Matt Harwood

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  1. Matt Harwood

    Coker Tire - FYI

    I"m optimistic that perhaps this new group will want to fix the quality issues they've been fighting for the last 7 or 8 years. Failing, that perhaps they'll raise prices so high that someone will see an opportunity to build tires for us like Tom Lester did back in the '60s.
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    1941 Limited Limousine

    I had some free time this afternoon and decided to make a change that I have been intending to make for a few months. I installed the fog lights last winter but I wasn't thrilled with the brackets. They put the fog lights too low and they were kind of hidden behind the bumper. It's a small thing, but I thought it looked a little odd. Plus they were painted and I figured a set of chrome brackets would help shine things up. So I bought a set of slightly taller brackets and threw them on there this afternoon. Took about 30 minutes and made enough of a difference that I'm happy. A stupid little thing, but I notice stuff like this and I like my stuff to be just right. Stupid thing to spend $40 or no? Lights as I was first installing them. They're a bit low down there behind the bumper. Here it is with one of each bracket, new bracket on the driver's side. And finished. Fog lights are about two inches higher than before and I think it looks better and should work better, too. Stupid or not? I can't tell anymore... Tomorrow I'm going to try to get the little courtesy lights on the bottom of the front seat working. And since winter has finally arrived and driving season is officially over, it's time to dive in and start installing the new exhaust system. I'll get started on that over the Thanksgiving holiday, I think. Still some parts to gather and some things to fabricate, but the header should go on pretty easily. Of course, I've said such things before...
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    '41 Buick Limited on Ebay

    I noticed the stone guard moldings on the Mecum car right away, particularly since I need a set. Fortunately, I know a fellow who is gearing up to make some fresh ones and I've placed an order for two sets (you know, just in case). I've seen the prototypes and they're quite accurately done. I think I'll end up paying $400/pair for them and worth every penny to get the correct look for a Limited. Of course, I'll have to make a set of rocker panel moldings for my car since those, too, are unobtainium, but that's easier than the stone guard piece. Other stuff on the Mecum car? It looks pretty good and I don't really have a lot of complaints. I suppose if it was right in front of me, I could pick it apart, but I don't see any glaring faults and the stone guard molding being incorrect is more a function of necessity than laziness or ignorance. I think the woodgrain pattern on the rear garnish moldings is pretty awful but beyond that, nothing jumps out as being totally wrong or hacked up. The engine bay isn't as crisply detailed as it could be, the air cleaner decal isn't right, the steering column and hand brake handle should be brown or gray (depending on interior), the plastic escutcheons around the door handles and window cranks are wrong, and I'll bet $50 that it has an exhaust leak. The fender skirt ornament appears to be the 19-inch version rather than the 21, but that's a debatable detail. I don't like the silver exhaust manifolds, but they were probably raw cast iron when they were new so I understand why they did it. I do see lots of correct details that most restorers miss, including the horns with satin trumpets and gloss domes, the flutes in the headlight ornaments, bumper ends, and hood ornament are painted black, the interior plastics are the right color, there's an air snorkel for the air cleaner, the use of acorn nuts on the engine covers, and the color combination is excellent. It's a pretty car--I like the blue and it's appropriate on a big car like this. I sort of wish mine wasn't plain old black. I like it a lot and think it's an excellent car for someone who wants a high-quality Limited. Nevertheless, I think they're wildly optimistic on the price--I bet bidding stops at $35,000 or so, but I sure hope I'm wrong! PS: I stand by my statement that it would not be a mistake to buy the Ebay car at $20K if it has clean title.
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    Twelve Dilapitated Lincolns 1925 to 1938

    I still think he would do much (much!) better separating them and selling them individually. Pull them outside, clean them up a bit, catalog what's there and what isn't, and get lots of clear photos. A little effort invested up front will pay bigger dividends later and improve the chances of a sale. Expecting some rich sucker to grab them all like a pig in a poke without the seller having to do anything except take a few crappy cell phone photos is a mistake. Everyone seems to believe in the myth of the stupid rich guy with more money than brains but he simply doesn't exist. Invest a weekend's worth of time and effort and I bet he gets closer to his goal of $10K each for the cars. But hey, what do I know?
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    1941 Buick interior lights & button switches

    Fantastic! Thank you! That is extremely helpful.I should probably pick up a '42 manual since it seems to be a bit more comprehensive than the '41. Thanks for the tip!
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    Brand New 1956 Oldsmobile 88 (3607 miles!)

