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About blucarsdn

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Ventura, CA
  • My Project Cars
    39 Plymouth P8 conv cpe
    36 Ford Deluxe 5 win cpe
    49 Olds 88 2dr club sdn

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    Ventura, CA
  • Interests
    Antique cars, out door activities, travel

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    retired
  1. 39 Side Mirrors?

    From my experience working on GM/Ford & DCPD vehicles for the past thirty plus years, I have found that the majority of the door hinge pins are basically the same, 1/4" with the upper portion being a splined affair in the upper portion. The info that DD supplied about replacing the hinge pins with new and re-installing the doors prior to painting is spot on. Once a door has been removed from the body, it can be a real chore re-installing it and getting properly aligned. I generally have a lot of body work skill, and the patience to go along with it, however, from time to time I encounter a door, fender, etc., that I have to call upon a pro to fix. A few years ago I was involved in the restoration of a second '39 Plymouth Conv Cpe.. On my postings on the POC web site I referred to the second '39 conv as the "Alabama Car". The car was reputedly "paint ready" when my friend purchased the car, all of the rust issues had been repaired, including a new floor pan. Serious issues started cropping up with car, doors, fenders, etc., did not fit correctly. After much work trying to get things to align properly it was found that the body and chassis was out of square. The vehicle was put on a frame machine which revealed that the chassis and body was 1.5" out of square. the entire chassis and body had to be cut apart and correctly re-aligned. Lots of work and naturally a lot of money because the first body man did not check the chassis for square and parallel before he reinstalled the body to the chassis and started the rust out repairs. Wm.
  2. 39 Side Mirrors?

    Lloyd, et-all I did an info search for hinge pin removal tools. Dennis Carpenter.com has then, TL100 @ 29.95. Eastwood also has the tool, same price.. Bill
  3. Spot light bracket #

    The '46-48 converts are very similar to my '39 conv. The shaft for the Mopar's is quite short, approximately 10.5" long.. My '39 came with Appleton spots and fogs.. That appears to be quite common on the '30/40 model DCPD's..
  4. 39 Side Mirrors?

    lloyd, I just purchased a pair, left/right w/hinge pins of the VW mirrors from JBugs.com, total price including shipping, $78.69. I had been thinking about purchasing an extra set of mirrors for my '36 for quite some time, my have been on the car since about 1964, they are original German VW and in excellent shape, however, do-do occurs when least expected. The door hinge pins can be very hard to remove. There is a tool made to remove the pins with very little beating on them with a 3/16 drift punch and a hammer. Spray some BLASTER on the hinges, letting it soak for a few days. I believe that Drake has the pin press tool. If you should need any body parts and/or accessories for your '39 Plym let me know. I parted out three '39 sedans when I was rebuilding my convertible coupe, have sold a lot of the extra parts that I had, however, I still have a lot of stuff, some of which is NOS. Bill
  5. 39 Side Mirrors?

    Lloyd, I would suggest the VW hinge pin mirrors, they are basically a no brainer.. I first saw the VW mirrors on a '36 Ford Roadster in about '63. I chased the car down because the mirrors, left and right, looked much better than the stock Ford hinge pin mirrors. I beat feet to the VW dealer and bought a set for my '36 Ford. As I mentioned in my comments about the '39 Plym, the right mirror is hard to see things in, this can be solved by putting a 3.5" fish-eye mirror over the original mirror.. With a fish-eye mirror glued over the original mirror you can see the entire right side of the car, fender, etc., with just a brief glance. I looked online, the VW mirrors are available from: jbugs.com 1946-1967 Beetle P#113857513AME left.. #11385714AME right at $24.95 each Hinge pins ...... 111857514 @ $6.95 ea... Wm..
  6. 39 Side Mirrors?

    The '37 through '41 DCPD open cars had a bolt-on wind wing that I don't like the looks of, they don't fit to the "A" pillar very well and they are very prone to getting broken. There are three 1/4-20 blind nuts incorporated into the door skin for the wind wings to attach to. I made a wooden "buck" out of hard wood to match the contour of the door, I then made a pattern of the wind wing base, transferred the pattern to a piece of aluminum and proceeded to hammer the aluminum into shape using plastic and/or wooden mallets. A little polishing and drilling the holes to match the door finished the mount. I then positioned the Swan mirror on the bracket, drilling same to match the screw pattern on the mirror base. I contacted Metro Rubber and purchased original style of rubber mounting pads... I mounted the units onto the doors using original style 1/4-20 bolts. Most people think the mirrors and base mounts are original equipment.. I kinda fib a little, responding to people's questions that the mirror assembly is a special California item, the same as my one piece rear gravel shield. I installed Volks Wagon door hinge pin mirrors on my '36 Ford coupe many years ago. They were a direct fit with no modifications. The DCPD's use the same size door pin a Ford, therefore I think the VW mirrors would be an easy fit..
  7. 39 Heater?

