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  1. Is it a Convertible or a Roadster? With landaus I assume it is a Convertible Coupe. The Convertible is a complicated mechanism. We made a complete conv top for a 733 about 25 years ago but we do not have patterns. Different but similar to a '31 top. Find one we can borrow as a pattern and we can make you one.
  2. Yes we do. The 4 pieces of glass in laminated safety would run about $2500-$3000 for the set. Company near Philly that specializes in architectural glass makes them for us. Very well done but expensive obviously.
  3. Coincidentally I also met Buckminster Fuller under similar circumstances. He was a guest lecturer at Univ of PA while I was there in 1973.
  4. Actually my most memorable ride was in 1967 in the back of a 1966 Cadillac Ambulance at speed with lights and siren.
  5. She's being delivered by rollback this morning. 100 miles from DC. We paid too much for our aluminum trailer to see it crushed like an old beer can.
  6. We delivered an ALF Speedster to a client yesterday. We know it weighs 6000 lbs. He wanted us to take his '24 Pumper/Hose truck back to the shop for some mechanical work. Glad we didn't winch it onto our virtually new all aluminum closed trailer. We could have pulled it with our Ram Diesel Dually but I'm afraid the trailer might have objected. Our guess on the weight was 10-12k.
  7. Thanks! Exactly the info I was looking for
  8. Trying to find the approximate weight of a '23 6 cylinder pumper. Any ideas?
  9. Brings back memories. The second car we restored professionally in 1979 was a '31 Chev 4 door. Color was Cigarette Cream with Cellini Green wheels, both original colors. Turned out the Cellini Green was the same as the green used on '68 Volkswagens.
  10. Excruciatingly expensive and difficult to restore. We have had 5 of them in the shop for one reason or another and not anxious to see another. Beautiful cars but electrical nightmares.
  11. My wife has often been criticized for seeing possibilities in ME.
  12. I had a Craftsman radial arm saw. Burned out the motor 3 times and 3 times they gave me a new motor, no questions asked. Of course this was in the 1980"s.
  13. I actually met Buckminster Fuller at the University of Pa in 1973 or so. He was a guest speaker.
  14. Then it would be shown in the appropriate "Production" class.
  15. Wish we could find one or two 26 year olds with the talent and desire to restore cars who wanted a job.
  16. We are encouraged by the number of younger folks who talk to us about restoration work and they want resto to original, not resto mods.
  17. And of course you all do realize that Rock Auto is just another reshipper? After having problems with customer supplied.parts we.now have a rule. We source all engine and suspension parts and always try for NOS when we can. We went thru 3 "cheap" brake boosters supplied by our customer. Yes, the one we finally sourced was a.bit more expensive but it was correct and has worked flawlessly for several years now.
  18. I don't believe Rock Auto carries stainless trim pieces for say a 1958 Cadillac Biarritz.
  19. Many folks don't realize that Lincoln built non-continental cars in '46-'47. My ex father-in-lar had a '48 non-continental convertible. I've only seen a couple others over the years. Most chrome interchanges and it is obvious that the Continental sheet metal was modified from non-continental parts or possibly vice versa. The hood on the non-Continental is identical to the Continental version except that it is about 6" taller on the non-Continental.
  20. About two years ago we noticed that something was not quite "right" with them. Slower delivery, more parts back ordered, that sort of thing. We figured Lebaron- Bonney was on their way out when they could no longer supply us with door cardboard. When you deal with these suppliers on a weekly and sometimes almost daily basis you develop relationships with the sales people and get a sense of whether things are going well or not. If McMaster-Carr disappears I might be tempted to toss myself into the river.
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