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Akstraw

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  1. Been driving this one this week. One of the most fun cars in my collection.
  2. I appreciate your replies. Based upon your input, I closely inspected the original piece of wood from below the seat cushion, behind the feet. I have found the two holes where the plate was originally mounted; but mine was on the driver's side. That is where I will put it. Thanks again for help!
  3. I think there are multiple examples of GM re-badging Opels as American brands.
  4. 1930 Franklin Convertible Coupe has a 7" windshield.
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. I don't know what for, but seeing your find makes me want one!
  10. Pfitz on this site made some custom ones for my Marmon. Nice job, too.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Spoiler alert: Everything you read on the Internet is not true.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.)
  17. The workmanship looks rather impressive to me. Good luck with your sale.
  18. P/n 9953 crosses to a 37-48 Oldsmobile 6 cyl in my 1955 Victor Gaskets book.
  19. Not in Nashville, but I have had a good experience with Buckeye Auto Electric in Ohio.
  20. Long Beach location makes sense, since that is where they were manufactured. I'd love to have(and restore) it, if it were on my side of the country. Good luck with your sale!
  21. Not really automotive, one of my favorites (it must be true, I learned it in third grade) is: Stained glass windows in old churches are thicker at the bottom than at the top because glass is a liquid, and it flows slowly over time. We should start seeing this effect on our 'original' brass cars soon.
  22. Reminds me of a truck I photographed in Havana in 2012:
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