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  1. 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.
  2. Star car

  3. 1940, unrestored, original paint (what's left). Other than a re-wire & recovered seats; all original spec.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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 :
  12. truck dash 'delivery' sign?

    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.
  13. truck dash 'delivery' sign?

    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.
  14. truck dash 'delivery' sign?

    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.