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  1. What's more rare for a 1940 than year only wheels, transmission, belt line trim, glove box doors without dents, interior windshield garnish molding? Rocker trim for both sides - Voila' perfect fit, perfect shape, and proper for this body style:
    9 points
  2. Today I finished the plating of the last pieces for The back of my combination switch. Did some copper plating and zinc plating. I’ll get my levers plated soon.
    5 points
  3. While not entirely based in fact, the story told when folks ask how I moved from New Jersey to New Orleans, here it is: Dregs of a difficult winter in New Jersey, and taking vacation from my job, commuting into mid-town Manhattan, and my apartment was being renovated by the new owner: So, not having any storage available, I piled everything I owned into my '64 Valiant Station Wagon. Ready to leave, I realized that my snow shovel was still leaning against the car. Having no more room inside, I tied it to the roof rack. I drove south to escape the latest round of winter
    4 points
  4. I got the semi-barrel plater done and it worked pretty well. I need to work on the dangler as it spent too much time plating itself (and creating general electrolytic havoc) instead of maintaining contact with the parts to be plated. I have some ideas and I think this will be pretty easy to fix. I also want to look at increasing the rotation speed. The bbq rotisserie motor I got doesn't have a speed control and it goes really slow. The parts tend to stick together and make their way to near the top before gravity takes over and they fall to the bottom. I need to get a little more tumble
    4 points
  5. When my neighbor's Prius makes the list of collectables, I'm jumping off a bridge. 😄
    4 points
  6. . 1939 Buick Century Sport Coupe. Black with grey interior. Restored around 1996 and has less than 3000 miles since then. Loaded. Side mounts, front fender marker lights, fog lights, sun visor, spot lights, push button radio, heater and rarest of all stream board running board option. About the only thing I have done is have the steering wheel redone. I have owned it since 2010 and have the history back to the restoration which was done in Milwaukee. Note .....dash picture was taken with steering wheel before it was redone. 512-869-5114 $28,000
    3 points
  7. Below is the preview for the wall display I ordered from Valley Designs ND. I sent them an Adobe Illustrator file of a graphic I had made of The Aqua Zephyr a couple of years ago. This display won't have the 3-D look of Valley Designs ND's other products, but I think this design will work well, especially with the turquoise LED lights they are putting in it. I will post pictures of the actual wall display once it is received and hung in either my garage or one of my rooms in the house (if mama will let me hang it in the house!) Thanks to @Craig Bal
    3 points
  8. Just because I hope to be without Reatta sometime this year (2020) I am staying on the forum. There is one more Reatta on my bucket list, eventually I just have to experience owning a select 60. The red and white color scheme may be the coolest Reatta if not coolest car ever. You rarely see them unless your at a Reatta meet or a very large car show but the guys that built this car really got it right. For you 60 owners, please post photos on this thread.
    3 points
  9. Nurses on the frontline: Photos celebrate the brave women who trained in mechanics, drove tanks and cared for wounded soldiers on the battlefields of WWI and WWII Fascinating photographs documented the heroics of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) Founded in 1907, the all-women Corps initially provided frontline nursing support during the First World War Role expanded ahead of the Second World War and FANYs served as drivers, cooks and encryption specialists
    3 points
  10. After the rear brake shields were ready, it was time to modify the dies to press the front shields. At first, I was thinking that the shape is easy; well it was the case to do the separate male insert. The female job was not that easy. The almost rectangular cavity could be milled, but the half round one was more difficult to get. Milling was not an option, at least not with my basic machine. I removed almost all the metal with grinding and finished it with a hand tool, shaving the brass until the insert was flush with the flat surface. The male insert was then attached to the other die with
    3 points
  11. Don't forget Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth who learned to drive and maintain military trucks during WWII. She apparently learned more than to differentiate between a fan belt and a spark plug. From The History Channel: "After months of begging her father to let his heir pitch in, Elizabeth—then an 18-year-old princess—joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II. Known as Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor, she donned a pair of coveralls and trained in London as a mechanic and military truck driver. The queen remains the only female member of the royal
    3 points
  12. My two cents! This is a large inventory business for sale and would be impossible to give an inventory related to the price on this forum. So in this case you call or better yet have a face to face meeting and then a tour of the inventory. I do not think his inventory consists of a 4X8 box trailer behind a pickup headed for a swap meet that is easily valued. So lets get serious and call the man if you are interested and stop kicking tires please. Sorry for the meltdown PS I do not think you will need a ticket to Nigeria.
