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Re: The saga of my 1928 Durant Model 65

One of the first things I did while the frame, springs, gas tank, differential was being blasted and painted was to restore the wheels and spokes. Here is a before and after photo.

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Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: The saga of my 1928 Durant Model 65

I'm not sure if everyone else has had problems with their restorations, but this is what has happened so far with mine.

1. When I took the running gear to the blaster it included my tie rod. Instructions were given to blast it and paint it. Well the shop lost the tie rod. Still don't have one, but I now where one is.

2. Took my differential to the shop to have it blasted and painted. They shop said he had s great guy that rebuilt all his rear ends for all the cars he has restored and rebuilt. This guy could put together corvette and muscle car rear ends blindfolded the shop said. So I said OK, have him take it apart so you can blast the pumpkin and parts and have him put them back together. Instructions were given to be very very careful as the parts were hard to come by. Well 8 months later when I inquired about the part he said it was painted and ready to pick up BUT the guy who rebuilt the rear ends had retired and moved to North Carolina and wasn't doing them anymore. The shop could not find anyone to touch the rebuilding of the rear end to put it back together. He handed all the parts to me in a box. I wasn't very happy that day! So after receiving all the help from the DMAC members, I put it back together myslef and put the newer style seals in it. Hopefully when I first run it I will not hear the sound of ping ping ping as the gear teeth break. Nightmare time!

3. The model 65 as well as the other 1928 Durant's have Bendix 3 shoe brakes operated by rods on each side of the frame. The two back ones were stripped and the threads were damaged. This is the piece that has a "Y" yoke on one end that connects with a cotter pin to the rest of the brake system and a threaded end that holds the mounting system to the actual rear brake drums. I took it to a local machine shop to make some new ones for me. This shop was instructed to get new rods, weld the "y" yoke on one end of the rod and put new threads on the other. Sounds simple right, well 5 months later after calling 4 times, I was told that the shop had lost the original rods and could not find them. Needless to say, I will never use this shop again either.

4. So as far as the engine goes, I wanted a machine shop to go over the engine and rebuild it. Check it out and replace what we needed to and also re-babbit the bearings if needed. I called all the machine shops in Central Florida to try and find someone that could work on the 15L engine or should I say WOULD work on the 15L engine. I was told that only one shop in Florida in the St. Petersburg area could work on these old engines properly. I called the shop and told the guy what I had and he said "sure I can work on that" and "bring it over". After loading it up and driving the hour and a half to the St. Petersburg area. The minute I pulled my truck with the motor around back to unload it. He said "I can't work on that, it has babbit bearings". Well Mr.machine shop man, why didn't you say that before I drove an hour and a half to see you, especially after I called you and specifically what type of engine it was and what it was out of. He referred me to another shop in town and I called them while I was there figuring I'd drop it off. Well I started to get worried when the young man answering the phone said with the phone down on his chest "What the hell is a babbit bearing, and do we fix those?" to the owner of the shop. I was told that only "Tom" could do that and he was out sick with a Heart attack and they did not know when he would be back. I searched the internet for anyplace in the Southeast United States to work on this engine but could not find anyplace. Finally finding a shop in Ohio when I was at Hershey manning the Durant Booth. In January 2021 I took the engine up to the Cincinnati area and dropped off the engine at Ron's Machine Shop and was advised that it would be around July 2022 before it would be worked on. 18 months, wow that seemed a long time for sure.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: The saga of my 1928 Durant Model 65

Many of the missing parts have been acquired over the years and many have been restored either by myself or professional shops.

The car had on it when I purchased it a old Ford carburetor. The model 65 used the Tillotson 13A or 13B carburetor on the 15L. It was 3 years before I could find one and thanks to Gary Kaufman he had one in his garage. Unfortunately it broke when it was delivered to me and I had to restore and rebuild it. The original 13B carb will be used for show and I'll obtain a Zeneth like many have used for driving and running around. Below is before and after shots of the carb.


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Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: The saga of my 1928 Durant Model 65

On the trailer heading to the restoration shop.

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Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: The saga of my 1928 Durant Model 65

Oh no, first report from restoration shop. more wood rot in the "B" pillar area and the dreaded previous owner had replaced some pieces of wood with pressed wood boards. As always more work than expected.

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Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

 

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