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Everything posted by Restorer32

  1. I know he was driven to the hospital in an Art Deco 1932 Model 900 hearse, the chassis of which still existed in the 1980's. I was surprised to find an historical marker commemorating the site on US 30 near Irwin, PA.
  2. Faded and banged up blue '60 Corvair 4 door with torn seat covers and the ever popular lawn mower shift lever on the dash and NO I do not want another.
  3. Ed Jacobowitz from Uncasville, Conn. Remember him well.
  4. Who else remembers when Ray Dietrich had a space in the Blue Field selling what I assume were copies of many of his design sketches? Or when Bill Harrah could be spotted driving his newest acquisition around the flea market? Or Austie Clark holding court at his spaces?
  5. The bags covering the brass lights are to slow down the tarnishing of the polished brass.
  6. Where did you find the pic of our car hauleer ? lol....just kidding. A guy can dream can't he ?
  7. As late as 1928 Autocar trucks had roller bearing crankshafts. Two bearings only. I assume that they must have been reasonably reliable. Only drawback we noticed was they were very noisy.
  8. I was a judge at a CCCA event in West Chester, PA some time ago. A fight broke out, almost to the point of fists flying, between an owner and a judge regarding his lack of any way to dim the lights on his Duesenberg. He swore, literally, that his car came from the factory without a way to dim the headlights. I enjoyed the show, liked most of the folks I met but I still felt like an intruder into their inner circle. There is a need for a club like CCCA. I hope it survives.
  9. If they take 120 Packards why not the XK Series Jags 120-150, assuming build quality could be ignored?
  10. Agree with Trimacar. Two months is instantaneous in the restoration world. Those new wires are not exactly the same as repros but folks seem to love them.
  11. When the CCCA Grand was in Baltimore I wanted to attend a few events that my young Son and Wife might enjoy, including a reception in the roundhouse of the B&O railroad. Those few events would have cost us over $1000 with us driving from home every day. $1000 was way too much money for a young family just starting a business. But I agree, the club has been watered down to where "What's the point?" in keeping our membership other than a nice magazine.
  12. 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".
  13. Many antique stationary engines have come out of that area. They were used to power electric generators for homes not on the grid.
  14. 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?
  15. Did your car come from an old collection in Louissa, Virginia?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.