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About Randiego

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  • Birthday 10/19/1949

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    Oceanside, California
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    1936 Plymouth P2 Tudor Touring Sedan , 1936 Pontiac Master 6 Coupe, 1977 & 73 Fiat 124 Spiders, 1960 Ford F100, 1978 Triumph 750 Bonneville, 1968 & 72 Honda Trail 90s, Starflight Ultra Light, 72 Simplicity 4041 Power Max Tractor 1938 El Monte walk behind garden tractor, 1956 17' Mahogany cuddy cabin cruiser (restored) with 1958 Mercury 48 HP (restored) Outboard


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    I have been in and around automobiles all my life. Starting with my brothers Model A Ford in 1957, progressing through various cars through my youth (Oh but to have some of the cars back!) I had a 36 Pontiac Business Coupe that only had 11K miles on it and a 50 Mercury coupe, a 49 Packard 2Dr. Fastback, 55 Ford Crown Vic., Plymouth Furry, 55 Chevy, 4 (bought 3 for less than a hundred dollars!)57 Chevy coupes, 70 Pontiac Bonneville, 1960 MGA (Migrated to California in that car). I purchased a 77 FIat Spider new (when I was working for a dealership here in San Diego) Recently, I just sold a 1972 Chevrolet Caprice Coupe with 25K original miles. IT was a pristine car that showed like NEW! It now resides in Qutar purchased by an emir three years ago. I am now involved with FIAT 124 Spiders. My daily driver is a 78 and I am restoring a 73 with a race motor. I restored 2 Triumph Bonneville Motorcycles. I kept the 78 (better road bike) and ride it through the San Diego back country. I am undertaking rebuilding a Starflight Ultralight that I inherited from my brother. In general, I love all around mechanics and working on anything.

