chistech

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  1. I was one of their listed installers specializing in early chevy. I was just at the facility about a month ago picking up my 32’ Olds Convertible roof that I had paid for over a year ago. I kept getting told they were out of T39 material which is one of the most common roofing materials used for our cars. It’s a Haartz product which is just a town over so I called Haartz about getting some and was told no problem so I offered to purchase theT39 myself so they could finish my roof. They got it done without me having to do that but owed me two roof boots in the same material. I kept calling and sending emails and they arrived a few weeks ago. I knew something was wrong over a year ago and didn’t feel I was being told the truth. I even mentioned I had a customer needing a 29 coupe interior and Scott took me over to the material area and showed me bolts of the correct material saying no problem, they could get it quickly to me. The whole time he had to know he wasn’t planning on doing that and that bothers me to say the least. Not sure if the Ez-Boy division thatwas moved to Maine is still operating or not. The sale is of assets to pay off the creditors so if someone is to buy just the assets and not the business, they won’t assume the debt which would be the only way for someone to purchase it. Possibly another interior company will purchase them as there’s not many GM interior companies. They had plenty of business but either the debt was too high to overcome the income or the business was just not run correctly. People like Cam, Donna, and Angel were always great with me and tried their best to satisfy their customers.
  2. Red inner fenders were in case one hit an animal and there was blood involved. Same as generals wearing brown pants during a battle! 😂
  3. I don't know the specific yardage but with Lebarron Bonney claiming bankruptcy, there will be fabric available in the sale of items. I know they have the fabric in at least the blue and green as I personally saw it. The bolts of material had many yards on it. The material for the interior is very much like a soft corduroy.
  4. I too have left phone messages and email messages to my contact and the owner with no reply. Over the last year there were many changes made due to the building they were located in being sold. The new building owner wanted a large increase in sq. footage rental. LB moved the office operations across the street and the physical operations to a much smaller adjoining building. The business was split from the classic car/restoration interiors and the EZ-Boy, not original, more modern type interiors with the EZ-Boy segment moving to ME and the original replacement interiors staying in Amesbury. I looked up bankruptcy filings in MA and it shows that they filed for chapter 7 so it looks like it's true. Not sure if there's any other companies making GM restoration interiors out there but there is now an opportunity for immediate business one would think.
  5. Chevy stovebolt 6's from 29' up to the mid thirties used a vane pump as standard. Have always had no issue with the vane pumps. The Chevy wasn't pressurized so the pump's operation was to flow oil to the troughs for the dippers, the center main bearing, the rocker shafts, and to spray on the timing gears. At temp oil pressure was often 10-12psi.
  6. Went to my moms house today to mount my front fenders. Had to pull the radiator and the shell to make it easier. Found I had to reroute my fuel line at the front passenger side motor mount area. It was hitting the inside edge of the fender so a little bending and maneuvering and I got it all set. My brother and my wife helped out today so I had a couple extra sets of hands. Mounted the headlight bars with headlights and horns. Starting to look like something now. With my 31’ Chevy parked next to my Olds it’s easy to see just how much bigger and grander the Olds will be. 7 1/2” of wheelbase is a big difference.
  7. Mike, here are a couple of pictures of my bow made by Restorer 32 (from these forums) and it has the groove that John mentions.
  8. My 32’ Olds had one T rivet at the bottom of the bow through the iron and the rest were wood screws. Not knowing how to replicate this rivet I bored the end of the rivet for a machine screw so from the iron side, it all looks like wood screws. From the outside of the bow it still has the T bolt.
  9. As already said, Jim Rodman from Autowood and Bill Cartwright from KC wood do make excellent wood pieces and kits with both being backlogged on orders for at least a couple years. If they have odd pieces available they will sell them but both have few pieces for 31’s. Classic wood makes pieces pretty fast and do very good work but the problem is their patterns are not alway correct and any piece I order from them I do not have them drill any holes as they have been incorrect in every piece that was pre-drilled. The other issue is if their pattern is wrong, the piece you need is wrong. They are originally a Ford wood company and are not as experienced with the names or locations of different parts. Ricky is a good guy and will try his best to get you the correct piece(s). Another problem you will have is your model is fairly rare even in a 31’ model. Not sure if you have a rumble or trunk but there are some pieces that would be common with other models. Some cross sills, rear main sill, hinge pillars, cowl header, and probably the kick ups would cross. I would suspect the main sills would be model specific with it being a 3 window. Don’t know this for sure and I’m just going by what I’ve seen among models.
