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  1. Hey Gary; thanks. We just received cam bearings from Dave. As far as the valves.. Exhaust valves are in repro, but we've only got 2 NOS intake valves in stock. What you're saying about bearings is on par with what we've discovered so far. The crankshaft in the car is usable/repairable, the car does currently run but we know it needs bearings. With something this scarce, having spare parts on hand before we even dive in can be a good thing.
  2. We're getting things lined up to rebuild the engine in a '42 President coupe. We've found 3 Straight Eight crankshafts that we're trying to ID in hopes that one may be for this car. 2 of them have a forging/casting number of 189517 The other is 176524 Anyone happen to have any info on what these cranks fit? Also, any leads on where to get bearings, valves, or any other parts we may need for this car would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Matt
  3. It's a 1913 Model 25 chassis. The "body" is homemade, who knows how long ago, and there's no telling what the fenders are from. There's also a 1911 Flanders, and a 1916 4 cylinder touring car in the collection, both restored. The 1913 is fun to drive around the pasture and give rides in without fear of damaging anything. Sometimes an old beater is pretty fun too.
  4. We figured it out. Some dummy (me) bypassed the magneto switch thinking the switch was bad, not realizing that closing the circuit is what turns off the magneto.
  5. We dug the '13 out of its corner today and made an attempt at getting it running. The car was last run over a decade ago, and at the time would always start on the first pull of the hand crank. We cleaned out the gas tank, disassembled and cleaned the carb, and we are getting fuel into the cylinders. We removed the cover off of the magneto, filed the points, yet we don't seem to be getting any spark. Any ideas are welcome.
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    1920 Studebaker something

    Here's a very original and low mileage 1919 that a local guy owns.
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    Help needed on 1937 grille

    Absolutely beautiful, Tom.. You did a nice job (and quick!) on the restoration. BTW, it's nice to see one of these without whitewalls. Looks great!
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    Help needed on 1937 grille

    Thank you, Tom! I was hoping you'd see the finished pictures. This one was so rough, beat up, and rusted that there wasn't any way to make it "perfect". As "busy" as the grille is and as small as the parts are, I think it's all very forgiving once assembled. But either way, I still think it turned out pretty nice. I have some extra fins and stainless strips that I didn't use from the parts you sent, so if you need any of them back or happen across someone else who needs them, let me know. 30 hours of labor from start to finish... The next one will either be my own (if I ever own a '37), or for someone willing to mortgage their house. Did you get your President finished in time for St. Louis?
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    Help needed on 1937 grille

    I still have to get a bunch of little bolts/nuts to hold the "spine" together, but you the idea. ...30+ hours in labor.
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    Help needed on 1937 grille

    Finally was able to take all of the parts to the painter's. Keep in mind that the color is what the owner sent, as he wanted it body color. The painter gave it all back to me this week and I spent all day on it today.. Routine: Straighten stainless, install/crimp stainless onto fins, then sand and buff stainless. Trying to sand/buff the stainless before it was mounted... Well, it would be like trying to polish tin foil. This plan of attack worked out pretty well. The first half is done. Tomorrow I'll do the other half. Two words: Never Again. I decided to use an old pair of wire cutters to "twist" the tabs, locking them in place.
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    Help needed on 1937 grille

    I thought I might update this. I've only been able to spend some occasional weekend time on this project, but finally there's a little progress being made. This is one half of the grille parts after being media blasted and primed. A few of the fins are going to be replaced (thanks again Tom!) but I primed everything anyway. I should have the other half of the parts matching these by next weekend.. Then it's time for paint, and I have to straighten and polish the 70-ish stainless strips, then put it back together. Still a ways to go! My new '53 Commander hardtop will be paid off and delivered in about a month, and I'm hoping to have the grille done before then.
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    Help needed on 1937 grille

    Thanks Tom. This one isn't nice enough to leave in one piece. Lots of rust and bent pieces. I could use a couple of fins and stainless pieces if you have any extras laying around. I'll fix what is here if I have to, I just don't like welding up holes on metal that thin. A little over two hours, and I have the grille apart. The center spine had a couple dozen spot welds that drilled out pretty easy. I'll media blast each piece and then start fixing all of the damage. Thank you again! I'll post some pictures as I go along.
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    Help needed on 1937 grille

    Tom... THANK YOU!! Your description is more than enough and I couldn't be more appreciative. I knew I couldn't have been the first to try to do this. If you want to share some pictures, my email is still mbstude@gmail.com . I'd be happy to learn a trick or two from your experience. I got out of the trim repair/polishing business a couple of years ago, but the owner of this Coupe Express came to me in desperation. Apparently, nobody else he contacted was willing to do anything with the grille. And since I do love a challenge... It'll come apart this weekend and I'll start media blasting everything to see what I'm up against. Should be fun.
  14. Hi guys. I need to completely disassemble a '37 Coupe Express grille for restoration. The stainless edge pieces are crimped onto the fins, and the fins have folded tabs on each end to hold them in place. Removing the fins is simple enough and I have the tools to remove and repair the stainless. However.. I can't figure out how to split the left and right halves. It looks like the 2 pieces that make up the "back bone" are spot welded together. Is that the case? How do I get this thing apart? Thanks in advance!