Real Steel

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  1. Real Steel

    Help 1930 car?

    Looks like a mid-1920's Chevrolet, but slightly different. Another GM product maybe? Or perhaps a European version?
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    My "new" lathe - Input?

    Congrats on your 'new' lathe! A lathe is essential for working on vintage cars...and vintage anything! My first lathe (1938 Sheldon 11") looked much worse than yours, so don't fret. I just recently started my second lathe (1948 South Bend 9"), but it will be kept as 'original' as possible...just like my cars.
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    What does original mean?

    Have you heard the latest news?! They're going to take the Declaration Of Independence and restore it. Yep, turns out that some of the ink has faded and chipped, and the paper is mashed at the corners. The plan is to strip the ink off, bleach the paper, and then press it flat. The writing will be reapplied with carefully matching ink and rewritten in the same way it was done 'originally'. Truly, it will be 'restored to like new'. Sound absurd? Of course. Yet this is a completely accepted practice by vintage car owners. Antiques Roadshow experts say "keep it original" (yes, they say the word 'Original'). American Pickers also say the same thing. MANY people on this forum, and around this county and world, now say 'keep it original'. Peoples' definition of 'ORIGINAL' can vary greatly, but it would be ridiculous to get into an argument of semantics. In your hearts, you already know what an 'original' car is. At least for most of us anyway.
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    The next generation and keeping it in the family

    Five of my six kids had/have great old cars and trucks for their first rides. Here is one of my boys with his '68 Chevy pickup and me with my 31 Ford pickup.
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    California swap meets

    BIG-3 in San Diego is Feb 22 and 23. http://www.big3partsexchange.com/
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    Can you sell this?

    I bet it got over-heated at some point. Almost went boom. Its funny, the can says "Unique can design". Yeah, I'll say!
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    How old is this?

    So some guy stops off at a Pep-Boys store and buys a can of paint stripper to remove that pesky old faded original factory paint from his '37 Cord...
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    How old is this?

    The front of the can has a "WARNING- Harmful If Swallowed..." statement, so its not old. In the old days, people just didn't drink that sh**. They had more sense than people today.
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    Acura tl 2006 repair estimate

    I always have my car serviced at the dealer because their work is so impressive, and it's such a great deal. - Said no one ever.
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    Restoration vs. Preservation ??

    WD-40 turns to a sticky goo in short order. I wont allow it anywhere near my equipment. When I was working in the aircraft repair industry my boss threatened immediate termination if hes saw someone bring it in. To me, WD-40 has always been a product in search of a 'market' (a man without a country if you will). One thing that WD-40 does very well...its their marketing department: they make up 'uses' for it, and the public keeps eating it up.
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    Restoration vs. Preservation ??

    If you feel compelled to put something on the steel to stop rust, spray it with mineral oil. It's harmless to paint, it stops rust for a long time, and it can be removed at a later date if so desired. Mineral oil is commonly used to treat machining equipment and tools (like Starrett Instrument Oil). This stuff is so safe, it's repackaged as 'Baby Oil'. I know what your thinking at this point...no, that's not rust on a baby's bottom...
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    Restoration vs. Preservation ??

    Do as Antiques Roadshow, and American Pickers, and the folks on this forum, and many others recommend: leave it alone and enjoy it. I love old trucks with a 'patina' finish...they just belong together! Here's mine-
  13. The tool on the left looks like the tool shown in post #1, except the grease cup has been replaced with a Zerk fitting.
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    compression tester

    I've solved this by buying excellent used compression testers on eBay. I buy only vintage American-made quality testers. Yes, American tools...you know...they were made for American cars. The price of a used tester is frequently so low, that even if it doesn't work out, its no big deal. Concerned about accuracy? You should be because there can be significant variation from one compression tester to another. This is just as true with new gauges and well as older gauges. Its best to check your gauge with a known source if you can; a NIST-traceable calibrated source would be even better. The biggest failure of the older compression testers is the check valves, most notably, the seals on the check valves. It's best to buy a gauge that requires that you only need to change the Schrader valves in order to fix the problem, then done. Not all gauges can be fixed this way...watch what you buy.
  15. The tool has an internal passage from the grease cup to the wedge. As it sits right now, the cup can still be turned down several more turns to move the grease along.