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    Today I accepted an offer on my dad’s garage that included the ‘63 Corvair. If it closes, the last of dad’s cars, excluding the ‘57 Skyliner will be gone. I had hoped to keep this one and get it running, but had to sacrifice it to ensure the contract was accepted. I had to take a deep deep breath and admit that the burdens of my fathers real estate expenses and the inconvenience of moving the car and parts, wasn’t worth it. I’ve lost enough time off work and the locals are getting tired of my relentless pleas for help. The positive is the contract doesn’t require me to do a lot of final cleanup that I thought I’d have to do. That is a huge relief. Now I’m one step closer to moving past all of this. I think my dad would have wanted me to be relieved of this burden. I feel like it just wasn’t meant to be for me to have this Spyder for some reason that only God and my father knows. Maybe it really is “Unsafe at any speed”. 😂 (Of course I’m kidding)
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    I stopped by this afternoon and found Levi spraying some primer on the hood. He has also been working on the radiator core support and doors.
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    Here are my sons taking their first drives ever in a 1909 Cartercar the day it arrived. So easy to drive, a child can do it! No clutch, no shifting, and if you get in trouble, just let go of everything and it stops. I figured that would be a good choice for their first time out. Cody, age 13: Riley, age 9: Here's Riley on the roll:
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    Probably a wise decision on the Spyder. The whole being able to walk away without the final clean up has alot of value as you mentioned. Plus you don't have to deal with moving the car , and parts or storing it. The Skyliner was probably the best of the crop and I bet you the one your Dad would have wanted to see you keep the most. Good luck on a quick close.
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    congratulations! you made a good decision. time to move onward and upward!
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    With the addition or a stud, large nut and the locking "spring" for that nut, the first actuating lever is finished. The equalization of the brakes could be done with the large nut at the end of the lever. I don't know if that locking spring was efficient to block the nut; I suppose it was the case as this system was used during some years. Still 3 to do!
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    My daughter at 1 year old , 30 years later with her 1 year old son. Same car 1922 Packard (different registration plates)
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    Today I made nuts to hold the pump together. Why, you may rightly ask would I bother to make nuts? Because I want them to look appropriate for the period. It isn't that they look like originals, it is that they don't look as if they came from the hardware store. The first step was to cut some pieces of 7/16 brass hex stock. It was faced off and drilled with a #25 drill. Then I set up the radius turning tool and put a slight crown on one end. This was done with a collet stop in place so all the pieces would come out exactly the same length. Then the other end was turned down to 3/8" And went back in the lathe to be trimmed to length. I then threaded them (although I forgot to take a picture of that). I only need 5. The 6th was my insurance in case I ruined one. I have to admit it doesn't look like much for most of a day's work but my feeling is that it is small details like this that disguise the fact that the entire unit is new.
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    This is simply a great survivor Packard that was maintained its entire life. It starts easily, runs well, drives and shifts great, stops perfectly, cools and charges. Everything correct under the hood. All lights work and it is simply ready for use when you it shows up in your driveway, however I would put 4 new tires on it before motoring down the road. Motor runs smooth, but is tired. Pictures should tell the story, where else can you get a Packard like this for this price? $14,500 and located in my building in Smithfield, RI. All pictures at link: http://www.tomlaferriere.com/listings/1927-packard-4-26-sedan
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    2k surfacer is on...and I did a final 2 coats of black epoxy on the dash, firewall, floors, and undercarriage. Body schutz sprayed on the rear wheel wells and outer trunk drops like factory.
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    Ed, I agree with you. In an open car I like something with 4 doors or if a 2 door a convertible victoria, I am not a rumble seat car guy at all. Look nice but you have to be no older then a nimble 12 year old to easily climb in and out of one. I too like the fit and finish of closed car. Town cars are my favorite body style but I don't fit behind the wheel of any one of them well at all due to long legs. Chauffeurs were not tall people as the owners of the cars wanted the room in the back for them not up front for the driver. In NY City there were fraternal organizations for chauffeurs too - Had their own clubs by country of origin - Irish, Norwegian, German. they advertised their existence in car publications that were specific to people who drive vehicles "National Taxicab and Motor bus Weekly" was one of them. they had club houses in NY City where there was some lodging and also places for a shower or a clean up between long hauls behind the wheel. SO why do I recall all of this stuff clearly and can't remember what day I am supposed to go to the dentist without looking at a calendar? 😯 OK all of you that know me can stop snickering .
