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  1. So here's a house-by-house snapshot of a short street in the East Bay suburbs of San Francisco, circa 1972. The location is important to note, as there were some foreign anomalies in the mix. 1968 International Travelall (five-kid family) & 1970 Mercury Capri, 1964 Chevrolet Station Wagon & 1965(?) Peugeot 403, 1964 Chevrolet Impala Sedan, (2) 1971 Volvo 1800E (his & hers, only one kid), 1970 Datsun 510 Station Wagon, 1972 Cadillac Sedan De Ville (local bank branch president) & 1968 Toyota Corona Sedan, 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, 1969 International Travelall (another 5-kid family) & 1970 Toyota Corona Wagon, 1972 Ford Torino Station Wagon & 1968 Pontiac Lemans, 1968 Ford Station Wagon & 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible, 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III & 1955 Ford Thunderbird (believe he was the original owner), 1970 Pontiac Lemans Sedan & Wagon (seems like they had new Pontiacs nearly every other year, my Dad thought they might have been related to the family that owned the local Pontiac dealership), 1971 VW Bus & 1970 Mazda RX-2, 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 & 1956 VW Beetle, 1972 Chevrolet Nova & 1968 VW Beetle, and 1965 Volvo 122S & 1968 VW Beetle. The T-Bird was red and it was kept in immaculate condition. I think there was a hoist in the garage for removing/storing the hardtop, though I can't remember ever seeing the car with the convertible top up, it was either hardtop off and convertible top down, or the hardtop was on. The Volvo 1800Es had consecutive license numbers, and I remember I could barely fit seated cross ways in the back seat, even as a skinny short thirteen-year old.
  2. You may want to contact your rebuilder and/or check the factory service literature, as there is likely a trimmer (capacitance) adjustment on the radio to electrically match the antenna to the radio circuitry. This adjustment usually has to be made upon reinstallation of the radio after repair and is usually an external adjustment through an access hole from the outside of the radio housing. If you can't find any information in the factory literature, try the Sams Photofact literature that the radio repair techs used back in the day. An internet search using the radio brand and model number will likely find the correct Sams issue covering that radio. Good luck.
  3. The bumper width measurement really helped narrow it down. I took that measurement and compared it to my '73 Impala Custom to verify that we were looking for a full-sized car, then it dawned on me- rear bumper for the 1971-1973 Chevrolet full-sized wagons. The attached photo from http://www.stationwagonforums.com/ shows the usage. There aren't may good clear photos of the bumper on the internet, but looking at a few different photos from different sources, one can see that the license plate area has the same configuration (four holes for the license plate, flare out of bottom edge up to the license plate area). The additional hole and space above the plate are for the plate light assembly. In addition, the two square bolt holes on each side of the bumper face and upper sides match the positioning on the Chevrolet wagons.
  4. Yes, sure sounds like the way GM used to protect their bumpers during shipping. The bumper width puts it solidly in full-size car territory, so that helps narrow it down ever more. Will have to do some more head-scratching and thinking on this one...
  5. I agree, looks to be GM, pre-1973. Simple design, no lights in bumper, so that helps in identification. Can you give us the width of the bumper? That should help narrow it down.
  6. How about a 1972 Mercury Montego rear bumper- photo courtesy of the internet.
  7. Thanks for the update. I am sorry to hear about Ed and hope the best for his recovery. I had also called Rite-Way in S.F. about the rebuild, so I will send the alternator to them and see how they do.
  8. Thanks, I did give Ed a call last week. But today when I stopped by, there was a sign posted on his door that says "Closed due to illness until further notice." Hopefully nothing serious, I'll try giving him a call in week or two.
  9. Unfortunately, not really available off the shelf. The 300ZX alternator is unique to that Nissan model, and not even for all years of that particular body style. I had to send out the power steering pump for rebuilding as some part stores only offer the rebuilding service, nothing off the shelf. Part of the "fun" of working on a low-production car.
  10. Just found out that the trusted shop I've been using here in Sacramento, CA for over thirty years is out of the component rebuilding/repair business. I have an alternator for a '91 Nissan 300ZX that needs to be gone through and electrically checked, bearings replaced, etc. Would prefer a shop in Northern California so I can drop off/pick up the alternator, but could certainly ship it to a good shop. , Quality work is the highest priority, as the alternator is just buried on this car. It's uncovered now due to radiator and timing belt replacement work. So, definitely not a job that I'd want to do again anytime soon.
  11. Interrupting the circuit for the neutral safety switch would only affect the starter motor circuit. In general, a thief could power up the ignition coil, crank the engine by push starting the car (if it's got a manual transmission or is one of the few automatics that can be push started) and they would be off to the races, so to speak. It all depends upon how much effort a thief would want to expend on stealing the car. If it's an especially valuable or frequently-stolen car model, you might want to do both Plan A & B.
  12. Proper Parts sells these motors on an exchange basis with an upgraded housing. Their website is at: https://properparts.com/general-motors/ I installed a Proper Parts replacement motor a few years ago and it has been working fine in my '86 Oldsmobile.
  13. I'll add a bit to the great advice already posted. It often takes a lot of time and effort to sell cars and parts, so first you may want to consider the amount of time and effort that you want to expend on this project. Auctions can produce the fastest results with the least amount of effort on your part, but it comes at a cost (auctioneer commissions, etc.) So there's the old "time vs. money" balance, too. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, you may want to try selling a few of the cars yourself and see how that goes. That experience may tell you how to sell the rest of the cars. Also, consider breaking the group into smaller lots of cars and sell them as lots. This may help you move some of the less-popular cars that may not sell on their own. Cars of the same make and model could be another grouping, especially if they are the same year or are close and share the same components.
  14. If you can't easily find another engine, you may want to consider having your engine repaired with metal stitching. A search of this forum will show many threads discussing the pros and cons of welding vs. metal stitching.
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