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With parts coming from everywhere, does "Buying American" have much meaning anymore? Is quality and price the bottom line?
#18017 of 18912 Re: 1941 Dodge D3 Window Business Coupe [busiris]
Apr 20, 2013 (6:29 am)
Very nice work!!! I performed a rolling restoration on a 1973 Bavaria but sadly, my photographic record is a bit sparse.
#18018 of 18912 Re: 1941 Dodge D3 Window Business Coupe [gagrice]
Apr 20, 2013 (8:53 am)
That particular model was oriented towards the traveling salesman or company representative. Behind the passenger seat, there was a removable vertical seat-height panel 1/2 the width of the front seat that covered what we would today call a filing cabinet. It was roughly 1 foot in depth, and made out of wood, and had upwards slanting slots for sales brochures and literature, very similar to what one might find in a company mail room holding sales brochures.
In my example, it had long been gone, and I've never seen one other than in pictures. On the other side, behind the driver's seat, the spare tire was mounted vertically.
The trunk was cavernous. I swear you could slide a coffin in it and still be able to close the lid. Great for moving illegals across the boarder.
The car ran great, but you know it was designed for a highway speed of about 45 mph. While it would easily go faster, you knew from the engine rpm (and sound) that you were in a range the car wasn't comfortable being in. I don't think I ever took it over 70 mph, and even then, for less than a mile.
#18020 of 18912 Re: 1941 Dodge D3 Window Business Coupe [gagrice]
Apr 20, 2013 (1:23 pm)
It sure looks close, but mine didn't have fluid drive. Just the 3-speed column shift.
Also, whoever did this car did the same as I did, regarding front turn signals. Those were an option in 1941 and OEM turn signals for the front were long, chrome plated pot metal appendages that fit directly on top of the fender, near where the fender mated to the forward cowling. I modified the parking lights on the side of the headlight bezels by replacing the one filament bulbs with 2 filament sockets and yellow bulbs. Fortunately, I was able to locate a OEM turn signal lever mechanism, which simply clamped to the steering column.
While I think I did a pretty good job of restoring my car, I really don't think it old have won any serious awards from organizations that really know cars.
No doubt, its a nice looking example of the model. I wonder if it has the behind the seat filing cabinet...
#18021 of 18912 Re: 1941 Dodge D3 Window Business Coupe [busiris]
Apr 21, 2013 (8:44 am)
Goes to get his glasses...
#18023 of 18912 Re: First American Lexus? [ateixeira]
Apr 22, 2013 (4:12 pm)
There goes legendary superior Lexus reliability most likely.
#18024 of 18912 Re: 1941 Dodge D3 Window Business Coupe [busiris]
Apr 22, 2013 (8:39 pm)
Back in the 60's, I had a 37 Dodge Business Coupe. Behind the front seat, It had a rack for storage such as you descibe. The rack had a canvas cover with fasteners to keep it closed, so the stuff stored in the rack couldn't fall out. Next to the rack the spare tire was mounted. The 37 had a huge trunk as well.
#18025 of 18912 Re: First American Lexus? [andres3]
Apr 22, 2013 (8:47 pm)
Meh, ES is now a glorified Avalon - a car built in and for the US. I bet it will be a seamless transition.
#18026 of 18912 Re: First American Lexus? [fintail]
Apr 23, 2013 (2:47 am)
Meh, ES is now a glorified Avalon
So, it looks like the Avalon is moving up in the world, eh? Used to be a glorified Camry!
Are the Camry and Avalon still related, I wonder? It used to be that both the ES and Avalon were based on the Camry, although the Avalon longer. The ES might have been a bit longer, as well.
It's funny, but it seems like the more Americanized the ES gets, the less I like it. When it first showed up here, as the ES250, I thought it was kind of a neat little car. Too small for my tastes, but I thought it was handsome and well-proportioned. And I liked the two generations of ES300 a lot. Can't tell 'em apart at a quick glance, though! It was when the ES330 came out, around 2003, with its bloated proportions and over-sized, peeled-back headlights that I thought they lost it. But, I think that's about the time the buying public really started flocking to it.