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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
    1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille
    1972 Volvo 1800ES
    1987 BMW 325i Cabriolet
    2002 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet

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  1. I am looking for a nice cast iron clutch housing for a Marmon 34B. You can see in the attached photo that mine has a large chip on one flange at about the 7 o'clock position. I can use as is, but would prefer one that is fully intact if I can locate such a part. I do not need the plates, just the cast iron housing. I am also missing just one of the eight spring covers that press into the flywheel to cover the pressure plate springs. This part is roughly 2 inches tall, and one inch in diameter. I you have one of these spring covers available, I would be interested in getting it. Otherwise I will 3D print a plastic replacement. Thanks for looking. Please PM me if you can help. Andrew Straw
  2. I would like to have replacement linings made for the clutch disks in a Marmon 34B. I have the inner and outer diameter from the originals. Does anyone have an NOS disk or a spec sheet that would indicate what the thickness would be on a new disk lining? Mine, of course, are worn, so I can only speculate as to the original thickness. Thanks. Andrew Straw
  3. I think the Vista Cruiser is a nice choice, but I would hold out for a rust-free example.
  4. I cave costed a few sad abs myself tanks to auto carrot. (I have posted a few bad ads myself thanks to autocorrect)
  5. I do not know the answer to the interchange question, but would suggest AllCads in Las Vegas as a potential source for replacements.
  6. Hear, Hear!
  7. It looks like a continuing declining trend on pre WWII cars, although the high-end "classics" will remain strong. Muscle cars will remain popular and hold or grow overall in pricing, as they offer nostalgia for baby boomers, and are also driveable at modern highway speeds. Cheap gas doesn't hurt! I'll go out on a limb and say fifties cars have peaked and will begin a downturn. Ferrari, Porsche, and other selected lower volume, high performance post-muscle era cars will stay on the uptrend. Tasteful, well-executed resto-rods that offer the panache of nostalgia coupled with contemporary technology will hold steady as an appealing niche. Though not my favorite, the high cost of labor and paint also will result in sustained interest in the "rat rod" look. That's my $0.02.
  8. Olson's Gaskets will custom make felt seals for you.
  9. That's good information to know about Fastenal. Sounds like many have had a good experience with them, too. Need to file that away for future use! Thanks all.
  10. Keep original, or for restoration. Normal wear and tear of a car this age.
  11. My local auto body supply shops both do custom matching of vinyl paints. I believe the brand name they use is SEM. Good luck! Andrew
  12. Yes, I definitely know what you are going through! In replacing all the wood substructure on a Marmon touring car, I not only have to re-create the original wooden components, but assemble them within the original body skin. That is an additional challenge they didn't face at the factory. Like building a ship in a bottle at times. I have learned that in pursuing novel ways to apply power tools, one must never lose sight of good safety practice. The line between innovative and dumb can be a thin one. The upside of this type of work is that the lumber is relatively cheap, and if a part doesn't turn out quite right, you can just try again. On the really complex parts, I experiment with pine, before moving on to hardwood. Another lesson I have learned is to be sure to analyze and understand the structure of what I am building. One must avoid just "hanging" wooden parts onto the metal skin, when the wood is meant to bear the load. This would be a particular concern when the lower part of the body is deteriorated, and the upper is still intact. it has been an interesting journey, and like you, I still have the doors remaining. Good luck with the rest of your project! Andrew
  13. Thanks for telling me. I made a spelling error. I have re-sent.
  14. I have used a pneumatic hammer to peen hot. Very quick and easy. You will need a heavy iron buck of some type.