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About Akstraw

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  • Birthday 11/08/1957

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    Hickory, NC, USA
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    1914 Maxwell 25 Roadster
    1915 Buick C25 Touring
    1922 Marmon 34B Touring
    1929 AA Ford Truck
    1930 Franklin Convertible Coupe
    1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille
    1972 Volvo 1800ES
    1987 BMW 325i Cabriolet
    2002 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet

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  1. Akstraw

    Chrome powder coating vs real chrome

    There is a lot of chatter and activity about getting younger people involved with our hobby. Many young enthusiasts are starting families, paying off education debt, and financing homes, so have a lot of competition for their discretionary dollars. The 'cheap' way is the only way for some. While I realize that factory correct and picture perfect are guiding lights of the AACA, I think that we have to avoid telling enthusiasts that they are "wrong" when they don't do something a certain way. I have experienced pushback when marketing the AACA locally; as our club has the reputation of being disdainful. Sorry, but "Just save up until you can afford real chrome" doesn't feel very empathetic. I'd rather see a '26 Dodge with a powdered radiator shell at an AACA show, than to see a vacant piece of asphalt because the owner didn't feel his car was good enough to bring to the show. "It's almost as good." "They're making a lot of progress making it look better." "I can always remove it later if I don't like it." "It's more durable than real chrome anyway." These also apply as rationalizations on how one can still be involved in our hobby, albeit not to senior standards, given real world limitations. Heck, I have on occasion used radial vs. bias-ply, halogen vs. incandescent, rubber valve stems vs. metal, acrylic vs. lacquer paint, vinyl vs. leather, stainless vs. chrome, chrome vs. nickel, aluminum vs. pot metal ...the list goes on and on.... using one or more of the rationale(s) above. Does that make me "wrong"? Perhaps I should check out this HAMB thing.
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    Chrome powder coating vs real chrome

    I suppose it depends on what you can afford, and your objective for the car. Powder technology has come a long way in the past ten years. Chrome and paint have become so expensive, that I think powder trim and plastic wrap bodies may increase in popularity as alternatives for driver antiques and local show cars. Not for the AACA purist or concours fairway, but economical ways to spruce up and preserve a car on a budget. I started out with rust-o-leum on a Model A as a teenager. Forty years later, earned the AACA senior award for the same vehicle. If powder fits your budget, and will make the car look better to you, then I say give it a try. Let the rest of us know how it works out.
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    Tire pressure

    Is it an original style bias ply? You did not say what year or model. The 1952 owners manual for all models except Wndsor says 24 pounds cold.
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    Classic and Exotic Services

    They have done two projects for me this summer. In business as of 3 weeks ago when I got a carburetor rebuild back from them.
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    Who makes Vintage Bakelite Shift Knobs

    I was thinking casting, too.
  6. Akstraw

    Where to buy parts online?

    One thing in particular that I think is a plus for Rock Auto is that they show the manufacturer/supplier of each part option. So if you want to stick with OEM branded parts, you have that choice, and if you want to save money with a rebuilt or aftermarket piece, you can do that as well. It is all very transparent, and you get to shop and compare yourself.
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    Where to buy parts online?

    I usually go to Rock Auto first. Never had a bad experience with them. Once they sent the wrong part, and I entered the info online. A rep called me within an hour, and shipped the correct part out to me same day, without waiting for the return. Locally, I like the NAPA store. There are a couple of older guys working the counter there who bend over backwards to help find the right part. When the computer doesn't produce results, they have the old paper catalog archives for backup. Can't say enough good about them, either.
  8. Akstraw

    1926 Hupmobile

    Good luck with your new car. I would suggest you consider joining a local AACA region. It is a connection not only to activities and events for antique cars, but also to expertise, experience, and recommendations on local shops and sources of help. I hope you enjoy the hobby as much as I do. Andrew
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    Position of spark control

    On my '14 Maxwell, up is retard, and down is advance.
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    Are all 6 volt coils created Equal?

    I think that the vacuum advance could be the source of the problem, having dealt with a similar issue, and similar frustration, on a 56 Caddy. As somebody said recently in some car magazine or forum, "ninety percent of carburetor problems can be traced to the distributor." I just read an article in the Franklin Club magazine about problems traced to low spring tension on modern replacement ignition points. Perhaps this is another potential cause to investigate. Good luck!
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    Wrapping Patina

    I find it very creative. Probably cheaper than an actual re-paint, too.
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    Helpful graphic for car peeps. 🚗

    Very amusing. I needed a smile this morning. Thanks!
  13. Akstraw

    maintenance of fabric covered top, 1930's

    I use a foaming cleaner to try to lift out the dirt without too much abrasive scrubbing. The one I use is called Tuff Stuff, but there are many out there. Once clean and dry, I apply a couple of coats of Raggtopp waterproofing sealer. They make two versions; one for natural fibers and one for synthetics. Raggtopps makes their own cleaner, too, and they also sell it with a horsehair brush, which is best for minimizing abrasion on the fabric and seams. As as far as the tears, I don't have an answer. Perhaps a local trim shop would have some ideas. If it were my car, I might try applying a reinforcing patch underneath the tear, and cement it with an epoxy. You could probably finesse a patch through the hole and flatten it with a dental pick, and apply cement with a hypodermic needle. I would, though, only do this on the car after a number of trials/simulations to demonstrate that it would work satisfactorily. Good luck!
  14. Perhaps you can 3D print it in plastic, then use the plastic part as the starting point for having a casting made. Where I live, the local libraries have 3D printers available for public use.
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    Exhaust manifold color

    Ceramic coating in "cast iron gray" has held up well and looks good on both my 1915 Buick and 1972 Volvo. I used M&R Performance Coatings in Kodak, TN.