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Everything posted by Gunsmoke

  1. My score.......zero. edinmass, that's what happens when you're a 1 trick pony!! LOL
  2. Great photo, now please tell us what we're looking at, middle one easy, but the rest? chief's car on left, the monster on right.
  3. Enjoying these, getting 3-4 right as far as make, close on year, but not easy.
  4. But they are not washing it, not a sign of a drop of water on driveway. Great publicity shot though, they look like they love that Buick! Remembr listening to them 60+years ago, great trio.
  5. The engine is 1931/32 Chrysler Imperial CG or CH, based on design of thermostatically controlled shutter mechanism (CD8 is different), either 1931 or early 1932 (later '32's had hood doors). Not sure how to pin down further, hubcap is tough to read and I think is similar for both years.
  6. The RB aprons are similar to those used on 26/27 Pontiac, so perhaps Fisher body.
  7. I think we need to be patient with this offering, appears the person may be trying to sell what remains of his late father's legacy in Peerless cars. A good photo of the partially restored Coupe is shown and described as such. This is Anthony's first visit to our site and he should be accorded some latitude. He clearly wants phone calls as a means of determining level of interest and perhaps additional advice. I suspect he will/or has gotten a call or 2 regarding the boattail, pethaps the coupe, perhaps for the whole kit and kaboodle. Lets not discourage him from staying on here. I suspect t
  8. John_Mereness, enjoying your great library of photos, placing these great old cars in period context tells a lot. A big Cadillac for example in front of a furriers seems so appropos.
  9. Whenever I got back to model building over the years, I was inspired by some of the great Automobile modelers, such as Conti of Italy, and Gerald Wingrove of England whose book "The Complete Car modeler" published in 1978 is a great guide. However, I was most impressed a number of years ago by the astonishing work of Edgar Roy of West Roxbury, Massachusetts (and a 10 page arcticle "the Simplex Complex" published in Automobile Quarterly Vol 29-1, of January 1991). WHO! While having a successful career in Industrial Engineering, and taking time to restore 18 interesting cars, edgar Roy devo
  10. and now I can't get it to come up... Bud, a lot of us are dealing with this!
  11. apolo1100 said "'but zooming in looks like a Chevrolet". Radiator is indeed 1931 Chevrolet, but headlights and cross bar are not and back tub does not remind me of Chevrolet Phaeton. Might be a mutt.
  12. Tom99, that's quite a well cared for and impressive collection. What to you do with your spare time!
  13. The cars were powered by a turbocharged 2.3 liter 4 cyl, giving them great fuel mileage and great passing accelleration. I owned 5 of them between 1985--2001 when I bought a very low mileage Nissan 300ZK as my toy. I drove the '85 and '88 models, the other 3 were parts cars as Ford ended sales in '89, and parts supply about '96. Also had 2 Merkur Scorpios, (the 4 dr version, my wife's cars actually) which were about size of full sized Mercury. very well appointed luxury car, but not much fun to drive. While the cars are long gone, I still have a factory issue 1000 page Shop Manual for both,
  14. For a visual look, here are the exposed top irons for my '31 Chrysler CD8 Roadster. While the shapes of the various folding parts are no doubt diferent, the principles are the same, when erected, they only secure at a chrome knob at rear door post and 2 clips at windshield. Fabric top is clipped to rear deck to anchor back of top. While my top irons started life as originals, a PO in the 50's chopped them at several strategic points and re-welded them in order to lower top by about 1.5" overall, makes for a nicer look, but not original. He also cut windshield by about 1". I plan to leave all t
  15. another rare model is this 1935/36 Mercedes 500K Special Roadster, a kit I purchased about 25 years ago in a bag with instructions. The seller had started work on the engine and gave up. Not sure who made it. Probably about 1/16" scale, it is 12.5" long, note the 4 part folding hood. Having worked 1/32 scale, 1/24, and 1/20, (as well as 1/8), I think the 1/16 scale is most enjoyable, parts and details are better, and you can do more in regard to finess if you wish. None of mine were ever intended for anything other than personal satisfaction and enjoyment.
