Oxnard Montalvo

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  1. For a change I'm putting body color steel wheels with '68 dog dish hubcaps on a '67 Corvette and I was wondering what the finish on the wheels would have been had Chevrolet produced such a combination. I've read only that they shouldn't be too shiny but that's it. They're painted with a body color base coat and look pretty flat. Maybe too flat. I'm not a blasphemer, I'm staying with Chevy parts, just expanding the possibilities... Thanks for your consideration.
  2. Hmm. Interesting thread...For a bunch of newbs. (Don't get around like I used to.)
  3. I'm trying to figure out what upgrade will work for a '63 Riviera. The booster is bad and I'm aware of Boosterdewey's services, but I would prefer to go with a newer booster and a matched dual MC. The existing MC bolted on with two bolts and had a deep recess for the pushrod. Is there a bolt in replacement for the whole shabang? Thanks.
  4. Ford Engine Colors. I've got mad Google skills.
  5. I did a little research, and it seems that until Congress got all uppity over the public outcry over Ralph Nader's book, "Unsafe at Any Speed" there were no Federal regulations involving automotive equipment. Standards for production had been established by the SAE (Society of Automobile Engineers) but that was it. There were NO Federal mandates. Because the manufacturers knew these requirements were in the works they instituted them hodge-podge, and most well before the January 1968 deadline. That's most likely why in 1966 and 1967 some cars had flashers and some didn't.
  6. Does anyone (Dave@Moon?) know exactly when the Feds required the automobile manufacturers to include emergency flashers as standard equipment? The only information I've been able to find gives a February 1966 date to the mandate, but I can't figure out if that was an immediate order or if the government gave the manufacturers some time to implement the order. Thanks. MC forever.
  7. This works quite well. The only thing I'd like to add is that driving up and down a dry dusty road while the chassis is still dripping locks the fluid in place.
  8. So Boyd was going to bring it back... Well I hope they put a better seal on Coddington's box.
  9. Collector Car Market review is spot on. Unfortunately they only cover post-war cars. VMR
  10. I think it's a great demonstration of the advancements in automotive safety, the laws of physics and our tax dollars at work. As far as the destruction of the '59... Well... Lighten up. It's not like they lit the Mona Lisa on fire to show the flammability of old paint. For an encore I'd like to see a '09 Malibu vs a three foot diameter oak tree.
  11. On the car I don't have a clue... Sorry, but isn't the Jake behind the wheel Captain Kangaroo?
  12. It's very important to prevent the condensation caused by rapid temperature changes from cold and dry to warm and moist. This is a common weather occurrence in New England, especially in the fall. I've found a few lit incandescent light bulbs in a well sealed garage slows the change inside when the weather turns, causing the car to warm up gradually which greatly reduces the condensation.
  13. They're not required on school buses because buses are designed (poorly) to contain the children where they are, hence the close, high backed seats. Plus, children (like some adults) don't always do what's good for them so who's going to ensure 40 grammar school kids are buckled up? Maybe the fines from noncompliant seatbelt uses can pay for bus monitors. Massachusetts does not have a primary seatbelt law. Massachusetts is dead last in seatbelt compliance. How's that working out? EMT: "This guy's hurt pretty bad, but he wasn't wearing his seatbelt." Nurse: "Doctor, I know him. We must save him." Doctor: "Nurse, you know what it means. Under the new federal guidelines for triage care concerning automobile accident victims I cannot care for this gentleman because he violated section 31 paragraph 5, seatbelt compliance. Too bad. He should have eaten his peas. Dump him in the back with the old people."
  14. A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force. Isaac Newton. Why anyone would argue for the freedom to make the choice to remain unrestrained in 2 tons of steel traveling at speed is beyond me. Our government is in the process of turning the United States into a socialist state and a mandatory safety requirement that saves lives is eroding our rights? How about the nationalization of the automobile and health industries? Can we see the forest for the trees? This helmet/seatbelt argument should be left to petulant children. Even when the benefits are obvious we know they don't like to be told what to do. Nanny: "Johnny, eat your peas, they're good for you." Johnny: "Why should I? You're not my Mother and I don't want to and you can't make me." Nanny: "Then don't wear your seatbelt either and die in a horrible car crash you foolish boy." For the grownups there are much bigger fish to fry.