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About Vila

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  • Birthday 04/11/1950

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    Mechanicsburg, PA
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    1933 and earlier Chevrolets, all British sports cars, old BMWs, Vespas and home improvements.


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    Retired USAF/ANG EC-130 Navigator

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  1. Year of Manufacture plates on two of my antique cars and late 60s PA purple plate on the third. Vanity place on my daily driver.
  2. Here is a link to where you can buy AC - 46 spark plugs: The Green Spark Plug Company LTD is in the UK, but shipping was reasonable and fast when I bought a few things from them 2 years ago. For USA customers you would not pay the VAT so they come out the 2.71 pounds each which at the current exchange rate of $1.30 per Pound come out to $3.53 each
  3. I agree with John S in Penna, and if it was my car I would not change it. In 2008 I bought a 1962 Triumph specifically for the purpose of restoring to all original. The car had less than 43,000 miles on it, but the previous owner had converted the electrical system from a generator to alternator and from 12V Positive ground to Negative ground within the previous few years and guess what, the system would not charge. Yes the system would not charge and other then the alternator replacement, everything about the electrical system was in perfect operating condition. In fact the wiring harness had absolutely no issues other then replacing the harness wrap with new blue wrapping tape. Even the original voltage regulator was in perfect condition. I rebuilt a used original style generator I got from eBay, installed everything and the system now worked perfect. Sounds like you are following the philosophy "If it ain't broke, fix it until it is".
  4. When people are restoring vehicles to look original, I don't care what type of paint the restorer put on their car as long as it looks like the original finish in color and level of gloss. I don't like to see cars with a super high gloss finish if that was not how the vehicle originally came out of the factory and I don't like some of the finishes people are putting on vehicles where it looks like plastic. I am not sure what causes the plastic look of some finishes, but I don't like it. I know of cars brands that originally came out of the factory with orange peel and runs, especially i areas like the engine compartment and in the wheel wells. Is there is issue of someone restores a car and the paint job has orange peel and runs in these areas or should it be restored with a high gloss perfect mirror finish in all areas?
  5. Side panels for the hood do not look right for a Chevrolet, along with a lot of other details.
  6. Someone who does upholstery work should be able to make one.
  7. What one persons considers Heavy is what another persons considers light and what one person consider large may be what another person considers small. I have yet to read exactly how large or heavy this generator is.
  8. Minus the rust, it looks exactly like the one my Grand Father and then Father had when I was growing up. They had the motor and drive assembly mounted on the wall several feet above the lathe.
  9. Don't go by the headlight bar since you could add those to the any 1923 - 26. I helped my father in law restored a 1924 Chevrolet touring back in the late 1960s that had the headlight bar when he bought the car from the original owner. Every period photo I have seen of a 1924 Chevrolet did not have the bar either, but many people added them. For one thing they gave stability to the front fenders. I also believe 1926 is correct since there are no outside door handles.
  10. I use ethanol free gas and have never used anything in my gas, not during the summer and not over the winter. Even during the first 5 years I was on active duty in the USAF and my 1933 Chevrolet sat in a garage for the entire time, never had a problem. Came home, got a new battery and the car started right up.
  11. Vila

    Lock cylinder

    Some of the GM cars of that era have a small hole in the front of the ignition switch to remove the lock cylinder. If your Buick has this small hole in the front of the ignition switch near the key hole, stick your key in the ignition and insert a straightened paperclip in the extra hole. I can't remember if you need to turn the key slightly or press the paperclip in more, but on early GM cars that have this extra hole the ignition lock will then pop out. The key code may be stamped on the lock cylinder, if you can get it out.
  12. Isn't this what we call recycling today? The oil originally came out of the ground and they are just putting it back so someone else can pump it back out of the ground again in the future.
  13. Just my opinion here. Except for the more expensive cars of the era, I think the low to mid priced cars in the mid 1920s to late 1930s look ridiculous with whitewall tires including my 1933 Chevrolet. The next set of tires for my 33 will definitely be black-walls. Seems like people are attempting to turn their low to mid priced cars of the era into full classics by adding a set of ridiculously wide whitewall tires. I have never seen an original factory photo of most of these cars with whitewall tires.
  14. OK, we are all in suspense. Who is making them?
  15. I have mentioned the Auto Color Library on numerous occasions. Just because you don't see a specific paint chip on their website doesn't mean they don't have it. Rather than looking on their website at I would call them directly and see what they have to say. Phone number is (858) 909 - 2110 I got the paint for my 1964 Vespa scooter from them and it was a perfect match to the original paint and they did not have the chip on their web page. I also got the paint for my 1962 Triumph TR4 from them and it was a perfect match to the original paint on the body up under the dashboard.