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    You’ve done an amazing job overseeing all of this. I know I couldn’t let stranger’s go through all my Dad’s stuff. It would have to be an auction with me not there. This also, is extremely common⬇️ Boils my blood every time I see it. “Lost its garage space”, my rump. Loving family pushed it outside within weeks. I don’t do Craigslist searches anymore....
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    I use the "Leather hide store" to get my leather. they have restoration black, the quality is very good and so is the price. It has a nice distressed look and very few blemishes. It's on sale right now. If ordered, make sure to order all you need, up front and they will send hides that match in finish. I used the same leather on my Locomobile and it has held up very well. https://www.leatherhidestore.com/restoration-black-distress-leather-upholstery-hide.html No offense implied, but the hide being shown in this thread is pretty bad quality, all that around edges would have to be simply removed, it's not usable, and the damages in the main field of the piece would make it very difficult to use. If it's going to be cut in to squares or strips and sewn it would be ok if a person wanted to toil with it, but not for a folded seam diamond tuft. It looks like a half hide and about half of it is usable, at 50 dollars, that is all it's worth, they are now 99, that is way too much for that. Upholstery work is difficult enough without adding additional issues to work around. Spend a bit more money and get something better quality and easier to use. The machine I use is a walking foot Sailrite machine with the Monster wheel for slower speeds and higher inertia in the stitch and #140 polyester thread with a Schmetz diamond point needle. It works, but I think if I had it to do over, I would shop around for a good used Pfaff or similar. Here is a seat I just did over Christmas. There are some wrinkles in the upper right and left back which I removed by restuffing, also a small gap in the lower right corner which I fixed too. Of course the flash of the camera picks up every little wrinkle. I used high density foam with horsehair over the top, I sculpted the foam to shape and used spray adhesive to keep the horsehair in place. The reliability of foam and the feel of horsehair under the leather. Not sure if this is a known technique or not as I am self taught, but it seems to work well. I used upholstery tacks exclusively to secure everything, no staples. I've tried using staples and they just don't work on this sort of seat construction. -Ron
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    They are symmetrical, but not exactly identical, which is the reason why the shaft and arm are indexed. I have a dividing device like you see on the picture. During grinding, the steel shaft was put in the chuck; I used the same disk as on the picture and I was taking 0.1mm each time, to avoid flexing. Since I have this small machine, I know almost each time how to do and its limitations. It's easier to make a broach at this scale than at 1:1! Its either a hit or miss but the waste, in case of a miss, is rather limited!
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    High build is finished...ran out of time to spray the 2K tonight...will do it tomorrow morning. The hood should be an easy prep...it literally came off a completed car with great paint. The front fenders are an issue. They are NOS...which means there was a good chance they are the type that have the wrong top arch, and don’t line up with the hood........and they are definitely that way. The passenger side is 1/2” too low in the center when lined up with the front and rear of the hood. So, we are going to use some good originals. They should be here in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, I will prep the hood and prep the rest of the body for paint. I’m going to drop the body back on the chassis and install the doors before paint. I’ll also assemble the front sheet metal before paint, to make sure it all fits. I’ll have the fenders, hood, and trunk lid off the car to paint.
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    If I keep the car, it will get blasted and painted. That was the plan, it turned in to the courtesy because of some less then stellar people out here. Out driving the 49 today to get title and tags. No snow in January, upper 40's. Sounds like driving weather.
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    Today it was time to say goodbye to my 4th Reatta. She was a beauty! It was Barrett Jackson weekend this past week in Scottsdale. Many of the buyers go to the Pavilions in Scottsdale to check out the local offerings. I took the car on Saturday morning after waxing it with Griots garage spray on wax and hung a for sale sign on it as all the buyers checked it out. Within 5 minutes I had 3 people that offered to buy the car. Number one that approached me took delivery today, he was a happy man (not a collector however, wanted a toy.) Needless to say, I got full asking price for the car with all the sharks in the water. Barrett Jackson sets the price?? Hardly. It attracts buyers but to get a decent price unless your selling a 1963 split window restomod Corvette with all the modern amenities your not in the right place. My opinion, theses cars get good money for well taken care of cars.
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    This one was taken at the 2008 Annual Grand National Meet. It shows my then 10 year old daughter behind the wheel of Futurliner #10 which was on display and available for tours.
