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  1. I’m so old if I don’t instantly understand acronyms, I just skip over it. If I lose the context, I just get off the thread. I don’t have room in my head at this point except for car things.........
    8 points
  2. I suppose that it has something to do with being a life-long Minnesotan, but I think that the snow pic is charming.
    7 points
  3. It runs again!! Things went back together smoothly and it is running again. I let it run for a bit and then torqued the head again. In the morning I'll add the coolant and hope it doesn't leak out. I'll give it a quick tune and then drive it up to the garage, clean the shop out and get ready to finish up the bodywork and paint.
    7 points
  4. Acronyms - and simple letter abbreviations - are a tool for excluding the uninitiated from a conversation...practically every trade has them and the military is particularly fond of them. I remember a comment from Gen. Eisenhower's memoir "Crusade in Europe" where he makes fun of the Army's addiction to them. I spend a lot of time editing them out of the books and articles I work on simply because the goal is to inform people, not provide a platform for the author to show off his command of an arcane language. I'm thinking of one author who uses them (in his own words) "because it makes me loo
    7 points
  5. After being married for 40 years, I took a careful look at my life. I told my wife that forty years ago we lived in a cheap apartment, drove a junk car, slept on a sofa bed, and watched a 16-inch black and white TV. But hey, every night I got to sleep with the hottest 23 year-old girl I knew. Now we live in a $750,000 house, have a collection of antique and classic cars, sleep on a huge bed, and watch a 60-inch wide-screen flat screen TV. But every night I crawl into bed with a 65 year-old woman. I told her that it seems like she's not holding up her end of things.
    6 points
  6. Not sure how I’ll get the stud out but seems like something has happened with my new gaskets and may have an intake leak again. Starting to think they never actually machined my manifolds when I took them way back when. Definitely developed a new exhaust flange leak. Those gaskets never hold up, probably a warped header. It still drives loads better than it did. Tomorrow I’ll hopefully have all the new tires on. Here’s a teaser for now.
    6 points
  7. Al, I have attached a factory photo courtesy of the Detroit Public Library. Not proof positive, but it looks to me like this car has the painted shell, rad louvers and painted headlight buckets. Too bad it is not a coloured photo.
    5 points
  8. I agree with Ed. Acronyms tend to be regional and this site is read worldwide so if you want to be understood, spell it out.
    5 points
  9. Looks like "proof positive" to me. Headlight buckets are painted, too, just as in the green car.
    4 points
  10. it’s finally on the way, will take about a week to get here...
    4 points
  11. A sign for "Mercedes Benz Automatic Transmission Repair"? "Midwestern Branch, All Terrain Racing"? Actually, what it's trying to say is irrelevant. It will be helpful to know that writing in initials: ---Is not clever. ---Is not a way to exhibit special intelligence. ---Is not funny. ---Confuses the reader more times than not. We welcome true, relevant insights on a wide variety of automotive topics! I know that Padgett obviously has some to share when the subject is right, and thank him in advance.
