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  1. Mora, about half way between the Cambridge and Hinckley exits and about a 3 hour round trip drive from where I am. Know the area fairly well as my dads uncles and cousins once owned Chevy dealerships in those small towns. I know the Spears name, but I have no idea where Spears Customs is and I would need to make a call to find out if it is a new brick and mortar business, or a home garage shop. Best not to wait till spring to find out whats going on, Wayne is right about how fees add up quickly and Mora isn't the hand shake, mans word is his bond, little town that it used to be.
  2. Sorry to hear of your loss. I'm not a pre war Chevy guy, but if the upholstery work is being done within twenty miles of me I probably know the shop owner and I can spare a couple of hours to take a look to see how close it is to done. If the car isn't to far outside of Minneapolis, I know a guy who knows these things upside down and sideways, he could look at this and know in minutes what parts are right, wrong, or missing. Don't think he could take a couple of business hours out of his day this time of the year, pretty sure he could spare an hour sometime in the next couple of we
  3. My experience with used O-Scopes in this price range is that they usually don't come with test leads and they all need calibration. For about $40 more than your starting budget, and about the price of 4 test leads and a well used scope, the HANTEK1008C 8 Channel Automotive O-Scope from the link that Gary_Ash provided is a better scope investment.
  4. As a student of esoteric thought I have pondered the improbable question of this postings title. Having considered the concept of production I have concluded that: 1. Only cars being made today are actually being produced. 2. Antique and Classic cars were at some time actually produced. 3. New car production makes new carbon footprint. 4. Time is the measurement that produces "antiques" and time has no carbon footprint. Having considered the concept of negative affect on the planet my hypotheses is: Today's automotive production run will have a grea
  5. I'm not a chemist but I did own a circuit board repair business and if the coffee was sugared up. the switch will eventually fail. This won't undo what was done, but it can get you years of good use and I suggest isopropyl alcohol 99%, or the best % you have handy as a second source for CCarls recommendation. Absolute ethyl will also do the job, but you do want to test its affect on your vinyl in an inconspicuous area as it can also pull color. Years ago there was a spray cleaner that would do the job and I still have some, but like everything else that used to work it was found t
  6. It seems that every time that I've restored a car, I've always needed at least one more tool than I had. One might think that after completely restoring a car, a guy would have every tool needed and if you always restored the same make, model and year, it might just work out that way.
  7. At 21 years old your car your car is considered a collectible in most states and this is a classic car forum, so welcome to the forum. Get a code reader and check for tranny codes. Your car has a computer controlled transmission and if you need to reprogram you might get more help from a Toyota forum. Before you start pulling your hair out, make sure your tranny has the right amount of fluid. Check your wiring harness, make sure all the connections are good and no wires are damaged. Check your transmission position range switch operation and make sure it switches and
  8. Don't know if I've been using the exact sane stuff, but I've been using stuff like this since the mid 80's. Have used it to fix a chipped prop on the boat, usually use it under the hood on leaking AC lines. Good for small repair jobs, best use the wire feed on the busted up aluminium trailer. Anyone thinking about giving this stuff a try, I suggest starting on empty beer cans. Getting a good looking seam is easy, after you learn how to fill a hole in an empty aluminum can.
  9. It won't fix all stretch & dent seats, but I have had very good results with steam. It works to soften up stiff leather and it will also put some bounce back into scrunched foam seat cushions. Sometimes foam cushions are to old and need to be replaced.
  10. Yep, the less than $100 unit is almost always out of stock and the over $500 is almost always available. Kind of like the last few weeks of shopping for toilet paper. Took me a long time to cross reference the part number and If the Lemforder accumulator was available on my side of the pond, I would have put the part number in a safe place where I could find it again. Bit less than the Wabco price, but not enough to spend hours looking when you have an affordable compatible replacement.
