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Re: 39 Plym. Conv. Coupe
« Reply #139 on: January 14, 2019, 03:58:57 PM »
I think that is on all posts now. Gives a person a button to press if they become upset with your posting for some reason. I'm not a moderator here so I don't know exactly what happens if the button is pressed. But with the traffic on this forum and the lack, so far, of animosity displayed by anyone here, it would surprise me if the "report this post" button has been used much.

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« Reply #138 on: January 14, 2019, 02:18:26 PM »
I just noted that a notation to "report this post" and remove, has recently been added to my recent postings to this topic.. What is going on, did I step on someones toes?... Wm.
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« Reply #137 on: September 13, 2018, 11:56:33 AM »
A tread was recently started on the POC Facebook forum about a 38 Plym conv cpe that the owner is looking for parts to restore the car. He really has his work cut out for him.. The body on the '38 is in far worst shape than mine was.. Wm.
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« Reply #136 on: September 02, 2018, 12:21:03 PM »
39 Plym being retrieved from the open field in '96..Wm
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« Reply #135 on: September 02, 2018, 12:11:36 PM »
Looking back through my early postings to this topic I noted that there are hardly any pix attached to any of my comments. Since the forum is now a lot more user friendly I think I'll up-date things a bit.
The attached pix was taken when I found the '39 sitting in an open field in Montana where it had sat for over 38 years.. I must have been nuts to gather that car up, most of my friends were. Wm
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« Reply #134 on: August 27, 2018, 03:30:09 PM »
Low and behold I was able to back track and found my 39 Plym Conv. Coupe topic.  I'll have to see if I can print off the topic so I can ad it to my hard files. Wm
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« Reply #133 on: May 22, 2017, 03:04:57 PM »
I have to agree with GO' and Todd about Facebook, it is just to public and open for me.. Because of my g kids, and a few friends, I am on FB, however I delete most of the posting there-in because I don't care for all of the political nonsense, etc.
The photo program part of FB is a nice feature, however, since the speed on the POC has been improved, I can now post pix to the POC without having to go through a long drawn out process.. Wm 
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« Reply #132 on: May 03, 2017, 12:02:48 PM »
Go, face book is safe enough and it gets lots of use my friend, the POC site there is fantastic,  you are missing out on a lot by not being on the POC face book page, take my word for it

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« Reply #131 on: May 03, 2017, 11:44:25 AM »
Go, face book is safe enough and it gets lots of use my friend, the POC site there is fantastic,  you are missing out on a lot by not being on the POC face book page, take my word for it

