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  1. 6 points
    Thought I'd take Irene ( and wife ) down to the local pub.
  2. 5 points
    1940 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe and B-25 Mitchell Bomber "Georgie's Gal" at the Erie Ottawa Airport.
  3. 5 points
    Before installing the vinyl cover on the left rear inner wheelhouse, I did a little body work to smooth out a few dents and battle scars. After another adventure with 57BuickJim, spray adhesive and heat gun! Shortly after Labor Day, I visited my friend Pat. He is building the seats and helping me with the door trim panels. The seat covers are looking great! He developed patterns for the door armrest covers and he sewed the parts while I was there. We were not able to build any of the main seat parts, but we determined what still needed to be done before we could install the covers on the frame & spring assemblies. When I got back home with the armrest covers, I started assembling the door trim panels. I began with the right, rear door. I installed the armrest base to the main panel with the original steel tabs and rivets where the tabs were broken or missing. Then I added a layer of batting and the trim cover Mocked up the armrest with the upper sub-assembly The right front door armrest had significant corrosion damage around the upper pull handle and the entire bottom perimeter area. I was not looking forward to all that welding repair, but on a recent visit to CARS (Chevrolet reproduction supplier) in Auburn Hills, MI, I noticed several armrest bases that looked a lot like the Caballero armrests. Surprise! 1955 Chevy Nomad front armrest bases are the SAME as the 58 Buick Century bases. The reproduction parts are made of ABS plastic, so I fabricated 3 retainer tabs to duplicate the original retaining tab designs. The molded armrest upper pad might need minor modification, but the contour and size is correct. I've also been working on the upper "C" pillar trim panels. These are steel substrates, covered with a thin layer of padding and a vinyl cover. Earlier this year, I installed the clock after having it refurbished and it only worked for a few minutes. I recently pulled the clock out of the dash and was surprised to see a piece of gasket material trapped under the clock's second hand. As I removed the clock from the car, the gasket dropped away from the second hand and the clock began to run. I dis-assembled the clock and found that the gasket between the housing and the lens had been glued in by the rebuilder, but it he had re-installed the pieces of the original, brittle gasket. I removed the gasket pieces, cleaned and re-painted the black bezel under the lens, made a new gasket and re-assembled the clock. It is back in the dash and working perfectly.
  4. 4 points
    OK, I have to share this - it may upset some people to read it but here goes: There was a fellow from New England that was a dealer in literature named Phil Dumka. Phil was a great fellow , a good friend, and an avid collector of Cadillac literature and had one of the finest collections for that make. He had his flea market spaces at Hershey when there was a Blue Field (where the roller coasters are now at the extreme East end). Phil had a great sense of humor , "looked the part" ( always wore a Greek fisherman's cap that was popular at that time) for someone who was a bit of a character etc.,anyway about 35+ years ago I was standing and talking to him at his spot and a fellow came up and for 30+ minutes ( yes really!) looked over a pile of literature that at the time wasn't very old - he pulled out a folder for a car that was about 20 years old at the time which was in excellent condition but had a slight crease in one corner. He looked at Phil and asked if Phil could do better on the price. The piece was marked $7. "Will you take $3.00 for this its damaged" . Phil asked to see the folder and looked it over carefully and looked up at me without the potential buyer seeing his face. Phil had one of those looks that said "here we go" on his face as one can get with people who want something for nothing. Phil took a deep breath and with a sigh tore the corner off the folder! handed it back to the fellow who was interested and said "here it is, now it is worth the $3.00 you so generously offered." I thought the guy was going to pass out! I had to turn away I was laughing so hard. The fellow just put the brochure down and with a look of horror walked away. Phil looked at me and said " I have about 50 of those and no one ever buys them as they are the most common item you could ever find". For the rest of Phil's life , every time I saw him after that at Hershey, he would look at me and smile and knew we were both thinking of that moment .
  5. 3 points
    Had a little September 11th car show and BBQ at my work. Just starting to get cars in place. Had a nice little selection of old to new. 48 Willys in the background. Had a 66 MG, 1966 GT350, On the modern side a 2016 Charger Hellcat, BMW I8 and a brand new McClaren. Everybody loves the Roadmaster!
