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  1. Hey Joe and Friends who like OLD cars.. I kinda went for a walk in the snowstorm yesterday, scouting a possible way to go to the Oil Company to pay my bill,,,with my newly built Star Doodlebug. I was like being a Kid again, walking slowly in light snow, no wind, exploring on foot, then...GO get that STAR!! I had a blast, and boy, the snow was a challenge with the outback trails! But I made it there, then took the main road home, as I knew I'd never get back the way I came! Enjoy my "Teen Years" pics if they work!!! LOL
  2. I'm just fine here...Son will be gone, and he ran us out of heating oil...well he did order it yesterday, but was told it will come today OR next...but during heavy snow tomorrow? IDK, as it comes from barely 1/8 mile away!!...lolol...Guess what, I simply don't care, I use wood on my 2/3rds! Ok, no running hot water now, but I can put a big pot on the gas stove OR the woodstove....just like 300 years ago! If his underfloor heat pipes blow, I scrap the oil hot water system for good! Use a 2nd woodstove! Simple, Eh? and CHEAPER, not tied to oil greed barons..I went shopping with my 1966 truck, had a blast as it was SO crowded with so many ethnics!! Rockin it easy here! maybe tonight or in Am?..Going to make a BIG pot of stew like?..... "kinda" soup?, got some tips from maybe a young grandma or elder Mom? from PR, She can't speak "Englaise", nor I can speak "Hispanics"...lol...but we got it all sorted out!! (her stuff in her cart made me ask HER!)She did not offer to come help though! maybe if I said I'd peel the taters? IDK!! got more wood split, easy fun task!...then covered everything for high winds...brought in 2 days of wood... I am good to go...fragrant candles bought today, even bought stick matches like the old days...lol.. aaahhhhhh... oh, felt like a new type of lyme flare up at the store. legs giving out a bit, had to cancel 11am Lyme Dr visit tomorrow due to me not going out in that NWS predicted-mess! I run ME, not them!, it's only 10 minutes from here!...was just a mid-treatment speaking meeting, can be done by phone! .......see??..easy if you do what you need...for YOU! EDIT next morning, at 5:30 AM, the oil guy shows up! My son Did put in 20 gallons of diesel last night in case the oil trucks could not go in the snow! and he could not get the furnace to bleed out and fire...so daddy had to show him AGAIN!! lol.. we are golden now! He is at work, rolling, as I just let him know we got oil! Should be a wild storm,. oil guy says they have been going 15 hour days! for a week?, and is hoping to get all the "low-on-oil calls" done before the drifting starts! Bye again..
  3. Well Joe, the NWS forecast keeps going up fast...The drifting due to super high gusts ...then they say trees down, followed by more zero temp spell...but it breaks on Sunday night! staying a tick under the normal to Me "Jan/Feb-20F nights".. I am lucky, on a MAIN State Route! AND wow, I have power coming from the North to my shop and streetlight in my lot, AND power comes from the south to my actual home! I learned that from TWO past texter accidents taking a pole down on either side of ME!! I have a vintage generator that can run the fridge, and a small "suitcase honda one for small stuff.. I have a LONG new cord to run up from shop for maybe to start the fridge? Not sure on the long length of cord dropping start up amps/volts loss? But, I don't get why it is to affect NORTHERN CT and Northern RI? Not like a coastal ?Nor~Easter really? Sky was so weird this morn near daybreak! Vibrant pink and sky blue stripes, down low, due south! Bright Sun now! Well, I won't see my Son for a long spell as it gets here tomorrow night! His phone went to recorder instantly??, when I called to see if his diesel truck got him there at 8am.. I said rest up buddy! drifting snows later on, after snow stops, will keep the crews on for another day? >> IDK, the weather just is too weird these times, to know anything at all! Bye.
