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  1. 6 points
    I see myself as this: But I suspect others see me as this:
  2. 5 points
    Bought this monster for a song but the best part is the seller lives only about 25 miles from me and since he was using it to tether his tent down with l, I offered to let him keep using it and Iโ€™d pick it up at his house. ๐Ÿ˜ and he said he has another top and more gauges at home if I was interested.
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    McPherson College in Kansas has an Automotive Restoration curriculum.... https://www.mcpherson.edu/ The other option is to find a restoration shop that will either let you start sweeping floors, or will offer you an apprenticeship....on the job training. That's how I got really good at trim work, I was self taught for a number of years, then spent two years at White Post Restorations working with a Master Trimmer (Sig Nurstheimer, my spelling may be wrong). If you do apprentice, you need to be humble. It took two months for Sig to warm up to me and realize I was eager to learn and wouldn't let my ego get in the way, and that I'd really listen to his methodologies and do my best to emulate his style. Wow, too many big words, not sure I used them all correctly. Good luck, the restoration business is an interesting one....
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    Before it gets buried in other threads someplace, let me give a big THANKS for a great Hershey 2019. Everyone in Hershey Region, AACA, the vendors, spectators, and anyone even remotely connected deserves a pat on the back for helping make it one for the record books. I found more great stuff in the market that I ever hoped to find, and between discoveries, stopping to visit with old friends in the aisles and behind the tables, was an absolute pleasure. Whoever was in charge of weather needs to be signed to a l-o-n-g term contract too! I can't remember seeing so many young folks walking around enjoying the event, it lifts my hopes that this hobby is alive and well for a long time to come. I met many of them at my booth over in the Green Field, and am amazed at the numbers who are working on early vehicles. I heard so many times - it was the best ever, and I'm inclined to agree! Terry
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    I am 21 years old and i currently go to Lincoln Tech NADC in Nashville Tennessee for Auto Collision Repair. It would be nice to get a regular collision repair job , but i am obsessed with classic cars. i would rather work on them for a living. i want to own them. the only problem is Im trying to figure out where can i get training for it or a place to get my feet wet. i have no wife or kids so im really looking for relocation
  6. 2 points
    yea I tried to talk him out of them overalls, only vintage ones I can ever find, the legs come up to my knees and sleeve s to my elbows. he was mighty appreciative of the forum and all the great help the prewar crowd had given him with the โ€˜17
  7. 2 points
    Happiness is FINALLY uncovering your old car so you can go out and look at it and promise it you will get back to it very soon.
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    It's always nice to see your car from a distance rather than a foot or two away for months on end. I find myself parking in a parking lot as far away as possible....not to protect it from getting scratched but to take it in for the walk back. Sharp lookin'!
  9. 2 points
    Bought a tire changer for changing the split rim tires on my old cars.
  10. 2 points
    I cleaned up the scrap in my suburban yard (as opposed to rural lot) and got $33 from the recycler. It's hard to be a suburbanite car guy. Just unloaded within the year the second of two potential project cars and feeling great about the reduced commitments and distractions.
  11. 2 points
    Somebody butchered the plate. I had a go at straightening it out. It's significantly less wobbly than it was. Phil
  12. 2 points
    While I'm not sure how many times I've been to Hershey - I think it's still under 10 times - this one is for sure one of the best! The weather was amazing, getting to see good friends and meeting new ones, all of the goodies in the flea market and the unbelievable show on Saturday made for one awesome event. Thank you to all involved Here are some photos: Flea Market - https://photos.app.goo.gl/gnQX52Xc5fBMUHAx8 Museum - https://photos.app.goo.gl/D3EVftDZN3wPRJVj9 Car show - https://photos.app.goo.gl/qENsWneWRwwuWTNTA
  13. 2 points
    I made another bushing... And I mis-measured the hole again. This one was also too small but only by a few thousandths. Rather than do it a third time, I put a coarse knurl on it. And glued it into the hole with Locktite gell super glue. While it was setting I cleaned up the mill. Then I put it in the chuck and faced it off. My only concern was that the Locktite might not hold it firmly enough but as I'd driven it in with a plastic hammer, it was tight enough. I faced it down until the two pieces were flush. Then took it out of the lathe and drilled two holes for Dutchmen. For this I used #4 tapered pins. That will hold the bushing very firmly in place. I might have second thoughts about this technique if the backing plate was going in a lathe but to hole a chuck on a dividing head it should be fine. I then put it back in the lathe and faced it off until everything was flush. Next I'll bore and thread the bushing but it's already 5 PM so I'll leave that for tomorrow. Now I'll go home and work on my book.
