Dave Fields

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  1. Dave Fields

    Is the club magazine "Antique Automobile" available on line?

    VMCCA has don the same thing. Back in the 1940's and 1950's their magazine was full of amazing articles on the very early cars. We have all AACA magazines from 1952 to present and it takes at least 8 feet of shelf space. I was hoping the earlier magazines were available. So glad to hear they are. The AACA does so many things it is difficult to remember or know everything they do! Remember behnd these forums is a international club with some 58,000 members and a fantastic research library. We are not associated with the so called AACA Museum in Hershey.
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    Coker Tire - FYI

    Meguiars auto polishes was sold years ago to 3M company. All that happened was that the products were available in major retailers. Barry's agreement with 3M was that he remain as the spokesman and the company be run as in the past. In my opinion, it was a win-win and an excellent transition.
  3. This picture was on Drudge today.. A Model A Ford and a VW Bug burning.
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    Heading to USA

    Auctioned off and gone a long time ago.
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    collector cars in California fire

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/us/california-wildfire-antique-car.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Many people have called the Model T Ford indestructible. This 1915 brass T was amazingly left unhurt in the California fires.
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    Workshop tools

    At long last, a really comprehensive list of tools that tells it like it is. SKIL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make boards too short. BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under theworkbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers inabout the time it takes you to say, 'Oh NO'. Will easily wind a tee shirt off your back. DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room,denting the freshly paintedproject which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it. CHANNEL LOCKS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters. HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, andthe more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes. VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand. OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable objects in your shop and creating a fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of whichyou want to remove a bearing race. TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. Very effective for digit removal! HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper. BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut large pieces into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. Also excels at amputations. TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of all the stuff you forgot to disconnect. PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans andsplashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads. STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms. PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50-cent part. PVC PIPE CUTTER: A tool used to make plastic pipe too short. HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent to the object you are trying to hit. Also very effective at fingernail removal. UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door. Works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records,liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use. These can also be used to initiate a trip to the emergency room so adoctor can sew up the damage. MISCELLANEOUS Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling at the top of your lungs is also,most often, the next tool that you will need.
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    Renault AX 1909? not a 1904-5

    I certainly goofed earlier this week asking a question about a Renault the owner told me was a 1904 or 5. It is an AX. I have a number 17865. A tag on the dash suggests it was either originally sold to Scotland or spent time in the early years there. We have drained the oil out of the sump and intend to clean grease from the 2 speed transmission and the rear end. The oil reservoir is on the dash and three oil lines lead to teach main bearing (I believe) and to the driveshaft at the rear of the transmission. The oil is pumped through three valves that adjust the flow to the three components. Ca we start the car with no oil in the sump? We do not see how to put oil in the sump, which appears to exist for a pass through oil system. We have dozens of early car books dating back into the 1800s, so if you can lead me to a general motor operators book of the era we might have it. I now the early Renault engines were made by De Dion. Is this a De Dion engine or influenced by them?
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    1921 Paige Daytona question

    We just acquired a 1921 Paige Daytona, the first American production car to top 100 mph. The car should have a running board seat. We have the seat back, and the body panel that makes the drawer/ seat side and the 2 channels that are mounted to the wood floor, but we do not have the seat or drawer bottom. We have the runningboard foot rest-- it appears to have been recast, but we do not have the stick support for that. I can visualize that support and we can machine it, but I have no idea how the seat/drawer bottom is made or how it works in the floor channels. We saw a similar Paige at Pebble Beach this year.
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    1921 Paige Daytona question

    Thanks West. It was pictures of the Orange Paige on the internet where I discovered information on the sliding running board seat.
  10. We need the dash panel with instruments for a 1931 6 cylinder Graham.
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    1922-23 Haynes big 6 question

    We are buying blackwalls. I shuld have stated that.
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    1922-23 Haynes big 6 question

    We are detailing a Haynes 75 or 78 hp car, about 7' tall. It has huge disk wheels, like railroad train wheels. The body was painted years ago a maroon. Fenders and splash aprons are black. The car has free floating sidemount tires, and no running boards, just aluminum step plates. I would like to paint the disk wheels a nice contrasting color to make the car "pop", but not into it being a circus wagon. We thing the car may originally have been black with lime green wheels. What color do you suggest, and what if any pinstriping on the wheels? I was thinking 3/4 - 1" stripe in the maroon, with the wheel color as a body stripe. There is no remains of the original striping. Also should the car have linoleum in the front and carpet in the back?
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    1922-23 Haynes big 6 question

    We are thinking of black wheel centers like pictured on the Cole coupe. Lots of good ideas. Oily Rag is the color library at autocolorlibrary.com
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    1904 Renault top question

    We have a 1905 Renault. It has candles for headlights. The folding top is of canvas, like sail cloth, old, but not necessarily original. I have seen leather tops on cars of this vintage. Is there a preference, or is one correct? If it should be leather, is there a type of leather that is preferred? The body of the Renault was restored years ago, but the seats are still original.
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    1953 Merc?

    They started making flatheads in 1932, so this is the last and best of them. When I am buying a car, I expect the seller to be open and make the car available. That he is short on time and doesn't seem to be willing to make reasonable considerations for your effort would indicate that you would need to pass this one by. I would just based on that fact. Otherwise a nice powerful overlooked car that can be had for less than similar cars by other companies. I passed on a nice Lincoln 4 door at $5500 this summer.
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    1904 Renault top question

    mercer 09. That is what I am thinking. I have a photo of a 1909 two seater with patent leather, although that is a wicker or wicker style painted body.
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    1922-23 Haynes big 6 question

    To be clear, the wide stripe I am considering for the disk wheels, not on the body.
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    1922-23 Haynes big 6 question

    Wills Saint Clair had a strip that size on the disk wheels. Definitely monochromatic. Of course color photos that early aren't available, and my paint references do not go back that far. Sad that many restorers eliminate all traces of what was there originally.
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    1904 Renault top question

    The chain guard is rather neat too.
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    1931 Graham hubcaps needed.

    Wood wheels. I did see American Vintage Parts and got an item or two from them. Thanks for the tip.
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    1931 Graham hubcaps needed.

    1 to 4. Please email if you have them.
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    How Much Wood?

    There is wood around the top insert. The doors and body appear to be all steel. I did ot think to check the floors on ours.
  23. We have a 1934 Bentley that is missing the front bumper. God knows, the way I drive it is needed. The car is in unrestored condition, so we would prefer a bumper that doesn't need to be restored or chromed, but also is in a condition that would match the rest of the car.
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    collector cars in California fire

    trimcar: forest mismanagement has been a huge issue in not only California, but also Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. In New Mexico, areas are being cleaned up of excess trees and underbrush. One such area had some 300 collector cars in wood buildings with tinder right up to the doors. IN addition to drought, there have been serious beetle infestations that have killed thousands of acres of woodland. On a VMCCA tour this summer in northern Colorado, all we saw were dead trees. In some areas, people are allowed to cut them down for firewood, but in others, the EPA types refuse to allow this pruning of DEAD trees. I do feel the picture I posted is worthy of a prize. I m going to see if it can be enlarged, if the pixals are not too small.