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  1. Had never heard of it http://www.corvair.org/chapters/ultravan/
  2. Are the lenses just flat glass? Maybe they'd be easy to make. Seems they used clear glass, until Chicago anti-glare ordinance caused them to switch to ground glass. Interesting. Says ground glass is to now be substituted for the clear glass. http://books.google.com/books?id=fvQiAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA1288&lpg=PA1288&dq=vesta+accumulator+lens&source=bl&ots=kA-3LZcQP7&sig=18a_ifH2txgkOFr58Tox2LtX6Pw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi01NDD_KvSAhXHyFQKHb9-Am4Q6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=vesta accumulator lens&f=false http://books.google.com/books?id=ozofAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA11-PA22&lpg=RA11-PA22&dq=vesta+accumulator+lens&source=bl&ots=mUZsmpiXGf&sig=GOYKw_s_Rpzd_obRJkCAhDVkGmc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi01NDD_KvSAhXHyFQKHb9-Am4Q6AEINDAH#v=onepage&q=vesta accumulator lens&f=false
  3. My mom had a '69 Electra 225 4-door I'd ride in as a kid and teenager. I think I'd put a bit of oil in each cylinder, by removing the spark plugs one at a time, and then try to turn the engine by hand by putting a socket wrench to the crankshaft pulley nut. Actually it's best to leave the plugs out if trying to turn the engine by hand because it makes it easier by releasing the compression. Keep track (ie label) the plug wires if it helps to keep them from getting mixed up as to where each goes. This to make sure the engine is free turning before using the starter. I also might remove the starter and bench test it before actually using it on the engine. Starters can get frozen after sitting many years in my experience.
  4. Oh, I see what the deal is. It's over-priced. $7500. Antique PU - $7500 - http://tucson.craigslist.org/cto/6004060210.html 1949 PIck up condition: fair cylinders: 6 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas title status: clean transmission: other It is photographed in surroundings that add a certain panache though.
  5. $17k, but with Auto, always garaged http://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Ford-Mustang-/322338165549? $22k, 4 speed, this is the high end imo http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/272525893071?
  6. Going to require some patching of the fiberglass, outboard of the left front headlight. I like the concept. The Chevy suburban type one looks preferable though, it'd be good for going camping or long road trips. Like an International Harvester Travelall.
  7. Self-supporting body is what it is claimed to have. Is it a matter of semantics, as in how exactly do you define unibody? https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancia_Augusta It was then that ideas arose such as opening the doors reversed to facilitate access on board, in fact all the side of the cockpit was free of any obstacle without any intermediate amount. The front and rear drifts were eliminated, the masses, from the engine to the occupants, were "centered" on the wheelbase, the bodywork was entirely made of steel and Lancia invented, for this occasion, the undeformable self- supporting body, a world first. The bodywork consisted of a steel floor with lateral hollow profiles reinforced by an X-cross, on which the upper part of the self-supporting body was then welded without any intermediate tubular frame (neither wooden as was Very common at the time, nor steel stamped as on the Fiat 1500 6 cylinders of the time). This body did not have an intermediate pillar for the doors because the rigidity of the whole was much greater than the need. This particularity of design will remain for a long time the technical appanage Lancia, that will be found on the Aprilia and Ardea then on the more contemporary Aurelia sedan and Appia. The Lancia Augusta is the world's first automobile to receive a modern self-supporting body, such as those found on cars of the xxi th century. This will also be the first Lancia car to be built on a Lancia design manufacturing line.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powel_Crosley,_Jr. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powel_Crosley_Jr
  9. Looks like Dandy Dave! is right there is fiberglass in these, at least the front end piece. The often badly damaged or missing front panel (nose) is made of fiberglass.