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    How good to know that you had the love and strength to take care of your father's needs. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Sometimes the higher sense of things is refreshing and satisfying when nothing else is.
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    I don’t want you to think I’m bashing the HAMB, this is more of a purist site and the HAMB is more suited to the knobs for sale. I wouldn’t have made any comments if they were not misrepresented as vintage above, but anyone trying to take advantage of the less knowledgeable collectors here do far more damage to the hobby as a whole. Once burned, people are far more likely to walk away and not take a further interest in it.
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    The interesting thing today.......four door phaetons, D/C, are now not the "top of the list" as they were back in the 60's and 70's. It's all about the roadster and convertible coupe. For me, I prefer the D/C over all others........times change and so does taste.......I rather have fun with another couple in the car, and rumble seats are getting harder and harder to get in every year. Frankly, a real tourister for the money of 1.25 is a fantastic bargain.........that said, the LeBaron D/C will bring a lot more today........in a few more years things will change again.....they always do. I really like the fit and finish of closed cars.
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    Victoria, very glad to see that your ordeal is nearing an end. You kept a great car and you will forever have the memories of your Father.
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    I have to wonder how you know what the score was at 393 out of 400. Whoever told you, if he became known, would be barred from judging forever, just as Pet Rose was barred from baseball. You have a deduction right there in the picture since there is no molding on the bottom of the rubber stone shield and I would guess that is times two. Shown is a nice one and it is sporting a grille purchased from you, and then re-chromed.
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    Most rearview mirrors do not stand the test of time, the silver coating (as all silver does) becomes tarnished. Because this mirror cannot be opened to replace the mirror, I made one to fit. Then if you paint a black rim around the mirror and the sides, and use urethane or silicon to attach it to the old mirror, most people will not notice. First I put paper on the mirror and traced the outline with a pin an cut that out. And cut some bathroom mirror to the same width and height. Then cut the curved pieces by carefully scribing straight lines around the curves and break with flat wide pliers. Then I carefully used the grinder to shape it, then used sandpaper to fine shape it and smooth it. (One mirror broke during this process and I had to start over.) Here is the Thunderbird mirror I made by the same method, with the black paint rim it is hard to notice (and no scribbly edge). .
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    Grandson Nathan would have been about age 3, sitting on the hood of the 1934 Buick. At the Glidden Tour in Daytona, FL at age 4 he showed people how he could crank-start our 1912 Oakland. At age 15-1/2 he got his Learners Permit and after a week of practicing on the stick-shift 1941 Cadillac just in case the '54 wasn't ready due to a vacuum hose failure on the power brakes, he drove the 1954 Cadillac on the AACA Sentimental Tour in Staunton, VA, and was recognized as the "YOUNGEST DRIVER". Nathan is now 23, and will graduate college this spring, having achieved DEAN’S LIST EVERY SEMESTER. Now we wait to learn his choice as to which one of the six universities where he will pursue a Masters Degree in Music Performance, using among others, the Bach Stradivarius trumpet custom made for me in 1954.
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    Hello, to start with, I got a very nice birthday present from Anna: a large 12" disk sander. Heavy, for such a compact machine, 100 lbs... One of these days I must make a stand with swivel wheels for it. Much to heavy to carry around, me not 20 anymore😊 Disk sander Today, I used the sander a lot, for fitting the moldings under the front seat. A lot of sanding was needed to get them fitted. To increase the strength of the glued joint, I used 6 1/4" wooden dowels between the body and the molding. Molding drivers side, dowels clearly visible. Molding driver side, just glued it. Furthermore I started building a simple steam box. Using some Youtube movies as guidance, building one is straight forward. Will use the household steam cleaner, obtained permission from Anna 😀. Steam box Regards, Harm
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    VL....you have done so much better than some in that situation and I am glad you are finally getting some relief from it all. I still have the lingering feeling that neither of my children will end up with my two 1931 Dodge coupes. My son does not care and my daughter hasn't the money or storage place to put them. We will see. Maybe my worrying is premature. It may work out eventually.
