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  1. 4 points
    I was in this situation in 2016 - I had been thinking about getting a car - pre 1933 - for a year or two, and looked at Hemmings and Ebay and some other sites every day for many months to get an idea of what was around and what it might cost. Following advice, I think from this board, or maybe one of the Facebook groups, I headed off to Hershey Fall Swap Meet in October 2016 with a budget and a determination to buy "not a Model A or a Model T" - there are just too many of them around and I wanted something a bit out of the ordinary. The car that caught my eye as soon as I saw it, and survived me looking at other cars the rest of that day was a 1926 Franklin Sedan, so I bought that at the start of the 2nd day of Hershey 2016. I joined the AACA there on the grounds, and joined the H H Franklin Club a few days after I got back home. The club has incredible people, and incredible resources - e.g. most of the factory drawings for cars and parts from 1902 through to 1934 are in the club's possession, and available on the club's website for members to use. My only regret about buying at Hershey was the inability to take a test drive in the car. The picture is me with the car after I'd signed for it and made the money transfer. Roger
  2. 2 points
    I started this morning by setting the radius turning tool up in the lathe and drilling a hole to start the boring bar. I took it out to about 7/8" then set up the boring head. This part went smoothly. Here's the finished product. I hit the size dead on. I never milled one end of the 1-1/2 square pieces because getting them perfectly to length is a PIA. Instead, with the tool assembled I fly cut the side where they were unever. This won't make the tool work any better but it does look better. So, here it is. I had intended to make a split bushing so I could adjust tension on it but when I assembled everything the tension was just about perfect as is. I can always do that later if it needs it but for now, this is fine. I also discovered that I have to take the tool apart in order to mount it - something I hadn't anticipated but not a major problem. I tried it out with a boring tool and then with a 1/2: end mill as a cutter. Neither worked although the tool itself functioned exactly as it should. The problem is cutter shape... and grinding cutting tools has never been one of my strong points. Despite the fact that it didn't cut well there was no vibration in the tool itself so I'm convinced that when I find a cutter that works the entire thing should be fine. I did see something on youtube - I hate watching youtube videos but I do have to admit that occasionally I find a good idea there. In any case, tomorrow I'll try it. If it doesn't work, I have to go on to another job I promised a friend for another brass car so I will probably post some photos of that project as well. I did have a couple of near misses though - I forgot to measure the radius of the boring head itself. Fortunately, it fit albeit with a very small clearance. I did have to reduce both the width and the diameter of the set screw collar to get it on but overall, I'm satisfied.
  3. 2 points
    Running board supports could easily be modified to become stream board brackets. The mounting base and profiles are the same for both. Stream board supports are narrower across the flanges but that might not matter. At worst a little grinding would would be in order. The stream board brackets are shorter overall but again an easy fix. Slots for the carriage bolt hold downs are different but they could be cut in the proper place. Attached some photos FYI. The black powder-coated stream board brackets are for my project convertible. The running board brackets are available with a revision in the condition report. They all four have some damage. Tried to show the worst one in the photo with two only. The are all really solid and could easily be restored. Bob H
  4. 2 points
    I agree with Vintman - too many pictures in one thread to keep them easily separated - especially for us novices.
  5. 2 points
    What people are trying to tell you is that in old cars (like with so many collectibles) DETAILS MATER! Among old cars it is very common that one year is 'priceless' and the next year is 'worthless'. The word "original" has VERY SPECIFIC meanings (especially around here) and can significantly affect both price AND interest. Imagine if somebody posted a picture of a house asking for a valuation but could not correctly state where it was located? or that the description and picture did not match between one story and two story . . . ? But they still want to know what it was worth. . . Same as if somebody asked what some stock was worth without saying the name of the company or how many shares they had. You can get excellent help here BUT exact information is critical. The more information AND PICTURES the more accurate your answer.
  6. 2 points
    Hi Folks, would remind everybody about the rule from Peter Geriepyat the top of this forum which advises only one photo per thread!! Gets bit complicated othewrwiase.
  7. 2 points
    Things have been moving quickly as I prepare the car for its maiden show. It will be displayed at the Detroit Autorama on March 1-3. Early in December, I visited my friend Pat who has been working on the seat trim. He had completed most of the covers and we planned to install the covers onto the frame & spring units. He had researched the correct appearance for the covers. Images of interiors of several other cars showed that there was a lot of variation in the way the trim covers were sewn. For example, these seats look "overstuffed" and the french seams at the corners do not line up with the outboard stitch lines on the insert areas: This seat has better contours, without the overstuffed look, but the upper (red) panel goes straight across the seat, instead of curving downward at the outboard corners: Here is the 1/3 section of the rear seat back. The short , angled french seam aligns perfectly with the insert stitch line and the corner of the tan and beige joint. The upper edge of tan/beige joint is contoured to match the images in the 1958 Buick color and trim book and images of original interiors. This is the initial test fit of the 2/3 folding rear seat cushion. Shape looks good, corners and edges still need some finessing: Looking better! Here, I am beginning to assemble the 1/3 section of the rear seat back. A perimeter wrap of non-woven polyester will help retain the shape of the side facings. Together in the car for the first time. I'm not happy with it, so I will disassemble it and start over. But my granddaughter gave it her approval for comfort!
