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Duranr Star Newbie

I just received a 1927 Star Roadster that is in rough condition but all metal parts are there. Being a Dodge Brothers guy I am not used to all the wood that is necessary!
There will be plenty of questions in the future mostly in the wood department.
I would like to join this forum if this is possible so can someone nurse maid me thru all the hoops?

Thanks all!

Machinist Bill in Indiana

Where Are You From? Indiana

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1927 Star Roadster

Re: Duranr Star Newbie

Bill

you are most welcome as a member of the forum, and we would also like for you to join the DMAC.

Charlie Spitz
Easter Regional Director

Where Are You From? NJ CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? yes four of them

Re: Duranr Star Newbie

Congratulations Bill on you Star acquisition. Like Charlie said now you need to go to the left of this forum to the Jon Us Membership bar and join this group of great car owners. Not only will you become e member of one of the best if the the best car clubs around, but you will also receive for absolutely free with your membership the official title of a "Durantonian" coined by one of our very astute and honorable member many years ago. We all hold this title very dear to our hearts. You will not be sorry! All joking aside, the membership fee is well worth the excellent magazine that our club produces and the wealth of knowledge that comes along with the years of Durant product restoration and ownership. No matter what the trouble or restoration instructions are needed, there is usually someone in the club that has tackled it before you. Also many of our members will offer hard to come by parts to our members first, prior to anyone else. Hope to see you at a Durant meet some day.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65

Re: Duranr Star Newbie

Hi Bill...

Welcome to the ranks of Star owners!

As Charlie & Mike have said, you need to join us as an official "Durantonian" a name that Gary Kauffman coined many years ago.Come to one of our events and see what the DMAC is all about.

Do a search on this forum for the posts by Jim Greenamyer titled "Following a Star". You can see the many pictures of his restoration of Cathy's 1926 Star roadster.

Welcome.........Frank ---

Where Are You From? Hookstown Pennsylvania

Do You own a car built by Durant? too many to count

Re: Duranr Star Newbie

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! As soon as I get home this weekend I will print out the application form and get it sent out. I will also get a photo posted. It's not much to look at but most metal parts are there.
First purchase would be a set of wood wheels. Could someone tell me what I should be looking for?

Many Thanks!

Bill In Indiana

Where Are You From? Indiana

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1927 Model R Star Roadster

Re: Duranr Star Newbie

Hi Bill
Just checked out the Guestbook on the left. Seems Frank Willis is parting out a Model 60 and may have some of the parts you could use. Worth and email.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65

Re: Duranr Star Newbie

Thanks Mike!
I posted some photos. It's rough but this car was a gift from a close friend so it will be with me until I'm under the grass.








Bill

Where Are You From? Indiana

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1927 Star Roadster

Re: Duranr Star Newbie

Bill, I would be the last person to disillusion you but, before you purchase any of the easy parts, you need to do a thorough survey to see what other parts and repairs you need to perform. You have a 6 cyl, rumble seat, roadster which is a very rare example of the Star.
I think you will find that it will be far less expensive and time consuming to purchase a more complete car than to purchase separate parts for the one you have.
I started building a '27 coupe in 2004, did research on the wood framing over 3 years, and just recently purchased a mostly complete coupster to finish the search for all my missing parts.
If you desire, you are welcome to come to Texas and check out the woodwork I've whittled out for my coupe.

 photo Body5.jpg

Where Are You From? Texarkana, TX

Do You own a car built by Durant? 23 Star,26 Star X 2, 27 Star, 29 Durant

Re: Durant Star Newbie

Hello Don!

What I failed to show in the photos are several boxes of parts. I have both doors, two frames, all the brake parts are rebuilt, all the demountable rims, hubs, windshield with wings, 2 sets of hoods, front bumper, steering wheel, rear deck lid, and lots of other misc.parts.
What I see missing is the rumble seat lower step plate, all the seat frames, rear bumper, and of course most of the wood.
I have been "Following The Star" thread and love his photos! I hope he kept patterns!
What a great offer to visit Texas! I just might take you up on that when the frustration comes to a boiling point! Too bad your not closer. I live in Northwest Indiana but am working near Wheeling West Virginia. I am hoping to find someone near that travel path.
I am a Machinist by trade and do all my sheet metal work, body work, and paint. My wood butchering skills are low to medium but I have a friend who can whittle the pieces if a pattern is there. Worst case is to be creative and do lots of guesswork. I have been downloading every photo I can of the woodwork but it not like being there with a tape measure and tracing paper.

Thanks again Don!

Bill Kronsbein - Indiana

Where Are You From? Indiana

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1927 Star Rumble Seat Roadster

Re: Durant Star Newbie

Bill
I live about 1 1/2 hours north of wheeling at 44460 zip. Your welcome to stop by any time. You may not know this yet.... but your are closer than that to the "Hookstown Star Emporium"!
Jim

Where Are You From? Ohio

Do You own a car built by Durant? Flints

 

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