybe not if final door adjustments had to be made later. There are traces of green paint on the latch rotor, but only on one tooth which makes sense as only it was exposed. If this door was a later replacement, who knows. There has to be someone here with an original paint car who can shed more light on this.
  10. rekbender

    Driver side door lock assy.

    I forgot this picture - a tiny set screw and jam nut holds the cover. With my old, stiff fingers, I dropped the screw twice and almost lost it.
  11. rekbender

    Driver side door lock assy.

    I replaced my driver's door latch rotor yesterday with the parts from an ebay Roto-Lokit kit yesterday - what an improvement! I went a little further and removed the latch so I could repair the protruding bar that slides over the striker and supports the door when closed. Both the bar and striker were pretty badly worn and the door didn't close or open smoothly. I welded up the worn area, and ground and filed it smooth again. The last step was installing a new striker. The door opens and latches like new. You might want to remove the latch and check for broken springs on the pawl that locks the rotor. I noticed the broken spring on a spare latch I'd planned to use. Luckily, the latch from the door was fine. Well worth the effort, just follow the directions - I used a cutoff wheel to remove the cap and rotor.
  12. rekbender

    Vacuum Advance part number? 1948 Dodge coupe

    Point well taken. I've probably been lucky, but the NOS vacuum chamber on my '36 Plymouth has been functioning since spring of 2009. I put another NOS chamber on the IAT distributor ('51 engine) in my '49 last spring - so far so good. I would NOT rely on an NOS or NORS fuel pump today. Both of my fuel pumps have modern, alcohol resistant diaphragms installed. The raised loop in the steel vacuum line from the carburetor is supposed to help keep liquid fuel from collecting in the line, and the line is evacuated each time the engine is started, so maybe this has helped. I just bought spare IAT-2023RG NOS chamber on ebay last week - it was too cheap to pass up - which I plan to carry in the '49.
  13. rekbender

    Vacuum Advance part number? 1948 Dodge coupe

    My Auto-lite book shows their part number as VC-2082R. There are two of these NOS on ebay right now. Bernbaum lists them as well. I've had great results with NOS Auto-lite.
  14. rekbender

    Replacement Radiator Cap Source

    This old Stant Everseal box shows an R-1 radiator cap as correct for a 1938 Chrysler. Unfortunately, it's full of R-2's.
  15. Thanks for the download - excellent information.
  16. According to my Autolite Maintenance and Operation Manual (1950), generators GDZ-4801, A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H, K,Q,R,T all share the same specs. Output given is 8V, 35 Amps max, at 2000 RPM max. Regulator is VRP-4001A. Maybe the letter suffix has something to do with the pulley size or design, possibly the end frames were indexed differently? I have a GDZ-4801-A I could take some pictures of.
  17. rekbender

    Coffee cup holders

    Made this for my '36 Plymouth.
  18. rekbender

    Bellhousing details for transmission swaps

    I bought a truck load of '35 Plymouth parts, so I thought I'd bring this thread back and add this 1935 Plymouth PJ bell housing. Very similar to the '36, but the '35 has an additional boss at the top to accommodate the starter pedal linkage, no screen riveted over the cooling vents at the top as was added for '36, and two tapped bolt holes in the right trans mount bracket for an exhaust pipe hanger. CASTING # 636140-5 1935 PLYMOUTH PJ ANGLED BRACKETS FOR MOUNTS 7 3/4" DEPTH 4 1/8" HOLE
  19. rekbender

    Help !! truck shipping

    Give Annamarie a call. She has shipped two cars for me in 2017 and both went with no problems. She knows her guys, gets it done promptly, and and is very professional. Annamarie Wilcox My Car Transport Office: 847-426-3104 Cell: 813-484-6070 Email: mycar@yourcartransport.com Web: www.yourcartransport.com Member of The Better Business Bureau
  20. rekbender

    air cleaner conversion

    Here are some different versions of the oil bath air cleaners. I think the one on the left is the best looking, most compact of the four. To answer your questions, the housing for the filter mesh must be removed from the lid, and then as Jerry Roberts said, take your aid cleaner top and bottom to a parts store and try different paper elements until you find one that will fit. I don't know the year of my modified air cleaner - probably late '40's or early '50's. The element in that one is a Purolator A14380. It looks like an air compressor filter.
  21. rekbender

    air cleaner conversion

    bluefoxamazone, I really like the the way your convertible looks, it appears to be so stock and untouched - just my kind of car. The factory oil bath air cleaner isn't particularly beautiful, but form does follow function. I personally would keep the factory unit, or at least the factory look if I were running a single carburetor. Here are some pictures of a modified factory oil bath from my collection of stuff. Yes, the filter mesh was gutted, but when assembled it looks stock. Maybe the best of both worlds, maybe not. At least, it's easy to service.
  22. rekbender

    Notches in Pan Gasket?

    The notches fit around the ridges (red arrows) on the rear main bearing cap and the aluminum oil pan plate in front of the front main bearing cap. Adhere the gasket to the block and the cork strips to the pan front and rear retainers. Be sure to leave about 1/8" of the cork strips extending past to bottom pan to insure a tight fit at these corners. Put a dab of silicone on each of the notches before you install the pan.
  23. rekbender

    Sub Zero Challenge

    Does anyone else run a Pines winter front when it's cold?
  24. rekbender

    35/36 dash

    I've owned both a '35 and '36 plymouth coupe. They looked quite similar, but there were many differences between the bodies in the cowl, roof, windshield, windows, doors, etc. , even the steering column supports were different- the '36 was referred to as a new body. The '36 convertible used the '35 convertible cowl, but the convertible dashes were different from the closed cars. The swap could probably be done, but I'd stay with a '36 dash. 1st pic is '35, 2nd is '36.
  25. rekbender

    Starting my truck in cold weather

    In addition to following P15-D24's excellent advice, both my P2 and P18 are kept on battery tenders. The P2 has a fuel pump with a priming lever, while the P18 has an electric priming pump. With the battery always fully charged and a float chamber full of today's fuel, both cars start almost immediately.

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.

Terms of Use