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About TexRiv_63

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  1. 1936 Packard Eight 1401 Club Sedan

    What a great car! Is that all original paint?
  2. What a wonderful original car, great choice to leave it that way. Make it safe, be brave and drive it if you can, people today never see cars like that on the road!
  3. 1933 Buick Series 90 Model 91

    If you have not already done so you should join the BCA and check out the Buick specific forums on this site, especially the Buick Prewar forum. There are past threads covering restoration of these cars for research plus many experts that could guide you and answer questions.
  4. I'm 69 years old and started working on cars seriously in the mid 60s. Can't speak to prewar cars, my first was a 55 Ford but I quickly got into 60s stuff. In Illinois from the late 60s to around 1985 rough but running projects were everywhere due to the tinworm. From the early 70s to mid 80s I specialized in muscle cars, they were common as dirt and after the gas crisis in 73 nobody wanted them. I had a 67 Plymouth GTX, 69 Hurst Olds, 70 AAR Cuda, 70 Buick GS Stage 1, 69 Cutlass convertible, and more all bought as drivers for less than $1000. I bought many running parts cars to restore these for less than $300. Later in the 80s and early 90s the muscle cars had gotten out of my price range so I got into Cadillac Eldorados and Olds Toronados and even had a used parts business for a while. A lot of the parts cars I bought for projects I actually swapped the parts and was able to resell them. I think the main difference between 1975 projects and ones today is the obvious 43 years of additional degradation as others have mentioned. I would never attempt or pay for a total restoration of some of the rust piles you see today but I have great respect for those who do it.
  5. 64 Front Disc Project

    The biggest difference is heat fade resistance. Drums can stop great the first time but they lose effectiveness with repeated short term use. Discs are also much more resistant to water fade.
  6. What's under the green tape? Do they have makers marks?
  7. 1933 Buick Series 90 Model 91

    One of my favorite cars, I'm in.
  8. Auto Inspection Companies

    I have had two cars I was selling subjected to these inspections and I agree with most of Matt's comments above. In one case the inspector was a total joke and obviously knew nothing. In the second case with the "AA" company the inspector seemed to know his stuff but was doing the magnify flaws thing. In both cases the inspections apparently killed potential sales, I never heard back from the second one but the potential buyer in the first case was kind enough to send me a copy of the inspection. It was a sixth grade level mess with the deal ending blow being the inspectors assumption the car had a cracked block with absolutely no evidence. I used a third party inspector once for a prewar car but he was a well known CCC officer and prewar car collector. His positive review clinched the deal for me and the car was exactly as represented.
  9. Painting a hood matte black

    If you want to truly duplicate the look of the Mustang or cars like the 70 AAR Cuda you need to talk to musclecar restorers. I did this hood back in the 80s, do not remember the product I used but it looked great. Comments above about no wax anywhere near it and difficulties with aging were true back then but I would imagine less of an issue with modern materials.
  10. Unknown antique car emblem? Please help!

    Never saw that logo before, its not shown in my usual source material. Auld did supply enamel emblems for all types of goods although that sure does look like a radiator emblem. I join the ranks of interested spectators!
  11. 1933 LaSalle fire up

    Post a video if you can...
  12. My wife saw this cool Opel Manta today....

    My wife had a 73 Opel Manta when we got married. It was her first new car and it became our family car for at least 5 or 6 years. Economical, handled great, good body and paint but cheap interior. Very dependable except for carburetor casting warpage, undersized brakes, and rubber rings holding up exhaust system. I got real good at carb rebuilds and brake pad changes! We lived in Illinois at the time and surprisingly it was a great car in the snow, got through blizzards of 78 and 79 when others would not.
  13. Willys Knight - what year?

    I think that aluminum spare tire carrier badge was used up through 1929.
  14. Very good point. The mirrors were already in place on my car and not in a good location. The drivers side was useable but marginal and needed more than a quick glance. The passenger side looked good on the outside but was totally useless from inside the car unless it was the passenger using it! Making it worse was the fact that the mirror used plain glass with no magnification like newer cars.
  15. Trim removal help part 2

    The first gen Riviera had a lot of tricks with trim attachment because they actually designed things to avoid exposed screws, etc. Although you can see that in many GM cars of the day. I never removed the trim you are referring to but in other areas I found everything I needed in the factory service manual.