  4. Hey, Cold? I was up at 2am today to stuff the woodstove as it was FIVE BELOW F ! No end in the forecast to this "natural?.. LOL" severe and RARE frigid cold in sight!! I just (9am) looked out our South windows to our lot..my sons big black 4dr K3500 Diesel is still sitting there...He and a friend went out for Diesel additive last eve, as most all Diesels are now gelling as they go down the road...it's the added wind-chill on the fuel lines & filters...! Ok, he had said even some gas jobs are failing too! So I then looked out to the top barn where my 66 K20 Camper Special is garaged... no tracks in the snow, so he did not try to take that one to get to his Town DPW job this early morn... I KNOW that ONE will START! and will get there! LOL.. edit...I just called my son, thinking he got a ride to his work...nope, he is in his end of our home...he did try to get there in that truck, (the dashboard outside temp showed 10 BELOW Zero!! at 6am!)but he had to turn around and fight it back home, it was gelling-up... we do have more options for two! spare reliable vehicles that are here, my 66 k20 and his unregistered vw late model gas-engined jetta,...oh... my own daily driver1970 vw t3 wagon broke down due to a non working efi fuel pump on Saturday just as the snow started at my bank, but not fixed yet, and I do have spares...and we will carry on... no biggy...lol
  5. hey, you asleep today, Joe? I DID say something about I KNEW it was an OLDER weather report... BUT..hey, since I posted 3 hours ago? My faithful VW wagon had to get towed home....first EVER time it did not get me home in ten years as my ONLY daily car!!..! Snow not a dusting like was said..My son got a call from my Banks teller, (I don't NEED a cell!! or triple A)..he is Ice fishing in town with other Big boys... they grabbed me to go get our trailer 10 minutes away, snowing good,.. we got her loaded FAST,,,and home...fishtailing the big black 4 door Diesel K3500...we ROCK! I did want to stay at the bank while they fetched the trailer... oh baby... I sure can chat dem purdy cuties!! We were gonna go tobogganing if customers slacked off from the snow!!!
  6. Mild EH? yea back on that date!! NOW??? lol...hey A LOT went on in my NEW whacky year of rebirth...oh dear. I could write for years!! Hey, I set some subconscious task in my brain back on Jan first...spare the details, but I KNOW it ends on the last second of my Birthday...DEC 31 !!! Ok? Hey JUST yesterday a FEIRCE NEED to actually "use" an empty middle huge room in our house, with the only huge windows !!! and facing South!! overlooking our shops and land, the train, you name it!! Never MADE the time in the 10m years here!! Wow, a day of balz out frenzy by me..moving SO many things lost in storage boxes for years.. Look at the cool old coffee table (I repainted only it's top at 8pm!) Dried FAST near woodstove!) I added as the last thing late last night!!! This morning I put a "few things on it" >> Hey!!!... I am putting ONLY special to Me, and MY son Joe's things in this room...a big couch was nearly the only thing in there...a SLEEEPER couch..we will use this for friends or anyone who "needs" a place to stay, for a day or....who cares!! Hidden stuff in those words!! >>Ok?
  7. Hi Astro NUT... a LOT went on whilst < (old school word!) I was ahem, Away! I still have a pile of VW cool old stuff saved for you, AND I JUST started tidying up in the house itself, where some of it was sorted out. I will ask for a ship address son, but it may take a bit more time...we are in a MASSIVE cold snap and no end on the NWS week forecast! And.... I went out straight this whole season on estate hauls...even got a 61 WV Bug "barn fell on it Find" ...200$ LOL, TRUE! sad as can be told....a 35,000 mile one!! , still here..(. since a few months ago. he will get it in the spring..) But I went to look at it far a VW nut long time friend that "found me" on hamb of all places, as HE has no on-topic vehicle for that site!! He recognized me by something I SAID, not anything else!! Later! Bye! I hope the pic works...some feature has changed since I last was here?
  8. Twisted all around, to suit some point you choose to have me believe. I rest my case when I said you "seem" very proud to tell the world you did NOT buy a prewar. Note I said "seem". If so however, We need more people unlike yourself, if we want to save more unwanted prewar projects,... oh, heaven forbid if a person DOES buy it, find a totally above board, legal way to register it...then restore it to stock, or rod it! The AACA "vocal" guys crack me up to no end. They say we should hate rodding, but look for every excuse not to save one in nice stock condition. There are plenty here that do agree with what I say or preach continually about saving these beautiful but seemingly unwanted prewar project cars, but they just don't have the courage to speak up here. Other "vocal" AACA guys lay the whole "getting upside down" on a resto $$ value, talking new potential buyers out of a purchase for some silly "value" comparisons, yet they spend thousands $ on cable TV or golf memberships???....so they appartently don't care if a lot of prewar projects get scrapped or rodded. Our USA cars have been leaving our Country in droves for many years now... we need to wonder why? ... I don't. Geeez.
