trimacar

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  1. I love that roadster Converse, is it a copy of a specific car? Converse made a Pierce Arrow touring, I was able to snag one a number of years ago and have never regretted paying the price for it, which was probably high at the time...…..this picture really shows the warts, but it looks nice on display.....
  2. That's actually a fascinating car, what a story. Truman was the last "common man" President, if you want to read an interesting story, get "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure"...you'll marvel at how a recent President traveled incognito, though he was recognized often...no Secret Service, just him and his wife on a road trip..incredible story, never to be repeated...
  3. I stand by my comments. Without good pictures and a detailed description, asking for a value is just a wish....post pictures, description, location, and contact Information for who has title in hand, and a serious buyer might appear... but posting “belongs to a friend, no pictures” doesn’t work well....Not bashing, just opining....
  4. Interesting thread, I've been on this forum for so long it seems like a rerun of the Andy Griffith show. Andy says gee, Barney, I have this great old car, had it shipped back from overseas when I was in the service, bet it's worth a fortune. Well, Barney says, let's start searching the Internet! Gee, Andy, lots of these cars have gone for millions, bet yours is worth a fortune. Andy says yeah, I'll just put the information out that I have it, bet they'll beat a path to my door, no reason to bother with such trivial things as pictures, description, and the price I have in mind! So here we are. Everyone who owns a car has done some research, it's so easy these days, and HAS A PRICE IN MIND. Without fail. The old days of "gee, I don't know what it's worth" are gone. Post pictures. Post a price. Go from there, but don't pretend that "gee, I can't get any info"...you're trying to smoke out a guy with lots of money who'll throw it at you without thinking, yet the people with money, with some very sad exceptions, know better...
  5. I agree, so we need to get back on track..."Gee, with all the unrest in the world and everyone out of a job, antique cars will go down to 5 cents on the dollar and I'll buy one"....oh, well shucks, not maybe an old wive's tale, but a lot of people thinking this way, and dismayed that the old car market hasn't tanked. Back to old wive's tales....
  6. Yes, Eric is a great resource to us old car collectors. The Permaflex that you reference is similar to one of the most common materials back then, Pantasote. They were, as may top materials were then, a fabric coated with a rubberized layer, the fabric for strength, the rubberization for water proofing. Same process as used for vinyl now, such as Naugahyde, just a different coating now. While Eric has some insights on this, what you get now, even what is called "replicated Pantasote", is still a vinyl type material. I know of no source for material absolutely true to the original. While not original, a lot of people go with Haartz/Stayfast cloth for tops, just because of ease of maintenance, and I've never heard of any points being taken off in judging by using that material.
  7. My favorite, guy wakes up in hospital after a heart procedure, looks down and says “Oh my God, a Lucas pacemaker....”
  8. Yes, to do it correctly takes time. Once you start you’ll know whether the leather seam will survive the process. Worked with a great paint and body man, spectacular results. One day a guy asked him hey, I’d like to do that, can you explain your process to me? Paint and body guy says well, first you work with metal and make it as perfect as you can then you fill and sand, primer coat, then a black coat to see any imperfections in body panel, fix or fill imperfections, another coat to double check, then block sand everything, making custom blocks for the different body panels, prime,sand, prime,sand, color coat, color sand and buff. Fellow looks at him and says wow, that sounds like a lot of work, I really wanted to know the EASY way to do it...
  9. Beautiful car, but it’s not a Full Classic as defined by Classic Car Club of America.....it’s lower case “classic” in styling, though, and would make someone a great tour car....
  10. We were typing the same reply at the same time, it appears!
  11. Sounds like it’s cotton thread and rotten, oh when those cotton seams get rotten you can’t....sorry, wrong song.... Although you say leather is good, it’s likely to be brittle, and resewing is difficult. As mentioned, machine sewing adds to the problem, hand sewing will work if on is careful. Figure about 45 minutes to an hour per foot of hand sewing. Machine stitching is 5 to 7 stitches an inch, so 60 stitches per inch minimum. A cloth backing glued to the back of the stitch area will also help.
  12. As Greg states, the original pricing is off the table. The prices being discussed for the cars now are very affordable and reasonable. If you’re at all in the market for such cars, you’d be well served to contact the owner....
  13. I think it’s the same issue with computer information. Computer code is all binary ,so it’s nothing but 1’s and 0’s....if a computer cable gets a kink in it, the 0’s can sorta slide on through, but the 1’s will get hung up due to their sharp edges...This has been a problem for years...
  14. Or how about “it’s rare, so it’s very valuable”.... not always true....
  15. How about the Stanley Brothers, if you were driving and you’d keep the throttle wide open on a Stanley for one minute, they’d give you a free car.... Or how about the all too common myth/belief that 6 volt car systems don’t work? 6 volts worked fine when the cars were new, if they don’t work now it’s corrosion or other issues with electrical path, small cables, bad starter...
  16. My wife playing with granddaughter, and she said beep beep...reminded me of this.... apologies to Cadillac owners being embarrassed!
  17. trimacar

    Pierce Arrow

    Drool. The car that almost makes me wish I didn’t have one just like it, I’d want this one. The engine was done by the best in the business....or was the best in the business, departed now...
  18. The price paid at a garage sale has nothing to do with current value. If one gets hung up on “gee the guy who bought it is making too much money off it”, then go collect something else. The point is what it’s worth to you, to enjoy and show off and meet new friends. You don’t say “gee, the manufacturer of my new car only spent X amount to build the car, why are they asking so much.” We’ll, maybe you do, not my point here...Value to you is what matters, not cost nor dollars spent previous to you looking to buy car....
  19. In my experience, 1 to 2 months in the car restoration world is the same as instantaneous.......
  20. This is not right, your clutch is either totally out of adjustment or sticking. Does anyone have a manual showing clutch adjustment they could post?
  21. Because Amazon has contracts with carriers that over ride normal delivery....money still is an influence, you know, and we’ve allowed it to happen, demanding special treatment from certain vendors. Not their fault, public demand drives it...
  22. Yes, you want a walking foot. I love my Pfaff, but there are other good machines, Consew, Juki, so forth. I like a clutch drive, but realize I’m a dinosaur in that respect. My recommendation is, don’t buy a used worn out machine that you cuss by the minute. Find a reputable shop and see if they an put you in a reconditioned or lightly used machine, I like Keystone in Philadelphia, have bought two machines from them and been pleased...
  23. I had someone recently make a very fair offer on my Cord, I thought to myself that if I sold it, every time a magazine article talked about them it would hurt, so told him no. Let’s say the offer was a tad over your current budget! One day it will be for sale, not now though. I have a ‘27 DB fast four cabriolet, Greg, if you ever want see it or drive it. Not currently for sale either. Mine is mechanically excellent, and I can tell you 50 mph would be optimistic. Don’t let the “fast” fool you, it’s just a little faster than a Dodge “slow” four....but it’s a delightful car to drive around town and has done a Glidden tour or two in the past....
  24. I stand corrected, I apologize, I've owned numerous 1920-25 Dodge Brothers cars and never seen one fitted with a magneto. Learn something every other day! Thanks dc
  25. Post a picture of what you're working on. A 1924 Dodge didn't have a magneto, so we need to understand what you're asking....