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  1. Your story reminds me of my building a 1952 Ford V-8 in high school. No real help from the instructor (what was his job supposed to be anyway?) I made every mistake in the book. It still hurts to think about it. 😞 It seems like perhaps you assembled the engine and THEN tried to turn it? FYI - An engine should be turned over at every step to check that everything is OK at that point. Put crank in block, tighten mains, make sure crank spins easily. . . . Install rods/pistons, tighten rods, spin over the crank after each piston. . . . An assembled block should spin easily without ANY BINDING. There will be some piston drag from the rings, but a socket on the front pulley should spin it easily without issues. (use assembly lube of course) Does it stop spinning? then you know that problem is with the last thing you installed. 😉 Even after you install the cam/heads/valves it should not appreciably add to the effort it takes to spin the engine. (no plugs installed of course) The High school shop teacher told me that a 'tight engine is OK, it will free up during the break in" Yikes! How do these people qualify for their jobs?? Oh and BTW ..... Pull it out and do it again ? . . . . Dont feel too bad, we have all been there at one time or another
  2. And it can be bolted on in an afternoon. . . .
  3. This was at the Bakersfield swap meet in 2017. Impressive cars
  4. And the biggest winner of all, will be the government collecting their fair share, in the form of capital gains tax.
  5. Material shortages had some post war cars delivered with wooden bumpers which reportedly were replaced later as supplies became available. The dolled up 46-8 cars were an effort to squeeze extra profit and get around the Office of Price Administration (OPA) controls on the maximum amount that could be charged for a new car. These were such interesting times and they are not well understood by many collectors.
  6. Windy Hill auto parts had a original 42 Buick Special sedan, factory olive drab blackout. Neat car! Mild steel window molding trim (not stainless) pot metal NOT chromed. However it was as rough as a cob and sadly not restorable. I took pictures. NATMUS has a 42 Hudson. Original blackout (very unrestored) with signage highlighting the blackout features. IIRC it is right hand drive(?) but a top line Commordore 8. . . . ?? Maybe a rural mail delivery car or could have been destined for overseas delivery but not possible because of the war . . . interesting.
  7. Yikes, no wonder they were not easily identified. Thank you for the details.
  8. Yeah, I know 41 had them, and maybe 40? (would have to check) They are scarce, (and nice looking) and would make a rare car (42) even more rare. They didnt carry them over into 46, so that kind of seals them as a 42 also.
  9. I love the history of the 1942 model year. I would love to have a car that says '1942 model year' . Preferably original, the kind of thing that someone would have been rationed to buy in 1943-44. Maybe a car that was kinda '1942 only' like a Mopar town sedan(?) (conventional opening rear doors) Are there any original black out cars out there? The restored, shinny, chromed, whitewall 42s just dont seem real (or historical) to me.
  10. Thanks. The hood lovers seem to match. The 4 door is more streamlined so I'm thinking that it is later (35-6?) the black 2 dr seems 34ish? Did Auto Union use the 4 rings at this time?
  11. The bodies look German, but they dont seem like the usual German suspects. The hub caps seem to have similar concentric circles with no identification.
  12. m-mman

    starter trouble

    I dont want to steal the thread or confuse the OP but for the enjoyment of you tech people, here was my unusual starter problem: The Car: 1926 Lincoln with combination starter-generator. No solenoid, so you gotta push the pedal/button on the floor to mechanically move the starter gear into the flywheel and close the heavy cranking switch. The problem: Sometimes it cranks and sometimes you had to use the hand crank to move the engine a smidge before it would crank. (I suspected a dead spot on the armature) Solution: fix the broken wire (and circuit) to the generator(!) It seems the original design is that when the ignition is switched on, it sends power to the generator side and MOTORS the generator (causing the huge, dual commutator armature, to spin slowly) then when the pedal is pushed, the starter and flywheel gears mesh easily and it easily closes the heavy cranking circuit. Because the thing wasn't motoring, it wasn't always completely meshing gears, and would not consistently close the heavy starter circuit to crank. About the same situation as when you double clutch to get the transmission gears spinning before they mesh easily. Thanks Henry Leland . . . .
  13. I was surprised to learn that many times the owner/consignor has not (or will not) write a description(!) The auction house then pays an automotive journalist to bang out some text. The text might be based on just the few facts the consignor gave to the auction house and maybe a couple of photos. Occasionally there is a telephone interview with the seller. I know some people who do this type of writing and all they can really honestly put into the description are some hard facts about the history of that marque, sometimes spiced with 'According to the consignor. . . ' and 'The seller states. . . ' If you ever see those phrases, it is a real pig in a poke. A 3 year old car at a dealer auction might not need much description. The idiots who dont want to research or reveal the true full information about the car for sale deserve a very low bid. But of course the auction company wants the completed sale and a commission, so they will do whatever it takes to be profitable. No emotions in these situations, it is all about the deal.
  14. m-mman

    Sears car

    Sears' business model insured failure in the sales of the 1950s car. Sears was an appliance store and thought that they could sell cars the same way. 1. No trade ins! 2. "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" Cant be an auto manufacture for long with those tenets
  15. It seems that almost every 'great' man had a mistress. (Jefferson, FDR, Eisenhower, JFK, etc. . .) I always told my wife that her insistence that I not take a mistress, is what kept me away from greatness. She never relented 😞