  9. I bought a NORS gear for my PB back in the late 80s when it seems there were more available then. I find it difficult to think that there is not a repro one available? Have you tried any other PA/PB clubs or members? If not, I'd try to work the hub back to proper position.... "if" someone could give the precise location of where that keyway should be, in reference to the zero mark? (like 180 degrees)? Then a local machine shop could make some sort of rivets or fasteners to keep it from moving again.
  10. oh, and before anyone sends me some hate for speaking up. ...I met Mercer09 back when I was selling a Model A sedan for a very close friend of mine. The A was the only car not yet sold from his late fathers large Model A collection, and to just settle the probate quicker, my friend bought that A just to make it all happen for the entire family, in a timely fashion. my friend gave me firm instructions on listing it at a price way under then current market, as he wanted the car gone. Mercer09 was the only "real buyer" that contacted me through the FordBarn site. He called to ask only if I would be available on a certain day that he would be traveling back home to NJ, from a trip to the northern New England area. He showed up on time, he spent about 5 to 10 minutes looking and hearing it run, then asked if that he paid in full on the spot, could I store it indoors for a month or two. I normally would have said no if this was "by phone", but Ron just plain gives the impression that he certainly is dead serious in person . It worked out far faster than he hoped, and not only came back with a trailer earlier than promised, he also brought one of his prewar keepers for me to sort out.
  11. So right, Ron... as we are, or once were also "flippers" and collectors too, of vintage cars, .....we both sure do know that most people who inquire about a car we had for sale, are mostly dreamers....no real deep seated intent to buy anything they call on. It is a "feel good" call, for the typical unhappy person in that he is so desperate to feel worthy, that they play this silly charade. We all recall the pre-internet days when selling in Hemmings before there were pictures in the ads back then. Even though we spent the extra few dollars each ad, to say at the end of the ad; "no picture collectors please", or worse yet, when we did send a dozen glossy 35mm photos and even included a stamped self addressed return envelope, NONE of you pathetic dreamers EVER sent one stinking set of pictures back! You people are real beauties, the ones who travel through life in some sort of pathetic mental state, searching in vain for "nothing", in realistic term. and, their comments back to our return phone calls, always were some well versed BS story, "oh, I bought one closer" "oh, the Wife said no" "lost my job" etc etc The title of this exact thread is almost showing EXACTLY what we flippers dealt with,,,,a guy who brags about NOT buying a car! I'm out. Fact is Fact, you all can deal with it.
  12. That is a very silly, nonsensical answer,.... here in CT the no-title issue on old cars is the same as Rhode Island. And we have a lot more that a few hindered cars to keep track of. And Rhode island has thousands of cheapie used car/older car dealers, so your answer is based on nothing factual at all. Take is all wrong as hateful, but I simply state truths when the B-S regularily flys on AACA. The States that require some sort of paper from a CT car, often demand a "current" and "original" registration paper, These stricter States will not take a "copy" of a current registration paper, and will not accept a car from our State that is NOT currently registered, BUT, other States will take a CT car without current, as long as the VIN is 100%verified, and if the bill of sale is 100% factual, and not "made up" by the new owner. My point is just in one area: Let's say you always wished you could find that impossibly rare early 1930s car body style that only six were made....then out of the blue, some big rancher in Texas finds one sitting junked in a dry wash on his 1000 acre ranch. He has no papers but wants to find a home for it in our hobby. Some of us would be there in a heartbeat, while the closed minded folks here, or elsewhere in our hobby, would just say "no title-no way". At that point, those people are just plain being unreasonable on such a rare car worth saving, and one that they dreamed of finding, but thinking it was surely impossible.