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  7. Is this the 2019 AACA HPOF Car of the Year? I wouldn't bet against it. It is literally a brand new 1956 Oldsmobile in 100% original condition, right down to the tires. It shows 3607 original miles (no typo: three thousand, six hundred and seven). I invite any of you to come see it in person and try to find proof that it isn't what it appears be be, because I sure can't. You can't restore the feeling this car has on the road (hell, just slam one of the doors!) back into a car, and the way the controls work, the way the engine purrs, and the way the paint looks all suggest that this is a car just as it was built by GM. It has had just two owners, with the second owner acquiring it in 1969 from the original owner, who bought it for his wife to use but she sadly fell ill shortly afterwards and it sat in their garage for years. A neighbor admired the car, and after the wife's passing, the owner tried to give it to the nurse who had taken care of her for many years. The nurse wasn't interested, so the young neighbor acquired it with just 2800 miles on the clock. That young man didn't drive it, didn't modify it, didn't use it up, but rather kept it as an artifact for the next five decades, driving it sparingly but not even enough to wear out the original BFGoodrich Silvertown tires. I know they're original because I've never seen another set of modern tires of any kind that had the tire size stamped into the tread like these, and they pre-date date coding. This sucker is legit. The black paint is glossy and unmarked save for a little chip on the driver's rear wheel well. I suspect that the passenger's door has been repainted below the trim line, but I can't prove it--a slight variation in the texture is my only clue. The chrome and stainless trim is in excellent condition with only the slightest signs of age and all the lenses are like new. I couldn't find what trim code 364 stands for in Oldsmobile terminology, but that's undoubtedly original upholstery, with beautifully trimmed door panels and almost zero signs of use. The only notable bit of deterioration is the rubberized floor covering under the driver's heel is cracked, but how do you replace it? Everything works except the radio, and that's because it was delivered without one--the second owner found a correct radio and installed it, but couldn't bring himself to drill a hole in the fender for the antenna. It's included if you're man enough to do it. Every knob, every handle, every switch feels like new: precise, smooth, and not worn out. The doors close with a modest click but it sounds expensive. And check out the trunk, which is like new, including the original spare and jack assembly. Oldsmobile's legendary OHV V8 displaced 324 cubic inches in 1956 and with a 2-barrel carburetor, this relatively lightweight sedan is rather energetic on the road. Obviously I didn't push it very hard on those tires, but the transmission shifts imperceptibly and the suspension has that silky feeling that I find is endemic to original cars and yes, the original spiral shocks are still underneath. There are minor signs of use that are probably unavoidable after 60 years but it would be a mistake to upgrade or restore anything on this car. The original dealer gave it a light dusting of undercoating but you can see that there's zero rust and I'm pretty sure that's the original exhaust system. The only thing I don't like is the battery, which is a modern replacement that doesn't look right. Change that and you have a car that will likely score 91 or 92 points on the show field against restored cars and is a slam-dunk for HPOF competition. And I have to admit, I sure like the way this no-nonsense brute looks. Like I said, feel free to come and pick this car apart. Prove me wrong. But I have combed over this car with an extremely fine-toothed comb and found nothing that would suggest anything other than a 3600-mile original car. It's not nice enough to be restored but it's way too nice and everything is too fresh to be 103,600 miles. My only conclusion is that this is the most amazing survivor I've ever seen in my life. Asking $34,900, which seems like a lot, but it's still cheaper than the car was when it was new (in adjusted 2018 dollars). A brand new 1956 Oldsmobile? Too cool.
  8. Matt Harwood

    1940 Cadillac

    Fresh Krylon paint job!
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    1948 Tucker #1057 on ebay

