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    Bring a Battery......and Maybe Some Gas.

    I almost bought this car on Ebay back around 2005. The car has shown up on the internet as The Car From Hell many times. It was inside a building next to a car that burned. Peter Madle says it has been restored. One of my regrets, finger hovering over the Enter key and just couldn't do it. The fat lady didn't sing yet, still one out there. Bernie
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    Bring a Battery......and Maybe Some Gas.

    That place looks familiar. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/d/1979-stutz-iv-porte-4-door/6661785522.html A long term listing.
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    How does one clean wool upholstery?

    I have been using the Scotchguard Oxy spray for a few years now and have recommended it to friends who know where I live. It is good for spot cleaning. I started using it on slightly soiled seat belts. Then I was able to remove a cuple of grease spots on those slow retracting GM belts that get door lubricant on them. Most recently I had two spots on the Alcantara headliner material of the BMW that were in a highly visible location, on the windshield post where "I" see it all the time. I was real nervous about that one; came right off, looks perfect. Bernie
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    I really like this car!

    I had to reread the description to be sure it had no side windows. Now I am trying to remember when I drove mine with the windows up the last time.
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    Question

    On the fuel thing, this report pretty much confirms my thoughts: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/study-shows-top-tier-gasoline-worth-extra-price/ In any case, I would recommend consistency in the routine expendable items for your car; fuel, oil, cleaners, even polish all have some affect. So don't chase down the bargain gas, oil, or whatever. Definitely join a club and use all the resources of the group to buy the best car you can. The members know what is out there. If you go it alone and hunt down that rare, long hidden, fabled, barn find you could show up at a show and hear "Oh, Chis, you bought THAT car." Don't go on a secret mission to impress the old car guys. Barnfind is a novice, journalistic term. Those cars aren't lost. We just aren't telling where they are. Bernie
  6. You've got your mechanics and your body men in the hobby. I have seen a lot of mechanics restore a very nicely detailed chassis. I have seen a lot of body guys driving some nice shiny cars that don't steer, start, or stop. I wouldn't hesitate to jump into one of my cars and drive it a couple thousand miles to a meet. But when I get there someone would say "When are you going to paint that fender?" "Well, I bought a quart of paint two years ago but I didn't want to be called the guy with the tutone white Buick." Seems like it is always one or the other. Bernie
  7. This way to the final Riviera parts. Why horse shoes are a symbol of good luck.
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    HERSHEY FALL MEET!!!!!

    $100 with a years worth of time at Walmart. Bags are $1.00 each at Wegman's.
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    HERSHEY FALL MEET!!!!!

    With the technology we have today I can find a bag lady in Harrisburg, leave her at the gate, and give her a cheap Tracfone to take calls and pick up what I buy.
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    Question

    The fuel system in my old cars is a very temporary holding container. It goes in the fuel tank and out the exhaust in a short period of time. I think a lot of driving helps. At least the farm derived microorganisms don't get a chance to colonize. I also do not price shop gas. I have a Mobil station on the corner that costs more that others in town, but the same truck with Mobil written on the side keeps filling their tanks. I think that is a good thing, too. I have not had winter storage issues. I put the cars away late and get them out early. And I maintain the garage at a minimum of 40 degrees all winter. That helps with many issues, especially condensation. If you follow those basics things should work with only one drawback. You have to watch out that driving the old car too much will detract from the specialness of ride. You will need more that one just to have a little diversity. Bernie
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    Mice Mice Baby...

    Mice? Ever bought a California Riviera?
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    Cooper Duesenberg at auction

    I think on slow days they shod horses and built barns, from the work I have seen. If they had MIG welders like a hobbyist has today a lot of those inner wood frames would have gone up in flame. Molten lead oozing all over won't start a fire. At least that was going for them. In the 1920's there were teams of panel formers who made a circuit of the plants building the curved rear sections for sedans. That was the hardest part so the skilled guys were welcome on their rounds.
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    Austin-Healy 100 Manuals (free to good home)

    I have kind of dried up my capacity for giving. More and more the charitable gift is not enough to satisfy the recipient. Wait until you send those two books out and they ask where the other 98 are.
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    Advice on repairing paint chips

    That gate post sounds like the tree I, generously, left standing when I built my garage. Until a navigation error caused me to buy an NOS side molding for the door on my '60.
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    Mice Mice Baby...

    Mice in the garage is women's work.
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    65 driveshaft

    I replaced all the U-joints in my '54 Riviera right before I left for the BCA Nationals in Sandusky. Due to the configuration of the u-joint carrier section I was not able to drive the caps out the way I usually did. I ended up pushing them as far out as possible, then cutting the cross out with a torch. Once the cross was out of the way I knocked the caps out with a punch. I have never touched the CV balls or sockets. I did have a single CV joint rebuilt by a reputable driveshaft company in the 1990's. It was for a '67 Cadillac.They couldn't get it right after welding a new ball on. After 3 or 4 trips back I went down to Paul Lauracella's Parts of the Past and bought a complete used driveshaft. It was fine. The freshly rebuilt one leaned in the corner of the garage for about 15 years, until I threw it out. The Cadillac Chassis Manual said the driveshaft was a non-servicable item to be replaced as a unit. If my faithful greasing with the needle adapter lets me down I will probably find a good used one before I dance with another CV joint rebuilder. Bernie
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    Halogen Headlights

    Take the new car out if you go somewhere after dark. KISS
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    Cooper Duesenberg at auction

    That car must have made Cagney think he was George M. Cohan.
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    Cooper Duesenberg at auction

    They always have and continue to. In called the dealership that sold my most recent car new. They told me it went out the door for just under $130,000 in 2003. I paid $7200 and the taxes brought it up to $8,000 even. That was a lot of technology and expensive repair risk in 1948, as was the 2018 sale. Back then my Dad would have said "Who wants that big ark?" For the American GI just getting started the extra garage space wasn't allotted for in the Levittown site plans. Bernie
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    Shortened 56 Two Ten

    When I was in High School I had a '55 Pontiac 4 door that had the rear doors welded up and the roof shortened in this manner. The wheelbase was not altered. There was a lot of stuff like that around at the time. Almost every body shop owner had a custom job in progress sitting in the back. One shop had a '50's Studebaker coupe fitted with a Henry J roof to make a fastback. That one gathered dust for a long time.
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    Advice on repairing paint chips

    Pick up a pint of paint. Your car looks very close to our old Cardinal Red '62. I showed my Son, who is 36 now, how to shake the can of paint and use an artist's brush to get the thick paint off the lid. Just roll it off the tip of the brush and build it up as needed. I have done that on a lot of cars when they get chipped or bumped. Works fine. If you don't like the results take it to a shop. You still have a can of touch up paint. See how the car of paint is up front and he is working from the lid.
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    Old oil products

    Ruskin Road is in a residential area of Amherst, suburb of Buffalo. Probably repackaged in a garage. An analysis would probably show a high percentage of legless reptile. Bernie
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    Halogen Headlights

    I would put one at each of the #35 terminals. It would do a similar job to the one in the distributor. Rolls-Royce cars have a bunch, on window switches, wiper contacts, signal light relays. It is overkill, but if you going to make the mod go all the way.
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    HERSHEY FALL MEET!!!!!

    I leave it by the south gate for the chocolate field and pick it up or go to the Buick Club tent and beg Wray and Ron to stick it with their stuff. A few years ago I bought a full '53 Jaguar exhaust system from Larry Springer and picked it up at the gate, good guy to buy vintage Jaguar stuff from. Bernie
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    HERSHEY FALL MEET!!!!!

    I walk from the hotel on Chocolate Ave. It is about 25 minutes.