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About 1912Staver

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  • Birthday 06/30/1958

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    Langley, B.C. Canada
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    Brass era cars, Packard trucks, Vintage racing cars, Sports cars
  1. I agree with you completely Carl. Wonderful cars ,sadly only for those with pretty deep pockets these days. I worked on quite a few customer Jags during my time as a British car mechanic, but even in those days {late 70's / early 80's} they were out of my reach. These days they are WAY out of my reach. MGA's were a far better fit to my resources both then and now. As a young teenager in the early 70's I saw many project XK's that would have been cheap to buy , but by the time I was in the workforce and earning some money Jag's were already climbing in price and rapidly were beyond any hope of being affordable. Greg
  2. They are great engines but like all older semi exotic engines can be very pricy for parts . The bill for a Jag engine rebuild may make perfect sense if it's going to be installed in a $80,000.00 XK120, however in a say $10,000.00 "interesting" Plymouth based old timey creation probably not so much. A machinist friend did a rebuild on the engine in his Early E type a couple of years ago. His cost for parts and a bit of machining he is not set up to do ended up at close to $7000.00 Canadian. Once again against the value of an E type this sort of outlay is not that big a deal but on the Plymouth it probably would be. The gearboxes are equally pricy especially the older Moss produced units like this car appears to have. And the parts situation can be difficult. Actually in my experience even the later Jag 6's are reasonably decent engines. Its the 12's that are real wallet killers. Greg in Canada
  3. What is it

    Chassis looks American, Essex perhaps ? The body is possibly/ probably mostly home made or adapted from a Australian built body. Greg
  4. Solid rubber tires were rarely used on cars. It is most likely from a small truck. Greg
  5. Visionary?

    Wasn't Breaking Bad set in Albuquerque ? Perhaps the owner of this ...thing used a bit too much of Heisenberg's ultra pure meth . Looking at the result it wouldn't surprise me. Greg in Canada
  6. Clincher tire help

    I have seen those rims on a Brass era car but only the one car. I have a feeling that they were a clever but problematic design, and have heard that the interlocking tabs were prone to damage preventing the halves being locked/unlocked. They seem to be one of those solutions that despite merit and the marketing power of a major manufacturer just didn't catch on. Due to their complexity I would imagine they were also quite expensive. They don't appear to have been on the market for very long. if your rims are in good condition then the non-availability of appropriate clincher tires is a real roadblock. Really the only choices are to follow 15sd's suggestion and use a bead filler in order to fit straight side tires. or fit a substitute rim that is made for ss tires. The bead filler method actually works quite well and goes back to when these cars were only a few years old and larger clincher tires were already becoming obsolete. Greg
  7. There was a fire near me earlier this week. A substantial {30 +} collection of restored muscle cars and other collectable post war cars. The loss is said to exceed 2 million for the cars and the very nice garage building. The owner has stated he is reasonably well insured but at least 2 of the cars are 1 of 1 cars and therefore essentially irreplaceable. A few of the cars might be repairable but the news coverage showed that most of them were burned to a crisp. The owner was out of town at the time of the fire, and we live in a semi rural area so things probably were well involved by the time the Fire Department arrived. If a person has this sort of investment in cars and garage then some sort of fire protection is going to be a relatively small extra cost. The anguish of loosing a lifetime collection is beyond any additional cost. Greg in Canada
  8. You can have pretty darn safe and older / border line collectable if you are a fan of Volvo 240's. The sportier ones are starting to increase in value , late 70's, early 80's GT's Turbo's and GLT's and they are actually quite pleasant to drive. Good ones are getting harder to find but with some effort there are still some decent ones in the sub $10,000.00 category and if you are really lucky 1/2 of that. Parts availability is very good , with most mechanical stuff still from Volvo themselves. A bit pricy for parts but better than BMW or a late model Japanese car. And apart from the fuel injection very simple to work on. Rust can be a problem along with the general tendency for very high mileage , but there are low mile clean ones out there. And they are surprisingly quick and nimble for a car affectionately nick named "the brick" Greg in Canada
  9. 1917 Buick radiator hose clamps

    The ones that Buick used in this era are steel. But they are very similar to the brass Sherman's. If a person wasn't doing a 100% correct restoration the Sherman's would be a good substitute. The steel clamps on my 1918 Buick are pretty corroded . When it goes back together I am going to use the brass ones. Greg in Canada
  10. Identify?

