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Ben P.

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  1. Drove past this on the way to work a few times - finally pulled over to take pictures. Used to only see wagons like this - farmers didn’t used to spend money for purpose built wagons.... (The rocks are what are for sale, and no, I’m not stopping again to get the ph. #🙂)
  2. Aw cripe. I thought Blockley tubes could help - until I measured the stems. They’re .5x3” as well.
  3. I got a set of five of these with their own thick butyl rubber tubes (made to size) with brass stems. Brand new design - period diamond tread that hasn’t been seen in 80 years. Shipping from England — 5 days. Quicker than domestic. Worth a look to say the least. The VAT tax does not apply to US buyers. https://www.blockleytyre.com/product/30x3-5
  4. Well, I was going to delete/hide that post because I didn’t want certain family coming across it... But yeah those are the real #’s for someone like me who decided that this just wasn’t the car to ‘learn’ on so I let professionals learn on it instead. Their work comes with warranty. I did neglect to say that I consider all this work well worth it. It tickles me to death that someone bothered to restore this low value utilitarian 4-cyl Buick in the 1st place. Popular when new, but outsurvived by the larger Buick 6-cyls by something like 20-1. With today’s labor rates and l
  5. Oh, I forgot: At the end of this 20K and counting rebuild I’ll still own a $12,000 Buick — and that’s a fact.
  6. I guess I don’t really understand the question. Never heard the phrase “tip in cost” before in all my life either. But as for the cost of ownership for my late ‘teens non-Ford open touring car (4-cylinder 1918 Buick E-35 — as robust and reliable a car as one can find from the period): The price of the fully restored and fastidiously maintained car out of a 50 year estate was a modest $12,000US. But within the first 12 months I had double that into it. In the second 12 months the engine was removed for a needed rebuild (still in process as this is written) and the price for tha
  7. OMG. When I was little the neighbor lady had a car identical to this. Same color, same exact interior too. Until just now I never knew what it was though I assumed it was a year or two older based on other memories of the time. I remember thinking it was a very strange car (that interior still is). Her husband owned a red sports car and the kids weren’t allowed in it. She only used it to go to the bank.... Weird people. 40 years later the car is kinda interesting though.
  8. Well, there’s a reason I didn’t recognize that part — my Lyon is a different kind of animal. Or that one part at least. In fact it uses two differing parts for each side pair. The furthermost one has a beveled edge on the left ‘ear’ and the rearward one does not - I have no idea why. No spares either but had fun poking through all the parts again. Haven’t the slightest clue what most of them are but the way this car has gone I know one day I will.... Can’t describe things well so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. The more I looked at it the more I realized I don’t recall exactly how i
  9. I’ll go out and take a close look at the bumper after work tomorrow. There’s just a small chance, but I have several small boxes of fasteners and other small parts I haven’t identified yet that the prior owner had collected up as spares. There are an awful lot of lug nut clamps (or whatever they are called) and other things about that size. The Lyon bumper on my car was certainly a 1980’s Hershey find because it didn’t appear in earlier pictures of the car. You never know, maybe he spotted a few and hoarded those up too. Have this foreboding feeling though - that is such a unique piece it
  10. Oh lord, and where on the bumper do those clips go exactly? By the J hooks? I have one and detached it and I’ll be honest - I’ve never seen that part before in my life.
  11. Well, 16 million+ boys served in the armed forces of the United States during that war. That means 32 million parents (and how many grandparents?) were stuck at home with little or no knowledge of where they were at or what they were facing day to day. YES, there were plenty of ploys employed by the government to occupy the worried and give them some feeling of control. Some kind of opportunity to take action in a way that could affect the outcome. The ‘scrap drives’ are a prime example of that. There are far more Packard engine blocks entombed in the bottom of exhausted Michigan gravel p
  12. I have never seen one of these pins but recall the story of a family friend who worked for Nash-Kelvinator in Detroit. He had been selected to be a roofwatcher in 1942, and at the risk of repeating something wrong, it was actually quite involved. There was a test they had to pass identifying aircraft by silhouette - his wife was actually better at it than he was so he always took her with him. There were logs they had to fill out and a telephone number for Selfridge. My impression was (and I could be wrong) that it wasn’t so much sighting air attacks as it was having eyes on the ground able to
  13. Yeah, that Duesenberg is a freak. A Frankenstein. Glad it eventually got converted back into a car again - though with a different body of course (if I’ve got the story right). The ‘Auld Lady’, a 1907 Rolls Royce who’s 1st owner had his authentic original shooting brake body transplanted from another of his cars is the only thing of that type I’d approve of. It was made famous by Melbourne Brindle’s ‘Twenty Silver Ghosts’. Fairly recently went up for auction and I cannot find those pictures - but see here that since then some hyena just couldn’t resist modifying it with ridiculous modi
  14. This is going to be a great thread. I’ve shared this elsewhere, but farmers never let anything go to waste. My great-grandfather traded his brand new car for an ‘old’ 1926 Chevy truck to escape depression Detroit in 1930 for obtainable farmable land farther north. (⬆️‘s the Truck in 1934 when just 8 years old. The wood body was already badly deteriorated. I’ve seen better pictures than this incidental, but can’t find them. I haven’t seen another with those exact well executed arched windows). (⬆️Same truck in 1944 - wood body completely deteriorat
  15. **I don’t expect anyone to read all this - this question of modifications and add-on’s on this era of cars has long intrigued (and annoyed) me** You just nailed it on the hotrod culture in the US vs Europe and YES they do have a more mature and sophisticated sense of style and RESPECT the original design concepts. Every time we gripe about ‘hotrods’ and whatever-mods I think, “You think that’s bad, you should see what they do to old houses — in fact you (the griper) are probably one of them!” It’s all straight lines and drywall. They go in, rip out all the curved plaster walls, out with t
  16. I wondered about that and actually complained about it on a brand new car. I thought GM was just being GM again and couldn’t bother itself to come up with more than two dashboard colors (brown or black on my 2018). Now I wonder why it never occurred to me. Though the dealer should have known and been able to explain that - I nearly canceled the order and was willing to lose the deposit. I feel dumb....
  17. Yep. Ugly. But still looks better than the new electrics. Or new anything, IMO.
  18. Well there it is then. Registration at least, and state registration would never contradict the title itself so there you have it. An indisputable 1917 E-49. (Why did you not answer that question the 20 other times I asked it every time this came up in the last year and a half?)
  19. Just let us know when New York changes the title to reflect 1917 Morgan.
  20. Oh it could be done, but with 103 years of precedent against it one would need an attorney to make it happen. I honestly don’t know one that would take the case. An old house recently slipped through my fingers to a flipper because I couldn’t find an attorney willing to take on the Historic District Commission. Open and shut case - I wanted to demolish a hideous 1950’s ‘modern’ addition some hyena slapped onto a masterfully built 1860 gabled Italianate. Made it look like an airport tower. For two years that house sat on the market and for two years I couldn’t get an attorney to take
  21. Because this could all sound like an argument (which it is not), let me boil all that down a little more artfully: Morgan, your E-49 is that ‘1918’ model that appeared on the showroom floor along side new ‘1916’ and ‘1917’ models. Can you legitimately call it a 1917? Yes — if the State you live in titles it as a 1917. But under no other circumstance. I make a living representing my employer arguing with the State I live in. Let me tell you - 90% of the time they are flat wrong or mistaken. When challenged they will change a rule to make them right — and I am not kidding. If y
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