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  2. I feel a bit silly asking such a basic question, but I am at my wits end with this last front bumper bolt on the driver's fender. I'm trying to remove my bumper and this last bolt is spinning with its housing, so it won't release. I had my wife try to put pressure on the housing using a flathead screwdriver positioned outside the fender while I unscrewed it from inside, but that didn't do a thing. Anybody have any tips / tricks / suggestions? Maybe try to soak it with some anti-lock spray to help release the bolt's bind on the housing? Photos below for reference. Note the rubber front bumper grommet obscures the view a bit.
  3. I have heard of the aerodome. My Father in law is an aircraft mechanic and Pilot. Had his own plane at one time. He talks planes when he comes out so he tells me about all sorts of aviation related stuff. The planes that actually cruise by here are from a small private field about 15 miles or so from here.
  4. That isn't really how it works. The voltage the ignition runs at is mainly set by the spark plug gap and the resistance of the spark plug wires and plugs. This is a secondary ignition pattern on a scope for a four cylinder engine, just a graph of voltage over a period of time. Let's just look at the first cylinder. Imagine this line being drawn from left to right. The spot where the points open is 2.5 milliseconds in. The circuit is open (because of the spark plug gap). You could also look at it as having an extremely high resistance. The voltage rises instantly to 12 kilovolts. In this particular cylinder, 12 kilovolts is what it took to ionize the fuel/air charge inside the spark plug gap. The spark jumps. Once the fuel/air charge is ionized and the spark jumps, the resistance of the gap is MUCH lower. Since the resistance is so much lower, the voltage drops A LOT. You can see it dropped to between 4 and 2 kilovolts for about a millisecond and a half while the spark is happening. Then, when the coil runs out of energy the spark goes out and the voltage goes negative for a little bit. About 7 milliseconds in (on this particular diagram) the voltage is back to zero, and we are ready to start the process over for the next cylinder. The pattern repeats four times here, but would repeat 8 times on your 8 cylinder engine. It takes more voltage to ionize the fuel and air with a wider plug gap, and that will make the spike (12 kilovolts in the diagram) go higher. A problem in the wire will also make the voltage go higher, due to the higher resistance in the defective wire. Electricity always takes the shortest path. As the voltage rises up into the kilovolt range, if it can blow through the insulation somewhere easier than ionizing the plug gap, then that is what it will do. Also, as the voltage rises, if the resistance is too high for the coil to overcome, then the voltage will continue to rise until the coil runs out of energy, never making a spark at all.
  5. Jim, The 31 accessory catalog listed both cloth and metal covers (Lyon brand). The metal ones are quite rare and expensive if you can find them. Most any auto upholstery shop can make cloth covers using the factory drawing #42993. Then there were non-factory covers available in the day, so just about any cover that fits would be period correct. Depending on the brand of tire, they may not fit in the fender wells with tire covers on. Some brands, like the older Lesters, are quite large, even though they were sold as 6.50-19. I've had some tires that had to have most of the air let out to fit the tire down into the fender well far enough to get the hold down clamp and straps to work. Paul
  6. Clutch linkage made and ready for paint and installation. The clevis was traded for a shifter knob to a fellow Crosley member! One more part closer to driving it!
  7. Mark Smith's cars are always spectacular, and this one is no exception. He has great taste! Peter Zobian
  8. When the airport was open across from the flea market, (now the main parking area) we always stopped and watched when the bi-planes took off and landed.
  9. They are wheel hub jack stands......for very early cars. Best guess is pre 1920. They are NOT heavy duty, and I would not use them to service the car. Neat garage item or wall hanger........value, less than 100 for the pair. Good luck. Ed
  10. My dad at 84 is still around and goes up to his shop everyday for 4 or 5 hrs and just kind of tinker around. Before my dad owed it my grandfather owed it, the shop has been in the the family as a family business since I believe 1933. At Hershey on Friday my brother goes to me, since I don't think I will buy the shop from dad I know someone who will buy it when the time comes.....all I said was...oh.... I have thought about that probably every day since, and the thought of the shop not being in our family just hurts a little. The memories of me riding my bike there after school and see my grandfather sitting in his chair outside the front door, remembering all the great guys that worked for dad when the body shop was going full bore and putting out a couple of cars a week and 1 or 2 car restorations a year. And even now dad usually stays at the garage till about 5 so once or twice a week I stop in on my way home from work to talk old cars with him. It did when I was a young kid and still does now have a lot of great memories for me....... when the time comes I will find a way to buy that shop, I won't let it go away that easy. Good timing for this topic for me Victorialynn
  11. Many thanks for reply/info... I was looking for other uses of that particular Rutenber engine, which was used in the Avery Farn/City Truck for it's short existence, and thought by some to've been built solely for Avery...I'll do a little digging around, altho it's highly unlikely a Farm Truck restorer would be able to pry one away from any Auburn owner...but it's still fun digging around in the old records...l Should be descriptive articles in the old trade magazines does it go??..."the game is afoo"??
