John Lau

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  1. Hello! We are currently restoring under the hood of our 58 Bonneville. It is a numbers-matching car. All of the dates of the engine parts are within about a week of each other. The transmission looks original, but it is dated a few months after the engine. The car was assembled in Kansas City, so the engine had to be shipped there. But my question is this: Is there a build date for the car itself? We have a 60 Ford Sunliner, and the build date (or expected completion date) is on the data plate. I read that with Pontiacs, the date code on the block should be about the time that the car was completed. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  2. Okay, so it looks like the only factory ones are the ovals like we have on our 61 Chrysler 300G. I guess they didn't have ones like on the 60's Ford 427 R Code?
  3. We have a 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix that the original 20-year-old owner bought for racing. The car came from the factory with a 318 and a three speed. The week that the car was delivered, his racing buddy (who was also the salesman) put a special Police Package 383 with a four-barrel carb in it. The engine was not available to the public, but the dealership had one in the garage. The same week, a Chevy 4-speed trans was put in (it had the same bolt pattern as the Dodge). We have the original instructions from a speed shop that included the parts needed for the trans swap. We have black and white photos of the car at the track, and photos of the speedometer buried at 120 mph. This was originally a Pennsylvania car, and back in the day, it apparently was well-known for racing. At some point, the original intake was swapped for a 2x4 setup. The intake number is 1827899-1, and the date code is A 19 8 (January 19th, 1958). There are two correct Carter carbs on it. When we got the car, it came with two little chrome air cleaners on it. We are looking for an oblong one to put on it. Did the Mopar have an oblong air cleaner for that intake and carb setup? The aftermarket ones that we have seen have only one hole in the middle of the air cleaner, or the measurement between the two holes is not the same as our setup. Everything that we see is Edelbrock, and those air cleaners are for Edelbrock intakes. We cannot find a Mopar air cleaner for our setup. Do they exist? Thanks for any info.
  4. Hey James! Yeah, that's what I originally thought. But then I read about the "3" and that seemed to match up with the police engine, so now I'm not sure. Thanks for the input! John
  5. We have a 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix with a 383. We were told that the engine is a D-500 325-HP that was a police car engine only available in fleet applications (not to the public). According to Darryl Davis' D-500 Guide, this engine (equipped with a single 4bbl carb) was "certainly rarer than the D-500 ram induction engine." Years ago, I was told that the "P-38" stamping on our block indicated that the engine was the police engine. I found out yesterday, however, that is incorrect. The "P" indicates 1960, and the "38" indicates that the engine is a 383. Below that stamping, there is another that says, "3-2." I found out yesterday that the "3" indicates "Special High Performance." I am unable to locate any information regarding the "2." Any ideas what the "2" indicates? Attached is a photo showing the info. Thanks, John
  6. Thanks again for the feedback. I am going to recommend to my boss that if he wants a V-8 Nash, he buy one and sell the six cylinder car that he currently owns.
  7. Hey guys! Thanks so much for your feedback. Here is what I found out: Our Nash came from the factory with a Packard 352/220 Hp and Packard's Ultramatic automatic transmission. It now has a straight six and a manual transmission. My boss wants to put a V-8 in it, but we would have to also put an auto trans in it as well. The only ad that I found for a 352 was from 2014. Attached are photos. Our car's info is highlighted in yellow.
  8. We have an I-6 in it now. The car has V-8 emblems on the body. Is there somewhere that I can get a build sheet to figure out what engine came with it? Thanks, John
  9. Looking for a round one. Any information or feedback would be appreciated. Thanks, John.
  10. 1960 Ford Galaxie lower seat panels with hole for power seat control on driver's side. I know that these are very difficult to find. Any ideas or information would be appreciated. Thanks, John.
  11. We have just rebuilt the 312 engine on our 56 Montclair. Prior to, and now, after the rebuild, oil was pouring out of the crankcase ventilation breather. We thought that rebuilding the engine would help, but it did not. Does anybody have experience with this problem? Thanks., John
  12. Thanks, everyone! I'm not sure where the seller got this information from. Pfeil, I noticed that as well. I have attached a few photos; they are a little dark. But they give you an idea of the quality of the car. I love the color-Wood Rose- a light pink.
  13. We recently acquired a very nice Series 62 Coupe. The car came a lot of documentation and is all original. The seller called us a few days after the purchase and told us he has a little chrome piece that goes on the steering wheel. He said that it is part of a steering wheel option called the "Jewel Option." I have never heard of this, and I cannot find anything on the internet about it. Anybody know of this? Does it exist? Thanks, John
  14. Hello! We have a 1956 Montclair that we are restoring. We have pulled it apart (the car is ALL original-including some interesting souvenirs that have been hidden for over 60 years) and we are seeing things that I haven't seen before. The carpet was NAILED down, and nails were used throughout the car. Anyway, the carpet is wasted and needs replacing. Here's the thing: the carpet has a foot pad (as usual) on the driver's side. But it has a really cool Mercury logo on it. All of the s that I have seen have only the generic square pads-with no logo. Does anybody know if the original-style is available anywhere? Thanks! John PS-Attached for your amusement is a photo of a "steamy" paperback novel from 1958. The author, Orrie Hitt, was apparently a well-known writer of many of these-type books. I wonder who hid it under the seat all of those years ago; the husband or the wife?