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Chris Bamford

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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 🙂
  16. I use my oldies a lot and for everyday purposes, so they're often parked at our neighbourhood Safeway. A couple years ago a younger mom pushing a stroller walked by, stopped, and peered a moment at the running board luggage rack on my '26 Ford. "Can I ask you a question?" says she. "Sure" was my reply, expecting the usual something about vintage, spare parts, etc. "Why do you have a baby gate on the running board?" In fairness to her, the suitcase was not in its usual spot behind the baby gate. And, had I had my wits about me I would have pointed out that the kids are much safer behind the gate because the car was too old to have seatbelts. Sadly, that answer came to me too late, but I've got it in reserve should the need arise in future.
  17. With the flat windshield, it could be 1934 Chevy Master or 1935 Standard. There are likely additional ways to differentiate the two.
  18. -23C / -9 F here in Edmonton, AB last weekend. These cars didn’t particularly mind the weather. Maybe your car is a bit of a wuss? 🙂
  19. I’m a ‘55 model and my newest oldie is a ‘47.... here’s hoping!
  20. Now that is the kind of information request that folks are inclined to help with!
  21. This fine '26 Studebaker is in our local club. I doubt the owner is a forum member — I've sent him a link.
  22. A long read but worth it nonetheless. The reader comments are particularly interesting — posters aren't holding back on their first-hand experience. Kudos to prewarcar.com! https://www.prewarcar.com/the-crooks-of-coys-a-truly-new-beginning
  23. And better yet, who can use it? Free to a good home.
  24. Better be careful — keep on publicizing this thing and someone’s going to buy it out from under you.
  25. Several original members of the Edmonton Antique Car Club in 1962 are still with us — founding member Bob England is not only still with us at 96 years young, but also still sharp, still driving, and as of 11:00 this morning, still falling prey to the mighty Model T. Bob has owned and/or restored a number of Ts over the years, but the last one was probably 30+ years ago. Another club member was advertising his recently-restored '26 RPU and apparently Bob figured now was the time to jump back in water. He knew I was familiar with the car and called me for some background info, and as he explained it "This money in the bank is not really doing much for me. Maybe I should have some fun with it". I couldn't agree more. They say the happiest days in owning an old car (old boat, old motorcycle, old house, etc) are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. Both parties were happy folks today. Me too — I was asked to drive the old girl 25 miles from seller to buyer and was delighted to help, notwithstanding the rather chilly -7°C (20°F) weather and brisk wind from the northwest. Still getting excited about old cars at 96. That's the guy I want to be 31 years from now!
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