  16. I would like to see members posting some of the more unusual car models they have tried. Among my rarer ones are these 4, 3 of which I completed about 20 years ago. Brass is Best and some other members may prefer this vintage! The 1886 Daimler (who along with Benz is person zero in this whole sickness of ours) was a difficult build, very delicate, has steerable wheeels. The 1907 Itala "Paris to Peking" also has steering operated by the steering wheel via a gear box, but note in assembling years ago I inadvertenty put tie-rod at front of axle. I painted this one cream based on a museum photo, b
  17. viv w wrote "my advice to you before you go any further is to mount the body onto the chassis frame, and finish the bodywork on the frame. Yes, (or build a proper jig), but if you mount on frame/chassis, put 3/16" shims at 4 or 5 points along length each side and clamp lightly in place so nothing moves around. Before body is set on chassis, make sure chassis is perfectly level fore&aft, and side to side, both at front and rear. You can use jack stands and wood shim on the stands, but it is important that nothing is moving around when you do this. If you use this method, once e
  18. Great looking stuff Billy. I made about 100 pre-war plastic kits over the years, mostly Monagram, everything from Auburn to Bugatti, Chrysler to Duesenberg (A,B,C,D ...), sold them a few years ago to a serious kit collector who did not have any pre-war stuff. But I kept this one. I bought a 1985 Merkur XR4TI in 1989, wonderful car, same color as this Tamiya kit (actually the British Sierra, thus the sun roof an option not available in North America), and included a "bra" on front to make it even more excotic. Drove it and a later 1988 model for 15 years. Bi-plane spoiler was always a conversa
  19. Further to my post above, here are some of my miscellaneous built models. The 5 "Revival" kits are 1/20 scale, mostly metal from their Grand Prix series, come out of Italy, some of these date to the 80's, nand involve quite a bit of time consuming work to assemble, mostly with 2 part epoxies. The Pocher Fiat is 1/8 scale, one of the easier Pocher kits, only 800 pieces compared to 3000 pieces for some of their kits. Same for the Wrebbit Mercedes which is all cardboard. The Bluenose Schooner is a internationally recognized symbol of our province, also on our national dime, built it largely from
  20. In the mid1950's I came across an article in either Popular Mechanics or Mechanic's Illustrated (my Dad subscribed to both) for a Model Car built out of mostly cardboard, they showed measured patterns, pretty simple plans, my recollection from building it was that it was a 2 seat roadster style, rounded hood, disk wheels, likely circa 1910-1915 brass era, maybe generic. I remember building it, abou 8"-10" long. Lost it in a house fire in 1969. Browsed the internet for the article recently with no luck. Any chance some of you saw that article and/or built it? I was about 10 or 12 at the time.
  21. Very nice to see someone your age tackiing one of these, to see a fine old car being re-done, and to know there will in future be an experienced person in auto wood framing in your area. I've done a lot of woodwork on 2 cars, a '27 Pontiac Coupe, and a '31 Chevrrolet Coach, some with good old patterns, some without patterns for some pieces. It is important to get the pieces very exact to the originals as most know, or otherwise sheetmetal fit will be near impossible. Also crucial to keep everything square and true, most factories used jigs to achieve that. You seem to have the knack, so good
  22. I don't think it has been mentioned the possibility of the car being a factory "prototype' that eventually sold? Longshot perhaps? That golf bag door has an unusual shape sorta square with rounded corners. Any period car have one looking like that? When it's open, does the area accessed look like it would take a set of clubs or are their things in the way (seat back, braces etc)? And the golf bag door looks so thick, most I have seen are only an inch thick or so. Makes me think it is home-made. Enjoying the puzzle.
  23. AACA has made the correct and long overdue decision. Using this very valuable website to conduct possibly "shady business" at best should be prohibited, none of us would want to fall victim to such. As indicated, the member was privately asked to desist and he declined. End of story. I suggest if members want to reminisce about title/ownership/state differences/annoyances/skirting the laws etc, someone start a new thread. Thanks to our leadership.
  24. 4hud said - It's a nice effort to slap this contraption together from just about nothing but not surprised it needs some road side adjustments. Not sure what this is really. No apparent drive train unless it has left rear wheel pully/chain drive? Maybe an early "soap box derby" effort?
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