Restorer32

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  1. When I embark on a car hunting adventure and wife asks "When will you be home"? I always tell her "We are going on an adventure and you cannot put a time limit on adventures. They have to run their course".
  2. Many antique stationary engines have come out of that area. They were used to power electric generators for homes not on the grid.
  3. Over the years we have made several of these very difficult "gull wing" header bows. We have several requests for these now and are contemplating making another batch. We have however learned over the years that it is nearly impossible to make these so they fit without having a car to fit them to. We were loaned a windshield frame, posts and surround to use to fit these bows but we no longer have that framework. We have an original header for a pattern but because these pieces are joined in the center by finger joints they need to be fit to a windshield frame. They are very labor intensive to make so therefore expensive. At what we have to charge to make them we would like them to actually fit. We might even buy an unrestorable parts car if we could find one, conv coupe or 4 door conv. If we could find just a conv cowl that would be great. Any ideas?
  4. Did your car come from an old collection in Louissa, Virginia?
  5. In about 1987 Paul came to our shop to look at a '49 Chrysler Highlander Conv. He ended up not buying it but I was impressed that he was still looking at cars at his age.
  6. Damn and my guess was going to be White . Rode in a White steamer with the late Wil Markey and drove a late teens 12 passenger White Yellowstone Park Bus belonging to Wil in a local Parade in 1987.
  7. Dad bought my '32 Packard 900 from Art back when Light 8 Packards were only good for parts....and yea I hear some of you old guys saying "they still are only good for parts" under your breath.
  8. We did a '21 Silver Ghost. The Sharp Brothers did the top and interior. They made us swear that we would not put the top down or touch the canvas sidemount covers until the car's show career was over.
  9. Many years ago when I could not afford to tell a client NO I had a fellow with a '32 Packard who to show it in AACA and CCCA competition and needed a boot. Not wanting to spend the money to have one made he had us take a piece of top material, sew a beading around part of it, install a few snaps, fold it and put it in a plastic bag. And he got away with it.
  10. Like they say "different strokes for different folks". Best to use whatever works best for you. Happily all the issues with early clears have been solved. I was reluctant to go to base/clear from single stage for many years but now we're glad we did though we will spray whatever the client wants.
  11. Had you gone with base/clear you would not have these issues. Spray both base colors, sand as much as necessary to get rid of any tape line then shoot 3 coats of clear over everything. Done that way you cannot even feel the tape line. Correctly wet sanded and buffed almost no one can tell if it is base/clear or single stage. Some folks say they can tell but they really can't. Most professionally restored cars you see at shows will be base/clear.
  12. 9 out of 10 people do not understand the correct definition of "decimate".
  13. Chris is Art's step son in law. Art had a junk yard here in York before he divorced and moved to Muncie Pa. He had quite a collection of Packards and multi cylinder Cads. My ex biz partner bought all his Packard parts, several truck loads, and later donated them to the Packard museum in Dayton. Art then moved to Maine and bought a small railroad line to play with.
  14. Does anyone else remember Art Brummer, one of the early movers and shakers of the antique car world? He also reproduced many Packard parts. He may still be alive as far as I know. Hope he is.
  15. In about 1970 we turned down a Duesenberg Limo for $10,000. Dad thought it was way too much to pay for an antique car.
  16. One of my pet peeves as well. There are no degrees of uniqueness. Either it is or it isn't.
  17. As a youth I was into "speleology" (cave exploring) and we used carbide lights on our helmets. Came back from s day caving and decided to clean out the carbide tank on my light. I washed it out it Mom's sink. I then tried the spark lighter on the reflector. Apparently I dropped some carbide down the sink. The explosion almost took the utility sink off the wall. It was several hours before I could hear clearly again. Acetylene needs to be treated with caution.
  18. Wish you look. We searched for 7 years for a Covert trans for a 1917 Bell Touring we restored. Very rare trans only used in a couple obscure cars and tractors. We did learn that an overland trans could be adapted to work and we were going to do that but to our surprise a Covert trans showed up while we were were looking for other parts.
  19. Son of a friend of mine thought it would be fun to fill a large balloon with acetylene and light it off. He ended up with serious 2nd degree burns on his chest. If he had been holding the balloon higher he likely would have been blinded. We used to have great fun messing with calcium carbide stones and water. Almost blew my mom's sink off the wall. Turn a clay flower pot upside down over a couple pieces of carbide, drip in a little water then wait a minute or two for the acetylene to build up. Now toss a lit match toward the hole in the bottom of the pot. We never managed to send a pot into orbit but a 6 ft flight was common. Back then we could buy 1 lb cans of calcium carbide at Sunny surplus. Went thru a lot of it.
  20. Looking for a '68-'72 Chrysler 9 passenger Town and Country Station Wagon. Might consider a Plymouth also.
  21. People underestimate the force of compressed air. A local factory had an air compressor tank explode. The air compressor tank was maybe 20 feet from a concrete block wall. The explosion totally destroyed the block wall. Luckily no employees were in the area at the time.
  22. My twin step sons, age 40, have no idea how to drive stick nor does my wife but my step daughter, now 35, wanted a stick shift from the day she got her permit. She bought an Eclipse and is quite good at shifting.
  23. 1948 Super. All the wood has been disassembled and is useable for patterns only. Included is much new wood, maybe 50% of all wood needed, professionally cut from ash as original. Car runs and is 100% complete with all woodie specific parts such as taillights and door handles and requires full restoration. Great project for a talented woodworker. Pics are problematic as the car is nosed into my garage and all the wood, original and new, is piled on top. Asking $17500 which is less than the cost to have the wood reproduced. Good title. Located in South Central PA.