    4 points
  12. Everything eventually goes bad. If you want proof just look at my body! Once a young vibrant specimen and now a broken down shell of its former self. Even my wife of 50+ years will tell you that! dave s ps in my eyes she hasn’t changed a bit. Still has great legs!😀
    4 points
  13. The guy that made the wheel I bought sends a CD with it. He has a line in there where he says. Making one piece is easy, no matter how it turns out. That's how it is supposed to look. Making a matching piece is the hard part. He showed ways to make a pattern or flexible template. I just winged it. To me the English wheel is a very simple tool. It's concept is very basic, like a hammer. But you find out that a hammer in the hands of someone that knows what they are doing. Is an amazing tool, just like the English wheel. I do not have a lot of time using the wheel. One of those things you buy an
    4 points
  14. For sale on Craigslist: 1948 Dodge Deluxe 4-Door Sedan in Monterey, MA - $12,500 - Contact Scott: 516 330 44 one nine On 3/12, Seller reduced price to $11,500 On 3/17, Seller reduced price to $10,900 Link to 3/4 relist: https://westernmass.craigslist.org/cto/d/monterey-1948-dodge-deluxe-sedan/7286354065.html Seller's Description: 1948 Dodge Deluxe 4-Door Sedan condition: excellent cylinders: 6 cylinders transmission: manual odometer: 18,000 paint color: green title status: clean 1948 Dodge Deluxe 4 door s
    3 points
  15. For sale on Craigslist: 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis 2-Door Hardtop in Swarthmore, PA - $12,500 - No phone # provided. Reply to Seller through Craigslist email to: 4ea554b7faf43a999db0773bde5d1e9f@sale.craigslist.org Link: https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/d/swarthmore-1978-mercury-grand-marquis/7268869308.html Seller's Description: 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis 2-Door Hardtop condition: excellent odometer: 108,000 cylinders: 8 cylinders paint color: brown title status: clean Selling my Father's garage kept, numbers matching
    3 points
  16. just purchased a 34 ford cabriolet from boston area that was restored in the 2014 time period by someone named old joe trying to find any info on the car that might be availability
    3 points
  17. Since the car is at the shop and I brought the 38-87 back to storage I have a bit of an empty garage (well one stall) so I spent the day just cleaning up the garage (well one stall). Pulled everything out, blew out all the stuff, mopped the floors, etc. will probably hit the other half tomorrow (will save the third bay for another time). Then wanted to clean up this trunk a bit. so here is before and after The metal ribs will have to be repainted and wood grained and there is a good bit of minor leather repair here and
    3 points
  18. It appears, at least for now, that I've convinced the MG to not mark its territory!! I added coolant this morning and a couple of hours later it still remained inside the engine and radiator. I started the car and got it up to temp and spent 20 minutes not making any progress adjusting the carbs. I did some more research online and found a fantastic resource (David Braun's definitive guide) and realized all the multiple things that were probably wrong. Once I understood the issues I realized it would be a couple hour job and decided to do it later. I took the MG for a run thr
    3 points
  19. Dave......we DRIVE our world class tour cars..........true collectors don’t do trailer queens. Our Pebble Beach BOS Duesenberg has been driven in four countries and ten states in the last four years. Yup, it’s a high point show car, and it goes down dirt roads and had been driven through London in a Friday afternoon traffic jam. They have wheels, drive them. Safety modifications should NEVER be held against the car. I’m not talking radial tires, or blinkers..........that’s a upgrade that isn’t necessary. I’m talking fire prevention, and risk of life issues. Here we are learning to drive on the
    3 points
  20. Don't ya love how engine hoists and engine stands never fit together...can someone please make them were the feet do not overlap....
    3 points
  21. My wife and I get our second COVID vaccination shots today, so I guess it's time to get busy and reserve a room for October Hershey. I've got a bunch of Buick parts I want to take up there and (hopefully) sell. 1939, 1941 and 1964 mostly.
    3 points
  22. The red inspection sticker was from the old IM240 safety and emission testing done during the OBD 1 and dyno testing. In Massachusetts all cars regardless of year must have a yearly safety inspection. Since I was a early beta test station and “old car guy” I seemed to do most of the very expensive cars and strange vehicles that were in Western Mass. Some of the stories I could tell are insane. People who didn’t want anyone driving their new Ferrari at all, never mind driving it on the dyno. My favorite was an inspection on a 1897 Haynes Apperson.........the computer would not take the 18 digit
    3 points
  23. "Sunbeam Imp" sounds like a My Little Pony character. Love the car.
    3 points
  24. The front end styling is more than a little reminiscent of the Corvair from a dozen years earlier.
    3 points
  25. I pulled the Dash out of the basement, through the living room, out the front door and into the garage. I will evaluate it in the morning.
