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  1. Wonderful picture and story. Thanks for sharing. I remember being in shops like this in the 40'2 and early 50's. Nice that someone took a picture of one of them. Neat that the building is still there. Interesting to compare the type of shop that many people frequented with the new shop described in a 79 page book that I have, in German titled "SPEZIAL-WERKZEUGE UND WERKSTATT-EINRICHTUNGEN" that was printed by the Service Promotion Division of General-Motors G.M.B.H., Berlin Borsigwalde. It has text, pictures and illustrations of the equipment that you would need to setup a GM shop in 1926.
  2. radiator leak idea?

    If you were stuck on the road, black pepper works to get you home. The only fix as has been mentioned is solder, properly done.
  3. "She"?

    An Indian (not politically correct terminology) fellow that I worked with came from a family that always bought Pontiacs. He referred to my Pontiac as a Tinindian. The name stuck. I have never named any other vehicle of mine, when I had several cars of the same make I referred to them by year, when different makes i referred to them by make.
  4. Soldering Tips Needed

    Rusty's idea is probably the best if you don't do a lot of soldering. I personally would wrap the float in a wet rag and somehow clamp it down to my bench. Then using high heat I would touch the soldered joint with the iron at the same time pull up on the hinge part. It should come off in just a second. If you use low heat it will take longer and might loosen other joints. In fact I would use the smallest iron in my set of "real" soldering irons rather than modern electric one.
  5. Model 48 - Gap Between Running Board and Body

    Are the new body mounts in the wrong order. Can the rear fender be turned a tiny bit counter clockwise (right side of course) (left side would be clockwise to bring the running board up???
  6. Turn Signal Add ons

    https://www.vintageautogarage.com/Complete-Universal-LED-Turn-Signal-Kit-p/a5007ledk.htm http://www.turnswitch.com/Turnsignal.htm http://turnsignalsforclassics.com/ http://ronsmachineshop.com/Hidden_Turn_Signal_Kits.html
  7. What are your thoughts on this car?

    Now, that is beautiful!!!!
  8. Packard Rebuild Input ??

    This would be a good time to rebuild the starter and generator. Everything is out in the open and the car will be off the road for a short time. Not a big expenditure but the failure of either can leave you just as stranded as if the engine blew up.
  9. 1927 Chevy Capitol Truck Steering

    Lack of grease, too much toe in, wrong castor or camber can all contribute to hard steering. My Pontiac will steer on the road with hardly any effort, turning can be done with two fingers if the car is moving. If it is stopped the turning is harder but not much harder than my wife's Sonata. At ten years of age I could steer my Grandfather's 1934 Diamond T 211 (1 1/2 ton) when it was fully loaded with no problem. Jack it up so the suspension hangs and re-grease every fitting until fresh grease come out. Check your alignment. Except for the camber you can do the alignment yourself with a level, a plumb bob, a carpenters square, a protractor and a tape measure.
  10. Ethnol ruining rubber fuel lines

    Any rubber tubing for gasoline that is sold today should be alcohol resistant, but I would ask specifically. I asked the other day and discovered that the hose he was selling me was not alcohol resistant. He did have some that was and it was twice the price. Price is insignificant when you are only buying a foot of hose.
  11. Title

    By whom have they been called VIN vehicle identification numbers? I have original sales forms from the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's and they all have a line or space identified as "serial number" and some have a line or space identified as "engine number". I have never seen a form with the letters VIN or the words vehicle identification number until the last half of the 50's. A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a unique code, including a serial number, used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles, towed vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, as defined in ISO 3833. VINs were first used in 1954 in the United States.[1] From 1954 to 1981, there was no accepted standard for these numbers, so different manufacturers used different formats. In 1981, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States standardized the format.[1] It required all on-road vehicles sold to contain a 17-character VIN, which does not include the letters I (i), O (o), and Q (q) (to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0).
  12. Odd Speedometer Cable???

    That would work fine as well.
  13. Karr Rubber Manufacturing - California.

    If he did pass away, there would be an obit . That is not correct. There is no legal requirement for an obituary to be posted if someone dies. As an old saying goes "it aint the things we don't know, but the things we know that ain't so that cause us the most trouble".
  14. What are your thoughts on this car?

    The artwork is really nice but the transformation to steel/fiberglass or whatever is not very true. Body work may be excellent. Reading the description makes me wonder what this actually means. " Except for top, most of the body and fender work is done". Is most 51% or 75% or 98%??? As well as design school perhaps he/she should brush up on English. Another dream that morphed into a nightmare. Just like many architects, barbers, hairdressers and other style professions where the person had/has one style only. In many smaller towns you can tell which resident frequents which barber shop or beauty parlour. In our city there was an home grown boy who became an architect. He did some very excellent looking buildings and if you drive around you can pick every one of his out. Totally agree.
  15. Odd Speedometer Cable???

    Light oil (like 3in1) or the thin white lubriplate and only on the bottom third of the cable. If you get oil on the top part it can migrate into the speedo head and cause troubles.