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softening old upholstry?
Hi all I have just purchased a 1924 Flint open car that had been stored for many years in Missouri. We are beginning the process of cleaning away many years of dust and grim along with the mouse houses. I am looking for suggestions as to the best way to clean...
Views: 320   Replies: 9
Last Post: Jul 8, 2012 2:13pm
by Yates Milton
July 4, 1776
As the United States begins the celebration of the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, let us extend our best wishes for an enjoyable day. Let us not forget all of the men and women that have served in our armed forces so that we can enjoy the free...
Views: 263   Replies: 6
Last Post: Jul 7, 2012 5:15am
by mike Linthicum
Views: 2371   Replies: 7
Last Post: Jul 6, 2012 5:39am
by mike Linthicum
Ontario region Weekend meet
Hi folks: If you forgot to send in your registration for this weekend, do not despair. Come anyway. Check our the information on the "Club events" tab. We will welcome one and all. We have a great contingent of cars coming, including a 1923 LEXINGTON. Now that i...
Views: 231   Replies: 1
Last Post: Jul 5, 2012 7:45am
by Carol
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gary k
FOR JOY FOR JOY...I HAVE MY NEW TOY
I HAVE FINALLY BROUGHT HOME MY NEWEWST AND I BELIEVE MY FINAL DURANT ...A MODEL 60 COUPE....NEED PLENTY OF WORK...MOSTLY PARTS FOR MY 60 SEDAN....MAYBE A STORY FOR MAGAZINE ABOUT IT..
Views: 293   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jul 5, 2012 7:32am
by Carol
Engine/trans.alignment
Well I finished the body off restoration of the frame, took the cylinder head off to verify that the motor was actually overhauled, and yes I found the bores to be nicely honed with shiny new pistons. I dropped the motor and trans. in and there seems to be an alignme...
Views: 287   Replies: 5
Last Post: Jul 5, 2012 5:38am
by mike Linthicum
1926 Star Roadster Colors ?
Hi All........ Cathy's roadster is getting ready for the final paint. She likes the following two toned color. Any ideas on the actual paint colors and where they might be available, or modern equivalents? Thanks.....Frank ---
Views: 596   Replies: 5
Last Post: Jul 3, 2012 5:34am
by Lance Chabot
putting it back together again
Got it all checked out. seems okay-- Now putting it back together AGAIN. Got the motor back in and some of the parts attached . Had to quit for a while-- Drink time lol. Should have it done in a day or two--Other than going away for the weekend . These trips kee...
Views: 193   Replies: 0
Last Post: Jun 29, 2012 5:05pm
by Ken McCormick
Stars At Norm Miller Auction July 22
Hi All..... Here is a link to the listing for the estate auction. Lots of interesting items! Some one need a "road trip"? Frank --- http://www.stenzelauction.com/7-22-12.html
Views: 295   Replies: 0
Last Post: Jun 28, 2012 10:55am
by Frank Witkowski
14L Front Oil Seal
OK, I'm getting to the point of installing the timing chain cover on my '29 Durant 14L engine. What has anybody done about installing a modern oil seal in the timing cover to replace the felt ring??
Views: 291   Replies: 1
Last Post: Jun 28, 2012 1:12am
by Lance Haynes
Oil leak
I am sure getting discouraged . I was sure I almost had this car on the road . Now I find the rear main seal is leaking again. Looks like another tear down and rebuild again. I will check again tomorrow and make sure but I cant even think of checking it tonite. Migh...
Views: 220   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jun 27, 2012 10:37pm
by Ken
Charging question
I went through a new coil in less than a thousand miles and I'm trying to figure out why. It seems like the generator is charging the battery anytime I'm above idle. At its peak, the generator is putting out 9.25 volts which seems high for a 6 volt system. When th...
Views: 234   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jun 26, 2012 9:07pm
by Vince O'Brien
A22 - auto-lite generator adjustment
OK, I've been playing with my freshly rebuilt long enough that I am starting to doubt my memory on how to adjust the output. Does anyone any assistance that can give before I throw up my hands in failure. I have done this a million times, just not recently. HELP...
