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  1. No pix but I had 38 PLMTH on a car of that make and vintage - also had my wife's and my initials and birth years on our modern rides. That was when there was just a nominal one-time fee for personalized plates. Now there's a hefty annual surcharge so we just take whatever the DMV assigns.
  2. Or maybe coach and coupe are different? I've seen other cars where trim differs by body style.
  3. Yup. Also, that trunk appears identical to the one on the 27. Wonder if they really are OEM equipment? If so, I can't see that the long strips serve any function other than aesthetic.
  4. Navy Captain Francis Low, whose part in the raid sadly is largely unknown, was the first to suggest that bombers could be launched from carriers. Several planes were tested but only the then new B-25, which had not yet seen combat, met the requirements of the mission. Even so, the mission was the longest ever flown by the B-25 and the planes had to be modified to carry enough fuel to reach their targets, then fly on to China. All but one of the 16 bombers crashed after the raid and 7 of the 80 men died (3 KIA, 3 executed by the Japanese, and one of disease while a POW). The Japanese killed an estimated 10,000 Chinese for assisting the raiders. Doolittle thought he would be court-martialed for the losses, but he was promoted and all the raiders were decorated. The raid boosted Allied morale and demonstrated to the Japanese their islands were not immune to attack. That caused them to allocate to defense military resources which could have been used against the Allies.
  5. Apparently wayne sheldon's 29 was different from this 27 and/or his Master was different from whatever series this one is.
  6. I don't think the trunk was designed to fit the car. It's probably an aftermarket. As you say, the brackets are spaced wider than the trunk. The rack also is wider. The two brackets on the ends extend downward on the body to serve as rub strips for a wider trunk, as well as tie-downs. The four between them do not extend past the belt line and likely were intended as just tie-downs. Presumably an appropriately sized trunk would have some provision so the lid did not hit the tie-downs.
  7. Probably the Hornet's greatest claim to fame is the Doolittle raid was launched from it. Although the raid didn't do much damage, it was a huge morale/propaganda victory in retaliation for Pearl Harbor and showing that US bombers could reach Japan. Who knows, maybe that tractor moved some of those B-25s around.
  8. Don't think they were. In the articles I linked, Bob Dye, the original owner of the Champaign Chuck Wagon, said he copied the sign from the Gary one. They had the first KFC franchise in Indiana - that's where Dye first tasted it, which led him to get the first Illinois franchise. All this was when the Colonel was still traveling around doing the franchising, before he sold the company. The chicken recipe was franchised but the diner wasn't. Do you have the placard you posted? The current owners of the Chuck Wagon probably would be interested in memorabilia like that.
  9. I posted the "economy" version above - here's the Deluxe for comparison. Not bad but a little too "busy" for my taste - I like 'em more spartan.
  10. Don't think this one has been posted - one of my favorites, clean and simple design with just enough bling:
  11. Not much snow in Florida. 😉 And the "snowbirds" are there now to swell the potential buyer pool. It is a nice car at a fair price, and it has the side-mount and luggage rack that were optional in 31 (standard equipment on 30 only).
  12. I have no opinion on the ad's honesty but the 28 feedbacks are only the last 12 months. Click on the "All Feedback" tab to see the rest. I didn't count them but there are way more than 28. However, most are as buyer - there are only a couple as seller.
  13. The Chuck Wagon Diner in Champaign, Illinois: When I was University of Illinois undergrad in the late-60s, I often ended a night on the town there. It had the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Illinois - Colonel Sanders himself installed the fryer and taught the staff how to use it. The diner has a well-traveled history. To make way for a courthouse expansion, it was sold and moved to Villa Grove, IL, then returned to Urbana, IL as the Elite diner: I ate there a few times. When the Elite closed, the diner was moved to Homer, IL, then to Detroit, MI. It sat there unused until a couple (they're car folks) purchased it and moved it to Duanesburg, New York. They also found the original sign and foyer that had been separated from the diner the first time it was sold. Here it is restored and operating in its NY location: And to make this post auto related, Consumers Gas shown across the street in the first pic also is gone but I filled my car's tank there after filling mine at the Chuck Wagon. Consumers still sold oil like this: More Chuck Wagon info: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2009-08-09/c-us-chuck-wagon-diner-its-sign-reunited-restored.html https://dailygazette.com/article/2010/05/16/0516_chuckwagon http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2010-05-30/iconic-chuck-wagon-diner-relocated-rejuvenated-new-york.html http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-26/whatever-happened-chuck-wagon-diner.html
  14. I think one thing that makes 33-34 cars so beautiful is many have some variation of the "teardrop-waterfall" grille and split or "center-dip" bumper(s) - the height of art deco style IMHO.