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Buffalowed Bill

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  1. I know that this may be a stretch (no pun intended) but are you sure that the top we are looking at is not leather. I know that leather would be more apt to shrink, crack and curl up rather then stretch, but somehow this just has a leather look to it.
  2. Styling notwithstanding, I wonder if a contributing element to the process of moving to the more upright grill during the mid to late 30's could have been the "alligator" hood becoming more the norm. With the side opening hood it didn't matter too much how far the front of the hood was behind the front bumper. Six to eight inches might not seem like very much unless you are a small person trying to reach and lift a heavy hood.
  3. I may have lost a step, but I can't remember ever having Hagerty ask about a title, on any "new" car when I added it to the collection. They asked for pictures a description of the car, and how much I wanted to insure it for. I generally keep my cars forever and insure them for a little less than market value (although Hagerty has adjusted some of my better cars value from time to time). Does the company now ask about title status?
  4. Aron, I hope you see that a perfect car isn't really necessary to enjoy the hobby. A real car person will accept almost any car and owner for they are. A negative or even hurtful comment is really rare, and it says far more about the person asking the question then it does about the owner. Just be prepared to answer the questions authoritatively and civilly. You never know maybe maybe you can really teach the guy something. A chip on one's shoulder can really be a weighty burden. It's better to get rid of it before it brings you to your knees.
  5. I'm very appreciative when someone asks if I did the work on one of my cars. Contrary to taking umbridge I see it as a sign of interest in the car and the willingness to start a conversation. I have a number of cars running the gamut from condition 1-5. Each one has a story that I'm always pleased to share with someone who is truly interested. In my world there is no alternative reality. The car's history should speak for itself, but since it can't I feel that it's important to speak to the history as I know it. Conversely I feel no reluctance at asking a question of an owner, especially if I think the car is an unrestored survivor. After all it should be more about the car then the owner. The unrestored original car often goes unnoticed on a field of cars with shiny paint. On several of my original cars we've attached to the side window a short abbreviated history of the car. My better half and I are not generally prone to want to plunk our butts down on a lawn chair behind our car and answer questions. We no longer live in the 80's or 90's when every car had to be restored, or was just waiting it's turn at restoration. I honestly don't know why anyone would be embarrassed by the work done, or by whom it was done, after all it has survived while most of its brethren haven't.
  6. I've used SMS several times, always satisfied. You will understand when you are looking for a specific match and can't find it elsewhere. If just OK is good enough there are plenty of fabric outlets that can satisfy your needs. To my knowledge there is no other place in the world that does what SMS does. "Hemmings Classic Car" included a substantial article on the company, and it's unique model. Today's hobby supply chain has changed a great deal in the last decade. As demand and manufacturing have both diminished so too have viable options disappeared. You can spend fruitless years following deadend leads, or you can give SMS a try. I'm just a hobbyist just like most reading this. Just trying to help. More then once I have found myself having to counter someone's bad experience with SMS. All I can do is try to restore some balance to the discussion. As an aside I believe that SMS acquired the LB inventory at time of that company's bankruptcy.
  7. Sorry to diverge a bit from the thread, but this plate just spoke to me. Sometimes a plate intending to say something about the car, ends up saying more about the owner's biases. Before anyone jumps all over me, I am also a Buick owner.
  8. Dave, Sorry I'm just not buying into the salvage title argument. I assume that you are doing this for your family's enjoyment and not for resale. For those of us who have been in this old car game for a long time, the value in an old car is determined by the quality of the work done and the car itself. For most of us the question is whether the tile belongs to the seller and the ID numbers validate that the title is not for another car. You know the history of the car and you can document with photos what happened and when. You have at least as much history of the car as most of us have for our 85+ yo cars. If I were buying the car from you, after the work had been completed, I would file the title story away as an interesting part of the car's history and then go on to what I felt was really important. The whole process of buying, selling, titling and insuring an antique car with a salvage title is much different then dealing with a newer car, which is going to be driven daily.