  11. Haven't looked at accumulators for a while and didn't know that Jaguar had switched suppliers from Continental to Hydac. Can't hardly imagine paying the Jaguar price for the Hydac no matter how shinny the box is and it seems that the ATE W01331599229 is still available and thought you might enjoy this. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS894US894&biw=1366&bih=625&tbm=shop&ei=GqGvXvq1FZfctQbU4YOQBg&q=ate+brake+accumulator+W0133-1599229&oq=ate+brake+accumulator+W0133-1599229&gs_l=psy-ab-sh.12...
  12. $280K and its not self winding, ????????????????????????????????????????????
  13. Remembering back to the Fair Trades name changes, a 1959 Ford with what sounds like a Mercury model name in NY state makes me think Canadian built Ford.
  14. Dual manufacturer badged car with a Maserati VIN plate. Glorified Chrysler absolutely, also the most reliable Maserati ever built.
  15. Everyone is driven to do something everyday and how boring life must be for those who are only driven to get out of bed to use the toilet. Aging or injury, when it happens you notice that the less you do, the less you can do. An old guy, more than several years older than you, says that when you stop you drop. You do what you need to do to accomplish the task at hand, but you don't have to do everything on your own and if someone is available to give you a hand, take it. The old boy was 98 last May, he still works a bit every day, and not because he needs money. Having the fire th
  16. But the twin constant velocity side draft carbs are still a balance challenge that few have mastered. And, you probably can get the body off in one piece single handedly , but do you really want to?
  17. Hi Bernie, Not quite sure what I should be pondering here as I had to expand my image view to 400% to see what the "old battle scar" looked like. The shift / gear select lever assembly looks like the EMV type 57? assembly so it might be the bolts on the side that might be the un explained adjustment points, or it could be whats viable through the open inspection cover which would be the big brake /cone clutch and all the little brake/clutch bands.
  18. Don't know for certain what I'm looking at, but thinking that the ENV has different bolt pattern around the outer edge, I'm going to guess that this is a picture of the Wilson from the Lagonda with the front cover and clutching removed.
  19. A resto mod right hand drive '39 LaSalle convertible coupe is worth what you can get for it and its worth a lot less up here in the states than it is down under.
  20. Bernie, Half of my dads cousins had small town new car dealerships, my dad ran a big city Lincoln store and another one of his cousin ran the Cadillac store directly across the road.. Growing up on the used car lot in a new car family.and having succumbed to this temptation myself, I know the kind of things that can happen to new and used specialty cars that people can't resist driving. Those old preselect trannys might be a pain in stop and go city driving, but they are a pure joy on windy hilly roads and thinking about it always puts a smile on my face.
  21. Silicone on stripped threads is a lot better than the kind of problem I had imagined could be found if someone couldn't resist taking the sports car for a test drive and used the shift pedal like a clutch to get rolling and the new clutch material was an aggressive abrasive..
  22. Getting rid of roller nap and fine brush marks is no different than getting rid of spray job orange peel. Color sanding with high speed buff will make it as smooth and shiny as a base coat clear coat job and when its well done, the only real difference between brush and spray is the thickness of the paint. Marine vs Automotive paint. My youngest brother paints boats for Lund and he told me I could use regular automotive paint to squirt my metal flake color above the water, but free boards on down really should be done with marine paint. There is a difference and any paint will work topsid
  23. 20 years ago I was completely stumped by the name of a tool that the shop manual said I needed to remove the windscreen on a 75 MGB. Long story short, I couldn't even order the tool as the internet wasn't as useful back then and finding someone who knew that a 5/8 bent ring spanner was an offset box end wrench took considerably longer than it would today. Thanks for the picture and to paraphrase Shakespeare - a rose is a rose.. Now t
  24. Used Rustolium to roller paint the old plow truck, the paint went on smooth, but had more of a sheen than a shine. The plow blade got sprayed with thinned down Rustolium it shined good, dried quick and still looked good come spring. We learned from the truck and when we painted the figure 8 car we mixed in some thick kind of slimy no brush mark stuff for oil base paint in with the Rustolium and slapped it on with a couple of 4" brushes. Honestly don't remember what the stuff was called, but when it dried to the touch it shined like a new dime and looked like a spray job. Did take a
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