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Old Continental engine
Hi all, I got an old Continental engine a few years ago from a friend who thought it was a 22A for my 614. The engine is in fact a F244A that was used in industrial applications. It is quite different form the 22A, everything is on opposite sides (exhaust vs. i...
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Last Post: Apr 25, 2021 4:59pm
by Norm Toone
Model 40 Rear Axle Ratio
Was wondering if the rear axle ration of the Model 40 was the same as the Model 60 which is 4:44 to 1. The transmission is the same but haven't been able to confirm if the rear axle is 4:44 to 1 or ? Please let me know if you have one. Thanks, Phil
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Last Post: Apr 25, 2021 8:49am
by Norm Toone
Lining up engine with gearbox
Hi I've just mounted my newly reconditioned engine on the chassis and an wondering what sort of adjustments I can make to ensure it lines up (side view) with the gearbox. Things that come to mind include: 1) Front engine mounting brackets that fit inside rubber mo...
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Last Post: Apr 20, 2021 1:27pm
by Duncan Smeaton
1930 Durant 617 Sedan with 15U Continental
Hello all! New member here and hopefully for many years to come! I acquired my Durant from a man in Florence, Alabama about a year and a half ago. It sat for MANY years in his garage out back. I have since then got it running and driving pretty well. It is all origin...
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Last Post: Apr 17, 2021 8:41am
by Norm Toone
What could one expect if they are charging a 12 volt battery with 6 volts?
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Last Post: Apr 16, 2021 9:21pm
by Vincent OBrien
A22 Muffler
I wondered how many of the A22 Frame built A22 mufflers are still in use. Our 1922 Durant still has a good tubular backbone outer frame pipe, but we had to replace the inner pipe. We do not know if the inner pipe was an original, or was from a Star, or was hand produ...
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Last Post: Apr 11, 2021 3:29pm
by Bill Hoaglan
Hello all, Spring has sprund and she is running like a champ! I-4 Conntenental I want to change fluids Oil I was going to use 30W non-detergent. But what about transmission, and rear pumpkin. Thanks in advance for the help
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Last Post: Apr 9, 2021 5:24am
by Mike Linthicum
Pacific Coast Chapter’s Shakedown Tour is Back!
Pacific Coast Chapter’s Shakedown Tour is Back! April 17th 9:30 am meet at Bert & Sonia's house in American Canyon Check your club roster or contact Mike Babick mikeb@durantmotors.org
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Last Post: Apr 4, 2021 7:00pm
by Rick Botti
Barney Google radiator mascot on Star motometer
A recent Bonham's online auction (lot#28), out of New York sold a "Barney Google" radiator mascot mounted to a Star motometer. Barney was sitting on his horse "Sparkplug" and this sold for $1530.00 including buyer's premium. I guess we should all check our display ca...
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Last Post: Mar 27, 2021 6:11am
by Tom Schaffer
Spring 2021: Edition Durant Partner
Hello folks, Just a reminder that the deadline has now passed for the Spring edition submissions. However, if you have material you want to send, please go ahead and get that in to me as soon as possible. We'd like to focus this edition on the DeVaux. If you ha...
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Last Post: Mar 25, 2021 5:54am
by Robert Wakefield
Winter Edition Durant Partner 2020
Hello all, The Winter Durant Partner is nearly fit for print. Well... getting there. Ideally, I finish the Partner before the 1st, including giving Mike a chance to look it over and write his piece. Unfortunately, family issues got in the way. This kind of work...
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Last Post: Mar 22, 2021 3:59pm
by Tom Schaffer
East Coast Chapter DMAC Spring Tour
Spring is about to get sprung. Are any plans in the works for the Flint meet?
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Last Post: Mar 16, 2021 6:34am
by Don Shilling
Zenith carburetor and vacuum tank
I am looking for a new complete Zenith carburetor for my 1928 Durant 4 cylinder also a complete vacuum tank for the same vehicle.
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Last Post: Mar 9, 2021 9:22am
by Dave Roberts
1924 star brakes model f
so im needing some help with rear brakes i have a 24 star im replacing rear brakes i have reassembled them but my brakes where only used on that year im told by don shilling, With the car on jacks i can spin wheel one way no problem but if i go the other way parking...
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Last Post: Mar 7, 2021 8:16am
by Jeffrey Quicksel...
Rear main bearing oil splash guard
Hi I have an M2 4 cylinder engine nearly rebuilt but at the last minute we have discovered we are missing a splash guard on the upper side of the back end of the main bearing. This stops oil leaking out the back of the engine (flywheel end). In most blocks, this spl...
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Last Post: Mar 4, 2021 3:31pm
by Don Shilling
Tools for sale
I have a lot of tools for sale. I have finally quit working and its time to download.Come see what I have and help me get rid of stuff. Ken
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Last Post: Mar 4, 2021 12:26pm
by Ken MCcormick
2021 National Meet
The announcement of the Durant National Meet 2021 is just the kind of good news we all need these days. Scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday. I wonder if there will be activities planned for Saturday and Sunday, or will those be "travel" days for the attendee's?
