Hudsy Wudsy

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  1. 1936 Dodge Heater Removal

    I may be entirely wrong about this, but I have a recollection of some vintage car that I had having small depressions like dimples in the firewall that were visible, when you looked hard for them, on the engine side of the firewall. The dimples were there to help the dealership mechanics properly locate and drill radio mounting holes which corresponded with the holes in the factory approved radio. You might take a look.
  2. But Is It Really A Blight Issue?

    The only plan he ever seemed to have for these cars was to own them. Perhaps he had some vague idea about fixing them up and doing something with them, but I don't see a lot of evidence for that. He's simply a hoarder. He may even be fortunate that the township has indulged him this long. It's long past time to press him to clean up his mess -- for many reasons. The fact that some of the cars are of interest to particular enthusiasts just reflects his own personal tastes when he bought them, but doesn't justify their continuing to sit and rot in this place.
  3. 57 Buick Special Convertible crash - need some advise

    Dirk, perhaps I missed it, but did you say where you live? (Just general area, not address, of course.)
  4. 57 Buick Special Convertible crash - need some advise

    Dirk, in your initial post you said that the body shop told you that the frame would have to be replaced. I think that they were overstating the situation a great deal. I'm sorry to be cynical, but maybe it's possible that they saw the dollar signs because of this being some sort a beloved vintage vehicle. There are experienced frame guys that most likely would see your car damage as being routine because of the reasons justdave so clearly stated. I endorse everything that justdave said in his post. I don't know how many shops do their own straightening these days, but I suspect most do because of the availability of modern, lower cost laser racks. In times past, a body shop used to send out a car to a frame shop to have this important work done by those who specialize in it. I used to know a frame guy who said that it took ten years to completely train a new man in the art. I'm not sure where to tell you to start, but you need other opinions from professionals that are in your area. I don't know if your state has many shops that rebuild wrecks (salvage vehicles), but if there are any, those guys know who is good and who isn't. A percentage of street rodders, not rat rodders, are quality body men. You might try to ask around in those circles. I'm thinking that it would be helpful if you could talk to, or work with, someone who has an interest in vintage cars, also. Are there any shops in your area that specialize in restoration? Keep us posted on your situation. James Sheehan MN
  5. Tight Lug Nut

    Terry, perhaps you didn't understand what I meant by indicating that my response was "academic". I just meant that while the problem of the mangled up wheel, stud and lug nut wasn't a real one that we needed to help Victoria with, it nevertheless posed something of a puzzler that we may all have different thoughts about. I wouldn't have posted anything, except that I was a little surprised that so many "car guys" felt that the solution still lay in somehow unscrewing what was left of the lug nut.
  6. Tight Lug Nut

    I guess that we all think differently. Mindful that this is all just academic, my first thought would be to use a cut off wheel, seeing as the wheel and stud are already ruined. By cutting into the stud and remains of the lug nut at a right angle there would be a point soon enough where the nut could easily be split by a chisel. My point here being that a person doesn't have to unscrew the nut if he can split the nut. It's really just the same principle as using a "nut breaker", except that you are splitting the nut from the top, rather than the side. Those of you who have split nuts on occasion know that there is usually enough internal stress in the nut that it will sort of "jump" away from the threads of the bolt, or in this case, stud.
  7. 1936 Airstream Horn Covers/Fenders

    Yeah, it isn't a bad price even for just the horn covers. The left fender doesn't look to be worth bothering with, but the right one might be OK. The surface is so blotchy with paint and surface rust that it's hard to see what shape it's really in. Ninety nine percent of you know this, but I'll mention it just in case -- the fender itself (without the riveted on "catwalk", or inner fender extension) is the same as the Dodge or Desoto fenders. The L.F. fender on my '36 Dodge started out life as a Chrysler fender. The only difference between it and the original Dodge outer fender is that the Chrysler fender came with a small hole down near the lower edge that once held a mounting clip for the long stainless running board molding.
  8. 1936 Airstream Horn Covers/Fenders

    John, you win! (nothing, I'm afraid).
  9. Here's a link to a C/L ad for a pair of beat up front fenders for a '36 Airstream listed in Winterset, IA (the birth place of Marion Morrison). The seller doesn't know what car the fenders fit. I might think he could be talked into selling the horn covers on their own, if one of you needed a pair. Who will be the first to know who Marion Morrison is?
  10. What are people using for onboard storage?

    John, I could store your '31 Dodge coupe in the back of my '36 Dodge coupe.
  11. 1948 Volvo Fire truck

    Handsome truck.
  12. Square hole in garage floor

    I'm sure that you are right, but I was just thinking about what someone would do in the case of an existing garage that had a broken up floor that needed replacing.
  13. Square hole in garage floor

    Do you guys think that there is any chance that a hole like this might have had any thing to do with a footing for temporarily jacking up the garage while a new floor was poured or some foundation work was done? I suppose there would have to be multiple holes, though.
  14. Old Car Picture I need Identified

    I'll bet this fellow was an ideal candidate for a "Fat Man" steering wheel. There are a few interesting types of said wheels pictured at Google Images.
  15. Misc Mopar NOS Parts

    I should add that this ad has been running for several weeks. I hate to see this stuff thrown out.