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    I see myself as this: But I suspect others see me as this:
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    Bought a tire changer for changing the split rim tires on my old cars.
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    December 12, 2009 As slick tires are not recommended for passenger cars, I have to add some thread. As I could recover enough bands from the Toronado master tire, I began to soft solder the bands one after the other on the piece of brass. The first one is soldered entirely ; the second one is at about .6mm from the first one. To have a constant distance between both and to help maintaining the band on the master tire, I’m adding pins at various places because I cannot held the assembly with hand during soldering. About 5 minutes are needed to heat the brass with the soldering iron; after that heating time, the solder is flowing at both parts. Once all is soldered, the excess tin must be removed. Manufacturer’s name and dimension must be added to finish that master tire. December 14, 2009 It seems that Gerald Wingrove gave me the inspiration decades ago to add the inscriptions on the master tire with first praying some surfacer, writing with a pen the name or dimension and scratching the unneeded paint. It’s not an easy task, but it can be done. With tools from a carver, it would have been possible to cut each letter and attach it to the tire. With a CAD machine or a 3-D printer, the tires were already done!
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    working from the back of show field toward the front
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    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...
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    Another view. Not sure on drive train, the rope is there to keep people like me away from the cars.
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    1 photo of the engine when I first bought the car
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    Well at least it provided you with some discussion material! LOL. Michelle and I are still kind of taken back with the reception the car got considering the company it kept in the area. With Auburns, packards, Chrysler’s, Caddy’s, pierce arrows, and values of some in excess of $1,000,000 right across the row, it amazed us at how many people hovered around the Olds all day. The condition of the grass close around my car was pointed out to me and can be seen in many of Jerry’s pictures. It was worn almost completely down from all the foot traffic and was in the same condition of the main road. I do think keeping my hood open helped draw people over to look at it and I was more available to answer questions about my car than others seemed to be. What I thought was different was I was asked about setting up the automatic choke by a packard owner. The owner was surprised to find out that my Olds had the same choke as his 34’ packard did and my Olds was a 32’. He mentioned that he was having trouble getting his to work good, either not choking enough or over choking the engine. He was trying to adjust it by the thermo-spring and I explained that he needed to adjust it by how much the choke plate is open when the choke mechanism is in the cold or closed setting. It seems everyone wants to totally close the choke plate when there is no need for it and it will always over choke in that setting. I explained to set the plate about 1/4” open when in the cold position and to pump the accelerator about two to three times before turning the motor over to dump raw gas into the intake. When I showed him how instantaneously my car started he couldn’t believe it. It was great I was able to help out a guy with a big classic car like his. The whole experience will give Michelle and I plenty to talk about for days to come. I am willing to bet though she’ll get tired of it pretty soon!😁
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    This, I definitely would want to be this...
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    I, sadly, would probably be a Garbage truck.
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    One last drive before winter with my friend Sue.
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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
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    Jeff, this is my last reply to all this. The secrecy was due to the benefactor not wanting to make his name known nor what he was attempting to do in the long run, as it would potentially had an effect on his future plans. A little complicated but his heart was in the right place. Sometimes you proceed with a project having the best intentions and it takes a turn. Yes, they underestimated the level of detail members would have on certain parts. There were several cooks in the store, the benefactor, the company making the parts and the company that was hired to put the process together. Once they started putting together the dinner they ran into problems. Still, they are continuing to find solutions as the goal is to help hobbyists get the parts they need and at the quality is expected by everyone. By the end of the year I expect we will have a new website, probably temporary until we can build what we really want BUT this same group has already put together a cool new feature for us with over 1500 stories and photos that will soon be operational. It is done but I do not want to start it until the new website is up. People will be able to put their own stories and pictures up and the pages will be searchable. This project was made free to the club and our members. In the end, sorry to have disappointed people but nothing ventured nothing gained and as an undersized ex-halfback i will continue to try to push the ball over the goal line!