  10. This link has the best pictures - http://clubs.hemmings.com/powellregistry/factory.html The manufacturing process.
  11. Did you post the wrong link? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powell_Manufacturing_Company PMC was also an early innovator in pickup and SUV design with several models produced in the 1950s using modified Plymouth chassis. The pickup was sold as the Sport Wagon and the SUV as the Station Wagon. Powell's designs were later echoed in the Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino models which appeared a few years later. Motor Life magazine, in its October 1955 issue (with a photo of the Powell Sport Wagon on the cover), called it "an obvious choice as one of the most interesting and unique automobiles in the U.S." In the February 1956 issue of Motor Trend, magazine co-founder[9] Walt Woron concluded his article: "The Powell Brothers, then, have succeeded in their purpose: to provide a vehicle that '... can't be beat for general utility...[that makes] the perfect runabout or 2nd family car.. The Powell manufacturing facility in Compton, California, http://oppositelock.kinja.com/born-in-compton-powell-sport-wagon-1551165251 http://www.allpar.com/old/powell.html Powell Registry - http://www.usscootermuseum.com/powell_01.htm http://clubs.hemmings.com/powellregistry/features.html Sportwagon is the name given to all Powell pickup trucks and station wagons; all were manufactured as 1955 through 1957 model-year vehicles. Our best estimate is that 1,020 pickups and 150 (revised January 2012) station wagons were manufactured over about a two-year period. All were built at the Powell factory in Compton, California, and sold through dealers who sold other independent brands or were used car dealers. We are fortunate to have copies of the sales records from a still-existent dealer in Portland, Oregon, and copies of original sales brochures. One contact reported personally seeing several Sportwagons brought to the former African Nation of Rhodesia by an American construction firm. The most unique feature of the Powell Sportwagon is that they were built using recycled major running gear components and sold as new cars. All except the original prototype Sportwagon were built on 1941 Plymouth chassis, most purchased from southern California wrecking yards. Junk cars were stripped of their bodies and the major components rebuilt as needed. Engines and transmissions from a wide range of Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler industrial and marine vehicles were also purchased and used in the Sportwagon. The Plymouth instrument cluster, steering column and hubcaps are the only normally visible traces of their heritage. The body was constructed piece-by-piece, welded directly to the Plymouth frame. Pictures of the build process can be found on our Factory page. These original photographs were generously donated to the Registry by Motor Trend Magazine several years ago. The Sportwagon did not undergo model changes; however, many running changes were made throughout production. The basic body remained unchanged as did the sliding-door windows, and the trademark fishing rod carrier built into the rear fender(s). The very early vehicles, such as our second-oldest listed pickup, PMC-1508, had unique rear bed components, an oak tailgate, and oak bumpers. Early 1955 pickup doors opened all the way back against the front fender. Through mid 1956 all pickups had the rear bed panel and tailgate fashioned from diamond plate. Henry-J steering wheels replaced the Plymouth units in mid 1956. Station wagons were produced in late 1956. Closest to a model change is the additional trim and larger turn-signal lamps / integral taillights used on the very few 1957 trucks produced. As these vehicles were essentially hand-built, individual variations abound.
  12. You mean Danny Dee is not a dude?
  13. The Hupp deserves the real thing, leather, for sure. But there does seem to be some good looking faux leather dirt cheap suitable for less special projects of more recent vintage. I bought some and am pleased with the look.
  14. Cornelius says real-world tests, in which units are fitted and their performances monitored, continue to produce the same result - a reduction in emissions and improvement in fuel economy, both in petrol and diesel-fuelled engines. The Fuelstar fuel catalyst is a stainless steel canister containing metal pellets. The main ingredient of the pellets is tin. Cornelius says that once plumbed into a vehicle's main fuel line, the fuel passes through the canister in the same way it does a simple fuel filter. The difference, he says, is that as it passes through the canister, minuscule particles of metallic tin are released into the fuel supply. They are carried through to the engine's combustion chambers where they act as a catalyst in the combustion process. In simple terms, says Cornelius, the tin changes the combustion characteristics of the fuel, giving a more complete and more prolonged fuel burn, resulting in improved engine efficiency and performance. He says Fuelstar, which lasts for 500,000km or 12,000 engine hours in an off-road This "scientific" report says there is no benefit to Tin. http://www.angelfire.com/ak5/fuelcatalyst/hiddenreport1.htm
  15. It looks like cotton batting is used to form the pleats?