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  1. Did they do the work on our Flower Car that you restored? Great work!
  2. I agree. The only way to find him was the seller (who died) and son who only knew the nickname. Probably an "in" name by people who knew him, like "good 'ol boys" who make up names for each other and outsiders miss the point. So, now I know his real name, I will use that and laugh along with the people who knew him and used that LTT name. Yes, I have heard the "comments" from quite a few people, if you knew this man, he probably was fine with the nickname. In any event he has retired and his name is now relegated to anecdotes. The "in crowd" who paid his price and have magnificent upholster
  3. Thank you all for your replies. I thought that "Leif the Thief" was a kindly, fond familiar nickname and was not to be meant derogatory. Since this is that I now his name is Lief Drexler, and may use that name, or "Lief the Thief" which meant that his prices were astronomical. So what? He did a magnificent job on my 1910 Thomas, seats, carpet, top and side curtains. The work is exquisite. I am proud that Lief did the work, and will use his Leif Drexler in credentials when showing. A good friend has a 1908 Lozier and Lief did his upholstery. Also magnificent! You sure get what you pay for wh
  4. Anyone know more? Lief's last name? Shop? He also made our top, side curtains and carpets.
  5. In researching one of our cars I have heard that there is or was a fantastic upholstery guy called "Leif the Thief" because he charged HUGE prices. Anybody have any info?
  6. Thank you, Graham Man! Great info to add to our file!
  7. It is thrilling I got a call from a man who is researching about a Marmon 48 Two seater. Marmon only built about 350 48 Marmons and only three were speedsters. According to the Marmon Owners Club, our 1913 Marmon, by our serial number, was the only Marmon speedster made in 1913. Possible previous owner of our 1913 Marmon. Researching. Please let us know if you have any information or pictures. She is driving a Marmon two seater that looks a great deal as our car! From a source who is researching for a book "Edith Mortimer in her Marmon 48 – only known i
  8. Repop is ok16" or bigger. For a large brass car.
  9. Are you making more of these? I want one.
  10. There is a fascinating compilation about Metrinch. One side thinks they will not, cannot, work as well as a particular socket designed for a particular bolt. As best I can tell this side has not used Metrinch and is extrapolating from previous concepts. Others have used Metrinch and see how well they work. I have a set and are very pleased with how well they work. I appreciate both opinions. However I am going for a ride, and carrying my Metrinch and a few other tools. The weather is beautiful. 65 degrees and sunny. Good convertible weather getting on my Outback clothes. Trying to de
  11. Not a stock color as far as I know. The data plate says that it was champaign(?). It was painted red by a previous owner. To me there is nothing like a red Cadillac convertible. I drive it often. We do also have a '60, Carrara green and white leather buckets. I like the 1959, brash and bold. The 1960 is cool and serene like Grace Kelly. The car was made for a GM Executive and the color was in the advertising for Cadillac in 1960. Can't prove that ours is the same in the pictures, but looks the same. I love Cadillacs!
  12. Our first car meet in over a year. And a sunset cruise. On the way, a young woman asked "What kind of car is that?" Cadillac
  13. Thanks, Bush. Appreciate that you understand these wrenches. They are NOT a sloppy fit nor gimmick for SAE and Metric. Quality tools IMHO. Interesting they fit Whitworth. I had a 1954 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle "Belch Fire V twin" it had Whitworth. I have classic cars from 1903 to 1960 and a few 2016 for daily drivers. These wrenches fit everything and are having my goto box when touring.
  14. These have been around since 1993. A Cadillac friend has been using them since 1995. I used his tool set and am surprised by the quality. $200 is not cheap, and I tend to cheap, except when buying cars! The company has longevity. I bought these on Amazon for their outstanding return policy. Free shipping back to the seller. I am very happy with these tools, and I think that you will do the same. Don't let your preconceptions deter you. They work! Suggest that you read the attached Amazon ad and read the reviews. The tools have a very different opening shape. They easily fit SAE and Metri
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