    3 points
  26. Gerald Wingrove is no more among us since about one year (or more?). I had some discussion last year with Ken Foran; I sent to him a bit cable for one of his projects. Anyway, except when the required model is built without working mechanical like suspension, steering etc., the amount of hours can go out of the roof. As all my models were done without a selling in mind, the set price is anyway totally subjective, like a painting done by a famous artist. Or a good way to wash money!
    3 points
  27. Here's my '65 Gran Sport. Bought in 1983 in Seattle, where it was sold new, and imported to Vancouver, BC, where it's been since. I bought this car when I was 24. Seeing and driving it today still excites me as much as it did that first day I saw her 38 years ago this month.
    3 points
  28. Almost ten years now since it was finished and looks just as good as the day it left. I’m happy to say the customer shows this car nearly every weekend through the season and cruises it every Friday Saturday and Sunday all summer long.
    3 points
  29. '64's had a higher stall speed built into the converter. So a switch pitch was not that advantagious. The main thing a switch pitch was built for was to have a smoother running engine at idle. The plus to that was at low stall, cruising, it was in the area of 1500RPM's or so which should have translated into better MPG because of less slippage. My '64's stall speed is approx. 1800-1900RPM's with 3.07 gears in the rear. With 3.90's, for some reason, it was closer to 2000+RPM's. This is the trans. in my car NOW which has NEVER been out or apart other than my mods to the valve body for bett
    2 points
  30. I am already sitting in my reserved room! Im only about an hour away. But have been looking forward to it since mid Oct, 2019!!!
    2 points
  31. I have seen car waxes dry out and go bad, as well as liquid separate. I have a couple cans of paste wax for furniture in my shop that I have been using for prob 10yrs or more. I suppose if you keep them 'active' they will be ok, but let them sit a long time without 'stirring' anything up and they will go bad.
    2 points
  32. Rich brought his engine lift up for me today and gave me a hand to put the engine into the chassis. Made it so much easier with the 2 of us. Thanks Rich. Gearbox in next and tail shaft. I might just sit the body on then and try fire the old girl back to life.
    2 points
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  34. A nice looking car! I was going to comment on how affordable the cars are from the 1970's, but then I noticed his high price. $12,500 for a car with 108,000 miles is more expensive than even a Lincoln would be. Thank you for sharing it. It should be available for a long time, and it will be interesting to see whether the price is greatly lowered over time. $4500, anyone?
    2 points
  35. That's great! But you've convinced me (if I wasn't convinced already) that it's best not to even look at any "chrome era" car. Not that it's a big sacrifice since I much prefer the brass and nickel eras and painted radiators don't offend me at all but it's clear that paying more for the plating than the car is not for me...and from what we read here, you got off lightly.
    2 points
  36. Hi Guys, I brought a 65 Riv in Australia back in October 2020, have slowly started to put it together. Rust removed from back window, new door cards, carpets, hood lining. I ordered some stuff from Clarks Corvair. Here are some pics.
    2 points
  37. padgett, replies like this make me feel you think everyone here who doesn't subscribe to your self imposed use of initialisms is just too slow witted for your lofty wit and I find that a little more than insulting. Like others here, I feel many of your replies are pretty sharp while others just stray into nonsensical obscurity. Instructing without condescending doesn't take a college degree. Perhaps the only thing that you need to "reduce" is the high opinion you hold of your own intellect.
    2 points
  38. When these cars are put together correctly they are quite cool. This one however needs work. However this a 'bubble top' and they can fetch decent money or be a cool cruiser!
    2 points
  39. Now that is the kind of information request that folks are inclined to help with!
    2 points
  40. Super 8? Asking about the car and the 🎥
    2 points
  41. My apologies. I should know better. I looked for 37 years for a pair of external horns for my 900 (only used on the 900) and I resigned myself to NEVER finding a pair, until I did.
    2 points
  42. Never say never? I will. I have never seen a Packard Individual Custom Dietrich or LeBaron I don't like. There...I said it! Bet you can't find fault with the statement! 😇
    2 points
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