  13. Hi Joe, I just went to the local scrap recycle place in Columbia CT, named JSR or AKA "Johns scrap recycling" The have some machine shop stuff for sale: Two monster millers with 6 foot beds, with a huge CNC control box/station to run both. Got to be 8.5 feet tall to the tip up there. Then a rack full of collet chucks which can be bought by the single piece or more, sold as scrap weight, not what it is valued as in a tool. This is dirt-cheap pricing if you see something there. These will NOT be scrapped, but the two huge machines may get cut up today. then a small specialized grinder ??? that one will not be scrapped, and sold by weight...they gave a close guess at $500. It is 5 minutes from here so I can go there with you if needed.
  14. I won't be around much for a long spell I assume. I am back "home" again on the HAMB. I still want to work on the 34, but I want to do the Custom 35 first, as well as see, and help Joe G get his stock 34 LaS sedan done. We had another fun morning today, stripping the last few components off of the parts car chassis to get ready to send it out for blasting.
  15. Most shops are clueless about after resurfacing the wheel, but never checking the run-out after it is installed on the crankshaft. Very few people ever do this or even ever heard of it, but anyone who does a resurface and does not check runout.BEFORE surfacing and AFTER..ends up just like you....keep spending more and more money and untold hours of repetitive work, rather that using common sense. Sounds very harsh indeed, but the modern lazy world needs more clear thinking, or just reading proper procedures in a manual, on a simple matter of chatter and what NEEDS to be checked FIRST.,...not LAST.
  16. Update from yesterday: I did get some good progress on the Mercedes, but also first I brought more random parts from outdoors, inside the two buildings....Winter is always something that pushes us to get things tucked away. Next, I bought a pair of 34 LaS rumble seat hinges from...you guessed it, the ebay seller who originally brought back to NY, the huge 34 Las and Cad collection, some/most going to my estate guy, then the rest was ebayed over the last 10? years. I also on Friday, did buy a NORS or early repro long round 34-36 LaS muffler from the same seller...more things from that huge collection!. Those will be here today according to a UPS email. Next, I did find time to mark all the underdash gauge wiring in the cowl that is still on the 34 Chassis that Joe G will send out for blasting soon, then I was able to get his dash and gauges indoors. That led me to sandblasting and priming "my" 34 Convertible dashboard. As soon as it stops raining, I will get that dash done in Black lacquer...then assemble it for pics soon. I even redid the repro wood piece and it now looks "old", or better said, it looks "not new". Ok, I just started a new build thread on HAMBs "Traditional Customs" board. I never thought I'd ever be in the right place or have the "right" car to do a build under the Custom board! Here is the link: https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1935-lasalle-old-school-convertible-coupe-build-thread.1068865/#post-12130856 Now, before some (very few)unreasonable AACA folks get all crabby about ME building a custom out of a "rare" LaS convertible body...let me POINT OUT, that TWO past owners who for some reason, never junked the remains of a once 34 LaSalle conv body...they never dreamed someone would ever try to build it back to "something". Matter of fact, the NY guy NEVER even realized he brought back a 2nd convertible body in pieces!!!,,,even though he loaded and unloaded the pieces himself!
  17. Nah, I don't see me no red flags.... lol. the only thing he forgot was the line about him being in the Military and needing to see it go to a good home.
  18. Yes, it is plain to see what they did if you were here in person. I have no idea how many 34 convertibles were made, but mine is body number 80-ish. I never had the body number tag for the real rough 34 convertible body I am trying to save. If I had it's motor, I could tell if it is later or earlier than mine.