    There are more than a few cars in the car corral every year that don't belong there. I suspect the owners lie about their cars, either on the forms or to the staff at the gate. Fortunately, many of them are eventually asked to leave so kudos to the volunteers who catch it. But that doesn't mean they can spot them all or are qualified to kick cars out that are pretty close to the borderline like this Tucker. It's not a fiberglass hot rod, but it's not a rebodied Cadillac V16, either. It's more like that 1941 Cadillac wood wagon that's running around the auction circuit--a "couldabeen." Would you kick that out of the Hershey car corral? I don't know if I would, but it's certainly not "right" in the purest sense. Or how about a Shelby GT350 clone? That's where the Tucker lives. Still a made-up car, but not a glaring kit car with a Chevy V8 and fiberglass body, either. And that's exactly why they will ultimately have to sell it for less than it cost to build.
  10. I would not have picked a 1955-56 DeSoto to be on my list, but after looking at this '56 for a few months and driving it all summer, I have to say I think it's one of the most successful designs of the '50s. Big, impressive, but not bloated. If a 2-ton car can look "sporty" this is it. The colors certainly help, but I think this design perfectly balances big car luxury with an athletic look. I just couldn't stop looking at this car.
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    1941 Buick interior lights & button switches

    Thanks, Don. I didn't mean to doubt you, I just was having trouble wrapping my head around the two-terminal socket. I had no idea there were bulbs with two terminals and one filament. Since this part of the car isn't covered in the manual, the bulbs aren't listed there, either. Thanks for the great advice!
  12. Matt Harwood

    Fixing a cracked manifold ?

    That's true, that damage is just cosmetic. There's an external "box" around the manifold that is what conducts heat from the exhaust riser, while the "manifold" itself is a separate piece inside and that's where the air/fuel mix flows. Check out the inside of my 1941 manifold, which I cut up to clear the exhaust headers I made. Yours should be similar even though it's for a single carb. Epoxy should hold just fine, maybe even indefinitely if the heat riser is disabled. It will still get pretty hot, so make sure the epoxy is rated to 400-500 degrees, but you should not have issues with it blowing out or leaking.
  13. It appears to be related to the adjustable front seats. There's a split bench in front that has separate adjustments and that bar seems to attach to the back of the front seats so they can adjust. There's a knob on top of mine that adjusts the seat position and it looks like a long screw down to an adjuster on the floor. I can't quite see how it all fits together, but the hinges you're talking about clearly bolt to the backs of the front seats. Here are some photos that might help:
  14. Matt Harwood

    '41 Buick Limited on Ebay

    To be completely honest, doing all this now was a very intentional decision--I'm not lucky or rich, I simply decided not to waste time. I watched my father get old and frustrated, and by the time he was able to retire and "enjoy" the things he enjoys, he was too old to do many of them. I see all these old guys in the car clubs who have the interest and the knowledge but their health is failing, so their ability to enjoy is hindered. One member of our local club is 94 years old and keeps trying to drive his cars and its TERRIFYING to be around him on the road and there's no way I'd ever ride with him. I'm sure not going to wait until I'm too old to wrangle an old car before I can own and drive one. I'm doing it NOW, regardless of what I have to do to make it happen. It's not just cars. Melanie and I decided we're not going to wait until we're too old to enjoy life. We take our retirement in small pieces, now, while we can enjoy it properly. Vacations, going out to dinner, small things that improve the quality of our lives in a tangible way. I know I've said this a million times, but money is easy to get compared to time. I spent most of my '30s thinking that if I could just get to a particular finish line, then everything would be OK. Then the finish line would change or life would change or whatever, and I never reached the goal. "As soon as we move to a new house, I'll be able to build the shop I want and finish the Century." Move to new house. "As soon as we finish the kitchen remodel, I'll be able to start on the shop I want." Kitchen is finished. "As soon as we pay off the new roof, then I can start my shop." Roof paid off. "As soon as I finish the shop, then I can finish the Century." Divorce, sell house, start all over. You see how it goes. You NEVER cross the finish line so you may as well enjoy the journey instead. I don't waste a lot of energy thinking about the future, I do all I can to enjoy the right now. The future will take care of itself and I might be dead or sick or paralyzed or some other life crisis will come up. I'm not foolish with my money, we will be able to take care of ourselves and put our kids through school, but at the same time, I refuse to wait and wait for the perfect time to be alive and I'm 100% positive that being young is better than being old. The future is going to be the same as the present. Hoping it will somehow be magically different after you cross a certain goal line is the same as Einstien's theory of insanity. As Red said, "Get busy living or get busy dying." Those are your only choices. And make no mistake, it's a choice. You can choose to do what you want when you want to do it, or you can choose to wait and do nothing and just hope the future is somehow different than the present (hint: it won't be). Everything else is semantics.
  15. Matt Harwood

    1941 Buick interior lights & button switches

    Bulbs ordered! Thanks!