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  1. Link works - awesome job of presentation. I used to manage a proposals department for a large international material handling company back in the 80's - you're hired ! No guesswork involved which is exactly what you want.
  2. Since I have driven a few 6 volt cars as daily drivers, good weather drivers, and just for fun and have never had any problems or resorted to battery tenders and the like let me ask a couple of questions. First - are both battery cables (including ground here) at least 0 gauge and preferably 00? Any welding shop can make up a set - it is not that expensive. I had a 51 Plymouth that sat out in the barn all winter on a dirt floor. No battery tender and I often went out in January or February when the roads were clear and it started right up - even with the air temperature around 0 degrees. I never had a battery "failure" when out on the road. Something appears to be amiss either in your cables (connections must be clean - including both end of the ground connection and any auxiliary ground straps). Cars I drove year round with 6 volt batteries in upstate NY included a Model "A" Ford, 49 Dodge, 50 Chevrolet truck, the aforementioned Plymouth and probably a couple in high school I can't remember (the 60's were like that)... My guess would be cables and/or connections
  3. Depends on your post office. Ours opens a percentage of both incoming and outgoing. If you get caught you end up paying priority mail rate which is several times higher - not worth the risk..
  4. ' It actually makes it much simpler from distributor cap to plug.
  5. If you are removing or attaching the ground cable and your wrench hits ground nothing happens. If you are removing or attaching the power cable and your wrench accidentally hits ground with the ground cable attached you will get a lot of sparks - decent way to weld in an emergency but dangerous. Check out the dozens of articles and youtubes and you will find that every single one recommends disconnecting the ground (negative in the case of modern cars) first and attaching it last....
  6. Hard to follow what you are doing - you always first remove the ground cable (+ in your case) first and install it last - hope this is just semantics. What was the last thing you replaced on the car and when? Are you using an original popout switch or a replacement? If you do not have spark at the plugs do you have spark at the points? If you screw the switch cable too far into the distributor you can short out the plate. If you have a replacement switch and cable it could be the button tip on the cable broke - I had that happen one dark winter night out in the boondocks. You can either solder it back on or just buy a new cable. I lucked out in that mine had been soldered once before and with a pair of pliers, a cigarette lighter and luck managed to re-solder it by the side of the road - took over an hour to diagnose and fix and in that time not one car went by....... Good luck .
  7. What kind of car or truck? What's wrong with the transmission? If it's a column shift is the linkage tight and properly adjusted? A lot of transmission problems on cars with column shift levers are linkage problems.
  8. Matt's advice is probably correct if memory serves. It's been 50 years since I used a Model "A" as my only car and drove it back and forth from Utica to Rochester almost every weekend. Lots of repairs along the road but never on a tow hook. I assume it is making the beloved tic-a-tic-a-tic-a sound at idle when idling with the spark retard. I am attaching a how to list from Model :"A" Miseries and Cures. Find a copy. Key points where trouble usually occurs are "a:" - fully retard the spark lever prior to setting the point gap. "h" and "i".
  9. Interesting - in the State of NY bicycles are considered to be vehicles and have as much right to use the roadway as an automobile. Smart riders don't abuse that right but some get downright nasty and seem to relish impeding traffic anyway they can.....really frustrating when you are driving on a two lane 55 mph road and come up on a bike (or group of riders) doing maybe 15 mph with oncoming traffic considerations.......
  10. As Matt said, and others have said, the only way to make a car reliable is to drive it and when something breaks fix it. And pretty soon you will be able to just hop into it and go anywhere without a second thought. Two things that are a prerequisite - patience and faith. Any older vehicle that hasn't been run in a while needs to be sorted out - if you truly don''t enjoy working on cars you need to own a car that has been sorted - a car that has been on a lot of tours perhaps. If you do enjoy working on cars than all you need is a little faith. I can think of no greater example than the story of the Zapp family: I posted this awhile back - please excuse the duplication. Lots to read andd view if you use google. 11 years and 145,000 miles in a 1928 Graham Paige - having 4 kids along the way. A must read for anyone who is not sure that they should actually drive their old car on anything longer than a day trip !!!!
  11. I see times have changed greatly since the last time I sprayed a car (back in the 60's). Nitrocellulose lacquer in a garage with the doors and windows open using a cup type spray was a lot simpler back then. Yes, overspray was everywhere. mom was not thrilled (garage attached to house with door to kitchen. )..
  12. A seller can elect to hide their feedback but they are not supposed to be able to sell anything through that account - at least that is how it used to work.
  13. Here is a link to the EPA site on importing vehicles from Canada
  14. The Coach Trimmer's Art devotes 5 pages to making side curtains. The windows were celluloid and came in 5 thicknesses (10/000 to 40/000 with 20/000 being the most commonly used. When exposed to weather it turned yellow and became brittle so there "were always piles of these around waiting for attention"..
  15. 11 years and 145,000 miles in a 1928 Graham Paige - having 4 kids along the way. A must read for anyone who is not sure that they should actually drive their old car on anything longer than a day trip !!!!