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  1. https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/d/trabuco-canyon-1932-pontiac-mi-last-reg/7128908001.html# 1932 Pontiac, 65,000 mi, last reg 2019 Located in Downey, CA https://www.estatesales.net/CA/Downey/90241/2506131 Please call me if you would like to see 949.689.0087 For informational purposes only. I have no personal interest or stake in the eventual sale of this 1932 Pontiac
  2. FACT: there is rust under there. When vinyl tops became popular in the mid-late 60s car bodies were painted 100% before the vinyl was applied. By the 1970s the automakers learned that a lot of cars were getting vinyl tops and that they could save a lot of money by NOT PAINTING the metal on the car tops that were going to be covered in vinyl. Different years and makes, but it is not uncommon that when you peel off the fabric there is bare metal. No surprise that when the vinyl gets cracked or a pinhole, water gets in and oxidizes the iron. Repair? Pull that chrome molding, pull off all the vinyl and repair the c-pillar like you would a rocker panel. And because it is rusty always assume that there is more seen than unseen. the good news, is that because the metal is going to be covered again in vinyl (sometimes padded) the repair doesn't have to be as smooth as if you were going to paint it black. As for the metal prep beneath the vinyl, you will also be surprised at the poor quality of the solder seam at the c-pillar. 1969-71 Continental Mark III - a painted metal roof was offered as an option only in the first year(s) then the vinyl covering became standard and not changeable. FoMoCo discovered it was cheaper to cover every car than to make nice those that were to be painted. Original metal roof Continentals are rare.
  3. I put the electronic regulator (band type) on my 29 Cad and have never looked back. No more third brush to deal with. It was always charging too strong or too weak. I learned why so many service stations back then did so much battery repairs.
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    Modern cars can not be drained with a hose. Quite likely you cant even get a hose into the tank. For roll-over protection it is typical (required?) to have a one way check valve in the filler tube. Sometimes they have a (tennis sized) ball device that will fall backwards and prevent fuel spillage if the car is on its roof. Making them safer, but not easier to repair. . . .
  5. I dont know what it is, but I can tell you that it is NOT a 1957-60 Ford. Not even the accessory map light that plugged into the lighter. The cloth wires make it look older than 1954. . .
  6. If you need new tires or tubes on any car then you need to fill out THIS form and make a plea to your local ration board. Yeah, six pages. . .
  7. If you have any hope of being able to buy a stored brand new 1942 car in 1943, 1944 you need to fill this out and present it to your ration board.
  8. This is a 1942 Buick Model 41. Basic Special Sedan. It was sitting at Windy Hill Auto Parts in Minnesota. It is a true "essential metals delete" black out car. I dont know the production date, but it must have been real close to February 1942. You will note the mild steel (rusted - NOT stainless) trim and the painted unchromed wiper towers. The olive drab makes it look like it might have been a genuine staff car. (unlike the so many recreations) This is a car that screams the 1942 model year more than any I have ever seen . Too bad it was so far gone. There is an "essential metals delete" 1942 Hudson at NATMUS in Auburn. Sadly it is almost as bad condition. It is also Right hand drive. Was it destined for a RHD country when war broke out? or was it optioned as a mail delivery vehicle? (as I remember it was a top line Commodore model)
  9. Displayed at the Harold Warp, Pioneer Village in Minden Nebraska are two 1942 Chevrolets One an original blackout model. I have also include an additional 42 Chevrolet for general viewing pleasure.