  6. 3 points
    Beating a dead horse comes to mind. Gary, don't let us interfere. Individual preferences and all that. CARRY ON! Only I want a ride when it is finished. Ben
  7. 3 points
    I was just getting better at not buying stashes of car stuff and systematically throwing away my stacks of low yield Ebay items. Putting it at the curb, whether fenders or boxes of books, got things picked up quickly and maybe the bottom feeders got a buck out of it. BUT, the village just announced a rule that THEY would pick up anything at the curb and charge you for it if they beat the poor guy scratching for a buck. I wasn't complaining, just had an alternate plan. You can spot the bad buyers. I sold a set of wheels and caps a few years ago and shipped through UPS. The buyer brought up insurance at least 5 times during the purchase. When the items shipped I told the UPS guy "There is going to be an insurance claim against this. Is it packed OK?". "Yep". Claim for $75 or 80 damage came in shortly after delivery. I think the guy was sitting on his porch with a hammer waiting for the packages. Conniver is a word that has fallen out on common use, needs to be reinstated. Bernie
  8. 3 points
    The interior of this car was typical of a desert car that spent too much of its life in the sun... These are the driver's side door trim panels; crispy critters! Notice that the rear door "Century" script emblem is slanted rearward and the front door script is slanted forward... The rear door is correct; the car was built with 3 of the forward-slanted emblems. Having come from the OEM interior trim business, I suspect that someone pierced the driver's door panel in the wrong punch press or upside down in the die, depending on how the tooling was constructed. They either had to scrap the panel or install the forward slant emblem and ship the part. Obviously, they chose the latter course. I will correct the error when I make the replacement part, but part of me wants to build it wrong because that's the way it was done 60 years ago... I disassembled the panels to understand how they were built; the sequence of assembly is critical to re-creating the original appearance. This is a de-constructed rear door trim panel: I used heavy kraft paper to create patterns from the original parts. and made test parts using scrap vinyl from previous projects. The ivory colored material is excess from a 68 GTO vinyl roof cover... After verifying the contours and shape of the main panel, I traced the original part shape onto new "100 point" (0.100" thick) hardboard. I laid out the patterns on the main panel, along with the moldings to verify the seam positions, cut lines and armrest & molding attachment points. I still wasn't ready to cut the vinyl parts, so I used some of the flawed areas of the correct vinyl material to cut my "final" test parts. Here, I have peeled the laminated padding back from the outermost edges of the dielectrically embossed inserts to exactly match the way the original pieces were cut. Everything looked correct, so I proceeded to cut the "production" parts... And also cut the loft pads for the door panels and pre-punched the holes for the window regulator and latch control spindles, as well as all the attachment holes for the armrests and moldings. I also straightened the perimeter metal edge-fold pieces and replaced the corroded parts by modifying tri-five Chevy components: I bonded the pads to the main panel substrate with permanent contact adhesive Verifying position of the sub-assembled panels onto the main panel with the trim moldings One of the "Century" emblems had a missing stud, so I fashioned and threaded a replacement stud and drilled and tapped a blind hole in the emblem into which the new stud was epoxied. If anyone has one of these rearward slanting emblems, I need another one!
  9. 3 points
    I am working on the front end, kingpins and springs. The dust seals for the upper outer are a giving me trouble. The manual says pull them over the shock arm and pull the seal back over the pin when done. The seal looks like it will tear if I do this, if someone has a method that works on installing dust seals let me know. I have attached a few pictures. I suppose it is possible I have been sent incorrect seals. I also have my drums and brakes back, shoes relined and arching done that will match each drum. The last shop that I knew of that did this this type of work closed. One of guys that worked there for 40 plus years opened a small shop and now does custom work, best part is he is 30 minutes from my house Steve
  10. 3 points
    If you are serious, just email the owner. It's so easy, I can't understand your problems? If you are a real buyer just do as the ad asks. No money out of your pocket. I post these ad's as a point of interest to members that are looking for cars, not to start arguements.! JUST CLICK ON THE AD if you want to buy, if not quit making lame excuses and drop it!!!!
  11. 3 points
    Not sure if I posted the last couple of video links. Here is the latest one, not really anything you guys haven't seen.