  9. I hope my last post was not too heavy handed, but I think you will repair the car because you want to. There are too many things that are pulling you in that direction. First there is the emotional aspect. Speaking for myself if one of my cars, which had become a family member, was in an accident, which was my fault, I would feel obliged to put it back together, just out of general principles (I've gone much further with some of my cars then is required on this one of yours). Emotions notwithstanding, common sense says just do it. 1) Damage is localized and effecting only tin. The catedral headlights weren't even damaged! 2) You were able to procure some very rare parts that would be essential to the project. I assume you were able to come to terms for the NOS fender that RQ had for sale. I also hope that you got the beautiful grill that was on eBay. At least you should have, it is game changer. 3)You are already way under the anticipated insurance purchase price for the parts-leaving a substantial cousin. 4)You have lined up someone to repair the fender. I assume that he qualification necessary to do the job. Sorry to beat a dead horse, but if you don't repair the car you will regret your choice. Bill
  10. For me it's a case of forget the money and fix the car! Worrying about how much you may win or lose in the process doesn't do justice to the car or your connection to it. There are probably a dozen people reading this thread who are in the process or restoring or consider restoring a car that they know that they will be under water by the time the project is completed. The numbers that you are talking about are miniscule. I know we Studebaker owners are considered to be cheap, but I think this is a stretch too far!
  11. I use RA occasionally. When I do ido it selectively with an eye on shipping costs and the possibility that I might have to return a part. I don't like to have to return parts! Case in point, I ordered some front suspension parts for one of my cars. When I got the parts the part numbers were the same by some of them had zerk fittings and some were sealed. I wanted the car back on the road and I didn't want to go through the hassle of returning them. If I had sourced them locally, you bet I would have returned them, as it was I just installed what I had.
  12. To be clear more clear Marymount was a boy's school, but it was best known a nunnery. The property is in a Tacoma suburb of Parkland. It's a beautiful piece of property in it own right. As I remember the story, Harold was able to purchase the property, in an area rife for development, with the understanding that it would not be critically altered. There were also concessions made to the retired nuns, to allow them to live their waning years on the property. Harold has been gone since 2000 but the family has lovingly kept his legacy alive by continuing with the process that he started many decades earlier.
  13. I guess that what always surprises me is how some can be treated to a spectacle like this collection and complain about what they are seeing or the man who made it happen! I'm unwilling to refute what some may think, regardless of how narrow minded that it seems to be. I'll let the collection speak for itself. This snippet of one building does not do justice to the size and diversity of the whole collection or the process that brought it together. He didn't collect because a car was valuable or change his collection to satisfy the whims of the market. He literally collected everything. To him the lowly 1953 Plymouth for door was as important as one of his Packard convertibles. That's why this collection contains cars that neither you or I will ever see anywhere else. His collection is not about the high end classics, although his collection has them, but it's about the common place pedestrian cars, some of which have just disappeared because they weren't popular. Once in his collection he seldom sold a car. I'm sure to many he was a hoarder, to me he was a savior of much that would never have survived. What needs to be touched on is about the man who preserved and restored more cars than anyone else in the world. I first met Harald about fifty years ago. I really didn't know him that well, so I will try to keep it simple. Harold was a self made man. He got all of what he had by hard work and and truly honest nature. It wasn't always easy in the early days. When money was short he could always fall back on his honesty. His word was his bond. When he made a promise people could take it to the bank. Somewhat shy, friendly, humble and honest. I'll let you unpack the mix, but what it meant was that anyone who I knew, who knew him well, was proud to call him a friend.
