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  1. Looks like nice material, and with woolen mills shutting down it’s going to be tough to find, in fact already is. You should be able to find a buyer….good luck.
  2. Ok, sorry for confusion. I’ve never seen the whole seat, all I have in my garage are the two seat backs. Thus, I assumed they were buckets, I was wrong. So, I’m looking for clarification on how top, back, sides are finished on a split back backrest. Pictures would be helpful, I’ve searched Internet but no luck finding such pictures. Thanks in advance for any help.
  3. Upholstery, the leather/vinyl at top, back, sides of seats. Thanks dc
  4. I’m looking for pictures of how the sides and rear valence are installed on bucket seats, circa 1950 Studebaker convertible. I believe they were the same for a few years. I’m working with a kit which was incorrectly installed and have to figure how to fix. Thanks David C.
  5. Wow, nicely done. Looks great, you are I’m sure, and should be, proud of the result. Its not so much hiding mistakes, as knowing which mistake to tear apart and “pro Bono” fix, and which mistake might blend in and not be noticed in the overall picture.
  6. That’s interesting, Walt. I knew, early on, cars backwards and forwards, since I’d restored one and been taught what to look for. In my 30s, I judged a few times at CCCA Grand Classics, mostly in Texas. I was soon sort of left out of consideration for judging, as even minor faults told me that people were just trying to “skate by” with shock and awe of a great car. Thus, a rare car was skimmed over, a average production car nit picked to death. Just not my thing. I had the good fortune to be liked by the very few good mentors in Louisiana at the time. Thus, I had a pleasant old car experience which made me continue in the hobby. At 16, I owned a 31 Chevy and a 25 Dodge coupe. At 21, I had four cars, at 25 a dozen, at 30 two 40x60 metal buildings chock full of early cars, 55 Chevy convertible and Nomad, 57 Chevy convertible and beautiful original 57 two door hardtop, the list is long, early Reo, Cord sedan, many others. Over 200 cars in the last 50 years, many of them Full Classics. Its been a great hobby and it all started with good people caring about me and nurturing my love of old cars.
  7. Yep, I always get Supply and Specialties mixed up, I received a bag of samples from Specialties and it’s nice stuff.
  8. Nicely done, and you hit on one reason I spit tacks. They are easily removed and adjusted, with a staple one does more harm than good removing them to reposition. A fellow trimmer brought up an interesting point, so to speak, about putting tacks in one’s mouth. A good box of tacks, you can lightly press your finger in the box and a few points will stick to your skin. Why, he asked, don’t those sharp points jab the inside of one’s mouth? I don’t know the answer, but do know that there is no pain with a mouthful of tacks.
  9. Walt, mine was “hands on” also. In fact, the fellow said he wouldn’t paint the car unless I was right there with him to help. In the 1960s people were much more concerned about going down the road than having a perfect car, at least where I lived then (central Louisiana). I couldn’t afford to chrome my bumpers on the 31 Chevy, painted them black, and not once did anyone comment on it back then, not at shows nor tours. But, the paint job was great! I started touring in 1967 when I was 16, driving my Chevy all over Louisiana. How my parents let me do such a thing is beyond me, I was even checking in to motels on my own, which probably would be tough to do these days for a teenager. It helped that a lot of the “old timers” took me under their wing.
  10. In 1965, I was restoring a 1931 Chevrolet, local guy offered to paint it in lacquer. In a warehouse, wet down floor, he’d spray 3 coats of paint, one right after another. Let dry a day, we’d wet sand the whole car, with a lot of color washed away. Wipe down, three more coats, sand the next day. We did that 5 times, 15 coats of paint but easily half sanded off. Result was spectacular for the time. Over 50 years later the paint, where it hasn’t chipped away, is still nice.
  11. Yes, looks much nicer un-cluttered. I still have a hard time getting past that entire front grill shell being chromed. Very off-putting, and that must have cost a fortune, that's a HUGE piece to chrome, and it never was such from the factory. Even though I know someone might say "Well, they'd do anything to sell a car", my guess is that Packard officials might even say no to that adornment. I always got a kick out of the instrument panel, the speedometer on the left and the radio "55-150" or so on the right. People ask what that dial is, I tell them the high speed speedometer, as over 55 mph the one on the left isn't as accurate.
