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  1. The Grant Motor Co exported Grant Six automobiles to New Zealand (I ASSUME this photo is from Kiwi-Land, since the OP is NZcarnerd).

     

    My parents once bought a very uncommon 1921 Grant Six chassis from a Mr Black in New Zealand, and had it shipped here as a parts car for the 21 Grant Six roadster they owned at that time. At first I wondered if this one could be a Grant, but the hood seems too rounded, and if I'm seeing the hood-side louvres correctly, they are way down low on the side of the hood, and pretty short.  

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  2. 6 hours ago, 8E45E said:

    The handle part doesn't appear to be substantial enough to be for a walk-in cooler door.  Even the old household round-top refrigerators from the 1940's and '50's had thicker and heavier handles than that.

     

    Craig

    I agree with Craig. This handle looks pretty delicate, with that long, thin hand-grip portion. Yet the steel hexagonal shaft is pretty beefy. I hate to throw it away...but...? 

  3. 3 minutes ago, GregLaR said:

    try "bus" by itself.

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner, Greg! You know, I actually thought of that a few minutes after answering Wheelnut, and just got in. But I've worked on that for an hour, on and off! A strategically-placed comma in there, and maybe putting the word "one" after the word "which" might have made it make sense, even to an old man like me! LOL. 

     

    Thanks so much!! 

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  4. I'm also member of a tool and garage forum, which had to be totally re-built a year or two ago, wiping out old memberships like mine. So recently I rejoined, and was warmly welcomed by old forum friends. But tonight I went there to post some photos of some bench vises I have acquired, but I have to answer some Q's first, to prove I'm not a "Bot." The questions are usually super easy, and I've done them before. But today the questions changed. Most of them are easy, as before. But one of them is a sort of riddle, and although the answer is likely simple as pie...I can't get it to save me. Since that riddle is about vehicle types, I figured it might be ok to seek the depth of automotive wisdom here on the AACA forum. So here it is:

     

    "Tractor car bus which is usually in the city" I tried "Trolley," and "subway." Both are apparently wrong. Now I'm really curious what the answer is, even more than I want to be able to post today. 

     

    So, what am I missing? Can anyone help a befuddled old man? 

  5. 13 hours ago, rocketraider said:

    Did you have fun with it? Sounds like you did. In that case scrooum.

     

    Truth be known you were pretty decent about it. Shoulda rode over to the cool kids and told 'em the carhop just got fired for laughing at your truck and since their jackass braying inspired her to do it, they needed to help the poor girl get her job back. There are ways to put the cute fuzzy bunnies in their place.😏

    Rocket, what I actually DID do, when wifey and I had finished our coneys and rootbeer, was fire up my truck, drive slowly past those other hot rods while revving the engine. I challenged them with a nod of my head and hand gestures, to follow me out on the street to "run a pass or two." That 327 was pretty healthy, and it sounded that way too. The truck weighed very little, and it accelerated almost like a motorcycle. The laughter slowed, and no one returned my stare, or offered to follow me out onto the street. I felt a little better then. 😉

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  6. When I was a young married sheet-metal apprentice, I bought and sold cool cars for a hobby. One day I acquired a hot-rodded 40 Ford pickup for next-to-nothing, since it had a busted 50's Chevy rear end. It turned that the "pumpkin" assembly was the only thing wrong, and I quickly cleaned out the grease and metal shavings, popped in a new one, and drove it every day to work for about a year. 

     

    The truck had been set up to look like a gasser from the 60's (This was in about 1976 or so), with the front end jacked up high above the straight axle, the bed shortened, and cheesy rear fenders which must have been off of a utility trailer. But the 327 engine and Muncie 4 speed were pretty strong, and the truck was light as a feather, and my young self loved driving it. 

     

    One evening my pretty young wife and I hopped in and drove it to one of our favorite places for a meal and "cruising," as they call it now. It was the local A& W Root beer stand (remember those?) Anyway, we sat there for a while, as the car hops were busy. I saw some other hot cars in the lot, and noticed that their drivers and passengers were checking out my truck (no doubt wondering if it was a real race car, or just a cobbled-up piece of junk). Finally, a cute young waitress realized that we must be next, and walked up to my driver's window. I cranked it down, but before either of us could speak, she finally seemed to actually notice my hot rod. She said, "Oh my God!" in a shocked voice. I felt a little pride, thinking she was impressed. But then she started laughing. Giggling at first, but then laughing uncontrollably! I said, "What?!?" She said, "Oh my GOD, your car! I just noticed your CAR!" And she bent over nearly double, laughing till tears poured down her face. I was bemused, and looked to my wife, for her reaction. To my further shock, she was beginning to laugh too! She said, "See? I'm not the only one!" 

     

    The waitress kept trying to choke out the words, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry...it's just so FUNNY! Is it like, a clown truck?" Now I was a little miffed, and went to start the truck and leave, but the waitress apologized, and pleaded with me not to go. "If the manager saw me out here laughing, and then you leave without an order, I might get fired!" My wife snickered a little more, and leaned over me and told the waitress the order that she and I always got. 

     

    For a moment, I was ok with it.  But then I looked around the lot, and saw the drivers and passengers of the few other "hot rod" cars in the lot laughing their asses off! 

     

    Sigh. 

     

    The pictures below are the only ones I have of that truck. Sitting on a slope and in the grass, you don't get the full picture of how high that front end was raised. 

     

    Sigh, again. 

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  7. 12 hours ago, 28 Chrysler said:

    Sometime in the 80s I had a blue/gray 1953 Imperial at a small local car show. I was asked by an older guy to open the hood.

