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  1. In the immediate prewar period of the 1940 Chevy you considered, the comparable Chrysler products are often less expensive for equivalent cars. Don't give up on the Packard idea - you might be surprised at how affordable a 37-42 six cylinder sedan is.
  2. Fleet/police/taxi sales are neither large enough nor profitable enough to warrant a design just for them. (Checker was perhaps the exception). When the platform that is the basis for the fleet car goes, so does the incremental fleet version.
  3. Why sad? Designs were not what the consumers wanted, as you say. Models launched before development done, as you say. Oldsbutiac redundant undifferentiated models. Quality went in the toilet. (V8-6-4, diesel) Suppliers were bullied and cheated to lower costs (Lopez and crew) Sounds like consequences of actions
  4. the high effort could have to do with the type of clutch spring, but the rest does not sound good. It's not hard to find a first generation Mustang 289 without the problem
  5. It's not an issue of scale, it's the terms and actuarial risk of the policy. The low cost hobby insurance programs are not meant to cover daily use and clearly state it, although the definition of "occasional use" varies by company. When I used an antique as my daily driver I insured it as such. Just get an agreed value.
  6. Your original upholstery is wool. You are not going to "upgrade" with newer stuff - price wool if you don't think so. The sheen and pile of synthetic blends is very noticeably different from wool. Most of the cost of upholstery is labor. I'd advise using striped wool, in the original pattern/pleating. Upholstery weight is not the same as wool broadcloth for suits. Whether you get exactly the same pattern or something close is up to you. You are fortunate to have the original as a reference. If this expense needs to be deferred, I'd put on seat covers for now or a blanket over the tear rather than waste money on cheap fabric. This can be a strength of your car instead of a very obvious detraction. As far as non-visible insulation, my car originally had a tar-paper-like material, in poor condition. For the floor it doesn't matter a lot what you use. I used the original type tar paper with jute padding, which is also inexpensive. For the "ceiling" I used insulation with a single sided foil, and the recommended 3M adhesive applied exactly as recommended. This worked very well. my two cents
  7. The prior posters have explained body differences in detail beyond my knowledge, but isn't the left hand drive a rather obvious difference?
  8. Chicle and Copra are more brownish shades. See Model A Fords
  9. (1.5 m.kg)x (39.37 in/m) x (1 ft/12 in) x (2.204 lb/kg) = 10.8 ft.lb always multiply by "one" to convert units The metric one should really be in N-m anyway
  10. my friend's sister's car wouldn't start so we told her to put in gear and when we had it rolling, let the clutch out. We did this unsuccessfully several times. Fortunately, because when we looked inside she had it in reverse.
  11. I was thinking Packard 356 also
  12. FedEx, DHL, UPS know, to some degree, that if they screw up enough, people will use their competitors' services and they will lose their jobs. USPS still acts like a monopoly. They do not meet the on-time delivery target they set - see anybody concerned about it? What happens when you miss your metrics in your job?
  13. Which is best is certainly subjective, but I'll throw in an opinion. The Century, with the big engine in the smaller body, has the best performance. That's my favorite.
  14. I went there often as a kid (knew somebody that let us in) - I'm sure you don't get to mold your own lead musket balls anymore. Having a cannon still trained on the minigolf is a quality feature. For those not familiar with the history, this is where the story of Last of the Mohicans is set.
  15. That is the radio antenna - it is a rare factory accessory due to the obvious fragility, I have seen a few.
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