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  1. Cadillac flower truck?

    Also thinking this was never originally a coachbuilt flower car. None of the established coachbuilders extended the fenders on '41s/ used the S60S. Nothing else seems to match up with an original pro car, including the roofline, the trim, the side window, the wheelbase, etc. All the pics I've seen of '41s show commercial-length cars with 4 doors.
  2. '59 Invicta coupe, bought in '89, started in '95- that's 22 years. Got about 55% done (body off frame, powertrain modifications), then took about a 14 year break, so about 8 years hands-on. Probably will be another 5-9 years, life is allowing me to start up again on it this spring.
  3. There was no factory-offered continental kit for '59- that's why Cadillac-created publication/photos/artwork never show a continental kit. I don't know what the last year a factory kit was offered. Looking at it that way, NONE are original. The reason you see a diversity in vintage pictures is that there were more than 1 aftermarket kit company, and any cars a dealer may have facilitated a kit to be installed on would have likely used one of these multiple kit companies.
  4. 1944 Ford 1.5 ton VIN/Restoration

    No and no. Only possible source for past owner info would be the state(s) it was previously registered in, but most don't go back very far in years, and I doubt ANY go back 75 years. I have a '40 1.5T, and there is no coding in the VIN for plant or color or, really; anything. That sort of stuff was found on auto 'data plates', another addition to vehicles well after your truck was built. If a careful examination shows your truck to originally be red, I'd venture to guess it was never a military vehicle.
  5. Early Factory Aluminum Wheel Options?

    In an '80s brochure, Kelsey-Hayes did claim that the '55 Sabre Spoke was the first styled (partially) alloy wheel offered. I pick up a rough pair of SS's at a farm auction a few summers ago for $10, couldn't let them go into the dumpster. Interesting construction on them, for sure.
  6. Star car

  7. 1940, unrestored, original paint (what's left). Other than a re-wire & recovered seats; all original spec.
  8. Looking at the backs of these, I'm wondering how they were mounted. 2 have bolts, the other 2 show threaded holes. Unless those ringed faces come off/cover lug studs/nuts, it seems it would be very difficult to mount them. What's visible in the hub hole might indicate that the faces come off, so perhaps it's : 1. mount wheel center with lug studs 2. install ringed cover plate 3. mount 6-lug rim Either way; an incredible piece of history!
  9. 1950s upholstery ID

    It was ID'd as '56, but who knows if the ID was correct. It almost looks like the back seat is same pattern/different color.
  10. 1950s upholstery ID

    Thanks- that's apparently an 'optical illusion' 3-D effect. This aqua material I have you can feel/see the raised edges of the diamonds. I will have to keep searching...
  11. 1950s upholstery ID

    I see this (ID'd as '56) : https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/58/48/c3/5848c3b09a08d03c6912d42aa11e46ff.jpg Tho those diamonds appear 'square' whereas my sample's 'diamonds' are more oblong. The long dimension inside the diamond on my material measures 7/16-in, which is noticably smaller than my impression of the Nash diamonds in the above link. Looking forward to your pic of '59-61.
  12. 1950s upholstery ID

    I have a 52.5" wide roll of this, that came from a local fabric mill that made -among other things- auto upholstery after WWII. The company was L.E. Carpenter, headquartered in Wharton NJ, and the location closed "in the mid '50s". Don't know if that means the company ceased all production, or merely closed that location. Spent some time searching online but was unable to ID this. I saw some association with L.E. Carpenter & both Hudson & Kaiser, but could not find any pics that showed this pattern. In my observation via said search, 1950 seems too early for it; it's a bit 'jazzy' for '50... so my current assumption is circa '53 ~ circa '56. Does anyone recognize what this may have been used on? It would be great to make this roll available for someone who needs it. Thanks!
  13. truck dash 'delivery' sign?

    Follow-up. Disassembled, cut new Masonite 3" x 13", aged it a bit and reassembled & -installed. Pivots back/down against the dash smoothly. Will figure something to print up for it.
  14. truck dash 'delivery' sign?

    Not really. The dash in my truck & this era in general (1940) is very short- if the Masonite was -say- 8 inches long, about 6-in would be hanging off in mid-air, and it's only standard 1/8-in Masonite. I wouldn't see that lasting very long at all before flexing.

    ^ There is a 2-part youtube film of the event --an outstanding watch IMO; just loved it: that unmuffled 401 thundering around & around-- and they show a very small blue cylindrical tank in the trunk. Each refueling on the run was 15 gallons (took 6 seconds), and refuels occurred every 30 mins (about 4 MPG by the math). However, it looks like they were feeding the same under-trunk tank if they were going thru the license plate area. An in-depth engineering look at this car and the prep & engineering work would be fascinating- I wonder what became of the test car? EDIT :: ANY fan of Buick Motor Division should do themselves a real favor and watch the 1960 Buick Daytona test :