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It turns out that Chris (20Premier) and I stayed at the same hotel during the Hershey meet. We met at breakfast for 3 days straight and talked about, what else, old cars. I had the privilege of looking through the 1920 Premier restoration booklet that Chris is compiling. It is a truly daunting restoration which few people would undertake. I hope that by bumping this thread to the top Chris will give us another update and let us know if he was able to find any parts or leads at Hershey.

Phil

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Phil, thanks for the post. I had a great time visiting and sharing our projects. I met some great people at Hershey again. I found a few interesting items this year, a "Premier" brass cap, a Trico wiper, and a retractable dash lamp. What an amazing event that the Hershey Region puts on, incredibly well organized. I am always looking for Premier parts and also compiling a list of cars around the country and world.

Pictures later!

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Glad to see your pics. I was just wondering about you and your car the other day. I was the other fellow who had breakfast with you at the hotel. You are indeed to be admired for attempting your restoration project. With my 2 Studebakers a quick call to Studebaker International or some other vendor and most of what I need is available. Good luck and keep on hunting.

cliff t

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Thanks for the post Cliff. The doors are coming along! We are trying to save as much original wood as possible. The body wood is ash made by Fleetwood or possibly Columbia. Brought back engine parts from the body and paint shop today. The valve cover, push rod cover and head look great.

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Our trip to Connecticut proved to be very good. When I saw the remains of the car in the brush I thought we had wasted a trip. But, we just opened up the engine and it came apart surprisingly well. We got a lot of very good usable parts. It was amazing how bad the car looked compared to how the engine was on the inside. Two of the cylinders were full of water when we took the head off. The other 4 pistons came right out, and it didn't take too much effort to get the other two. The pistons and rods have to come out the bottom side because the rod bearing is larger than the bore! Really glad we went to Connecticut.

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The battery box is almost finished. The Connecticut car provided the needed pattern, ours was missing. Cutting gaskets for the engine and transmission.

We also started the newly rebuilt engine in my wife's 1969 Chev pickup, it will be a surprise for Christmas. :eek:

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It worked! I think she was surprised. She said "Who's here?, Oh it's Old Blue!"

Back to work on the Premier engine after Christmas.

The picture on the left is of our harvest fleet. '69 Chev, '53 GMC service truck, '75 Chev fire fighter, '97 K3500 Crew people hauler.

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Working on the engine today. Getting ready to mount the water pump, but need to fix a chip in the aluminum casting on the block. It is behind the gasket of the pump, would JB weld work on the aluminum? It will not be visible. I also need some hose clamps like this one, for 1-1/4" ID hose so about 1-5/8" or 1-3/4" OD. Have not found any in the catalogs I have.

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We removed the aluminum skin from the body today! We are very pleased with the condition of the wood. We believe the wood body was made by either Columbia or Fleetwood.

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I’ve been following along and with each step I’m getting more drawn in to this car. I think that the body structure looks amazing with the sheet metal removed. Really like the progress you’ve made too. I’m really looking forward to the time when all things start coming together as I’m sure many others here are. And just to let you know, I know how much work it is and how much extra work is involved in posting your progress and wanted to pass along my appreciation for the extra effort in sharing this project with us.

Scott…

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We removed the aluminum skin from the body today! We are very pleased with the condition of the wood. We believe the wood body was made by either Columbia or Fleetwood.

That frame is simply amazing!

Really great project, can't wait for the next update.

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The wood is looking good. A little glue, new screws and some new wood and we will have a body again. We need to do some welding on the aluminum skin, but for being 91 years old it is not to bad!:o I am also working on the thermostat housing, it was made by Fulton Co. of TN (still in business today). Jim at Fulton is going to help with the new bellows.

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Yes I have. Good pictures and video that he did. It is really nice that he likes to share his hobby, like the rest of us do. I have really enjoyed sharing my project, and it has helped me find parts that I have needed. Chris

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We are getting all the pieces ready for assembly of the engine. Using a few parts from the Connecticut parts car, mostly rod bolts and shims. The new Arias pistons look great, they have already been fitted in the sleeves. Built a stand for the crank and will fit each rod bearing before installation in the engine. Making new gaskets and cutting felt seals.

Still looking for a spring for my clutch:confused: It is a Borg & Beck there is a picture of it earlier in this section.

Took a pile of parts to the Nickel plating shop this week too, I get a little nervous with parts scattered all over the place !

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Working on instruments and electrical. Every wire labeled by application and numbered to the location on the Delco combination switch. Looks to me like it was all orange with black tracers, and the plug wires black. Getting ready to ship the instruments off for restoration. My ancestors put 21,373 miles on it before they reitred it. Then they took the tires off for the war effort, my dad remembers that part.

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Chris,

If your looking for a source on the wiring, I've had good luck with Rhode Island Wiring Serice ( Rhode Island Wiring Service Inc. ). They seem to have just about every size and color combination and reasonable prices too.

I too have enjoyed watching the progress your making. Looks like quite the project.

Jason

Advanced Electrical Rebuilders

www.aerrebuild.com

jason@aerrebuild.com

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I have to put my two cents in here. I too went to Rhode Island wiring for my harness for my 28 Durant. 150% satisfied, and they contacted me on several occasions to make sure of what I wanted and made some suggestions. Great company!

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We have been busy with both the wood body and more metal work. The body is coming along very well, hope to have it ready for the aluminum skin soon. Began polishing with my new buffer, never had one before! Kind of fun and a lot of work getting the pieces ready. Started buffing on the packing nut for the water pump and then moved up to the intake manifold.

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We are making progress! Did not remember how many little pieces needed to be plated. Getting ready for final alignment of the doors. Here are two of the hub caps awaiting nickel plating and their freshly restored emblems with new glass enamel and nickel. The other picture shows the under seat area, on the left and right are tool boxes, they will have metal lids. The middle section is where the magnetic gear shifter goes.

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Thanks for the post Jonathan. Good to hear from friends that I have met at Hershey. We are making progress on the engine, between farming and kids activities. Finally got the rod bearings where we wanted them. Learned a lot about scraping, blueing and a little plastigauge to see how close we were! The donor chassis from CT came in handy again, donating main bearing shims. We now have the pistons, rods, and crank in. Also put the roller tappets and camshaft in and the head.

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