Views: 887   Replies: 10
Last Post: Jun 26, 2012 7:39pm
by Lewis Mendenhall
Coil
what kind of reading should I be getting with my multimeter on the coil? I can find info on 12volt but nothing on 6 volt-- Just cant seem to get spark to the plugs to get this buggy running.
Views: 246   Replies: 4
Last Post: Jun 22, 2012 8:50am
by Ken
coil
Is there a difference in a 6 volt coil and a 12 volt coil.--Or are all coils the same?? I just dont know . I have never thought of it before and just wondered about it since I have been having trouble with spark Anyone know?? Ken
Views: 263   Replies: 4
Last Post: Jun 16, 2012 5:20pm
by Don Shilling
Vacuum Tank
I went to get the Star out of storage and it started right away. Ran it down the block and it died - starved for gas. It did this twice more so I put it back. Today, I went through the fuel system. All the filters are clear. Gas flows easily out of the rear ta...
Views: 237   Replies: 1
Last Post: Jun 14, 2012 3:55pm
by Vince O'Brien
1927 Star speedster
On eBay is a 1927 Star speedster, # 110896467564
Views: 671   Replies: 5
Last Post: Jun 13, 2012 11:51am
by Don Shilling
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gary k
TIRES
Re: Tires AHHHH, THE WOUNDED BRAIN RECOVERS.... LUCAS TIRE CO. 2850 TEMPLE AVE...LONG BEACH CALIF.90806 1-800-952 4333 OR 2141 WEST MAIN STREET, SPRINGFIELD OHIO 45504..1-800-735-0166 OR WWW.LUCASCLASSICTIRES.COM 4.75-500 X 19..LUCAS BRAND....OLYMPIC TR...
Views: 203   Replies: 0
Last Post: Jun 11, 2012 8:34pm
by gary k
Ebay Star Horn
Heads up, a Star horn is listed on Ebay # 251080370085 May be worth looking into.
Views: 230   Replies: 0
Last Post: Jun 11, 2012 4:20pm
by Don Shilling
setting timing
What is the special knack needed to set the timing on this car. I cant see the marks on the flywheel to know when it is close to the right position.Tried using mirror but its too dark and I cant get light into the area at the same time.Does anyone know what I can do...
Views: 215   Replies: 5
Last Post: Jun 11, 2012 8:18am
by Bill Hoaglan
Throwout and Spicer
Any body know where I can get a throwout bearing (interchangeable?), and the rubber balls for the spicer joint (could I use a substitute for these) the existing ones are hard and brittle. Looks to be all I need to drop the motor in the car and go for a test drive.Thanks
Views: 242   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jun 4, 2012 5:31am
by Frank Witkowski
Oil pressure fluctuations
Hi There: Yesterday I took the Frontenac out to go to the annual Touring Inspection meet for HASC (Historic Automobile Society of Canada) When I got out on the highway and up to speed, I noticed that the oil pressure on the gauge was fluctuating (from 35 - 45 lbs)...
Views: 326   Replies: 4
Last Post: Jun 3, 2012 10:58am
by Gordon F. Curl
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Dave G
Horn button, stupid question
Did any durants have a center horn button or shield on their steering wheels. and if so, does someone have a picture. thanks.
Views: 272   Replies: 2
Last Post: May 31, 2012 1:01pm
by Dave G
My First Question
Hello all, just recently joined the club and thought I would introduce myself and my car. To those of you who were in Vancouver B.C. last year I have purchased Franz Fraitzl's project Star with the hopes of completing the restoration. I have made up new sills from o...
Views: 356   Replies: 5
Last Post: May 31, 2012 9:47am
by Martyn Hough
1930 Durant/T.J.Richards
Wow: Look what was posted today on E-Bay. To see a Australian bodied Durant for sale here is hard to believe. If it was not accross the country I would be looking at it tomorrow. Don..how close is that town in LA. from you? For sure I don't want to see this car...
Views: 602   Replies: 7
Last Post: May 25, 2012 8:09pm
by John
Old Cars Weekly, article 5-31-2012, p. 10
Finally, Gerald Perschbacher in his Club Clips column picked up an article by Phil Peters (throttle and spark levers) from the "Partner". The club, the newsletter and Carol (which includes an address) are all given some deserved press...ink.
