Randiego

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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. Gary, I can't say that a professional upholstery shop could have done a better job than you have. You have been so meticulous with this restoration, fitting the headliner, door panels, welting and the interior trim moldings with the seams all in alignment is as professional as it gets. Great job. When do they deliver the seat upholstery or do you already have them? Can't wait to see you do the seats. Randy
  2. Roger, Note how we are all excited about your jack. The work to do the trunk crest with the correct decal in the background was probably a lot more intricate and time consuming than planning and fabricating the jack. But any of us who have helped our dad in changing a tire on one of the 50's model GM cars can attest to how heavy they were and how important it was to get the jack in the correct position. On my dad's 56 Buick Special station wagon, he was always having the tires checked at the local service station before we went on any of our outings. Still , fate would sometimes deal us with a blow out and we would limp to the side of the hi way where my older brother and I would assist my dad in changing the tire. Mind you, it was not often but when it did happen, it was an event. Little things like chocking the tire, breaking the lug nuts loose before jacking up the car, wrestling the spare out from the compartment and doing the proper torquing of the lug nuts was all part of the lesson that was handed down by my father to me and my brother. And not to be out done, mom standing there with a wet and dry towel to clean our hands when we were done. Lest we get our clothes and the car dirty. Life in the 50's. Uncomplicated and much simpler. Today, the new cars don't even come with a spare or jack ! ! Boy how we have evolved. Randy
  3. Roger, A while back I was just wondering about the jack. And here you have constructed one...........THAT WORKS ! ! But like Keiser's wife's comments; OF COURSE IT WORKS ! WHY WOULDN'T IT?. She said it all. If you have functioning window switches, power seats, functioning emergency brake, why wouldn't a functioning jack work? For me, it looks pretty straight forward to make. Much less complicated than a window regulator or an E brake assembly. Like the rest of the followers of your thread, we have practically run out of descriptives to comment on with the next item that you fabricate or a new problem that arises and how you overcome it. Just Amazing. Like the previous comments. It will be a bitter/sweet day when the masterpiece is completed. On that day, there will be a void in the universe ! NO ROGER Z to tune into. You really should think about another model to do.............................................. :-) (I know that it is a selfish wish but with the demise of everything else in this world, your thread is something that we look forward to.......and enjoy). Randy
  4. Gary, I don't know if a professional upholstery shop could have done as nice a job as what you have done here. Unless they took the car apart and had the experience in putting it back together, it would not have been as nice. Since you are not a "shop" you have the luxury of taking your time, test fitting and checking, fitting and checking until all is lined up correctly. The results are absolutely stunning. Plus you have the Forum members to council you on questions that may be puzzling you with the small items that you are not certain of. Your installation is truly a work of art. And the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. I cannot imagine what you would have had to pay to have this job done by a high end upholstery shop, but it would have been a very large expense in your restoration. And it probably would not have been done as nicely as your job. Who knows what corners they may have "cut" to get the job done? You have not missed a trick with this. I am in question about the clearance of your door handle. Does the passenger side have the same issue? And do the pictures show how much clearance there was originally? If the clearance was there, then it has to be the mounting of the stem? If that checks out, then there has to be an issue with the panel and the fabric not seating against the frame properly? We are sure that you will figure it out. You are too finite of an individual to let that get past you. I am sure that it is whirling about in your head and that there is an answer to the mystery. All I can say is.......WOW. You have done such a fantastic job with the upholstery. Can't wait to see the seats being done and then installed. That will be the end of the job? Or are there any other items left to do? Randy
  5. Thanks Guys. I will contact Bob's to see if they have one that will work. Randy
  6. OOPS, I just read Dave's reply. Jute backed rubber front floor mat was standard. Seems all the 30's cars were with front rubber floor mats. Randy
  7. Gentlemen, Thank you for your tips on my floor mat dilemma. I will contact Bob"s Memorabilia (I have procured the gearshift boot in brown from him. The Pontiac gearshift boot is the same as the Buick/Chevy/Olds boot and it was available in brown (along with black). I will chat with them regarding the floor mat. Again, did the Buick come with a rubber floor mat in the front? Or was it "upscale" with a carpeted front area? Randy
  8. Roger, Great looking spare cover. One question. Are you going to make the jack and handle and label for the inside of the trunk lid? I was wondering (on the 1:1 Continental) where they had the jack and handle strapped inside the trunk? Was in in the fender pocket on the side or up on the back shelf? Anyway, I am sure that you have been thinking about that issue. The model has so many features, I did not know if the jack and handle were on your "radar". Also, where was the trunk light mounted? On the trunk lid or on the side? Or did they have one? Randy
  9. Randiego

    Welcome Pontiac Flathead Fans

    Gents, Since this is a little used site, I was wondering if there was another site for the "Flatheads" (other than the POCI Early Times Division) that one can go to for help in parts and service for the 1930s Pontiacs? You show a lot of 40-50s cars and with little use of this site, it would be helpful if one could find another source for help. Randy
  10. Gary and 1930's Buick owners, Originally, did the Buick's come with a carpeted front floor mat? Or were they a rubber, embossed (at the accelerator pedal and clutch/brake) area below the pedals? The Chevy, Pontiac Olds all seem to have the rubber floor mat in the drivers compartment. If it did come with the rubber, do you have a rubber mat available to you, the Buick owners? Originally, they were either black or in my case, brown. Brown pedals, gearshift knob, steering wheel, transmission boot, emergency brake boot. And the sad point. No one makes the rubber mat for the mid 30's GM cars. (at least for Pontiac). Since there are a limited number of Pontiacs out there, the demand for the items are (almost?) non existent. I was told by the P.O.I.C. that there are around 100 of the coupes left in the world. Hence my desire to restore one. But there are voids in the parts hunt that make it very difficult to complete the restoration. The interior kit is one. The brown floor mat is the other. I guess that I could do as you have done here, Gary and make a carpet that can be installed in the front floor. I have a later rubber mat that someone makes (for the later models that he says that will fit) but it is not the brown that was as the original. It is almost translucent and a lighter caramel brown. Being in California (and I probably won't enter the car for judging) and lacking in inclement weather, I can take some liberties to make the car "nicer" with a floor that is carpeted. I am leaning towards the wool carpet as is used in the Jaguar (very nice and a bit more plush than the LBB carpet). If any one else has a source or suggestions, I will be very receptive to hearing from you on this subject. One thing; once all the old "barn finds" are restored, I wonder if there will be any source for after market products if the demand dwindles? It seems to be harder to find parts today than it was just 8 years ago. Randy
  11. Gary, You're back ! ! G lad that your kit is coming soon. Finally, you will be able to finish the beautiful Buick and drive it before the cold weather is upon you. All you guys are getting your interior kits. LBB gave me sad news. They do not make a kit for my 36 Pontiac Coupe. I will have to order the fabric and reference pictures of other cars and hopefully, I will get it right. Funny how LBB makes most cars interior kits but they do not have Pontiac kits (at least for the 36 models). They have Chevrolet but not Pontiac. Go figure. Guess they do not have enough demand for the Pontiacs? I even offered the headliner, seat and door panels to LBB for a pattern for my and future kits. No dice. I wanted to do my interior myself but without the pre made kits, it leaves me relying on the upholstery shop. And face it, the interior is just as important as the rest of the car. There are no shortcuts to a good looking finish. Randy
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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