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  1. Every one that I have tried so far has turned brown after awhile....
  2. Anything can be done with enough imagination https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/morris/minor/2203185.html
  3. The cars, think torn out rear spring mounts and collapsed front suspensions ..... if you are going with a substantial increase in power or torque both have to be re-engineered or strengthened.
  4. "suspension upgrades" Have you driven the one you have ? To triple the horsepower you really need to totally re-engineer the entire front and rear suspension as they tended to fall apart under normal use. They also did not exactly "handle". I really think that finding and modifying an existing chassis from another British car and mounting the Morris body on it would be vastly easier and result in a much more enjoyable product. Just my opinion having helped friends out with similar aspirations back in the 60'sw - none survived for long.
  5. Rusty's comments on Candy Apple were spot on - below are color charts for Candy Apple - on the left it is over a gold bse and on the right it is overa silver base. The same company manufactured Star Pearl (pearlescent) paints and Metalflake. Chip sets for all 3 types shown but jpegs do not show the incredible sheen or depth of these finishes. Chip set would probably be 1964 or 1965 if memory serves.
  6. I wonder how much the range of electric vehicles is cut in cold temps. We lived 25 miles south of Syracuse and saw over 25 days one year where the temperature never hit -0- degrees and two weeks where every night was 20 below or colder - two nights hit 40 below and one 36 below...... Also not sure how autonomous vehicles are going to navigate when the roads are covered 6 inches or better (drifts to 12 inches) and that's within an hour after they are plowed when the only markers along the road are phone poles on each side..... it will be interesting.
  7. In the mid 50's we were on the cusp of having a piece of uranium the size of a nickel run our vehicles for 20 years. Autonomous vehicles will not become mainstream until they know what to do at a DWI checkpoint, at an unmarked railroad crossing, at a detour in the middle of the night in the rain with a small orange and black sign with an arrow. at the traffic light at Tipperary Hill in Syracuse (it's upside down)....how about Deaf child in Area, Hidden Driveways, Bump and other signs. Construction Zones, etc. When they start to test them where most of the population is (almost all without any mass transportation alternative) they will then understand that no computer can ever substitute for the human brain - sure they can do some things better - but not even a small percentage of things. It's like the old parlor games...
  8. We're blessed with a local independent parts store with 3 knowledgeable countermen. They even hooked me up with a 3 pole solenoid that fit my wheelhorse out of one of their "stuff" boxes in back... and it took them 15 minutes to find it and since it wasn't in the computer they guessed 5 bucks ought to cover it... I got an oddball size roll pin there because they took the time to look for it and when it came up 11 cents he said to just take it. They have 6V and 12V bulbs - you know, the ones that are on a bubble card at 2/3.99. They charge anywhere from 38 to 54 cents apiece....... and all those tricky brass fittings are in a huge cabinet - they always find what I need......
  9. Guess I had the answer all along - found an article on the Mt Washington meet in an old Arrow I have - different view so I will post here. Also found another oddball in an article on the Highlands Inn meet in Carmel (Monterey Peninsula) back in 1963. Posting as I wonder if perhaps the same manufacturer would be involved (has to be a limited number of manufacturers interested in utility bodies for Pierce Arrows).
  10. This is one of several pictures taken at the 1961 Pierce Arrow meet in North Conway, NH that I posted a few years back in the Pierce-Arrow forum. Someone asked about this car but there was never a response as to it's derivation or present location. Anyone have any information?
  11. Back in 2014 I posted pictures of a meet held in 1949 at the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, MA. https://forums.aaca.org/topic/243839-1948-car-show-pictures/?tab=comments#comment-1286219 A forum member identified the cars and many of the owners. One that stood out from the crowd and must still be around was a Packard 48 runabout with Westinghouse shocks, owner thought to be Walter Liveno from somewhere around PeekskillNY. Is it still around ??
  12. Another car that attended the early GVAC shows in Rochester in the early 60's was a 1908 (?) Otto. I haven't seen it around in a long time - no pictures but does anyone know where that is toay ???
  13. I agree totally, and any kid who grew up in the 60's with access to a set of torches, a Lincoln welder, and a down home junk yard full of cheap raw material is familiar with the drill. But well over half of those homebuilt specials did not handle well, chewed through tires on monthly basis, and braking often left a lot to be desired. Not to mention that after a couple of years in the salt the welds would fail at inconvenient times. So while it is not rocket science, to do it properly involves a fair degree of engineering knowledge, a decent background in math, and patience to cut the parts correctly, jig them up in alignment, and the ability to complete a weld with proper penetration (easier with todays equipment and materials.). As a first project I just felt it might be a bit more than a novice would want to attempt. We all have (had) to start somewhere (mine was a frame off Model "A" sport coupe in the early 60's). It just kind of seemed like jumping into the deep end of the pool for your first swimming lesson.
  14. In 1953 Buick used a torque tube drivetrain which does not lend itself to engine swaps. It requires a complete re-engineering of the chassis and transmission, driveline and rear end and suspension. You can, by the way, soup up a Buick Straight 8'
  15. I remember having to add a quart or so of alcohol either per weekend or per trip. I drove home from Utica to Rochester almost every weekend (about 150 miles one way). But up until at least 1971 the quart cans of alcohol were readily available at all gas stations... I remember using it because I was told that if regular antifreeze got into the oil through a blown gasket it made a big mess (which is true - there are supporting threads on here about how to cleanout your motor)..Can't remember what my dad used in his Pierce-Arrow but I would almost bet alcohol due to it's tendency to blow the head gasket every year or two in spite of having the head machined flat (and yes- he followed the sequence to iron the head flat every time - who knows? Head gaskets were not easy to find in the early 60's and it always occurred in the same place but a used gasket provided material for patching it. (probably why it would blow out).