  14. 2 points
    This really was one of the better ones. The weather is always a big factor, but I think there were more full vendor spaces than I've seen in quite a long time. I take that as a good sign. I am always sure to thank every volunteer I see working the show--remember it's just a local region that puts the whole thing together and almost everyone working there is a volunteer. Be sure they know you appreciate their hard work! And always tip the hell out of the guys and girls working the port-a-johns. That's literally a shaitty job and they do it with a smile.
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    Thanks Boys, and thanks very much for your help. This is a cool option and I'm lucky to find them and have so much help with installation. Peter
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    Personally, I cannot stand the guy. Lazy, shiftless bum... Thanks for the kind comments. AACA has a great staff here in Hershey and we were all working our tails off for the week (and the weeks before and still today!) It is an honor for all of us to serve our members. Always nice to hear from a fellow Bay Stater (Great Barrington in the Berkshires).
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    Ah... with the body off I can see the issue(s). That wouldn't really be a "section" job, more like remove the entire middle and make a new one. Given your skill and experience at building bodies it certainly does seem like a new body is in order. Will be more fun to us to see!! I must say that 11hp seems like not very much. Is there some conversion I'm not aware of? My 1913 Metz is 22hp and I thought it was considered underpowered. I guess us Americans are just HP crazy.
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    Back in 2000 I bought a Pierce Arrow V-12 that had been sitting with the same tires since the war. I intended to go through the entire car before I even tryed to start it.......welll, a few buddies came over, had a few beers, and we tossed in a battery and fired it up. I ran very well on gas that was at lest thirty years old, and we took her for a spin. Car just kept running better every time I drove it, and we must have put on 150 miles the first week. Got it up to speed and the car drove fantastic at 70 mph. I decided to replace the tires and tubes to really test the car out on a local tour. A week goes by after the tires arrive and I bring the car down to a friends restoration shop to start on the first two tires. Took the front drivers tire off, laid if flat on the ground and removed the valve stem to deflate it. I then jumped up on the tire to test how stiff the sidewall was going to be and see if the bead would release. My foot went straight through the sidewall punching a hole the exact same size of my 14 boot! It was like a candid camera or Three Stooges skit. My buddies fell over laughing, from my reaction and the fact all of us were driving around at high speed on tires that were literally falling apart, but looked fine. Lesson learned, I replace all the tires on every car I buy unless I can prove they are less than five years old, and change them all out at ten years or half tread left. A photo of the car below the day I bought it......I'm sitting on the right.
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    Thank you Matthew Singer really went overboard with the 11hp. If you go back a little you will see that in addition to the Independent Front Suspension, it has both a Fluid Flywheel and a Twin Plate Clutch together with a Free-wheel. All in pursuit of a Clutchless Gear-change. Unfortunately all this made it so expensive that it, "Priced itself out of the market". All this meant that it sold in very small numbers, with the resulting extremely low number of survivors. With regard to shortening the chassis, in addition to the extensive X members the chassis tapers throughout its length so that at no point are the side members parallel. Bj.
  20. 1 point
    Yea, that's the fellow. There aren't many guys, even Pontiac guys that know the 287 was destined for the 53 Pontiac and Buick and Olds cried about it and got it axed. Those years Buick did it's best to break all of Sloans pricing structure rules so Buick could hang on to #3 in sales. BTW the 472 cam is a great street cam and is not far from the 066. Pontiac used that cam on the 59, 389 2bbl. @ 280Hp, the 300HP 4bbl. and the 315HP Tri-Power, so it's plenty capable. With .25 more in compression for 1960 it was 283hp 2bbl, 303hp 4bbl, and 318hp for Tri-Power. That shows you what compression can do! I ran the Pontiac factory E-2 ( same as a MAC # 7 for 1960 ) in my 389 Tri-Power 59 Catalina in FS/A and ran a consistent 13.91 @ 101-102 MPH.
