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. Can you identify these items? (More will be added)

    I believe that it's a trunk handle; however, I don't know what it's from. Cheers, Grog
  2. painting car parts with a brush

    Several years ago I painted the hull of my 20 ft. Shamrock motorboat using Awlgrip paint applied and "tipped" with a cigar sponge roller. I made the bad decision of choosing the color of yellow, and found out that it "covered" very poorly. After 7 coats, the yellow covered the white base very well, and there were no visible roller marks, even from a distance of just a few inches. I was learning the process (with competent supervision), while I applied the paint and wet-sanded my mistakes between coats. After all of that, the final (7th) coat came out flawlessly. I'm glad of two things: 1. I had a very good teacher of the process; 2. I wasn't painting a 120 ft. yacht. Here's a link to the Awlgrip site: http://www.awlgrip.com/awlgrip-home.aspx Cheers, Grog
  3. Still Too Much Time On My Hands

    Cheap gag? I don't think so. Your "Zapmobile" design would make a worthy "Blastolene" project for Randy Grubb. Below are two designs from Randy: the top one being the "Blastolene B702" and the bottom one being the "Decoliner". The B702 sold at the Scottsdale Auction for $522,500.00 in 2009. Yes, the "Decoliner" can be driven from two points: inside the cab and up on the flying bridge. How cool is that? The link below is to a short video on Randy Grubb and the "Decoliner" http://www.blastolene.com/Work_in_Progress/deco.htm Cheers, Grog
  4. 1985 Chrysler Executive Limousine

    Why do I think that this "lady", to whom you refer, was not the owner of a dress shop? I'll bet that every male in town had a favorite nick name for her limo. Cheers, Grog
  5. 1985 Chrysler Executive Limousine

    A perfect example of misguided creativity. I like it ... which troubles me. Cheers, Grog
  6. Do we have any Corvair owners on this forum?

    Rogerrabbit; Is that your car shown in your post #86? Whether your car or not, can you tell us anything about it? Cheers, Grog
  7. Can anyone ID this motor?

    Ed, It looks to me that the engine has an external oil pump, as shown in the 15th (from the top) photo supplied by Rolf 1961. Other photos of the engine show what appear to be external copper oil lines feeding various parts of the engine. With that said, and upon further examination of the photos, it appears that the water pump and oil pump shown in photo no.15 do not match those installed on the engine in photo no.5. I have to admit to confusion about this engine, so I think this thread will be better served if I just sit back, enjoy an adult beverage (or two ... ) and be quiet. Cheers, Grog
  8. Cardboard Box musty smell Removal

    I'll bet that the folks at the AACA Library will be able to help you out with your problem. I'm sure that they deal with musty-smelling publications on a regular basis. Let us know how you make out with this. Cheers, Grog
  9. Can anyone ID this motor?

    That is a fascinating engine, and, while it may, or may not be monetarily valuable, its uniqueness makes it worthy of prominent display in a museum. As others have noted, the design may be of European origin; however, the use of American accessories (radiator, carburetor, generator, distributor) make me believe that the engine may have been made somewhere in America. The Rome-Turney Radiator Company was pretty much out of the automotive radiator business by the mid 1930s, but continued in business to make industrial heat exchangers. The company supplied radiators to several large auto manufacturers (Pierce-Arrow, Ford etc.) so they were apparently not rare. This would make it difficult to track down the identification of the engine builder by researching the Rome-Turney Radiator company. The radiator shell of the subject radiator is reminiscent of early custom speedsters. The accessory drive section of the engine looks very impressive as is the chain driving (in order, front-to-back) the external oil pump, water pump and generator. It appears that the distributor is gear-driven from the accessory drive section. Just my opinion (base on limited knowledge). Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving, Grog
  10. Single car club decision

    Thanks for posting that. I only vaguely remember the car and would have never remembered the name of it, Bond Minicar. I never realized that they were so popular and would never have guessed that they were produced well into the 1960s. The steering gear is ingenious, and I like the fact that the kick start feature of the motorcycle engine was retained in case of battery failure. While I don't care for the Reliant Robin, I'd, for some reason or other, like to have a Bond Minicar. A single Car Club of Bond Minicar owners would definitely be one with a small number of members. Here's the link to a video showing a Bond Minicar's steering mechanism and a Bond "in action": https://www.ebay.com/motors/blog/1963-bond-minicar/ Cheers, Grog
  11. Single car club decision

    Actually, the Reliant Robin was a front engine, rear wheel drive car. Google it or look at the good underside view at 5:31 in the above video. I do recall a car that was configured as you describe (front wheel drive, engine rotates with steering), but I can't recall the make at this time. Cheers, Grog
  12. Single car club decision

    I think you should drive your Ford to the Chevy function just to stir the pot. It should be entertaining. I used to be a "total Chevy man", but have become acquainted with Fords and other makes. I currently own Chevys, Fords, Crosleys and a Volkswagen (air-cooled Beetle) and like them all. I admire the engineering and construction of just about all cars, with the possible exception of the Reliant Robin. Here's a hilarious video of a Robin road test: Cheers, Grog
  13. 1930s Farm Trucks

    I would imagine that interior lights for farm trucks or any type of trucks, would have been an option back in the 1930s. Insofar as standard equipment is concerned, I would imagine that different manufacturers would have made interior lights standard equipment at different times. To further complicate matters, different truck lines of the same manufacturer would probably offer different levels of "standard" equipment. After some searching around the old 'interweb', I have been unable to find any requirement for interior lighting on any type of motor vehicle. The current NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) does not require interior lighting of any kind. Here's a link to the standard: https://icsw.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/standards/conspicuity/TBMpstr.html Good luck in your search for an answer to your question ... I suspect that there is not a single answer. Cheers, Grog
  14. What is it

    What makes it a "flatbed speedster"? Is it the flat surface above the rear of the car? If so, does that surface have any practical uses other than as a landing pad for small helicopters (e.g., Robinson R-22) ... perhaps a high speed picnic table? Was a "flatbed speedster" a class of speedster that had its own racing class? Cheers, Grog
  15. 1966 Impala convertible, help with identification

    I had forgotten all about GM (and other manufacturers) executive car programs. When I was in high school, a friend's Dad, who was some sort of upper level GM executive, would get a new car every year. As I recall, my friend was very proud of the fact that his Dad's cars had option combinations that were not available to the general public. I'm far from an expert, but I would agree with Greg that the subject car is just possibly an ex-GM executive order car. Cheers, Grog