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  1. Ok, NOW we have a more manageable research project. Most of my parts catalogs are in the attic at my office. I'll be back there Monday. I'll have a look, and see if I can get some catalog page copies for you, without launching a massive project. Have a nice weekend, and stay warm!
  2. Ok, understood. Do you have two cars you are working on...or more than that? Please give me the specific year and models that you seek. There are LOTS of catalogs to search through, and LOTS of listings within them. It could take quite a while to go through it all, especially if I'm seeking info for all the models and all of the 1940's years for those two brands of automobiles. And there are lots of brands of suspension catalogs in my library. Importantly, the parts are not all purely interchangeable. For example, sometimes one manufacturer will make slight adjustments
  3. I don't know about Old Joe, but love the car. It's so nice to see one that isn't a hot rod these days.
  4. I have lots of vintage auto parts catalogs, including Moog and several other brands of suspension and steering parts, in my library. What specifically are you trying to achieve? Do you have a bunch of parts that you need to ID so you can sell them...or are you trying to find the part numbers of parts you might find at a swap meet....or?
  5. My family thinks I am a wizard at identifying old cars, since I know them better than the average man on the street. But my knowledge is strongest in the 50's thru 70's, even though I have owned a few earlier cars. With the above thought in mind, I try to carefully memorize details which help to identify 1920's and earlier cars, which the folks on here are so sharp with, and are kind enough to share. So when my younger brother presented a very cool old camping photo with a touring car in good detail, I was hopeful I could ID it. I noted the 6-sided hubcaps, and the distinct lines i
  6. My staff can do such work, for sure. But keep in mind that it can take hours to do it really well. That means getting a REALLY good scan of the image, and then blowing that up, and working in multiple layers to recreate the missing "information." Lots of folks could do a quick attempt at making it "better," but it will still be an obvious retouch. Doing it right would be 3 to 5 hours of work by a skilled person with top quality equipment. That's a pretty tall order. If you bought it on eBay, and it doesn't look like what you bought...reject it and get a justly-deserved refund, ins
  7. I have had two trailers stolen at work. Believe it or not, one of them was found and recovered about 3 years later. Like anyone, I HATE being ripped off, and the last time involved a thief cutting a steel cable and lock. So I considered tracking devices like LoJack. But since I have several enclosed work trailers, I would need several of these. With a monthly fee at roughly $50 apiece, it would quickly get very expensive. Plus, the salespersons offering these devices said they don't work very well if the thief puts the trailer with its tracker device inside a barn or garage with a
  8. Also, what part of the country are you in? I have lots of Chevy V8 enthusiast friends around the country. I can try to connect you with someone.
  9. The 3970010 Chevy block first made its appearance in model year 1969, as I recall, and went on to live for many years. If you look on the same cast flange where the "3970010" raised letters appear, near the top-center of the back of the block, you'll likely find a casting date code, which is the best way to determine the year of the block. Look for two impressions of screw heads in the cast iron, with 4 or 5 alpha-numeric characters in between. Example, you might find something like: "F1673." Since "F" is the sixth character of the alphabet, you know that the block was cast in the sixth month.
  10. Very cool cutaway display! A friend and member of our chapter of AACA made cutaways of various things for a living, back when I was a kid in the 1960's.
  11. Call Coker Tire in Chattanooga, as a starting point. They'll help you figure out what tire size you actually need, and they make/sell more of them than anyone. There are other sources too, but Coker is a great place to start, as they have knowledgeable folks on their phone lines.
  12. It is correct that most Osage trees that I have seen are fairly small. There is indeed a large one near my home, which must be 3-4 feet in diameter at the trunk, and 35-40 feet tall. I'll stop and see how big it is one of these days...
  13. Thanks, Ron. Just the kind of info I was hoping for. And, I am AMAZED that you have a real steam tug boat of your own! WOW. How about some photos?
  14. Very cool! Love the originality of this car, and the fact that you still drive it. I see that Zasu had different headlights on it in that photo. Wonder whatever became of them?
  15. I agree with the "pass" decision on this one. And I'll admit that I really enjoy following your threads about your search for a project. Thanks for sharing, Peter.
  16. I know less about wood for antique car bodies than any of the previous posters here, but I do have a question based on other experience I have had with wood. "Instinctive" archers shoot bows without any sights or mechanical systems to increase the speed and energy of their arrows. Instinctive archers who are also enthusiasts of "primitive" archery like to make their own wooden arrows and bows. For the bows they often use Osage Orange (sometimes called "hedge" or "hedgeapple.") In reading about these hobbies, I came to learn that osage orange wood is extremely dense, and extremely
  17. JamesR, Yes, that was definitely a popular color for Chevrolets in both 1956 and 57. IF I recall correctly, it's called "Sierra Bronze" and "Adobe Beige." The latter is the cream-like color. Great memories!
  18. SIMILAR to 1963 Chevrolet quarter panel moldings, which would have read "IMPALA" inside that that groove. But this one is not for a 63 Chev.
  19. Definitely an airbrush retouch on the black car. It may have had some sunlight glare, or a big shadow, or just blended in too well with the background. If you look at the back window, you can see that it's not level with the rear windows of the other cars, and not quite lined up with the roof line or trunk. It's likely that the artist was not a car expert, and since he/she could not see sharp lines of the rear windshield, they simply guessed at where it must have been.
  20. Ray, Welcome to the forum, and good luck with your restoration! I know what it's like to get lots of different recommendations from lots of different folks with vintage automotive issues...and then see even different information online. Which one are you supposed to believe?? So this post is merely intended to reassure you that most all of us on the AACA forum have come to trust the carburetor expertise of Jon "Carbking." I used to set up a vendor booth at Hershey directly across the aisle from Jon, and was constantly impressed with his deep knowledge of these vintage carbur
  21. My brother-in-law has a LOT of hubcaps from this vintage. I have sent him your photo, to see if he has the right one for you. ------Jim
  22. Nice project, 55nailhead! Hope you'll enjoy the project. I personally suggest that you should see if you can get it running, and then mechanically sound (brakes, tires, etc)...or at least sound enough to drive it around the block a few times. Then make you decisions as to the restoration project. Wishing you all the best with this high-potential project!
  23. In about 1956 when I was 2 or 3 years old, I fell and cut my hand badly, severing tendons. Doctors told my parents that I needed home therapy with grasping round things, like a trapeze bar, etc. So they hung a trapeze bar for me, but I quickly got bored, and didn't stay with it without being forced. So my dad had an idea, and got together with family friends to build me a little gas engine-powered car out of lawnmower pieces, so I would WANT to ride it, grasping that steering wheel. Eventually I was invited to drive it in a St Patrick's Day antique car parade in Middletown, Ohio in 1957.
  24. MUCH better image, 1914princess. Neat car! I definitely don't have any lights like those. Ask Terry Bond. He is our resident brass light authority.
  25. Thanks, Steve. I am certainly interested to learn anything I can about these neat old lamps. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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