  21. 1 point
    Hugh and Carl, As Larry mentioned above, we talked this over earlier this evening. The Identification Number for the car on the Verification Certificate appears to be an engine number. It falls in a lot number beginning with 1308716 and ending with 1323880. Back in the day some states used engine numbers as title registration numbers. The problem with that was if the engine was replaced for whatever reason, the identification for the vehicle was corrupt. The information that I have comes from Buick Motor Division Car and Engine Data dated June 16, 1943. I hope that this will be of some help. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  22. 1 point
    Very nice looking Hupp. I wish I would not have had to leave so early on Saturday
  23. 1 point
    That's looking good Matt! Hope you'll be drivin it soon!
  24. 1 point
    Thank you both for the additional information. After I made the original post about correspondence between a dealer in Chatham and Chrysler in Windsor I seemed to recall reading someplace that Chrysler also had operations in Chatham, Ont. Maybe someone can clarify if this was actually the case and what those operations were. This material came out of a collection of a fellow who's father had worked at the Chrysler offices in Windsor and I can only guess how it possibly ended up into a private collection.
  25. 1 point
    Only one Prototype Sprint was built and the gentleman sitting in the car was the designer and he did most of the work. Now in his nineties. He also helped with the FriskySport.
  26. 1 point
    At least your wheels are setup for offset valve stems. Those tubes are available for the 525/550-17 size. My Plymouth has the valve stem holes pointing radially inward which makes finding tubes in that size a problem. My current set of tires are Lucas Olympic selected because they had a nice vintage looking tread and nobody makes a reproduction of the Goodyear All Weather (diamond) tread tires my car originally came with in that size. My understanding is the Olympics were made in Vietnam, can't say for sure because they lack the DOT markings (apparently tires that can only fit antique cars are exempted from the DOT marking requirement). The Olympics have a fair amount of whining noise when running at speed. My previous two sets of tires were manufactured by Denman at a plant in Pennsylvania that is now shuttered. In the case of the current Olympic and previous sets of tires, I found that lots of weights were needed to balance (even though my rims themselves appear to be balanced). And the tread life is not as good as I recall from running Sears Allstate on the same car back in the 1970s. So far my impression has been that modern reproduction tires in the 525/550-17 size are not as durable they could be. Maybe next time I'll try the Firestone reproductions. I don't like the look of the tread, too 1950s looking for me. But if they balance well and have good tread life they might be worth it. I am afraid to put radials on my old rims. But if, like Fords of the era, you can get new wheels for your Chevrolet, you might want to look at the radials offered by Coker. Not sure my spare tire cover would fit over them and there has been some questions about running radial on 1930s vintage wheels. On the other hand, I know a few Model A Ford types that run these tires and like them (and are able to get new manufacture wheels if needed).
  27. 1 point
    Firestone.........keep a close eye out for defects and blems............
  28. 1 point
    I have had to replace the rack on 2 cars now, I tried the stop leak and found it to only to be a temp. fix..
  29. 1 point
    Great mix of cars! Thank you.
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    All 1956 and earlier Crown Imperials were built /bodies by Chrysler Corporation. The very few exceptions being special orders that included custom modifications. In almost every case, Derham Coachworks, Rosemont, PA, was the go-to specialty shop for this work. In '56 Derham did two such orders for individuals (I own one). In '55 Derham converted three and all were for the Eisenhowers. '54 and earlier can be internet researched including AACA who has the photo files donated by a Derham heir. 1957- 1965 Crown Imperials were exclusively built by Ghia in Turin, Italy. For '57-59 LeBaron coupes were sent over in partial assembly for Ghia to stretch the chassis and bodywork and add their custom coachcloth interiors. 1960-65 saw LeBaron 4dr sedans sent over to start the process. Your intentions for the AACA library are EXCELLENT. Memphian and Armbruster /Stageway were not given direct contracts from Chrysler for conversions. Their work was as private contractors building a class of cars generally referred to as "airporters" referring to very long stretch, multi-door sedan conversions, mostly of entry level models for use transporting volumes of passengers for airports, hotels, and some for military bases. Memphian's specialty was usually ambulances and hearses and they built on any brand chassis you wanted.
