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  1. Here's a new one for '61-'62 that is supposed to work. Read their note about the filler neck: https://vansauto.com/product/gas-tank-61-62-newport-300-new-yorker-windsor-800-23-gallon/
  2. Well, that looks like a great place to market the Alvis. Unfortunately, I registered and entered an ad on December 20th and my account still shows the ad publishing status as "pending." Perhaps the person who approves new accounts has been on holiday. I will attempt to make contact now that said holidays have passed. Anyway, thanks Bernie. As a side benefit, I have enjoyed reading about some of your recent adventures and projects so I will be checking back here at the British forum more often. The Alvis is not mine - posting for a relative - but I do have a Series 2 E-Type FHC: Andy in Chicago
  3. Chicago's Motor Row has a number of old dealership buildings slowly being redeveloped. There's one car dealer there, a brewery, event space(s). Bob Joynt does an architecture tour there with the Chicago Architecture Center. Quote from their site below https://www.architecture.org/tours/detail/motor-row/ "Take a trip back into the Golden Age of the automobile when all your automotive needs could be found in what remains the most intact historic automotive mall in the United States. The Landmark Motor Row Historic District contains more than 50 buildings related to early 20th century automotive history...Chicago's Motor Row Historic District is recognized as an official Historic Landmark District. During the first part of the 20th century over 100 automobile manufacturers and dealers established dealerships on Michigan Ave. between 14th and 24th Streets including Hudson, Marmon, Thomas Flyer, Cadillac, Premier, F.I.A.T. Stevens Duryea, Locomobile, Auburn and Cord. Architects prominent in the era like Alfred Alschuler, Philip Maher, Holabird and Roche and others found the automotive industry a prime source of commissions. Many significant buildings in a variety of styles remain in this once thriving district known as Motor Row." Wiki page has a number of recent photos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_Row_District
  4. I have seen one each 1957 Chrysler 300-C and 1958 Chrysler 300-D with 3-speed on the column. These are quite rare factory prototype/race cars, but were technically supposed to be available to order. I've seen three 1960 Chrysler 300-Fs with the Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed with shifter in the console (drove one of them!) One was the Daytona Flying Mile winner and the other two built for influential people. I've seen at least two each of the 1964 Chrysler 300-K and 1965 Chrysler 300-L with 4-speeds. Not many of those built, but not special like the ones above. (You can probably guess I'm a 300 guy - saw most of these at 300 meets.)
  5. Hello, I just posted an ad in the Cars For Sale section here for a 1952 Alvis TA21 Saloon, LHD located near Chicago. Does anyone have other recommendations as to where I could advertise it for more exposure to an appreciative audience? I consider this a somewhat unusual car in the US. It's a runner - older concours resto. I'll probably post on craigs and maybe Hemmings, but looking for a perhaps more British-focused venue. Not looking to do an auction at this time. Thanks for any suggestions!
  6. 1952 Alvis TA21 Saloon. One of 17 Left-Hand Drive US market examples left in the US according to the Alvis Owner Club. Only 168 known worldwide from a four-year run of 1003. Sold new at Fergus Motors, N.Y.C. with most ownership history recorded. Older concours restoration in good running condition. Extensive professional tuning and servicing of brake, fuel, cooling and exhaust systems in summer 2018. 3.0-liter six-cylinder with twin SU carburetors. I am assisting a relative with the sale and have more photos and walkaround video available – message me through the site or email r41hp@yahoo. Clear title. Located in Chicago area. $45,000 obo.
  7. Klaimont Kollections in Chicago has two Rickenbackers. I don't know how agreeable they are about taking cars out but they have ramped up their PR as of late. Good luck with the search.
  8. I've been driving a '61 Chrysler for 31 years. Fought overheating for almost 18. Did all the things you did. The only thing to have temporary effect is I would get the radiator rodded out and it would be okay for a couple years. Then do it again. The problem wasn't solved until the engine was rebuilt. The block was not just hot-tanked but had a shot-peening type process done to it so it came back looking like a fresh casting. Point being, the water passages in the block were just caked with hard deposits and the water wasn't flowing enough, plus what deposits did come off then eventually plugged the radiator. This is something a garden-hose flush just wasn't able to take care of. Had the radiator recored at the same time. Now it almost wont get up to temperature in the winter. IR thermometer shows 180* anywhere you point it. Sometimes the needle will creep up a tiny bit if I get stuck in traffic in 95*+. Have a friend with a '61 Chrysler who had a very similar experience. Good luck!
