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  1. I assume that the body is wood framed. The words "completely disassembled" and wood framing are very scary when used together. Why was the body disassembled? Was the wood rotten? Are the wood pieces usable or even patternable? I started with 50s & 60s cars and am now moving slowly into 'ancient cars'. I have learned that the mechanicals (restored frame) are the easiest parts of the job. Suggestion: post pictures of the body. What are you facing. The repair needs may be more akin to a carpentry skills than to a mechanical ability.
  2. I have used my bubble balancer to make usable some rather non-standard wheels. My 66 Ford 1 ton (dually) tow truck with split rims (tubes and flaps) came home from tire installation with a hell of a bounce. Huge center hole, too big for the cone on the balancer so I lined it up visually on the bubble balancer flange and put weights on the rim until the bubble was in the middle. Heavy assembly I think it used 4-5 ounces(?) but it was enough to smooth it out. Friend had a 35 Pierce Arrow very original car with new tires on original wires. Again an obvious out of balance tire. I centered it visually on the bubble machine and because the wheel had no lip to hammer the weights to, I ended up putting them against the rim and securing them under the trim ring They stayed in place for the next 2-3 years that he had the car. Bubble machines may not be the absolute best, but I have found they get the job done.
  3. http://www.karpspb.com/booster.htm These folks have done all of mine
  4. Hummmmm. . .perhaps an old style bubble balancer would meet your needs? There is no spinning forces involved, all it needs to do is sit there.
  5. I dont want to use the word 'sold', but the car is now gone from my driveway. Sometimes it just takes a while to move some metal.
  6. Actually not a hearse but a "Combination car". The interior can carry either a casket OR a gurney. The panels in the floor flip over reveling either a smooth surface for a cot or rollers for a casket. It also has both a bar on the left side to hold the cot and holes in the floor to secure the bier pins to hold the casket. There are also two jump seats to accommodate attendants. The siren was under the hood and the (generally) single red light on the roof could be attached/removed with a big wing nut. These could be used as an ambulance (generally to bring people home from the hospital or to a convalescent home, not 911 emergency work) or more commonly to transport a non-casketed body such as when making a removal from a hospital or residence.
  7. m-mman


    Hummmmmm. . . . good advice However, I am wondering about your adjective 'pre-war' fans? Why might a 1935 fan be bad, and a 1950 fan be OK? in the late 60s early 70s Ford used a thin metal flex fan and they were the subject of a recall due to breaking. Checking any fan would be a good idea, but I am not sure how to check for cracks that are not easily seen.
  8. After seeing all the pictures of Henney roadsters, I have to speak up. Henney was a builder of Professional cars. They built Hearses and ambulances. The passenger cars built are minuscule, your part most likely came from a hearse. In the early years they did use some of their own components, but generally they used a purchased chassis. Packard of course, but also Oldsmobiles and Pierce Arrows. When they did use these chassis they always swapped the emblems & hubcaps to show only the Henney name. I think that this the book that you need to be searching through: https://www.amazon.com/Henney-Motor-Company-Complete-History/dp/1583882332
  9. As I remember the 83 did have only a 2 row core (maybe 3, but definitely NOT 4) but it did have a shroud. The 64 had an accessory fan but no shroud. Today I know the 1964 A/C cars had them, but back then dad had no understanding. I was only 5-10 years old when we had the 64, so there are a lot of missing bits of information. I think dad removed the thermostat in an attempt at better cooling because we never had an effective heater in the winter. I dont think a recovery tank would have helped the 64 because it heated up quickly and blew blew out the coolant, (who knows the cap pressure??) leading to greater overheating. Yes, a recovery tank would have helped REFILL the radiator after it overheated, but we always stopped and did that ourselves. The recovery tank never played a role on the 83 as the coolant never overpressurized the cap enough to fill the bottle and then return to the system later. It just never got over normal temp (195 thermostat?) and never lost any coolant.
  10. Oh he tried everything. . . . And I learned a bunch of new words during those times that have served me to today when I become frustrated. Eventually he mounted a 5 gallon can under the hood with a electric fuel pump that sucked water from the can and dribbled it from a perforated copper tube across the top radiator tank. (evaporation cooling) As we went up a hill and the temp began to rinse (accessory gauge under the dash - Chevrolet used a hot light) dad would hit the switch and dribble water on the radiator and the temp went right down again. During these evaporative cooling situations, we also began to get other drivers honking and waving that we had a water 'leak'. We would wave back (they always wondered why we weren't concerned) and continue on up the hill. The dribbled water did eventually erode the solder on the top tank (had to fix it on the road) and we spent an extra day in a campground a few times while dad replaced the electric fuel/water pump. One of those creative things that men did back then to solve a problem instead of complaining about it.
