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  1. A photo that is in focus and shows more detail would be of help
  2. The car coming toward the camera in front of the mail truck, looks like a 65-66 Chevrolet. Possibly the first snowfall of the season. I surmise that the Buick was a 10 year old junker and likely had a ragged top already. The top had been left down the night before the snowfall but the door windows were up, so maybe the occupants were trying to get some protection from the cold but not yet snowy conditions. Likely that the car did not remain on the streets (or operational) for the remainder of the season.
  3. My 1959 Lincoln came to me with a spring hooked under the dash to pull the pedal up. I rebuilt the booster and it would not return. I had the booster professionally rebuilt and it STILL would not return. Eventually I pulled apart the entire pedal linkage. Turns out they were dry and 'stuck'. I polished and lubricated the pins (There are two pivot pins on 59 Lincolns and they have nylon bushings) and without being attached, the pedal system (finally) swung freely and now returns properly with the booster. People readily repair the booster, but dont think about pulling apart all the linkage for cleaning and lubrication.
  4. It doesn't look so junky . . . I wonder if perhaps they were moving it to a place to have a body added? (Commercial? Depot hack?) Maybe from the dealer to the body works?
  5. m-mman

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    The area with the tangs seems to imply that the opening 'pipe' that this would cover is only 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter. That is an awfully small hole for a radiator and for an old fuel tank filler pipe. That size might be appropriate for the smaller unleaded fuel openings of the 70s - 80s but the diecast top is too high a quality for that era. Without a pressure relief it would not function as a radiator cap but the rubber washer is intended to make it seal rather than just cover.
  6. Sometimes the script word was F88D. This continued into the 1950s onto cheap wheel covers. And yes, always cheap flash plating, never stainless steel. Another way they kept the price down.
  7. Buick I dont know. (but 1967 would have been a 6 way seat) They are NOT 1964 Lincoln. My guess is that they are from the early 1950s (Not much later than 1957) The first power accessories (windows and seat) in the late 1940s were hydraulic which became problematic over time. In the 1952+ years there was experimentation to move to electromechanical. It is expensive to use two separate motors (one for up/down and one for forward/back) By the middle 50s they learned how to use one motor to provide the two different motions.
  8. As I look at them I am seeing the motors for a power seat system, (4 way) but I cant remember the application. The link without the spring moves it forward and back the link with the spring moves it up and down.
  9. Nobody built better boot scrapers into the running boards than Castagna The other Plymouths are nice too.
  10. "Factory"?? I dont think any manufacture stamped and assembled their own tissue dispensers. They all would have been made by the same folks who sold them at PEP boys and Western Auto. Sometimes the same design would be offered by different auto makers. A big company (GM) would have a large enough order that they could have had their name/logo placed on it, but again they would be from an outside contractor. This results in hundreds of different designs. The designs and styles for these things also changed over the years as the tissue companies (Kleenex) changed their boxes and the dispensers had to change to adapt. I have had many tissue dispensers over the years that were useless as you could no longer get tissues in that size/style. International Harvester? They would be the last folks to make their own tissue dispenser. However to identify the 'correct' accessory for any given year, the best place to consult is the accessory literature for that make & year. To sell the (very profitable) tack on accessories, automakers always produced well photographed books and salesmen pieces showing the items installed and in use. Parts books rarely had images of these trinket items as it was known that the design might change in subsequent years. Changes that would not affect the function.
  11. Cover a single car in the showroom until announcement night.. . . Makes sense. The immediate postwar years of 46--8 didn't need a big announcement to promote sales. Everything was new in 49, then they stayed the same until 52. 1953 would have a big hoopla introduction and then the tradition of the 'big reveal' on announcement night would continue until around the very early 60s. After that the car magazines were regularly publishing spy photos and secret drawings of the new models, so the need to keep a car hidden until announcement night would become increasingly meaningless. I am no Chevrolet expert, but the logos seem to be from the earlier 53-57 era(?) It is a VERY RARE item by survival. Value? who knows.
  12. Likely it would modulate (or turn off) the front brakes in a truck air brake system. Stopping the braking action on the front wheels would allow more control in a wet/slippery situation Sticker on dash likely said "Increase - Decrease" and was pointed to by the arrow.