  10. Those might have been made by a Japanese dentist. There was a dentist who was famous for constructing exact scale models out of aluminum. Every part was built using factory blueprints. Years of construction in each one. Incredible work.
  11. Thought I’d post a few more pictures of more work on the Dauntless. Got a picture of the LEDs flashing in the front machine gun barrels. Now some more paint work and a few other mechanical things and it will be done. Should have mentioned that there are no decals on this plane. Everything is cut stencils that are cut in place on the planes surface. Just the right touchis required to cut the stencil paper and not the planes surface. I used this technique on my Olds wheels stencils. I’ve had a lot of practice cutting stencils!
  12. No, I’ll be leaving it just as it is. The chance I’d be able to find the correct size or font would be hard enough and then if I was just a smidge off, it would look restamped. That would no longer look original. I know it’s there, it shows just enough, and I have pictures now to document it’s there.
  13. Meant to post this the other day. While wet sanding down the body to get it ready for paint, we found this in the drivers side rear inner fender well. In most cars these panels rot out right along the bottom where this number was stamped so I’ve never read anywhere of anyone finding one before. You can see it’s close to the bottom of the panel where it bends under the kickup. This area took a beating both from the elements outside and the wood getting wet on the inside. Especially for a roadster, my cars sheet metal was in exceptional condition. The number is definitely a 1 32 which I believe to be a date of production code for my body. By my cars serial number I’ve determined it to be a mid to late February production so a body with a January production date seems like it would fit. I keep finding out and learning more on these Olds. It seems these cars were better marked and serialized than most believe them to have been.
  14. Hi Neil, thanks for your info, I actually have a few electric aircraft. These days, the only issues I have is with my electric aircraft. Whether a battery going bad or an ESC going out and crashing a P47, the electrics are more problematic for me. I enjoy the sound and smell of glow four strokes. I also enjoy the challenge of installing an IC engine in an airframe. Routing fuel tanks, exhausts, etc., are all things when done right and kept out of sight as much as possible is what it's about. Installing electric motors is real easy and quick but I'm not really into that. The one thing I have to disagree with is the AUW of the electrics. When building warbirds for example, the batteries end up weighing more than a comparable IC setup. Yes, you can paint latex but you can do that with gas engine planes also. I'll be one of those guys who's the last to change but I still don't mind the cost of glow fuel, wiping down a plane as it lets me check over my whole airframe after the day, and hauling around the starting stuff. Another thing I hate is waiting for big battery packs to charge. Even small packs take an average of 30 minutes for about 4-7 minutes of flight time. On my glow planes, as long as my on board battery is a large MaH one, I can fly, land, refuel, and immediately fly again. Hey, I'm an old car type guy, and an old glow fuel RC plane guy! LOL
  15. Thanks Jerry. The Dauntless normally is a great flyer and hopefully this model should fly good too. The biggest thing with a model this size (55” wingspan) is the wing loading or all upweight vs. wing area. I’m pushing this one some as it is a nine channel plane with lots of stuff on board. It has the basic throttle, elevator, rudder, and ailerons but it also has retractable landing gear, flaps, dive brakes, bomb drop, and machine gun sounds/led lights. Normally, warbird models build nose light so often nose weight needs to be added. I always try to add useful weight like a heavier engine, bigger or double battery packs,etc. Im estimating this Dauntless is going to come in about 8.5-9lbs which will make it fly well but give lots of caution when flying slow and dirty (with flaps deployed). Still got a lot of details to add and I’m starting to put the airframe back together so I can determine the center of gravity. I achieve that normally with battery pack and other internal placements. Sometimes, nothing beats the old lead on the firewall!
