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Bob Riding

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Bob Riding last won the day on December 14 2018

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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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    Sanger, CA
  • Interests
    Vintage cars, wine making, fishing, camping,history, film, travel.
  • My Project Cars
    1940 Plymouth wagon
    1952 Plymouth wagon

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    Grandfather, married 39 years (to the same woman), have 2 grown boys
  • Occupation
    Economic Development Specialist


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

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  1. Also George Asche linkages.The Carter BBs (either D6H1, or D6H2 carbs, I can't remember) got sent to be rebuilt at a reputable shop down in the L.A. area. After the split exhaust manifolds the shop recombined the pipe into a larger single tail pipe, as the woodie doesn't have room for twin pipes due to the stock gas tank location. I tuned them using a vacuum gauge and they work really well. Acceleration and top end are both good, and I get 14-16 mpg. There wasn't enough room for 2 stock oil bath air cleaners, so I contacted the local Crosley club, purchased two rusty but usable Crosley oil bath air cleaners (which to me look remarkably like the Dodge truck dual cleaners for the Pilothouse trucks, which are now like hen's teeth). I cut the bottoms off 2 stock cleaners and welded them onto the Crosleys as the openings were too small for the Plymouth.
  2. I'm running dual stock Carters with a George Asche split intake and exhaust manifolds. I used soft copper for some of the lines and Cunifer copper nickel brake line for the rest because it is super flexible and won't corrode. Don't remember what the size was - 5/16" or 3/8", but someone else will chime in.
  3. Here's how you literally bulletproof a Plymouth: This is from Jim Benjaminson’s great photo archive book “Plymouth Commercial Vehicles“ from 1999. He says “With the depression era crime wave of the 1930s, Plymouth found a ready market for armor plated cars for police work. Like the wood-bodied station wagon, Plymouth delivered the car to an outside supplier for the conversion. The Perfection Windshield Company offered several different packages for partial or complete armor plating. Although most of the conversion was under the sheetmetal and not seen, visible equipment included radiator, tire guards and a gun port through the bulletproof windshield. This 1935 PJ "Perfection" Plymouth was delivered to the Sioux Falls South Dakota police department following a raid on the local bank by the John Dillinger gang.
  4. I found this from- you guessed it - a 1960's Volvo wagon! I like it because it looks like something Chrysler could have manufactured for it's post war cars and wagons. It was on eBay.
  5. As a fellow Plymouth woodie owner, I can tell you that most woodie-only parts are not reproduced. That said, certain items, such as door handles and locks are the same as Ford handles and locks of the 1930s-40s. Mac's Auto Parts was where I found quite a bit of stuff for my wagon. https://www.macsautoparts.com/ford_mercury_early/catalogsearch/result/?q=door+handle&x=21&y=9 Plymouth woodies are quite rare and we have a solid group of owners that can help. I have a friend in Grass Valley CA who has three 1941 Plymouth woodies in various stages of repair and a ton of extra parts. PM me with your contact info and I can send you more. I would also be happy to chat on the phone.
  6. I have a '40 Plymouth wagon and struggled with the original color scheme. It was a total basket case so leaving it as it was was not an option. It came from Chrysler beige with blond wood, yellow bracketry and hardware and a tan top, with blackwalls, which was Plymouth's only option that year. The wife wanted a pretty color, so we opted for Brewster Green (a GM truck color from the '40s) with contrasting wood. In 1941 you could get multiple body colors and two tone wood (blond ash with mahogany panels) Because it spent it's life on a turkey ranch in Tonopah Nevada, delivering birds and eggs - it was considered the delivery van of it's day and so didn't warrant all the fancy color schemes, etc. After seeing your wagon, I almost wish I had stayed stock.Your wagon's color scheme reminds me of vintage postcards showing street scenes of the 1940' and 50s. - very cool! I agree that you should leave it as original as possible (6 volt, stock motor, etc) but the two best "hidden upgrades" that you can make are front disk brakes, which can be done without lowering the vehicle, and bias-look radial tires. My dad always said to me (during my wild teenage years) "you may want upgrades, but but you only need two things- good tires and brakes"
  7. I ordered the 1955 1956 1957 Chevrolet Chevy Turbo Transmission Mount Brackets, from eBay- I think I can make them work for the Wilcap adapter. I will let the group know the results!
  8. Looks interesting. What is the title of the auction, or auction#? Thanks Bob
  9. There is a hole on both sides so you have the option of mounting the starter on either side.
  10. I am in the middle of fitting my 218/2004R combo into the '52 Suburban and can't quite figure out how I'm going to support the rear engine with mounts. I have a transmission mount with polyurethane pad for the rear tail shaft of the transmission, and I'm using the stock single motor mount for the front, but the stock rear motor mount crossmember needed to be cut out to make room for the auto tranny. I've looked at a number of after-market solutions from Summit, JEGs, Butch's Cool Stuff, and other sites, in addition to Forum threads, but most of the swaps are for SBC or other V8s, and not designed for a GM auto trans with our stock motors and frames. The shiny Wilcap adapter has a number of pre-drilled mounting holes, but I'm not sure if it would be better to have rear engine mounts under the rear of the bell housing, or attached to the Wilcap adapter. Anyone else face this issue?
  11. Thanks everyone- Once Plymouthy set me straight on the correct name - steering knuckle- NOS examples popped up everywhere on eBay. I was able to find a set for less than $100. Reminds me of a T-shirt my english teacher-wife had: “Lets eat grandma!” “Lets eat, grandma!” Punctuation matters!
  12. On my 1940 Plymouth wagon, I used ECI's front disk brake kit and their dual master. Fits with existing brake pedal setup. Very well made. Dual master for Chrysler products. Others have gone with Summit Racing's generic offerings with good results.
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