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  1. We don't get out as much as we'd like to but here we are at the Waterbury, VT VAE show last August. I'm not in the picture but my wife, Nelli is, wearing her 1st prize winning costume. And, although it's can't be seen in this photo she was carrying a Wendell Willkie for President handkerchief which I'm sure helped convince the judges she was dressed appropriately for the time period. The car is our 1940 LaSalle Model 52.
  2. If you resize the photos to a smaller size they will load to this page.
  3. Any chance you could post a few more pictures? And, maybe tell us where it's located. Wes in VT
  4. 55 - 57 Tbirds are well represented on the internet by parts suppliers, clubs, forums etc. Brake parts are easily obtainable. Here's some sources for you: https://www.macsautoparts.com/ford_thunderbird/?ne_ppc_id=1161&ne_key_id=21516967&ne_sadid=304431113685&cm_mmc=google-_-Thunderbird+Non+Branded-_-Exact-_-1957+thunderbird+parts&cm_guid=1-_-100000000000000029874-_-304431113685&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvobphpGv4QIVEoTICh237wb-EAAYASAAEgI63PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds https://www.larrystbird.com/1955-1957-ford-thunderbird-products/ https://www.npdlink.com/1955-1957-thunderbird https://www.ctci.org/ https://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.net/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=3 Good luck. Wes in VT
  5. There are escrow services out there that might be of interest to you. Be aware there are fraudulent services in addition to the legitimate ones. You might also want to find someone near the car to go look at it to ascertain that it actually exists and possibly provide a report of condition. Many club members are willing to help. Some expect to be paid, others will do it as a favor. You didn't indicate the make, year or model of car you are interested in but it would behoove you to find someone who knows something about the type of car you're interested in rather than one with only general knowledge. I'm sure others on this forum can offer more suggestions. Wes in VT
  6. Here in Burlington, VT what used to be the Lake View Buick dealership building is still in use, but not as a car dealer anymore. On the back corner of the left side of the building is an overhead door that opens to a ramp that goes to the second floor where the parts & service departments were situated. The building was new in 1924 and ceased being a dealership in 1972. The new & used cars were parked on a lot across the street. There's a building on that lot now. Wes in VT
  7. Have you tried posting this inquiry on the Cadillac LaSalle forum? http://forums.cadillaclasalleclub.org/index.php?board=10.0 Wes in VT
  8. Back in the day when I was in the service dept. at the local Buick dealer we ran into this a lot here in the state of Vermont. What would bring the car in was either a brake or fuel leak. Many times, the area that was leaking was at or near the pipe clamps. It was quickly discovered that other soft areas were present at nearly every other pipe clamp. So, we'd end up replacing the pipe from one end to the other. We'd also replace the fuel pipes because they were in similar condition. There were other instances where we'd see a car come in with a fuel leak and we'd see brand new brake pipes. The customer had just been somewhere else to get the brake pipes fixed and the other garage failed to do their customer the favor of replacing the fuel pipes at the same time so the customer was forced to pay twice. So, my recommendation is to replace all of the pipes and be done with it. Wes in VT
  9. Yes, Customs is involved with any package shipped out of the country. If you are shipping a box the post office will give you a form to fill out detailing what you're sending, it's country of origin and value. Usually, the receiver will be responsible for paying any duty fees and import taxes. Those fees & taxes can be significant depending on where it's going. You also need to be cognizant of package size restrictions and restricted items. Your best bet is to go to the USPS website and take a look under the "International" tab. There's a lot of info there for you to look at. Wes in VT
  10. Nope, me either. That's why I posted the pix. All I could think is it was some kind of actuator for a seat or a tailgate.
  11. Tinindian, Good guess but I'm told by the guys on the CLC forum it is a Dirx light switch for a 1941 Caddy. Single year switch.
  12. Someone I know came across this switch. Any ideas as to what it does & what it comes from? He said it was in a box with 30s - 40s Cadillac stuff but there were other random parts in the same box. Wes in VT
  13. Keiser31, he did't say he was looking for the best, he said he was looking to spend a total of $60.00. I agree this Amazon tool is probably not the best there is and I have no knowledge regarding its life expectancy. I was just pointing out there is one that fits his budget. I also agree it may not last a lifetime of daily use. I would say it would be up to the OP to make his own cost / benefit analysis. Also, because it's Amazon he can use it and return it and get all of his money back if he only needs it once during the purchase return period. Not that I would ever do that. I did a quick search and found these... Here's an American made one that fits his price criteria. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cornwell-PU-826-Axle-Drum-Brake-Wheel-Hub-Puller/263979393399?epid=4024593964&hash=item3d7665e177:g:pC0AAOSwKDpbuoII And this one might be worth watching... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ken-Tool-T-500-Axle-Drum-Brake-Wheel-Hub-Puller/302940154581?hash=item4688a3ead5:g:-B8AAOSwHu5b2LB8 Or this one. It's a bit out of his price range but not by too much. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Craftsman-3-Leg-Brake-Drum-Hub-Puller-Tool-Model-9-46641-Made-in-USA/372487989024?epid=1630477478&hash=item56ba03a720:g:ETgAAOSwab1b2io0 Or, this one. https://chico.craigslist.org/tls/d/craftsman-hub-puller/6733328723.html Or, this one https://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/tls/d/hub-puller-striker-set/6735804367.html Or, this one https://charlotte.craigslist.org/tls/d/hub-drum-puller/6738241193.html Or, this one https://nashville.craigslist.org/pts/d/vintage-blue-point-hub-puller/6694779786.html These things are out there. Sometimes you have to do a little looking. Wes in VT.