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  1. I believed I answered this in the General Forum, but here goes again. First, the standardized VIN did not come out until the 1970s or 1980s. Up until that time the vehicle numbers were referred to as the vehicles Serial Number and each manufacture had their own format for vehicle serial numbers. For a 1932 Chevrolet the serial number should be on a 4x2 inch metal plate nailed to the wood floor under the rubber floor mat on the passengers side (right side) just inside the door threshold. The number should be in a format like 12BA123456789. In this example the 12 represents the factory where the car was made, the BA is for a 1932 Chevrolet Confederate and the remaining digits are the unique serial number. Whether the Serial Number or Engine Number was used depends on the state where the car was originally registered. The issue with engine numbers is if the engine wore out and needed replaced the registration would need to be amended. I live in PA and the 1933 Chevrolet Master I have owned for 49 years has always been registered using the Serial Number, but I have a 1964 Vespa scooter that was originally registered with the engine number. When I bought the Vespa, I got the registration number changed to the scooter's serial number. In PA there is a special form that I needed to fill out and have the local police department come to my house and verify both the engine and serial numbers then the state had no issue registering it correctly. Back in the day, there were also issues with the vehicle year shown on the registration. Some states would register vehicles based on the year it was made, some on model year of the vehicle, and yet others on the year it was first sold. That said, you could have an early production 1933 Chevrolet built in November or December 1932 and the car may be registered as a 1932. On the other hand you could have a 1931 Chevrolet that was a left over and did not first sell until 1932 and it could be registered as a 1932.
  2. 1. They were not called Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) back in 1932, they were called serial numbers and were was no standard format like todays VIN. 2. The serial number for a Chevrolet of this error should be on a metal plate nailed to the wood floor just inside the threshold of the right front door. Everything is most likely worn off except the stamped number. Chevrolets had no number stamped on the frame 3. As others have said, the car could be registered by the Serial Number or Engine Number. Registration by the Engine number could be an issue if the engine wore out and was replaced. 4. The other issue is the year. Some states would register cars by Model Year, some by the year it was made and even by the year the vehicle was first sold. a.. You could have a car made early during the model year, which could be registered a year earlier then the model year. b. Obviously registered as the correct year. c. you could have a leftover car that was not sold during the model / production year and is registered as a year or so later then then model /production year. 5. For a 1932 Chevrolet the Serial Number should start with a one or two digit factory code followed by BA and then digits for the unique serial number. Example 12BA123456789
  3. When I replaced the spark plug wires on my 1933 Chevrolet back in the mid 1970s I used a set of original 1933 Chevrolet logo spark plug terminals I cut from a 1933 Chevrolet I found in a junk yard and soldered the terminals to my new wires. One of the attached graphic show the reproductions they started making years later. In that graphic the wire fits in from the back and the conductor is soldered where he hole is in the terminal. These terminals are brass and fit rather loose, but I have never had any issues with them. Even the new repros fit rather loose.
  4. I have never owned a car with an automatic transmission and don't plan on ever having one.
  5. Although I don't own a car from the twenties, some of my favorite cars are from 1924 - 27. I just don't have the space for another car, but if i had the space it would be a car in that age group. I am not sure how they are selling, but seems like the advertised prices on car up thru the early 30s have been low but rather stable for the past few years.
  6. I would start with class judging. Yes you may get deductions, but it would be nice to show it in class with similar cars first to see how it does.
  7. We are almost on plane, don't stop rowing! keithb7: Interesing, "Two Stroke Smoke" is also a forum for 2 stroke motor scooters I participate in.
  8. I cannot tell you where the wire goes, but I read more postings on the various forums I am active on from people having issues with Generator to Alternator conversions then from people just correctly maintaining their original generators and regulators properly.
  9. My guess is 1934 Chevrolet Master only or 35 Chevrolet Master or Standard. The hubcap hole is to large for 1933 or earlier Chevrolets or a 34 Standard model. You will get the best answer in the 1933 -1936 section of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCA) Forum.
  10. If it was me, I would call PennDOT directly at (717) 412-5300 and talk to them about your issue. This is the phone number for the PennDOT headquarters in Harrisburg, the only people I ever talk to about vehicle registrations and titles. This is also the only place i go to related to vehicle registrations and titles. You may want to use the speaker on your phone as you may be on hold for a while. Be sure to keep good notes and names of the individuals you talk to just in case you run into an issue later.
  11. I bought Trico vacuum wiper parts from Ficken Sr back in the 1970s and always got good service. Sounds like that is no longer the situation with Ficken Jr.
  12. Post your question in the 1912 to 1928 section of the of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCA) forum and you will get an answer from the experts on your 1926 Chevrolet..
  13. Like Dave39MD said, it looks like some one installed a heater in the car and rather then buying the correct thermostat housing decide to do it cheaply. Normally the heater does not put out as much heat with these cheap modifications compared to doing it the proper way. Joe, what year and make car or truck is it on?
  14. When the registry website opens, click on "Show Registry" along the left side then select "1957" at the top left.
  15. I never heard of the show Fantom Works. As a retired US Air Force navigator always thought the Phantom Works was Boeing's equivalent to the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. LOL.
  16. DBKissel, I like it when someone adds a topic asking for help and then actually comes back to tell everyone what solved there issue. Thanks Many times this is not the case and we are left hanging as to whether their issue was resolved.
  17. Are the starter cables the proper gauge wire? Modern battery cables are made for 12 volt systems and will not carry the higher amperage required for the older 6 volt systems. Rhode Island Wiring Service Inc should have the correct starter cables for your car.
  18. There is no such thing as an "Easy Project".
  19. The movie is supposed to take place in the 1920s and I new the car was from the 1930s, but at least it is a french car.
  20. Can anyone identify the car pictured below and seen in the movie Midnight in Paris?
  21. This is a great forum, but you may want to also ask your questions on the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCA) forum in the 1933 - 1936 section.
  22. I have never seen one, but there was a hand crank option available for the the 1961 thru 65 Triumph TR4 that includes a bracket (item # 80) that mounts to the front bumper. At some point in 1962 Triumph eliminated the opening in the lower portion of the radiator core that would allow the use of a hand crank.
  23. "Buncha chickens", NO Some people are intelligent and this was the wise thing to do especially considering the number of older people who attend this great car show.
  24. Pfiel: Why did you ask if you already new all the answers?