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Dwight H. Bennett

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About Dwight H. Bennett

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  • Birthday 02/13/1950
  1. Yes, thank you, the second image shows the parking lights clearly. Now I see them in the original image sent. You really have me stumped here. Why the second bezel? Maybe it could have been for a prototype car before all decisions were made on such fine details? FYI, the first Pontiac shown is a post Dec. 31, 1942, 1942 model, and the second one shown above is a pre Jan. 1, 1943, 1942 car. At least if the same constraints held with the Pontiacs made for foreign consumption. Does anyone know what country used license plates like these? That's probably something I could find faster on the i
  2. Ok. I got totally confused. I thought 1909schacht wanted to know what his tail light was. I agree that it doesn't look like the one on the foreign (right hand drive!) Pontiac picture submitted by Commodore. But I thought it was 1909schact who had the parking lights too, and that's why I wanted to see his parking lights as I thought that might help us figure out about his tail lights. Which, Commodore, brings up another point: Where are the parking lights on the front of this car? You're not going to tell me that those big driving lights are the "parking lights" are you? ~Dwight
  3. Hi Roger: I'm back from knee surgery. I finally have some time to try to catch up to where you are on the construction of the Mark II. I have just finished (ha, ha) page 13! Every page takes an hour of immense concentration to soak up each step you do. I can't say I'm amazed anymore, knowing the quality of fine detail work you do, I'M AMAZED by your desire for every minute detail (well, where I am on you having just primed your frame) in getting every small bracket oriented perfectly, and making them symmetrical, and identical in shape and even your miniature holes are drilled in the ce
  4. Just curious: Why don't you show us a picture of "this same car's" parking lights? That might also be helpful in the identification...
  5. Bob: The horn button does not have the Airflow logo on it like earlier Airflows? Is the horn button "merely" painted metal in the center, surrounded by plastic or metal? And the shift knob, is that metal or plastic or both in combination? If you can show me a close up of your horn button and your shift knob (regardless of condition), I can probably determine more of what I need to know than the pictures you've found above. Thanks, Dwight Bennett
  6. Bob: The gearshift handle restoration is probably the exact kind of work I do, depending on the quality you want. If it has intricate details on it, you probably don't just want a plating company doing it, they can do irreparable damage and hand it back to you freshly chromed! Could you put up a picture of it? ~Dwight www.RarePartsForRareCars.com
  7. Roger: I'm still going through your history (I had to take some time off) and have arrived only to page 8. On page 7, you amaze me by actually milling the 1.3 x ~1.1 mm letters for your air cleaner (perhaps you should have done the Good Year logo on the tires by milling--- JUST KIDDING!). You truly are a crazy man! I really admire your tenacity to go for every last detail on this Mark II model. I have a feeling that you approach your work similarly to how I approach mine, you do not even think about how you're going to do something that you've determined will be difficult to do, until you
  8. Pat: I wish I could say I had made the Jerrari script emblem. I most certainly could have made the Jerrari script emblem, but I believe both Jerraris were made prior to my leaving college. I have never seen a clear image of the Jerrari script. I cannot tell if someone merely used the Jeep’s “J," and the Ferrari’s “errari,” by essentially soldering them together, or if the “J" was made in the same typeface as the stock Ferrari script? The latter is what I’d have done. I also would have made the finished piece out of cast bronze for strength, as soldering the Jeep’s pot metal “J” onto th
  9. Hi Geoff: Almost four years ago, Jay's curator called me and asked me about repairing his Chrysler Imperial CX Airflow's broken hood ornament. Before the end of the phone call, he asked me if I'd like to come up to the Garage and consult with Jay about how I'd fix it. Meanwhile Jay had come by a replacement original piece; but he was interested in looking at the other work I do, and he recognized immediately the trophy I make that R&T presents at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance every year. So he invited me up to be interviewed on the trophy and a few other objects for his website.
  10. Roger: I really looked forward to your response, and was not disappointed when I awoke this a.m. To answer some comments from your response— In college, I used a Unimat lathe, and promptly found them “fun,” but that they had too a high cost to too low a torque ratio for my taste. So I moved onto a “grown-up” lathe when it turned out that I had to start turning custom polished aluminum horn buttons of various shapes and diameters (in the 3" to 4” range)— all with slight hemispherical curvatures on the face. I never thought to use a chisel on metal like one would on wood! So what I’ve don
  11. These two throttle/spark control levers do not look the same at all. There are several subtle differences, but the most obvious is the "finial" if you will, on top of the steering wheel axis. Not the same at all.
  12. Oh! I guess you are substantially farther along than I thought! The picture I wrote the above remark and questions to had you about to do the treads on the tires! So I posted my comment, and suddenly I see pictures not only of your more than completed wheels and tires, but you are well along on the body as well! Give me some time and I'll get the hang of this website sooner or later!
  13. Hi, I'm a new (I guess, "junior") member. So I am looking at your work for the first time. You are clearly a fine craftsman, and I find your work intriguing. But I have just now "tuned" into your work just in time for the very technique you are about to do next, putting treads into the tires (and for that matter, do you apply brand names/logos on the sidewalls?). I envy you working in brass on a lathe because it cuts so beautifully. I actually do mostly casting and fabrication work, and very little lathing. Unfortunately, the metal I have to turn is 6061 aluminum which is somewh
  14. You didn't state what kind of parts you wanted duplicated? Are they technical parts or decorative parts? Are they, for example, emblems, carburetor parts, door handles, windshield frame wing nuts? Are they to be done in steel, stainless, bronze, white bronze, brass, or aluminum? I am probably the type of person you'd need. I specialize in the preparation of the part in question, and have it cast at one of the six different full time casters I use depending on cost, time, quality, size, metal etc. Then I finish the piece with what ever appropriate finish it should have, be it polished,
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