Lawrence Helfand

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  2. This has all the signs of a Bogus Ebay auction lifted photos and no reserve..Beware!
  3. Looks like another Buick from the Harwood Showroom likely sold long ago. A high end car with lifted pictures ans no reserve most likely bogus..Beware !
  4. Looking for a 1948 Chrysler Business coupe for sale. Preferably with Highlander interior. Not interested in rusty projects and will pay cash for right car.
  5. Looking for a 1948 Chrysler New Yorker Business coupe for sale. Preferably with Highlander interior. Not interested in rusty projects and will pay cash for right car.
  6. I looked at my unmounted set Matt and only a scrap was left under the edge. If I was going to give a try to what profiles you are showing it would be the middle one with a curving edged finger that would be slightly proud of the skirt edge and provide a flexing seal to the inconsistent gaping and provide a transition like a fender welt. The other two profiles dont project enough to provide a visual reveal to soften the edge of the skirt . I think I would rather see a rubber lip on the edge then just a rubber shimmed step. The first one looks fat and a lot less conforming to the scribe of the surface and the last one with the double lip seal sits way inboard of the skirts edge.
  7. No its totally different on a 41. There is just a lever on the backside close to the surface and you reach behind the skirt and give it a yank and it retracts the flat bar stock that catchs the back top edge of the fender. It is a very simple mechanism. The bottom corners are held in place by a simple pair of brackets that catch the fender.
  8. I also have many military friends most gone now and many that were in combat and some genuine hero's and they all were nice guys but some shared an intensity that was a bit intimidating at times and some just wanted to suppress and forget. Dan can be intimidating to his employees at times and his behavior felt very familiar to what I sometimes experienced from some of the guys I knew. You rely on your buddies and have high expectations from them and as a pilot especially then from your aircraft maintenance crew. Your life might depend on it . Some never adapted to civilian life and substituted the missing adrenaline rush with dangerous behavior and confrontational attitudes. They were all honorable but did not leave the military without having been affected by their experiences in both positive and negative ways. Hope that answers your question regarding my comment about Dan. He certainly has a engaging and charming side as well and one has to also assume conflict might be scripted into the production to keep us awake.
  11. Dan had a 41 Buick Special sedanette in the shop for restoration and I made a point of watching the project progress. I would have to say it was laughable with Dan proclaiming how impossible it was to get parts requiring the purchase of another car and that the finished car was not close to original as was stated by Dan to the owner. Some trim missing and incorrect interior finish work most glaringly the dash. He welded up the cracked manifold which is never successful. I was quite disappointed at the result. And there it sits in the backround on every subsequent episode likely waiting for another manifold after the welding failed. Hate to think that the 41 Buick project is representative of the work being done on other cars. I believe Dan was in the Air Force and a helicopter pilot which might account for his harsh demeanor.
  12. Sorry but vinyl chloride film which Minnesota Mining developed in the 1930's and was the only adhesive wrapping film available at the time capable of a semi transparent photo image will not leave a shadow image or etch a metal surface with a pattern. Latent transfer of engine turning onto the steel is not possible and really quite an uninformed conclusion. Its not the shroud of Turin imprinted through decomposing bodily chemicals or the result of solar printing. Doug Sybold can believe this theory but anyone with an eye loop can easily see the machined swirls. You can replicate the same effect using a white rubber ink pen eraser chucked into a drill press. It is a very light imprint and cannot be sanded or steel wooled even with 0000 without diminishing the pattern. Only hand rubbing with a polishing paste like Flitz or Semichrome is safe to a point as you can still ruin the finish. A light Phosphoric solution can help remove light oxidation but if too strong will etch the surface. It is perhaps the lightest damascus finish I have ever seen as compared to other automotive applications. It can be found on dozens of dash boards and exterior trim but unfortunately Buick chose a very delicate process but really not the mystery forwarded here. Its not rocket science
  13. Hi Peter the reason my valve cover is black is because It was swapped out for the red original that was slightly warped and I never got around to painting it red. The one it came with was red. My side cover was black when I got it. The mileage on the car when I bought it was around 27,000 miles with a ton of dirt covering the lines. The service record showed no engine work ever performed outside of a tuneup and oil change in 1963. Five years later in was stored for 45 years and I bought it soon afterwards in untouched condition. My un restored 1941 Century four door parts car was exactly the same with red paint covering fuel and vacuum lines. I could see the factory using a remote fuel source but of course they must have plugged the drive arm hole to retain engine oil. Perhaps they installed the compression nuts and flared the line after testing explaining why they show no paint.
  14. N Nobody called you a liar except you. What I said was figurative surprise not literal accusation. Looks to me from the photo of your dash panel that someone used a buffing wheel and some aggressive buffing compound to remove some rusting and blew right through the pattern which is easy to do if you put a machine buffer to it . It also looks like the lacquer coating got hot along the edge and browned from the buffer heat which you dont see on my photo where the edge is just flaked away with age in a fractal pattern. Thats just what I see from your pic. If you look at the photo I posted you can see the lacquer stripped back by age and the un coated raw steel top section still has a pattern. Also I dont know how you could get a decal to conform to the surface of such a complex shape. The only technology for that in 1941 would have been in ceramic manufacturing my collage major where you have a printed silica and color oxide decal applied with a special shaped applicator and then high fired to a vitreous glaze easily conforming to the curves and bends of a form. On My 1941 Buick four door parts car now in Poland I stripped the remaining lacquer from the dash panels with lacquer thinner so I could remove the oxidation from the bare areas with a mild solution of phosphoric acid and finishing with a hand rubbed Flitz polishing paste. Came out pretty good and I did not lose the pattern to much but some areas became fainter from working it where there was rust pitting. I finished it with rattle can clear lacquer for a decent result. I have had several dash panels to resurrect in the pursuit of finding a better set for my Century sedanette and found them all to suffer from the same condition and have not seen any display a smooth un turned surface where the coating has come off. I still find it hard to believe Doug thinks decals were applied having never seen any evidence of one myself. I would expect after forty years of industrial arts restoration work I could tell the difference. But all that said I am open to evidence of being wrong about the technique for this finishing process. Sorry you were offended Neil none was intended.
  15. Sorry I cannot believe Doug said that. Just to remove the old turned finish takes some work. You must have gotten something mixed up talking with Doug. It is rather obvious it is a traditional damascene finish and not a decal . My own 41 has pretty good panels. they were quite tarnished but I carefully hand worked them and they look pretty good but a lot of my lacquer is flaked off and occasionally I freshen it up by softly hand rubbing it with Flitz paste so the bare metal wont tarnish. I have considered stripping the remaining lacquer and respraying the tinted clear. Neil it sounds like your panels were buffed smooth removing all the turning before you got it perhaps leaving nothing left for you to see. Read page 68 of Andersons book 1941 Buick restoration facts. In this photo you can clearly see the tinted lacquer has flaked off the top and the un coated damascene finish remains above. No decal just un plated steel.