Views: 258   Replies: 1
Last Post: May 23, 2012 4:02pm
by Frank Witkowski
More things for sale
Think I am almost back on track again from the Park. During the summer I had day after day voice mail for a week from a Joe Petrella in Washington. Just did a 411 reverse phone look up and got ... Joseph Petrello 6006 S Fork Coppei Rd Waitsburg, WA 99361-7747...
Views: 826   Replies: 12
Last Post: May 18, 2012 7:25pm
by Dave Truemner
W5 motor mounts - Mac Irvine contact details
I'm chasing some of the rubber engine mounts for a W5 motor and reading previous posts, Mac Irvine made some reproductions. His email address from an old post doesn't work. Does anyone have his current email contact details. Thanks
Views: 239   Replies: 1
Last Post: May 18, 2012 4:15am
by S. Blomquist
Prop shaft universal joint covers
Hi all. Both of the grease/oil covers at each end of the Spicer prop shaft are damaged. Does anyone know where I can purchase a new set? Preferably in the UK but anywhere will do!!!
Views: 251   Replies: 0
Last Post: May 17, 2012 8:12am
by Graham Batty
Intro, and a few things , I would like.
Good Morning, I resently picked up a old Durant project outta the north, north washington state. firewall tag found by previous owner and now back in firewall. M2- E14991 This has been a ******* project kinda, that an old kat saved parts for over a 20 year period...
Views: 279   Replies: 3
Last Post: May 16, 2012 8:25pm
by Dave Grimmitt
need parts
I have a 1926 Star Coupster that I am restoring. I need the interior door handle escutcheons for it. Does anyone know of where I might get a pair? Thanks, Don
Views: 259   Replies: 0
Last Post: May 15, 2012 3:22pm
by don cantrell
wheel lubs
The Durant mentioned in a previous post, the one in storage since 1944, is about 2/3 restored. Great car - runs fine, no rust found when we stripped for repainting..But, it's missing one lug bolt/flange on each wheel. It appears that, at some point, the original owne...
Views: 192   Replies: 1
Last Post: May 15, 2012 10:49am
by Don Shilling
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gary k
1925 Star Model F Roadster frame specifications
Members... has anyone ever found or drawn the frame from a 1925 model F Star....and made a drawing showing measurements and specs...like if i needed to make a reproduction star frame???? things like length , width at several places... spring attachment positions,...
Views: 359   Replies: 4
Last Post: May 14, 2012 9:22pm
by gary k
Fuel Tank Sender Unit
I removed the fuel tank in my D60 today. After 21 years of sitting in storage I assumed the tank was empty. I was laying under the tank removing the strap bolts when the tank came loose. I then realized the significance of not relying on assumptions, when the tank hi...
Views: 406   Replies: 6
Last Post: May 14, 2012 4:38am
by S. Blomquist
Autopar Tires
I realize this isnt Durant related.......A friend of mine is a Mopar collector and is looking for some Autopar Mopar tires. Do any of you Canadian members have any in you stash? Any size, white letters a plus, for display only. Thanks, Dave
Views: 236   Replies: 0
Last Post: May 12, 2012 9:38am
by Dave Schulte
4th Annual Pacific Coast Chapter Spring Tour
The Pacific Coast Chapter Presents the Spring Mystery Tour May 8th -11th in Salida, California Salida is located in the Central Valley between Manteca and Modesto. Hotel La QUINTA Inn 4909 Sisk Road Salida, CA 95368 (209) 579-8723 www.laqu...
Views: 355   Replies: 6
Last Post: May 11, 2012 4:55pm
by Charles A. Spitz...
The elusive 1931 DeVaux Phaeton
Since I have been following the DeVaux, I had seen one reference to a DeVaux Phaeton. Beverly Rae Kimes in the Standard Catalog of American Cars does list the Phaeton for 1931. A little while back when Howard and talked on the phone he indicated he had a sales arti...
Views: 287   Replies: 1
Last Post: May 11, 2012 4:34pm
by dae enrico
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gary k
MAN SELLING TITLES....
I FOUND A MAN SELLING TITLES....HE HAS 10,000 TITLES HE SAYS...I BOUGHT A STAR TITLE AND DESOTO TITLE ALL OPEN AND SIGNED BY SELLER....THEY WENT THRU PENNA.TITLE TRANSFER...NOW IN MY NAME....HE HAS A FEW FOR OUR CARS...A 1927 STAR CONV TRUCK, A RUGBY OF SOME KIND AND...
