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About Akstraw

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  • Birthday 11/08/1957

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    Hickory, NC, USA
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    1914 Maxwell 25 Roadster
    1915 Buick C25 Touring
    1922 Marmon 34B Touring
    1929 AA Ford Truck
    1930 Franklin Convertible Coupe
    1932 Detroit Electric
    1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille
    1962 Vespa vbb
    1972 Volvo 1800ES
    1972 Chevrolet C10
    1987 BMW 325i Cabriolet
    1999 Porsche Boxster
    2002 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet

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  1. 1930 Franklin Convertible Coupe has a 7" windshield.
  2. A specially equipped Marmon 34 Speedster, driven by Barney Oldfield, was the pace car for 1920, leading the field at 80 mph. Oldfield liked the car so much, that he bought it. Oldfield would go on to own several more Marmon automobiles. A public offering of the pace car version of the Marmon followed later that year (1920), after the race. Joe Dawson paced the 1928 Indy in a Marmon 78. (from "The Marmon Heritage" by Hanley & Hanley, 1985)
  3. I had a similar situation on an AA truck wheel. I just took the sawzall and made one radial cut through the whole tire, cutting through the slot in the lock ring on the front. On the back side, I cut through an inch or so of the rim in order to sever the tire bead, and just welded that up afterward. Not an elegant solution, but efficient. Tire came right off with a little assistance on the bead from an air chisel.
  4. Interesting question. I am not aware of anyone who collects or archives window stickers per se, but it is an intriguing concept. if I were looking for such, I would seek out a vintage Datsun club or forum, and post there. More than a few window stickers have ended up in the glove box for the life of the car. If you just want the original MSRP, these are easy to find on Edmunds or NADA sites
  5. Not sure exactly what you are after, but I bought something like this a year ago from a company called California Pontiac Restoration. Similar to this current listing on eBay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/WAFFLED-UNIVERSAL-HOOD-DECK-LID-INSULATION-PAD-MATERIAL/303561440996?hash=item46adabfee4:g:--EAAMXQwKdRffJo
  6. I don't know what for, but seeing your find makes me want one!
  7. Pfitz on this site made some custom ones for my Marmon. Nice job, too.
  8. I have nothing useful to offer, but must say that it is quite an interesting find. If only objects could talk, the stories this one could tell!
  9. Looks very much like the wheels on my 1932 Detroit Electric. I will have to make some measurements tomorrow to be sure. I have no idea who was DE's supplier, though.
  10. I agree with Matt. You should not expect your 1953 Buick starter to turn the engine as rapidly as does a modern car. It never did. The objective of the starter was not to achieve operating speed, but rather to get one cylinder to fire, then let engine do the rest.
  11. Spoiler alert: Everything you read on the Internet is not true.
  12. Twice I have instructed my young assistants from Poland how to drive an automatic. Totally unfamiliar to them. A few laps around the mall parking lot, and they were good to go. Both women said that the strangest thing was that they continued all week to reach for the shift lever.
  13. Can any Detroit Electric owners tell me where their VIN plate is located? The plate on my Model 75/Model 97 was placed in the center of the instrument panel by a prior owner/restorer. This isn't the most attractive location. I am wondering whether it is correct. (sorry for upside-down picture.)
  14. The workmanship looks rather impressive to me. Good luck with your sale.
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