  12. 3 points
    To paraphrase an old chestnut.........."HI, I'm from Ebay and I'm here to help you"..........Oy Vey..............Bob
  13. 2 points
    All - Engine is together. Now the trimmings! All original pistons, pins, springs fit great and this whole monstrosity can be turned by hand (very tight) even after we torqued all the bolts on the rods and the mains. Found a leak in the oiling system after assembly and balancing, but was able to replace the original copper main oil line with modern hose material. crushed a couple fingertips while doing (OUCH!). Also getting glass rear window sealed in and readying glass slides in wood hardtop which is temporarily mounted, for actual glass windows. Soon! Ron Hausmann P.E.
  14. 2 points
    Just got home from a 6 day trip to Atlantic City and then the NE Buick races at Cecil County Dragway in Maryland. The '75 Electra ran flawlessly. We did some touring, went back to the Strasburg Pa. area and more. The car won a trophy at the car show part of the event as icing on the cake for my wifes birthday. ? The trip was 651 miles all together. The car now has 23238 miles.
  15. 2 points
    Thanks Aaron and Beemon. Unscrewed the switch and had a look inside. It was pretty dirty, so cleaned the contact areas up and zapped her back on the car. No issues with starting (but I still have the push button on standby, Ben). A shout-out to Al M. who kindly emailed me the exploded diagram from the parts book. Also installed a fully rebuilt correct generator, which was the last piece to complete the engine bay. Generator came from a shop outside of Boston, and they did a great job on it.
  16. 2 points
    Enjoying the Golden Memories show at the Flint Cultual Center. 20 miles one way. Beautiful day. Vehicles must be 50 years old and stock. I even took a pic of a Wills Sainte Clair since many may have never seen one.
  17. 2 points
    I think you right about horizontal vers vertical , but these johnny joints are so strong that not a problem. Can be mounted horizontal but manufacture does not recommend.
  18. 2 points
    No, most likely he was upset about being stuck behind an 'old jalopy' not driving 10 mph over the posted limit, riding the bumper of the car in front and actually stopping at red lights & stop signs. That guy was simply in a hurry to get nowhere...
  19. 2 points
    I figured that from the beginning but I thought that perhaps I could give him some insight into the nailhead. Tommy Ivo, Tony Nancy, and Max Balchowsky figured it out then the rest of us just carried on.
  20. 2 points
    You can buy new, not rebuilt , American made, water pumps for the nailhead. One thing that a lot of engine builders want to do but shouldn't is to install hardened valve seats in a nailhead. Totally in necessary because the nickel content in the iron is so high that valve recession is unheard of. 5 or 50 years old iron won't make any difference as long as the rest of the parts are in god shape. Look at it this way. The block is seasoned and you have nothing to worry about. How many high performance engine builders look for seasoned blocks to start with when building an engine. This past June, the Riviera Owners met in northeast Kansas for their annual event. There are two long distance awards given. One for the longest drive and one for the longest drive in a car 50 years old or older. Both awards this year went to 1963 Rivieras. One was driven in from Nevada, and one from Saskatchewan. Both logged over 1,200 miles one way and they made it home. Floyd Hilman, from Washinton, has almost 400,000 miles on his 63. I think your rationalization and fears are unfounded. ? Here's something else you may find of interest. If you're not getting a new high performance crate engine, it's well worth reading. (Sorry about the formatting, I copied and pasted and there were some unnecessary pictures in the article so I cut them leaving things in the format that you see. New vs. “Seasoned” Blocks It used to be that no self-respecting performance enthusiast would consider using a new block. This wasn’t simply a matter of money. New blocks just didn’t make as much power as well seasoned used blocks. Engine blocks, like football quarterbacks, get better with age. In the case of a block casting, countless cycles of heating up and cooling down help to “season” the metal. When a block is first cast and then machined on the assembly line, it develops internal stresses. The heating/cooling cycle allows these stresses to “relax,” until finally the block becomes dimensionally stable. In the opinion of many top ranked racers, an engine does not achieve maximum power output until it has been honed three or four times; it takes that long for the cylinder bores to settle down and hold the perfectly round shape that promotes a “tight” ring seal. Here’s evidence that the automakers are getting serious about performance again. Chevrolet has introduced Bow Tie big-block and small-block castings with all the features any racer could want; Ford and Chrysler offer similar heavy-duty pieces. For a strong street engine, however, Sixties-vintage iron is usually a better (and cheaper) choice. Ihe Detroit engineers have realized that thin-wall castings are not really suitable for high-performance applications. That’s why all the major automakers are now offering brand new “off-road” castings with the features that racers and performance enthusiasts demand. For example, Chevrolet will sell you both small-block and big-block “Bow Tie” castings with extra-thick cylinder walls, beefy main bearing bulkheads, and reinforced deck surfaces. Ford offers heavy-duty iron and aluminum blocks through the SVO division, and Chrysler makes special versions of the A-engine block available through the factory- backed Direct Connection program. PS - I have no idea where all this white space came from but I can't get rid of it.
