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Restorer32 last won the day on October 17 2018

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  1. Harrah did some amazing research. We restored a 1917 Bell Touring in the 1980's. We contacted Harrah's to see if they had any info on our car. They responded that they had the names of 5 owners of Bell Automobiles and sent us the names. Turned out they were the 5 previous owners of the car we were restoring.
  2. Had a neighbor who told another neighbor that it was a shame we could not afford a car newer than the '28 Cadillac we had at the time.
  3. What many do not know is that the floor pans for these cars were just mild steel, not stainless, so rust could very well be an issue. Trimacar is correct. Stainless is quick to work harden. We make convertible top irons from stainless and we have to be very careful when installing rivets.
  4. We would hire 2 or 3 more employees immediately if we could find them. We hired another body and paint guy from a dealership. He lasted a month and quit because he did not realize body work on antiques required so much sanding.
  5. I will accept the theory of global warning when the temp of ground water rises. Ground water is always at the average yearly temp in the area where it exists. So far, the temp of my well water has not risen.
  6. We're doing our part. We restored a 1916 Rauch and Lang Electric and showed it at Hershey and are now restoring a 1916 Milburn electric which is owned by a relatively "young" member. Seriously. over the last 2 years we have seen more younger folks looking for restoration work and they are just as rabid about their cars as us old folks. At least from our vantage point the old car hobby is very much alive and well. I spoke with 2 other restoration shops yesterday and both, like us, are booked solid with work for at least 2 years into the future.
  7. Actually, it's a good project. Customer of ours bought it so we could use the wood as patterns to build him a '47 Cadillac Woodie. All the wood was disassembled to use as patterns. None of it is good enough to use other than as patterns. Car runs, though it has been a while, and is 100% complete including all woodie specific door handles etc. It does need some metal work but not a lot. All in all a good candidate for restoration. We traded the customer some work for the car. Our original intent was to produce complete wood kits for the '46-'48 Buick Estate Wagon. We definitely do not specia
  8. Fellow wandered into the shop looking to sell a 1958 Chevy 4 Door Wagon. New floors done, many, many new and extra parts included, including at least 2 sets of stainless trim for the wagon (He says) . All new glass still in the packing. No engine. It was going to be a resto mod but he lost interest. He has been collecting parts, some NOS, for 20 years. Is it worth $5000?
  9. Nanty Glo? Where in PA is Nanty Glo? I live in Jacobus, PA which everyone has heard of...lol
  10. I am amazed at the lengths folks will go to to make a car appear more "original".
  11. If I were younger I'd finish it myself.
  12. Considering that about 1/3 of the wood has been professionally remade at a cost of almost $12k I think the price is realistic. All the wood for a '48 Buick would cost $32k or more which is why it would be a great project for someone able to do the wood themselves.
  13. You mean Chrysler won't trade you a brand new car for it ?
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