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    Exactly my point - those things do happen.
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    That would make sense - perhaps they have a notary "verify" your VIN number while your car sits in your garage in Timbuktu. If that is the case they will soon end up being looked at the same as the Alabama guys are.
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    Sounds like you are going to end up with an out of state registration and title that needs to be out of state forever. Check with your state DMV on residency requirements for titles and check with your insurance company. Usually you have 30 or 60 days to get it registered in your state. I can think of a lot of things that could go wrong Just my two cents
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    Winter storage - gasoline

    First - I believe that an empty tank would be prone to rust. The Model "A" has a fuel shutoff right by the tank and the lines are 100% visible. Every night millions of cars pull into their garages for the night with varying amounts of gasoline in them. Lastly, the chance of an electric car starting a blazing inferno with their lithium ion batteries (or your computer or cell phone) is probably far greater than one of your vehicles with the battery ground strap off catching fire. My personal opinion only.
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    Updating brakes

    I used a Model "A" as a daily driver back in the 60's and had no trouble locking up all 4 wheels. You adjust them on loose gravel (just like trailer brakes). IF you have ever felt a brake pedal go to the floor in a large car you will appreciate the positive action of mechanical brakes. I had that happen on a 1964 Chrysler Imperial - it is a helpless feeling. I would never buy a Model "A" that had been converted to hydraulic brakes ...
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    Updating brakes

    Just 2 cents worth here from someone who purchased their first "old" car in 1961 - it is a LOT more work to convert to disc brakes and change the pedal location than it is to have the original system properly rebuilt. It is also not as simple as people make it out to be to adjust the new front discs and the old rear drums to get the same stopping power you do with the original system. It is also a LOT more expensive and you gain nothing. If you go to resell and that is the only modification that you make you are going to eliminate a lot of potential buyers who want an original car - they will not even look at it - honest. ........ Again, this is just two cents worth of advice from an old timer.
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    Early Auto Show - 1896

    Envelope advertising the International Horse and Horseless Carriage and Roads Locomotion Exhibition in London in 1896. Apparently damaged in the mails and received at the New York Post Office without contents. There are probably earlier shows including horseless carriages but this is an early one.
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    1969 442 Convertible

    Is the title in your name? If not is there a clear paper trail of ownership from original owner to you or do you just have a signed title. That can make a large difference in some states.
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    1940 Olds got my head spinning....

    Don't forget to check the polarity of the coil. Its doesn't make any difference as far as voltage is concerned but reversed polarity makes the plugs fire "backwards"....... we forget things like that when we've been dealing with newer cars for awhile. Also check out the ground connections (all of them).
  10. Pricing is noted in the thread linked by Spinneyhill above - it is substantially in excess of 6k.
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    1929 Chrysler - Oil Pressure

    From memory that is probably within spec for a late 20's early 30's engine. Someone will come along who's memory is perhaps better than mine.
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    1935 or 1937 Dodge Brothers Truck

    What state was the truck registered in? Some states did not issue titles, just transferable registrations.
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    AAA Confession

    If memory serves the fluid drive is just a fluid coupling between the motor and a standard transmission. Don't think there is much to go wrong with them but people usually don't pay attention to the oil level in the coupling unit. I bought a '49 Dodge and when I first got it the slippage was enough you couldn't start on a hill. Adding oil helped a lot and I am not sure I ever figured out how to use it correctly but it got me back and forth to work for a year or two..... But don't take my word for that - wait for someone that is more familiar with them to chime in.
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    53 Merc flathead with power engine miss

    Another possibility is a bad fuel pump - easy to check the pressure
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    53 Merc flathead with power engine miss

    Well we know it's either spark or gas - if it's spark it's most likely the distributor - could also be bad plugs. If it's gas it's the furl pump or carburetor settings (most likely an adjustment or the accelerator pump). If it's getting good spark at the right time and the proper amount of gas it will run as intended. Something is (or isn't) happening when you step on the gas. It's a shade tree mechanics dream ....