  21. 2 points
    Good God! How do you do it? Sounds like my vision of Hell.......................Bob
  22. 2 points
    Perfect day for sunshine, four windows rolled down on a pillarless flattop, and a 60 miles ride out to lunch. We headed out RT 104, the old Honeymoon Trail that could take us the Niagara Falls. We cut off to the south heading for the Medina Town and Country Family Restaurant on Main St. Medina Sandstone blocks shipped worldwide on the Erie Canal through the 1800's. Even the NAPA store is made from it. That's the Medina Basin. The wall on the other side is about 60 feet down. Cruise nights on Fridays in back of the buildings on Main St. but it never fits my schedule or habits. Stayed along the canal most of the way back. Good for the car. Bernie
  23. 2 points
    All - I am restoring the only Kissel Model 6-38 Sedanlette of and year that exists. This model car is the immediate precursor to the famed Kissel Gold Bug cars. It has special fittings and windshield. It is a roadster with a removable carved wood hardtop. When I got the car, It was a hulk, and it had no windshield. Because this car is very very rare, I was sure that I would be stuck having to make anything missing. I’ve now been restoring it for three years now. This past winter, out of the blue, I got a call from a person in Minnesota who was getting rid of Kissel parts. Low and behold when I drove there and inspected the parts, he had a NOS 1918 Kissel Sedanlette windshield sitting with his cache of other parts. And he had a bunch more o f other great Kissel goodies. Wow. Thanks, Ron
  24. 2 points
    Received a text just before supper from a customer advising I had left a piece of equipment at her house Thursday. Since it was not anything big decided to grab the Special and go for a ride with my wife to retrieve it. Stopped to top up the tank and found the gas gauge was only reading between 3/4 and full for some reason... It was a nice night here (compared to the east coast ...) and since it was a ways out continued along the Detroit River back to Downtown Windsor. Boy have things changed. Friday nights at 9 pm are DEAD compared to my days with the Special. It was the thing to do on Friday evenings after school to cruise downtown (just to be seen I guess) and catch up at various parking lots to shoot the breeze and such... Some nights there was the usual guys bragging about what their latest upgrades to their cars were and a challenge for pink slips sometimes ensued whereupon anyone in the know would head out to the highway to witness the challenge, cheering on their favourite car (or in the case of the girls, their favourite guy... never was one of those with my dynaflow on either issue - sigh). Witnessed two of those challenges at the spot known as 3B which had two overpasses which were exactly 1/4 mile apart. A designated person would go to the one crossing over the highway coming into the city checking for traffic and police while the cars set up at the other one. Once the designated person flashed his lights the starter would flag the start of the race. Yes this did happen and not just in the movies. Fortunately no one flipped a car or personally got hurt but heard various stories about engines and drive trains that broke down requiring a tow on a rope back to the shop. Guess at my age now the weekly night cruise-ins are the remembrance of those days... The things that go through my mind while behind the wheel of my old car... So headed home to drop off my wife before heading back to the garage. Have to check the mileage for this trip down memory lane.
  25. 2 points
    About 14 years ago I purchased a 31 Essex 2 door sedan for $2400. It had no rot and was in decent shape. I purchased it in order to have a project that would keep me busy in retirement, This is how it looks now. (disclaimer, It is not exactly the way Hudson made it.)
  26. 2 points
    "THAT GUY HAS HAD THAT AD FOR OVER YEAR ON AND OFF, NEVER ANSWERED MY EMAILS,PROBABLY SCAM" Overpriced, too...