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    Well, that is what makes Hershey ,"HERSHEY"! It is the sincere appreciation and respect of what goes into a restoration. Folks know of the expense, time, and passion that make up the finished product. It is wonderful when a Packard owner can marvel at the workings of your Oldsmobile, and have a conversation about a choke, or choosing a color choice. It's what makes this hobby unique. We truly have a love for old cars, trucks, etc.. Laura loves the show on Saturday, and she enjoyed talking with Michelle about the work that went into the '32. My wife was getting a little nervous when a photographer taking pictures of your car, was too close to the headlight with her camera. All in all it was a wonderful time. Thanks again, John
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    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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    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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    Spark plug collecting can start off as an inexpensive hobby for both kids and adults, but can turn into stupid money for one plug once you get into it. I consider myself a reformed collector, sold off many plugs over the years to fund other hobby projects. Felt good at Hershey and back slid and treated myself to a Breech Block plug. Quick detach to clean the electrode, made in Torrington, Ct. Bob
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    I HATE the cans. Obnoxious to the extreme. Much less prevalent this year for some reason.
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    Bumper is back on. Its slightly out on the driver's side but won't move in any further. Guess I'll shim out the passenger side later.
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    just paint the fenders and aprons black and the car will look better and better.
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    Al...who decided that having a lot of something you like is a sickness? It was probably some brain dead reality TV producer who smokes pot and can't compose a coherent paragraph. There is a great deal to learn from have a lot of something. It's only that way you can compare things... About 30 years ago I worked on a book on the American Eagle Hilted Sword with the late EA Mowbray. Mr. M had about 400 of them and a huge amount of what we were able to deduce was the result of making comparisons over a long period of time. If you had a collection of 20, or 30 or even 50 you would never have been able to draw the conclusions that were obvious from having hundreds to work with.
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    Just took the 1950 Chrysler on a 35 mile run after getting it. No guts no glory right? Will give the update tomorrow. I will say i am especially happy after figuring out why I have no first gear
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    The short answer for many 1930's and older cars is that once you get beyond ignition parts, brake parts , gaskets and bearings there simply are no parts. Things like rear axle shafts, differential and transmission gears, ring and pinion gears, oil pumps , king pins, steering linkage and so much more will have to be custom made. Not cheap at all and part of why older orphan vehicles are so expensive if you actually drive them rather than keeping them as exhibits. It's definitely part of why fewer and fewer pre war cars are seen at shows and other events these days. Greg in Canada
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    Having spent the last several years disassembling my father’s shop, and remembering him working in his as a child, I can’t tell you how many times I wish I could still walk into his on a daily basis. I long to see him working on a car, old school country music in the background, the smell of grease, a friend helping him, and all the tools in an orderly fashion, around the shop. (Ok, maybe a few swear words, or loud yelling, here and there, as he wrestled with an uncooperative part also). When I went to his garage five years ago, it was a mess. Evidence of his struggles for the last many years, as he was always meticulous in his care for all his possessions, but most especially his tools and his shop. The chaos I found was beyond my comprehension. It saddened me that I hadn’t known what he was going through for so many years, and he lived so far away. I saw his struggles in everything in his shop. I can’t explain it, but that’s when everything he was dealing with really hit me. It was so obvious to me. I guess I'm posting this here because I think you would understand. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that my father is no longer suffering, but a huge part of me is lost without him. I will never see him again. I will never see him working on a car or lovingly detailing one. So many years passed between the time I moved away and when I went to help him, but suddenly, when I went to Texas, I was his little girl again. My father and his cars were one in the same. I’m sure many of you are like that also. Don’t ever underestimate what that means to the children you raised. It’s an indelible memory to picture your father in his shop. If you have children, grown or otherwise, please spend time in your shop with them. It is very likely that they will cling to those memories when you are gone.
  27. 2 points
    Joe had on a pair of light colored sneakers. If you look close the colors are the same.
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    @MrEarlHey, with all those suspension upgrades you did to the Wagon, you should enter the race with that! A winner in the making!!!
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    If you really can't decide, go through the ratings and pick the tallest tires. Those cars are geared a little on the slow side. Every little bit helps.
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    If you buy this car, or even if the guy just gives it to you for free, when all is said and done you will have more money in the car than it would have cost to just go out and buy a nice one that needs nothing. Unless there is some sort of sentimental attachment to a vehicle like this or it is a special rare model 1 of 1 type car which this is not, then the sane thing to do is run, don't walk away from it. If you are married to a non car enthusiast, then run away very very fast. When there's lot's of rust and the mechanicals are a wreck you are talking bottomless money pit and no, the rust won't buff out!