  12. Try Perfectfit or Rochford Supply, most upholstery suppliers carry it. You may wish to buy the black, heavier board, and paint it to match the original color. There's a natural tan available but it's lighter than what you have. Google upholstery panel board and you can find numerous places which sell this material.
  13. Looks to me to be a pressed panel board. A lot of the panels and backing panels were a heavy black board, and there was a method at the factory for shaping them and they held that shape. That piece looks, in the picture, to be fairly flat, and one can buy panel board in various colors so a close match should be available.
  14. Just for the record, there are no such things as "New York City" headlights. Bracket headlights were just a Pierce option, plain and simple. There has never been a law or regulation found that stated fender mounted headlights were "illegal" anywhere. Then, just as today, there were people who didn't care for the looks of the fender mounted headlights, and thus opted for a more conventional look. David, I hope you find a good home for the car, I know there are people out there looking for their first Pierce!
  15. A point that's being missed is that this car, however low on the Pierce scale of desirability, gets one involved with the Pierce Arrow Society, a great bunch of guys and gals. I was visiting a nice brass era tour, lots of friends on it but neither of my brass cars are on the road. One of my good friends told me, you know, you need to buy something running, even if it's an early Model T, so you can drive on these tours. I told him that Model T doesn't really excite me. He said it's not about excitement, it's about PARTICIPATION. So, money and desirability and parts cars aside, this car would allow one to participate. And, the downside is fairly small, if later one wishes to move up.
  16. The 29 Pierce? Yes, though not sure if finished. New owner put big bucks into car, kept a lot of us updated constantly, about six months ago went to upholstery shop and that’s the last I know of it. True labor of love….
  17. Try Acme Auto Headlining in California, you’ll have to contact them, they have windlace but not listed in their catalog. Restoration Supply in Windber Pa also has a stock of windlace.
  18. Same dealer sold a ‘29 Pierce phaeton, in worse condition, for about 70K. Some people fall in love and ignore reality, which is fine as long as your family still has room and board!
  19. I missed the fact that paint is weak. Already in the 70s though, so getting closer to 100 is possible. I agree lots of things to clean up on this car, from gewgaws to too much chrome.
  20. You forgot the bumper guard! These have a nice looking front end except when cluttered like that. The hood ornament just looks silly on this car.
  21. Well, Ed, you stumbled over the first one because you have a friend who, when presented with the strange and unusual, thinks of you. So there, put that in your pipe and smoke it! The 1917 couldn't have found a better home.
  22. Great driving car if you like them big. In 1939 only 20 such convertible sedans were built, and if I remember correctly 12 or 13 of them exist. Huge blind spot in rear quarters when top is up. At least one owner when new wanted little removable windows in the side of the top rear quarters, so she could see out of the back seat when being driven around. Should bring over 100K pretty easy, looks like a great driver if one is looking for such.
  23. I had the pleasure of working on a late 1920s Rolls. I'm a mechanical engineer by education and profession, so while I might not be the best mechanic around, I do comprehend mechanical assemblies. The Rolls astounded me, and I found myself trying to get into the mind of the British engineers who came up with some of the bits and pieces. Something as simple as a mechanical brake equalizer, American engineers did it with simple steel pieces to balance the pull on each side, the English engineer built a miniature differential with 40 or 50 parts, complete with gears and "axles". Where American engineers would use 8 or 10 large bolts to mount engine flange to transmission flange, the English "sewed" the two pieces together, with 40 or 50 (one quits counting on a Rolls) smaller bolts darn near overlapping each other. No question fine cars, but over engineered beyond comprehension. The man hours to build such cars must have been astounding. As to restoring, I watched a very talented man work for two weeks to restore a Rolls carburetor, making sure everything was perfect, and complete with the cosmetics (which of course took a huge amount of time, polishing and buffing). As Ed mentions, I honestly think a Duesenberg would be easier to restore than certain Rolls Royce automobiles.
  24. I believe there is a market for these, I've only seen a couple. Pictures would help, as condition means everything. Location is also a factor, as a guy in New York might fall in love with it and find out you live in California. Also, if you have any price in mind, let that be known too.
  25. I second Applewood, Bruce is a friend of mine and has transported very valuable cars. He and his crew know what they're doing. Can't comment on pricing, he's only hauled one car for me and that's a LONG story, I went with him (when he was just getting started in hauling cars) and it was an adventure.
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