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Everything posted by J.H.Boland

  1. Four of the eight cars in my fleet are green, ranging in age from 1921 to 2013. They do tend to stand out in a crowd. Just today I took my '72 Chevy C20 for a run to town and couldn't believe the number of thumbs up and nods of approval it received. One lady asked if she could take a picture of it to show her hubby. Maybe it's the Irish in me or perhaps the fact that five out of six cars dad had as I was growing up were green. Then there were all those green tractors.......
  2. "Miss Vicky" for obvious reasons, even though GM referred to the body style as a "four passenger coupe".
  3. Attached is a scan from the 490 parts book. Seems there were two Connecticut coils, a single primary lead and a double primary lead. The most common coil is the Remy,as found on my '21. I have no idea if a modern coil could be made to work.
  4. After we got married, my wife wanted to be a participant in my hobby. It was awkward at first, me having worked 42 years at a GM dealership and very anti-Ford, while my then new wife had worked at Ford dealerships for nearly 50 years ! The solution was to jointly purchase a Packard. She only drove it once, and almost put me through the windshield at the first stop sign. She didn't think a 1940 model car would have good brakes.
  5. He could be right. I've never seen one.
  6. Look familiar ? About a 1920-21 Olds, I believe. Did NZTV play The Beverley Hillbillies ? Theirs was a '23. it had a nickel plated rad shell.
  7. I should have included this page the first time. Maybe it will help with the terminology. Jim
  8. Beautiful survivor. A quick look at Google images shows a number of them around. Not to nitpick, but it's a cabriolet, which is even more desirable with it's landau bars and roll up windows.
  9. In answer to to your question ; mostly interchange. The following are from the 1936-1951 Canadian Fisher Body catalogue. Jim
  10. I'm thinking about a '27 Packard.
  11. Nice to see another one. A friend in London, Ontario has a 1920 in older restored condition and a 1918 that restoration had never been completed. Jim
  12. I bought my 1925 Buick through an estate. It hadn't run in 25 years. The estate executor apparently had tried unsuccessfully to get it running,as the plugs were out and the wires off. We reinstalled the plugs and wires (firing order on all these old sixes is 1-5-3-6-2-4,right? ),checked the timing,and hit the starter. It turned over but wouldn't even bark. We pulled it out on the road for a tow. Had the transmission in "second". On letting out the clutch, the tow rope snapped ! Long story short, turned out the firing order is 1-4-3-6-2-4. After this little correction, it fired right up. As to why the tow cable snapped, turns out this car has a reverse H shift pattern. "Second " was actually reverse !
  13. A few years ago (when the Canada-USA border was still open) we were stuck in two long lines of traffic on the Bluewater Bridge. Just ahead of us in the next lane was a black '80's Corvette with NY tags. By the finish, it appeared to be a show car. It was really hot out,and soon steam could be seen coming out between the hood and fenders. As we inched closer to the checkpoints, both the car and owner were reaching the boiling point. He was now second in line. Ahead of him was a couple in an old minivan. Suddenly, the Corvette accelerated forward, going under the minivan's rear bumper and lifting it up onto the 'vette's hood. I'm guessing his foot slipped off the clutch. The somewhat portly owner of the minivan slid off his seat and calmly walked back for a look. The two owners discussed the situation for a few moments until Mrs.minivan came storming out. She tore a strip off both of them. A few other motorists and border security lifted the minivan off of the 'vette and they went on their way. Last we saw, the Corvette was pulled over just past the checkpoint, having sustained thousands of dollars in damage.
  14. I've been following your Kissel restorations with awe and envy. Your fabrication and restoration skills are truly amazing. That's a great idea to display both tops with the sedanette, but I admit something else popped into my head when I first saw it !
  15. I had one of those once. I never forgave it for having to be towed home from a tour by a FORD and sold it shortly thereafter.
  16. Looking for an air inlet duct for 1978-79 G body (Malibu, El Camino,Lemans).Part number 14005399 for 200,267,305U engines. Thanks.
  17. That's part of my problem ! I'm showing too much chrome on my dome !
  18. 1948 Fleetline Aerosedan Custom. Nice ride .Same age as me but in better shape !
  19. THE MOTORIST and the RABBIT I was out for a drive in the country and hit a little rabbit. I stopped, walked back and picked it up. Another car pulled up and the driver asked if there was anything wrong. "I just hit this little rabbit", I replied," and feel kinda bad about it". "Bring it back to my car "he said. There was a bottle laying on the front seat and the fellow gently poured some of the contents into the rabbit's mouth. In no time at all, the rabbit came back to life ! He put the rabbit down on the road. It hopped into the ditch and turned back and waved to us. It entered a hay field and part way across it he stood up on his hind legs and waved again. Finally just before it entered a woodlot, it stood up on a stump and waved a final time. "That's incredible" I replied. "Are you a vet or---- what the heck was in that bottle "? "No" he said. "I'm a barber, and that's hair restorer with a permanent wave".
  20. I worked for many years at a GM dealership. We had one customer who swore by (not at) his Chevette. He worked for a concrete mixing company and when the floor rotted out,he lined it with cardboard and poured in an inch of concrete ! He drove it for a couple more years, admitting that it's performance wasn't as good but that it was awesome in snow.
  21. Yes, but that changed in, I think, 1928. My '25 is backwards, with first being where third should be. My '29 was standard H.
  22. Put car in neutral. Retard spark (lever on steering column). Advance throttle (other lever on steering column). Pull out choke (upper left on dash) .Turn on ignition key. Push starter button on floor. When it fires, advance the spark and slowly release the choke. This is assuming the car is already in running order. If it hasn't run in years, change out all fluids, drop the oil pan to check for rust and sludge, and the fuel system should be flushed out. Also,if you Google "1930 Buick start-up" there is a video showing what I described above. "Reference Books" or owner's manuals are readily available on Ebay and elsewhere. When you get to the driving stage, you'll find shifting easier if you double clutch. Good luck with your new purchase. Jim
  23. A fellow in England recently had a number of CDO cylinder heads and some other components cast. Several machinists tried their hand at it and gave up. Finally he was successful .I bought one for my '03 which had been converted to vertical stationery format. It's not easy !
  24. I have mostly fond memories of my '58 VW. Scraping the frost off the inside of the windshield while driving was not really fun. The sliding sunroof would stick open sometimes when it rained. Said sunroof was open the day I was bombing down a back road and scared the crap out of a flock of birds. Like Edinmass said, it was my first transportation, and the freedom I felt driving it was priceless.
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