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  1. Plymouthcranbroo..........you asked about the Oz market and whilst I have never seen anything definative my understanding is that the Oz market wasn't really big enough to justify a wide range of vehicles.........which is why mopars for example generally were all based on the Plymouth chassis with the Plymouth/Dodge/DeSoto or Chrysler front sheet metal and various versions of the chrome moldings, head & tailights and differing upholstery and interior appointments, mostly all based on the volume seller, a 4 door sedan........2 door cars were occaisonally built, such as the Utes and sometimes Coupes but from WW2 onwards it was essentially the 4dr and ute that satified the marketplace, it wasn't till the late 60's when the Valiant line which had taken over the Mopar product line in Australia released the Valiant 2 dr Hardtop in the 1969 VF series and 1970 VG Series, both based on the 1968 US Dodge Dart 2 dr Hardtop.......up till then the valiant range consisted of the 4dr sedan, 4dr Wagon and 2 dr Ute, which still only used the 4dr front doors.......when the 1971 VG series valiants were released all hell broke loose..........we got a 4dr Sedan and 4dr Wagon, a 2 door Hardtop( Valiant and/or Chrysler Hardtop), as well as a 2dr fastback, the Valiant Charger on a 10" shorter wheelbase no less...as well as the 2 dr Ute still with the 4dr front door plus a longed for Valiant Panel Van or Sedan Delivery to US eyes.............now all Oz car manufacturing is gone, no Valiants, Holdens or Ford or jap buzz boxes either..............andyd
  2. Timo.......I have had a similar situation as I live in Australia and parts books are VERY hard to find, if not impossible, workshop manuals to suit the Oz made mopars are available but are limited in what they tell you................I can't help re your question as everything I have is to suit the 1940 Dodge and or 1941 Plymouth although I do have various workshop manuals up till the 1960's but they are no use re actual part numbers......why are you asking re the pictured radiator....is it on ebay and you don't have a radiator for your car?...........anyway Welcome Aboard, hopefully these guys can help you with your car......regards, Andy Douglas
  3. Great work, good to see that it got a proper paint job, clean & shiney....I'm sure it will appreciate your work.........its basically what we here in Oz had tho' we only ever got the 4 door sedans, no two doors or anything else..........I'd love to see some more pics, interior, rear 3/4 shots, whatever.........its a real credit to you, thanks............andyd
  4. Andydodge

    Ruckus1940

    Welcome aboard from Sunny Sth Grafton, Australia......I have an Oz assembled D15 1940 Dodge but it uses the Oz body shell and Plymouth chassis, 2 " shorter than the D14......I checked the sales brochure I have and it lists the overall length of the Oz D14 at 196 inches on the 119" wheelbase, the width is not listed in the brochure nor in the John Lee Standard Catalog of Chrysler book...........I'll measure my car and get back asap.........Andy Douglas
  5. JSabah............that work on the dash using an airbrush is SERIOUSLY NICE.......an absolute credit to you.......... and Frank, that white D24 is also a beautful example of a Bomba with exceptionally nice woodgrain..........great work on both cars.............andyd
  6. Keith..........have just come back from the local Wings & Wheels car & plane show put on by the South Grafton Aero Club at their airfield........had about 80 cars, 20 bikes and 30 light aircraft, even a pair of ex RAAF aircraft, a Winjeel, a trainer and another who's name escapes me.........lol...........of the cars there were 6 hotrods, including my 1940 Dodge, one restored a 1928 Chev Tourer and various street cars from the 50's to 1980's, no prizes, just a chance with a fine day in early winter to show our vehicles, talk and meet old and new friends........your report sounds just like what I have just experienced only on a much larger scale but its the same thing...........we get a nice warm feeling from the appreciation and thanks we get and the memories we rekindle..............thanks for the great report..........Andy Douglas
  7. If you are doing the rear main seal make sure to include replacing the "side" seals.........there are two versions of these, as far as I know the various kits/gasket sets include both types........andyd
  8. The first number in the radial tyre sizing refers to the tyre width, personally if using a stock 5" rim I wouldn't put anything larger than a 205.......when I ran 15x6 and 15x7 rims on the 41 Plymouth I had 195 and 235 tyres.......on my Dodge with 6" front rims I have 205 width tyres.........the rear rims are 10" with 275 tyres.........lol..........BUT for me 195/205 tyres are what I'd use with 5" rims.........regards from Oz......and Welcome Aboard...........andyd
  9. Welcome aboard from Oz............these guys know their stuff.............first I'd be getting a Workshop Manual and read it cover to cover, even the things you think you know you'll learn something new, as for the brakes, what Keith says is correct, go through everything.........you mention that you replaced the entire fuel system because a screwdriver was dropped into the tank......why did you replace everything?.......fuel would not have affected the screwdriver........unless it was made of something that was meltable by fuel?.........I'm not trying to be a PITA but honestly I'd be getting the shop manual asap, ideally a paper version, rather than a CD..........the mention of a rear brake drum puller is good advice as the rear drums are held onto the rear axle via that centre nut and a 5/16th keyway......also if its basically stock it should have the left & right handed wheel bolts that screw INTO the drums and should have the letter "L" on the top of the bolts indicating the left handed ones.........I've attached a pic of the puller I have used, you need the biggest one you can find, one that is held onto the drum by 3 of the wheel bolts...........as for rebuilding the brakes, ideally I'd see if you can get the wheel cylinders resleeved with either stainless or brass sleeves or try mopar guys like Roberts or Bernbaums.............so long as the brake lines are in good condition then they should be o/k but its probably good to replace the rubber brake hoses on each front wheel and the rear brake hose that attaches onto the rear axle as these start to perish after a while, also replace the brake shoes either get them relined or Bernbaums I think offer a kit...............regards from Oz.......Andy Douglas
