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  1. jdome

    Terne metal

    I wonder if this metal would work for gas tanks. I need to make a couple of simple square tanks for brass era cars. Originals were made of 20 ga. steel, soldered together and galvanized. This could make a better rust resistant tank with the same "look" as galvanized.
  2. You don't need a chain breaker to take cottered chain apart. The plates are a tight fit so you do have to force them off the pins. If you have a wide enough, wedge shaped, flat blade screw driver that you can force in between the plates that will work. Better yet, for #80 chain make a wedge out of 1/4" flat iron and taper one side. Try to walk the plate off by putting the wedge near one roller, lightly tap it in, then move near the other roller and tap again. Flip the chain over and do the other side. Sometimes you just need to wiggle the wedge in without tapping. The pin diameter tapers to the end so once you force the plate off about the thickness of the plate it should practically fall off. Any link can be separated and re-used again as long as you don't damage any parts. If you bend a plate though don't try to flatten it- throw it away. You may have to force the plate back on but they usually go on & off easier once they have been taken apart so it would be a good idea to bend the cotter pins differently than the rest of the links so you can find the same link the next time you need to open the chain.
  3. You guys are way over thinking this. This is how you put a 57 Chevy on a Chevy van chassis. Spend half a day with a squeegee, a razor blade and a six-pack and your done.
  4. Do you know what engine is in these taxis? GMC trucks thru the 20's & 30's used Buick engines. The car has a buick look to it too?
  5. I have driven low profile RHD British sports cars in the US and trying to pass into on-coming lane in a low seat on the wrong side is suicide waiting to happen. Even changing lanes in the same direction is frustrating. I have some early brass Cadillacs that are RHD and not too bad to drive because they don't go fast enough to pass anything and you sit high enough to see over cars in front anyhow. Mine are not electrified so I drive with hand signals but I usually have the passenger on the left make the signals because no one will pay a ttention to my right hand and the seat blocks my left hand from view from behind. The kids loved to make the signals for me when they were young.
  6. These cars are highly under-rated today and not as popular as they were say 20 years ago. Not very peppy but fantastic touring cars with the overdrive. Good, reliable (as long as you don't lug the engine), comfortable, 65-70MPH hi-way cruisers. Not really much more complicated to maintain than a Ford flathead. I don't think you could buy a 48 Ford coupe in this condition for this price. I'm a Cadillac man and once owned a 48 Cad. These Continentals are a much better car than anything Cadillac made in 48. And I like the blue with the gray instead of the usual red leather. I'm tempted.... I like the above photo of the "Tucker" steering wheel and radio. After the war the FTC would not permit dealers & manufacturers to collect down payments for new cars that hadn't been built yet. Tucker got around that by pre-selling a deluxe package for $500 that included the Lincoln red translucent wheel, radio and a couple other Lincoln items that were sold in "Tucker" labeled boxes.
  7. I once owned an E-Type convert and always wanted the removable hard top for it. Double port hole top even better !
  8. Reed as well as ash (or sometimes poplar) trim was what was used originally. It is common to see a combination of reed & ash trim on the same car. Ash is a good wood for bending and you can make your own half round trim or buy it commercially made from ash. Some curves were bent and others were cut curved from solid blocks of wood. I am working on a 05 car that has 5/8 wide flat trim with the edges rounded over. I will have to make that myself out of ash and steam bend it. You can bend wood either by soaking it or heating it or both with steam heat. There is a commercial soaking additive you can buy for bending or you can use a home remedy. I have heard of using Downy Fabric Softener or ammonia as was suggested. You should be concerned as to how chemical residue left behind after the wood dries as to how it might effect paint & glue. However you make wood pliable, it will swell up and shrink down as it dries and will be too wet to glue/nail in place for several days, depending on how long you soaked it and your drying conditions. Once you make it pliable you should bend the trim in place and clamp it until it dries and holds it's shape and then glue and nail in place. You can also make forms to bend the wood around but it will have to be clamped to the form until dry. Wood does not stretch but it does compress. Tyr to force the wood together on the inside of the bend without stretching the outside of the bend to prevent splitting the wood. Wrinkles on the inside bend can be sanded out after the wood dries but splitting will be a problem.
  9. The half round wood trim you are looking for is called reed. May also be called rush or cane. It is still available on line or at some craft stores that sell supplies for wicker and basket weaving. The quality is not very good so order twice as much as you need. It is available in 1/8th sizes. I am restoring a body similar to yours and the seats are trimmed with 5/8 and the rear tonneau door is trimmed in 3/8. Sharp 90 degree corners are mitered. You will have to steam reed for 1/2 to 1 Hr. to bend around corners. There are a lot of videos online that will teach you general steam bending. You can make your own half round by planning an ash board down to the desired thickness. Use a 4 inch or wider board you can safely handle. Radius the edge with the proper bit on a router table. Then cut the half round edge off, You will have to steam bend the ash. Ash will be harder to bend than reed.
  10. I've used Certified and recommend them too. Good to see a post from another NE Ohio early Cadillac enthusiast.
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  12. You could still have your 12v system but use 2 - 6v batteries in series. Tap the 6v starter off the grounded battery. Having said that, I don't know what electrical devices you intend to put on a brass car other than gages & bulbs? 6v gages & bulbs are just as easy to find as 12v.
  13. This looks like Dick Shappy's stuff ???
  14. I see some 4-cylinder teens stuff in the pile too.