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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
    Male
  • Location
    Sanger, CA
  • Interests
    Vintage cars, wine making, fishing, camping,history, film, travel.
  • My Project Cars
    1940 Plymouth wagon
    1941 Plymouth wagon

    1952 Plymouth wagon

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  • Biography
    Grandfather, married 35 years (to the same woman), have 2 grown boys
  • Occupation
    Economic Development Specialist

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

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  1. Bob Riding

    51 Plymouth, Mustang II Kit, Custom Stub?

    Hey Mark, Sounds good- I’ll be following your progress- maybe you should do a build thread?
  2. Bob Riding

    New NOS Seller in Selma

    No worry Paul- not sure about the 14th- we may be out of town- how many do you know are going?
  3. Bob Riding

    New NOS Seller in Selma

    California, not Alabama! I was looking on eBay for the center grill piece for my '52 Suburban and found it for a very good price, AND the seller was located in a little town about 30 miles away, so I made arrangements to pick it up. The location originally was the home of an old lumber yard in the downtown, and when I walked into the yard, there sat a restored P15 Club Coupe. I wondered how extensive his inventory of Mopar parts might be- turns out very extensive with lots of NOS parts! The owner, Steve Rothholz has been buying and selling 30s-60s parts for a long time and has an eBay store: http://stores.ebay.com/forthebeachonly I spent some time with Steve and he told me that he is constantly buying parts and that it's a bit of an addiction. I think I resemble that remark! He is part owner in Globe Auto Wrecking, which has been in business since 1938. He currently has multiples of NOS parts (some in the original box) including brakes, engine stuff, body, interior and exterior trim, hubcaps, etc. He has over 900 cars in various local salvage yards, including Turner's Auto Wrecking in Fresno. He mentioned that he also has a number of Mopar engines available for sale including ones with Spitfire heads. He wants to move inventory so his prices are very reasonable. For example, the NOS P15 radio grilI (below) is $50 on his eBay store. Because he has so much inventory, only a fraction of it is listed on eBay. I suggested that he join the Forum and register, and maybe run a banner ad, so our members can benefit. He welcomes phone inquiries.Here is his contact info: Steve Rothholz 2135 McCall Ave Selma, CA (559) 352-1407 fourthebeachonly@hotmail.com
  4. Bob Riding

    51 Plymouth, Mustang II Kit, Custom Stub?

    Good point- My brother in law who restored 30s-50s cars as a side business would use whatever motor/drivetrain the client wanted but preferred the crate motor/SBC for just the reason you stated- you can buy parts anywhere. What OD tranny should I start looking for that might fit under the '52 without cutting the firewall, etc?
  5. Bob Riding

    51 Plymouth, Mustang II Kit, Custom Stub?

    Thanks for that- I was originally thinking of a red ram Dodge hemi, or 318, but I have a good SBC motor now - this wagon will be used mostly by my wife who is indifferent as to the powerplant- she just wants enough power for passing, A/C, auto trans, PS, and seat heaters, and of course it has to “look cute”! I plan to keep as much original looking equipment as possible, including period correct interior, wheels, etc. My concern is that if I purchase a turbo 350 and mate it up to the SBC, that it will fit. I am hoping that I won’t have to do anything other than new motor mounts to get it to fit in the 52. (steering not withstanding) I’ve heard the 49 to 52 Plymouths have more clearance for these kinds of swaps-thoughts?
  6. Bob Riding

    51 Plymouth, Mustang II Kit, Custom Stub?

    Hi Mark, Glad the ‘51 made finally made it! I am looking to do something similar with my ‘52 Suburban, which currently is without engine and transmission. I have a usable 350 SBC and wonder if it and a turbo 350 would fit without cutting the firewall, transmission hump etc. What powertrain are you and your grandfather going with?
  7. Bob Riding

    doors interior trim

    I got mine from Mac's Antique Auto parts, who deal in Ford stuff, but many of the door handles, escutcheons, etc are close if not the same as Chrysler. https://www.macsautoparts.com/ford_mercury_early/catalogsearch/result/?q=escutchion&x=23&y=15 Good luck!
  8. Bob Riding

    reproduction dash knobs

    Just purchased 2 sets (in case he stops making them) The quality is excellent. The lettering is slightly smaller than the originals, but engraved into the top of each knob, not silkscreened on. I am very happy with mine- and you get new cables with bezels. Plymouth Dodge Knobs
  9. Bob Riding

    Eureka, I found it...finally!

    Those are beautiful things!
  10. Bob Riding

    Eureka, I found it...finally!

    I've been looking to replace my incandescent taillights with a brighter LED, but have been unable to locate a 6 volt version- until now. My 1940 Plymouth wagon uses a freestanding taillight that Chrysler recycled from the '37 sedans and coupes, so it is a combination stop/taillight with a Ba15d base (for the technically interested). I know they repo the P15 tail with integral LEDs, but for the rest of us this is great news.The price is reasonable, the guy's name is Chris Bacon and he is in Topanga CA (LA area) and sells these on eBay. I got mine in 3 days. LED Replaces Incandescent 1158 Tail/Stoplight Because the stock taillight also functions as the license plate illumination source, it's important to have a multi-directional bulb. These bulbs have 360 degree illumination pattern and a little optical glass lens that shoots out the foot-candles to the rear. I've tried to show the difference in brightness side by side. I haven't tried it with the brake light, but I assume it will be at least as bright.
  11. Bob Riding

    48 hood ornament plastic

    His name is Jim Dugue, jrdugueod@yahoo.com - I haven't talked to him lately but he may still have some left.
  12. Bob Riding

    air cleaner conversion

    I found 2 old Crosley oil bath air cleaners, which look remarkably like the stock dual carb air cleaners from the B-Series Dodge trucks. I cut out the bottoms and welded in the Plymouth diameter bases from 2 junk air cleaner that I had lying around. They work great and keep the stock look.
  13. Bob Riding

    door sill 49 Plymouth

    Hallo Thromba48, Wie gehts? I have a spare set of 1951 Plymouth Suburban sill rubber in remarkably good condition-I bought a bunch of '51 parts off a person who was parting out his wagon a few years ago. Not sure if they would fit your '49- I've attached a picture. PM me if interested. Danke, Bob sill rubber
  14. Bob Riding

    Throttle, choke, head light knobs

    Can you post the auction details? I can't seem to locate him.
  15. Bob Riding

    Throttle, choke, head light knobs

    Possible Reproduction of Dash Knobs Two years ago, Tom Gagner (a fellow '41 Plymouth woodie owner) and I were frustrated that we had no source for woodie window knobs and pulls. We looked at using 3D printing, but it was prohibitively expensive. I ran across a guy on the internet named Ed Schultz, owner of a business called Renovated Radios. He makes and sells antique radios and replacement radio knobs. Many are similar to our Mopar knobs, so we contacted him to see if he would try to cast our woodie knob and window pull. We sent him the best examples that we had. After a few tries, he got the color, brittleness and shape correct. He now features them on his website. http://www.renovatedradios.com/productlist.php?category=116 for a very reasonable $13-17 each. You can now purchase them directly from Ed using Paypal or credit card. At the time, we thought that he might be interested in recreating the dash knobs, but we didn't followup. I would suggest that someone take the lead and if he wants to take on casting some knobs, bundle an order for the Forum members. He said price was dependent on quantity, but it seems many Forum members need good replacement knobs, so the final price should be affordable. His contact info is: Ed Schutz blacksmith@renovatedradios.com http://www.RenovatedRadios.com (reproduction parts for antique radios)
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