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  1. About 5 years ago I replaced the top on my '21 Franklin 9B touring (5-passenger). I looked everywhere to get a decent estimate. Many restoration shops didn't want to do the job. Those that were willing gave an estimate of $5-7000. I met an upholstery guy at Chickasha (who has since stopped going there). He knew a Mennonite upholsterer who could do the job. It would be the last top the Mennonite would do because he was 80 years old and wanted to wind down and spend more time with his family. I shipped the top, supplied the top material - bought from Hartz (very, very nice people) who just happened to have some Franklin-accurate top material left over from previous run). The job took about 2 months. All in all, I spent about $2600 for the top, including the material. Five years later the top is as good as new and a work of art. You need to find someone in AACA circles who has reliable connections. The person I dealt with was well-known and someone I could trust. I looked into doing the top myself, but it's not a job for beginners.
  2. Brooklyn Beer, Talk/email/phone Franklin Club members about wanting to buy a Franklin. Let everyone know. Be as specific as you can. I bought my 1921 9B touring from a Franklin club member through the HCCA website. His knees couldn't take using the brakes anymore, so he upgraded to a 1928 7-passenger with hydraulics. About 5 years ago I called the Franklin Club webmaster to post a want ad for a 1929 Franklin sedan. The webmaster said he just took an ad that morning from someone wanting to sell a '29 135 sedan. I ended up buying the car before either ad posted. The sedan had a long history of Franklin club ownership and several good Franklin mechanics had worked on the it. The Franklin was in Fort Worth.
  3. I'm considering buying a scroll compressor. Looking at the Eastwood model. Expensive but very quiet. It's more powerful than the traditional air compressor I have. The Eastwood version is about $1,800 and puts out 12cfm at 90psi. Has anyone used this compressor? Any advice?
  4. Gary is correct - you want to put disk brakes on the front axle. That's where you'll get your stopping power. I once owned a 1956 Ford truck. Even with the stock V8 engine the rear wheels would hop when you applied power - there's no weight on the back end. You're not going to get good traction unless you put something in the truck bed over the rear wheels.
  5. Mine came May 29th. 78681 (Austin area) Luke, you are putting out a very good newsletter. Keep up the good work. I especially like the personal touches you give.
  6. Making guide pins makes everything easier. The longer the better. Helps the transmission get properly lined up. On a couple of cars I've used three guide pins.
  7. I second edinmass' recommendation. Do NOT go to Tijuana. It was dangerous 10 years ago and is even more so today. There's nothing to see. I would recommend a visit to Morro Bay on your way from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Very nice bay with a nice ocean breeze, otters at the north end, and many interesting shops and eateries.
  8. Probably meant 5-passenger. Unless it's the rare lift-back model.
  9. I have used their acrylic lacquers. Went on smoothly and buffed/polished to a mirror finish. Seem to behave just like the acrylic lacquers I used 15 years ago. I have no problem using the brand. You have to watch out with acrylic lacquers. Some companies sell a "lacquer" that you thin with a Urethane thinner. Was very unhappy with the results. The TCP Global/Restoration lacquer uses "real" lacquer thinner.
  10. I've always been partial to Ramblers, and the 1966 Convertible looks really nice.
  11. If you are looking to build a new tool box, I suggest you look at abandoning your air tools and going the rechargeable route. I've almost completely switched over to Milwaukee M12 rechargeable tools and am very happy. They are a very good value for the money. The tools work very well, don't weigh much, are quiet, and have proved to be reliable. The batteries don't take long to charge. Also, you can build your collection by purchasing just the bare tool itself, without having to pay for another battery and charger. You can run all day using a set of 3 batteries. For really stubborn bolts I plan on buying the Milwaukee M18 1/2 rechargeable impact wrench. 1,000 ft-lbs of fastening torque and 1,400 ft-lbs of unfastening torque. I've recently purchased a turbine air system to paint my cars, so my air compressor is now only used to fill tires - and I can get a rechargeable tool for that, too. Your sockets and wrenches have served you well. Maybe you don't need to replace them, but just look for better ways to use them. Oh, and replace all your garage lights with LED types. Twice as bright as fluorescents, with a kindler, gentler light. Although I wouldn't blame you for buying new sockets that have larger numbers etched onto them. Why did they ever make it so hard to identify the socket size? Keep us informed on what you do. P.S. Although I am not a Snap-On fanatic, I have found that their screwdrivers are absolutely the best I have ever used. They grip like nothing else. You simply must buy a set.
  12. That REO should have a 6cylinder engine in it. Kinda scary when the ad says it comes with a flat head 4.
  13. Just think, you'll never be able to pass another car on the road again. I was going to sell my 1989 Camaro with V8 and 5-speed manual transmission, but maybe I'll wait a while.
  14. Nick, Trusts are a useful and valuable tool to avoid probate. The ones I have been involved with have achieved their purpose: minimizing estate costs and legal fees while maximizing the $$$ going to heirs. Your comments show that your lawyer did not (1) sufficiently explain wills/trusts/estates to you and (2) figure out a way to implement your wishes. Get someone who cares about you, not your legal fees. The concept of a trustee involves someone who is in total control of your estate. Someone you absolutely trust to do the right thing. You should name as trustee someone who will ask Bob for advice. Please don't give up on the idea of a living trust.
  15. I agree with Joe Padavano. If the timing belt is broken then you basically need a new head and/or engine. Believe this Honda is an "interference" engine, which means if the timing belt breaks then the valves hit the pistons. Damage is done to all. Try to start the car. If it spins kind of fast, then the timing belt is broken. Run, don't walk, away. You can find similar or better Toyota/Honda bargains if you keep looking.