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1924 Dodge Four tourer
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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On the dash is a control I've not come across before, produced by Leggett (?)





It has settings for Brake, Extra Air and Off. My guess is some auxiliary engine braking arrangement, of a type found on some lorries, but I'm happy to be put right on this one Smile

RJ


It is indeed an engine retarder. Used quite a bit in the U.S where there can be some very long downhill gradients. Today they are found on semi's (artic's) to assist braking. A common roadside sign will be one saying that the use of retarders is prohibited in the area, usually towns.

Where did your Dodge originate from. ?

Nice vehicle.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Peter,

When new it went to Australia, then was shipped to NZ and on to the UK by a dealer two or three years ago.

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Richard H



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is fantastic, I'd love to own a car of this period. I think you definitely did the right thing consolidating your projects into this one, what a car! Cool So imposing as well.

The dealer I bought the Atlantic from has a 1920 Model T Centre door in his showroom. If I won the lottery, the first thing I'd do is go down there with my chequebook in hand.

Richard. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"It is indeed an engine retarder. Used quite a bit in the U.S where there can be some very long downhill gradients. Today they are found on semi's (artic's) to assist braking. A common roadside sign will be one saying that the use of retarders is prohibited in the area, usually towns."

Peter

A bit off topic but how does the retarder work? I presume when it is in operation it makes excessive noise so it is prohibited in towns?

Dave
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47Jag



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave,

I think it blocks the exhaust.

Art
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Art.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photos of yesterday's NYD gathering are in a separate thread. This was the Dodge's second outing proper, post-MOT. The old girl went well, and bar a random actuation of the Klaxon on the run home, behaved as she should Smile



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For some reason, a previous owner had bypassed the original ignition switch. Latterly a simple flick switch had been used to act as an ignition switch, but today a few tweaks saw the original switch (with key!) re-instated and the temporary switch plus wiring chucked in a box where it belonged Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This afternoon I removed the water pump assembly (the shaft that passes through doubles as the drive to the magneto also). It's always leaked and no amount of tightening the two adjusting nuts made any difference.

Time now to work out how it comes apart - I may get someone who knows what they're doing to re-furb it, we'll see.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pictures of the pump, but first, photo of where it came from:



and the pump itself, after a good scrub down in a bowl of old petrol:




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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simplicity itself ~ awesome or what
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picked up the re-furb'd water pump last week, so hopefully that'll go on shortly. Bunch of parts ordered from the States today, so hoping to get it back out and about asap!! Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy days, the box of goodies finally arrived today. It may not look like much, but in here are four replacement wheel mounting bolts & nuts, the fibre disc that sits between the mag and the water pump, copper rings/gaskets for the exhaust manifold, plus front wheel bearings/seals/washers, so plenty to be getting on with Smile



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right, that's today taken care of Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roger-hatchy wrote:
Right, that's today taken care of Very Happy


Maybe part of it Wink

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