IDENTIFYING THE YEAR MODEL
If you’re having trouble identifying your Dodge Brothers car year and model you can find your chassis number, and then look it up on the “DODGE BROTHERS CLUB OF AUSTRALASIA” website. Keeping in mind the information is American based and some details may be different for the Australian cars.
Over the years and the restoration process people have changed/modified parts from other year model cars, therefore some of the parts may not be original to your model car. There were optional extras that were supplied after market such as bumper bars, wind wings, visors, badges, kick plates etc.
Australian Dodge Brothers cars had wood and sheet metal whereas American cars were all made from sheet metal. You can look for nails or nail holes to help identify if your car had wood.
And remember NO two Dodge Brothers cars are the same.
To locate your chassis number you can refer to the photos shown here. It is just at the back of the front tyre under the guard, stamped onto the frame, on the right hand side of your vehicle.
Another way of identifying which year you have and ensure you purchase the correct panel is by the belt line on the top of the door panel. At the top of the doors the early models had no belt line and over the following years they went from no belt line to one belt line and then to two small belt lines at the top of the door. I have included some photos of the door panels to give you an idea.
The picture above (yellow paint) is of a 1924-1925 Dodge Brothers car with variations depending on body style. The blue door with the belt line at the top is 1926 to 1927. Late 1927 Dodge Brothers had two smaller belt lines at the top. The back doors hinges also changed from front opening to back opening.
The inside dash also has subtle differences. The black face instruments were fitted from 1914 to mid 1926 and from mid 1926 they changed to a white face to the end of production, (but they are not all the same and there were small changes ie: from Jones Mamble needle type right up to drum type). The headlight ignition switch also had changes. The one in the photo below is a 1924.
The doors also changed as the years went along. Suicide doors were manufactured up until 1924? They then changed to a rear opening and continued until the end of production. For Australian production, Holden & Richards bodies were used mostly.
The following pictures show steering wheels and controls.
The top picture shows Gemma steering box controls, spark, and horn etc above steering wheel from mid 1926 through to the end of production (with variations).
The bottom picture shows the horn button on top of the steering wheel and spark & throttle control beneath the steering wheel (Dodge steering box) up to mid 1926.
Garden art designed andcreated by Morrison Engineering
Restoration work on brake drums, both before and after in the same photo for comparison