Bob Stein

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    Webmaster and newsletter editor for Tidewater Region. Started out at age 16 with a 1951 Studebaker, and have been messing with old cars ever since. To paraphrase Wil Rodgers, I never met a car I didn't like. Whcih explains both the approximately 130 vehicles owned overall, and the rather eclectic 'collection I now have: 1937 Pontiac, 1949 MG TC, 1951 Studebaker, 1967 Cougar, 1978 MGB-GT, and two Centaur suitcase scooters from the 1960s.
  1. Re-attached side molding

    I used my Reatta during recent snow as it is my best bad-weather car. However, the driver's side door molding, which had been removed for a repaint, had never been reattached tot he center clips and would wiggle in the center. The bad weather turned out to be too much for the end stud, and one broke off. I was able to save the molding, and reattached this past weekend using 3M molding tape and weather-strip adhesive. First thing was cleaning and compounding the painted surface to remove all debris and loose paint, then a wipedown with brake cleaner for the body and molding attaching surface.. I put the thin molding tape on the top and bottom mounting strips, allowing an extra several inches to hang out past the front, and ran a thick bead of weatherstrip adhesive down the center where it would (hopefully) contact the clip studs on the door. I let the adhesive set up, then trimmed the weatherstrip tape at the front leaving the plastic protective cover as pull-tabs. I positioned the molding and then pulled the top tape protector up to reveal the adhesive, pressing as I went. That secured the molding, and I repeated the procedure for the bottom. It stayed straight and level, and fits completely flush. I may try to hit a local scrap yard for some spare moldings just in case. There is a Reatta close by, though it has been pretty well stripped. Has all the glass, though.
  2. Has anyone tried the new replacement LED headlights for the 6054 bulbs? I expect they would be considerably brighter than our halogen replacements. One of the concerns mentioned is that they are a little deeper than standard 6054 units - that could cause an issue with the headlight mechanisms.
  3. My 1937 Pontiac had a mild heating problem when I bought it back in 2012. It would start to overheat at speeds over 50, but did fine below that. I tried many things over the years, from the obvious radiator check and water pump replacement to more obscure items like replacing the distributor. As time passed, the problem only got worse, and recently it started losing coolant, something it had never done before. After the third water pump and second radiator, I discovered some oily black residue in the thermostat housing just a hundred miles after I had flushed and cleaned the system. I decided the head gasket must be leaking - when I went to pull it, I discovered the head bolts were barely more than finger tight! I had never thought to re-torque the head bolts after I bought the car, which had been used for tours and many long drives by the previous owners. When I pulled the head, I found coolant between the gasket and the block. After having the head resurfaced, I installed a new copper sandwich head gasket and torqued it all down to 70 foot-pounds. A test drive at 55-60 brought the car up to 195 degrees where it stayed, dropping back to 180 after I got off the interstate. No coolant loss, no leaks. The head gasket issue crept up on me with none of the obvious signs - no bubbles in the coolant, no coolant loss until near the end, no external seepage around the head gasket, and a not a drop of water in the oil or vice-versa. This last was likely because of it being a flathead engine with no oil passages in the head. Anyway, the highway speed overheating problem that has plagued the car as long as I owned it appears to be solved!
  4. Pontiac Engine paint

    What would be the correct engine color for a 1937 Pontiac 6? Mine is gray, and I have seen restorations with a gray engine, but the Bill Hirsch site does not show a gray for Pontiacs. They show a green for 1937. Were the 8s green and the 6s gray? Thanks!
  5. I have been looking for the 2017 Hershey Meet Car Show registration information, but even the Hershey Region site has nothing on it besides a small version of the poster. I'd like to get the flyer and form for the car show so I can pass along registration deadlines to my region.
  6. I read books constantly when I was a kid, and books about cars were my favorite. 'The Red Car' by Don Stanford fueled my love of MG TCs, a real one of which is now the pride and joy of an admittedly eclectic collection. One that I remember reading but cannot come up with the title for was about a group of teenagers who take on the restoration of a classic car - I believe it was a Hispano-Suiza touring car. The author went into detail on the style and fittings of the car, and the details of restoring it to include saddle-soaping and re-dying the leather upholstery. I believe there was some sort of rally event as well. Anyone recall the book and the title?
  7. Who had driven an RHD car?

