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Need a new head gasket for a 30 Durant 407
We need a new head gasket for our latest Durant 407 car W8 engine from Canada that Ray owned, it is a Victor 819 gasket and it actually has W8A 402 on it also. None on E-Bay, or other suppliers, wondering if anyone has a extra one or a idea who could maybe have new...
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Last Post: May 3, 2016 5:00am
by Lance Haynes
Timing chain cover seal
Does anyone know of a modern oil seal to fit the timing chain cover of a W5 engine?
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Last Post: Apr 28, 2016 7:03am
by Jim Cooke
1930 Durant 614 engine temperature sensor
Hi, What would be a replacement part number for a 1930 Durant 614 temperature sensor?
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Last Post: Apr 24, 2016 4:18am
by Norm Toone
DMAC Pacific Coast Chapter Spring Tour
The Pacific Coast Chapter's Spring Tour is coming up soon on April 18th. There is more information an Agenda and a registration form in the Events section. I hope to see you there this year. Rick
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Last Post: Apr 23, 2016 5:47pm
by Rick Botti
Restored 1929 Model 40 for Sale
I have posted this on the For Sale site but thought it best to place it here as well. Having finally finished the restoration of our 1929 Model 40 sedan, I have decided to put it up for sale. The W5 engine has been rebuilt with new pistons, valves, and gaskets. Th...
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Last Post: Apr 23, 2016 9:29am
by Gordon F. Curl
Durant 614 starting problems
Hi, Getting closer to get the 1930 Durant 614 running again. New fuel tank, fuel lines ok, fuel pump serviced, water pump ok, engine turns, radiator fixed, new motor oil, new transmission oil, etc. The problem is that the starter does not turn the engine fas...
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Last Post: Apr 20, 2016 10:50pm
by Juha Saari
1928 ?? Durant motor
I was wondering if any Durant enthusiasts can tell me an approximate value of a 1928? Durant motor? I should have it tomorrow and will have more info. Just wondering if this was something of value to Durant collectors? Any comments would be greatly appreciated, thank...
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Last Post: Apr 18, 2016 1:11pm
by Ray
Autolite 3076 orChampion w16Y Spark Plugs.
Hi Fellows, I am having great difficultly in locating either of the above spark plugs in Australia. Have been into Spark Plug .com site but their freight charges to australia are over the fence. Must be sending them by Specially Chartered aircraft. Their freight...
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Last Post: Apr 18, 2016 10:47am
by Norm Toone
Need help for a starter durant 1929
Hello My father is looking for a starter for this DURANT car 1929 because he has a problem with the starter . The first contact he makes he can hear a sound of electric mill ( grinder) It can be teeth do not connect , or not match well .Maybe a part inside...
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Last Post: Apr 18, 2016 3:59am
by Norm Toone
new technology for our cars
Hello everyone..... Just thought I'd show how new technology has come into play with our Durant cars. I couldn't find a water pump impeller for "Cathy's Star car", So I used scanning and nc machining technology to produce a new one out of high grade aircraft alumi...
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Last Post: Apr 17, 2016 12:36am
by Jim Greenamyer
Club Events
Looks to be a busy year for the DMAC with a West Coast Spring Tour, an East Coast Summer Tour and National Meet. More info posted in the Events Section. Rick
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Last Post: Apr 16, 2016 2:05pm
by Rick Botti
1932 DeVaux Model 80 Convertable
I received my June issue of Hemmings Classic Car yesterday and there is a great article on the 1932 DeVaux Model 80 convertable Coupe owned by clubs long time member Howard Reinke's sons Dennis Reinke. This car was sold to Myron Cummings who owned it until his passin...
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Last Post: Apr 12, 2016 6:48am
by Mike Linthicum
DMAC East Coast Chapter Spring Meet
It's that time of year again, although many of you are still experiencing very cold weather to think of our ECC Spring Meet. Where would you like to go and what would you like to do? The National Railroad Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania has been suggested as one, B...
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Last Post: Apr 5, 2016 7:22pm
by Don Shilling
Dort Hub Caps
At the Portland, OR swap meet this past weekend I met a vendor who has several different Dort hub caps. Since I do not see many of these, I asked for his contact info. If you need a Dort hub cap, he may have what you need. His name is Bob Calvert, Oakville, WA, phone...
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Last Post: Apr 5, 2016 1:20pm
by Bob Bush
Bill Hirsch - Engine Enamels
For those of you that have never talked with Bill Hirsch you really missed something. I ordered some engine enamel for the Flint yesterday. Bill, who is now 88, gets up at 4:00AM and gets to work at 5:30AM and works to 5:00PM and sometimes later. He and I agree th...
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Last Post: Apr 5, 2016 6:27am
by Mike Linthicum
Bert Motor ready to rebuild
Bert in brown shirt and James with 1927 14L motor ready to rebuild.
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Last Post: Apr 2, 2016 7:39am
by Bill Hoaglan
Flint Distributor Removal
Have any of you Flint owners ever had trouble removing the distributor from your E-6 Continental engine. I removed the screw from the side of the base that I thought held the distributor in place (like on other engines). I have removed the entire unit from the engin...
