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Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Hey Jim, she's looking great! Friday took all my front end and gas tank down to the blaster for cleaning. Should get them back this week sometime I hope, or at least that's what he said. Then paint. Need to find someone to put new brake pads on the 3 brake shoes for each wheel. Right now they have what looks like a regular brake shoe, but I believe they would have originally had a cloth/canvas brake material on them. Not sure any of the local brake places can do this, might have to ship them off. Been searching since Thursday for the Snubber belt material as I posted here on our forum and the AACA forum. I have some leads that I will hunt down today. From what I've leaned the normal antique auto suppliers do not have any 1 1/2" belt material which I need for my Gabriel snubbers. Not sure if all Durants used that size belt, but mine did. They advised that the other sizes will also soon be gone and they are not sure they will ever have any again since the manufacturer has stopped making it and they can't find a manufacturer that will make some for a decent amount. They were quoted a set up and minimum run of $60,000. I'm not ready to start on them yet, but will order what I need if I can find some so I have it. If anyone is restoring a car and needs this size belt, I'd order some now, because you might not be able to find some in the future. Nylon will not work since it does not have the same friction as canvass/cotton belting. I do have a few leads to follow today and hope to get some from these.

Mike

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Ok, for an update. Spent the last couple of days, cleaning all my front end parts, in the parts washer, then bead blasting them to get them nice and clean. Started painting those parts that need painting using Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black. I've received new snubber belt material and ordered and received new brass strips for the inside of the snubbers. (If anyone ever needs various types of metal, I've found a place that will custom cut brass, copper, stainless etc pieces for you.) They were real fast, ordered this brass on Thursday and received it on Friday. Ordered my brake band material, brass rivets for the brakes and copper rivets for the Snubbers. Got a call yesterday that my front end pieces are done, had them cleaned, blasted and painted and will pick them up today. He's still working on my gas tank restoration. As soon as I get this done, then on to the frame and rear end. She's moving along.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Winter is over.Fitted the front Bumper Bar (called this in Aussie) in position, and now have the car booked in on 28th October 2013 to have the hood
Covered, and then the Car will be finished. Have driven the the Car around the the local streets,the experience is just unbelievable,childhood memories keep flooding back as they were great times in our family.I will send it's history and photo's to our Editor when complete.

Where Are You From? Armidale NSW Australia

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes, a 1924 Durant Rugby Touring. My Fathers first Car.

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Started the restoration on my snubbers. Outer case has been bead blasted and primed, some minor glaze or filler and sanding before painting. Snubber material is in. Ordered my brass strips for thin inside of the snubber and set up a template to drill the holes for the rivets to hold the snubber material. Interesting construction. You have the belt material that has brass strips riveted to it in two places. This all coils up inside the snubber and a spring keeps tension on another piece of snubber belt that ads friction to the roll of material to ad tension to allow it to act as a dampner when the vehicle drives over bumps. Who though of this stuff? Found a local source for my hard to find 3/32 1/4" copper rivets for the snubbers and I'm heading there today to pick them up. Stopped by yesterday at the restoration/blasting shop to see what, if any progress has been made on my gas tank. I still have to bead blast some small parts for the tie rod and brake area of my front end then re-assembly.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

We took delivery of a 1928 Durant M2 this afternoon, so I drove it around the cul de sac, took photos, and then put it to bed for the evening.

Where Are You From? NJ CA

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

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Well not today, but will be blasting my front brake rods and some brake parts. I did over the weekend, assemble my front springs. Previously had taken them all apart, had them blasted, primed and painted and set them aside. Soooo this weekend, I sprayed the inside of the spring with a dry graphite spray, and assembled them. Two new clamps (Two are heat riveted onto a spring from the factory) and have ordered the new center spring bolt from Mac's. Went down to the blasters today and checked on the gas tank progress. (slow as molasses, he's had it about 3 months now). He opened up the side of the tank, blasted it and welded the tank shut again and it's all been blasted. He's got to take out a few dents and then he's going to seal it inside. This week will drop the rear axle and springs, and start to get the frame ready for blasting. Then the rear end and rear springs. Late last week found on Ebay the correct inside part for my speedometer cable so purchased that. Brake pad material is in, rivets are in, and rivets for snubbers are in. Need to purchase a tool for the solid rivets and then I can finish up the snubbers.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Just sat in my recliner in the garage and looked at my 1922 Touring. Love it.
OH, I did take the horn off. It needs to be rebuilt.

Where Are You From? Southern IL

Do You own a car built by Durant? yes

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Well not today, but yesterday I put together my front springs. Previously I reported taking them apart, having them each blasted, primed and painted. I needed to replace the front spring clamps and the spring center bolt. I thought I could use the ones for the Model A from Macs, but after ordering them found out they are too small. The back spring clamp is welded to the #4 spring by the factory so it did not need replacing. Going to have to make the clamps I guess, which should not be a hard job. I also ground off all the modern marks on the spring clamp bolts so it will pass the AACA judges scrutiny. The Model A spring center bolt will work perfectly. I sprayed each leaf on top with a graphite spray before reassemble to allow for some lubrication of the spring. They look, real good and I'll post some pictures soon. I've also removed the brake rods from the frame side and have started to blast them in my cabinet. I'm painting them to match the frame with Eastwood's Extreme Chassis Black paint. Seems to be a really great paint. One thing I like about it is that you can by it in quarts for big spray jobs or by both the primer and paint in aerosol cans do spray the small parts instead of firing up the big paint gun.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

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

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

I finished rebuilding the this piece that controls the clutch, brake peddles and clutch fork. The forks are new pieces I had made a couple of years ago and the nee rods on each end are stainless steel.

Rick








Where Are You From? Fremont, CA

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1929 Model 60 Roadster

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Did a little more tweeking on the timing and carb adjstmt.
Vacuum gauge is steady as a rock Hope ya'll had a good T-Day!
I'v got a few days off to play with my cars,,





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Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Hello, I just got a Durant 60 series project. The engine is in parts and some of them missing. Does anybody has the workshop manual for the straight six 14L engine?
I'm also looking for a carburetor, fuel pumping system, distributor assembly, oil pump spring among others.
This car is the only one in my country thus there are no available parts in the market or any kind of references.
Any hint would be helpful.
Regards.
Max

Where Are You From? Ecuador

Do You own a car built by Durant? Durant 60 series 1929

Re: What did you do with your Durant today?

Yes, I'm from Ecuador, the car is a 1928(9) durant 60 series, 4 door sedan. I don't have complete references or history about it, for sure I know that it mounts a 14L engine made by durant motors and stamped as Rugby. The engine serial number is 14L-100638.
It's a recent project so I'm getting to know this brand and searching for anything that can lead me to a successful restoration.

Where Are You From? Ecuador

Do You own a car built by Durant? Durant 60 series 1929

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