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Ole Cabbagehead

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About Ole Cabbagehead

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  • Birthday 10/24/1980
  1. That's tough, since it looks like a great project. A situation where you really have nothing to say other than "wow...you should have taken that offer. If you ever want to sell it for less, here's my number." Coincidentally, that was how I got my Buick. I thought it was a lost cause, but the guy called me back, and said he did some more research and was ready to sell.
  2. Cast iron is porous so it may be something you have to continue to clean and touch up in certain spots. Once they get oily, they are extremely difficult to prep for paint. You can clean the surface, but if the part was oily, it will sweat out when it is heated. I have heard of people baking them off when off the car, but installed I don't know of any prep tips.
  3. Does it matter if the car will be judged? In restoring misc. parts, I have always preferred painting them so that they will last with a good appearance that is close to original. Eastwood makes a number of metal tone paints for this purpose (cast blast, aluminum, cast aluminum, etc.). All are close, but of course if you look you can tell the part is painted. I have been wondering if that kind of finishing is inappropriate in an AACA judging context, or if everything that was originally unfinished must remain as such. Also, hidden hunter is correct. IMHO, you must use the 2000 degree si
  4. Oh, c'mon. Kentucky isn't that far. Good call on the jump box. I may do that.
  5. Agreed! I have no designs on driving it before I go through the brakes, electric and fuel systems. But first and foremost I do want to prove out that it will run, because if it won't I have some big decisions to make. After I confirm the engine isn't seized, would you guys recommend I attempt to run it by jump starting it, as opposed to trying to hook a battery up and turn the key? I am open to any suggestions. I've never started on a car that has been sitting this long and/or wouldn't run when I bought it. Brian.
  6. Les, Notwithstanding my screen handle, I was the younger guy looking at that car with my father. I think we were actually talking about the tail light lenses when you walked over if you are the same person. You guys are right, it was a 61, I forgot that. I was actually explaining to my dad the easy way to tell a Century from the Specials -- and we were talking about the front fenders, and how the front end is longer to accommodate the 320.
  7. Thanks, Carl. I had been meaning to look into the carburetor. All the posts I have seen on here have to do with the Stromberg carbs. Is the Marvel carb an original that should be rebuilt/restored? At this point I have no idea if the thing will turn, let alone run. I paid for it as if it were a shell, even though it has the original engine and trans. If it turns, I will be thrilled. My plan is to try to get the wheels off soon, blast them, paint them, and put some new tires on it. All four are flat now, with large holes in them -- the one pictured looks old enough and bald enough to be o
  8. Body shots. The big problem area is the bottoms of both doors. I have read where this spot will rot out, even if the car is kept indoors. I have been meaning to dig around in the trunk to see if there is any cancer in there. Another potential trouble spot is the floor near the pedals. Other than that, we are pretty solid. The running boards look worse than they are - still a lot of solid metal there.
  9. Thanks a lot for the sources, gentlemen. They are truly, much appreciated. Thanks to BigDog's post, I was able to head out to Hershey for the Saturday, and see tons of incredible pre-war cars What an unbelievable event. Many of the cars were absolutely stunning. Was able to talk to one fellow with a 37-41 in the HPOF division I believe (I'm still learning the terminology). Other than that, did not see any 37's. Most of the swap meet/flea market was gone by the time I got there. It never occurred to me they would pack it up before Saturday, but I suppose weather was a factor. I spoke wit
  10. I finally got around to uploading some pictures to the computer. Here is how she looks on the exterior, fresh off the trailer. You can see the tow strap I used to pull it off the guy's trailer with my grand cherokee. I wanted it tight against that cherry tree you see in the background, which almost led to a disaster right out of the gate. Thankfully by taking it slow and thinking creatively, we managed to get it dropped without incident. As you can see, the car is almost all there. Missing only a couple trim items, and some other odds and ends. It is also pretty solid, but does have so
  11. Thanks everyone for the welcomes. It is a 44 2 door slantback, which I think is just a really cool body style. I have no idea on original production, but I do know you don't see them very often, if ever, cruising "regular" car shows. Bigdogdaddy - Thank you much for the heads up on the AACA show in October, as you just changed my plan for that weekend. That is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from where I am, so I think I will head out on Saturday and have a look around. Seems like a great way to spend a fall saturday....beats the heck out of raking leaves! 1937-44 - I did join the yahoo group as
  12. Hello all, Just wanted to introduce myself as new to the forum. As the thread title indicates, I just recently purchased a 1937 Special 44. Although in pretty rough shape, it is apparently (from the pictures I have seen) a nearly complete all original vehicle, that thankfully hasn't been hacked up by anyone along the way. The car was an impulse buy -- I probably paid too much for it, but once I stopped to look I had to have it. I am hopeful that I can get it running as it sits, and then figure out where to go from there. At this point, it has probably been sitting for at least a decade, p
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