    With regards to the Frontenac I wouldn't take parts off it except perhaps the grill. Advertise that you have Frontenac parts and see what parts people are interested in . If at all possible let the buyer remove the parts . Most of the special trim parts are quite delicate and easily damaged if removed the wrong way. Someone who owns one of these cars probably knows the best way to remove without damage. Frontenac's survivors are few and far between so if you find the right person they will probably be quite interested in your parts. Frontenac was a one year only car; 1960 , and only about 9500 were produced. Ford of Canada only, although a few have found their way in to the U.S.A. Greg in Canada
  11. Identify?

    The Frontenac parts are quite rare and probably of some value to the right person. Frontenac's were quite low production and rarely seen these days. Depending on how difficult to access you might even find someone who would buy the whole car. It won't fund your retirement but I would expect something in the range of $1000.00- $1500.00 to a Frontenac guy. The 56 Chevy is of quite a bit more interest, and even with it in worse condition is probably worth the same or even a bit more. It is probably a lot easier to sell. There are probably twenty 56 Chevy guys for every Frontenac fan. Both these cars have a lot more going for them than the Austin and the 51 Chevy. The Comet might help sell the Frontenac if it is a throw in, lots of the mechanical parts are the same and if you find someone who is interested they might well want both, the Comet on its own is probably worth little more than scrap. Greg in Canada
  12. More touring car doors

    My 1918 E 6-45 does not have a body line. Nor any of the several spare doors I have accumulated over the years. The car in the photo seems to have a body line but I think it may just be pinstriping. The key to Buick doors of this period is the overall shape, particularly the rear door. Note... these are all 5 passenger touring's. The 7 passenger touring's used a similar but larger body which differs in many details 1916-17 Model 45 1921-23 has square door bottoms and exterior door handles
  13. Is this car worth buying as an investment?

    That Buick is a very nicely preserved car. And to the right person it is very attractive in the condition it is in right now. It could use a light clean up and mechanical go thru but these jobs are best left to the owner that has the experience with a time capsule like this. It is probably a quite low mile car but a good part of the charm is how original it is. The person who brings it back to life needs to be someone who will tread very lightly and carefully lest the originality be compromised. And if that happens quite a bit of the charm of this particular car will be lost. If you can buy it very cheap then do and resell it to someone who will give it the sort of expert attention it deserves. This will probably be the most profitable stage in your potential ownership. Otherwise much of the money a casual fix up costs probably won't be recovered and may actually somewhat hurt the value of this particular car. In any event this is not an extremely valuable car. Its biggest virtue is its originality. And being a 2 door HT is also nice to many. But it will never be worth the money of a convertible or woody. Greg in Canada
  14. More touring car doors

    That's a reasonably easy one, Buick E 6-45 . 1918-1920. The rear door has a very distinctive hinge arrangement , upper inside the body , lower external. Greg in Canada
  15. Help identifying car

    Wow, that's an adaption I could not have even dreamt of. I know you gents in N.Z. are very resourceful but that is amazing ! 173 MPH !! Greg in Canada I know the current owner of the car - he has had it for many years. Back in the '70s I briefly knew the guy who built it, with his brother, and raced it. In his retirement he restored a 1930 Buick and used to come along to the local Buick owner's group we had going then. The current owner is a developer and the names of the builders, Charlie and Maurice Stanton, are remembered in the names of a coupe of cul-de-sacs in Christchurch.