capngrog

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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. " Estate sale will be to a collector and not a flipper. No lowball offers." Maybe I'm a bit too thick-skinned, but I've never been offended by a lowball offer. I used to sell boats (among other things), and my mentor, who was a salesman par excellence, drummed into me that there is no such thing as a bad offer. He said that an offer of any magnitude, was merely the beginning of the "dance". Over the years, I've found that to be true; however, in the game of "wheeling and dealing", attitude makes all the difference. Folks with the "take it or leave it" attitude tend to irritate other folks. I've managed to ramble beyond the purpose of this thread, and I apologize. Oh, by the way, why would an "estate sale" care or even try to know about a buyer's plans for his/her purchase. Such high-toned B.S. tends to annoy me. I agree with Auburnseeker that a "Mid teens" offer is appropriate for a non-running vehicle that has sat in a Connecticut barn for a quarter century. Just my opinion. Cheers, Grog
  2. I am continually amazed at the knowledge that members of this forum have, and the information they can dig up. I think that john2dameron's memory was the key to unlocking this automotive mystery. Based on his clue, others did excellent detective/research work. Cheers, Grog
  3. Both John and Carl's stories mesh, so it appears that there was actually a gentleman named de Olloqui who lived in the Lewisburg - Greenbriar area of West Virginia and who apparently dabbled with building custom cars. I would think that contacting the family of the recently-deceased Miriam de Olloqui would bear fruit in your quest to obtain information on your mystery car. Let us know what you find out. Cheers, Grog
  4. I'm no expert, but that does not appear to be a stock 1936 Chevrolet of any type that I've been able to find in a Google search. The thing that initially bothered me about the car is the doors. They are very narrow, or, if you will, very short lengthwise. The two door Chevys that I've seen had much wider (longer) doors, as do most two door cars even to this day. The wheel base of the car shown in the photos submitted by the Original Poster appears to be much shorter than the wheel bases of the 1936 Chevrolets. The crease in the after part of the rear fender also doesn't look quite right. Could the subject car be a European/British model of a Chevrolet? Regardless, the car that's the subject of this thread is a good looking vehicle. As I've said, I'm no expert, but the subject car is certainly interesting. I wonder if the South Africans did a little custom work on the Chevys that they produced. Cheers, Grog
  5. I believe similar light fixtures were used as caboose marker lights to designate the end of a train. Some of these marker lights looked like this: The last car of a train wasn't always the caboose, but sometimes just a regular car. Regardless, the end of the train had to be marked with a red flag in daytime and a (or a pair of) red light(s) at night. For this reason, these marker lights were usually portable from one car to another. I understand that the protocols for displaying various colored marker lights is somewhat complicated, except that the red lights had to be visible from the rear of the last car of the train. Anyway, that's the limit of my understanding of this, and I'm unable to shed any more light on the subject. Cheers, Grog
  6. Here's the Hyman listing for the Avanti: https://hymanltd.com/vehicles/5918-1963-studebaker-avanti-r2/ Of course, anyone can ask a stratospheric price for an item, but that doesn't mean that a buyer will meet that price; however, we've all seen what can happen when two guys with money, booze and babes want the same car at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction. It seems to me, from reading the posts in this thread, that Curti's fine looking Avanti could be expected to bring around $20K, plus-or-minus $5K. Is that about right? If that is the case, I wonder what the deal is with Hyman asking more than 3X that price ... I can offer up a theory, but I don't know enough about Hyman's operation to offer details of that theory here. Cheers, Grog
  7. Wow, I missed that! I'll bet you can't just walk into NAPA and get one of those babies. By the way, what type of battery is that? Was it custom made for the Avanti? In the 12th photo, it appears to have six cell caps and is long and narrow. Cheers, Grog
  8. I'm stressed from having read that tragic account. Beers, Grog
  9. Don't forget that they are much easier to work on, and that their performance is better. Oh yeah, braking doesn't disappear when wet as it does with drum brakes. And then there's ... Compared to working on disc brakes, I hate working on drum brakes. With that said, I have a couple of cars with drum brakes that work fine, and I'll leave them alone until a total rebuild is required. Then I'll consider changing to disc brakes ... if reasonably-priced conversion kits are available. Cheers, Grog
  10. Auburn Seeker and Mark Shaw, When were your cars modified into pickup trucks? I've read that many nice cars were modified into pickups during the years of the "Great" Depression. I'm not sure how such vehicles would be received (judging-wise) by the AACA, but yours certainly are nice looking vehicles. Cheers, Grog
  11. No one hurt!?! How can you say that?!? If that grievous accident, involving an out-of-control Ferrari ($$$), had occurred here in the Orlando, Florida area, the local emergency rooms would have been deluged with 20 or 30 folks suffering lower back injuries, soft tissue damage and a bruised coccyx or two ... not to mention dozens enduring severe psychological trauma from having witnessed such a tragic event. To paraphrase a member of the Illinois Bar, "No good crisis (accident) should go to waste". Cheers, Grog
  12. Victorialynn2, Have you furnished your newly-discovered engine numbers to Lawrence Title, and, if so, are they satisfied with the numbers? I guess that's the bottom line of this thread. Cheers, Grog
  13. Another thought just escaped my brane cell. Enter "auto transport" in the "search" area located at the top right corner of this page, and this will bring up previous posts/threads on auto transport. Cheers, Grog
  14. From what I've heard and read, using a broker can be a "crap shoot", but as in everything else, if you perform a "due diligence" research into a particular broker, you can increase your chances of having a good experience. If you decide to use a broker, try to find one that has been in business for a long time, and look at a sample contract carefully. Such things as who is responsible for INSURANCE, delivery date windows, open vs. closed transport etc. Also, check with your insurance company to find out if they have any requirements for an auto transporter. Hopefully, there are some on this forum who can share their experiences with brokered auto transporters. Cheers, Grog
  15. Looking at your photos, your engine is definitely not stock 1955, having the HEI distributor and what appears (?) to be a Quadrajet carburetor. Other than that, I can't tell much. Looking at the fourth photo in your series, the cylinder heads are the castings in which the spark plugs are located, and the chrome-plated 'valve covers' are bolted directly to the tops of the cylinder heads. As you can see from the two valve covers, there are two on a V-8, a left and right, or as others say, a passenger side and driver's side. The engine numbers would be on a machined surface just in front of the right (passenger side) cylinder head. It appears from your photos that this surface has been painted, so you'll need a wire brush to remove the paint. Oh by the way, the machined surface is a part of the machined upper surface of the engine block, to which the cylinder heads are bolted. Cheers, Grog P.S. Have you told the Texas DMV that your '55 has a different engine? I don't know how the Texas DMV would handle early model VINs for cars having newer engines.