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    no doubt it is, but also consider are you now selling the least desirable of the things now? I still see strong sales, if its what people want. But as you know, many things are not wtd any longer and yes, tough to move. sold a nomad last month needing everything and it sold easily. not so much for my model As or a 41 ford conv for example. Looks like the 41 ford mkt is drying up. so like all things, there is a re positioning of the mkt and what is in demand. that will always be.
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    "Oh, sorry, we realized making actual car parts is really hard and not at all profitable. Our business plan was predicated on old car guys being rich fools who only wanted shift knobs replicated. We're going to go back to 3D printing key chains. We'll mail you one. Thanks anyway."
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    I hung out my shingle, casually, to do upholstery when I retired from my "real" career. I've found out that, if people like your work, you're busy "for the rest of your life" and then some!
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    The British HP formula - instituted for taxation purposes - was based on bore. The stroke was largely ignored because at the time it was adopted the prevailing notion was that stroke didn't matter. This was disproved very early on but the formula was written into the law so British engine designers made long stroke, small bore engines getting constantly increasing HP but keeping the relevant HP tax as low as they possibly could. This formula worked against Ford before WWI because the Model T had a relatively large bore for it's stroke and thus had to pay a higher tax than a comparable British car. That's why we see cars like the 30/98 Vauxhall - 30 taxable HP, 90 real HP.
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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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    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.
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    Firestone.........keep a close eye out for defects and blems............
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    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.
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    Hello everyone, I’m Tony and I live in Olympia WA, About a month ago I finally obtained a wagon in my life, Grew up in California and always wanted one😎 I have not had any other classic cars ever, My time has come. This wagon supposedly has the original 31k miles and it’s really clean and pretty. I look forward to the endeavors ahead, I hope! So first off, where is the best place to ask a question about my generator in this wagon. thank you Tony
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    Hello Jeff I will take some photographs of the chassis tomorrow. You will then be able to understand why I have decided to abandon any thought of using the "Morgan" body. I have now advertised it for sale on the "PreWarCar" website. I will, once I have sorted out the engine and transmission, make a start on a new body of my own design and construction. Ultimately this will be a far more satisfactory answer to getting the car drivable and after so many years in the wilderness back on the road. Slowly slowly I hope to unravel its history. I suspect that it may not have been driven since the end of WW2. i.e. 1945. Perhaps even before then. I get a great deal more satisfaction from building a new body from the ground up. You will just have to be patient. To give any doubters some idea of what is possible, this 1924 Riley, and the 1932 Austin 12/Six, below, are just two examples of my "bodies". I am sorry but I do not have a "before" photograph of the Riley but I can assure you that it came "home" in very much the same state as virtually all my "Basket Case Rescues".
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    I was able to pick up a correct speedometer for our ‘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 hadn’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 Bob’s to get plug wires and correct band clamps for the rebuilt water pump we just finished up! ^Happy Camper here!!😂😂😂😂🤘🏼🤘🏼 Ps. Hershey could use a good old fashion wet T-shirt competition! Who’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!😂😂😂 I kid kid I kid....
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    Haven't posted in ages because I've been working on a ton of projects, but I love the colors of these pics I took tonight. The area is still under construction, so pardon the piles of dirt and lawn bags, but figured maybe some of you guys might like these. Have kind of a Vega strip-vibe to them I think which is very fitting for the car...
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    Joe, Keep the magic coming! Al
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    I recently cut open a wix filter and the element did its job and the paper had good integrity. Its housing is metal, the cork seals compliant. No issues with them FWIW
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    Larry, quit drooling on the spam
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    I have been busy and haven't posted in a while. Two weeks ago was the NE Buick races and show at Cecil County Dragway. Drove the '75 Electra to Atlantic City to hang with Buick friends and then to the show. Over 450 miles all together. Had a great time, toured to the Herr's potato chip factory and won a trophy in the show. The ride back was a blast. Was in a bit of a rush Saturday afternoon on the way home due to another car engagement. The car drove like a top, 75-80 MPH the whole way. 🙂 Mileage is now 24,772. Started at 18,500 two years ago.
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    Interior is all there, too. And, of course, I have all the shiny bits. For unknown reasons this website is suddenly not allowing me to post photos, so PM me if interested
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