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« Reply #130 on: May 02, 2017, 03:06:46 PM »
nice to see You back.
This forum lost nearly all of its traffic because of slowing down too much.
All of the members are gione to Face book or other Ply sites.
I don?t like both alternatives.
And nice to see Your 39 beauty again!
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« Reply #129 on: April 22, 2017, 12:34:01 PM »
I recently made a contribution to the forum that I was "Back" from my unplanned absence from the plymouth bulletin.
My last addition to this topic left off with the '39 awaiting completion of the upholstery and top, both of which are now done.
I am going to make additions to my topic about the '39 Plym Conv. Coupe covering the rebuilding of the car and the nuances associated with that process: Wm.
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« Reply #128 on: June 14, 2013, 11:57:55 AM »
I wish that I could report that the interior and convertible top on my Plym is done and that I could finally enjoy an "all weather car"... Wrong.. My car has been in the upholstery shop since early March, progress has been made, however, about like "molasses in January"..
For the life of me I cannot understand why body men and upholsters have such terrible work habits.. I have always thought that body/paint men sniffed to much paint fumes, maybe the glue that upholsters use has the same effect..
I threatened to take my car out of the upholstery shop in early May because of no progress.. I was assured that I would see great progress in the following weeks.. I did for about two weeks, then everything stopped while a set of dinning room chairs was recovered with natural steer hide... Yes.. with the hair and all of the brown/white patterns still on the hides...
I have to admit that the man is really doing a nice job.. He uses 1/8" black ABS panels for all of his backing, this will insure that moisture will not infiltrate into the backing material, like the old paper based backing material, which causes the panels to warp, etc., over time.
I covered the entire floor pan and body panels with "Road-Kill" sound deadening material, prior to the start of the upholstery work...
I decided last week that life is to short to get all up tight about the lack of progress... After all it's taken fourteen years to get the car to the point it is, whats a few more weeks.... Bill 
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« Reply #127 on: April 09, 2013, 12:20:42 PM »
Now that I am closer to the end of the restoration on my '39, finishing up the upholstery and putting the convertible top on, a whole new set of problems have cropped up.
We took the belt-line tack strip off of the body prior to doing the paint work.. Did not want yuck bleeding out from under the metal tack strip and thereby staining the paint and/or top material..
Nothing on a DCPD car is simple.. The original tack strip material is some kind of a treated paper like material.. Of course after being exposed to the elements for over 60 years the material was junk. It took some doing to open the crimped edges of the channel up to remove the old material. It was a welcomed surprise to find that the steel channel was in good shape, only requiring bead blasting and paint. I found a plastic tack strip material, 3/16 x 3/4, installed it into the channel and crimped the edge over using a body hammer backed up with an anvil. I installed the restored strip back on the body using 3/16"x 1/2 pop rivets...
The rumble seat cushions have been put away since 1998, they still had fabric on them.. Removing the fabric revealed that the most of the seat assembly was badly rusted out from exposure to water that infiltrates into the rumble area as a result of the poor drainage that is typical of all rumble seat equipped vehicles.
Checking with several sources drew a blank for new cushions.. Doing several searches on the internet finally turned up Snyder's Antique Auto Parts in Springfield, Ohio.. Snyder's has a seat spring department.. Naturally there main business is Ford, A's and V8's.. Since the rumble area in the Plymouths is very similar to the '35-39 Fords, my weather seals are for a '35-39 Ford rumble seat.. I figured I could use the Ford springs.... Wrong again, close but no cookie..
I am shipping my spring cushions to Snyder's so they can use them as patterns to make new ones for my car.. I have instructed Snyder's to hang onto my cushions for use as templates in-case someone else needs new seats for a '37-39 DCPD vehicle.. I know of three people around the country, and one in Australia that are currently restoring '38-39 Plym rumble seat vehicles..
I am having to pay a setup charge for my cushions because Snyder's has never seen a '37-39 DCPD rumble seat.. They have made front/rear seat spring assemblies.. The shop foreman made mention to me that the front seat for a '39 is as large as a small couch.. I agree.. They kind of over power the whole front seat area, especially in the front, that's why I discarded my front seat in favor of buckets. 
I could have opted to try and adapt something from another vehicle for use in the rumble area, that is what my upholster suggested, I passed on the lame suggestions, with all the money and time I have wrapped up in the restoration of my car, this is not the time to cut corners.... Bill
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« Reply #126 on: March 26, 2013, 03:08:12 PM »
Mercedes on most convertibles uses "Sonnenland" multiple layer heavy quality.
I didn?t want at first because I liked the old simple fabric very much.
As work costs were most of the top price, they convinced me to order Sonnenland.
It is really a fine quality, 3 years old it has nearly the color and patina of the old one.
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« Reply #125 on: March 25, 2013, 11:54:58 AM »
The top material that we are using on my '39 is actually the material for a Mercedes top in lieu of the more common canvas type of material.. I opted for the Mercedes type of fabric because it is a heavier fabric, and has a nicely finished back side. The color of the fabric is a dark tan to blend in with the saddle brown leather and the British Racing Green paint.
I know, my '39 is a Plymouth, not a Mercedes, but then again, Mercedes owned Chrysler for several years, so it's all in the family..
Go,.. It looks like your top shop tried their best to correct "their mistake" on your top, of course if they would have done the job right the first time, there would have been no need to redo the work... I still hear my father telling me... " If you can't find the time to do the job right the first time, when are you going to find the time to redo the job?".... Bill   
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« Reply #124 on: March 25, 2013, 02:23:16 AM »
Bill, good top makers are rare here too!
They fitted my new top too tight at the rear.
After one Year it began to loosen.
They had to let it a bit longer and did so with a stripe, which seemed nice to me.
one more year later they had to redo: they hadn?t made it longer, they just did hide the crack of the canvas. And here and there they darnaged the varnisch too.
The third time I stood besides: now it is long enough, but it undulates a bit when closed (3. pic). The original roof did the same.
Well, my top linkage does not allow the canvas to be nicely stretched when closed: it needs to be a bit longer or it will break when open.

