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  1. 76 years ago today, June 6th, The Allies landed. It was an amazing feat and many manufacturing facilities were converted to the production of equipment and supplies in relatively short order to help win the war. To all who serve, and who have served, I salute thee. Thank you for your service. Last year, an old friend past on that served under General Patton. He was in the crowd when Patton gave his famous speech. I don't want you to die for your country, I want the other SOB to die for his. He told his story of his part in the war until his dyeing day. This post is in Memory of Richard Boswell
    14 points
  2. 76 years ago today, June 6th, The Allies landed. It was an amazing feat and many manufacturing facilities were converted to the production of equipment and supplies in relatively short order to help win the war. To all who serve, and who have served, I salute thee. Thank you for your service. Last year, an old friend past on that served under General Patton. He was in the crowd when Patton gave his famous speech. I don't want you to die for your country, I want the other SOB to die for his. He told his story of his part in the war until his dyeing day. This post is in Memory of Richard Boswell
    7 points
  3. OK, I'm going to change my answer. For me, it's LOOKING FOR all the tools I didn't put away properly after the last job. 😨
    7 points
  4. Today turned out to be pretty nice day after all. The day started off cloudy and hot so I really wasn't in the mood to do much, but I had to do some work on jobs for customers. That didn't last long since I just couldn't get motivated. It was just one of those days. Then about 3:30 I decided to start sanding on the roof of the Merc. It was still cloudy, but the heat seemed to drop and wasn't too bad so I kept on going and before I knew it I had it all sanded and ready to re shoot primer again. Then I thought, well why not since there was no wind and still cloudy. So I shot it again. Now I just
    6 points
  5. I motored the engine with the starter without the plugs and after two attempts I started get some oil out of the oil pressure line for the first time. Good news!!
    5 points
  6. When I put the dash together, prior to installing it in the car, the hand throttle cable worked. After I installed the dash and connected the cable to the carburetor, the inner cable apparently broke inside the assembly. I recently received a replacement hand throttle from Dave Tacheny. Today I removed the old cable and installed the replacement cable. That was not a fun job. I found that the easiest way to remove the old one was to disconnect it from the carburetor, pull the cable through the firewall and work a 9/16 inch socket up the cable and onto the nut that secures the assembly to the d
    5 points
  7. Two of my older brothers were serving in Europe June 6, 1944. They were 19 and 21 years old. My oldest brother participated in the landing and was wounded two days later. He passed away in late 1950 from complications caused by wounds. He had bought brand new 1949 Kaiser Frazer that he taught me how to drive. I was about 10. I drove him around a lot towards the end ( very small town) because clutch became painful for him. That was a hard car to see out of and hard to aim the way the fenders and hood were shaped. My Mom wouldn’t drive it. I have both of their duffel bags with
    4 points
  8. Honored to call Daddy John Hudson a friend. Light tank commander crossed the bridge at Remagen. Passed last month at the age of 99.
    4 points
  9. Today we signed a contract to get a detached garage built. We should be breaking ground no sooner than the end of July and no later than the start of August. Two trees are coming down this Tuesday. Tomorrow, we will be tearing down the old shed and kid's playset.
    4 points
  10. Big day tomorrow... Will pretty well button up the tail end. Got the bumper assembled tonight in anticipation.
    4 points
  11. The other day got an E mail from a friend in Real Estate business,,,,,,,the source E mail was correct and it had her office address. I was asked to do her a favor that was out of keeping with out relationship.....was asked if I had a local Grocery store near me ,,,,,this was because they were on lockdown and could not get out,,,,I responded asking the purpose of the request and mentioned some mutual business we were involve in also mentioned a large food chain in the area that is near her office.......the response came from her same Email address @ a different domain name, and no me
    3 points
  12. I posted this in the Ford forum but thought it was interesting enough to post here as well. Apologize if something has been posted on this as I'm generally in the Buick Forums. I was not aware of these cars and I live within 15 miles of where they were located. Thought maybe you Ford guys and gals would be interested in knowing of their existence. https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/ati-removes-priceless-stainless-steel-cars-from-harrison-plant-plans-to-auction-them/
    3 points
  13. JN- 533, now with a added blower in the Neathercutt Collection. Photo has a 1946 plate on it. Recently painted silver.........One of four built JN’s, and the last of the breed. Of every CCCA car I have driven, and I have driven most of them, it’s my favorite. Photo is from fifteen years ago, fore they painted it silver. SJN-564 is in white.