  27. 2 points
    I confess I've been struggling with this job. I finally got the front end brazed to the fluted tube. It was not as easy as I'd anticipated, at least getting it to look like a neat job. This time I brazed the first four flutes with everything bolted to the engine. That was clearly what was needed to make sure it remained in line. Then the other flutes were brazed, three or four at the time allowing it to cool in between and working on the opposite side so I wouldn't disturb the joint opposite. Cleaning up the flutes and filing off the extra braze was time-consuming. But, in the end, it looks pretty good - perhaps not as perfect as I'd like but it now bolts to the engine properly. Because the flanges are threaded on, I was able to adjust the rear one so that they are both parallel with each other and meet the flanges on the block squarely. They probably aren't perfect and I would like to fly cut them. I screwed the flanges on using locktite on the threads so they won't move and fitted the entire thing to the engine. With the flanges reasonably secure, today I took it to the welder to have them welded to the output tubes. If I fly cut them, I need them to be absolutely solid. I would like them to be a bit thinner - these are a little more than 3/8" thick and I'm looking for about .300. When everything is together, I will probably pickel the piece in a dilute solution of muriatic acid to clean off all the flux, rust etc and give it a uniform color and surface. Then it will go to be ceramic coated.
  28. 2 points
    Hey Brian, sorry we missed you, Saturday was a busy day for us, pass in review and we had company. I did see this Buick driving around quite often and I thought of our friend Lawrence. Regards, Gary
  29. 1 point
    I have never seen a couplet with wire wheels before. Sure looks great. Phoenix sure seems to be a great little town, better than the "hot" Phoenix. I have heard rumors that there are some real neat people living there.
  30. 1 point
    It made me think something terrible had happened to my computer for a couple seconds.
  31. 1 point
    Had a pair of those on a Marmon 34...
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  34. 1 point
    The main reason I switched to paper. Storage and listing is alot easier, plus I sell alot of multiple piece orders that normally would go unsold. because they are almost free shipping when you add them to the box. My biggest complaint is the guys that win auctions then never pay. Usually small amounts as well, so it's not worth trying to force them to take the stuff, not that a seller has much bite when ebay has us all muzzled. The second complaint is the buyers that I build piles for then go over the time frame for invoicing or the number of items I can invoice. When I am extending a big favor to my customers, I really hate being taken advantage of further when it adds a bunch more work for me. Since I sell so many brands of auto literature, I also have a little trouble with organization as the foreign stuff usually isn't enough to warrant it's own individual boxes for make but alot of those single page brochures seem to get tucked in behind something else and you search for an hour for the darn thing before you find it. Usually it's a cheap item as well so you feel even more frustrated. The whole shipping scam gets me PO'd as well since ebay collects a fee on shipping paid and doesn't refund it when you do, because some yahoo Doesn't request an invoice but instead went ahead and paid 50.00 in shipping charges so I have to refund back 43.00. With ebay keeping 15 percent of that , effectively costing me money to ship the buyer's order.
  35. 1 point
    Have you spoken to these people? http://www.runningboardrubber.com/project_catalogue.html They have a 1936 Dodge pattern, as do these people: http://www.runningboardrubbermats.com/vintagerunningboards.html
  36. 1 point
    Because it's such a PITA to get to these bolts with the car on the ground, you can also jack it up by the pumpkin and put jackstands under the axle. Or jack it up and put the rear wheels on a stack of 2x8s. Or find a buddy with a drive-on lift.
  37. 1 point
    going for first time never been there hotel reservation in Harrisburg going for all 3 days hope to see all and go to AACA museum and library. Not taking my car for the AACA meet , ,maybe next year see how this goes this year
  38. 1 point
    Just realized. After the wheel is completely painted it will still need to go for pinstriping. More time for that! I was able to purchase a couple items this past week that I was very happy to get. I located a re-rubberized original black gas pedal and another fuel tank. I had a close replacement for the pedal but it was not shaped quite right but most would never know. Getting the original restored one was a big plus. The fuel tank I found by accident when looking at a bunch of pages of an old car accessories parts vendor. It was listed under another make and a different year but I immediately realized when looking at it that is was a 32' olds tank. My own tank is thin and has been repaired so finding another original one I thought was out of the question due to the rarity and low production numbers of the 32' Olds. While I haven't seen the tank yet, the seller told me it is absolutely solid so I'll find out when it gets here .
