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  1. Someone said the eBay sell rate was less than 50%. I personally think it’s much lower than that. Plug in your car and look at completed auctions to verify. I’d avoid online auctions or sales like the plague. Gotta see em in person. CL for drivable projects and Hemings for nicer quality restorations.
  2. I have the driver's window down on my T Bird project until I can get the door latch fixed. Having cars with problems make me feel like I did when I was 17: poor and frustrated.
  3. I love it. I should ask about the price since Greg brought it up: Is that 10K Canadian or US?
  4. Wow, good to know. Thanks for the information. What is it with this year and make and their hard to find parts (heater cores and vacuum boosters)? Incidentally, the Vacuum booster place you referred me to just called today to tell me they're done with my booster. I should have it installed next week. Thanks again for that, too.
  5. This was a very generous offer. I'm glad some hot rodder or "customizer" didn't see the "free-ish" as an opportunity to butcher what looks to be a very nice vehicle. Hopefully they aren't flippers, either. Congrats to the new owners and many kudos to their wonderful benefactors.
  6. I agree. I personally think that coating a tank is a last resort strategy when you can't find a reproduction tank. I've had it done twice and won't ever do it again if I can help it. $250 seems like a very reasonable price for peace of mind.
  7. Okay, my curiosity got the better of me because the true identity of this wheel was pretty hard to track down. It may be pretty rare and desirable (to the right person.) Or it may not. It's not off of a 56-58 Pontiac, per the linked ad I posted of the one just like the OP's.. It's the same wheel that they used in the 1963 Pontiac Super Duty Lightweight. I have no idea if it was used specifically in that car, or if they also used it in very low budget large Pontiacs. (Maybe cop fleet cars?) The standard Super Duties seem to have the same wheels found in run of the mill large Pontiacs, but the lightweights seem to have this one. DOn't know if it was used in other years of Super Duties. The horn button in the ad I linked is different than the one in this pic. This is all from internet search...I have no experience with these cars so take what I say with a grain of salt. https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2015/10/08/swiss-cheese-super-duty-a-factory-lightweight-pontiac-catalina-heads-to-auction/
  8. That looks like a great price, to me. Way below restoration cost.
  9. Looks a little bit to me like a 56-58 Pontiac. At least according to this site: https://picclick.com/1956-1957-1958-Pontiac-Steering-Wheel-and-Horn-132034813591.html Some/most of the google search 56-58 wheels don't look like the one in the link I gave, but the one in the link looks a fair bit like yours.
  10. Plasti Dip gone wrong.
  11. I agree. The basic principle of the typical seller (of old vintage cars) on ebay and sometimes CL seems to be, "There must be some rich idiot out there willing to pay this absurd price I'm asking." Newsflash: I don't think there are as many rich idiots in the world as some people like to think. If they exist, they don't stay rich very long. By contrast, 10 year old Honda, Chevy and Ford vehicles generally seem reasonably priced and probably sell decently. Hobby vehicles, OTOH, are often "perpetually for sale," hence the stupid prices. I understand, however, that people spend a lot on restorations and want to minimize the loss on their investment...and restorations usually result in a loss. I'm really talking more about the $6000-$8000 junk yard quality vehicles. A couple Fairlanes on ebay right now are like that. No titles, even.
  12. There used to be one in the city were I once lived - city of about 350,000 (at the time) - and it's no longer there. I don't know if other shops have sprung up in their absence, but they were the only rad shop I knew of in the city at the time. There are a couple of places that call themselves "radiator shops" in the (slightly smaller) city where I live now, but the last time I needed a radiator recore for my '61 Mercury, I stopped by both places and they were closed mid-day to go run errands or for lunch or something. I thought, "to heck with that" and ordered a good quality aluminum unit online. I might still get the original unit recored for originality's sake. Both shops seemed to be run kind of as a hobby.
  13. Thanks for posting the great pics! So cool that your family would chronicle the event with a couple of photos.
  14. As I think I said it before, they are probably the most visually impressive cars of the 1950's. Even though I could never own one (not enough money or skill or patience) I do love them dearly. Why? Because they're emblematic of the optimism that characterized America in the 1950's: "Look what we Americans are now able to do...never mind how difficult it is or the amount of effort that's required to keep it working!" You have to love that attitude if you're an American. Here's my favorite car commercial of all time: