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  1. @padgett I don’t know who these “Fast” and “Loud” are, but I heard and, as a luddite, adopted the use of “Interweb” long before I ever touched a computer, maybe 15 or so years ago. As for your other letter or number abbreviations, they might as well be some Chinese or ancient Egyptian characters and wouldn’t make any less or more sense to me (and no need to expand on or explain them).
  2. While I take fair amount, often dozens or more a day, pictures of clients cars in my shop for documentation and future reference while I work on them, I rarely post or share any of them publicly and on occasions I do, I usually make efforts to obscure the specific identity of the subject, mainly to protect privacy of the car and it's ownership. Sometimes, of course, the car may be so rare or unusual its identity is nearly impossible to obscure/protect, so I opt out on sharing any details or photos while it's in my care. And while I usually don't get many unannounced/-scheduled
  3. Interesting, thanks for sharing. The most recent replacement of tires on my Roadster was just few months and I, as always, requested DOMs from all suppliers that carry my choice of (vintage car) make/model/size tires and while there were some relatively recently (within couple of years) made examples to be had, I learned there were expectations of new batches coming soon from the manufacturer, so I opted to wait couple of months until those became available. Should I ever encounter a need for some recently manufactured antique/classic/vintage vehicle tires without DOMs, I h
  4. To best of my understanding Date Of Manufacture codes are part of U.S./D.O.T. safety protocol requirements for all tires to be sold and/or used on public roads and is expected to be accurate, perhaps even required to be filed with some D.O.T. department. I believe it is also accepted and applicable in EU and UK, perhaps in many other countries/regions around the globe. And like with any other “use before”/“perishable“ items we encounter in everyday life, it should be expected retailers will always sell oldest stock first. As for the handling of Deluxe Champions or any tire f
  5. It would be a smart thing to do, since the tubes are likely as old (or older) as the tires and being that they’re also made of rubber, they do age and have similarly limited lifecycle expectancy. Inexpensive insurance IMO, especially if any extended driving use of the car is planned. My personal preference with my ‘32 PB Roadster, which isn’t exactly “stock”, for past 3+ decades has been 16” Firestone Deluxe Champions, but I like to drive her, perhaps more than most. Averaging 3,000-4,000 miles per year, including spirited jaunts on twisty mountain roads and fair amount of long
  6. I don’t know, but imagine this would be relatively easy to find out by buying/ordering one along with appropriate rubber seal and try install them. If they don’t fit, either modify the car accordingly or sell both the glass & the seal and get the two piece setup. I know of a third option, but it’s likely nowhere near as inexpensive as the above choices.
  7. As far as I know, that’s the plan. The owner had hoped to come see the car this year, but CoViD restrictions may not accommodate that. ☹️
  8. Funny you should make this ^ comment Mike. I’m currently working on another 1950s Imperial (with similar drive train) for a client who’s an engineer for Renault and lives in Paris. He has sent me couple of photos of his other post-war American land yacht cruising the streets in The City of Lights.
  9. Based on my experience “NOS” can also often equate to “Nasty Old S**t”. Just because something was made by OEM manufacturer decades ago and has never been previously installed, doesn’t mean it’s any good and especially if it hasn’t been handled/stored adequately over those decades. I’ve also seen (suggestive) evidence that fair amount of OEM replacement/service/spare parts are/were of secondary quality, i.e. assembly line rejects, which ust got recycled back to parts distribution departments and re-packaged as future service or replacement parts, especially cosmetic/trim/etc b
  10. Sorry, Chrysler Corp, didn't offer disc brakes on these. While Imperial offered "Lambert Disc Brakes" between '49 - '54 (with two evolutions of quite unconventional design) on Crown Imperials, they apparently weren't very good nor catched on and according to my sources, most of the cars that originally came with such were converted to conventional drum brakes when cars were relatively new and many even before they were sold as new cars. If I remember correctly, first time Chrysler Corp. offered "traditional" disc brakes was around '65 or '66.
  11. Carl, the engine and all its accessories on it, as long as everything is stock and reasonably well maintained, are about as basic and bulletproof as any made post war by American manufacturers, if not better. The 3-speed, cast iron Torqueflite and rear axle (8 3/4”) pretty much the same. Steering box is a first year of the cast iron MoPar unit commonly used until ‘70s and also basically bulletproof. While the torsion bar front suspension may seem unusual to many, it is quite simple, strong and well designed system, providing solid well behaving handling & ride i
  12. Carl, relatively speaking, I have fair amount of experience with this era Chrysler Corp passenger cars, including Imperials, which I’ve owned some and worked on all aspects of many more, completely restored few, etc so I might be able to offer some practical advise, if/when needed. For example and with all due respect, based on my experience (and personal preference) these are significantly better driving/handling/performing, not to mention, all things being equal, mechanically (other than brakes*) more reliable than their contemporaries from Ford or GM, i.e. Lincoln or Cadillac.
  13. Nope. I’d put them back and never ride a bicycle with three pedals again.
  14. Mods, shouldn’t something like this be moved to/placed in classifieds ?
  15. Financially speaking, over 90% of vintage cars aren't "worthy of any attempt to restore". On the other hand, many may be "worthy" to fix up, repair (enough ?), etc., especially if cost-effectiveness of the adventure is not defining concern.
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