  13. Yes. Pushing in supplies compressed air to the 'spring brakes' releasing them so they will roll. Pulling it out (or breaking the air line to the trailer) lets air escape and the springs automatically apply the brakes in a full lock situation. Today this control would be a yellow diamond shape.
  14. The problem with Chevrolet parts is that so many have been reproduced (and to a good quality) that they have driven down interest (and price) in the old originals. I once saw an old pitted 56 hood ornament at a swap meet. Looked original. Turned it over and it was a reproduction that had become old and worn. The reproduction parts are your competitors.
  15. No not a shipping cover. Those would be disposed of as soon as they were removed. What is it made out of? My guess is that it is a PRE ANNOUNCEMENT cover for either the showroom windows or maybe a singe car in the showroom. Announcement night was a very big thing in the 50s and keeping the new models out of sight until their official unveiling was very important.
  16. Pierce Arrow 'streamlined' ??? No, that's not what the headlights were all about. In 1913 even airplanes were hardly streamlined. They were for better illumination (and yes brand identification) Read more about it here http://www.pierce-arrow.org/features/feature27/index.php As for the original topic - custom bodies on low priced chassis- No one has mentioned that the bodies seem to have more 'Classic" status than the chassis. Consider that this Plymouth is a Classic and a Rolls Royce made into a flat bed truck is not. A Model L Lincoln made into a tow truck (as the factory recommended that its dealers do) is not displayable as a Classic. . .
  17. This type of triangular washer fluid bottle was standard equipment under the hood of every 1966 full size Mercury.
  18. Hummmmm . . . Thanks. The late teens and early twenties is an unfamiliar to me.
  19. I am thinking that you are correct. This just might be "The Most Beautiful Car in America". . . . The use of Bowl headlights during the time when others were using drums, adds to the suspicion. I will attribute the vertical windshield to a modification made to accommodate the accessory solid top.
  20. I am thinking this has a GM look to it, Buick came to mind, but the radiator to cowl is completely straight. No outside handles, space between doors (7 pass?) Is that thing on the running board in front of the rear wheel a light or a suspension/spring access point? The solid top might be a "Detroit Weatherproof"
  21. Opps! you are correct. This is what happens when you try to find an image while you are at work. While the scan is not the best, here is the interior of a 1927 P1 town car by Clark of Wolverhampton commissioned by a director of Woolworths. This interior would never appear in an open car. And the original broad lace over mohair in my basic Fisher body 1929 Cad town sedan.
  22. Correct this is a 1928 Cadillac 341A. The 1929 341B had lights on the fender. Cadillac (And LaSalle) models used their CID as the model indicator. The letters indicated the year from first production. Most V-8 CID changed within 2 years so there is generally only an A & B model, however the V-12 (370) and the V-16 (452) had models 370A, through E . The 452 also ran from model 452A through E. Eventually Cad advertising promoted their famous "V-8, V-12, V-16" tag lines and the model 'numbers' faded away.
  23. I am an admirer of a great sedan also. It was the target body style for a Classic era buyer. I feel that a great sedan is as much about the interior as the exterior. Open cars look sporty but a closed car has to transmit a certain comfort or elegant to its occupants sitting inside. Sadly interiors dont seem to receive the appreciation and photo documentation they deserve. Trimming an open car in smooth hides seems to be lacking in creativity. While a closed car is a display board for rolls, pleats, cubby holes, map pockets, arm rests, etc. (yes some of these existed on open cars) as well as the use of things like broad lace or other embroidery. A closed car is where the art of the trimmer really shines. Does anybody have preferences between; wool? or mohair? Bedford cord? (maybe exotic furs?) You might kick your shoes off in the back of a closed car, but not an open car. Were mouton carpets used during the classic era? (dont know that I have seen them) What about full leather interiors in closed Classics? Leather is the reflexive indicator of 'luxury' today, but it always seems out of place on an authentic closed Full Classic. The cabinetry is another place to admire a quality closed Classic.
  24. And the name 'green jalopy' suggest that it was painted "Sportsmen Green". A very bright color (chartreuse) color that everyone who saw it would have remembered.
  25. I totally agree. I am working to get them turned around but the museum isnt ready to do that yet, and since its not my car . . . . This is again further reason to research the car and hopefully come up with a photo of when it was new.