    3 points
  14. Wow.....MR. Zappone. I won’t post here what we call him. He still has the car 55 years after buying it. We did the engine and transmission for him about fifteen years ago. It runs and drives great. There is one late series V-12 convertible sedan that had been disassembled for thirty years and sold as a basket case. Ten years ago it was reassemble but nothing else was done to it. Recently the long term owner passed, and the car has changed hands, I expect we will see it on the show circuit in the future. Here is a current photo of Tony’s car. He’s a good guy, and we go back forty year
    3 points
  15. I understand the out of money! And tired. My money is on the radiator, speaking from many years of experiences. Try this. get the car hot enough the thermostat is open and water circulating. Spray the front of the radiator with a garden hose. Observe the drying pattern. Does it dry evenly? Is one side MUCH slower than the rest? As Willie says, report back. As an engineer I once worked under said " we can find the problem, boys. This ain't no ouija board". Percy Shook, 1964. Ben
    3 points
  16. Happy (belated) 52nd Birthday to The Aqua Zephyr. Born 1st week of May 1968 Photo taken outside Gettysburg, PA, June 2019.
    3 points
  17. The best picture here shows true love as Kathy gets under the car with me to put the oil pan back on the car. We also packed the oil pump with Vaseline and filled the troughs with oil before bolting it on.
    3 points
  18. In 1944 it would be easier to find a pound of plutonium than four new tires...........the few wartime tires I have seen were all marked with a stamp with something like WPB or something similar. They were very poor construction, and didn’t have most of the normal writing on the side. They were three sizes fit all like 5.50/6.00/6.500 - 16.
    3 points
  19. What is the quickest way to find a misplaced tool? Buy a replacement!😁
    3 points
  20. While the '55 is a striking and exceptional design,'the '56, at least in my opinion, is simplified, smoothed, more refined, elegant, and just plain cleaner in form. (This also applies to "Little Brother" Chevrolet.)
    3 points
  21. I'm flattered...If I was in Florida I'd probably be hanging around your place and not getting anything done. While I'm waiting for my casting I thought I'd get moving on a special job I've been mulling over for a month. It's some acme thread nuts in a size that isn't available any longer, if it ever was. I don't think it was ever common. 1-1/4-6 acme. I've never cut an acme thread so there is a learning curve involved. I was surprised to find that no one sells acme thread lathe bits...perhaps it is rare to make them the old fashioned way. In any case, after getting the proper gauges and f
    3 points
  22. Except for these two small imperfections, it is in very good condition. Then application of phosphate primer Here for this weekend, the rest will be to repair the two faults, redo all the frame seals and gutter and put it all in primer
    3 points
  23. Two great Kodachromes from The Old Motor today.
    3 points
  24. Why don't you split the difference and go with 9 volt? Then everybody will be happy.
    3 points
  25. Check out this load.
    2 points
  26. Over the last 50 years, I have solved MANY "carburetor" problems, as well as hard starting ignition problems, on both 6v and 12v systems. The solution: first scrape off the 92 coats of engine paint that the "restorer" placed on one of the head bolts; then connect a heavy-duty jumper cable from the ground terminal of the battery to this particular head bolt. Paint is not a particularly efficient carrier of electric current. Jon.
    2 points
  27. No title. Needs bumpers. Likely needs tune up. You older then me guys (I’m 56) crack me up. The old car hobby has been - generally - too expensive for too long I can barely afford $14,000 now. The correction - for lack of a better word (thanks Gordon) - is good.
    2 points
  28. I've been lucky enough to visit Aaron Weiss's Flying A Garage in Pasadena, and I saw on Vimeo that Aaron just recorded and posted a tour of it. Lots of incredible CCCA cars. Thanks to Aaron for making the video!
    2 points
  29. I rather like the smell of old gas,it brings back the memory of when I first got my old car. I bought an old metal has can that smelled that way and thought of charging people 25 cents for a sniff at car shows.
    2 points
  30. Bodywork and paint may be the least enjoyable job,but after it’s done it’s the most rewarding,I’ve had to paint cars over because I wasn’t satisfied the first time,but when I’m assembling after paint it’s enjoyable to watch everything coming together,the least enjoyable is wood working but enjoyable when it starts coming together
    2 points
  31. I really wanted a 55. This was soo nice looking I thought it was a chance to have my 1st real quality car, even if not my 1st choice of year. One that I could show off without car guys looking down at me. It's just fought me so much, I've lost interest. I will try my other radiator as I got it from a driver. Car will still be for sale.
    2 points
  32. Studebaker built the tracked Weasel vehicle that would go almost anywhere. A number of them were on the beaches on D-Day. The company published a small flyer with a copy of a letter from a soldier who was there and a photo of the beach at Normandy. There were plenty of other vehicles there, too - tanks, 6x6's, Jeeps, etc.. Thanks go to the men who made it happen successfully.