  14. Thanks Frank I have one also and had never been able to figure out how it was to be attached.
  15. It was 1969. I had decided to go back to college and finish what I had started seven years previously, but first I wanted to get in a little traveling so I quit my job in the sawmill and took a three month hiatus from work and school. A friend and I spent the first month and a half on a driving tour of Mexico. It was late April and decided to take a driving tour of the US. I had about $300 left from the mexico trip, so it was going to be a trip on the cheap and done solo. I bought a 1959 four door Studebaker Lark, V8 auto, for $100 from an old woman who could no longer drive. I took out the back seat and opened up access into the trunk, put a mattress on a piece of plywood and hit the road. Not a lot of room for my six foot plus frame but, what the hay I was young and in shape and it was part of the adventure. I would be stopping about every third of forth night in a either a motel or one the many old cheap hotels that use be in the downtown of most American cities. The hotels were my choice for the adventure and their relatively cheap price of @$2-3 a night. I had been on the road for something over a month and was heading west towards home (Seattle). As I headed north along Michigan's eastern shore, the engine temp began to go up on the gauge. I had added and oil pressure gauge before I left home, but it never wavered. I put in a new thermostat, checked the timing and checked for cool places on the radiator, but found none. The car was still running good and considering that I was down to $40 and gas credit card, I was limited as to what I could do anyway. Going west out of the UP I was on the outskirts of Marquette Mich. on a secondary road. They were my choice of travel anyway but the troubling ever rising temperature made the choice that much more prudent. On a two lane road and stuck behind a slow moving truck, I kicked it down as I made a pass. There was an instantaneous and unmistakable high pitched screech from the engine which immediately died. Fortuitously there was a bar or cocktail lounge right there and I coasted into the parking lot. Oh s... what to do now? Well I don't know if it solved any problems but for me it was time for an attitude adjustment! After about two hours of conversation with locals, I had no shortage of people willing to help but what to do. Several guys came out to the parking lot with me. I checked to oil and found it still up but the engine would not turn over fast enough to run. One of the guys offered to give me a push. After due consideration which led to desperation we gave it a try. At 30mph I dropped the trans into gear. There was the same high pitched squeal and the engine came to life, but with an extremely loud knock, but it was running. There was oil pressure still showing 40 lbs I went for it. I could not risk shutting the engine down and it would begin to die when the RPMS dropped, so I have to keep them up at something in excess of 1000 RPMs. The louder the nocking went the higher the volume went up on the radio. About 9:00 I picked up a young hitchhiker. How long could I go, hell I didn't know, but I had most of a tank of gas and each mile was closer to home. At about midnight, just outside of Superior Wisconsin there was a loud bang. That was it, so I coasted off to the side of the road and jumped in back to sleep. My new friend slept in the front seat. I got up about 7:00 and just for giggles looked under the hood. I expected to see oil on the ground but instead the level was still up on the dipstick. I thought what can I lose so I got back into the car and clicked the starter, and it started! The noise was deafening, but there was still oil pressure showing so I started driving. I don't know how far I drove like that 10-15 miles. Just outside of Duluth I spotted a wrecking yard and pulled in. Much of that drive was with no oil pressure showing on the gauge. When the yard open I told the owner of my plight. What would he give me for the car? Upon inspection he was amazed that there was not a speck of rust but would not take my word for the fact that the engine was toast, so he hit the ignition and it started again, but now he was convinced! After some haggling we settled on $15 for the car, the amount that I needed for a bus ticket to Seattle. He even took me in to the bus station in Duluth. The final part of the adventure was the two and a hlf days on the milk run to Seattle. With other passengers chipping in eating money. Thank you for your patience, but I don't know how to narrate the catastrophic failure without telling the whole story.
  16. What's not to like about a Nash or any of the independents that were able to fight the Depression to a standoff. There are some real gems that came from companies like Hudson, Graham, REO and of course Studebaker. All uniquely styled well made and all worthy competition for the Big Three. Today they are seldom seen and to my eyes really stand out in a crowd. There is a big Nash coupe, I believe that it's in the Chicago area, but don't hold me to that part of it. Somewhere I have a picture and a write up saved, but I haven't been able to find it. This may be that car, but I hadn't remembered it to be RH drive.
  17. I've read through the responses to the changes on eBay, and here's my take on it. Over the last twenty five years we all benefited by the eBay and the internet in general. No car part would ever be too obscure or restoration out of the question again. We lived through the golden years of the hobby when car values were appreciating and the cost of restoration, both parts prices and skilled labor, was was comparatively stable. Things change, over the last fifteen years all of the cost/benefit relationship have been turned upside down. Blaming eBay for the change in the marketplace does not do justice for the process that the hobby has undergone. There are simply too many variables from the changing demographics (ageing of the Baby Boomers) to environmental issues to political consideration, to blame one institution for the flat market. If it was just a case of the arbitrary changes the eBay has made we would expect to see a burgeoning swap meet market, but we don't see that happening. None of the other competing internet sites have been able to supplant eBay. Until one of these sites can provide the market coverage that eBay has today, it will continue to be the best solution in our changing hobby.
