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    Old car nut with eclectic taste from the 1920's-1960's
  1. And I Was trying to figure out if it's worth getting the AM radio in my Hudson rebuilt. Guess I'm out of the loop.
  2. Today I even found a ragtop for what seems a reasonable price. It may have some rust though so a closer inspection would be needed. This one a 67 88 olds for $6500 OBO
  3. I had to provide 12 sets of plans, applications site maps, I think i have over $ 100 in copying fees from staples. Now I may have to spend $100 more to get more stamped plans. Not to mention, the $2400 for the original plans, the $100 application fee, the 25.00 stamping approval fee from the planning office, $125 for the Architect to attend the meetings, I believe around $600 for the building permit which i haven't had the pleasure of paying since they haven't issued it yet. Now you know why you see so many tent garages around, even the big more expensive ones.
  4. I'm just throwing the possibilities your way. I figured you can determine what will or won't work. I did get the Auto trans part right though and figured you might not pass on a Conv't over a coupe if everything else was right about it. I saw the non running part but figured if the guy was serious about selling, he would get it running with an interested party on the line or have it fixed by someone who could so as to not lose the sale. As usual the description never seems to answer all the questions a real car guy wants to know. I'll keep a look out. I imagine a haul from my area to NC is alot cheaper than one from the West coast.
  5. Only problem with an A is you have to plan your routes. In some areas you will be a problem in traffic. I know even around here with a few side roads and especially the main (not interstate roads) you will be a road block if you can't do 60. Even at that I've had people pile on behind me. One reason I bought the Hudson with the tall geared rear and peppier later 6 rather than the bone stock one. I know there is a certain amount of discomfort when you are the slow one especially on a busy road where pulling over isn't an option because the traffic count is high and as soon as you pull back out the next 5 cars will be polishing your back bumper. I always said the rural farm area with a myriad of roads where my wife is from would be ideal for an old car. They go everywhere with almost no traffic. You could pretty much drive all the way to the neighboring town about 8 miles away and take an hour to get there, never hit the main road and travel back on totally different roads. The biggest hazard are deer and some blind corners. I wished they had a place for me to keep an old touring car out their to use for a few weeks when we go out to visit. I would buy one and leave it there. I agree with buy the best car you can afford, but some people are tight and will not spend a dime more, not realizing they are actually being foolish to not stretch their budget a tad. I think I have with almost every vehicle, piece of equipment and even house we bought. That little extra gets a whole lot more.
  6. My architect just got this email back from the Planning guy that originally peeled off 4 complete sets of full size stamped plans, The large ones not 11 by 17. This was his response when questioned what happened to those 4 sets. Of which 2 were suppose to be kept by the town to stamp and then send down to the county building office to be used to get the permit with. (this is standard protocol for every single building project. This is not the architect's first project to go before this planning board. ) "As I am sure you are aware, since you've been doing this for a while, when a project goes to the Planning Board numerous copies of plans are required. Subsequently, when the applicant is ready for his permit, additional plans are required, and I don't know of any communities that request their Board members to give their plans back to the office for stamping for the permit, most of our board members actually file their packets at their homes. In the history of my office as far back as I have asked, we've never operated that way, and frankly, I'm not willing to make exceptions because of someone not being happy (fortunately, 95% of people who leave my office are happy). I tend to not do special requests, everyone is treated the same in my office, part of doing the job correctly. Turns out, the plans Randy came in with we're not enough for the County, although they were enough for my office to file. If Randy want's to submit 11x17 plans, I am ok with that, but I imagine due to the size of the building, they'll require engineered stamps on them because of state law. Here's two options for moving forward. 1) The applicant can bring in large stamped plan sets for me to stamp and then quickly go to the County, or (2) I can solicit the Board members for their plans (who may or may not want to give them up, or who may or may not have them anymore) and when I get three sets that are stamped (can't promise a date), I can use those. Let me know which you want to do. " This is why Govt' Employees like this get such a bad rep.