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« Reply #123 on: March 24, 2013, 12:34:24 PM »
After a three months wait, my 39 Plym is finally in the upholstery shop to get the interior finished and the top put on.. I guess I should have found another shop, however, there was one big problem.. I had purchased all of the material for the top and enough leather for the interior along with a new back window and other supplies, all of which were being stored at the shop that was going to do the work.. Upholstery, body-fender/ paint shops all fit into the same category.. Unreliable at the best. Of course, anyone that has ever dealt with a convertible knows full well that good top makers are few and far between..
I made a posting to the "Parts & Paper thread here on the POC Forum a little while ago announcing that I was going to start selling off my excess '39 Plym parts.. Most of the parts I have are for the conv. coupes only, the left window assembly I have will fit the '38-39 conv. coupe.. A member of the POC has been telling me for two years that he was going to buy the window assembly... Nada, no show, no money, time to up anchor and move on...
When I was in the early phases of restoring my '39, I had found out that Briggs Manufacturing also built most of the Ford conv coupe bodies during the 1930's.. Research showed that many of the parts were very similar.. I purchased windows for a '36-39 Ford conv. coupe because I had been told the were the same a the Plym windows. Upon receipt of the windows I found they were similar, not the same.. I tried to sell the Ford windows several times, to no avail.. I recently ran into a guy I have known for years that has noting but '36-40 Ford conv's, I told him I had a left window assembly for a '36-39 Ford conv. He was in the process fo restoring a '39 Ford conv. cpe.. I made his day, sold him the window assembly I had...  Bill
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« Reply #122 on: January 12, 2013, 05:36:15 PM »
The new year is now twelve days old... Hopefully everyone has recovered from to much partying bringing in the new year... A good friend of mine always maintained that the only sure cure for a hangover was three days..
I am somewhat sitting on pins and needles, I had an appointment with the upholstery shop to get the top on the car, and finish up the upholstery work.. My appointment has been set back ten days because a '53 Merc convertible had a lot of problems that needed to be corrected..
As many of the "citizens here on PB might recall, I have been working on the car since 1998.. During all of the years since work was started on the car there has been great progress made, only to run into problems which almost derailed the project.. I do have to admit that the car is a real pleasure to drive, even with no top now that the side windows are in the car, and they are operational.. I guess I should not rub in Southern California's great weather... AH what the heck, even this time of the year is "topless" weather.... Bill
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« Reply #121 on: November 28, 2012, 03:11:02 PM »
Glenn, that is what my wife sais to me (61 Yrs old)too, when italian girls whistled at me (?) while in Holidays.

They are more enthusiastic as ours here. Ours are too cool to show reaction usually...
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« Reply #120 on: November 27, 2012, 10:34:29 PM »
Glad you're back Bill.
You realize that the lady wants your car Bill, look out. lol
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« Reply #119 on: November 27, 2012, 01:29:36 PM »
For the last few weeks I have been able to work on my '39 Plym, after a hiatus of almost a year and a half.. The car had paint issues that I fought with the painter about for all most two years. He finally agreed to fix the issues, then screwed things up all most as bad as the original.. When I got the car back my attitude was not in sink with the Plym, I put it away in it's garage..
I got somethings back together on the car in the months prior to my lung surgery, since the first of November I have been able to work on the car for several hours every day.. Last week I was able to light the car up and take it for a spin.. I still don't have a top on the car, but I do have windows now that roll up and down at the touch of the switch.
I had the car sitting in the driveway wiping it off.. I have a new neighbor who came out to get her mail.. She had never seem my Plym, she has only lived next door for just shy of a year.
I should add that the neighbor is in her early forties, an attractive (single) brunette. Her and her mother bought the house, the mother is confined to a wheelchair, blended household to cut down on expenses..
Many years ago one of my daughters asked me what was the point in building the Plymouth.. I told her very simple.. I was going to put the top down and go out looking for "chicks" that wanted to ride in a neat car... My daughter said... Ya sure... Little did she know.
Anyway, the neighbor lady "Dawn" asked me if I was going to take the car out for a ride, I said I was as soon as I finished wiping it off.. Batting her eyes, as girls can do so well she asked.. I sure would like to ride in that car... Of course my response was to hit the remote door opener, telling the lady to step right in..
It was a beautiful day in Southern Cal, we went on a nice ride for almost a half hour.. A pretty lady makes a nice accessory to any car, especially a '39 Plymouth conv. coupe...
Life IS REALLY GOOD....Bill   
 