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  1. Roger, Seat belts? They did not even come onto the scene till the sixties. And then they were an afterthought. For years we were riding around in our cars unfettered (and un strapped), sliding across the seat to see something that one of our siblings saw on their side of the car. Of course, we had to see it too. My little sister use to stand up between my mom and dad in the front seat. Oh the horrors of un checked safety (or lack of it) back in the 50's. I swear, if I had the picture of the Mark II blown up, one could swear that that was a full sized automobile. Your attention to every little detail just amazes me. It is so accurate in every sense (that we can see). How you got the body bucks so accurate is mind boggling. Now we know why it has taken so much time. Looking at the end results is why. Perfection. It is beautiful, Roger. Each installment that you do is what we look forward to. Randy
  2. Roger, The moment has arrived. Mating the chassis to the body is monumental as all the small fittings, linkages, wires and cables are to be connected. I just hope that it goes smoothly as all your previous work has been met with adjustments, modifications, eliminations, etc., etc. We have been watching you bring this amazing model along and it is something that we all look forward to every time we log on to the site. All the progress is culminating to this point. Where the model becomes one element. It is a beautiful model. Great work Roger.
  3. What Roger? No video crew at your front door to do a video of you sweating and contorting with the mating of the body to the chassis? What fun is that? JUST KIDDING. How you are keeping all of the assembly components in order and working as you do the assembly is, as always, boggling ! We all hope that all goes well with the assembly of the electrical. I hope that "Murphy's Law" is not present as you do this very intricate, complicated task. What size batteries are you going to use for operation of the electrical? Two "D" batteries or ? I am guessing that the box holding the batteries will be finished as a large battery. I could use you here in wiring my engine test stand as the Pontiac wiring schematic is for an engine IN the car. It isn't that complicated but........nothing like an engineer to sort out the particulars. For example, I am using an ammeter vs. the "gen light" that is in my instrument panel. I am assuming that I have to wire it into the generator outlet lead to pick up what the generator is producing? Being DC, it is not that complicated and I will figure it out. Electrical is not my strong suit. But the early automotive electrical is much easier than what is presented today in these modern marvels. I also lucked out. One of our Pontiac club members came across my missing link. I finally landed my hands on a 1936 Harrison Radiator that is correct for my car. It is now being re cored and I should have it back next week so I can install it on my test stand, hook up the hoses, fill the cooling system and get ready for my engine start. I hope that I can post a video of the engine start up and running. I spent a lot of time building this engine stand but as I said in my previous post, it is better to run the engine in before it is installed. Do you have a lot of members in the European car groups that come to you for component work on their cars? Seems that you do a lot of Hydramatic transmission rebuilds. And I bet when you are done with them, they are.......................................perfect. Randy
  4. Roger, Great, great work, Roger. If one did not see the beginning of this saga, they would not have a clue as to how this Continental came to be. As all have attested, this stage of the model is inspiring to see all of those components that we saw you make from the beginning, coming together, is like the puzzle. You start with the border, advancing to assembling the different sections of the picture and before you know it, the last piece of the puzzle is put in place. To think that the linkage will be attached to the body is mind boggling. Just to make this model with all the components like the 1:1 car and then to ATTACH them where one cannot even get a tool between the firewall and the engine is beyond amazement. We would like a video of you doing the attachment, (maybe not the sound with all the cursing going on :-) ) seeing how you accomplish that task. How the small rods and cable linkages attach is a wonder. Take plenty of pictures at this stage. Each will tell a story of a thousand words. Baffling ! ! That day is coming when the car will be complete. From here on in, I will be watching raptly for every post, seeing what has been assembled next. Randy
  5. Roger, No one is going to "spot" the error with the trunk emblem. Even a Ford employee of the day would miss that due to the fact that the whole car - - - er- - - model has so much detail. You would have to be the designer on the original Continental to catch that mistake. It is such a small error in the whole scope of this fine model. Do not loose any sleep over it as it will go unnoticed to the admiring eye. Randy P.S. I have the generator and the starter on my bench overhauling them. after cleaning them up, I am replacing the bushing in the front and the ball bearing in the rear of the generator shaft. I have chucked the armature in my lathe and turned down the commutator and am replacing the brushes. That will make the generator new again. Plus paint. Now on to the starter. Same procedure. Those are much easier than the tasks that you have at hand. Pictures are to come in the near future.
  6. Roger, I hope that France's weather was not too hot for you. We are experiencing hot, torrid, humid weather pushing up from the South and it is miserable. And our summer is now just starting. 😞 Plagued with sinus issues it makes for a very uncomfortable time for me. On to better topics. Roger who did you have make your decals? Was that a local company? Did you have to supply them with the pictures of the actual decals or do they have the items in their data base? I have friends who actually make their own on their ink jet printers but I have not pursued that function on my own. They look crisp and will make the model really "pop". Hopefully, after the fitting of the doors, you will not have too many more issues that will be difficult. It is a good time when we log onto the site and see some more progress being made on the Continental. Twice a year, our city has a day where you can recycle old electronic items without cost. I just disposed of a computer tower that had some micro wire in it. Had I known that you could use some of the wire, I would have sent it to you. I am sure that you have sources for the smaller wire. It was a waste to get rid of the tower without harvesting the micro wire. I have a friend who works on computers and he has all kinds of micro wire laying around. Let me know of the gauge of wire that you are looking for and I will go by his home and get some for you. Computer wire is the best for electrical but I am sure that you have other sources too. Just a thought. Roger, since you are a master not only with 1:12 scale, but you have years of experience with 1:1 restorations. I will share with you (and the forum members) my journey with my restoration project. I just got my 1936 Pontiac 6 cyl. engine back from the machine shop. It was a TREK tracking down all the parts that I needed for the engine but finally we got them all. Since I will not be doing the body and chassis for a time, I have built a test stand. This way I can get the engine running and break it in. Nothing worse than to put the engine in the car just to find out that there may be an issue and it has to come out again. At my age, I only want to do that ONCE ! Plus, I can get it back to the machine shop for any issues that may arise. I don't foresee any but you never know. Better to be safe than sorry later. When we are younger, we can crawl around and under a car without the advancing aches and pains that our bodies present us at the end of the day. I do what I can do in a day and have to stop knowing that if I don't, I will be miserably sore the next day. No more 18 hour days working bent over or under a car. I will post some pics of the engine on the test stand when I get all of the components attached. It looks pretty damn good if I say so myself. I have attached a pic of the engine back from the machinist. I am making parts that are not available, like the clutch fork boot. As time goes on, parts are harder and harder to find. I am fortunate to have friends that own 36 Pontiacs and have been sourcing parts for years. They have helped me in my quest. Randy
  7. Roger, The pictures here are LARGER than the actual door. It is amazing that you got all that to fit, and function in such a small package! IT is strange that when you originally fabricated the windows and the motor drives, they all worked. Now putting it together, issues pop up that were not there several months ago. It must be irritating to say the least when all does not go as planed. What makes the story so good is that you figure out and fix the issue. I hope that the other door is not as problematic as this one was. Every day is a new chapter. Randy
  8. Gary, Any word from Le Baron Bonney about the replacement kit yet? We hope that it won't be too long as summer is here. You should be cruzin now and enjoying the Buick. I can't wait to see you back at it as your thread is one of my favorites. Randy
  9. Randiego