    2 points
  33. Anything that involves laying on my back while debris falls into my eyes.
    2 points
  34. It sounds like you are referring to the exterior vent cowl panel? If so the bottom stainless trim will need removed. Not sure going from memory but it might require removing the side pieces first if they overlap the bottom piece attached to the vent cowl. Use caution not to kink the stainless trim. Need the special trim tool to release the clips. There are 5 screws across the rear most cowl easily visible and accessible with the trunk lid open. There are 5 more screws in the window pinch weld visible with the trim removed. These may be rusty. The openings for these screws are open slotted in t
    2 points
  35. Kevin BC here again with some photos. In the 2nd photo the threaded part in the bottom of the bag I ground the sides of the fitting, the ends of the bag are glued together , and then glued to the vertical pillars under in my case the wooden plinth holding the arm rest and window winder mech. The window actually winds down into the bag, which you can see is approx 2" wide. Sorry I don't have more photos of the window area Regards Kevin
    2 points
  36. Taylormade Kevin BC here from downunder, I had serious doubts about keeping water out of my windows especially the rear quarter vents, on my 30 Australian DC Dodge8, as any water that got in had no where to run except to the wooden door pillar or into the back corner of the car. the doors at least had a couple of slots cut in the wood that the water could escape through. My Car was actually rusted out in the corners at the rear of the guard from water running to that area, and sitting in years of dust , mixed with timber. The cars when made weren't meant to be still in use 90 years
    2 points
  37. I'll endorse the answer for cleaning the ancient grease off old parts. The grease, dirt, muck and whatever form the most insoluble tar on old parts. Modern cleaners, including the purple stuff, won't touch it. It needs kerosene or lacquer thinner to get through it - and a good wire scrub brush. Then I have to get rid of the solvent and grease in a responsible way, and eventually clean up my hands and the rest of my grease-stained clothing. I'd be happy to sand, grind, fit, and paint the parts if only I didn't have to degrease them. Maybe I need one of those parts degreaser machines with
    2 points
  38. I suspect a lot of the negative comments around 6v is because there are so few well sorted systems out there, my Cadillac’s 6v system is all originally and will fire instantly (as long as the timing/throttle/enricher is correctly set) easily as well as a modern car. Our 26 Buick is a different proposition in that it can be slow to start, but that’s got nothing to do with electrics and all to do with the bowl on the carb running dry and it having to build a vacuum to suck in fresh fuel - if you didn’t know what’s going on you’d probably assume it’s slow cranking because that’s what you have to
    2 points
  39. Waiting for parts! close second is dealing with people that bemoan the death of hobby then want exorbitant prices for everything, yes it’s rare but so are the people needing to buy it
    2 points
  40. Dave, with a small apology, Sorry the Crosley show had to be cancelled due to restrictions- One might think that some of the "Hot Shots" representing Crosley could at least have had a "LITTLE" show? Maybe with a "SMALL" crowd?
    2 points
  41. How nice that would look in front of my house!!! (HOA may not appreciate)
    2 points
  42. For me, it's putting away all the tools you need to do a job properly. It's amazing how many tools you can have laying around just to do what you thought was going to be a simple job. Wiping them all down and putting them away is always the most unpleasant part for me.
    2 points
  43. I found this at Metro Rubber and it looks perfect for what I need. The gap between the window and the body is a little less than 3/8th of an inch, so this should fit the bill.
    2 points
  44. I had a truck driver almost over turn his entire semi in front of my shop once. The driver was not paying attention and drove right into the ditch. The ground was soft and the trailer and truck were listing heavily, like a battleship after being torpedoed. After some tense moments and a couple tow trucks all was well. This was not a company I had used before. None of the cars were harmed inside the truck. The driver told me he was going to go back home and find a different job. I removed the name of the company from the truck because we can all have a bad day.
    2 points
  45. If the upper half was requiring some tooling, it was more economical with silver soldering: only the end flanges to be riveted at the side of the rail were added. It was a different matter with the lower part: no tooling, but the parts is an assembly of 9 pieces. The pictures are attached showing the various steps. The lower "legs" were adjusted by removing excess material until the frame rails were square. This cross member is very rigid, adding a lot of strength to the frame. Logically I would now do the second cross member, but I will do indeed the first one. The reason is that when the
    2 points
  46. Today, I received the running board moulding clips. The clips I got were univeral moulding clips so I had to cut them all to fit the moulding. https://bobsautomobilia.com/hardware/trim-to-fit-moulding-fastener.-.-mc-2332/ I then re-drilled 10 holes in each running board edge and installed both running board mouldings with the clips, a flat washer, a lockwasher, and a nut. The addition of the mouldings add a lot to the look of the running boards.
    2 points
  47. I almost always recommend staying with the original electrical system in a car. Now that's not due to my purist point of view, because I agree that driving is the point and whatever gets you on the road is OK with me. I say it simply because few 12-volt conversions actually make sense. Most guys assume that 6-volt systems are inferior and there's a persistent myth that old cars were always hard to start and that changed when 12-volt systems were introduced. Not true, but I bet if you ask 10 guys at any local cruise night about 6-volt electrical systems, you will get 10 guys telling you that th
    2 points
  48. Took the 25 out today on our 53 wedding anniversary. about an hour long run into town some side roads.
    2 points
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