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  1. This is not an unusual problem. As I recall, there was quite a lot of discussion about the causes many years ago in some collector car magazine that had a technical editor who answered questions from readers. It may have been Cars and Parts, one of the Hemming's publications or another such. I can't remember for sure, but it might have concerned running radial tires in place of the original bias-plys as somehow the radials affected the rim (flexing??). The problem was more evident in mid-50's Ford products. Some respondents solved the problem on their drivers by drilling three small screw hole
  2. NEW YORK, NEW YORK....Lotsa rare Checker cabs
  3. Over the years I have purchased (and still own) about 25 project or parts cars and trucks, mostly 50's and 60's, but with a couple of 80's thrown in for good measure. Due to pressures from age, health and wife, I have decided to thin (eliminate?) the collection this summer. Most are complete and have titles. Many were driven were driven onto the property, but not started or moved in years. All but 3 or 4 have been outside in a dry climate (little rain, low humidity) but winter snow. The question is whether to list them one at a time on craigslist, call a local auctioneer for a mass sale,
  4. J.C. Whitney and probably many other aftermarket retailers (Such as Western Auto and maybe even Sears and Wards) sold replacement grilles for 30's and 40's cars into the 1960's or even later. They were usually fabricated from many pieces rather than made from a larger stamping - to lower costs and avoid patent problems. If interested, you might find some old sales catalogs on line or at swap meets.
  5. Had a friend in California who purchased the wrecked remains of a '59 Dodge Highway Patrol car from a wrecking yard and then installed both the long crossover two four barrel engine and the push-button transmission in a somewhat modified 1920's Studebaker frame with the front half of the touring car body resembling a T-bucket hot rod, popular at the time. The shift buttons and cables extended up from the transmission through a length of tubing mounted at a convenient height between driver and passenger. The carburetors hung out over the frame rails. I don't recall exactly what running gear he
  6. You need electricity to power the bell, not inflate the hose. Read the specifics on the Milton website. Also check the sound samples provided...the silver bell and its sound is what I remember from way back.
  7. 1967 VW. Not an RR, but still pretty cool...and rare.
  8. Interesting color on the Olds. I recall a 1942 Packard owned by one of the neighbors when I was a kid. It was a blackout model with most of the trim painted a similar root beer color. (Either that or someone didn't have enough masking tape when he decided on painting it!) I also had an uncle with a 1957 Plymouth two-tone station wagon painted white and a similar metallic root beer brown. Funny how 60 or 70 year old memories are so clear when you can't remember what you ate for breakfast... I don't know the body style designation for the car in question, but it was the same bas
  9. After many years, Jim Richardson's column has vanished from Hemming's Classic Car Magazine without an editorial word. Does anyone know why? Is Jim OK? Is his column returning? Contributors have a way of disappearing from Hemming's without a trace...
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