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    My step-grandfather, who ran a scrap yard before and during the war claimed to have scrapped "more than one" Duesenberg. I'm not sure he was remembering things correctly and I'd be horrified to learn that it was more than one or even one. Some were surely lost to scrapping during the war, but I'm sure the number wasn't huge. These were still big, expensive, prestigious cars that were only a few years old. I think the "restorers" and "collectors" of the '50s and '60s did a lot more damage to Duesenberg stock than scrapping did. Now as far as making trucks out of big sedans, yes, that happened a lot and I'm OK with that. In fact, I'm on the hunt for my next vehicle: a Full Classic wrecker, something like this Cadillac (this topic is under discussion in another thread around here somewhere): All that said, sign me up for a "bitsa" or "rebodied" or "unpedigreed" Duesenberg J at a 50-80% discount. Matching-numbers fever is ridiculous at any level. Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?
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    At an AACA event in Illinois with my granddaughter. Wonderful AACA member let us sit in his vehicle. Our editor made this "fake" cover for the magazine.
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    Early Pull a Part
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    I have said all along a low mileage impeccable Reatta will bring the money, and it’s proven yet again, but the naysayers will still continue.
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    My son giving his son the first Model T driving lesson. Rosco is paying rapt attention.
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    Just be sure not to run the master cylinder reservoir too low on fluid, it will empty faster than you think.
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    Certainly worth the work and more. Modern hardware looks so bad on a 100+ year old car. Job well done.
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    Good guess, that French roof and the tight front fenders fit Stude... The drum lights are Stude also. The five bolt hubs make it a Special Six... Frank
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    Nice Job Mike! This where the "Machinery's Handbook" comes in handy for calculating interference fits. (LOL) I remember years ago helping my ex-father-in-law install new sleeves in a Ford 8N tractor. Previously he had knocked the old sleeves out by splitting them with a chisel. After heating the block-up with a torch he grabbed the new sleeves out of the freezer and knocked them in with a hammer and block if wood. As crude as it sounds it worked well!
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    Even at $522,000, that red Duesenberg has about a $1 million discount on it. Most of that is because of the rebody, correct as it is (meaning it is a body made long after production ended but which accurately replicates an original body). I wouldn't characterize this car as a re-creation, simply because it uses mostly real Duesenberg parts; there are no fake Duesenberg engines, transmissions, or rear ends, for example. But it could be a "bitsa" (bits of this, bits of that) where it was assembled from several different cars, or a car that uses some reproduction parts like frame rails, bell housing, and bodywork. This is similar to a body swap where, say, a frumpy limousine body is ditched in favor of a sporty roadster body, either newly created or removed from a different but similar car. I have a client who bought a Duesenberg with the wrong body on it. He found another Duesenberg wearing the first car's original body so he bought that and intends to reunite the original body and chassis and then have a second "bitsa" car instead of two bitsa cars. I believe he also found a Duesenberg that needed the engine out of that second car, so he'll ultimately have two correct Duesenbergs and one bitsa. Apparently there was a great deal of Duesenberg engine/chassis/body swapping going on in the '50s and '60s. Why, I don't know, other than guys were trying to get good base stock for their restorations and "matching numbers" wasn't yet a thing so they just grabbed running engines from frumpy cars to use in their sporty cars rather than face an expensive rebuild. On the other hand, something like a Duesenberg II can safely be considered a re-creation, as it was a wholly new creation using no original parts but fairly accurately replicates the original look (although it's all modern running gear underneath). Perhaps think of this particular red Duesenberg more as a non-numbers-matching Corvette with a warranty replacement engine, but which has also been painted the wrong color and filled with options, but not options that came with that car. It obviously has an effect on values to serious collectors but doesn't change what the car essentially is. Ultimately, a Duesenberg like this is one I'd be happy to own (well, maybe one that doesn't need $150,000 worth of engine work, but if you can afford the $500,000 buy-in, that's probably something you can swing as well). It IS a Duesenberg just like a my blue 1966 Corvette is still a Corvette, just not one with a pedigree. That separates the good from the great, both in Corvettes and Duesenbergs.
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    Well, the guy in the shop responsible for assembling the engine (me) is now responsible for tearing it down and figuring out what he did wrong and correcting it. 🙄 I guess it is only fair that I am not going to pay myself for my crappy work....🤣
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    Without brakes and on Bring A Nitpicker, I bet it does no more than $28,000. Potential bargain for someone. I sold this one for about $70,000 about a year ago, although it was a long, slow slog to get it to a new home...
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    I haven't said recently how flat-out amazing and inspirational your work is, Joe, so I'm saying it now. This thread gets me back out in the shop more often than you'd believe. Beautiful job!
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