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  1. Auto-fill is the problem; it turns a minor spelling error anyone can spot into the wrong word. I turned mine off.
  2. I'll gazzump Matt, who knows his vintage car prices as well as anyone, and say $70:)
  3. Sorry you have had this experience. My understanding from parts books is that manufacturers would indicate where different parts were needed, but I guess not always. I know of a bloke who ordered a wiring loom from the US for an AMC which created problems as the loom was for LHD and his car RHD. Things like window glass, doors, rubber, colour schemes etc were also often different on Australian built US cars. For example, the 1946-7 Australian Hudsons used 1939 US Hudson sedan rears and 1940 Hudson taillights. Yes, buyer beware, but vendors can't be expected to know every variation on vehicles sold outside the US which were finished off locally.
  4. Just asked my dad who had a 1929 Chrysler daily driver when he was young and he says 40mph is your cruising speed and at 50mph things will go bang:) If your 1928 only does 30mph, then you have some other issue to resolve.
  5. I once got waved down by four people in their early 20s while out in my Hudson in a quiet rural area; their modern had broken down. Got them going and all was good. I suspect the OP was just unlucky with the people he met.
  6. Luckily I haven't encountered any elbow grease shortages when working on my 1925 Hudson lately, but this is a good reminder to to us to think as far ahead as possible when sourcing stuff for our projects.
  7. The original article (designed to stir people up rather than inform) omitted the not unimportant fact that there is a rolling 40 year cut off. The Hagerty article is excellent and informative, allowing for an informed view on the topic.
  8. Craig Milner, check out this Australian Facebook page if you haven't already done so. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1569672796608859
  9. Sorry to hijack your thread about your car, but is this a ZIM? It was used by the "President" of China, Zhu De. He was a bit like your Kalinin, but before 1949 was super important as the commander of the Chinese Red Army. George Marshall said he was perhaps the best guerrilla commander in history. Photographed in 2013 at a museum in Beijing.
  10. Is my recollection of what I read correct that they were based on a late 40’s Packard? My understanding is Packard sold some dies to the Soviets and that the ZIS was similar to a Packard. Can't pontificate and give much detail beyond that.
  11. Fascinating stuff. When I was in Moscow in the mid-80s I recall Zhigulis, Moskviches, Volgas and the Chaika limousines. Can't say I ever noticed any ZIMs; these were already quite old then and the Russian climate and roads would have worn them out by then. Saw a ZIS in Beijing in 2013; it was a gift from Stalin to Chairman Mao.
  12. Most grateful for the advice above and we have procured a copy of the manual and are studying it thoroughly; I must admit it is better written than the equivalent Hudson/Essex manuals. We found a box of bits which came with the car; it needs some wiring work etc and we are making slow progress. I can confirm neither a Hudson or Essex crankhandle fits, which is a bit of a bummer:) Rolled it out of the shed for a picture recently.
  13. The amount of space you have and the desire to store stuff "just in case" determines your attitude to parts cars. I'm fortunate to have tons of storage space (and shedding) so can grab one or more parts cars for a project if need be. It is true, as someone pointed out above, that the same parts wear out just as fast on all your parts cars, so you still need to know parts suppliers for your particular car (and you will soon find yourself helping out others with parts). You have to beware, though, of crossing into hoarder territory, trying to "save them from the scrapman" and spending too much time sorting your "stuff", instead of actually making progress with your project car. A complete parts car is a VERY helpful reference and highlights the importance of clubs and knowing people with a similar vintage car who you can compare notes with.
  14. You didn't mention your chastity vow, or did the Head Monk ask you not to talk about that either?
  15. We all have tales of how we rescued a car from some difficult, hard to get to spot, but these guys put us in the shade.
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