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  1. Very nice things you make Keith! The ones you made for me are great! You have a cottage industry that should support you for years if you can expand into different classic cars as they need the interior parts not found many places. So many parts on our Lincolns that would be great for reproductions, but just not enough interest which causes us to go nuts bidding on old rusty parts in hopes of getting something to keep the rides going. Keep up all the good repros! Ray
  2. I use a Purolator One #L30034 I get from Advanced Auto Parts. Hard to find these, but they are rather inexpensive, about $6.00 I think I paid for them. I like to buy a few and keep them on hand as they have to be shipped unless you live in an area where they have a store. Most other suppliers have discontinued them. Hope this helps! Ray
  3. I got the wiring harnesses for my '41 Zephyr from Rhode Island Wiring. Everything fit well and great service. They have all the old wiring charts with proper color codes to match the wiring diagrams. Check them out!
  4. I emailed the seller and told him what a shame it was that he really ruined the car and now he wants a high price to hand it over to someone else to fix his mess. And it would cost some$50,000 to restore it. He answered that it was just my opinion. The dummy will wind up selling whatever parts he can, not a restorable vehicle.
  5. Regardless of your efforts to free up the engine, the reality is you're going to have to tear it down if you expect to really run it. After all these years of sitting you can bet the bearings are probably rusted and frozen especially if the oil wasn't changed and water often gets into the crankcase. These old cars are lots of fun to restore if you can find the parts. They made a lot of these, and parts are somewhat interchangable from 1949-1953 as they used the same engine. The engines can easily be rebuilt by a mechanic that understands flat head 8 cylinder motors. As a kid our family had a brand new '52 & '53 Pontiacs. They were nice cars. And remember the Pontiac was built on the same chassis as the Chevrolet, so some of those parts might work for you. You need to keep in mind that the value of one of these cars is probably around $20-25K fully restored if you're building it to sell. My classic is a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr custom 2 door coupe fully restored. Lots of fun getting it to it's current stage, and you always tweak them after restoration. Good luck on yours! Ray
  6. I got the one I'm using from Vintage Auto Warehouse in Frederick, MD. I did have a problem with the terminal end that goes to the starter solenoid as the end was ony crimped. I had a one volt loss which gave the starter a problem. I peeled back about 1/4 inch of insulation at the end and dug out the insulation inside the connector, then I soldered it with my torch and filled the connector with solder. Then I put a couple of layers of shrink wrap tubing around the end and that fixed it. You could also use electrical tap to cover the exposed area going in the connector. There are auto electrical shops that can make up the cables, they usually use welding cables like on welding outfits which are heavy and flexible. Electrical building wire isn't suitable as it's too stiff and hard to install properly. Hope that helps! Ray:cool:
  7. Ralph, do you have the backup switch setup for a 41 Zephyr? I have the backup lights for it, but not the switch for the linkage. I've looked to put magnetic switches or mechanical switches, but nothing really fits properly. There is probably a simple way to attach a switch on the transmission. Any information you have would be appreciated. Ray Ray500@aol.com
  8. Documentation is skimpy to say the least for these vehicles. I think the mechanics of that day had to go it on their own with whatever experience they had, because Ford Motor Company had very poor documentation of their vehicles technically. Even printed sales brochures and ads were literally paintings, not photos. I have tried to collect whatever manuals I can find, but they leave a lot to be desired, and some have multiple years combined which can be confusing. I think there are technical bulletins out there for these vehicles, but not sure how detailed they are or useful in today's world.
  9. When people take a beautiful original car and tear it up with all their customization and changes, do they really expect to get big bucks for the mess? These classics will never be original again, and the fool hotrodders that think they know more than anyone else should suffer the monetary loss of their efforts that no one appreciates! So many early Fords and other classic cars were made into street rods that few are interested in buying. Who needs a 392 engine with automatic trans and airconditoning! If I wanted that I would just go by a new car!
  10. Where is the best place or source for new points and condensers/parts for the 41 Zephyr distributors? Thanks!
  11. I restore old radios from the 30s to the 50s, and do auto radios also. I always have my speakers reconed to keep the radios as original as possible, and many of the older ones have 'field coils' that are part of the power supplies used prior to permanent magnets being used in speakers in the 40s and later. Also speakers have characteristics that make them unique, and no cheap Radio Shack speakers can really deliver the sound originally intended. There are old radio supply houses like Antique Radio Supply in Mesa, Az. that sell speakers and other parts to repair old car radios. (www.tubesandmore.com) There is also a company in Florida that makes retro fit radios for old cars that have new tuners for AM/FM and higher powered audio amplifiers built-in that have the exact look and fit of the original radio. (www.antiqueautomobileradio.com)
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