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  1. I always thought they were a handsome car. Good luck with the sale.
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    Bring a Battery......and Maybe Some Gas.

    Many panels are available, http://www.356panels.com/ Much of the trim parts are out there, the upholstery can be bought as a kit, engine, trans, wheels, and so on would need to be found and restored. Some of the small parts would be a lengthy search, but it could be made into something. Porsche date-coded a lot of a car when built, and on this thing that history is largely gone. Purists look for those codes. Trouble is, even if the hobbyist's hourly wage was $0.00, the car, when/if superbly resurrected, is worth maybe $125,000. Maybe. Might be better for this hulk to go vintage racing and save the heavy lifting for better bones to begin with. I have a very nice C model 356 that I bought completely disassembled; all body work done and every part save one wheel and a horn in boxes. Loaded all that stuff on the trailer and drove it home for 10,000.
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    Cooper Duesenberg at auction

    \ Always a pleasure to read about Duesenbergs.
  4. With most of those cars, the color wasn't right for the car. The '53 Chevy; the color was OK, but it was just another Chevy convertible. The Triumph was the expected dark green color, but it was just another British car. Chargers aren't supposed to be green, although a kid in my town had a green Hemi Charger, so what do I know. Pea green on that truck is a poor choice, should be blue/white, red/white or black. The open Ford should be grey, black, or ideally, Tucson Tan. Who ever heard of a green Mercedes. Wrong shade of mustard green on the Olds, looks pukey. Lime metallic on a Jag? Seriously? Right colors on the Cad, but it just doesn't pop. Maybe reverse the colors. The '64 Chevy should be white and a 409. A GREEN Cobra, really? I don't mind the green over tan Vette, but I'm a slender market. The purist in me demands a blue Packard. The Duster; well I guess there's a butt for every seat. Not mine though. In sum, green can work well, but only on a very few cars.
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    1931 Nash 890 Ambassador Club Sedan *SOLD*

    Well done Matt! Have a glass of bubbly on me.
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    Portawalls question

    I remember a few early fifties Chrysler Corp cars had a sort of molded, white-painted accessory trim on the wheels which was neither fish nor fowl; not a trim ring or a whitewall. And certainly not sourced from J.C. Whitney, so it would be unappealing to the true portawall acolyte. I'm sure a google searcher could turn up a picture
  7. His first day on the job, budding mechanic Jimmy learned a hard lesson about the compression strength of peach crates.
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    1956 Messerschmitt KR200 *SOLD*

    A friend's dad drove B17s and told harrowing stories of going to Regensburg to deliver iron to the Messerschmitt werks. What a delightful car. Matt, you have a singular talent for coming up with every car I want.
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    1962 chrysler newport

    Does it run, go, stop? How many miles? Interior photos? It's hard to sell apples out of an empty cart.
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    Any test pilots on this forum???

    I reckon that would have been a Lycoming IO-360 four cylinder.
  11. Looks like beautiful work on a very desirable car. Your int'l operator is correct, I call down there one or two times a month, it's 011 61 and the then the 9 digit number. Good luck with the sale.
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    A window into the life of a car dealer

    Here's an example of reverse haggling. Some years ago, my dad had a fairly rare Farmall tractor. A friend came over, looked it all over and offered him 3500. Dad said, "No, it's not worth that, let's just make it 3000 even." The man was flabbergasted.
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    Sitting firmly astride this fence, I've always been a fan of both. Chevy was my favorite growing up (I was born in 1948), and I always reckoned they were better mechanically. I had a '57 BelAir hardtop in high school, 283/4 speed. It had had a hard life but I was over the moon. Over the last 20 years or so, there has come to be a sort of a fad version of the Ford Custom 300 2 door sedan. Usually with straight front axle, an FE, ideally a 406 and 4 speed. The fad dictates all-over gloss black. Yeah, I know, it's modified, but I like it.
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    Ford Power Steering Pump

    Use extreme caution with a temporary small gas can. Use something like a lawn mower fuel tank, lash it down remotely and securely and run your hose properly and well clamped. When I was 16, I nearly burned up my '47 Ford and my dad's garage by not doing that. That was more than 50 years ago. My approach after that episode was to just fix the problem. In this case, I'd pull the fuel tank, have it cleaned out and sealed or replace it. Done.
  15. Does anyone sit like this anymore?