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About capngrog

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    I enjoy both classic and modified (hot rods) cars. I'm lucky in that I enjoy doing all my own work, because I couldn't afford to pay someone else to do it for me!

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  1. capngrog

    Wrapping Patina

    I think that the '53 Cadillac on Craig's List is pretty nice except that the suspension has collapsed. It will take several fork lifts and a roll back to move it ... maybe a skyhook. It looks kinda dumb settin' on the ground like that; however, as I approach my "golden years", maybe I'll need a car I can fall into instead of stepping (up?) into. Just my opinion. Cheers, Grog
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    Auction of Cool Car Stuff

    The format of "The Complete Parts List" is inconsistent, with some items being described in two lines, and most being described in single lines. I believe that what you quoted above is two items, the 3/4 Midget and the Replica Speedster, each with its own one line description. Two 3/4 Midgets (one yellow with black trim and one white with blue trim) are shown in the photographs, but only one is mentioned in "The Complete Parts List". The red item shown in my Post #5 above, I believe to be some sort of pedal car and not meant to be engine-powered. I base this on seeing its wheels secured to its axles with washers and cotter pins ... sorta like a Soap Box Derby Racer. I think you have correctly matched the photo in Post #5 with the description, "Replica Auburn Boat Tail Speedster", seen in "The Complete Parts List". I still wonder if the item shown in Post #5 is a pedal car ... or not. This along with CHuDWah's matching of the description with the photo pretty well nails it, in my opinion. I still wonder if it's a pedal car ... or not. Cheers, Grog
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    Auction of Cool Car Stuff

    This is the first thing shown in the group of photographs of the lots coming up at auction next month. Does anyone know what it is ... maybe a high end pedal car? The photo: Whatever it is, it looks pretty cool. Cheers, Grog
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    FOUND Stolen Ford Model T

    ? Cheers, Grog
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    Have you thought about installing the '54 engine and drive train into the '47? I'm not sure, but I think that swap would be a direct bolt-in. I'll bet that someone following this thread knows for sure whether or not that swap would be a direct bolt-in project. As you pointed out in your first post, you can't go wrong for just $200 for the '54. I'll bet you've already had $200 bucks worth of fun just poking around in it. Cheers, Grog
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    AntiqueCraftsman; How is your 1947 Chevy Fleetline project coming? Have you gotten her on the road yet? Cheers, Grog
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    "Restoration" of a 1924 Renault KJ1

    Great video! My only disappointment is that we didn't get to hear the sound of the horn. What part of France is that in the video? I was impressed by the severe arch of the transverse rear spring. I would think that it would have been difficult to make a new leaf or to find a used one. Was a transverse rear spring that common back in 1924? Thanks again for the great video. Cheers, Grog
  8. I'm almost glad that I'm about 1,000 miles from this place; otherwise, I might go home with a trailer full of "neat stuff". I already have too much "neat stuff", but maybe that's only a temporary state of mind. Can any one of us ever have too much "neat stuff"? Anyway, here's the link to a lot of Crosley, but mostly old Ford NOS stuff: Let us know if anyone goes to this auction. Cheers, Grog
  9. Keiser; I'm with you on the wheels and steering wheel, but otherwise it appears to be a nice car. Just a generic question about 4-door hardtops: Do they tend to leak where the 'B' pillar would have ordinarily been located? It looks to me that the seal between the front side window and the rear side window would be pretty critical. Just wonderin'. Cheers, Grog
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    '52 Skyliner?

    This may be a bit off of the original topic of this thread, but I've had the opportunity to see a very unique Ford here in Paisley. In 1954, the first year of the Ford overhead valve V-8, Ford produced for a select few dealers, a very few cars that had a Plexiglas vision panel in the hood, to more advantageously display the new V-8 to the public. The only reason I know that is because a guy here in Paisley owns one, and it is 100% original. I don't know what it's worth, but I think that it is an extremely rare car. I'm not sure what the car was officially called/designated, but I'll bet that there are a few folks on this forum who know a lot about it. Cheers, Grog
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    I've always been a Chevy guy, and like the "tri-five" Chevys. I also like the "tri-five" Fords, but consider the Ford Y-block engine to have been a good boat anchor and not good for much else. If Ford had come out with their small block (221/260 c.i.) when Chevrolet came out with their 265 c.i. V-8 in 1955, I think the Thunderbird would have given the Corvette a bit more competition. Just my opinion. Cheers, Grog
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    What should you do with old car paint?

    Why not just check with your local authority having jurisdiction? Although the advice given in this thread seems to be fine with me, following it may lead to legal difficulties. Just sayin'. Cheers, Grog
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    Unending patience

    I agree with you that clear-coating over patina looks tacky; however, "patina" is an on-going natural process and requires many years of 'process' before arriving at it's present state. It could be more simply put at: "Rust never sleeps". The owner of a "clear-over-patina" vehicle may want to drive it extensively (e.g., in the rain) and merely was attempting the arrest or delay the patina process. I try to avoid rain with my "patinaed" vehicles and have not clear coated them. I like your '28 Dodge very much (the Hemi looks right at home), but I'm having trouble spotting the "original paint" amongst all of the "patina". Cheers, Grog
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    A strange 39 Chevy

    That was also my first thought upon seeing the photo, but I didn't know what it was called. Thanks, Keiser. Curti noticed that " ... the center grill guard is non standard ... " ; however, that could be the hallmark of a high end after-market accessory. Maybe ... maybe not. I'm just guessin' here. Cheers, Grog
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    Unending patience

    That's a good question. In the State of Florida, the make, model & year goes with the body of the vehicle. For example, in the photo below, the grey vehicle in front is titled and registered as a 1952 Crosley pickup truck; however, it is really a 1962 Corvette with a Crosley pickup truck mounted on it. Of course, the blue vehicle in the photo is a stock 1950 Crosley station wagon. As can be seen, the pickup truck has strayed far from its Crosley roots. By the way, although they vary radically in their characteristics, both vehicles are a blast to drive. The photo is attached below. Cheers, Grog