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About m-mman

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  1. You put the clock in the steering wheel because they were self winding. 😉 Chrysler corporation offered them also https://www.hagerty.com/media/maintenance-and-tech/self-winding-steering-wheel-clock/
  2. Would it make a difference if I told you that its not actually 'pink' rather Edsel called it "Talisman Red" . . . . 😲
  3. To live and thrive mold spores need a supportive environment. Yes moisture but also nutrients; dust, dirt organic type matter. More than likely not only is the storage damp but also perhaps has a dirt floor. Mold rarely grown on ceramic tile because its non porous surface doesn't hold the dirt and doesn't give the mold something to latch onto. Rusty's suggestion of WD-40 acts as a slippery deterrent for the spores and the organic material.
  4. Even on late production "blackout" models, the War Production Board allowed all bumpers to be chrome plated.
  5. My thought was that the 61 was a 292 car with a bad engine and the truck motor was in better condition. . . . . .(?) But you are correct if the OP explains a little more we can provide him with a LOT more. 😉
  6. I just bet that this car had wonderful, tired, original seats probably with a few tears and the owner thought that he was going to "upgrade" it with the replaced upholstery. The old advice of "Dont ever clean or polish your old coins before you have them appraised for sale" seems appropriate here.
  7. Caballero's are wonderful hardtop wagons. And now one has been memorialized as the first postwar AACA Zenith winner. . . 😉 A major difference between your car and the Roadmaster in question is that your car was just 20 years old when you did it and the Roadmaster is now 60 years old. As you noted you had the support of several local parts cars which are now gone. Walt was asking about the differences between a postwar restoration and a Full Classic (coachbuilt) restoration. In many ways the coachbuilt restorations are easier because they were originally built by a craf
  8. NOT ON A BRAKE SWITCH! If you squirt grease into a (mostly sealed) brake component how would you ever clean it out to avoid contaminating the brake fluid in the system??? The only 100% best method is to screw it into a known good system. With 2 wires one is always hot (from fuse box probably, I have never seen a brake light that was key operated) The other wire leads to the rear bulbs. With a test light you can see if there is power to the switch and apply pressure and see if there is power on the other terminal. Maybe there is a application where grea
  9. I'm not a Buick guy but I do know postwar cars with lots of options. The biggest problem in making them ALL operate, is old lubrication!! Nobody would ever expect a 60 year old engine would even turn over with the original oil in it. Everybody knows that oils & lubes lose their lighter molecules and what remains is thick and heavy and sticky. More like peanut butter than lubrication. You have to change oil and clean the pan before you ever expect the motor to operate. Well, all four window regulators and the seat regulator and the heater/AC cables are all A
  10. 1962 and earlier Ford used brake fluid(!) <yikes> Starting in 1963 they switched to standard Automatic transmission fluid. (no more risk of paint disasters) All systems I repair, I drain (clean everything up - the brake fluid always sticks the pumps) and refill the system with ATF. The biggest headache is bleeding the system. Fill the pump, cycle and fill again, repeat until full. DO NOT fill & cycle by lifting the top. Disconnect the rams and run them up and down as the fluid fills the system and the bubbles and air are expelled. Only when the air is gone
  11. When you only have two wheel covers, it seems to make more sense to put them on the front and not hide them under the skirts. . . .
  12. Cadillac put a similar (identical?) sculpture on their cars. It was pretty and was identified with Cadillac. Other manufactures copied the sculpture (sometimes in lessor quality, sometimes with a base that would fit almost anything) Then sold them in catalogs and parts stores. The idea was that you could add Cadillac prestige to a base model car. Since these copies were not made by Cadillac Corporation they are called 'Aftermarket'. (as opposed to 'original') Original ornaments can be hard to find so restorers sometimes place these on their cars, or mount them as a trophy or paper
  13. It's not a front drive ElDorado, its a tarted up rear drive Deville. . . .
  14. I always find it interesting that people would do a disc brake conversion on a vehicle where disc brakes were available from new. And the original discs were a K-H 4 piston design. Not a wimpy system, better than any conversion.
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