    I currently have two RHD cars: A 1949 MG TC (Wildflower) and a 1978 MGB-GT (Rodney). One of the main concerns people seem to have is shifting with the left hand - it really is not a big deal. I got used to it very quickly. I have more trouble with the turn signal lever in the GT, which is on the right. I keep signaling turns by engaging the windshield wipers! However, passing, as mentioned in a previous post, can be harrowing. The right-side position is made worse by the small size of the car. You can't see over the vehicle in front of you unless it is a go-kart! I have learned to wait for a clear approach or just let the guy ahead of me set the pace. I drive both on the Interstate, and get a lot of double-takes and thumbs-up.
  8. A President to be Proud of

    Having attended the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting in Philadelphia this past weekend, I want to share an image that I think exemplifies the character of the man we are fortunate enough to have as our 2017 National President. It may not look like much - in fact, it doesn't even look like he is doing anything connected with AACA, discussing a lapful of vintage vinyl records with a young man obviously too young to own an antique car. What makes this image special to me is that is was taken right after the afternoon round table where Tom, along with the entire AACA National Board and staff, endured public insult and condemnation by individuals who later admitted they were ignorant of the facts concerning what they were complaining about. Tom not only responded to uncalled for and inappropriate comments with intelligence and courtesy, he explained a complex situation in a manner that was not offensive, disrespectful, or adversarial to anyone. It was a very stressful and unpleasant way to spend what should have been a time to honor and express much-deserved appreciation to our outgoing and incoming National Presidents and officers. Immediately after this meeting, Tom was approached by a young AACA member who wanted to share his latest interest - vinyl records. Most people would have still been reeling from the turmoil, but Tom not only acknowledged the young man; he sat down and talked to him at length over this new passion. A lot of AACA members talk about inspiring and encouraging future generations - Tom Cox leads by example.
  9. 1953 Ford Crestliner Sedan

    1953 Ford Customline Sedan – $13500 OBO - Fully restored with many upgrades. V-8, A/C, overdrive, beautiful car ready to drive anywhere. Over $23K spent on restoration. 25K miles on rebuilt engine. $13,500 or best offer. Call Dewey Milligan at 757-404-4689 or email Located in Chesapeake, VA. Tidewater Region AACA Many more images available at:
  10. 1930 Model A Ford Deluxe Sedan – $17500 OBO - Fully restored and upgraded for trouble-free touring. Recent rebuilt touring engine, rebuilt transmission, and rebuilt overdrive unit. Sixty-amp alternator, signal lights, manifold heater, and fog lights. Has comfortable bucket seats installed for touring, but includes stock front seat. Recent, new and correct interior throughout. Sidemount spare, trunk and trunk rack, cowl lights. Over $23K invested plus many hours of personal work. Great car for touring - cruises easily at 60. Smooth, reliable show and go car. Drive anywhere. SOLD 01/15/2017
  11. 1960 MGA Restoration

    I just bought as 1958 MGA roadster in April as a project - not quite as much to do as you are facing, but my car sat for 30 years in a barn. I have the engine out and the engine bay stripped and primed. I'm in Norfolk, so maybe we can connect one day and compare notes!
  12. Looking for any information, literature, manuals, etc. for a Bricklin Electric Bicycle Company 'EV Warrior' electric bicycle. These were essentially electric mopeds that could be used as a 6-speed road bike with electric assist or full electric drive. Built from 1993-1998 (approx). Top speed of 20, range up to 20 miles. Please contact Bob Stein email or 757-588-6200.
  13. Greetings, All! I scanned the 2016 Website registration form and put it in PowerPoint with text blocks. You can click on the text blocks and enter your text, then save the file as a .pdf to send in to National attached to an email. I cannot attach a PowerPoint file to posts, so email me at and I will send it to you directly. Bob Stein Tidewater Region
  14. 1991 Hose Clamps

    A friend of mine has a 1991 Jeep Wagoneer he plans to put in class judging - He has owned the Jeep for 15 years, but is not sure if the hose clamps are original. What type of hose clamps would be correct for AACA class judging on this vehicle? He has researched this to the point of digging up original AMC parts books and other manufacturer's lietrature, but they show no photos of the hose clamps..
  15. Master?

    Hiya! I also got my letter yesterday. See ya' in Philly!