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Last Post: Feb 27, 2021 12:26pm
by Robert Bush
DMAC Annual Tour is a GO!
Annual DMAC National Tour Grand Junction, Colorado Arrive Tuesday, September 14, Departure Sunday, September 19. Details have ben posted to the Club Events Page. Rick
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Last Post: Feb 21, 2021 3:28pm
Uploading pictures to the Forum
Hi Norm. Thanks for the advice on how to upload pictures to the Forum. Using the link "How to Add Pictures" at the top of the Forum page was surprisingly easy, even for a first-timer like me.
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Last Post: Feb 21, 2021 11:38am
by Norm Toone
bendix brakes
We have 4 wheel bendix brakes(Simple cam design) and they generally call them, 11 inch. Well we measured ours and they are 10 5/8 inch inside diameter. we purchased 3/16 brake material as quoted on this forum. The problem is, they do not fit inside the drum and no...
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Last Post: Feb 21, 2021 8:44am
by William Durant
rear brakes on 24 star
so im replacing rear brakes on my star i did right side no problem but now to the left . on the parking brake shoe (inner) i was missing the one shoe u bracket welded to shoe and where the shoe goes into the brake lever there is play so shoe moves until slack is take...
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Last Post: Feb 7, 2021 1:14pm
by jeff quicksell
mike b
Get your dmac calenders!
If you haven't heard, the Dmac calenders are in. This would be a great holiday stocking stuffer for the Durantonian in you. The pictures can be seen on all Facebook pages. Get one while supplies last. Remember all proceeds go to our club. Just go to Dmac stores and p...
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Last Post: Feb 6, 2021 2:28pm
by mike b
29 Roadster Measurements Needed!!!
Hello, I'm in need of some measurements to brace and restore my 29 roadster body. Primarily, I'm looking for the distance from door jam to door jam on the rear section (trunk section). A measurement from top to top and bottom to bottom would be great, as well as t...
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Last Post: Feb 2, 2021 10:29am
by Norm Toone
bonding brakes
We are planning to reline our Bendix 3 shoe brakes, with 3/16 material and brass rivets. My question, would it be advisable to also add some brake bonding agent with the rivets? Thanks Bill Durant
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Last Post: Jan 27, 2021 7:18pm
by Don Shilling
Teaser on facebook
Check out my latest project on the Durant site on facebook. "Durant Motorsports" brake bands
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Last Post: Jan 20, 2021 11:14am
by ross hoevet
Very Nice Locomobile Book on eBay
There is a very nice Locomobile book on eBay. Pricey but excellent. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1916-1917-Locomobile-Standard-Custom-Models-Prestige-Sales-Brochure-Book-Nice/382859069895?hash=item59242dc9c7:g:HewAAOSw9tFdlMA3
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Last Post: Jan 17, 2021 12:02pm
by Robert Bush
Kingston vacuum tank fuel feed
The Kingston vacuum tank is a different animal than the Stewart unit. The Kingston is simpler with a lot less moving parts. I'm curious to learn how the Kingston unit knows it's full? There is a brass fitting (vacuum) at the top of the unit. 1) There is an opening f...
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Last Post: Jan 11, 2021 6:48am
by Bob Smith
Carburator issues
The Carb is leaking and we are planning to rebuild or replace, the present one is a Zenith 04 series which is a model T carburetor. But The jets are fixed jets, which means not good for a Six cylinder engine. Does anyone know what the correct carb should be used on t...
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Last Post: Jan 8, 2021 9:34am
Locomobile for sale
1913 Locomobile for sale on Bring A Trailer. Not a Billy Durant era car, but we wouldn't kick you off a tour for leaking oil! Happy New Year Mike B?
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Last Post: Jan 4, 2021 8:23am
by mike b
Looking at a purchase
Hello Norm, I hope you can give me a little help and insight. I'm looking at purchasing a 29 Rugby. You probably know the truck, it is from your area. For sale right now in Carleton Place. looks like it came from Constance Bay. It is in very rough condition. Motor i...
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Last Post: Dec 29, 2020 6:53pm
by Ted Kester¹
Transmission oil
Can someone please tell me what 600 W steam cylinder oil is? A definition of suitable oil for 1928 Durant gear box, clutch throwout and rear differential would be very helpful. Someone in my locality has suggested SAE 70-90, API GL5.
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Last Post: Dec 28, 2020 5:56pm
by cdmn
Supporting the Durant Museum
If you would like to support the Durant Museum effort without any pain, you can join the Amazon Smile program by going to Amazon Smile and select Durant Motors Automobile Museum Inc. from the list of charitable organizations. If you could also get friends and relativ...
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Last Post: Dec 16, 2020 6:46am
by Mike Linthicum
Durant's Birthday and a new Durant in the garage
It wasn't my birthday today.. It was William Crapo Durant's, however by coincidence I did receive an additional car today, a Durant 6-17 coupe. Yes it has a new home
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Last Post: Dec 12, 2020 6:32pm
by William J DeVrie...
