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  1. Ruler2019, it's your car, so please yourself. But keep in mind that MANY muscle cars have been repainted red or black, or whatever...leaving other colors harder to find. Butternut yellow can be really attractive on a Chevelle, if you set it off with nice looking tires, wheels, and all new bright n shiny trim, etc. IF you paint it a different color, be prepared for those guys who will look at your trim tag, and then smile to each other as they say, "OH! It's the INCORRECT color," or, "Too bad. It's a REPAINT." That's no big deal, if you don't care, and if you plan to keep the car.
  2. Moxis, a few years ago at the SEMA show, Coker Tire had a Mercer tribute car in their booth. Corky Coker told me that his crew built it. They may have detailed drawings and/or specs that they used to build the car, and may be willing to take some photos for you. They are easy to find online.
  3. As for tire-kicking...I have personally inspected every used car my wife and I have bought, and done the same for my kids and several other family members. But it's getting harder! One of my first go-to areas to check has always been the transmission dipstick (automatics, obviously). But now lots of new models don't even HAVE a dipstick! Having worked in an automatic transmission shop years ago, I really like to see and smell that tranny fluid. Dark colors, or even "brand-new bright colors which smell like burnt coffee w vinegar," are enough to chase me away. But how do you check them now? And
  4. LOVE this thread. Nothing appeals more to me than good step-by-step visuals on automotive things which I have never tried myself. Very cool, Xander!
  5. Wow, thanks, Dr Watson. I've had this thing for quite a while, and had just about given up on identifying it. This is the best lead I have had, so far. Does your parts book specify a year and/or model which may have used this latch relay assy? Thanks SO much!
  6. Interesting features. I confess I have no idea. But your clues of the 6 total hood latches and the uncommon headlight brackets ought to help some of the more knowledgeable folks on this forum. I'll be watching with interest!
  7. I've been digging out old parts which my dad (first) or I (later) scrounged over the years, and kept for "someday." One such item is a brand new door latch relay for an IHC vehicle...apparently of the mid 1950's. I've been watching similar units on eBay, to try and ID this one, but have never seen one exactly like it (It's that offset in the lever, about 2 inches from the end which is different from all the others I have seen). Frustratingly, it still has an old IH part number card wrapped around it, but try as I may I cannot get even a glimmer of the part number. I'll bet someone
  8. Very cool! Do you have any old illustrations or photos of these cars?
  9. It's easy to tell. Just hold a magnet near it. Won't stick to stainless steel, but will clamp right onto a chrome-plated aftermarket cap.
  10. Those wheels in the photo are aluminum mag wheels, with bright rims and dark-painted spokes. Happy New Year, everyone!
  11. Oh, MAN! Hope this rig won't kill innocent folks, who happen to be on THAT stretch of road when IT happens!
  12. Hmmm....good point, Nickel. I'll bet you're right.
  13. My great-grandfather was a skilled cabinet maker, who worked for the Requarth Lumber Company in Dayton, Ohio. And I suspect that his father and his uncle also worked there. I still have his old tools, tool chest, and some fabulous inlaid furniture that he made. But today someone posted a photo of Requarth Lumber in 1915, with two delivery trucks and a car which I ASSUME belonged to an executive-type at the company. Can anyone help me ID any of these three? Thanks SO much, and Happy New Year to you all!
  14. Beautiful cars! As an aside, I have a radiator badge collection, and always wanted a Crow-Elkhart emblem to add to it. Does anyone possibly have a spare which could be sold or traded? By the way, Merry Christmas and/or happy holidays to all!
  15. Pfeil, I've known many, many people who have referred to 6 cylinder Chevy engines as "Stovebolts" over several decades. I once tried to research the history and/or background of the nickname, but only found a few guys who suggested that the engines were crude, and about as fast as a stove bolt. But that never satisfied me. It would seem by your reply above that you are more educated on the term. Please enlighten me.