  18. Welcome to the PNW. It takes a particular type of person who wants to make their home here. That last statement is only partially true. It's more mindset change that someone out of the area would have to undergo to enjoy life here. Island living notwithstanding, the area's unique attributes and limitations would be the biggest change for most of you reading this. So I'm writing this in the hopes that you can maybe understand the real breadth of a lifestyle change that he will be experiencing. Trying to compare an island in the San Juans with Nantucket, Ocracoke, The Florida Keys or Oahu doesn't do justice to the uniqueness of any of them. I'm native to the area, and for me it's a no-brainer, I love the place. But I've also traveled a great deal and I say without hesitation that the lack of true understanding of the area, by most people around the country, is really sad. First adjustment he will have to make is having to forget everything he believed was true about the weather. Summers are not hot and humid or hot and dry. Then the is the winter, best described as the price we pay for the beauty that makes us stay. No it doesn't rain here all the time, but if you or he were a sun worshiper beware. From November-January the sun is mostly a memory and it's when we get half of our annual rainfall. The area's natural beauty and beautiful summers are the payment we all enjoy, but as I said before it's going to have to be a mindset change for most. Some never will be able to adjust.
  19. I've always found the 1942 Chrysler and DeSoto business coupes intriguing. I tried to find an image of a 1942 DeSoto custom business coupe but no cigar. Since we are discussing the front end design, I just reached out to the this well known DeSoto with the hidden headlight feature. I would have liked to find an image of a hidden headlight feature on the business coupe though. I guess that big butts just grow on you.
  20. Just to clarify a previous comment, leather was an option for convertibles as well as all Studebakers. Nylon cord and leatherette seems to be much more common. Today we see all vinyl upholstery used in place of either of the previous two. It's not clear to me if all vinyl was even used on these convertibles.
  21. To understand "Skinned Knuckles" I think that it might be beneficial to understand it's creator. SK is very much the product of Bill Cannon and the Cannon family. He was not only the originator of the magazine, but he was also responsible for much, if not most, of it's content. For those of us who dabble in antique Studebakers Bill Cannon was an institution. As I tried to bring the last sixty years into focus, I don't believe that there was ever a time that his name was unfamiliar to me. I'll put my personal remembrances aside and just say that he was a friend to us all. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/pasadenastarnews/name/william-cannon-obituary?pid=174754086
  22. Members 2.3k Location: South Carolina Posted 6 hours ago (edited) "I believe USPS says periodicals can take up to three days to be delivered AFTER it arrives in the local post office based on each carrier’s mail load. They also usually take up to 10 days (even when co-mingled which is supposed to be most efficient) to go from the entry point to the local post office. These schedules have been totally forgotten about during the pandemic. Printers schedules are and have been for the last year totally up in the air and unpredictable." I'm sorry to have to get into something like this again, but frankly this needs to be cleared up! The information above is not correct, on it's face. Periodical Mail is a class of mail which was once called Second Class. The delivery schedule for that class of mail is based on the critical nature of it's content. Weekly or better, matter is called news and gets expedited handling. Within the category called "News," for obvious reasons, daily newspapers travel along with First Class Mail. In reality, under most scenarios, News usually travels with First Class Mail. The delivery schedule for all other types of Periodical Mail, is dependent on it's issue date. Since the magazine we are discussing comes out every two months, the drop schedule that the mailer needs to maintain, and the PO has to deliver it, is based on that date. In other words the PO is not obligated to deliver your magazine, before the last day of the second month of the issue. Frankly we have been spoiled by our efficient USPS. Periodical Mail was never allowed to sit for more then twenty four hours, before it's movement from the initial mailing facility. This is the way it was. How it works today is anybody's guess.
  23. We do this little exercise every several years. About five years ago we had some fun with it check it out if interested. Do you remember when the cars were name?
  24. It's not just the color that can change the value, it's the quality of work and how it's done. I'll go out on a limb and say that it is near impossible to properly paint a car without disassembling it. If you choose to just mask off trim and not make make a complete job of it, you do it for yourself. The value that you will have lost will be indeterminate. A true car guy will pick up the shortcuts that you took, in a minute, and will act accordingly. IMHO the best way to maintain value on an original car is to do nothing.
  25. To many variables. What is the car Why do you think it's valuable Is it original-paint, interior, condition etc What are your intentions for the car-show, drive resell
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