  32. 1 point
    Posted by BearsFan315: If I had seen those slide rules, I probably would have bought one. In high school, I helped with Math tutoring. I taught people how to use slide rules using one of those giant ones that hung over a classroom blackboard!
  33. 1 point
    That's a great reference Terry, thanks for posting it. I found a nice Cadillac 8 motormeter in the swap meet on Thursday afternoon. Although I don't really consider myself a collector, I do have a showcase with accessory radiator caps, and several NOS motometers in their original boxes displayed in my recreated old auto parts store. Terry
  34. 1 point
    Yes, agreed, the naysayers can criticize if they wish, and I've done my share on different aspects, but overall this is a great event that's handled with dignity and is well organized. What a huge undertaking, and what a great show (and weather) it was! I had a friend with me this year who'd never been to Hershey. At 8 am, he was talking as the National Anthem started, and I almost had to punch him. When it concluded I told him, no exceptions, hand over heart and at attention, no kneeling at Hershey! Great job, thanks to the Region and the AACA in general...
  35. 1 point
    Thanks! I couldn't see the tailgate stamping or the woodgrain trim clear enough in your photo to tell the year. Craig
  36. 1 point
    i, sadly, would probably be a Garbage truck.
  37. 1 point
    Narve, The oxalic acid is very mild with 1kg dissolved in 10 liter. It does not eat metal like Hcl. After two days flushing at 30 to 40 degrees temperature the rust was gone. Initially there was an air pocket in the block, so when I checked after one day the difference was really clear. Strangely after rinsing with soda, the metal turns green, cannot get it of not even with a high pressure washer. The cilinder head was put in a tank without heating and came out nicely. The oxalic acid is easily available, it is used for cleaning wood that blackened due to water. The way you cleaned the fedco plate was great, i will try mine asap. Chris
  38. 1 point
    Need to do a bit more fine tuning on the Shell and Grill....but coming together nicely.
  39. 1 point
    Great time and we are pooped. We were packed up by 12:00 on Saturday to spend time at the car show. Caught Mr. Bulgari at David Landow's car's location. Then to the HPOF section to hobnob with Buick brother Schramm. Dave Blaufarb, My son Alex and Larry
  40. 1 point
    I was able to pick up a correct speedometer for our โ€˜27. I found two but the second one had already been opened up and anything worth anything removed and then someone threw what was left over back into it and closed it back up, cracked lens, distorted bezel, and loose odometer reset knob and all!!!! I think they were the only two in the entire place that hadnโ€™t sold yet, I looked at every single vendor site across three days skipping not one vendor and I taught my wife that if a vendor had a glass display cabinet to pay particular attention as it normally has something of value in it, thus something we might be looking for like a speedometer! I also purchased two online so I am hoping to get a good part and along with Hugh replicate the parts we need to make working speedos! As far as hershey, We got the Speedo, two Briggs and Stratton Key Blanks for the transmission lock, and visited Bobโ€™s to get plug wires and correct band clamps for the rebuilt water pump we just finished up! ^Happy Camper here!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ Ps. Hershey could use a good old fashion wet T-shirt competition! Whoโ€™s with me on starting a petition to start one? Ok ladies men can participate too but way way way far away from any humans at this show!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I kid kid I kid....
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    I had the opportunity to say hello and meet for the first time MrEarl We talked Buick of course in front of a 1958 Buick Caballero. Spoke of the late Bob Coker and his Buick Landau amongst other things. It was good to meet "Mr. Earl".
  43. 1 point
    Pics on show day. If I don't exceed the max allowed, I'll post more later.
  44. 1 point
    OK, that's it -- I'm marking my calendar for next year! Fall Hershey has been a 'bucket item' for me long enough...
  45. 1 point
    One last drive before winter with my friend Sue.
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    I had no idea it was even an option! I may have to go that route later. I got the front tire mounted and bolted up after work. The excitement is building!