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Fed at the Buick Gardens while Elvis slept
  41. 1 point
    g-g-g-O The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. The start of a project Buick with the single turn of a wrench or screwdriver. You are at least on the home stretch with this great project. I'm barely seeing over the top of the trench with my '34. You and several others are my inspiration to keep going so hang in there. There are many more of us following you on this rutted road of restoration, resto-mods or refreshings of the Buick markee.
  42. 1 point
    Attended North Cyprus concours event , where Ruby won best in show two years ago , so wasn’t expecting anything thought may win best American until a $100k restomod mustang turned up!. However won second best in show , very pleased as some great cars in attendance. Show winner Jaguar XK 150S rare one apparently only 9 the same left , amazing condition, met the owner nice guy , told me he’s had the car 38 years and when he purchased it , he had a difficult decision with the jag and an Aston Martin DB5 for similar money !
  43. 1 point
    Shoot. I did not make the connection between this car and Gary. Next year. I was there too with my 1923 on Saturday. 144 miles round trip from Fenton. I had several people doubt me that I drove. Heck that's half the fun. The other is seeing all the early cars and their owners. One of the more chilly rides I recall. Stopped for coffee both ways to warm up. I should have grabbed a heavier jacket, the golf pullover with the top down was 'refreshing' shall we say. Left my cell phone at home on the kitchen counter too (who was excited to go? Ha.) We all get 4 wrist bands so next year if some of you plan go, get in touch with us and we can set you up as our guests and you get in free.
  44. 1 point
    BRRRR! Only 56 degrees at 7 am so had a hot breakfast, bundled up and went out to do some lawns before heading over to 1957buickJim's in the afternoon. This was my chance to drive the Cougar as it would mean putting her on I-75 and stretch her legs a bit. Jim had offered some clips I need for my lower rear quarter moulding that came off as I was having a difficult time locating some around home. Wish my wife liked this car as it was great to scoot along with traffic in the fast lane! With having the digital dash I was able to switch it over to miles per hr and it now reads 45,478 miles on the odometer. It had 41,893 miles on it when I got it back in 2007. Spent some time with Jim looking over his wagon in progress and then 95Cardinal drove up. Chatted more about the Jim's wagon further and then Joe asked if I had time to go over and see his Caballero? Yes Sir! So all three of us went. If you recall I did the same trip to Joe's from Jim's with the Special in the Spring and that time she stalled on the way from a plugged fuel filter but after a boost from Joe's truck, made it there and eventually home. THIS TIME no stopping with the Cougar! Joe's Caballero is coming along and even at this point looks SPECTACULAR! The effort and quality of work has me in awe and getting a real understanding what I'd be facing if and when I ever went for a complete restoration... The clips Jim gave me were perfect for my moulding and can't say Thank You enough JIM! You be sure and call me when you need a hand with your wagon OK!
  45. 1 point
    Here is the results of our test. Pretty happy with the results of the single stage black. Getting a little closer. We’ll be painting the rims first with single stage then painting the hub and sprocket pattern last using the stencil film. Have to say it was pretty easy using the film and it’s way easier than masking it all off with tape.
  46. 1 point
    With the front fenders and splash aprons complete,the chrome and the radiator complete, the engine rebuilt, work could progress on assembly. One of the pictures shows a painted piece of aluminum set up as a hood side panel. This helped in choosing a color. It is from the PPG color chart and is actually called a brown. Very attractive and looks somewhat original
  47. 1 point
    It has been a while since the last post. Once the frame and the engine were completed and ready for assembly, the emphasis was on getting the fenders and splash aprons done. After prepping, the fenders and the splash aprons were painted black base with clearcoat. The underside was first sprayed with a coat of rock guard. Pictures show the fenders hanging in the drying bay.
  48. 1 point
    Boy, that brings back memories. Absolutely beautiful reconstruction.
  49. 1 point
    As is usually the case with cars that are exposed to the weather, the metal develops many rust pin holes because of wood holding moisture. As you can see the roof rails and the rumble seat lid were victims of this. all the metal was replaced. One of the roof rails was removed, metal patch panels installed and then welded back and all body work finished with lead
  50. 1 point
    This was the donor car at that time. Towed 750 miles on its original rubber through the mountains by a 1942 Plymouth with original drive train (6), home made tow bar. One flat tire on the Chrysler (destroyed the wheel too