  19. Allrighty, some of the viewers probably think I am trying to use the existing roof edge as is. That is not true, I will be slimming the vertical side pillars at the glass edges, as well as trimming back most of the old roof very close to the upper glass edges. ^^^ look at the white chalk lines on this 4 week old pic, back when this 35 Convertible plan was first considered. You can see a rough idea of the trimming/reshaping. . Below: you cannot tell by this pic angle, but the Fleetwood door front curve does not match the Fisher cowl curve. Talking about the door gap curved line. Also note the old Factory lead work done to coupe door stampings that were chopped off then pieced in at top (F and R) . I'm really good at this type of custom bodywork, so these mods should go pretty smoothly, because I simply LIKE doing this type of task. One thing on these convertible door hinges; they are somewhat flat, where the 34 Sedan hinges have a curved hook shape. I did see that when I took all 4 doors off of the 35 Fisher body, the rear doors use the flatter hinges! So, that is a huge gift, as I just don't have any original hinges from the rough conv body
  20. AJ, you just need an experienced tour guide... Ok, I am sure glad I played hooky from the Mercedes job, and did what is called a "mock up" or in this case it can be called a "roll out"....meaning you push a mock up outdoors to get a better perspective. I found out so many things today, what we have, what we do not have "in stock", and the hard core fact that so few parts of a 34 LaS are useable on a 35 LaS. And late today I found some unidentified top irons that look somewhat promising, but that is no gauranteee that I can make these work, and that means be able to fold down into the "top well" behind the seat. . Ok, back to my sons week long vacation that was first interrupted by my 2.5 day stay at the first "medical" hospital, then really went full retard with my being sent, and wrongfully incarcerated in the State mental health hospital for 8 more days... But ,..my son is super savy !, As he was getting ZERO facts on me and my "situation" at both places, so he "manned up" and the "laywered up" to gain full sole custody of his Dad, in case it was needed. He then left on the trip....but got slammed again, by a midweek phone tag from his long estranged birth mother, saying she needed to speak to him in person only, about a health issue of hers. Well, My son did get home at 4pm yesterday and it took till late afternoon today to do the "hook up in person". She was just diagnosed this midweek as having Leukemia. . Now guys and gals, please respect my wishes to have you all forgo the well meaning "prayers sent", posts on here, and I prefer you do that in private....her name is "Deb" for those that choose to do so. Ok, Rock on we shall INDEED... I hope to go full tilt on the Mercedes in the AM....getting me that much closer to freeing up my main work bay for the 35 Chassis Motor swap!! Yes, I will take pics when Kenny brings me to that old wrecking yard this week....and by the way, I did just today, find a SECOND spare good 34 LaS head already removed years ago, so I now can afford sacrifice my stuck one if it is needed. Yay! Take care, boys and girls...
  21. I was going to work on that Mercedes today...but... I decided I'd rather do a bit more to the 35 LaS mockup Here is text only, as to where that Mercedes is right now, after just a few hours invested after getting back from the two Hospital "incarcerations". I will add a few pics of the car patchwork this week.. My son did return from a week long vacation at Block Island R. I. at 4 PM yesterday, and one thing he asked was if or how that owner is with me not touching it for so long. It does not really matter to the owner, as he has other daily drivers besides this car, but I need to finish it soon, so I will be able to bring the 35 into the workbay for that upcoming later 30s-40s Olds straight 8 swap, BEFORE the 37 Cord arrives here in mid August! So, I should have two weeks? to do that swap, which will/or should, make the 35 Chassis yard drivable, with functioning cooling system, exhaust system, and working E-brake! The Mercedes owner bought this clip as is; it is NOT cut in the proper place for this rear crash hit damage. You should never try to cut a quarter vertically, half way or in the center of the quarter, so I needed to make an erratic splice like a Z. . ..
  22. F&J

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    Test the generator itself: Disconnect all wires at gen. Put a voltmeter, (I use analog for this, but digital should be fine) put the voltmeter red/or power lead at the ARM or BATT whichever that generator says. Now put the voltmeter ground wire to a good clean ground at generator. Now get a jumper wire; hook one end to the battery plus side, then you will use the other end to "power" the Ford fields. Get the RPM up to say 1500-1800, and momentarily touch the F term with that hot jumper. Be looking at volts, a bad generator may stop at 2-3 V or just be stone dead. A good generator will "run wild", meaning going 2x times normal volts. Do not keep the jumper on any longer than that quick test. You are overloading it, or making it put out way too much.
