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Everything posted by Restorer32

  1. I sometimes hesitate to post out of fear of being beheaded for being "off topic".
  2. The forum has been divided into so many different threads that it can be confusing.
  3. Tell me about it, we' ve worked on a dozen of them. I could rewood one in my sleep I think.
  4. 1932 Packard 900 conv. Shabby but well worth the $500 I had to pay for it...in 1971.
  5. McMaster-Carr now carries many bulbs including 55,51,63,1159 and 1816. Very inexpensive in boxes of 10, generally less than a buck a bulb.
  6. We bought a restorable '32 Packard 900 Convertible out of a junkyard. Of course this was in 1969.
  7. I have a 10" scar on my right arm from crank starting a 1928 Autocar. 3 days in the hospital and a stainless steel plate fixed me right up. Exactly as you describe, the crank failed to disengage properly and continued around and smacked me. Hurt too.
  8. Whoever he is he appears to have his thumb on the wrong side of the crank.
  9. Mine was on the front porch when I arrived home. Have to say looking thru it actually brought if not a tear at least some moistness to my eyes. So many memories over so many years. Dad and I never saw eye to eye on anything except our appreciation of antique cars. Most of the good memories I have of him revolve around the AACA and especially Hershey. When he said he was too sick to make "Hershey" back in '86 I knew the end was near. My Son will be 27 in a few weeks and he has been a vendor at Hershey 27 times. I hope when he is my age and celebrating AACA's 100th he has as many fond memories o
  10. Back in the day you would also see tractor trailer rigs being driven up those long hills on the PA Turnpike at about 5 mph with the drivers holding the doors open to escape the brutal heat or sometimes even standing out on the runningboards if the truck had a hand throttle. Hood sides were often left home during the hotter months. And those runaway truck ramps were there for a reason. Dad drove a 1948 or so gas engined Brockway and I still remember seeing the exhaust manifold glow red on those long hills the few times I accompanied him on a trip.
  11. We occasionally have customers who remark that they didn't remember cars overheating/using oil/ dead batteries when the cars were new back in the day. I gently remind them that back then when you stopped for gas, in the gas island there would invariably be a case of oil, a big can of water and a battery tester and battery water and an air hose. These are indeed the "good old days".
  12. We have patterns and make Packard top iron in stainless steel and steam bend bows for almost all roadsters and phaeton models from 1929-1939 as well as conv coupe tops '32-'37 including 120 models. Did a '30 or so Desoto many years ago but didn't keep patterns. Model A Ford convertible top irons can be purchased from several sources.
  13. To my knowledge leaded gas was not available in 1923.
  14. I understand there is a bike rally in New Bern the same weekend?
  15. Would they have used a hawk on a cap for a Blue Bird?
  16. Was there a 1910 Pullman Touring in the lot?
  17. That '34 Coupe is a rare car. Most of them became convertibles years ago.
  18. Our first new car was a '68 Beetle. Still have the invoice, $1801 out the door. Loved driving it but it was not a very reliable car. We had many mechanical problems with it.
  19. AACA does not have a judged unrestored class but rather an HPOF class (Historical Preservation of Original Features) which is for exhibition of cars retaining significant original features. Your car would be "certified" in the class if it retained 65% or more of its original features. Cars must be 35 years old or older for this class. Alternatively you could enter the car for regular class judging where the respray would not be taken into consideration.
  20. These fellows were set up at Hershey in the Red Field 2008 right across from our spaces. We had to laugh, they described every item they had for sale as coming from a barn in Nebraska. As I remember they left early, having sold near everything they brought. Fun show.
  21. He imported souls? Wow! So that is where the Devil got them. We are restoring a '49 VW Bug. Very difficult to find parts for we're finding.
  22. Very common on pre 1930's vehicles. Oil will run out if you have the car on a steep enough slope, like loading it into a trailer with short ramps
  23. I checked the 2008 manual a few minutes ago and couldn't find such a rule. Haven't been to school yet this year so don't have a newer edition.
  24. If your definition of "original" is "as it left the factory" then I maintain that a properly done restoration can be closer to "as it left the factory" than a weathered and mechanically deteriorated "survivor". Personally I value original cars highly. My degree is in archaeology after all. You are right though, it is splitting hairs. I enjoy showing and judging restored cars as well as looking at "original" examples. I do question whether the average "survivor" is worth more in the market place than its restored counterpart, with exceptions of course. Maybe I should have said "original in app
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