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« Reply #118 on: November 08, 2012, 04:24:10 PM »
Bill - glad to hear your reports were good.  Had a message the other day from Bob Drown who is fighting mouth cancer - good to hear from him - and I'm waiting to hear from my work partner who's X-rays show a mass on his lungs.  He'd gone through a bout of thyroid cancer earlier.  They took a biopsy but no results yet from this setback......

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« Reply #117 on: November 08, 2012, 08:31:58 AM »
nice news! You both enjoy life, families and hobbies more now!

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« Reply #116 on: November 06, 2012, 01:59:01 PM »
Bill,

I am so pleased that it all worked out and there was no cancer, and yes, life is good,

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« Reply #115 on: November 06, 2012, 01:51:24 PM »
I have not been very active on the POC forum for the last few months because of an unforeseen event in my life..
As Bette Davis said... "Hang it going to be a bumpy ride"... In early 2011 the condition of my back had become unbearable.. I needed extensive back surgery.. Modern medicine requires many tests prior to surgery.. During the course of a lung xray an item of concern was noted.. Further tests where ordered... Following many tests it was determined that the item was non malignant, however, it should be monitored.. Every four months I went in for followup tests... Everything was good to go..
During the course of a test in August 2012, it was noted that the item had changed. A pet scan in early September lite up like a Christmas tree in my lung and lymph nodes...
What to do? Radiation/Chemo?... Hmmm? Because the "growth" had changed so quickly and appeared in my lymph nodes, surgery was suggested.. My family and I conferred, we decided that surgery was the best answer.... Get the little buggers out of there..
I under went lung and lymph node surgery on October 3.. A 6 cm section was removed from my lung, smaller sections of the lymph nodes were removed...I am very happy to report that the growths were benign... Probably the result of an old infection or occupational exposure... The doctors told me I was one lucky guy, they said I was in the 5% group that escapes cancerous growths... A free pass to go and enjoy life.
I have been recovering very rapidly.. For the past several days I have been able to work on my Plym for a few hours each day.... Life is good.... Bill      
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« Reply #114 on: July 28, 2012, 10:10:00 AM »
Bill, here is an ad from 1944 showing the duribilty of the 1940 Plymouth with an air plane in the back ground.  I had to take a photo of it as my copier isn't big enough to make a copy.

Hope this helps you out somewhat,
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« Reply #113 on: July 23, 2012, 08:49:23 AM »
Pretty sure this is a 41. Lifted from a thread on the HAMB.
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41 Special Deluxe Coupe
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« Reply #112 on: July 22, 2012, 11:59:23 AM »
This is a little off topic from my usual comments about the '39 Plymouth's, but not really....
I have been invited to show my '39 Plym at a museum in Paso Robles, CA that features World War II aircraft and WWII vehicles and other items. This is a special fund raising promotion featuring the showing of WWII War Birds... A few of which are; A P38, P51 Mustang, B25.. and several more. They want to have cars of the late '30's, early '40's era stationed in and near the aircraft. The special showing is the last weekend of September... 28th, 29th & 30th..
Through the years I have gathered up several auto related items from the WWII era.... ie; gas rationing stamps and decals for the windshield.... I think I have seen a picture/Mag Ad that shows a '39/40 Plym convertible sitting next to a WWII aircraft... I have one showing a '42 Studebaker sitting next to a P38.
If anyone has a picture, Mag Ad showing a '39. 40, 41 Plym convertible sitting next to a military aircraft, I would really appreciate a copy of same..
A pix/Ad showing a '40/41 Plym staff car in an aircraft setting would be helpful also... I know where there is an unrestored '41 Plym staff car that we are trying to buy for the museum.
This special showing of WWII aircraft will be attended by people/groups from all over the U.S. many of which will fly in, in their restored WWII aircraft...
Again, any pix help will be greatly appreciated by a friend of mine that works at the museum who has been assigned the task of securing the antic automobiles....Bill
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« Reply #111 on: July 06, 2012, 05:54:54 PM »
Thank you Go for your kind thoughts... I believe I have mentioned before that I have very fond memories of the time I spent in Germany....Bill
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« Reply #110 on: July 05, 2012, 06:28:06 PM »
I rfemember a couple of years ago,  You  and some more of this forum were among those who kept our freedom and let this country  ( and Europe)
unite again. Thank You so much! We rember USA?s engagement in Berlin and here in Europe

