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  1. Food is generally good but Son, Wife and I managed to get food poisoning from pancakes we ate there.
  2. We made a pair of the headlight covers when we restored a '58 Caddy flower car. They were commonly known as "Silent Sirens" and held onto the headlight lenses with suction cups. We lathed them out of a chunk of clear Lexan then painted the purple and white. Purple strobes were also known as conspicuity lights.
  3. We restored a 1959 Caddy Conv. The owner was very interested in any history of the car. We knew it came from the Southwest at some point. When we removed the dash pad we found half a ticket from the Cactus Drive In Theatre in Arizona, the town name escapes me right now. On a Model A we found an aluminum 1919 York, PA bicycle license holding wires for turn signals to the front bumper. Found a live rat in a Healey 3000. Also found a 6" chunk of treated 2x4 embedded in Bondo used to fill a large dent in the rear quarter of a '28 Cadillac Dual Cowl. Also found a Bermuda Bell in a car we rec
  4. I will be driving past R&T within the next 2 hours on my way to Cat Tail Foundry. Many Amish are involved with R&T. Some actually use steam engines on their farms.
  5. Employee of ours was polishing a brass PULLMAN radiator script for a car we were restoring. It caught in the polishing wheel and went ZING. Well, at least half of it went ZING. That half embedded itself in the insulation above the buffer while the other half hit him in the belly so hard you could read PU on his belly for at least a week. Be careful out there! Also, lots of late '40s and '50s stainless was flash chrome plated. This plating has to be removed before you can polish the underlying stainless and NO you cannot polish away the chrome.
  6. In the mid 1990's we did a considerable amount of work on a 1921 Rolls Ghost Touring for the late Dick Prizer of Newtown, PA. Later, Dick was contacted by Rolls Royce of America asking if they could use his car as the centerpiece for the unveiling of the new RR models at the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC. Dick gave his consent and the Rolls was shipped. Dick and his wife were invited to the ceremony. Turned out Prince Philip was the honored guest. The Prince loved the car and spent some time sitting in it with Dick and discussing cars. Dick's impression? "The Prince is a regular guy".
  7. Apologies for the double post. Tried editing but it didn't work, likely due to ignorance on my part.
  8. No, we did that ourselves. To be fair it is fairly simple. The Sharps upholstered a '21 Ghost we did a lot of work on and the work was as close to perfect as I've seen. The Ghost we did was the center piece at the unveiling of the new Rolls Royce models at the Four Seasons in NY in about 1966 or so. Prince Philip was the MC and sat in the car. Dick Prizer, the owner, sat in the car with the Prince and said "He's just a regular guy". No, we did that ourselves but to be fair that was fairly simple upholstery. The Sharps upholstered a '21 RR Ghost Touring we did and the work was as close
  9. I would have to take my shoes off to count all the '32-'34 Packard Coupe Roadsters that I know started life as Coupes. To be fair, if you found a '32-'34 Packard Coupe body skin with the roof removed and the data plate missing it is virtually impossible to tell if that skin was from a coupe or a Coupe Roadster. Would you restore it as a coupe or as a Coupe Roadster?
  10. The entire chassis is intact and has never been taken apart. It ran when it came here about 15 years ago. Clear title. Some rust in rockers but all in all a very solid chassis. All the wood is disassembled and piled on the chassis in my small garage. We reproduced a complete set of wood for another car using our wood as patterns. We intended to make 2 sets, one for our customer's car and one for mine but other projects intervened after we had maybe 1/4-1/2 of the second set of wood. None of the original wood is useable except as patterns but a good bit of it has already been made. To di
  11. Only those who have been in this hobby since the 1960's truly know how many cars have been rebodied or turned into convertibles. Many more than most think.
  12. No discussion of exquisite but expensive upholstery would be complete without mentioning the Sharp brothers of Elyria, Ohio.
  13. Lief was going to do a 1932 Packard Coupe for us until our client realized what it would cost. As Trimacar says if you want perfection you have to pay for perfection. By the hour he was likely no more expensive than most good upholsterers. He just took as much time as needed to achieve perfection.
  14. Is/was he from the Philly area before moving South?
  15. Diesel trucks now use a urea derivative to somehow reduce emissions. The kid was before his time!
  16. New price. Now asking $12500 OBO. Great and profitable project for a talented wood worker. I have done the wood for 2 woodies and would do this one but my age has caught up with me.
  17. I would test this theory but I'm busy getting all my stored batteries off concrete. After which I need to break off every other fin on my water pumps so they don't move coolant too fast.
  18. Regardless, it rocks! It's a three on the tree limb I believe. And overdrive is a rope wrapped around Fred's...uh...never mind.
  19. Also where the name FIRE STONE originated. The original tubeless tire.
  20. This car eventually evolved into the FLINT. They dropped the "stone" so as not to confuse folks. I believe the car shown is the AbbaDabbaDu model.
  21. Virtually all the chrome is the same. The primary difference is in the body components. Nothing exotic about these engines. If you have the tools and can rebuild a Ford flathead you can rebuild a Lincoln engine. We have done several Parts are readily available. We bought a '48 Continental Conv in the flea market at Hershey in 1970 and drove it 45 miles home. Payed $1495 for it.
  22. Why do I immediately think cut down sedan?
  23. We are deep into the restoration of a Milburn. Electrics are just plain FUN!
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