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  2. Thanks trimacar for sharing your experience. Who knows, I probably will wind up in the same boat. I am looking at the engine compartment - the grey paint is barely peeling off, the head looks like it never has been off. The dust pans around the engine block ( which usually get tossed) are still in tact and look like they never have been removed. The paint on the underside is in such good condition it would have had to been a body-off restoration. The hunt for the past life of this car goes on PS The 10 million I referred to in my previous post was 10 million up to 1924. I don't know how many were produced in 1924 let alone how many Roadsters were produced.
  3. While I’m still trying to get a 37’ rear axle, I was about to locate a full set of front backing plates and drums from a 37’ from a fellow VCCA member. Got them in and blasted one side. The linings are in great shape so I’ll just need some new cylinders. Pressed the studs out of the 34’ hubs/drums and checked them for fit to the 37’ drums, perfect. I had installed the new kingpins on the powder coated axle and tried fitting the blasted backing plate to the spindle. I almost fell over,,,,,,another perfect fit! Put the drum and hub on the spindle and all lined up perfectly. What do you know, no snafu on the front anyway. Still have the other assembly to sandblast and then to get new cylinders. Thankfully the front is easy so far. The blast cabinet works fantastic but as those who’ve done it, takes lots of time. People who don’t understand the cost of the restoration can come and stand at my blast cabinet for what seems like eternity and blast these parts for me! It’s coming along now and starting on the chassis assembly.
  4. Though not a 2 door, I would agree the 4 door is a better car condition wise.
  5. That does look great. To be clear, I'm looking into this goop as an alternative to having to remove the manifold. This stuff just rubs on so I'm wondering if it works and what it looks like. Also, the right color for my '41 is grey although I think black looks better. My manifold looks pretty bad so just about anything will be an improvement. Great looking engine bay - what is the bottle of grenadine in the "still" for? I love the look of copper lines...
  6. Hello harm, I must have some patience....my hinges have not yet arrived! I think I have sorted out exactly how to fit and finish the rear entrance latch. I like the latch lock device simple yet effective. You must be thinking ahead on the mechanics of your Cleveland. Al
  7. I am trying to find out it this 1949 Chrysler Town and Country won an AACA award at a show. Is there any way to determine if the car won or not?
  8. Hi Mathew, Its not that I "want" to believe its an original, its that I can't believe that it "isn't" an original. I appreciate the fact that you are a very credible knowledgeable person with a lot of experience trying to help a novice. During the past 5 years I have brought successfully out of mothballs, a 1966 Buick Riviera (25 years stored) and a 1924 Ford Model T Roadster (10+ years unused). I belong to the "Antique Restoration Club" of Sun City West, Arizona (600+ members). I contacted the owner of the museum's son (the owner had passed away) who knew nothing about the Model Ts that had been in the museum. Because of his total lack of interest , the museum closed and I ended up with this car. Based on what you say, if it turns out to be an original then it will be the rarest of rare Model Ts of which 10 million were produced. Now its time to get some local Model T club members involved in this quest.
  9. My first car was a '56 Buick Roadmaster Riviera. I drove it for several years with no major problems, but one day the splines on the drive shaft stripped out (where it goes to the differential. I replaced the rear end with one from the junk yard and got it running again, but within a few months it stripped out again. I ended up replacing that part 4 or 5 times with exactly the same problem, before I finally got rid of it. I have always wondered why this problem cropped up, and what caused it. Does anyone know why that might have happened, or how those splines should have been lubricated?
  10. I agree Dave. Dont understand your point? I gave a reference.
  11. There was a "Mystery car" on the MTFCA board a while ago- after some spirited back and forth the general consensus was that it was a Gale. That discussion turned up at least one Gale still in existence, with pictures! http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/822076/869692.html?1528068680
  12. This is so very true. I've said it before, a 60 year old restoration (done in 1960) may very well be now weathered to look "original" to our eyes, because we forget the object we're looking at is 100 or more years old. I've been fooled, too. I was visiting the museum in Sacramento when I fell in love with two cars, one a beautiful early Pierce, the other, what appeared to me to be a wonderful original 1910 Peerless. I marveled how well it held up, and was convinced it was a well cared for original car. I happened to call a friend of mine in Idaho who really knows early cars, and I don't mean a casual knowledge. Just about any early 40HP or higher car out there, he probably knows the car and it's story. I told him I was standing next to a wonderful, original, 1910 Peerless. He immediately said "the one in Sacramento?" and he chuckled. Not original, he said, it was restored in the early 1950's and then driven for years on just about every tour there was for a number of years. The "patina" I was admiring was only 60 years old at the time.....not 100 years....
  13. Rustoleum satin black barbecue grill paint. It’s lasted longer and looks better than any other manifold paint I’ve used. A lot cheaper than the “manifold” paints also. Get it at Lowe’s or Home Depot too.
  14. This fuzzy picture is of a 1907 Gale from the Standard Catalog of American Cars. It shows the car having louvers on the hood side, further indicating that the mystery car may be a Gale.
  15. At around 11:00 am yesterday - I was honored to be one of three people to witness this 1904 Ford Model B come to Life and running smoothly on all four cylinders. My friend Kim Dobbins spent a little over a year with the help of others including Don on the right to make this happen. This is the only known largely original 1904 Ford Model B known to exist in the world with an original engine just as it rolled out of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit. The Piquette Plant was the first purpose built plant by Ford Motor Company. The 1904 Ford Model B was the first vehicle to be assembled at that plant. This particular 1904 Ford Model B just may be the earliest largely original vehicle in existence to be asssembled and sold that was produced at Piquette. I brought this vehicle to Kim just before Christmas in 2018 from a mutual friend. Jim
  16. Ok thanks but I'm asking about the Calyx manifold goop that is rubbed in, not Eastwood paint. Thanks, Peter
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