    3 points
  13. Started in January with 50.584 miles. Reached 52.462 miles these days. 1.878 miles in 2019.
    3 points
  14. I've been on the fence about selling this for some time and have come to realize that to get the 1931-1933 Auburn I want, we are going to have to part ways. She is pretty sexy to just look at sitting in the garage. Probably. not a whole lot of original 36 Cord Phaeton hot rods from the 40's or early 50's still out there. Very old (50's?) black enamel repaint over the original cigarette cream finish and red tuck and roll Vinyl done very much to the original pattern. Still in good shape. Pretty cool with a full dressed 40's Caddy flathead with Edmunds intake and Heads. Pipes were added at some
    2 points
  15. For folks that just like driving an old car all the time I would get this just to drive back and forth to work. Same as the 53 four door Plymouth I bought for dirt cheap and the 63 dodge 880. Nothing special. Will never see a car show. But i get to drive an old car doing everyday things which for me is the enjoyment of owning them. I am still on the look out for a mid 50's Desoto and if it is a 4 door I can drive to work once a week it would suit me fine. I get tons of smiles and waves the entire 30 mile ride each way so people who never get to see old cars doing what they should be doing ge
    2 points
  16. Thanks. All good and working with the old accelerator pump. Check ball definitely in there. Two nice streams of fuel now and car starts on first crank.
    2 points
  17. We all have an opinion as to what we like. I don't like the chrome plated wheels at all, if they were painted it would not make the plated tread cover on the spare tires seem so bold against the white wall tires. To much green for me - needs black leather upholstery . The Pilot ray lights - a pair is one to many ( you have a par of headlamps, pair of parking lamps pair of spot lamps, and finally a pair of driving lights - yikes , turn them all on at once and you will melt the battery into a puddle under the car) I am not fond of the basket weave stone guard that you see on just abo
    2 points
  18. The phone number. A 4747 has no need for breakdown insurance. Maybe its a subliminal message.
    2 points
  19. GM made a punch tool with a cup shaped tip that fit the accelerator check ball. Giving it a light rap will "seat" the ball by reshaping the carb body where it seals (its just soft potmetal, the ball is steel). You could probably make one. Maybe. more importantly, would be making sure the check ball is in there. Bernie
    2 points
  20. Today was one of those days that started slow expecting to hear from my one son who asked if I would be available to help him with some construction in his house. By 1 pm decided to drive over and found him not really needing my help so after a visit went home and into the garage. With lot's of sorting and clean up I went at the shelves by the door. I decided the best way was to deconstruct things and made a shelf for a stereo sitting not used in the house. Music works for me and this unit should provide some quality sound with the spare cabinet speakers I have downstairs and bring
    2 points
  21. But then you would have to join the ACDP club.
    2 points
  22. Went through this on both a 55 and a 56. The arrow above is the correct side where the heat chamber is. If you stand at the passenger fender facing the passenger bank of the engine, the port that the carbs heat pipe plugs into is almost directly behind the leftmost (nearest the firewall) bolt that attaches the exhaust manifold to the cylinder head. Now - assuming all the passenger side 56 manifold designs are the same for this feature, just feel around the back left side of the manifold and you should feel a small pipe about 1/8-1/4 inch sticking out. I believe the heat passage is fully cas
    2 points
  23. Some progress today, I’m a little limited at this time due to recent shoulder surgery. installed the chrome feature between the windshields and got rid of a bunch more Phillips screws.
    2 points
  24. Good day. I was gonna start a new thread, but found this one... Recently I was doing some 'housekeeping' and came across a couple 'newsletters' that I created a number of years ago for an on-line model car discussion group on Yahoo groups (ModelCarsUnlimited MCU). My son got into building models, and of course, I (ahem) supported the hobby by also getting involved. Although I built a number of different models, since I owned a '64 1:1 scale model, I focused on the Riviera. The newsletter didn't last too long... Anyway, for what it's worth, a couple BROoM Swe
    2 points
  25. I removed the decayed element from my 41 twin carb century which was not metallic but more like a natural material. I bought a roll of 3/8 inch thick air filtration material for motorcycles that was wide enough to stack up inside the filter can. I think I made 3 or four circles. Did not use any oil as the washable element does not require it.
    2 points
  26. Today, I spend with completing the mock-up (more or less 😉). It is a bit difficult to get the right form of the seats, only reference I have are the pictures of Roger Weiss's car, and a sales catalog picture. I made it with cheap plywood, leftover slats and some stiff paper (its floor protecting paper for painting walls etc., cheap and plentiful available). Side view of toneau seat Inside view of mock up construction Top view of toneau seat mock up. Regards, Harm
    2 points
  27. A very mild stretch of winter without snow and salted roads let us drive our '39 Century on Boxing Day. We traveled out to a fishing village of Erieau, which is a summer destination but not for our Snapper's Tour next July. Too busy, too many other interesting stops, we cannot fit it in to the list of activities. Here is a photo of our car on the pier with unfrozen Lake Erie as the background, the second snap is the pier last winter. Regards, Gary
    2 points
  28. Interesting story...Anyway, you certainly had no trouble to travel with that light vehicle on the trailer, especially traveling so many miles. We had more difficulties when my '72 de Ville was transported from the customs in Zurich to Bienne (about 100 miles) because the car was a tad too far back, plus the weight from the spare parts in the trunk! At more than 40 MPH, the trailer began to dance...