Well, uniting was very expensive, and Europe will cost even more.
But a war, anyhow, costs everything.
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« Reply #109 on: July 05, 2012, 01:23:10 PM »
Sometimes the cobb webs in my brain are really thick.... I just finished making a comment on the Ford Barn Forum to a question regarding the location and possible decoding of the VIN for a '36 Ford coupe.. I have a '36 Ford coupe which I have owned for 60 years come September... I have been a member of the Early Ford V8 Club since the mid 1970's.
The VIN on my '36 is 324xxx, which in Ford lingo only means that the car was built in late September 1936, the car was in the last couple of thousand vehicles built for the '36 model year.
Now the somewhat strange thing that just dawned on me... The VIN on my '39 Plym conv is 323xxx.... Of course we all know that the VIN for a DPCD vehicle can be traced through Chrysler Historical which will reveal the origins of our cars.
The similarities of the two numbers might no mean much to most people, to me it was a little.... Do, Da, Do, Do (theme from Twilight Zone.)
Maybe I have a thing for numbers... Amongst my interests are old license plates and old chauffeur's, drivers badges... While looking online (eBay) for a YOM plate for a '49 Oldsmobile I am restoring I stumbled into a license plate site for 'Armed Forces in Germany'.... I was stationed in Germany in 1956-58 when I was in the Army, I had a '50 Opel so I looked through the plates listed... Coming upon a set of very nice 1957 plates I paused... The number on the plate caught my eye, ringing a bell in my head... I knew that the AFG plates in Germany were issued by zone, that is why the number on the plate seemed to ring a bell...  I placed a bid on the plates and went about my business.
In a few days I received an email from eBay, I had won the plates.. When the plates arrived I said to myself, 'self', there is something very strange going on here... I went to my photo albums, looking for the pix I had taken in and around Fulda, Germany.. Finding some pix of my '50 Opel I almost fell over, the number on the plate I had just received from eBay was only ten digits higher than the plates on my Opel.... Since the U.S. Army Provost Marshall traveled from post to post issuing license plates, the soldier that had bought the plates that I had just purchased, was standing in the same line, on the same day as I was.... More Twilight Zone theme is in order....Bill   
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« Reply #108 on: July 04, 2012, 02:30:49 PM »
Well now, my previous posting worked so I will try again.
I was really surprised when I opened this tread to find that I had not added to this topic in almost a year... Hmmm, time goes bye when one is having fun...
During the past several months I have ran into one frustration after another trying to get the window issues solved for 'Walter'... As quickly as I think I have one issue solved, another one jumps up. Each time a problem has arisen, with the window tracts, guide rollers, or the operators, it has fallen on my shoulders to solve the problem because the repair shops I have dealt with either did not have the skills to solve the problem and/or they did not want to be bothered.
As with many issues during the course of the rebuilding of Walter, I have encountered items that are not typical of the average '30 model car.. It would appear that Chrysler followed their own path, which involved a higher standard of engineering. In other words, a car built to a design standard, in lieu of a budget.
The delays in getting the door windows installed and operating has also delayed getting the top and upholstery done, neither of which could be done until the windows were in and working. I finished up the installation of the windows yesterday.
Of course I added to the window problem because I wanted power windows... This was going to be a slam dunk because I had been told by several company's that they had operators that 'would work' in my car... wrong... I ended up having to send my mechanical operators out to have electric ones made using mine as the patterns. I made mention in my 3/10 thread about the great work that Nu-Relics did in making my power window operators.
I have documented the rebuilding and installation of my window assemblies, with several photos and a written text, unfortunately the text and photo's contain more info that what this forum can accept. I am going to forward my info to Lanny @ The Plymouth Bulletin, he might deem the info interesting enough to incorporate it into the Bulletin.
Another issue that I have to deal with in getting Walter finished up.... Chrome Plating!! I had all of the chrome redone on the bumpers, etc., in 2006-07... The car has never spent a night sitting outside, nor has it been driven in bad weather... Since when does California have bad weather? The chrome started to blister and peal on both of my bumpers and guards. Some of the other pieces started showing signs of blistering...
I paid good money for the chrome work to a shop that guaranteed their work, ya sure, what good is a guarantee when the shop goes out of business..
I think a good friend of mine that is also a car guy summed things up pretty well when he said.. "we should have taken up collecting stamps in lieu of cars, stamps were easier to store and in the end achieved a higher value"....Bill
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« Reply #107 on: July 04, 2012, 01:03:28 PM »
I just finished composing an update to the progress detailing the near completion of 'Walter'... When I attempted to post the article the forum, it would not accepted the article....Bill
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« Reply #106 on: July 24, 2011, 03:13:18 PM »
Good things/Bad things;
I have an appointment with the upholstery shop for Aug. 15 to get the top put on and finish up the interior. I have been able to work for a couple of hours a day getting all of the stainless trim reinstalled after having removed it for the paint repairs.
I finally got all of the trim installed on the grille shell, the center trim had not been installed because I was looking for a good piece to restore... I had acquired a near perfect Plymouth emblem for the center of the grille which finally got installed... The front end looks really great. The '39 grilles and front end have a very "Art Deco" flair to them.
On the bad side.. I started installing the window guide tracts that I rebuilt a couple of years ago.. They have been sitting on the shelve awaiting the day they would be needed.
The right door went right together, the left door was a different story. Some how or another my tracts got mixed up with the "Alabama Car" tracts. The left front tract turned out to be a modified tract for the Alabama Car. The mounts are wrong for my car so I will have to make new mounts to fit the left front of the door... A minor delay.....Bill
 