  16. In between working at my full time job, I try and spread my time out on this Olds, a customers 34’ Chevy pickup I’m doing, remodeling my wife’s kitchen, and getting a new RC airframe ready for this upcoming flying season. I know way back I posted a few pictures of a Dauntless Dive bomber that I had been working on. I had started back on it a couple months back and with the help of my good RC flying buddy, it’s getting done. Gerry is a professional artist and scrimsham. He does incredible work to say the least in his job of scrimshaw. So, like my cars, I don’t paint my model planes either as I could never do the quality of work Gerry does so why waste my time trying. Through the years we’ve always worked on the “one hand washes the other” premise as I help and do a fair amount of the mechanical work on his aircraft. We still power are models with four stroke glow fuel combustion engines and I have the “touch” when it comes to setting them up just right. When flying a nicely built scale model, the last thing wanted is an engine flame out so a reliable running engine is a must. So with that too long of an introduction, here are some recent photos of my Dauntless progress towards the maiden flight. Still a couple weeks out but getting close. By the way, seeing since this thread is about my 32’ Olds, I’ll be bolting up the front fenders to the chassis along with the fuel tank apron this week. The body is just about finished prepped and will possibly go to paint next week or definitely the week after. Getting excited again.
  17. Rear in a Cabriolet is rubber mat, again with the fisher logo. Those are the hard ones to find.once you have a repop, then they are cut a very specific way to fit correctly on the floor. All the GM convertibles with windows used the same rear deck mat. I called them convertible with windows as the name varied depending on the GM brand but they were all the same as your Chevy Cabriolet. Chevy, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and 50 series Buick. I am currently restoring my 32’ Olds and I have the correct cutting pattern from an original mat. Might have a source for the mat also.
  18. Not to make you more miserable Joe, I’m over here in Dartmouth MA, about 35-40 miles as the crow flies from you but I’m right on the coast. I got about 3” of slush that I basically squee-geed off my driveway. Even a mile further north and away from the coast got a few inches more than me. My wife always complains that our summers aren’t warm soon enough because of the ocean being so close so I always remind her how fortunate we are in the winter because of ocean keeping the temps up enough for rain instead of snow. Of course, every once in a while a big nor-easter has to go and screw that up by dumping feet on us! Now, back to the actual topic, don’t you hate how it seems no matter how big of swing or length of bed on our tools that we have, we always seem to come up with an important project that’s ALWAYS too big!! Fan does look good.
  19. No top, no fenders, no headlights.......The first speedster is born!
  20. As we all know, anything can be reproduced, it’s the cost of the reproduction that stops most of us. There are many things I just can’t afford that I’d love to get done so when I think there’s something I can do myself, with my tools and informal education, I start thinking on how I can accomplish it. I look at my time spent trying something is at worst a failure, but more often, an education, and by our failures, we learn to succeed more with each additional try.
  21. Worked just over a couple hours on my mold plate. Got all the tooling marks out then cut in the fine grooves in four ribs. Still a dozen or so to go. This is why no one wants to make molds or pay for them as there is tons of hours into the machining. My tool works like a file and though I didn’t count, there’s probably over 200 passes to get the grooves to the correct depth. A little PB blaster seems to help the tool cut better but after 4-6 passes, I have to use a dental pick and compressed air to clear the cutters. It’s a process that takes a lot of time. After the fine grooves are cut, i then sand the tops of each rib to remove any flashing caused from the cutters. I tried applying more pressure and ended up breaking out one row of teeth in the cutter but it still works fine. Might end up having to get a second set of cutters.
  22. Thank you John. Now that I’m at the top of the hill, it feels like I’m a little stuck but I not really. I currently have every part to complete the restoration except the gauge cluster panel which doesn’t go in until the end anyway so now it’s really just the paint to get this ball rolling. Gillie actually has the other front fender and the fuel tank apron done but didn’t bring it because we had extreme high winds and he didn’t want to risk trying to handle the pieces which was fine with me. Last thing we need is any hanger rash. He has some commitments this week so won’t be back until Saturday. We’re getting some snow this week and it’s coming down right now making for a fun morning tomorrow.
  23. From the early thirties. His mats with fisher logo are very close to my Olds and I’m using them. I believe he has them for different series cars also.
  24. Thanks for your compliments. Mac Blair had mats custom made for Buick’s. I need to contact him anyway so I’ll ask if he can help you out with who did his tooling.