    2 points
  29. I had to repaint my motor after changing the water pump. The motor was green so I figured it was time to go back to silver. If I do this again I think it would be easier to pull the motor
    2 points
  30. My grandpa and I started restoring this back in the 1980’s, the car belonged to my dad. We took every piece of this car apart! Every single thing. We got it to a point that (we thought) it was ready for paint, chrome and interior that was about 1986. The car sat in my dads shop until 2004 when he retired and decided to send the car off to a shop and have all of the bodywork we did redone, he had the chrome done, paint and interior. He did his own style which I’m sticking with for now since he spent so much on it. It was never finished and sat again until April of 2019 when I brought it hom
    1 point
  31. After he downtown parking in Carmel this year at Pebble.......I had to paint TWO fenders from ladies pocketbooks...........and the car was a fresh 100 point restoration before I parked it. Don’t ask what it cost to fix.............the car won “Most Elegant Open” ..........nice to have your perfect car damaged. When I shoved the lady sideways who dragged the pocket book off the car she got pissed off.......so I offered to let her to pay for the damage and she calmed down. People are plain stupid............
    1 point
  32. Is it a 6V flasher? A 12V flasher will be expecting to see 1/2 of the current of a 6V flasher (for the same Wattage load). That would cause quick heating of the bi-metal switch in a mechanical flasher. (Similar to adding trailer lights to a stock system, which lowers the total circuit resistance, increasing the current through the flasher.)
    1 point
  33. I’ll see how they are sitting once I do all the bushes and remove the extra leafs in the rear. I’m a bit hesitant getting them reset or a new set. The old girls ride so nice over the bumps just they way they are. I will definitely check them of all the info supplied thanks fellas.
    1 point
  34. That is not standard equipment. Someone added that back in the day.
    1 point
  35. Thanks - had most of us beat. Some thought Mopar but couldn't get a match. Presumably a private import as the local Dodges were mostly Plymouth-based Kingsways.
    1 point
  36. Car is for sale and bumping up to the top for fresh eyes and offers.
    1 point
  37. Two great pictures! would be a candidate for a "WOW" button , if we had one.
    1 point
  38. Hi, ia-k, and a hearty welcome to our friendly, supportive group ! I don't offer constructive criticism that frequently here, and as a rule, try to avoid "butting heads". So please accept a gentle suggestion in the positive spirit in which I offer it. Put rather simply, if you have real interest and capability, why not, as in the case of the cleaner version of the "Mathematician named Paul", (you know, who "had a hexahedronical ball"), since you have Craig's "phone number - give him a call !". In case you have misplaced the number, I have gone to the trouble of looking it up
    1 point
  39. The guy in the back says "You think I"M on the far side".
    1 point
  40. Thanks -- I appreciate sharing the 'tricks' to yield a really authentic appearance. I particularly like the flat-black bolt treatment; that is one thing that really caught my attention in the photos. Too often the 'chunks' are restored and then assembled with original hardware that still looks 'old'...
    1 point
  41. Going to fire up my bro's 66 Studebaker tomorrow and take it for a short spin.
    1 point
  42. I have a small collection of models that give me joy. Merry Christmas to all!
    1 point
  43. Well stated Matt! Once well sorted you have to drive the cars no matter how many cylinders it has! Just starting it up and letting it idle to run does not do it any good; just gets you disgusted later on when it won't run properly due to neglect! Use it or loose it. Local stop and go short trips are ok but the cars need to be driven at a reasonable higher speed to get the whole system warmed up, let the spark plugs burn clean ( ie the carbon from the extra gasoline when first started up) etc. I totally agree that you have to take the time and spend the $ to get it correctly sorted by a co
    1 point
  44. Hey Mike, Cool Custom Convert! That looks like the same kit I started with stock 65. The shifter is ridiculously out of scale, but I think if you cut off the ball part it would look really close to the factory shifter. I didn't notice until I had mine all glued together or I'd have trimmed it off. Kaber
    1 point
  45. Nice work Ed! I only have the one model of a Riv here is a pic. I know its not Riviera, Not even close, but here are some pics of a model I have been working on Recently. It is nowhere near finished, the scale is 1/6th so it is quite large. The figure is 12" tall! (sorry for the off topic post!)
    1 point
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