  9. Well, it happened today. I did NOT get the call. Probably a good thing
  10. I had a '78 Newport with a 360 as daily driver for a couple years. It had over 100K on it, but was well maintained and I had no problems to speak of, even with the Lean Burn. It was a comfortable car and ran smooth. Even did a couple cross country trips, and towed with it once or twice. I always thought the New Yorkers of that era looked nice. I haven't had to source parts for one for a while, but I don't see why one wouldn't be a viable and affordable driver. On a somewhat related note, my parents had a rent-a-car franchise in the mid/late '70s stocked with Plymouths. I remember them saying the Volares were a lot of trouble but the Furys were good. There is probably a really clean low-mile 78ish Newport still lurking in a garage at the end of my block. The owners retired to Europe and the building has been vacant. Wondering if I'm going to get that call someday...
  11. Neat car. Looks good to me - except the pop-riveted (and painted over) VIN tag is a little fishy. I can't see what that car could be hiding, though, and it's not uncommon for those to fall off. I've had a couple 383s, and I'll agree with all the positive comments. I think they might even be the "sweet spot" compared to other B/RB engines I've had. As far as adding the "modern compressor ... down low on the passenger side" a friend in Florida did that on a '64 Dodge pickup with a 440. He said it's a smaller compressor and adequate for the pickup cab but he thinks it wouldn't cool a whole car enough. Also you have to remove the fuel pump and go electric.
  12. Well, I hope you don't find my story too negative. I find the moral is a stock 40+ year old car can be used pretty much like a modern car in most cases. Just as they were for millions of miles when they were new. As long as you are smart enough to check the points once in a while! Happy Holidays!
  13. In the early 2000s I had a 1961 Chrysler New Yorker that I had bought as a parts car, but I got it running so I good we used it as an extra driver for several years. I drove it from Chicago to the New York Auto Show for work once, then I set out to do it again the following year. I did not check the weather (this is late March or maybe early April) and after a couple hours of sunshine I drove into a big snowstorm. So, I'm cruising down the Ohio Toll Road in 4 to 6 inches of snow, regular all-season tires, defroster blasting, wipers wiping, thinking this car is doing just fine. I wasn't happy about the salt bath but this car wasn't much to look at and already had rust. Then it quit running! The tow truck guy said I was the only tow that day that wasn't out of a ditch. I had him drop me in a truck stop parking lot. I went inside and bought some gloves. It was snowing sideways so hard the distributor cap filled with snow while I was checking the points. Short wrap up: it ended being the points, I got it going after standing in the snow for a while (had spares). Stayed with some friends a half hour away and finished trip the next day and got back with no more problems. Storm was clear by morning but lots of semis still in the ditches. Another sort of winter story. In '98 or '99 on that first 50-degree day in February after rain had washed the salt off the roads, I took my 300-G out with my now-wife for a ride on a Chicago expressway a few miles to warm it up and put it back away. I have Antique Vehicle registration and a state trooper pulled me over and said "WHERE'S THE CAR SHOW AT?" I told him what I was honestly doing and said "it's part of the maintenance." He let me go but didn't seem too happy with me.
  14. This really is a find, as this VIN is not on the the last published 300 Club roster. The club shows 195 of the 618 two-door hardtops produced are accounted for, with 17 of those junked. (191 convertibles were built, too.) Lettercars did not get bucket seats until 1960, and no Park in the trans until 1963. Norm Thatcher ran 156.387 mph for class win at Bonneville in one of these in 1958, albeit with a modified engine. That car survives. Herbert Magee ran a stock 300-D with a manual trans 141.066 on Daytona Beach. Brewster Shaw set the Class 7 Standing Mile record with the same car at 87.485 mph. That car survives, too.
  15. Yes! I did not mean anything against motorcycles, just that the topic was wandering off "shortly after purchasing." I have two antique motorcycles!