A couple new donations at the Gilmore
Spent the morning enjoying a fresh donation at the Gilmore Museum. A pair of Continentals. upload photo gallery
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Last Post: Dec 12, 2020 6:27pm
by William J DeVrie...
mike b
December mens tech Zoom session
Well if didn't know, tech sessions have been going on monthly. This month Tech session is how to repair your Spicer unit on your Durant and Stars. Rick and the junior mechanics will show you how we repair Spicer units. email me and I can send you the Link. the date i...
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Last Post: Dec 11, 2020 7:33am
by mike b
Mike,s DeVaux
Mike,s DeVaux is on E-Bay. I think it is not a true Rumble. Not sure but I think I remember a conversation on that years ago. Gary
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Last Post: Dec 7, 2020 3:56pm
by Bob Smith
Hello everyone There are two devauxs for sale at the same time I don’t believe that has happened since 1931,, Dave
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Last Post: Dec 1, 2020 3:15pm
by Dave
Model Identification Help Needed
I recently purchased a 1928 Durant Brougham it does not have a tag or an engine tag I was wondering if there was any other stamps on the frame or any other way to identify this vehicle it looks as if they changed out the original motor from the pictures that I’...
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Last Post: Dec 1, 2020 6:04am
by Norm Toone
The Larsen Durant 6-17 auction has ended
The ebay auction for the Larsen 6-17 coupe has ended at $21,600.00 with a RNM (reserve not met). Probably not unexpected due to the reported price of restoration of somewhere around $100,000.00. In spite of the problems that some have with ebay,it does reach a large...
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Last Post: Nov 30, 2020 9:51am
by mike b
mike b
With Sincere Condolences
It is with heavy heart that we express our sincere condolences to Gordon Curl on the loss of his wife, Mary Carolyne in late September. She was one of the original members of the DMAC when it was founded in Hershey and her exuberant smile and enthusiasm will be great...
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Last Post: Nov 27, 2020 1:37pm
by Don Shilling
Blessed Thanksgiving to all
Good morning and a blessed Thanksgiving to all of you! We hope this holiday is a special one and to give thanks for all the blessings we have received throughout the past year. Be sure to share this holiday season with your families and friends!
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Last Post: Nov 27, 2020 12:07pm
by Gordon F. Curl
Blessed Thanksgiving to all
Good morning and a blessed Thanksgiving to all of you! We hope this holiday is a special one and we want to remember give thanks for all the blessings we have received throughout the past year. Be sure to share this holiday season with your families and friends and b...
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Last Post: Nov 26, 2020 7:31am
by S. Blomquist
On my '29 M4 the starter is slow turning over can anyone tell what the problem might be?
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Last Post: Nov 26, 2020 6:05am
by S. Blomquist
Fall 2020 Durant Partner
Hello all, The fall edition of The Durant Partner has been sent to Mike for approval. It's a little later than I intended, but I have been securing a new full-time position. The past few weeks have been unexpectedly busy. However, I think you'll be pleased with th...
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Last Post: Nov 26, 2020 5:55am
by S. Blomquist
fuel pump pressure
I see a picture of a car with a electric pump pump. We want to put one on our car, my problem is what fuel pump pressure is possible. I assume the car can not handle a high pressure pump. But I am having a hard time finding a very low pressure pump with our 6 volt sy...
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Last Post: Nov 25, 2020 2:13pm
by Don M Gaskill
21 inch rims
One of the front rims are wrong for the durant car, believe they are from a model T. Wondering where we can buy a used 21 inch rim for our car. yes they are 21 front and 20 rear? Thanks for any help in our quest to get the car back on the ground with tires....
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Last Post: Nov 24, 2020 4:40pm
by William Durant
installing rubber balls in Durant transmission
I have read somewhere, maybe on this forum, about how to install the rubber ball joints between the clutch throwout and the gearbox on Durant cars approx 1928. If anyone can throw some light on this source of information it would be much appreciated.
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Last Post: Nov 24, 2020 8:50am
by mike b
Does anyone know what the temperature rating is for the original Motorstat thermostat P/N 24567 that came in the 14L engine in 1929? A Carquest P/N 32497 which has a rating of 170 degrees fits the housing. Thanks in advance for any information. Phil
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Last Post: Nov 16, 2020 4:12pm
by Phil Peters
battery box
Ross, I've been looking for one of those battery boxes for my optima battery. Where can I get one?
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Last Post: Nov 14, 2020 8:07am
by Curtis Bartell
mike b
project star on Zoom
Calling all Mechanics and Junior Mechanics! Come join us on a Zoom Tech Sesh...11/21 @ Noon Pacific Time. We'll be troubleshooting a 1925 Star and hope to get her off the trailer and back on the road. Contact me for Zoom link if you're in for some educational fun...y...
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Last Post: Nov 13, 2020 8:17am
by mike b
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