  10. Welcome Aboard from Oz.........I like the DeSoto.....don't think I've ever seen a pic of one, certainly never seen one in the flesh as all mopars post war were 4dr sedans based essentially on the Plymouth 4 dr body shell with variations of the Plymouth, Dodge or DeSoto grilles and body moldings etc and for a few years in the mid/late 50's some Utes and a few wagons.......hardtops just didn't arrive..........nice car..........andyd
  11. YUK!!!..............lol..........would a 2 or 3 groove pulley from another model fit and have the grooves line up?.........have never seen a pulley off anything cracked like that.......bizzaar!..........andyd
  12. What I did with the 41 Plymouth was to use some allthread or long bolts with the same thread as the striker plate screws and cut off the bolt heads then screw the allthread into the plate which was long enough to stop the plate dropping into the abyss yet allow me to remove the striker plate and replace it..........also its worth checking but I think there is the ability to use the opposite lock assemblys as a swap, ie, drivers front and passenger rear swap and passenger front and drivers rear swap, obviously from a 4dr sedan but the rear door stuff generally gets much less use and is in better condition for swapping from a parts car or also maybe available at a better price for a NOS piece than the front door pieces........andyd
  13. Dodgeb4ya.........whats the "timberliner" script on the dash pic from?...........andyd
  14. Mark..........its surprising how many old cars have that ventilation option yet its not mentioned on any list of factory options.........must have been a dealer installation via letting the cars sit uncovered in open paddocks or fields prior to making the trip to the new car lot............lol.........andyd.
  15. The door adjustment as far as I know is on the door pillar by loosening the striker plate screws..at least thats how the adjustment was on the 1941 Plymouth Coupe I had worked......but just be careful not to undo completely or remove the screws as I found there wasn't any "captive" nut plate and I nearly lost the plate into the pillar........andyd
  16. Those knobs are hot rod aftermarket knobs, maybe SoCal or similar, also check Speedways catalog as I'm pretty sure they sell those as well........BTW I like the flow through floor ventilation option .........lol...........hows the rest of the car re rust?.......andyd........
  17. Nick.........we all have to learn somehow.........tho' just a tip, I never place a stub axle in a vice with the vice jaws clamping on the king pin bush area, to me its just inviting the vice jaws to ever so slightly crush the area where the king pin bush fits...........if you have to remove the bush clamp the stub axle on the upper or lower brake backing plate/steering arm bolts........also a tip is to clean the grease nipple holes and threads and even clean the crap out of the grease nipples with a small piece of wire or ideally replace them with nice new ones, some times its also a worthwhile thing to check that the threads where the grease nipples screw in are fine...........I'd like a dollar for the number of times I've gone to grease something, attach the grease gun, squeeze the trigger and the grease shoots out everywhere but into the grease nipple or pulls the nipple out of the hole.........greasing a car is one of the most unenjoyable jobs there is...................lol..............andyd
  18. 48Dodgeguy..........Welcome aboard from Oz....one thing you may not have realised is that whilst your Dodge is only a 1948 Black sedan.....lol.......its an UNCOMMON 1948 TOWN SEDAN ........and to be honest I had not ever seen a pic of one till a few yrs ago on this forum, they were never sold here in Oz and I don't mind seeing pics of them so post away.............regards from Oz.....Andy Douglas
  19. I live in Australia and have subscribed to US Collectible Automobile on & off for the past 30 yrs or more.......lately it seems there has been a change to the way the magazine is sent.........I am trying to contact those who are subscribers, especially from outside of the USA, ie, in Oz, Europe and elsewhere........have your recent copies arrived 3 months after being sent in the plastic bag BUT with a postmark from the UK, ie, Great Britain/England?..............I can be emailed direct at scaleautomobilia@hotkey.net.au .................could this thread be left here please, Mr Moderator?....thank you, Andy Douglas
  20. I had a couple of spare dash grille pieces so I gently cut one to suit the radio/CD player, as it has some chrome bits and is a light colour it sort of blends into the overall dash ......andyd
  21. Great work Nick............your work is an inspiration to all of us...........and to be honest you certainly put a smile on my face with every post......thanks, Andy Douglas
  22. Nice pic Sam, BTW who built the Fokker?............any details on it you would like to share, engine etc?...........lol.............andyd
  23. Yep..........tho' some genuine ones came in over the years......the trick is to know what it is you actually have........lol..........andyd
  24. Sam...........from experience I'd be checking on whats there first before buying a replacement............the 1941 Pltmouth I had should of had the rope seal, I had a full Best Gasket 230 gasket set but it didn't have the rope seal, which was fair enough......so I bought the rope seal.......it had the neoprene seal...............lol................but it didn't have either of the side seals which accounted for the major oil leaks...........lol.............I'd check first..............andyd
  25. Yukon, thanks......I'd forgotten that this difference has been mentioned in other threads.......here in Oz as far as i am aware all "local" mopars, Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto & Chrysler had the screw in bolts up until this feature was finally dropped.............andyd
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