  12. You're likely to find very few people on our forum who are well-versed in Lancias. Mr. Staver above gave some good information, which I didn't know. On the other hand, ask about Marmons or Mercuries or Nash Metropolitans, and you're likely to get some good answers!
  13. The car begam life as a 1952 Renault 4CV, a 4 cylinder water cooled French car that tried to compete with the VW for the small car market and failed. I had one at age 14 and made the famous Moon Machine Roadster out of it and repowered it with a 1962 Renault Dauphine engine, doubling our horsepower. I think they made them from 1947 until 1961, when it was replaced by the Dauphine. Painted with an Electrolux vacumn clearner, after years in primer. The Moon Machine had antique car front fenders and some non-descript rear fenders from an antique car. The rest was fiberglass with 34 Ford seats. My brother and I were legends in our own minds as custom car builders. When we sold it, within 1/2 hour the buyer called an offered it back for 1/2 price. No Deal! I'm sure it must now be deep in an old landfill somewhere. Pictured here in primer.
  14. Zeus00001, that is a very nice Pontiac. I would keep it, especially since it has been in your family since new Good luck and enjoy it. John
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  16. You'll excuse my hyperbole-but right now this practice is allegedly on the hot list for regulators. The other one that's a real concern right now surrounds dealers offering "bonus rates" for consumers who opt into warranties. I.E. "your rate is 3.99% without a warranty but I can give you 2.99% if you opt into coverage"
  17. There are junkyards, too, that specialize in antique automobiles. Some are very specialized, having, for example, only Imperials or only Buicks. Joining a club dedicated to a specific marque will help to put you in touch with parts specialists, whether they have junkyard parts or new-old-stock parts. Parts suppliers advertise in the clubs' magazines.
  18. I like boots because I have a habit of leaning across plain terminals and that's unpleasant when it's running. I'm thinking a set of ends like this.
  19. That's one of the little Diamond Ts, which I understand are highly desirable... There was a Diamond T website ( and, I believe, a Diamond T group on a Facebook page, that would be good places to inquire for info re' rarity, estimated value range et....
  20. The muffler on my 1911 Hupmobile is shot, and I don't even know if it's the original or not. It's round, about 5-1/2" D X 15" L, with a 1-1/4" O.D. pipe centered on each end. Could anyone tell me what is correct? I don't see it depicted in the Parts Catalog. A muffler similar to mine is available custom-made from Waldron Exhaust. for $100. Phil
  21. Anyone know the difference between the fuel sending units (tank-mounted) for '63 and '64? CARS Inc. lists '64 only and they're unsure. Does anyone know if the sock is the same? I'm more interested in obtaining a new sock for a '63 tank, non-A/C if that matters. More diagnosis to come this weekend, the first inspection being the hose outlet at the tank as tel riv suggests. Thanks!
  22. You didn't specify NOS, NORS, used, rehabilitated etc; there are profe$$ional obsolete parts dealers---enine/mechamical parts, electric, accessories etc--plus rebuilders of parts--electrical, water/oil pumps etc. Many show up on Google; a fair list to start with is on the vendors and restoration services list on It's important to remember when inquiring of professional dealers that they are usually looking to acquire parts to replenish inventory, so if they don't have what you need today, they may well have ir next month. and should be rechecked until you find---or fabricate---what you need.
  23. Restorer32

    Field points

    Yea, you too. Stop down sometime.
  24. I have spaces in the Red Field North which is pretty much a ghost town on Saturday morning. When I show a car at Hershey I pick up my trailer at the hotel and then go back to the spaces to unload and load my car and leave the trailer there. When i am loading there are several scrap guys rummaging around the field, with loaded pick-up trucks around 5 pm, Good for them!
  25. Had to do a second post because of the size of the photos.
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