Real Steel

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  1. Survey - How do you drive your classic vehicle?

    Yep, that's mostly how its done. Of course, when I grew up it was a guy driving, and the other three were the, uhm...attractions.
  2. Survey - How do you drive your classic vehicle?

    In today's society, we are all boiled down to a formula. 95% (ish) of people fit into a 'Standard Protocol. We sometimes unwittingly provide the very data that creates these Protocols. They are then used for sales/marketing, healthcare, and even electing presidents. Our own data is used to heard us to the roundup.
  3. Survey - How do you drive your classic vehicle?

    I agree. What does 'cruising' mean anyway?? I drive my old cars everyday, and I've done that for that 'cruising'? To create an app, or something else, wouldn't it make sense to have it done by people who understand this lifestyle (its not a hobby, BTW), rather than people who 'decide' they're going to do this? For starters, tell us about your hands-on experience with vintage, old, classic, Classic, antique cars/trucks/bikes/planes. Anything?
  4. Survey - How do you drive your classic vehicle?

    Hmm. One post. No intro. No name. No purpose. But YOU want...
  5. Looking for things to do after work..

    When you're in SLO, take a short ride to Pismo Beach. There you will find a small hole-in-the-wall place called the Splash Cafe. It's right next to the pier. Order the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. I've driven 3 hours for one of these! Go at an off-hour...the line can wrap around the building sometimes. You will sing praise to me when you're done
  6. Red exterior, white interior, WWW on wire rims, ON A 1942 TRUCK??. Does that sound like the refined GM Styling Studio to anyone?? Nah..
  7. Are you basing the year on what the vehicle Title says? Many many titles from the pre-1930's are wrong because the vehicles were actually titled years after the initial purchase, and many times not even by the original owner.
  8. Here is a photo of a similar hitch on a Model T from a 2010 forum post. This T hitch is shorter than the one shown above on my A, but the hitches may be from the same manufacturer. The 2010 author states that the hitch is an "original accessory", but no other details are given. For you Model T folks out there, does this ring any bells?
  9. This truck will not be restored, no way! Only modifications made by PO's (such as the radiator shell, etc) will be put back to the factory correct version. Within reason, I will use original used Ford parts, or NOS parts, or NORS parts. Only a few items will be new, such as tires, distributor parts, gaskets, etc. Any new parts will be USA if possible. The theme for the truck is "The War Years" would the truck have looked and have been used in the early 40's. Well used, patina, a few circa 1940 replacement parts, basic, simple.
  10. Could you please post a photo of it?
  11. That accounts for a total of three hitches of this type so far. Clearly not made by a local shop or do-it-yourself'er.
  12. I see you know your pickups! Your point on safely changing the tire when the spare is mounted on the right side is good one. The 30-31 A's don't have the door-to-spare tire interference problem like the 28-29 A's. I'm curious about the Ford option for a tow hitch. I haven't found anything about that. Do you have more info?
  13. Actually, mine is right side mount only.
  14. Thanks's nice of you to say that. I'll post a few photos this spring after I've 'corrected' 87 years of owners fudging with it. Below are a couple of photos as it drives today. I'm working on a project right now that puts some parts back to their original configuration, namely the radiator shell, the headlight buckets, and the cowl band. All of those parts are now stainless steel, which is correct for a Model A car or deluxe truck...but not correct for my basic little pickup; they should be painted carbon steel. The project has been a cruel task master and resource sucker. The trailer hitch has been a big mystery to me. Somehow I feel it may be associated with the extremely rare factory-installed right-side spare tire. All my attempts to solve this mystery have hit dead ends.
  15. This tow hitch is mounted on my 1930 Ford pickup. It appears to have never been removed from the truck. It looks extremely well made and it's most likely a commercially produced sample, as opposed to a home-made or small shop sample. I recently received comments from a gentleman who stated that he also had the exact same hitch attached to his unrestored Model A pickup in 1970. This would confirm that these hitches were commercially available at one time. Does someone recognize this hitch? I'm sure the company produced similar samples for other car makes. I'm mostly looking for a manufactures name.