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« Reply #105 on: July 06, 2011, 02:05:17 PM »
It is always GOOD NEWS, to hear someones back surgery went well! It is better news that you will be able to get back to doing what you love, Working on your old Plymouth. I know I am always tinkering around with mine.

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« Reply #104 on: July 06, 2011, 12:37:09 PM »
AH Shucks.... GO & SD Glenn, you guys are very kind to make note about my car stories here on the POC Bulletin. In addition to what I babble about here on the POCB I have for many years  been writing an article I call "Rust In Peace" for the Golden State Region of the POC....Bill
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« Reply #103 on: July 06, 2011, 12:09:48 PM »
Hey Go, Thank you for mentioning that Bill had some good stories about the old cars. I went back to the begining of this post. There is very interesting reading here, keeping me intertained for hours. I would recomend ALL the newbee read some of Bills posts. I am enjoying them very much and can't seem to close down the PC right now. lol  Great posts Bill, and wish you the best of luck with the surgery.
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« Reply #102 on: July 06, 2011, 12:51:09 AM »
Best whishes from D?sseldorf!
Hope You recover fast and can take the scrwdriver soon!
Always nice to read Your car stories! Go
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« Reply #101 on: July 05, 2011, 01:53:56 PM »
Bill,

I am pleased that your back surgery went well and you are on the road to a full recovery.

Not to worry about the photos, but thanks for thinking of me,
Bob

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« Reply #100 on: July 05, 2011, 01:08:58 PM »
The brief respite that the pain meds gave me from my back problem went away so I had to have an operation on my back... L1-L5 lumbar laminectomy. The operation was a huge success.
My doctor released me for limited physical activities on July 1 so I have been getting the grille trim ready to reinstall. Since the trim has been laying around for over a year I am re-polishing everything before I put the pieces back in place.

Unfortunetly my doctor will not allow me to go for a long car ride until at least six weeks following the surgery so I will not be able to attend the National Summer Meet in Pacific Grove on July 13-16. I was really looking forward to the meet.   

I, which I could accommodate RC's request for pictures of the rebuilding of "Walter".... For some reason the program (s) in my computer do not work well with the format of the POC Bulletin. If I try to post pictures they end up in cyber space, some times Mark steps in an rescues the pictures.. I don't quite understand, I have no problem posting to the other forum's, Ford Barn, EFV8 Club, Buick Club, and a few more.....Bill
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