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  1. auburnseeker

    What did you buy at Hershey this year?

    I unfortunately didn't find anything for my cars/ truck that I was willing to pony up for. I did buy 355 Pieces of literature for my business though with some being some pretty unusual pieces. Also picked up a few parts. This was the first year my literature far surpassed what I found in parts. All in I spent about $1850 for the parts and literature.
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    How to leak check aluminum head?

    With polishing you will want to start with 220 grit or coarser. You have to smooth down all the roughness before you polish. I have used as coarse as 80 grit for particularly rough castings and even a rasp for something I was somewhat sculpting. On flat surfaces it's good to somewhat block your sanding when in the coarsest grits so you don't make a bunch of waves in the aluminum. Remember every scratch with the coarsest grit you put in it, you have to take out with the next grit. The Roloc wheels guys use for cleaning gasket surfaces work well as well. You will eventually probably go 320 or 400, then 600 then 1000 then 1500, before polishing with a buffer and white rouge compound. Alot will have to be hand polished because of all the nooks and crannies so a dremmel tool will be handy. If you have to truly hand polish it without a tool, you may even want to go 2000 grit in those areas. Cross sanding in opposite directions with each grit will show you if you got all the coarser scratches out. I have been able to go from 1000 to machine buff on a big buffing wheel depending on how soft the aluminum is. Good luck but definitely worth testing it first as you will have alot of time in polishing it. My favorite Aluminum hand polish is Mother's in the little round can available at probably every parts store and Walmart. The big can will last you for years.
  3. auburnseeker

    RM auction at Hershey

    That little sales picture made them look like number one or 2 plus cars. It's always nice to get a first hand report of true condition.
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    RM auction at Hershey

    That helps explain it a bit. I was thinking wow the value must really be tanking on them, but a 200K car that needs 80K worth of work selling for 120, makes sense.
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    RM auction at Hershey

    Did anyone actually look at those Cord Cabriolets? They look good in the one photo of each. Seems they were selling for less than phaetons bring and usually cabriolets are more desirable. Any thoughts?
  6. I did the majority of my buying on Friday. Though it wasn't parts. All literature and a few supplies for the shop.
  7. auburnseeker

    What did you buy at Hershey this year?

    Don't you hate it when those people just won't leave us common folk alone? All we want to do is buy car parts and they want a darn photo. Hopefully he atleast let you finish looking in the booth first so you didn't miss that part.
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    looking around Hershey this year

    Alot of collections are finally coming to market though as hoarders pass on that weren't available at any price. Maybe some parts aren't as plentiful, but I don't think we are running out of alot of stuff anytime soon. Guys keep buying it just in case though they have a fully restored car. When they finally sell that car, the new owner rarely ponies up for the extras so they come back on the market again. I would be more worried about all the later model parts being tossed out as other than a few examples, nobody seems to buy the parts much less fix the cars, just the occasional guy who finds a real nice example that grandma banged up a corner on the garage or something and need a lens or molding. I have a bunch of early 80's late 70's GM headlight / tail light assemblies brand new in the GM boxes that have been in my ebay store for probably 5 to 10 years at 10 to 20.00 and have never had a buyer. The only exception might be a monte Carlo firebird or Camaro piece. Guys were rebuilding Chevelles when they were ten years old. 80's cars are over 30 years old and other than a few exceptions rarely even get the occasional nod.
  9. You can appreciate this at Hershey where you often get to hear all eras of machinery being excersied. 1 and 2 cylinder cars zipping by (hoping all the while someone doesn't jump out or fall in front of them because they will get run over (I saw a few teens machines that were totally stock zipping at a pretty good clip in the flea market) Would you even look if everything rumbled by with a 350 700R4 9 inch Ford rear combo with glasspacks? I do appreciate machines that are original more than modded ones, that's for sure. I have been wondering if I found a 40's-50's White Super Power road tractor, what to do with it? Swap it out for a more modern cummins Set up or keep the old original flat 6. I guess it would matter if someone else as stated above already dumped the original 6 or it was really worn out and not worth the cost of rebuilding. Now on most other cars I wouldn't even give this a consideration. I guess it's all case scenario. The real shame is all the aborted attempts that litter craigslist that started as good original cars. It takes alot of work and engineering to really take an old chassis and repower it completely. Different story if you just dump an old body on a newer chassis ,bu that isn't much different than a boob job. The only thing that keeps it from being a 1987 chevy suburuban is the older cosmetics you dumped on top. Alot of those turnout about as good looking as Phillus Diller.
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    1930 Packard 733 Roadster

    Wish I had the green or they really wanted a 36 Cord 810 phaeton. I could see myself driving that around.
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    looking around Hershey this year

    In response to Terry B Lots of parts and some cars even in the car corral. I picked up a stainless bug guard for my 2006 F250. They stopped making them years ago and only make plastic now real cheap, unfortunately I think it fits a F150. The shape is very similar and without one nearby I wasn't able to check, but for 7.00 I couldn't resist. I'll throw it on Craigslist and make a few bucks if nothing else. I see lots of parts for all eras and makes right up to a little real late model. I like Hershey best though as the parts go back really old as well as the cars, unlike at other shows.
  12. Seems to be closed to access making that really ridiculous walk to nowhere that eventually ends somewhere near the Giant center a wonderful joy first thing in the morning and especially last thing at night on the way home. Was half way down it when the lightning started today, fortunately it was only one strike. I was thinking what a wonderful place to be all by yourself in the middle of a scenic field in a lightning storm with an umbrella and metal cart. Someone coming up that road said it was gated for construction, hopefully it’s only temporary ,though this is the second year, with next year returning to some sort of short cut again. Otherwise I’ll be picking a different hotel next year.
  13. Still buying. Will be wandering around Friday until about 3. Make me some box lot prices and make up for the bad sales on Thursday while having less to put away until next year. Let me know your space number so I can stop by.
  14. auburnseeker

    Hershey weather

    Seemed to be 3 types of weather today. Misting, light rain and moderate/ heavy rain. Did it ever actually stop? I think every time I put the umbrella down, it started in a new form of rain. A few vendors were braving it though and made a few sales courtesy of me. Lets hope they are right about tomorrow. The forecast for today showed a lot of time without rain, let hops tomorrow’s is more accurate. Stay open vendors. I’ll be here till 3 and still have a lot of money to spend. Still looking for bulk literature lots.
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    Hershey weather

    Looks like some breaks today though so better than all day rain. Lets keep hoping it pushes to the west like it has been.