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  1. Still chained up to go anywhere. Looking at those pictures, I could actually smell the decades old grease, oil, gas and such. I bought a ‘66 30 years ago that was broken in half and restored it. It’s tagged as a ‘70 because the firewall I replaced had a ‘70 vin tag on it. I still have it. Great fun.
  2. I actually had two cars sugared. 1947 Chevy which I sold immediately at a discount price ($35) and full disclosure. Fellow that bought never had any problems. Then a 1949 Ford. No problems. Both cars had sediment bowl filters. Nothing solid ever showed up in bowls. It’s possible someone just spilled some sugar around gas cap area and a little in filler neck just to worry me. All over a girl I didn’t care much for at the time, but later married. She’s still here. Married 62 years last month.
  3. Sure you can’t tighten your bearings up to specs? When I worked in my Dads shop (12-14 years old early fifties) I’d come home from school and there would be a “ Babbitt Eater” sitting in the “ greasy corner” and I knew what I was in for. The regular mechanics time was too valuable to lay under an oil dripping engine, pull/add shims, file caps/rods, scrape/polish, and check/recheck oil clearances and roundness. I worked for free. Very seldom one of those knockers needed any rebabbitt to quiet down enough to satisfy customer.
  4. You know that square ( Robertson) screw head was invented in the early 1900’s, by a Canadian. I never understood why it never caught on in the US over the slotted screw head. Looks like the fabrication process would be about the same. I think they are as good as torx. I have a Canadian built motorhome that has all Robertson screws in the house part.
  5. Wonder if that would have fit on my 1953 Dodge Red Ram. At 241 ci that Hemi needed a little help. I think most of the performance problems were due to the transmission though that “It’s kind of a manual or automatic “ was novel and fun.
  6. I started to tell my long winded experience with a experimental 352 Peterbilt turbine powered truck in 1972. But then I thought wait a minute, that’s a lot of typing and this is an antique auto forum.
  7. When I was growing up, we used those “ chuffers” all over the farm. Believe it or not, people actually compounded those devices ( simple plumbing) and spray painted with them. I had a friend that painted his ‘47 Chevy while running the engine with two spark plugs out and two chuffers screwed in supplying about a 10 gallon tank. Nice paint job for the day. (about 1955).
  8. Heat surrounding area, then dry ice cap. Probably fall out.
  9. In 1980, for my wife’s 40th birthday (she doesn’t know this forum exists) I bought her a 1979 Fiat Pininfarina fuel injected convertible. She picked it out. Had about 5000 miles on it. Fun car. Totally unreliable. Kept a glove box full of relays and fuses, and sometimes she could get herself going by swapping parts. Usually not. When someone asked her how she liked the car, she would say she loved it, but wished she could carry a passenger. When they pointed out the passenger seat, she would reply “ Oh, that’s for the mechanic.”
  10. Don’t know where you live, but on old seals like that, I pull them and head to the bearing supply store. Let them mic ‘em and replace. Excellent quality and know they fit.
  11. Been practicing and honing my paintless dent repair skills on some of the “new” (1985 & up) vehicles. Very impressed with the results. Only problem is that due to advanced age, have trouble reaching around and patting myself on the back.
  12. No driving test for me. Written test and a note from Dr. that you could see. A little piece of typed up card board. No photo of course. Had to be 14, or at least look 14 if you were fibbing. I’ve had a drivers license for 66 years and a chauffeur’s license/class A/CDL for 58 years of that time and have never taken a driving test. I have a CDL now with about a year left on the DOT physical. Thinking of down grading to regular license when physical expires.
  13. Congratulations! I’m about 5 months younger than you. Head out to the shop every day, but don’t seem to get much done. No health problems, just easily distracted by some little project while the big projects just sit there. Oh well, maybe I’ll go take a little nap then get out there and get after it.
  14. I’m perplexed by this conversation. For over 20 years I owned and operated a fleet of tank trailers that exclusively hauled and/or sprayed magnesium chloride year around. Retired now. We did all the plumbing and fabrication in house on these trailers, mostly 4” schedule 40 aluminum piping, flange connections and valves. Well over a hundred SS fasteners per trailer. We bought SS bolts, nuts, and washers by the case (1/4” thru 7/8”) and used them exclusively. Also, bought anti seize by the case. Anti seize mainly to separate SS from aluminum. I can’t recall one galling of a SS f
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