  7. I used a grainit kit. I got the really big kit planning on doing other stuff and didn't get around to doing anymore as I had an issue with my surface prep. For anyone that doesn't know, be sure if you blast in your sandblast cabinet with baking Soda ever, any item you do after wards even months later, will have to be thoroughly washed with water (a hose works best) and dried well , I use air then put it in the sun to make sure it's baked dry, then prime it. My issues came from soda residue in my cabinet. Because of the amount of work and steps as well as being very particular I waited until I figured out the problem before considering attempting any more. You coat it with a clear when done then wet sand and buff it to get the smooth look. This was done with aerosols, but I would be tempted to shoot it with clear from a gun next time with a hardener as the Upol clear I used as they do, seems to not get real hard. Overall I would recommend the kit to anyone that wants to give it a try. It's all about being patient. The inks they use also take a long time to dry. I actually stuck them in the sun in a car i had parked in the yard to get them to really dry.
  8. Well we finally got approval to build from the planning board, after a few more hoop jumps. I stopped down and picked up everything I needed (according to the planning guy) including the plans (booklets) all stamped and sealed by him, then dropped them off at the county building office to get my permit. The guy looked them all over and said, we'll give them a good look then issue the permit if there are no problems. I got a call yesterday afternoon from the building guy telling me the booklets aren't of any use, he needs the stamped plans. Now you would think that the planning guy who has to approve and stamp everything that goes to the county and has worked there for a few years would atleast know he needs to stamp the full size plans and give them to me to submit to the county. I provided them with atleast 3 but I think it was actually 4 large stamped/ sealed copies as well as another 8 full size sets of plans I had made at a print place because only a couple of sets had to be original with the stamp. Now the planning guy tells me he doesn't have them. They gave them to the 10 board members who took them home. You would have thought that up front he would have said, we need x number of sealed / stamped copies and those will be kept here, All others will be sent home with the planning board members and they will not be returned. As it was left I'm still not sure If I have to buy more copies from the architect and then send them down to the engineer and pay him to stamp them as well? I'm beginning to really wonder if there is a requirement that you need to be incompetent to work in the public service sector. How many times is someone allowed to screw up without repercussions? So we are really close but not yet there. Good news is I did close on both the house and shop I sold. We decided to take all the money from my other house that was left and apply it to pay down our mortgage using the shop proceeds to build the new shop. We have been working with the lawyer to reamortize our privately held mortgage. It's very cut and dry. Our old lawyer that handled our previous reamortize in 2 weeks retired. He was an awesome real estate lawyer and extremely thorough as well as proactive. This new lawyer has been working on it for over 4 months and I'm still not sure it's done. Incompetence again. It's unbelieveable. Meanwhile it's probably costing us $200 or more extra every month in interest and he has had my $50,000 check for over a month.
  9. I might give it a try myself. I did my 36 Chrysler and it came out decent for my first attempt.
  10. The Venturi was actually out of the carb when I dropped it. Those are fragile little suckers when they are out of their shell. I remember trying to soften the blow with my foot and leg but it still hit the concrete floor with enough force to break.
  11. Ok back from the morbid car crash thread to old cars for young guys. Here is one to show you can get a decent looking Impala 2 dr hdtp under 10G This one has to go at $7995. it will need an interior it's old and badly deteriorated, but you don't need a new interior to drive it. A couple of blankets and you can have some fun.
  12. I pulled a couple of parts off a 61 Tbird in the mid 90's that was involved in a fresh accident with a huge tree at a high rate of speed. The tree left a perfect imprint in the front center of the car and stopped about center of where the carburetor would have been on the motor originally. It did have seat belts and both occupants survived the crash. I actually pulled the carb apart which was partially broken to get the venturi assembly out when I accidentally dropped mine on the floor and broke it while rebuilding my carb. The engine was part way into the passenger compartment. Now it was a unibody car so it folded to help absorb the impact so that probably helped. There wasn't alot left to salvage, I think it bowed the body as well just by the way stuff looked.
  13. I wouldn't say it's junk, but it will require a person with certain skills that the average joe may not have to fix. Be sure you have the skills to do the fabrication work before you buy it. Price may be high considering the degree and skill required to fix it properly. I would be concerned about any more lingering rust you didn't notice. There always ends up being more rust than you noticed the first time. If you want to see real junk, Come to the the north east. I will show you real junk that guys are trying to build. There was one of these for sale with the slide out pickup bed for under 20 in really nice shape on the west coast last summer. I also believe recently another with the pickup bed surfaced for a similar amount in nice condition but i can't' recall where i saw it listed for sale.
  14. Please post some photos of work you have done. Especially some before and afters. It will be nice to see how true to the original it is. The top one looks like an original factory applied door panel by the slight wear to it.
  15. You will want to post the photos to get any real response.