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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. ^ 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 :
  4. Here's everything but the dash-mount piece. Piece at top is brass, allows 360-degree rotation when mounted to the dash-bracket. Curved steel arm would allow 360 rotation, but dash being there means more like 180-degree. Aluminum piece rotates 360 degrees… but if one were to try and display the 'back', it would be crossing the windshield split. Possible tho. Aluminum does measure exactly 3-in wide. Note that the aluminum is stapled thru the Masonite- not a fancy item. All the articulation to me also says 'universal' placard holder. I'm going to replace the Masonite and figure out something to put on it to 'say'. Maybe just a vehicle ID.
  5. Seems far too narrow (about 3-in wide) for 'delivery tickets', but could be. Then again, why the capability to swing up, tailor made for display? 'Kerosene' / 'Fuel Oil', etc seems like a real possibility.
  6. I wouldn't think, originally being corporate-owned, that a 'for hire' or 'not for hire' would come up. Esp as a tanker, and esp being something that folded down out of sight.
  7. I've also been the type who prefers vehicles built before I was born. The 3 I currently have are that, and thusly are at least 20 yrs older than 'what I remember'. I've owned 23 vehicles, and the average model year is the year I was born.
  8. Have this aftermarket thing on the dash of my '40 Ford 2-tonner. Sorry for the low-quality pics… Has a 3-point steel bracket screwed to the dash, the steel curved 'arm swivels & pivots, and the pic shows the aluminum clasp and the (broken) masonite board. It appears to be some sort of signboard the driver could pivot up to show thru the windshield. My truck was originally an oil tanker for Humble Oil. Has anyone seen one of these? Am I correct that it was a signboard of sorts? f so, what might it have been worded? Would appreciate any pics or illustrations showing such.
  9. 'Mark Dobrowolski" = "WQ59B". Cadillac database is obviously interested in Cadillac numbers only, doesn't seem to be the place to data dump hundreds of non-Cadillac XP info. Actually, I forgot about that exchange- I will look at my Cadillac-only info and pass it on to Yann.
  10. I have a decent independent compilation list on-going. I do have XP-1, but other than XP-8 & 9, no others ID'd until XP-20. David Temple is correct; a number of the '53 Motorama cars must have numbers in that span, just haven't been able to match them up so far. '49 Coupe deVille must be in that span, also.
  11. Nothing beats the '58 Pontiac PanaVisor !!
  12. Pete~ I've seen this feature, 1 time only. I took the below pic @ Carlisle in 1995. Car color & sun visors look to be different, but if this is the same car as the one you saw or not, I don't know. But the feature has stuck in my mind ever since.
  13. Both cars have survived : one is in a military museum in Virginia, in at least presentable cosmetic shape: the other car is located in New Jersey & was up for sale on eBay late in '15, very much unrestored : - - - - - The CW 2500 is confusing to me, as there are at least 5 or 6 stylistic variants in vintage pics. Not sure why, in such a short period of marketing these, that so many very minor stylistic changes were made. I accept the consensus that there were only 2 built, but why so much twiddling :
  14. You can certainly try : http://www.buick-59.com