1937 Dodge D5 4 Door Humpback Touring Sedan

Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
Dad,

Good progress on the final electrical bits. Finish it tomorrow and start working the go pedal.

New cigar lighter is in place, and as you recall, Bessy comes with a storage area for a pack of filter-less Camels just above the lighter.

Stereo, heater switch, power tap and fast/slow USB ports are installed in the glove box. Just awaiting speakers to install and wire up. I'll call you from the car as soon as I get a battery.

To the left of the instrument panel, the failed brake warning lamp is up top and the programming switch for the gauges is under neath it.

And finally, down on the lower right of the steering column is the gauge pod for the inbound Tachometer and sandwiched between the gauge pod and the dashboard is the microphone for hands free cell calls.

I installed the one gauge positive battery cable, crimped and soldered the terminals. I'll run the one gauge negative cable tomorrow morning. We'll be maintaining the battery in the factory location, under the drivers side front seat in the floor. I'll have to make a non-conductive lid with a seal but the cables run neatly and tight against the underside of the floor, up over the frame and transmission to the starter and ground on the passenger side.

Routed the neutral safety switch wiring over the inside of the firewall and down to the floor pan as we'll be using an above the floor mount shifter. Ran the other lead to the start terminal of the starter solenoid.

Probably get the go pedal installed tomorrow or Monday, then it'll be time to plumb the oil cooler for the trans. Then, we set a date in February to start it. Still won't be able to drive it but first ride ain't real far off either.

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Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
Small delay. Finished the wiring for start up. Disassembled front seat tracks to get em working and low and behold we are missing a number of body mount bolts. I'll finish the seat and then get the body properly secured!!!
 

Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
Dad,

Brake pedal in a poor location for the accelerator, all compounded by a recessed firewall and a giant hump in the floor. Additionally, Ruger indicated that I'm taking entirely too long getting his Hotrod up and running. Pressing forward.....good news is the front seat now moves back and forth.

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Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
So....after fiddling for weeks to get power steering hoses to fit Ol Bessy, I ordered a length of hose and 2 fittings. If it goes together as easy as it looks I'm go na be really irritated.
 

Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
Ok. Making and installing a custom power steering hose is the same ass pain as fiddling one that's supposed to fit and almost does. So, a brass insert shy of completion because, Naturally, i had the wrong brass fitting on hand!

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Sharps40

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Dad, very simple firewall bracket for a cable throttle. Other 2 photos are the days work getting the transmission downshift cable at a better height and adjusted. Success. Cut up a bracket, make a leg and it worked out fine. Gas pedal next and that may mean cutting the floor. We'll see.

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Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
Dad,

For seeing backwards. I never liked the clip on mirrors for the doors. Decided to go with a bolt on style that looks pretty good, or at least period style.

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Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
Dad,

Sorry, been down with the flu for a week. Just got to feeling a bit closer to right today so hooked up the throttle cable and managed to rough in the gas pedal without cutting the floor. Still might need to clearance the floor for carpet but at least its in and functional, I'll start plumbing fuel and transmission cooler now.

 

Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
Dad. 16 ft of stainless steel fuel line in. Pre and post filtration and ready now to clean and final install the fuel tank.

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Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
Dad,

Looks like the only leak is around the bolts on the thermostat gasket. Just one small weep so far, looks like everything else is sealed up, so, great news. I'll drain it down and change it out this week but for now, off to finish up the fuel tank.
 

bigten

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
Dad,

Looks like the only leak is around the bolts on the thermostat gasket. Just one small weep so far, looks like everything else is sealed up, so, great news. I'll drain it down and change it out this week but for now, off to finish up the fuel tank.
Did you use a gasket, silicone, or combination of the two? Straight, red, high temp will provide the best seal without warping the housing has been my experience. Just have to be sure with the bead and circle the bolt holes. Also doesn't hurt to put a dab on the bolt threads as they go into the water passage of the intake.
 

Sharps40

Twelve Pointer
gasket with indian head shellac. Looks like a nice crack in the mid point between bolts but leak is at PS side bolt head. An o ring housing is inbound. I believe intake is blind holes....had to find shorter bolts. Had real good luck with o ring housings in the past, so will give her a go. For now, out to clean the fuel tank. Just put the last of the lines in. Hope to have that done by tomorrow then off friday to look at a 56 210 sedan for a daily driver and deer getter in retirement.
 
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