Real Steel

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  1. I was trained as an aircraft mechanic, and I still have my FAA A&P licence. My directive was usually simple: replace hardware with the specified hardware, and fasten it per the specified method. Your question is too complex to pull the answer from a typical mechanic's resources. Instead, you need Engineering help...and it looks like you're getting it. Best of luck!
  2. Hey Keiser- Maybe you or the next owner could give it a good spraying of Mineral Oil. At least that would put the brakes on the decay.
  3. I like to keep mine original, so this is perfect for me. All I need now is a couple of dead horses...
  4. Looks like a mid-1920's Chevrolet, but slightly different. Another GM product maybe? Or perhaps a European version?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. BIG-3 in San Diego is Feb 22 and 23.
  9. I bet it got over-heated at some point. Almost went boom. Its funny, the can says "Unique can design". Yeah, I'll say!
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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, that's not rust on a baby's bottom...