    At the same time a group of teen aged boys were walking by, one recognized the engine was a Hemi and said to the others "Who would put one of those in that big old boat"

    Heck, folks can now laugh at me too, since I thought the first Imperial by Chrysler was in 1954! 🤪

  8. Years ago I got a load of mixed vintage car parts an auction or estate, or such. Among those items was an old handle which LOOKS automotive. But it is attached via set screw to a hexagonal shaft that is nearly a foot long. I tried to think of an automotive (or truck) application, like maybe a trunk or rumble seat latch, or maybe a tail gate. But, I have never seen one like it. 

     

    I wondered about old appliances, like "ice boxes," etc. Still doesn't seem to fit for me. Maybe a compartment on a commercial truck or fire apparatus? I dunno. 

     

    Over the years I've dug this old handle/shaft combo out of the box, and tried to figure out what it is for. Only to give up and put it back in a box in a corner somewhere. IF someone needs this, I'll bet they would be really happy to find it. 

     

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Cheers! 

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  9. 11 hours ago, Xander Wildeisen said:

    Not sure who Xander Wieldsen is? He might of had something to do with this. His name is pretty close to mine, I can see where the confusion/mix up could happen. Looks like this Wieldsen guy beat me to an outstanding custom design. I will have to find a location for my business, so I can get back into building award winning customs like MR. Wieldsen. If this is really a custom by Wieldsen, the value of this car/custom is truly priceless. I will do an internet search, and see if this is a real Wieldsen. I need to find a building, seeing stuff like this really makes me regret standing up for people. The price I have paid. On a good note, I did hear that once Melvin is done with this Texas thing. He is going to go to Idaho, and shine a light on that racketeering/attempted murder cover up.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5EkcuhBwiU

     

    Sorry, Xander. I really butchered the spelling of your name. Please accept my apologies. I'll get "Wildeisen" right, next time. 

     

    For the record, I actually think that car looks pretty cool. Probably a pain to turn corners with, but cool. 

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  10. A friend showed me some rough old Auburn wheels, asking if I might be interested in them. They have Auburn hubcaps, with the name "Auburn" repeated twice (once upside down), and a slot between the names. The demountable rims are still there, although rusty, along with rim bolts and rim clamps, and stamped sheet metal brake drums. 

     

    I ASSUME these are really only good as wall-hangers? Am I wrong? Anyone need these? 

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  11. In my opinion, if you want to be sure the battery is fine and not the cause of any issues, then disconnect the cables, clean both posts, and put the battery on slow charge overnight. Then, since you probably don't have the equipment to draw down the battery under a load, and see how fast it recovers, just take it (fully charged) to your local auto parts store and have them test if for you. If your battery is in any condition less than perfect, you would be wise to replace it first thing. Then, as you begin to diagnose other potential issues, you'll know the battery is not the source of your problem. 

     

    Sherlock Holmes was famous for using the deduction method of solving questions. In other words, by verifying what was NOT the problem (one issue at a time), he was eventually left with only the one thing which was the correct solution to the problem. That is exactly the way I like to solve hard-starting issues on old cars. 

     

    Good luck to you, and keep us posted. 

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  12. LOL. I know what that's like, 55er. I grew up in the antique car club, riding around in all manner of antique cars. Then as a teenager I fell in love with 55-57 Chevys and 62-63 Chevys, though my dad wouldn't allow me to own any car. Then I grew into a street-racing teenager (just as my dad had feared). I had to hide my junky old hot rod muscle cars in a friend's garage for a couple years. Then I got married and bought the big block Camaros, Novas, Impalas, and Chevelles I really wanted. Later I became an automotive writer and magazine editor/publisher, etc, etc. So today I'm pretty good with 60's-70's muscle cars (especially Chevys), and I am pretty familiar with 50's cars. But whenever I see a thread on this AACA forum with a question about 50's cars that I think I MIGHT be able to answer...you have been there before me. And, where I thought I might know the answer, you have been certain...and correct! Kudos to you. 

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  13. Two pals of mine just helped haul away a small horde of parts, with many items unidentified. I offered to try and help them a bit, because they are often doing kind things for me. 

     

    Can anyone help me to ID this sheet metal pan from the front end of a 40's or 50's car? This pan fits under the grille, and behind the bumper. Folks around the country use lots of different names for that pan, including gravel pan, valance, bumper filler, and others. 

     

    So, what name do YOU use for it? 

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  14. A good friend of mine found two hood sides at a little local flea mkt (non-automotive event!). He said they were supposed to be from a 1939 LaSalle coupe. I offered to try and verify that for him, so that he could begin the process of getting them into the hands of someone who might need them. 

     

    Do you folks agree with the 39 LaSalle coupe designation? Would it also fit any other LaSalle years or body styles? Any help much appreciated. 

     

    Cheers! 

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  15. Chuck, 

    I'm not sure if Mom and Dad were ever at a Hupp Nationals event. They didn't have a lot of financial strength, and rarely made the "dream trips" they wished for (IE: They were never able to attend Hershey). But if you find an old roster, they will probably be listed there. I have some old copies of HUPP HERALDS, etc. I'll try to dig those out, and see if I can find any relevant interesting info. Cheers! 

     

  16. You know, my parents may also have been "charter members" of the Hupmobile club. I know they were members for quite a while, having bought their last antique car (my 23 Hupp touring) in 1962. And they were killed in a tragic automobile accident in 1978. So if they weren't charter members, then they were at least "early" members. Their names were James "Bill" and Pat Wirth, of Dayton, Ohio in 1970, and Beavercreek, Ohio at the time of their demise. You might check an old roster, or something. 

     

    If so, I ASSUME that I too was considered a "member," as the minor child of our family. Cheers! 

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