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Last Post: Mar 30, 2016 6:07am
by Jum Greenamyer
Passing of DMAC member Guy J. Beizil of Peace River, Alberta Canada
Rick and Sonia just let me know that DMAC member Guy J. Beizil from Peace River, Alberta, Canada passed away on March 1, 2016 from Lung cancer. Anyone who attended the Vancouver Durant Meet would remember Guy. He was driving a 1926 Star Touring Car with a canoe on...
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Last Post: Mar 23, 2016 10:25pm
by Frank Reed
Our W5 engine has now been completely rebuilt after installing two sleeves. I just have water in the radiator. I have been surfing the net on what coolants are being used in these old engines. Some use antifreeze or a mixture and some say use water only. What are...
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Last Post: Mar 22, 2016 7:56am
by Bill Hoaglan
lug nuts
I am in search of the following lug nuts for 29/30 Durant with wire wheels. these us a 3/4 wrench, they are 9/16 fine thread. I need 8 with RH thread I need 3 with LH thread email or call 618-523-4459 note of interest. My nephew was at the local Carquest st...
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Last Post: Mar 19, 2016 9:41pm
by Gene Gray
Hello All, I'm building a 1926 star from parts, the thing I need is a title. Was hoping someone in the club might be able to help with this. Right now I Have a 1926 Durant woody star huckster. My phone number is 386-871-5223....
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Last Post: Mar 19, 2016 4:20am
by Norm Toone
Dastardly Emal Alert!!!
Hey folks, I received an email today with a return email of admin@durantmotors.org and containing an attachment. Watch for this email address and delete immediately. Do NOT open the attachment. I'm sure no good can come from it if your curiosity gets the better of...
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Last Post: Mar 18, 2016 7:46am
by henri houle
6 volt battery life
It seems even though I try to take very good care of my 6 volt batteries, and use float maintainers on them, I can only get about a maximum of three years from one. With very limited market choices for 6 volt batteries in Canada, I'm searching for a better one in U...
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Last Post: Mar 17, 2016 10:11pm
by Mike Rice
Fuel level sensor/meter replacement for Durant 614
Maybe a new topic for this instead of continuing the manual search topic. The fuel level meter is probably beyond repair and looking for a replacement that would work. Any ideas where to look or how the old one could still be fixed?
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Last Post: Mar 10, 2016 3:34am
by Juha Saari
New Pictures Added
Just added 200 pictures from the DMAC National Meet in Minnesota last year. Rick
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Last Post: Mar 9, 2016 4:14am
by Peggy Spitz
need parts for 1924 star
need drivers side hood shelf and 2universal joint coupling hub part #20307 same as a 23 star
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Last Post: Mar 6, 2016 6:17am
by Tom Edmonds
Corn Grease
Has anyone heard of corn grease (sold by John Deere)? At rest, it is a gel. When things get spinning in it, it turns to a liquid. This sounds like it might be useful on our throw-out bearings and Spicer joints. Have you used it?
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Last Post: Mar 2, 2016 5:47pm
by cdmn
Instruction and Operation Manual, Durant 614
We have a 1930 Durant 614 in the garage and it has not been driven or started in years. It was fully functional before storage but I have never driven it and would like to get pointers what to check/service before trying to start it and an instruction manual would pr...
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Last Post: Feb 29, 2016 4:42am
by Norm Toone
I have been working on this car a long time. Once again I need some help. I have been able to locate a distributer and housing. I bought cap and point from E-bay. However the point do not come with the spring can someone help with what I can use for the spring tha...
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Last Post: Feb 28, 2016 3:07pm
by Eliot Smith
Last of the Leaside, Toronoto, Canada Durant plant faces demolition! Lets do what we can to save her
I received this letter from Geoff Kettel recently about the Durant Leaside, Toronto, Canada Durant site. There is an effort by developers to destroy the building to put up some new retirement apartments. At the bottom of the letter is an email address to send your co...
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Last Post: Feb 25, 2016 4:46pm
by Mike Linthicum
In 2011 the DMAC received a generous gift from Mr. Will Moon consisting of outside dealership sign from the Mills Durant/Star Dealership in Billings, Oklahoma. The sign stood for many years above the dealership advertising the Durant/Star cars sold there. Th...
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Last Post: Feb 23, 2016 12:15pm
by Durant Motors Au...
Honeycomb Radiator
I'm looking for a supplier of honeycomb radiator. I need for a Rugby 1928. From already thank you very much for the information. http://s1028.photobucket.com/user/Nestor_Wynen/library/?view=recent&page=1 Nestor
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Last Post: Feb 22, 2016 6:27pm
by 23startouring
Manifold Stud nuts, thread & size
Looking for the thread type and size for the Manifold studs and nuts on 15L engine. Have stripped one of the brass nuts. Went to local store today but thread on nut supplied is definitely wrong.Email me. Thanks Phil D.
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Last Post: Feb 18, 2016 10:16pm
by Phil Donoghoe
Durant Partner Winter 2015
Our copy of the Partner just arrived @ our San Diego home, because of the delay in forwarding from NJ....BUT...it was worth the wait. Once again Carol did a fantastic job. I will reserve comment on the photographs, except to say thank you for the photo of Peg a...
