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  1. "The car is for sale, not on sale." I'll have to remember this.
  2. Step 43. Clean body with gasoline. [!] Step 50 is a "Parko Rub." Guess that means a rubbing/polishing compound? Thanks for sharing. Very interesting info. Can you imagine buying 16 gallons of paint in today's market, only to rub off 75%? We're talking approximately $6500 and up.
  3. Our 1929 and 1921 Franklins are named Scott and Zelda, respectively. In honor of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, one of the most famous couples of the Flapper era. He was also the voice of the 1920s.
  4. Only about 5 cars are "no reserve." Looking at the offerings, most cars seem to have high starting bids with no takers. Also, the Seller has the right to refuse the high bid at the end of the auction.
  5. Boy, you've brought back some memories. The more I think the more I remember. Chula Vista, CA. A suburb south of San Diego. The first car I ever learned to drive was my Dad's '54 Ford 2-door. 6 cylinder automatic. Painted frost green by Earl Schieb. The next-door neighbors to the North had a '66 Thunderbird 2-door. Nice car. The husband drove a '66 Austin Healey Sprite. The neighbor's son to the South had a red '30 Model A 5-window coupe. Slightly hot-rodded. Further down was a mid-20s Chandler touring. Wan't into cars so didn't pay much attention it. I used to walk to the bus stop about 2 blocks away. One of the houses nearby had an Alfa Romeo 2600 convertible and a Daimler SP250. When I was buying my first car I asked him for advice; he told me to stay away from Alfas. I'll always remember waiting at the bus stop and seeing a circa '64 white Porsche roadster pass by every day. Never knew who the driver was, but he always turned the corner at our bus stop a little too fast, sliding the car about one foot as he turned the corner. In beautiful southern California, he never put the top down. I loved seeing that car go by every day. My best friend, Tom Chaney, introduced me to old cars. His family was strictly Chevy. Owned nothing else. They had an unrestored 490; one brother owned a '54 Corvette, the other had a black, 4-speed 409.
  6. It's at $35,000 with 6 days to go. My general rule is that BAT cars end up at a price 2X the amount at the beginning of the last day of bidding. If this holds true then the AMX will end up a $70K+ car. We'll see what happens. It's the best-looking AMX I've seen.
  7. A long time ago one of my roommates tried to start his Datsun 240Z and discovered the battery was bad. No problem, I thought. We lived near the top of a long slightly steep hill and there would be no problem push starting the car and then driving to the auto parts shop for a new battery. My other roommates volunteered to help push. I gave the car owner the instructions: ignition on and keep the car in fourth gear. We started pushing the car and it quickly sped down the hill away from us. All the way down the hill without starting My roommate followed instructions: ignition on and car in fourth gear. With the clutch in all the way down.
  8. Drove our 1921 Franklin in yesterday's 4th of July parade in Round Rock, Texas. Lots of hometown floats, boy scout troops and local organizations. Great local parade. We were the only old car to participate in the parade - no Model As, Ts or even the Miata club. Can't understand why. If our 100-year-old car can make it, why can't the others? I remember back in the old days in San Diego, how the local AACA would send at least a dozen cars to the parades in each area. But we had fun. Must have honked the Klaxon horn several hundred times.
  9. In today's environment, chrome costs would easily run $20-25,000. Otherwise, looks like a great deal for a do-it-yourselfer.
  10. I used PST in two of my 1989-91 Camaros. Was very happy with the results. Better cornering performance. However, I would hesitate to use polyurethane products on your 1962 Buick. The ride will probably be harsher than you want. P.S. If you do install polyurethane products, DO NOT lubricate them. You'll end up with squeaks that will drive you crazy. Don't ask me how I know.
  11. I am interested in a Franklin advertised as a 1929 135 coupe. I requested pictures and saw that the engine was not a '29. Can anyone help me identify the later year? What are the advantages/disadvantages of this engine in the car? Would prefer the original engine but wonder if the car is worth pursuing. Thanks.
  12. The trick is to get the hole exactly centered. Thanks for the tip. Any advice on how you did this? P.S. 3000 engines in 5 years. That's a little over 1 1/2 engines per day, 365 days per year. Wow!
  13. I really like this car. A station wagon with a small V8 and a four-speed. Great paint job. If I bought this car the first thing I would do is replace the bench seat with a set of GM-orginal split front seats. Ardmore, OK, is not too far away from me. Wonder how firm the price is. I need another car like a hole in the head, but that hasn't stopped me before.
  14. If I can offer some advice, your best bet would be to work with 70's-80's Chevy 350 V8s. You can still find them in junk yards for cheap prices ($300 for a complete engine). There are plenty of YouTube videos to help you learn, replacement parts are cheap, and machine shop work is available anywhere. Most importantly, if you really screw up you haven't wasted much money. 3-speed manual transmissions are cheap learning experience, too You can just work with an engine or transmission at first - it won't take much space in your garage. 1970-80 Chevy/GMC trucks and parts are still around in junk yards, although prices for complete vehicles are climbing. Get yourself a truck needing lots of work and you'll have a wonderful, frustrating, enjoyable time. And keep us informed.
  15. Great opportunity. A plethora of Franklins. Or is it a flock of Franklins? What do you call a group of Franklins?
  16. Interesting auction result. The eBay listing stated "needs some restoration." Starting price was $89,000 and the listing received zero bids.
  17. I have tried vinyl and fabric spray dyes and had unsatisfactory results. If you put it on too light the original stains still show. If you put it on too heavy it looks artificial - like you sprayed something on the fabric. In the long run you're better off just biting the bullet and replacing the headliner.
  18. If you are facing a deadline, then the safest course would be to get the Buick running with its current carburetor. If you replace the carb with a downdraft and then have starting problems, how do you know where the problem lies - was it something original to the car or something you did? Get it to work, then get it to work better.
  19. Sounds like a beautiful trip. Can't make it but hope a lot of people do.
  20. Beautiful truck, Mike. I'm more impressed with your technique to remove/install the snap rings. What size vise-grip clamps are those? Does it make a big difference? I've tried using c-clamps but found they were miserable to work with. Ended up using nothing. If your technique really works, then it would be worth the investment. Vise-grips are not cheap. P.S. I've got 10 wheels to do - four on my '21 9B and six on my '29 135.
  21. autoluke, There are several threads in this forum about repairing vacuum tanks. Do a search on "vacuum tank" and you should get some good information.
  22. Is the gray/silver one a Seville? I always liked that style of Seville. Nicely styled in a BMW sort of way. The car, along with its 350cu engine made for a good driving experience. Later versions of the Seville were caricatures. What's the status of the earlier Seville market? I could see buying a clean, nice example.
  23. 1929 pontiac coupe man, I noticed you need some periods. I have some extra and am loaning them to you for your next posting: ............................................................ Please consider this a contribution, non-worthy but at least humorous
  24. Great descriptions and photos. Please keep us informed of your progress.
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