  23. My son will be pizzed, but I already decided on the original pale yellow that my con was when new. BUT!...my son can pick the color for the 1935 LaSalle convertible coupe that was born today! Started at 6:45 AM, sawzall in hand, the determination growing... Took a coffee break at this point and to call the Junkyard that has the 32 Olds at 8am....nope, not open today... So, then I figured the body should pull right off without needing to undo the body bolts... the 334 Sedan with Fleetwood shell, DID come apart really easy without unbolting...Both cars have soft wood. ^^^^All it did was buckle the roof, no matter what angle I tried ^^^ The Fisher body has reinforced mounts with steel plating at each body mount & hole/ Joe G showed up masybe 10am to try to see if a pair of 35 rear drums will fit on the 34 chassis that is going under his car body....but Joe jumped right in and took over the cutting of floor and two more mounts I did not get to by then. I'm glad he showed up then, as I was needing a rest break. ^^^ This was at 12 Noon exactly, the Fisher body is gone, and Joe is just starting the brake drum swap. We are just making his chassis to roll on 4 good tires, so it can go out for commercial sandblasting...SOOON! My wheels will go too, then I can put my WWW on. yep, whites on this car as well as Joe thinks he has 4 good used 750-16 WWW at his storage barn. He said they might be 15, but I doubt it, as he says the 750 sounded familiar, and no 15" used that number. OK, Yesterday I did get that AQ book on 34 LaS. Woweee pics of the luggage rack I bought!!! I am missing the removable center Grate part, but I simply don't care as I only want to run the brackets swung inwards. And if I do ever need to install a trunk for a trip, you just don't need that grate, I will make 2 simple agle irons that bolt to the insides of the swing arms, using the original threaded holes for the grate. This IS the only car I have found on the entire net that has these rare brackets! This car was exported when new, to Argentina, and it says it was owned by Juan Perone. It is right hand drive, and that is why the rumble steps are on this side! We had a real fun time working on eachothers car today...this should all work out just ducky We quit at 2pm as both of us decided on that, ..........to not overdo it.
  24. Pretty neat how you did the "Dutchman" repair of the door side post. ! Nice solid repair that saves tedious replacement if you remade the entire post. We will need to do the same on my Friend Joe's 34 LaSalle sedan for sure.
  25. Good Morning you sleepyheads 4 AM here and rarin to go. Junkyarding update: Joe G. showed up here yesterday, and one thing he let slip out, was that he wanted me to go with him to look at the 1932 Olds straight 8 engine in that old doodlebug at the old time wrecking yard where I bought the Dodge steering box for my Nash. It seems like Joe really does not want to use that late 30s-40s Olds straight 8 that Kenny promised to bring back from a different Massachusetts wrecking yard. I think Joe must want a stock appearing engine for his 34 LaS sedan. So, at 8 AM today, I will call the yard to see if we can go look at that 32 today. Being that scrap prices are down, that yard may no longer be open on Saturdays when local folks brought in scrap to sell. We will bring tools to pull the starter to use bars on the flywheel teeth, as well as a huge adjustable wrench for the front crank nut. Our mutual Friend Kenny says that because I noted that the 32 still has the aircleaner on it, there could be a better chance that it is not stuck too bad, but only "if" the sparkplugs are not rotted off which lets water in the pistons. I just never looked at the plugs that day I saw it. Ok, then Kenny called later in the day to set up a trip for he and I, to go to Shrewsbury Mass to go grab the later Olds 8 and 3 speed. He said it's been in a dry building for "about 20 years". I will buy it even if Joe does not use it. I will use it in the 35 Chassis which it's 35 LaS engine is cracked and frozen beyond repair. That chassis will be for the junk 34 Conv body "rescue plan" I just cannot see that body go to scrap, and it would not be anything a normal person would try to save....so I guess I will need to do something about that! Kenny also said "we can get the head off" of my 34 Motor. Note he said WE. LOL. He says he is scrounging up more 1/2" thick plate as well as more short sparkplugs to make an "8 plug pulling plate", instead of my one plug puller. Wish us luck.. I did, late yesterday, try my puller on the head again in several places, hoping the cable slamming might have loosened it...but NO, it did not. I will bring a camera if we go to the first Massachusetts Yard today, but definitely will get pics at both Yards when (it / or both) happens.