  11. Yeah, and I have never understood why but way back then radiators just didnt seem to 'work' as well as they do today. I grew up in my parents 1964 Chevrolet Belair wagon (327 powerglide) towing a 16 foot house trailer every year on vacations. It ALWAYS overheated and boiled on EVERY hill. Yeah dad did everything imaginable to make it run cooler but it never did. By 1983 parents had a class c motorhome (Chevrolet van chassis - 350 auto) and it NEVER overheated! summer-winter-uphill or down. Everything seemed the same and I could never figure out the difference. Back then, how and where you operated made a difference. Not all antifreeze was 'permanent' . They still offered (and people used) alcohol antifreeze. Thermostats were something that you just fussed with. You put them in and took them out and changed the rating depending whether it was summer or winter. With your cars today experiment around and find something that you like and matches how and when you drive. There are few set rules for the exact thermostats.
  12. Yeah as discussed above . . . . . 'if only. . . .' I took the car in but it is (sadly) slowly overstaying its welcome. I need the space for my other projects, some type of clearance will happen this summer one way or anther.
  13. Nice car, but I wondered about the interior. It is not fabric. (Leather? Vinyl?) Did Plymouth have a non-fabric interior option?
  14. Yeah, a Federal model 66 siren-light combination. Mechanical (growler) sirens were used unchanged for decades. (if it aint broke dont fix it) Per the serial number and company records they can sometimes be dated by year but in the world of emergency vehicle collectors the exact year of production is not as important as the style. This is a basic type. Federal had a bigger (diameter) siren (Q2B) that is more sought after. A B&M Super chief siren has a jet intake style and is reportedly louder still but not as common. The red light is a debatable feature. Some people like the design (and having one more red light to shine) but its placement does interfere with the air intake and it is said that it makes the siren not as loud. . . . . If you intend to use one the sirens are the same but there are many, many different mounting bases. Fire trucks generally have a flat universal type mount, but ambulances vary greatly as the siren needs to be horizontal relative to the varying angles of the passenger car style roof.
  15. As an FYI 1942 year model cars were rare in 1942. After tapering off during November-December of 1941, Production stopped completely in Jan-Feb of 1942. All new 1942 cars were impounded and rationed and you needed permission to be able to buy one. This car likely belonged to someone who had status/influence. Today limos are commonly rented for the drive away from the church. Back then it seemed to be common to borrow someone's brand new (status type) car for the drive and pictures. Perhaps this was the case for your parents?
  16. For your viewing pleasure. Exact location is unknown but the photographer stamped on the back was in San Francisco.
  17. Complete and full ownership of this vehicle has been passed to me. I have full legal title to the vehicle. I am telling the story of the car in an effort to describe the car's provenance. . . .
  18. Yeah, I brought that up earlier. Rust repair vs.shipping. . . . Interesting how when there was no title the discussion was "OMG getting a title is just too difficult to fool with!" Then the seller found the (original) title and the discussion of the difficulty in shipping a car pops up. "Its too expensive", You cant ship a non-running car" Folks, the car needs a good home. I know that every collector car advertisement I look at I always add shipping cost to the asking price and see if it makes sense for me. For this car I am offering it basically just for the cost of shipping. In fact if somebody could convince me that they would actually give it a caring home I would probably just give it to them. (and all they have to pay is the shipping) I know it is not a muscle car. It is not a convertible. It is not a valuable car. BUT it is one of the most iconic and recognizable cars ever produced. Beyond the repairable mechanics, it is in very nice condition. OK if you dont like 4 doors. OK if you think Edsels are ugly. OK if you think a 'pink' car is a girl's car, but maybe you can just be honest with yourself, stop making excuses and admit that you are just not interested in this particular car. I said that it was a starter car and perhaps you are a more advanced hobbyist. That is fine, just be honest.
  19. Here is the Daimler. The caption said "Verbie Sharp shows his 1931 Daimler to military friends in England in 1958" Car described as a Corsica DHC. Seems as though this is the car that won Pebble in 2006. . .
  20. The gift that keeps giving, the seller was digging through his grandfather's papers and found the owner's manual. It is still available. I have no space, it is sitting outside. I bolted the transmission back in (no converter) reattached the cross member and replaced the bolts grandpa removed from the steering. It is now ready to easily load and transport. Cant someone please give this car a home and keep it from deteriorating?
  21. Yes! As a younger person he may prefer to get all his information from Youtube, but with old cars having the original paper is the best. They are common and relatively inexpensive on eBay. There are versions that have been scanned onto CDs and electronic media if he is turned off by actual paper. 😉 But do have him start by reading the original documentation.
  22. m-mman

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    The three small lights together (amber to front and red to rear) were required by and indicated a vehicle above a certain GVW rating. You can still see them over the cabs of some late model big dually pickups.
  23. Yeah, tracing the serial number would be a start but I am having trouble finding where it is shown on the pages. Google translate (photo image version) has trouble with the 'old English' font. Can somebody decipher the critical bits? The bottom right corner seems to have been intentionally cut off. Perhaps the title was canceled? All the European sold 1930s Merccedes must have had similar title papers, but I have never seen them shown or discussed. A newspaper article that accompanied the papers says that the serviceman owner also had a Daimler Double Six 'convertible victoria'. While he did not own it for long or restore it, he later saw it featured on a classic car calendar. So it did survive.