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  1. That's pretty much the way the Chrysler CD8 worked, only the seat back moved on driver's side. I figure there is a scissor like mechanism operated by a threaded or worm type rod, turned by the knob at top of seat back. Much like a modern scissor jack only horizontally mounted. Hopefully Matt H will enlighten us.
  2. The early Jags were spectacular looking cars, especially the 120, 140 and 150 coupe and convertible models, I'd take anyone of them. Of course the 55 MB Gull Wing Coupe was not too shabby. The early Porsche 356's were very fine designs as well. As for big 3 USA manufacturers, the first Lincoln Continental ('55?) is my fave from the 50's.
  3. Thanks Matt, it was my understanding that the only "adjustable" part of front seat was the back part of driver's seat, which could be moved by 3" forward/backward. The 2 piece bench and passenger back not adjustable. I see from your photos that the adjuster mechanism for driver seat back operated by the thumb screw will be part of a mechanism of some kind that slides the back of the seat "back and forth". Still not clear what role the aforementioned hinges play on that side. On passenger side, there is no adjustment, so perhaps here the hinge performed some role in allowing access to rumble seat area, allowing back of front seat to fold down, tip up, etc. I'm not likely going to be able to find any components like these parts and plan right now for a fixed leather full bench seat (I have one from a CD8 Coupe) and full bench type back as well. I will upholster in plain leather (no pleats) and include a detailed seam in center to create appearance of split seats. Plan is to hinge them in some manner so bench can be tilted forward (to access tool tray which is included on floor pan I have from a CD8 Sedan), and back can tilt upward to access rumble seat area. If you are able to remove that beige RS privacy panel at some point and get a full picture that would be wonderful. On a final matter, my car is an early series Canadian made car, while your's may be a later or Deluxe model, suggesting some changes may be present. Thanks again, your photos are first I have ever seen with some of these details.
  4. Some of you may have been following my posts on finding this car (1931 Chrysler CD8) in 2014 in a local barn and my efforts to rebuild it. Making lots of progress, and am wondering if anyone can provide insight into the function of the wooden cross bar shown here with it's 4 sturdy hinges? It is bolted to underside of rear tub about 5" to rear of the 3 vertical braces which support RS toe-board and backs of seats. Front seat for these cars had a full bench with a split back. Some have suggested some sort of spring loaded hinged mechanism to allow seats to be moved to gain access to RS area. Any thoughts?
  5. Gunsmoke

    1953 Merc?

    In any purchase like this I like to assess how "it turns my generator". Owning an old car and enjoying it requires a fair degree of passion above all else. Certain cars appeal to certain people often because of distant recollections. While I prefer pre-war cars personally, if I was looking for a 50's car, these early Mercury's would be my first choice. I was born in 1947 and for the first 15-20 years of my life, my dad drove only Mercurys. He was a mechanic (first for a Ford dealership, later his own garage) and drove cars hard and fast, he had a '49, '53, '56, and '61 Mercury, all 4 door models bought when they were 2-3 years old. He loved them, great power, solid road handling, easy to upkeep, and stronger on the highway than just about anything else from the big 3. So if this car turns you on, go for it, at the end of the day if you are happy with the car you will soon forget what you paid.
  6. Gunsmoke

    Johnnie's Garage Tow Truck ???

    While your's would have used stanchions, the '31 cross bar may also fit (check spacing between mounting spots on fenders), if you are not a stickler for originality. '32 Buick parts in decent shape are tough to find. Just tell people it is a period correct tow truck, Johnnie used whatever was laying around! LOL
  7. Gunsmoke

    Johnnie's Garage Tow Truck ???

    The 1932 Buick's had vertical stanchions/posts under each light instead of a cross bar, and a thin cross rod between the lights. So your truck's body may be '31 or earlier. The bolt mounting area for a crossbar on the fenders of your "truck" are patterned on earlier Buick's, i.e. 30/31, which used a solid headlight cross bar like the one I have, note the fore/aft bolt pattern, a Buick trade mark. My bar may be '30, some '31 I see have a curved bar? They also used a thin cross rod between headlights to help prevent vibration, and to hold the Buick Medallion. It is possible your truck is a mishmash of different years, not an uncommon occurence for Garages putting a tow truck together. Anyway, let me know. Edit_ Since first posting this, I did some checking and it does appear the '32 headlight posts used a 2 point attachment, utilizing the 2 bolt top mount and the lower 1 bolt mount. I'm betting those types of stanchions will be impossible to find! Mine is for 31/30.
  8. Gunsmoke

    Johnnie's Garage Tow Truck ???

    I have this 30-32 era Buick Headlight Bar in excellent condition, found it in a barn's rafters 2 years ago where I understand it sat for 60+ years. Have sandblasted it and primed and painted it, ready to go. Measures 26" between headlight mounts, and 38.75"m overall. Includes factory license bracket. Sorry no lights, but there are several makes that could be fitted to it. If your interested, asking $75+shipping. Cheers
  9. Gunsmoke

    Oddball 4 cylinder engine?!

    It is common in some engines for the center pistons are at TDC at same time, one on compression stroke, other on exhaust stroke. My CD8 works that way, and #1&#8 are also at TDC same time.
  10. I put up this 10x20 Shelter Logic in June, as a temporary solution to my storage needs. The biggest issue with these tents is there is no base that comes with them, so ideally you need to make some sort of foundation for them. I leveled the ground within an 1" or so and used 2x6 on flat to make a perimeter and 2x6 cross pieces as well. This gave me something to screw the feet on ends of posts to and I also placed 300 lbs of blocks on the sides to help prevent any wind issues. As per manufacturers instructions, I tightened the material uniformly all around. Have not gone thru a winter yet, but have had 50 mph winds with no issue.
  11. With my 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Coach (Canadian built) still in rebuilding phase, I takes along a couple of nice original advertisements in period correct frames, people marvel at the prices way back when, the number of models available (20), etc. Of course since Chevy's are so much scarcer than Fords, people have all kinds of questions why? BTW, the black car next door is a 1980 Shay (Ford licensed 1929 Model A Roadster replica).
  12. There are 3 pricing approaches for a nice all original car like this. (1) Someone who would plan to retain it fully original and enjoy it largely "as is" could take it to many car shows as well as drive it and would pay a good price since he/she would have to make very little investment on top of initial purchase price to have a rare presentable car. So if he bought it for $10K and spent $2K refurbishing, he's in for $12K. This would be my approach. (2) Someone could see it as a moderate restoration project, plan a full mechanical overhaul and new paint, a tidy up here or there. If she bought it for $10K and spent $15K on refurbishing, she's in for $25K, and likely not over the market. Finally there is the show car enthusiast who loves this model and year, with more money to spend than you or me. He would buy it for $15K-$20K and spend another $40K-$60K and be in for $55K-$80K or more, including turning it into a rest-mod. While my values are intended to only show the difficulty in establishing a true "value" as is, at the end of the day a buyer has to have an end goal in mind. Even a keeper should you decide to retain it, has to have an end goal in mind.
  13. I have listed this rare 1930 Essex Super-Six Parts List in the parts for sale forum along with some other old car manuals. 11x8.5 format, in excellent, complete, used condition.