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  1. Girard Toy Car

    Not to be a snob, but this is my idea of a nice patina - especially on my Buddy L Delivery Truck.
  2. Chrysler/Maxwell distributor interchange

    I have a 29 Plymouth distributor. Unfortunately, I sold the right angle base a few months ago. I can post pictures if you're interested.
  3. Still Too Much Time On My Hands

    Ragtop, you're in luck! No Countrysides are known to exist, but an Aerocoupe was found. This is from my previous post. A photograph of what is believed to be the only Zapmobile in existence. It was found in an abandoned garage outside Ashtabula, Ohio by Thomas "Chuffy" Heidkamp in 1963. Chuffy always meant to restore the car, but after pulling it out of the garage, it languished in his backyard until 1987 when he was killed in a freak accident with the automatic milking machine in his barn. A bitter family dispute over ownership of Chuffy's car collection ended in the infamous Ashtabula Shootout. Thankfully no one was injured, but it took twenty two years of litigation before what was left of the car was finally awarded to Chuffy's son-in law, Carl "Shifty" Munson. Unfortunately, in 2013 the car broke into three pieces during an attempt to load it on a trailer in preparation for transport to Barrett-Jackson. Shifty decided to keep the car, repairing the damage with J B Weld and chicken wire. It will go up on eBay sometime in the near future with a reported reserve of six-point two million dollars (American).
  4. Still Too Much Time On My Hands

    Who knew my cheap gag would turn into a serious discussion about the dangers of linseed oil? Maybe we all have too much time on our hands.😀 As as far as the date of the fire, I had limited photographs of Auto Show fires - one to be exact. Since I set the fictional Zapmobile as a 1938 model, I was forced to use dramatic license. In other words, "It's a joke, son."
  5. Another disaster that befell the Zap Motorcar Company was the rushed introduction of the Zapmobile Countryside Cabriolet. An attractive, if overpriced, automobile, the Countryside featured wood trim. This led to disaster when one of the display cars at the 1938 Los Angeles Auto Show burst into flames. The resulting conflagration leveled the Auto Show. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, but all the cars at the show were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire was believed to be the highly volatile linseed oil used to treat the wood on the car In the rush to get the Zapmobile to the show, the Zap engineers had not let the mixture dry sufficiently.. A stray cigarette butt is suspected of igniting the linseed oil and sending the car up in flames. This rare photo shows the carnage. An assembly line shot of the Countrysides being built. The cars were built without ashtrays. None are known to survive.
  6. Sorry, I wasn't disparaging Restoleum paint products, but I seriously doubt they are industry leaders in the spar varnish category. I, too, use the etch primer and it works great, as does the gloss black. My only complaint is with the nozzles on some of the spray cans. The old style nozzles work fine, but the large, flat "all direction" nozzles are impossible to clear and I have had to toss many half full spray cans because the nozzles clogged. I even tried replacing the bad nozzle with a new one from another can to no avail. Calls to the company got me nowhere. Now I only buy this type of can when I know I have a large area to paint and can use most of the can in one sitting.
  7. Spar varnish for marine use is the best there is. Glad you found a solution. For some reason, even the thought of Rustoleum varnish gives me pause.
  8. Help Identifying These Antique Metal Wheels

    I'm no expert, but the concave curve of the rim and the lack of reinforced support on the edges of the rim make me believe these wheels were designed to work with tires of some type, either solid or inflated. i don't think most early farm equipment used tires.
  9. The Ressurection of Daphne - a 1932 DL

    Phil, was that your current car or Daphne?
  10. Could the pine-tar/kerosene/linseed oil mixture be preventing the spar varnish from drying? It may be incompatible with the varnish.
  11. The Ressurection of Daphne - a 1932 DL

    Could be, although I can't make out any print on the paper. It also appears to be under the gasket, so you could remove the speedo without disturbing the paper. It was obviously put on there for some reason, but I can't figure it out.
  12. The Ressurection of Daphne - a 1932 DL

    Continuing on with the breathtaking saga of the instrument cluster...hey, no yawning out there! The biggest pain the the you know what was trying to make a pattern for the cork gasket between the glass and the outer trim piece. The original had crumbled to pieces and further disintegrated when I had to pry what was left out of the groove in the piece. There was no way to trace the shape, so it took a lot of cutting and fitting until I had a decent pattern in card-stock. Then I cut the cork from a rolled sheet of the correct 1/8 inch thickness. The only cork I could find that was large enough came in a roll and it was very difficult to cut, as you can see in this shot, as it constantly wanted to roll back up. I finally got it cut out, cleaned the glass and put everything together, bending the tabs back to hold the four pieces as a unit. Next I cut the gaskets for the gauges. It's a fiddly, if not all the difficult, job. Not as perfect as the factory cut gaskets, but i doubt anyone is going to crawl up under the dash when this is finished. The cleaned amp meter in place. The oil pressure gauge gasket in place. Here's a question that gets pretty deep in the weeds - what's that paper around the speedometer opening? it's obviously there for some reason, but...? There is a gasket for the speedometer, you can see a piece of it under one of the screws, so why the paper? The oil pressure gauge in place. This area was a real mess - there was oil all over the back of the gauge. It cleaned up rather easily. i suspect the fitting on the back was a little loose and the oil residue accumulated over the years. I tested the gauge with compressed air and it seemed to be spot on, corresponding to the air pressure I applied measured with the very accurate gauge on my compressor fittings. I still need to clean up the gas gauge and speedometer and send the water temp gauge out for restoration. It needs a new bulb and tube and the gauge face restored. I'm pretty happy with the way this is going to look in the car.
  13. Testing Gauges

    Yeah, I figured it would probably be more of a pain than it was worth. It's still easy to get at the gauges since the seats and steering column are not yet in place. I'll just wire everything up and see what happens when I start the motor. The oil pressure gauge is the critical one, and at least I know that works.
  14. Testing Gauges

    I'm restoring the dash cluster on my 1932 Dodge Brothers DL and need some help. What is the best way to check gauge operation? I know the oil pressure gauge is ok as I tested it with compressed air and the readings were spot on. The temp gauge, a bulb type, needs to be restored, but I know the pot of boiling water routine. But, how about the amp meter and gas gauge? How do I check those two? The gas gauge works on the resistance from the float in the tank - which also needs restoring - but can I test the gauge without the float mechanism? Thanks in advance for for any advice or suggestions.
  15. 1916-17 Oldsmobile 7 passenger V8 big touring car.

    There are photos of at least a dozen different 29 DeSoto roadsters on the net. Yes, it's a rare car, but number claims are always problematic to me.