  48. 1 point
    When the end of the Park Avenue line was imminent AND loyal/existing PA/LeSabre customers realized that, many drove hundreds of miles to our dealership to get one of the last ones. Even after they were gone, many still trickled in as trades. The Buick dealer body wanted a new name for a new car they could advertise as "Come See The NEW Buick". Which was the vehicle called "Lucerne". Which turned out to be not quite as bad (in some parts of the country where "Lucerne" was a quality private-brand of supermarket dairy products) as Lacrosse was in Canado . . . for a model name choice. As much as I wanted to like that car, it really wasn't that bad as such, just that the lines didn't have any "Buick" in them past the front grille. I tried to determine how to pus a SeeepSpear on the side, in colors, or some chrome and hash marks on the deck lid between the tail lights, but nothing really "worked" or would have looked very well. Maybe now with the added capabilities of the "vehicle wrap" vendors, something might be possible. At the time, in another forum, some (apparently younger) posters didn't like that it didn't have a manual trans. Never did hear that comment in other Buick-related forums! I will concur that Buick needs a halo vehicle, just like the coupe concept of a few years ago. Done by two younger designers, which could have been produced on a Camaro platform. BUT as upper management apparently didn't approve OR approve of it, it was just a styling exercise to see what some designers could do!! It was a shame that they didn't see the value in having such a car with a Buick nameplate on it. An upscale coupe to be a less expensive alternative to a Jaguar, for example. Then came Avenir. Another concept we all liked and could see a good-sized market for. But it, too, was dismissed by GM management as "an exercise". With that name applied to later high-trim interiors of some Buicks, only to fade away in a year or so. Nobody understands that name, I suspect. How GM approved of letting "somebody/new hire" manage Cadillac, in an apparent "do your thing" approach, without real apparent oversight, is a classic example of upper management "FAILS", to me. To be sure, the CT6 (is that code for "Cadillac Touring, 6 cyl"?) has some very innovative (and expensive) tech in it's platform construction. A more complex extension of "lighter and stronger", but obviously more complex to manufacture, I suspect. Light enough to let the base Turbo 4cyl do a decent job of moving the car, easier still for the twin-turbo V-6, too. With some styling cues from the Cadillac Sixteen. When the Chevy Tahoe came out, it happened to coincide with the demise of the Chevy Caprice models. The Tahoe had enough passenger/luggage space for 4 people and a week's vacation. Or a weekend trip to the casinos? AND it was unabashedly rear wheel drive! Many who still wanted a rwd vehicle seemed to gravitate toward the rad truck-chassis vehicles, from what I saw. Then the flood of CAR BASED utility vehicles bring us up to current times. The problem seems to be that "sedans" don't allow for sufficient utility functions for many purchasers. The CUVs do. The other thing is that if you take a modern "smooth-contoured" sedan, put a more vertical rear glass contour to the roof, then you really see how short the cars are, with their short deck lid. Even the Mercedes models! So those "aerodynamic" lines hide their shortness as the single chrome around the windows tend to imply "length", visually. Which leaves us with the Chrysler 300 and "Burnout/Doughnut King" Dodge Charger SEDANS. At least for now. But look at what even VOLVO is selling! BMW, too! And most other import brands. FOUR DOOR sedans which many claim American buyers won't buy! As I've said before, when the USA brands exit a market because they are "uncompetitive", the import brands fill that void. History repeats itself! NTX5467
  49. 1 point
    Hi Guy, I'm really enjoying your updates here. You have great skills on making those things look correct. Say, I want to thank you again for all your wonderful help while restoring the 1954 Delphi Air Conditioned Starchief. You are the man! Also a great knowledgeable source for anyone in the old car hobby. Your wealth of information is terrific. Regards, Dave R<O:p></O:p>
  50. 0 points
    They announced many times that pets were not allowed on the show field, yet saw many people with their dogs in tow on the field. I also saw several golf carts shoot down the aisles of the show field. The personal mobility carts are one thing, but a golf cart hauling around 4 people is quite another. If they are going to be allowed on the show field, they should have to have insurance in case they hit someone or a car. Thereโ€™s a lot of money on the show field. A simple โ€œIโ€™m sorryโ€ will not suffice in a case such as that. Matt