Bob Riding

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About Bob Riding

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

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Sanger, CA
  • Interests
    Vintage cars, wine making, fishing, camping,history, film, travel.
  • My Project Cars
    1940 Plymouth wagon
    1941 Plymouth wagon
    1951 Plymouth wagon
    1952 Plymouth wagon
    1940 P9 Coupe

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  • Biography
    Grandfather, married 35 years (to the same woman), have 2 grown boys
  • Occupation
    Energy Efficiency Mgr


  • Location
    Central California
  • Interests
    Old cars-have 6 Mopars (2 Dodge B1Bs), 5 Plymouths from '40-'51

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  1. I have a '40, and '51 and a '52. The woodie is finished- the next project is the '52 for the wife to drive as a chase car for the woodie. It has a '51 nose, so I guess it'll be a hybrid '51/52. I seem to do that, as the woodie is a '40 metal body with a '41 wooden body.
  2. The ultimate "future" car in 1934 - by of course, Chrysler. Streamline Moderne at it's finest Art Deco, or do you mean Streamline Moderne?
  3. Dang! I wish I would've known about Kona Brown! I Went to a local paint store and had them make up a couple of rattle cars at $25 per.
  4. I hadn't thought of that...I think I may have some on a parts car-great suggestion!
  5. They are obviously OCDs (old car dudes)!
  6. Great info - Not long-winded, good winded! I have the Coker Classics 6.00-6s. Bought used but never mounted, for $200 per. The ww is 2 3/4" and the tread is 5"across.I wonder if it would corner better, maybe lean less with a wider tire?
  7. Hemmings had a nice article on the process: Di-Noc for Station Wagons
  8. Great idea- I never thought of that.Did you use your stock radio and speaker?
  9. Here are the same parts on my '40 wagon chassis. They are not together- the brake light switch is in the front and the T is in the back on the rearend.
  10. Actually my dash is painted a tannish-brown color. The other original '39, '40, and '41 woodies that I've seen also have a solid color – different from the body color. In the late 30s and early 40s wagons were considered utilitarian vehicles and they really didn't try to make them look attractive. Blond wood with beige body and fenders and a tan top. Inside bracketry was a baby-yellow. I decided to go a different route and highlight the streamline moderne aspects of the craftsmanship by powdercoating all brackets, fenders, and metal bits, a color called "statuary bronze". Gives it a bit of a steampunk look I think. I also ditched the beige theme and went with a black cobra-grain vinyl roof, Brewster green (a GM truck color from the 40s) for the body and contrasting mahogany insert panels for the doors. I also added whitewalls which were probably never found on work vehicles very frequently, unless they were a shuttle service for a fancy resort.
  11. This is what Matt emailed me: If possible before we chat, tune in AM 980 KEYQ and/or AM 1010 KCHJ a few minutes before the top the hour. The FCC requires call sign and frequency identification at the top of the hour. With that information, determine what your dial needle is may not be where you'd expect to see it. As mentioned in the owner's manual, your RediRad operates at AM1000, almost exactly between KEYQ & KCHJ in your area. It is THERE you'll find the RediRad producing clear music, PROVIDED that your music source's headphone volume is set to 50% (AFTER you insert the audio plug into the device).
  12. I'm at the stage where I needed to install the antenna for my stock Mopar 802 radio into the '40 wagon, but I didn't want to drill holes in the cowl. I considered the "Roadway" running board mounted setup, but even if it worked, I was still stuck listening to local AM stations (mostly news, Spanish language, or religious broadcasts) so I was looking for an alternative. I remember seeing a company in Wisconsin that used your existing AM radio, 6 or 12 volt, negative or positive ground, with or WITHOUT an antenna, that would play your tunes from an mp3 player, iPod, phone, etc., through your stock radio, but I couldn't remember the name. Then I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night with the part of the name: Ready-radio, or something to that effect. Google came up with RediRad so I contacted them at their website and after a little research, ordered the 6 volt, positive ground model, which was $99. The next weekend I installed it but it didn't really work- I could barely hear the music, with lots of static. I played around with the ground, took power directly from the battery, etc, with no luck. I emailed them, explaining the situation. Matt, the owner/tech guy, suggesting a few different causes and offering to call me to discuss. Matt called yesterday, and talked me through the setup steps, and voila! it worked! Turns out my tuner was slightly off (you need to tune in to AM 1000). After that Matt and I talked for about 10 minutes (they are apparently all old car dudes at RediRad) and he asked if they could add a picture of the Plymouth on their website. Matt mentioned that they could have saved some money by offshoring the RediRad components, but decided to support American companies and purchase everything from US suppliers and manufacture them here. It is so refreshing in our supposed "service" economy to work with companies that walk the talk and seem to actually care about their customers. Now I can listen to the Beach Boys like back in the day! Here is their web link: RediRad - Rediscover Your Radio
  13. I just finished installing a remote start switch on the inside firewall pad, just left of the clutch pedal. My battery is under the seat and it's a real pain to disconnect it, everytime I park the wagon in the shop. i've seen too many vehicle fires to feel comfortable leaving everything connected when I'm away. I decided to go with 4 ought (4/0) conductor from the back of the switch to the starter. I used my existing YnZ Wiring cable that came with the '40 Plymouth wiring harness because it already had the correct terminals (battery post and 3/8" end) to go from the battery to the switch. I've never had any electrical problems since the install a few years ago, however the YnZ conductor is obviously less beefy than the new one (2/0?). I know with 6 volt you want to minimize voltage drop, so I was thinking about replacing the other 3 ft cable with 4/0 conductor, but wire this large is pricey, so if it won't matter, I'll obsess on something else and leave it alone! Opinions?
  14. Hi Roadkingcoupe,

    I was reading past posts and 5 years ago we discussed Plymouth clocks and glovebox doors with clock openings. I am still looking for the 1940 door (I have the clock). Did you ever install your '39 glovebox door?IMG_0450.JPG.ceab7f5eb6fbd7f12cbe60b910e5d3e0.JPG

    1. Roadkingcoupe


      Hi Bob,

          Good to hear from you.

      I sold the clock and the matching glove box door together.

      Will keep an eye out for a glove box door for your 1940 Plymouth (and let you know when I find one).

      Hope all is well and you are enjoying your cars!!!

    2. Bob Riding

      Bob Riding

      Yes, I am. I've just got it running well- overdrive shifts when it should, motor runs cool, etc. Here is a recent picture that we are using for a wine label (i'm part of a hobby winery here in CA) thanks for looking out for me!



  15. I got my OD from him_ I think you are right!