  8. 2 points
    If you are like me , I tend to "accumulate " car stuff that ends up cluttering up my shop waiting for a home or an application on a future car. Good tires and wheels take up lots of room . Found these tire dollies that hold up to 300 lbs and roll around easily . Cheap at $38 on Amazon with free shipping with Prime . Thought some members might find them useful . KReed ROA 14549
  9. 1 point
    This is a relatively unusual little Model A. I haven't seen many early sport coupes like this, so it's kind of a neat find. It's an early production Model A with a few of the early features, including the red rubber steering wheel, center-mounted parking brake, and drum taillight. It was restored in the '80s and has plenty of tour miles on it, but the engine is more recently rebuilt and it features a Lloyd Young overdrive that makes it a pleasant 55-60 MPH cruiser. I like the unusual chicle and copra drab colors, which were the same as my father's Model A roadster that I grew up in, so maybe that's why it appeals to me. The trim is still nickel, so it has a soft shine that could probably be brought up a notch with some elbow grease and the top (which does not fold) is in very good shape. I don't know if green leatherette was on the menu in 1928, but it looks rather handsome inside the coupe and beyond the overdrive controls and add-on turn signals, it's completely stock and everything works. Dual sidemounts, accessory manifold heater, trunk, and moto-meter. The engine starts easily and runs great with no smoke or odd noises. The extra wiring on the steering column is for the turn signals and on-board battery charger. It shifts nicely, the overdrive works like mine does so it'll take a little familiarization, and the steering and brakes feel right. I'm not in love with the whitewalls, but they're in good shape and this is one car that would really look dynamite with blackwalls. Asking price is a very reasonable $19,900. Model As are still a great place to start!
  10. 1 point
    I inspected a Reatta years ago that hit a horse. Had a horse shoe imprint on the roof.
  11. 1 point
    The Franklin is one beautiful car and I love the idea of being different. The reason i like showing up with 9 tons of chrome on the grill of my 49 Roadmaster. I used to be a regular at Fall Carlisle and Mopars at Carlisle for many , many years and then I rejoined the military (gulf 1) which put an end to it. Wish I had the opportunity to make that trip again but TX is just a little to far away. When comes time to buy I will have rely on an inspector or if possible a member who could live nearby. As much as I would like to travel and check out the car myself, it won't be possible unless I can make the drive in a reasonable turn around
  12. 1 point
    You're right Dave. So far when I've needed parts they magically show up in my mailbox or they are hand delivered by my friend in his Red Reatta that looks like a twin of mine. Thanks Dave! And thanks to all the other people who supply Reatta owners with parts.
  13. 1 point
    You had BETTER listen to me as I tell you to listen to Ronnie !
  14. 1 point
    Streamboard (short) vs running board (long) Can take more photo's & dimensions. Streamboard are on a car. Running board brackets in a box (for my other car)
  15. 1 point
    Like the wildcat II concept better
  16. 1 point
    There is a quite thorough review on the history of Buick Special, offered today by Hemmings Classic Car: https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hcc/2017/03/The-Significant-Special---Buick-Special/3750584.html?refer=hccweekly
  17. 1 point
    This gas station has been converted to a restaurant called Red Crown in Grosse Pointe Park Mich. http://redcrowngp.com/
  18. 1 point
    That's mostly the reason (or my excuse...) for leaving her together all these years, never enough space! Saving the shed and putting it beside the garage will help for that. My wife doesn't understand as she thinks "everything car part wise" is just JUNK. 😕🤐 The shelves and cabinets are just about full now. I'm labelling things as I go which is also tedious but is a necessary part of the process. I find a tire marker is handy for the big stuff and hope it helps my boys when the time comes. Yes I have a flash drive full of pictures to assist getting things back together on the good Limited. Even with having my hands on all my '58's most of my life I still need them to get things right... When all is said and done with this hobby I have said to my wife, "At least you know where I am and it keeps me out of the bars!" I'm watching your progress and know you get what it is all about (as do others taking this journey).
  19. 1 point
    Vinsetta Garage in Berkeley, MI (suburb of Detroit) dates back to 1919 It is now a restaurant but kept most of the charm of the original facade and an interesting vintage automotive interior
  20. 1 point
    So partaking in the rallye would not offset any implicit deductions from trailering? Also from NC and also planning to trailer.
  21. 1 point
    I'm not a fan of stereotyping anyone. I try to treat everyone well and look beyond age, race, economic status, etc. Now back to discussion of cars!
  22. 1 point
    This may be straying a bit the subject of the thread, but I'll bite: I think the answer is often "yes." Different generations were shaped by different experiences, world events, and technologies at different stages of their lives, and often that does create a shared outlook for many. It creates a useful heuristic, at least. And I think that is the conclusion not just of "marketers," but of professional demographers and researchers who conduct studies to identify changing attitudes across different generations. See, for example, The National Science Foundation's Longitudinal Study of American Youth and its journal, the "Generation X Report."
  23. 1 point
    I can supply this one. Contact me if interested.
  24. 1 point
    POCI is fine. We didn't go to the POCI Nats last year but went to Wichita in '14. I would say 95>% of the cars were original although I did not look at all of the master cylinders so do not know how many dual master cylinders were on pre-'67 cars. That modification alone, which many people do, turns any '66 and earlier car into a "modified" car. I didn't see any naked (darn it!), tattooed, or pierced husseys or hooligans hanging around the few customs that were there, I guess the terrible people who are part of THAT kulture weren't allowed? Most of the tatoos were on Korean and Vietnam War veterans. I would say the average age of Wichita attendees was probably right at 68 years old. We need to start checking the tottooed war veterans to make sure they don't cross that "kulture" line.
  25. 1 point
    This is funny, it reminds me of car clubs several years ago that had a pre 1972 limit, and they didn't want mini trucks LOL. Customs are around, made from all makes of cars, you can still see they're Pontiacs, so you want the POCI to just cater to original Pontiacs? I am a member of a lot of car forums, and the majority of them have no problem with custom, safer restomod, not factory original cars. Just think, there's a reason newer cars have airbags, disc brakes, ABS and radial tires. The car belongs to the person that owns it, and they can do what they want with it, huh?