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  1. Nik, I hate to put a damper on your idea of a '20s to '30s car as a daily driver, but I wouldn't even consider it. Almost weekly maintenance, marginal brakes, suspension issues, mediocre windshield wipers etc. can make driving a car that old a bit of a chore. I drove my 1946 Ford Station Wagon from Long Island NY to California in 2010. We were on the road for 33 days in a 65 year old car and every day was an adventure, so I would try it with a late '40's/early '50s car.
  2. We also are watching the series and think it wonderfully done. I commented to my wife, that I didn't realize that there were that many American cars in Norway and Sweden at the time. Being Norwegian, I'll need to do some research on early Scandinavian auto manufacturing, if any.
  3. It looks like the top side rails and front header are going to require a lot of work to get them where they need to be. I would think a small hand held power plane might be your best bet. NOW might be the guy to ask how to get the roof rails in shape. What will help you is the fact that your rear main vertical posts are intact. By bolting on the corner steel reinforcements you will be able to get the rear header close to where it needs to be. I needed to replace everything from my rear doors back. What really helped me was the fact that I purchased my wood from the Kline Family Workshop in PA.
  4. Just what I need, something to spill hot coffee on my lap if I have an accident.
  5. Of course you will probably get more money and make the sale easier, if the car's are running and has brakes. However, 10 years is a long time for a car to sit. If you do hire a mechanic/shop you will need to decide how involved you want them to get. There is picture on this site of the innards of a gas tank that sat for ten years, it's downright nasty. The old gas turned to a rusty sludge. After sitting for 10 years your mechanic can go from replacing the carb to fuel pump to fuel lines to gas tank. He can then start with the master cylinder, brake lines, wheel cylinders etc. Get where I'm go
  6. All of the parts from the dashboard forward are the same as passenger car. Those parts can be purchased from Dennis Carpenter, Bob Drake, C&G Ford among several other parts houses. I'm still not sure in what you are calling a "decal". A decal is what is known as a water transfer, something that is dipped in water and slid onto a surface such as a windshield, etc. If you are referring to the plastic part of the hood ornament, that can be purchased from Carpenter, 704-786-8139, or on line, www.dennis-carpenter.com, PN 6A-16607. There is a great book offered by the V-8 Club of America specifi
  7. I also think that both Model A National Club's should combine into one organization. I think that it's basically a west coast vs an east coast thing. I have been a member on and off since the early '70s and this topic comes up every few years, but nothing ever comes of it. I do however, think that it's only a matter of time before it will need to happen. As the age of those members involved in Model A's continues to climb and chapters closing because of membership declining, it will be a matter of survival.
  8. Several months ago during the pandemic, I saw an add for "Woodie" face masks. I started looking at their inventory and noticed a '46 Ford that looked like mine. Upon further examination, I realized that it was indeed my car. The site also offered everything from T shirt's, coffee mug's, beach towels, posters and several other items, all with my car on them. I called to order a few face masks and told the person on the line that it was my car and asked if I would receive a discount. Well, of course she said no and really didn't care even to engage me in conversation. Once your car is "out there
  9. The Ford Station Wagon's were varnished from the factory, so that is what I went with. I have seen a lot of Woodies and the automotive clear coat always looks too "plastic". By a "new front decal" what exactly do you mean? As for the spare tire cover they occasionally pop up on E-Bay.
  10. I did a patent search with the numbers on the wheel. The patent was granted to a Richard D. Beith. The unique feature that was given the patent was the "uni lug" feature. Richard D Beith is the owner of the Wheel Center. I don't believe that are ET wheels, I don't think ET ever sold a uni-lug pattern on any of their wheels. You beat me to it Padgett!!!
  11. That is one of the reasons I have been going to HERSHEY since 1968. I can see, touch and fondle everything I purchase and if I don't like it, I simply put it down. No packaging, shipping cost, insurance and trips to the USPS or UPS and keeping my fingers crossed that I will ever receive my purchase.
  12. I belong to three National club's. The A.A.C.A., National Woodie Club and M.A.R.C. I am very happy with all three and appreciate what the officers and staff do, "behind the scenes". At one time I belonged to two smaller local car club's, but quit both. The problem with the smaller club's was that it seemed like every meeting there was some sort of disagreement, about some petty issue and it always got out of hand. Screaming, accusations, threats all over dues, jacket's, hat's, car show's, new members and other nonsense. I see several of the members and they ask me to re-join but it's simply n
  13. Thompson, you can sand the doors just the way they are. It's uncanny how alike the condition of your car and my '46 Woodie was when I first got it. What is really weird is the piece broken off on the bottom of your driver side front door. When I first got my car I found a chunk of wood in the glove box. After poking around I found it was broken off my driver side lower door in exactly the same location. I just dowel pinned and glued it back. It looks like someone has done some refinishing on the passenger side, you might get away with a light sanding. I would pick New Old Parts brain about the
  14. Jim, I just picked up a brass horn very similar to yours. As I stated, it's all brass and the label is as follows. "The Long Horn", the G. Piel Co., Long Island City, N.Y.. It also has a serial number stamped on the label, no.3395. It has a bracket on the flange and an angled round mounting post that I assume bolts to the side of an early car. It's hand operated and has a black, what looks like hard rubber or Bakelite disc that you press down on to make the sound. Jim, I just noticed that your horn was made in Brooklyn, NY. As I indicated mine was made in Long Island City, NY. Was NY the
  15. Your not going to be driving your '47 every day, so I wouldn't hesitate using and rebuilding your front end. An independent front end such as a Mustang II, or some other aftermarket front end is a major commitment. Once you remove your old front end and cut out the front crossmember, there is no going back. I drove my '46 Woodie "coast to coast" and back from Long Island to the Wavecrest Woodie show in California. My front end was totally rebuilt and sure, it's not like driving a modern car, but who cares, it's a '46 Ford. With that flathead you're not going to be doing 80 mph anyway, more lik
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