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1924 Dodge Four tourer
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re-commissioning has begun, starting at the front end.



There was a noticeable amount of play in the o/s/f wheelbearing, so the bearings on both sides were removed and given a wash down with old petrol (they were very gummed up and dirty), then packed with fresh grease. Surprisingly they weren't too worn, and when re-fitted - correctly this time - they adjusted up fine.

Prior to this I had a look at the leaking exhaust, it was blowing at the manifold/downpipe joint quite badly. An attempt to seal it better with a new seal improved it but not enough. Small drillings around the top of the downpipe (something to do with an exhaust gas heater I think) weren't helping either. In the end I took the full system off and found a hole near to the silencer. Rather than patch it up, it went off today for a new one to be made, using the original as a pattern.

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

Still lots of fiddly things to do, but progress is being made. For now I'm concentrating on the MOT items only, niceties such as replacing a couple of later auxiliary gauges on the dash can wait.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rick,

I've just spotted your "new" car, prompted by Penman's reference to big and little elsewhere. I think age shouldn't be belittled and it should be old and new.

I'm looking forward to reading your experiences of proper vintage ownership.

What is the device on the running board below the horn? Tyre pump?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peter scott wrote:
Hi Rick,

I've just spotted your "new" car, prompted by Penman's reference to big and little elsewhere. I think age shouldn't be belittled and it should be old and new.

I'm looking forward to reading your experiences of proper vintage ownership.

What is the device on the running board below the horn? Tyre pump?

Peter


But should "old" be as in old age (the tourer), or the one I've had for longest (the truck)? mmmmm I might just stick with "big" and "little" for the timebeing..!

Yes that's an American tyre pump attached to the running board, it has a patent date of 1917 (the name escapes me, but I found an advertisement for it in an American motor mag of c1920).

The new exhaust system should be here next week, so that can go on.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both headlamps were dismantled and cleaned internally this evening, once I'd found out how they come apart! Each headlamp has one single filament bulb in it (45w), the switch from main to dip beam being via a coil dimmer attached to the rear of the headlamp switch, not something I'd come across before.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not updated the thread in a while, but things are progressing and hopefully an MOT attempt isn't too far away now Smile

Some recent photo messing/ageing:



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MOT successfully navigated today, next to do - the registration

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Rick Cool Cool Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D4B wrote:
Nice one Rick Cool Cool Cool


The fact that it was a glorious sunny, if chilly, day helped a lot - roof down, our hats pulled down low as we motored along to the MOT garage - best drive I've had in quite a while Smile Pic or two to follow

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photo after our return, I did take some pics at the garage but as they're on my phone, and I've yet to re-locate the correct lead, they might have to stay there for a while Rolling Eyes



We were surprised at how well it rolled along, and the ride - because of the wheelbase, large diameter wheels and springy seats - was quite impressive. It was the first time out for it since arriving in the country, so something of a voyage into the unknown!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rick
If you have a card reader on your computer you can always try putting the card from your phone in it.
My phone has a mini SD and I have an SD adapter for it.
I have also used the adapter to transfer to my camera on occasions.
But don't re-format if you do that.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's always Dropbox. Then you don't need a lead at all, just wifi.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have a check of the card and see what gives, I think I have a reader around here somewhere.

Got the dating certificate through today so nipped down to the DVLA offices and applied for an age-related number. Friends of mine did the same this Monday just gone and got their new paperwork and tax disc through on Wednesday morning - can't complain at that service!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reg. details and first tax disc arrived in today's post, woohooo Smile

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Lands end to John of Groats next summer
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In preparation for a New Year's Day gathering, the Dodge was taken for a spin into town - its first post-MOT run out. It was chilly but bright, so quite agreeable. We were spotted by another forum regular, who I believe happened to have a camera close to hand as we pulled up behind his modern.

Today was the first time it had visited a UK petrol station Smile



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