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sidevalvepete last won the day on April 6

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    New Zealand
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    Family and friends. Old cars
  • My Project Cars
    1938 D9 Dodge Sedan

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    Just gone past three score years
  • Occupation
    Dairy Farmer


  • Location
    New Zealand
  • Interests
    Old oil

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  1. Well done. Looks like a good project. Look forward to more progress.
  2. Down here on the Shakey Isles we don't get that sort of heat. Largely a temperate climate. Although some parts of the country get their share of snow or drought at different times of the year. Where I am, some 10 miles as the crow flies from the coast, 900 feet above sea level and on the northern slopes of an 8760 ' mountain, we can get rain. Some 3 metres or 120 inches per annum. All drains away from me though. I need it to make the grass grow. That's what feeds my business. Turning grass into milk, into money. Climate is changing though. Not as seasonal as in my young days. Winters are getting warmer, wetter. Cold spells in the usual growing seasons. More extremes. I see that with you guys too. If I ever see numbers on the thermometer like you folks are posting then the grass won't be feeding anything...
  3. Just adding a dead rodent tale here... Some years ago I had a neighboring farmer who had just rented out a spare house on his property to some city folks who wanted to live the good life in the country. A couple of weeks later they told him how good the water was - much better than the treated tap water that they had in town. This prompted my neighbor to take his landlord responsibilities seriously and keep his tenants happy with said supply. The water source was from a well fed by an underground stream near his cowshed, covered by a concrete lid. On lifting the lid to have a visual check he was mortified to see a dead rat floating in the well. Of course he fished out the carcass but then anguished over what to do next. He was hesitant to tell his tenants, not wanting to see them leave and did his best to avoid them for awhile. A couple of weeks later his wife answered the phone and shortly after told Maurice, my neighbor, that his tenant was coming over to talk to him about the water. Farmer Maurice was sweating. On arrival his tenant told him that over the last week the water had developed a funny taste and would it be possible for him to check it out. On doing so, he found all was well. No more rats in the water. But of course he then wondered whether he should put the dead rat back in the well...obviously his tenants preferred the rodent flavor.
  4. A nice Tiger Tim. Interested to know a bit more about it...
  5. Just endorsing Plymouthy's comments. Love the look of the car, especially the stylish front bumper! A good story in days that don't have many good stories circulating. Good on everyone involved.
  6. Bringing this back up the tree with another request...below is some pics of sill plates from a 1938 Dodge Coupe imported into NZ not too long ago and converted to right hand drive. The sill plates are new and quite well made. I am interested to see what other 1938 mopars owned by folks here have in the way of sill plates. Am interestedin seeing if there are other patterns. If possible, pics would be good to give me some more info before I settle on a design to pursue for my vehicle. Thanks in hope here...
  7. Ok, doesn't seem that there are any reproductions out there. No surprise really...I have a plan for making some up. Will update with how it turns out. Have the set from the pictured Chrysler as examples for templates. Looking at laser engraving options to replicate the original pattern and have pics of original sill plate Dodge script. A small project but one that will add nice detail to all the other work.
  8. A yes from me...thoroughly enjoyed the post so far. Am suffering from a developing itch to have a project like this after finishing my current stock late thirties mopar. I like the thinking around where and how you can improve the performance, at the same time keeping the basic integrity of the mopar 6 with a large degree of 'style' to boot. I can visualise it all in the engine bay of your convertible. Look forward to seeing more...
  9. A sidestep back to your head crack Keith. Spooky but I am dealing with the same thing...have put about 500 miles on my rebuilt engine and also have developed a crack next to the thermostat. Mine probably the result of having two metals next to each other doing a few heat cycles causing the problem. Getting a crack test done on the rest of it before deciding what to do. If otherwise sound may drill and stitch it. Not that easy to find replacement parts now although I haven't looked too far from home yet. The braze in the picture was to build up the corroded boss to help the gasket seal sufficiently. Should have used a different option in hindsight.
  10. Does anybody know of a source or reproduction source for these type of door sill plates. This vehicle is a '38 export version of the Plymouth bodied Chrysler. When you enlarge the picture you can see some quite interesting details in the design. They have a patterned surface that is edged, even around where the draft proofing threads through the sill. Also the 'Chrysler' motif. I need some for a similar year D9 Dodge. Just exploring the options before possibly trying to get some fabricated...
  11. This is such a great car Sam Buchanan. The clean lines - even the door handles appear seamless in their positioning.
  12. Glad to see your progress. That is a nice looking truck. Very appealing look to the '36. Hope that the startup goes well ๐Ÿ˜Š
  13. Would be way more interesting if it still had one of these under the bonnet.
  14. Agree with TodFitch. Thanks for posting. What a great story. You never know what is in our histories unless you show an interest and try and find out. I suppose that the fact we are all interested in these old cars makes us predisposed to being like this anyway. Thanks again Merle.
  15. Good advice here. Thanks for posting. Helpful to anyone and encouraging for those dipping their toes into a job like this for the first time. ๐Ÿ‘
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