  16. VictoriaLynn, You asked a 2nd question in your OP, "How do you tell the difference?" For me, the quickest things to look for are that a Model A has a gas cap up on top of the cowl, right in front of the center of the windshield, and has curved sheet metal pans between the running boards and the bottom of the doors/body panels. It is radiused outwards in a curve (painted black in your post card image, directly behind the backside of Santa's right knee (his right, not yours as you look at it). A 1932 Ford (some of which are called "Model B," used the frame rails themselves as the ou
  17. Jeff, I do have that book, and will look that up. Thanks for your interesting reply. Now I shall show a bit more reverence to the Haynes radiator badge among my badge collection, for sure!
  18. Holy smokes, Ed. I had never heard of this. Looks fantastic. I wonder how it would work for cast aluminum intake manifolds and aluminum alternators of the muscle car era. Restorers tend to dislike these items when they have been glass bead blasted. Some folks use walnut shells, and claim better results. But the goal is to make these rough-cast-unpolished aluminum components look like they did when new, and it is a real art to achieve that appearance by blasting. Maybe vapor honing might be a viable alternative.
  19. Interesting little details that I'm sure you've already noticed: The steering wheel isn't 1956 There is a piece of angle iron welded between the INNER wheel wells in the trunk area. Not stock, obviously, and I'm not sure why it was put there. Note the pieces of 2x4 wood underneath it. Are these clues to something which was mounted there in the past? Or are there other modifications which may have required strengthening the body rigidity back there? There seems to be some sort of "access hole" in the transmission tunnel, under the dash area. I don't recall there being an acc
  20. On the PLUS side, Arizona is famous for having very little trouble with deep, penetrated rust. The not-so-plus side is that window glass, all soft-trim items, lenses, rubber, etc, are typically shot. It's all available for a 56 Chevy, but not cheap. Even stock used seats are pricey these days. Those radiused rear wheel wells may prove to be a challenge, as well. It's not easy to weld in pieces on big, flat quarter panels and still keep them flat. But you'll also have outer wheel well damage. The best way to fix outer wells is to remove the quarter panel first. Substantial project,
  21. I recall one time when, as a young boy, I was sitting at the counter at a diner, next to a grumpy older gentleman. He complained to the waitress, "Lady, this coffee tastes like MUD!" She stopped what she was doing and looked blankly at him, saying, "Well sir, it was ground this morning." I nearly choked on my coke! 😆
  22. For many years I have been involved in the collector-vehicle industry, doing advertising and marketing for many of the top companies who make and/or sell parts & products to restorers, hot rodders, racers, etc. So I have crisscrossed the nation for years visiting clients. It was always humorous when visiting clients in Atlanta or Chattanooga or Alabama, where I was the cheerful target of many, many "yankee" and "damn yankee" jokes and good-hearted name-calling, etc. Then I would visit clients in New Jersey, Minnesota, or Philadelphia, where I was poked fun at for being a "hick" and/or a "h
  23. Dad always wanted a Model A pickup to drive to work, and in 1970 he traded for a basket-case 1928 model. We spent 14 months restoring it, and then he drove it every day, year-round for a couple years, regardless of weather. (We didn't have a garage anyway 😊). I was always surprised how it climbed snowy hills better than "modern" cars back then! (I'm the bareheaded teenager in 2 of these photos. My little brother, 10 years younger, in red hat. I still have dad's black-bear skin coat!)
  24. Cool photo, and great comments from all. I note that the top seems almost glossy. Could it have been painted or coated with something intended to prevent leaks? Or, was there a material that was a bit glossy back then? Maybe it's just the lighting?
  25. Pierre, Here are a couple email addresses for me. wirth4@aol.com, and jim@wirthadvertising.com. With the holidays, I won't be able to go over to that old yard for a few weeks. So if you haven't heard from me again in 30 days or so, send me a reminder. Be sure to put something like "36 Ply coupe" in the subject line, because I get SO much spam that I tend to ignore all unfamiliar emails. What part of the country are you located in? Happy Holidays! Jim
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