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Last Post: Feb 13, 2016 9:35pm
by Carol
need help to identify a Durant / Star Grill shell
I need help to identify a Durant / Star Grill shell / THANKS
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Last Post: Feb 9, 2016 7:28pm
by Don Shilling
Need throwout tube
As Gilda Radner said "If its not one thing, its another". This time it's the throwout tube. Mine is split in two places and won't push the throwout fork in enough to keep the transmission from crunching. This is the 2 1/2 inch tube that runs tranverse to the car un...
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Last Post: Feb 1, 2016 8:17pm
by Vince OBrien
Startix page on eBay
For those cars Durant and Frontenac with Startix ... item 200897286321 on eBay. This is mentioned in the generic Dominion Motors owners manual. Durantcars has the cover of the generic owners manual under Frontenac 1931 C-31-401-12. There is no date in the manual...
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Last Post: Jan 31, 2016 11:56am
by Norm Toone
Replacing rear main seals
What is the easiest way to replace the rear seal in the 6 cylinder engine . I would like to replace it with a new seal like the one Bill Hoaglan has in his car. Do I have to pull the engine or can it be done with the engine still in the car? One way or another I wi...
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Last Post: Jan 30, 2016 3:59pm
by Bill Hoaglan
2016 Calendars
I do have a few 2016 Durant Motors Automobile Club Calendars availalbe.. Same pricing as last year with a completely new cast. $22 plus postage ($4 US, $10 Canada, $15 inter) Bob Smith 36234 S. Cypress Dr Tucson, AZ 85739
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Last Post: Jan 26, 2016 7:08am
by Bob Smith
1933 continental ace
If someone wants a nice project here is one for you. on ebay item #161951724294. Would nice to be in the club? any takers...
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Last Post: Jan 23, 2016 9:03am
by Norm Toone
Flint Water Works
Trouble with lead in Flint Michigan water. Sounds like using pipes from when young Billy D was running the water works.
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Last Post: Jan 19, 2016 2:50pm
by Ross
Who would have thunk!
Just checked EBAY. There is a Durant Family Registry license plate topper on there for $175. Who'd a thunk that one of these would be going for that. So you see buy them key chains, license plate toppers, pins etc from the club and see how they appreciate in price, t...
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Last Post: Jan 12, 2016 8:01pm
by Peggy Spitz
axle oil retainers
I am working on the rear axle of the D40. Making one good axle out of two. Behind the bearings at both ends of the axle housing is a cup which shows up on the exploded diagram from the technical page as oil retainers. There was nothing in any of the cups on either of...
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Last Post: Jan 12, 2016 6:17am
by Jim Cooke
Dort Lycoming model K series engine - starter issues
Hi all, My name is Hesh, I'm from Melbourne Australia. I'm currently assisting my Dad with a restoration 1920-21 Gray Dort 'C49 Special Body' that was imported into Australia. This vehicle is essentially the Tourer however was one of 1 of 3 cars that was prepared/...
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Last Post: Jan 11, 2016 11:32am
by Norm Toone
Gas Gauge Fluid
Would someone please educate me on what the red fluid that is found on motor meters and gas gauges. In the process of restoring the gas gauge on my Flint. Is the fluid still available?? Great winter project............... Yates
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Last Post: Jan 8, 2016 8:41am
by Yates Milton
Wire Wheel Lug Nuts
A close matching option for our OEM 9/16"-18 closed end ball seat lug nuts that I have found is to get a set of Ball seat lug nuts on ebay (designed for Porsche) http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Premium-Chrome-Closed-Ball-Seat-Lug-Nuts-For-OEM-Wheels-M14x1-5-1-26-Tall-...
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Last Post: Jan 7, 2016 3:49pm
by Bill Hoaglan
Kijiji 60 being destroyed in Windsor Ont
http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/windsor-area-on/1928-durant-parts/1130369768?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true Parting out a 1928 Durant I am going to make a rat rod out of it so there are a lot if parts I do not need anymore. ALL ORIGINAL! wooden spoke...
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Last Post: Jan 6, 2016 10:41am
by Norm Toone
Happy New Year
Happy New Year to all of our DMAC friends and family around the world. We look forward to seeing all of you in Canada in September 2016. Happy New Year Charlie and Peggy Spitz.
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Last Post: Jan 1, 2016 9:30pm
by Ken McCormick
28-9 Durant Radiator Emblem
There has always been a question at least in my mind, about the different emblems used from 28 to 29. Blue "D" versus white "D". Chrome versus "gold". I thought maybe members with 28-9 Durants could post what year and model car they have, and which emblem is on it...
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Last Post: Dec 31, 2015 7:01am
by S. Blomquist
Is it Just Me,,,,,,,,
Is it just me or did anybody else incur a turkey and dressing nap this afternoon? Shirley and I had a great time and survived the relatives. We hope ALL of you guys had a good helping of the same. See you'ns next year and I'm already plotting Star stashes around the...
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Last Post: Dec 27, 2015 4:38am
by Norm Toone
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