Views: 231   Replies: 2
Last Post: May 11, 2012 1:16pm
by gary k
Back on the road
Hi all, Its been a few months now since my dilema of a broken axle. So with the rear gaurd and body repaired I now have the car back on the road. I thought I'd say thanks to everyone for their input on where to get parts, etc. Thanks heaps. Unfortunatly I los...
Views: 544   Replies: 2
Last Post: May 9, 2012 6:01pm
by gary k
Parts
I have a Star grease cap/hub cap in good condition - the one with a Star, anyone need one?
Views: 232   Replies: 0
Last Post: May 5, 2012 6:28am
by Dan Cotney
Glolite headlamp glass.
I have an interest in old cars and spares. Recently I bought a quantity of Rolls Royce and Bentley parts. When sorting I found a Glolite Headlamp Lense. Via your website I note these lamps were fitted to Durant cars! Glass size approx. 9,5/8 dia. Convex. vertical flu...
Views: 405   Replies: 6
Last Post: May 3, 2012 7:34pm
by Norm Toone
How did tire discussion get to Tim Hortons donuts.
Please be assured that I would never drop a Tim Bit let alone a real Timmies donut. THUS !!! The Tim Hortons that do live in the US are not my fault but are my pleasure to attend.
Views: 213   Replies: 0
Last Post: May 3, 2012 12:22pm
by Jack Connor
Continental engine 14L valve springs
Any idea where I could find 12 new springs for a Continental 14L engine?
Views: 205   Replies: 1
Last Post: May 1, 2012 7:00pm
by Don Shilling
Rear wrap around tin?
Does anybody know what is supposed to go above the rear deck, rear window area starting behind the doors. Is this just wood framed and wrapped in fabric/vinyl or is there supposed to be a metal backer for a 29 coupe. I was looking at the orange 29 coupe in the photos...
Views: 392   Replies: 9
Last Post: Apr 29, 2012 9:39pm
by Todd K.
Misc. info.
Hello I am a new owner about to bring home a 29 model 60 coupe. Does anybody know if this car came with stock running boards that were wood?.Also was the rumble seat an option (can I add one) if it was not stock to this car?. Thanks Todd
Views: 376   Replies: 5
Last Post: Apr 29, 2012 9:32pm
by Todd K.
Traverse City Annual meet.
Reservations confirmed. Have intentions to bring our car. See U all there. Ken and Dorothy Brink
Views: 167   Replies: 0
Last Post: Apr 29, 2012 3:33pm
by Ken Brink
Question for all you Durant mechanics
While in Charleston saw in Ron's car manual an eye bolt device that they put in I believe #3 cylinder to pull the engine. I know I don't have to use this, but was wondering if anybody knew the size and dimensions of this eye bolt. I believe the spark plugs have fine...
Views: 294   Replies: 4
Last Post: Apr 28, 2012 5:46am
by Mike Linthicum
Brake linings specs plus Vancouver.
Good day gentlemen/gentlewomen. I need to reline my brakes. Seems to be a every 2500 miles affair (mind you I drive in hilly country). Brake shop in Edmonton has charged me $500 twice for relining my brakes. Too much money. So: I have bought a hole counter...
Views: 268   Replies: 3
Last Post: Apr 26, 2012 4:47pm
by Gordon F. Curl
East Coast Chapter Meet
Fresh back from the recent East Coast Chapter Meet in Charleston and had a great time seeing everyone. Weather was great, not too hot and the rain held out for us. Tour of the Hunley Submarine was exceptional and the bus tour around Charleston was great. Hope everyon...
Views: 639   Replies: 9
Last Post: Apr 26, 2012 12:24pm
by Mike Linthicum
Hotel information & Schedule for April East Coast Chapter Spring Meet
Ok Durantonians, as promised here is the hotel information, and schedule as I have it now for the DMAC East Coast Chapter Spring Meet April 19th through April 22, 2012. Your not going to want to miss this event! Hotel Wingate by Wyndham 9280 University Boulev...
Views: 683   Replies: 29
Last Post: Apr 23, 2012 9:07am
by Tom & Karen Edmo...
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