    Wanted: Cloth Covered Wire, Los Angeles region

    In South Escondido (San Diego County), there is a company that specializes in early Brass and pre 30's Automobile restorations. They are exceptional in all phases of restoration, including having the correct period wiring for the early cars. They are a source for Packard style wiring and the cloth covered wiring for early restorations. You can reach them at (760) 331-5235 And at their web site; Restorationstuff.com They are a husband and wife team who are very helpful and have the products.
  10. Roger, You are not kidding about the host of problems that pop up once you go to assembling the different elements of the model. Getting the motors to work against the resistance and altering the voltage, that is beyond me. I would have given up on power windows at that point. But you are a tenacious craftsman and can always find a solution to the problem in front of you. That says volumes about your abilities. And, as they say, "separates the wheat from the chaff". We are seeing this Continental coming together right in front of our eyes. Just amazing. Randy
  11. Randiego

    Carter glass bowl filter

    JHM, I am in San Diego Area and there is a Carb rebuilder that is the best. He got me a Carter Unit as is illustrated above with a brand new (old stock) Carter element for inside of the fuel bowl. No screen to let little particulate matter into your carburetor and I can visually see the condition of the filter media without having to drop the bowl. With our crap gas today, it is important to keep the fuel system clean and if you do not drive often, treat the gas with Seafoam or other fuel stabilizers. I got the Carter unit from him. Not a knock off but a genuine Carter fuel bowl separator unit with a Carter media filter that fits inside of the bowl. He rebuilt my 36 Pontiac carb and my 36 Plymouth carb. He serves the Antique Car market for carbs and fuel injection units of the early Chevys. If it is fuel delivery to the engine, he is the guy. He does work for clients all over the US. The gentleman's name is Stan. His shop is San Diego Carburetor and he knows his s&#*. If it is a carb or fuel system problem, he is the guy. His address and phone number; Stan Sawyer San DIego Carburetor 6622 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92115 (619) 265-2400 Hope this helps. Randy
  12. Guys, Gerald, and Englishman, is now retired to Spain. It is much less expensive to live there. He was here in Carlsbad, CA about 8 or 9 years ago. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award or Modeler of the decade. Joe Martin personally hosted him (and I believe his wife too) The guy put out three or four books about his modeling and his methods on how he overcame the obstacles. He explained and instructed along the way and made it interesting. He too, was modeling since his early days. he just took it to the next level, and then the next. Like Roger. There are a few out there, but just a few (that we know of). Now if I could just get my 1:1 model finished ! I am currently working on my 36 Pontiac Master Six coupe. I will post engine pictures here pretty soon, Roger. it has come out beautiful. My machinist is a whiz. And a perfectionist. Randy
  13. Folks, I am taking the radiator to the radiator shop today. It is out of a 39 Pontiac and looks like it was "altered" to fit. It is not in that good of a shape and if I have to recore it, I would rather do that to a proper 36 radiator. The best scenario is to find a good 36 radiator that may not need too much to get it in good shape, but any (at this stage) is better than what I have. I hope someone out there may have one for me. Let me know and you can contact me at the Forum or email me directly at; randy@americanarbortreeservice.com My phone number (Oceanside, Ca} (760) 533-7540. P.S. I am also looking for the correct harmonic balancer for the 36 6 cylinder. Any help will be deeply appreciated. Thanks Randy
  14. Randiego

    1936 Pontiac Master 6 Harmonic Balancer

    Any assistance in finding the answer to this puzzle will be appreciated. Does this look like the correct balancer for my Pontiac 6 cylinder? My machinist says otherwise. What is the solution. And if it is the wrong balancer, does any one have the right one? Write back to my email address; randy@americanarbortreeservice.com or phone; (760) 533-7540. I am in Oceanside, CA. (North San Diego County) Respectfully, Randy L
  15. Randiego

    1936 Pontiac Master 6 Harmonic Balancer

    This picture shows the Hole drilled into the side of the balancer. I am assuming that that was drilled into the unit to balance it from the factory? Randy