    The steering wheel knobs, necker/suicide made one handed driving very easy in the pre power steering cars. The free hand could to used for all kinds of mischief with a girl friend...
  8. 39 Side Mirrors?

    Jay Fisher, in NJ, 732 388-6442 has original style door hinge pin rear view mirrors for the '39 Plymn's, very pricey, last I heard about $450. a pair. I used the aftermarket "Swan" style of mirrors on my '39 Plym conv coupe, they look look like original equipment. The right had mirror is basically useless, however, I glue a 3.5" "fish-eye" mirror on top of the mirror, gives me great field of view and most people don't notice the mirror overlay.
  9. OPINIONS: Sound barriers (Dynamat)

    My upholster turned me onto a product call RoadKill, it is very similar to Dynamat but mush cheaper. RoadKill is sold on ebay. Current ad on ebay lists RoadKill for $112. 45 a box of 9 sheets ,18"x 32", 36 sq ft... Free shipping. I covered every piece of bare metal in my 39 Plym conv. cpe, including the doors and trunk/rumble seat area. The doors on my car sound like a frig door closing.. One trick I found was to buy a very good roller to install the mat. A good one will have a plastic roller with a hard wood handle and a threaded shaft connecting the two together. I first tried a wallpaper seam roller, Wrong!, Next bought a better one that came apart very quickly. I used a 1/2" thick foil faced, with a stiff foam core on the inside of my firewall. Glued it inplace with contact cement.. Wm.
  10. Rear valance/stone deflector

    I would have to surmise that you are referring to the flat metal shield that goes between the bumper and the body. It has been my experience that the '39 through '41 DCPD bodies are very similar, therefore, I woul think they would fit.. As to how correct they might be is another question.
  11. Where do you buy door checks?

    The door checks on my 39 Plym P8 conv cpe are a typical flat metal bar with a round rubber pad one end, open on the other with a 1/8" hole for the very stiff cotter pin. I looked all over for a source, finally ordered door checks for a 36 Ford from Bob Drake. had to shorten them down a bit and re-drill the hole for the pin. They worked great. I went to Drake because Ford and Chrysler used a lot of Briggs and Murray bodies. The deck lid seals, A & B pillar weather seals for the convertibles are the same, Ford & Chrysler 1936-41, maybe even later.
  12. Seats

    Bucket seats from a mid 80's 325 BMW fit perfectly in most older cars. I have used them in a couple of '39 Plym conv coupes, and a '49 Olds 88 2dr club sedan. The BMW 325 2dr sdn's have a very neat locking devise on the back cushion that is accessible from the driver' side or passenger side. The 325's are generally non-power so they are pretty inexpensive..Wm
  13. P-15 Convertible tacking strip

    I think that pretty well all of the GM conv't coupes had vacuum tops in '40, maybe '41, however, it is unlikely in '41 and later because the '41, etc. GM cars were much larger than the '40's. I talked to Hydro-Electric in Florida many years ago, over ten when I was trying to find info, parts, etc for my Plym. At that time I was told that they had nothing for the vacuum tops, steered me to a man in Colorado. I called him, he wanted $500. to rebuild my cylinders. When I contacted him a few months later there was no response to my phone calls, eventually the phone was out of service. As I have said earlier, I'm going to change my top system to an all electric system, I have spent to much time and money trying to make a pigs ear into a silk purse. Wm
  14. P-15 Convertible tacking strip

    It would appear that the location and size of the assist spring changed some time in 1940. I have one drawing, no date, that shows the spring in the '39 position, going down to the floor pan. Another drawing shows the spring being shorter and going to the "B" pillar. The vacuum top on the '40 Fords were a one year only item. Ford went to an all electric system in 1941. I have attached two pix of my car, rear view and interior
  15. Leaf Spring options

    The redesigned rear shackles that I used on my '39 Plym allowed me to use a little heavier rear spring to compensate for the rumble seat my convertible has, I was able to use modern bushings in both the upper and lower positions of the shackles.Since the Plymouths use such a long spring, which the original "u" shaped shackle allows for in order to prevent bottoming out of the shackle on the rear cross member of the frame. My redesigned "C" shaped shackle also eliminates interference with the cross member. Wm. .
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