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  1. "Brushes with greatness" tend to fall into one of two categories, depending on how many parties remember the event. It's usually only us; the Great One in question has no memory of the meeting, the few words that were spoken, our name, anything. My two brushes fall in this category: Carroll Shelby and Peter Egan.
  2. These Orient Buckboard springs might soften up your ride a bit! Seriously though, Rusty is right on. Clean up, de-notch, polish, lubricate and maybe take out a few leaves. Big improvement, small cost. Finding some miscellaneous springs of a suitable specification and engineering brackets and what-all to install them would be a 'way bigger job and certainly no cheaper.
  3. What sort of de-greaser “destroyed” the oil pan bolts?
  4. My ‘52 Chev sedan was the same way. This was the summer of 1972, and some guy who seemed to know a lot about cars suggested the starter armature was bent slightly — spun OK when cold but just a teeny bit larger diameter when hot and thus binding against the field coils.
  5. Lucas and Co: Inventors of the intermittent windscreen wiper.
  6. Lucas Vacuums — their only product that didn’t suck…
  7. Thinking some more about it, this gizmo is probably more of brass-era car accessory (windshield) accessory... a place to hang the wind screen when not mounted on the car (1912 KisselKar 4-50). I used to rotate between windshield on and off several times a season but until last week it hadn't been off for years. Kind of fun — and exhilarating — but Lady Michelle understandably won't ride without her goggles. Photos in order: Bracket on the high wall; Windshield installed; No windshields on our fire equipment in the day; The head-on view is a dandy; No windshield in the way helps with group shots like these two random families in the park this afternoon.
  8. Twenty-five years in that kitchen and I never wondered. Until now.
  9. It’s ready for paint and installation... my beloved couldn’t figure out what it is; I thought forum members might be interested to try. I’ll post in-use photos tomorrow.
  10. I run one similar on my ‘24T speedster. Very common (possibly standard equipment) on ca.1930 Morris Cars in the UK. Google calor-meter or calor-a-meter (both names were used) for lots more info.
  11. Thank you Bears — very authoritative and helpful. Much appreciated.
  12. This is the only photo. “Rebuilt” Chevrolet six installed in a 1929 Chevrolet sedan. The engine looks newer than 1929 to me. What say the people who know?
  13. To my eye, these ones look like big-box store machine screws. Not saying that this sign isn't an original, but these fasteners are not old. If the sign is a restored original, I wonder what trauma the original machine screws suffered such that they had to be replaced...
  14. Hard to tell in the last photo, but those look like modern machine screws with the combination flat and square drive heads.
  15. I would like to see a photo of that rig 🙂
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