  10. Seems quality and heavy duty, might have been something made for a rental yard.
  11. Agnes Temple (married name) Fatjo came from the family that built this home(s) https://www.homesteadmuseum.org/ there are two on the site. Los Angeles pioneers arriving in 1830, the family experienced all the boom & bust - prosperity and poverty cycles of the era. The family history follows US economic cycles perfectly. After going bust in the crash of 1870 the family was lower to middle class ranching people until they discovered oil in 1917 and soared to extreme wealth again. The children (including Agnes) all went to top boarding schools and universities in the teens and twenties. Souring Real estate investments and oil wells that were going dry, caused them to to go bust again in 1929 and 1930. (Hispanic heritage, her dad moved to Mexico to survive the depression) But by then Agnes had managed to marry into a more sustainable money and she didn't seem to suffer much. I dont know if she and her husband owned property in Tahoe or were just traveling through. (likely Mr. Fatjo took the picture of his wife) While they had some money they would NOT have been on the same level as Mr. Whittell. But it is nice to imagine that perhaps they were going to visit him. And it IS a wonderful image. 🙂
  12. This would be like going into a Chevrolet dealer and buying a step van modified and equipped as a refrigerated milk truck. Yeah, maybe. . .but more than likely you would go the the milk truck builder and tell them you wanted a Chevrolet chassis instead of a Ford or International The market was so small (the entire industry only made about 1000-2000 hearses and ambulance of all types in any given year) and so specialized that if your were in the professional car industry (funeral home or ambulance service) you made the deal with a professional car dealer. Yup, You went to your (local) Superior coach dealer, or the Miller-Meteor dealer. It would not be unusual for these dealers to have a sales territory of 3-4 states. Good chance that you never even went to their building. Either they called on you at YOUR facility or you talked to them at the annual convention. The deal was made and you either took a train to the coach-builder factory and drove the new car back to your Funeral Home (there by breaking the new car in during the trip) or the professional car dealer delivered the new coach to you and took your trade in back to their selling location. The chances of a Cadillac salesman understanding the difference between "manual 3 way table" and a 'powered 3 way table' or being able to discuss the value of the very expensive 'self leveling' option on a side loading coach would be very low. And if you wanted to discuss the current local regulations for ambulance lights and sirens in your community or the advantages/disadvantages of a low, medium or high head room ambulance I think you would get a blank stare. Professional cars are specialized commercial vehicles made to appeal to a customer base that had some very specific technical details to consider. Not a typical Cadillac or Packard, they are commonly misunderstood unless you are in the industry that used one.
  13. A Pierce Arrow by any other name. . . . . ? As I mentioned earlier in the Professional car world the coach builder is more important the chassis builder. Henney coach builders (typically associated with Packard because of their exclusive marketing agreement) did build on other chassis. Notably Oldsmobile and Pierce Arrow. However they were not identified as a Pierce Arrow. They were properly called a "Henney Arrowline". There are no Pierce Arrow scrips or markings on the car. (serial number plate maybe?) but the hubcaps, hood, radiator, etc. all said "Henney" The proper make to be listed on the title would be Henney. . . .
  14. No, the difference in the Professional car world is the difference between a "Limousine" style and a "Landau" style. Being the window version, would make this a "1947 Miller Limousine style end loading hearse on a Cadillac chassis". Proper professional car descriptions ALWAYS put the coach builder ahead of the chassis builder. This is because most coach builders used just one chassis exclusively, so if you know the coach builder, you also know the chassis it was built on. If it had a blank quarter window (with a S-shaped bar) It would be a "1947 Miller Landau style end loading hearse". If this car has a reversible floor (both smooth and casket rollers) and folding jump/attendant seats, then it could be a "1947 Miller Limousine style Combination car". Having the rear door hinged at the quarter panel means that is could also have a side loading (or 3-way) casket table. In which case it would be a 1947 Miller Limousine style side loading hearse. Because you typically want more light when providing care in the back of an ambulance, they were almost always built in the limousine style. But there do exist a very few landau style full ambulances. (not a combination car) Being custom built commercial (work) vehicles, there are about as many combinations available as there would be for a truck body.
  15. Dont think I have seen an oil bath air cleaner converted to a dry type before. . . . Maybe like with the disc brakes and electronic ignition, ALL old technology is bad and ALL new technology is good(?) Clean shiny car. No power windows to deal with.