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  1. The article seems to take every opportunity to diminish the car's condition with words like "rust bucket", "wrecked", "Poor Condition", etc. Certainly it is not "mint", but I would hardly call it a "rust bucket". I would find the car very interesting to see it given a sympathetic cleaning/servicing and put back on the road as is.
  2. Some years back there was one in the Carlisle, PA area and I believe the owner's name was also Gardner.
  3. I've been playing with the early 4-cyl Dodge Brothers cars, on and off, for over 40 years. They are great cars and, for their age, still enjoy a reasonably good availability for parts, which makes them a fairly attractive earlier car to keep on the road as well. With that said, they are not high value cars. It sounds like your decision on which car to choose, is going to be determined by which one will be the most valuable and/or easier to sell. A running drivable car is ALWAYS easier to sell. Since you state that you and your husband have little knowledge or experience with these cars, I would definitely suggest that you choose the 1917, if it is in running condition. To some DB enthusiasts the '25 may be more attractive than the earlier model, but unless that car is very close to being completed and would require very little investment of time and/or funds, it does not seem to be the way for you to go. Costs of restoration being what they are today, and going up all the time, restoration of relatively low valued cars like the DB's are not an economic winner. Those of us that do them do it because we love the cars. In your case, it just wouldn't make sense. Another suggestion, depending on your relationship with your father, and whether you want him to know what your intentions for the car are, would be to go ahead and market the car while he is available to assist you. His knowledge and experience would be helpful in dealing with any potential buyers. Good luck.
  4. $15,000 would barely be a start towards restoring that car. Unless it has a much higher value than I believe it does, I wouldn't even start on it.
  5. saw this Jewett that's been kicking around on eBay for a bit: Don't know what they are thinking with that price though!
  6. Dang Terry, I thought I was the only one that used that line. Great minds do think alike.
  7. We use LiBrandi's for virtually all of our plating work. Never been disappointed!
  8. More like Peerless, I would say about 1912-13.
  9. First two appear to be early 20's Cadillac.
  10. This! Vacume tanks are quite simple to repair/restore, and once done properly they are practically bullet proof. I have run 10's of thousands of miles on vacume tanks with no issues. The biggest problems are dirty fuel tanks/lines and/or leaks in lines or gasketing... either are simple to diagnose and fix.
  11. Just a bit of information for what it may be worth. This may not be applicable for all insurance carriers BUT (and it's a big BUT) some policies forbid the use of antique cars involving any type of compensation. That could extend to any type of "gifts" as well as money. I was involved in the repair of a car that was damaged while participating in a wedding and the insurance company tried to contend that the fact that the owner of the car received a meal (at the wedding reception) met their definition of "compensation", therefore absolving them of any responsibility to pay for the repairs. I don't know what the eventual outcome was with regards to the insurance payout may have been. We were paid directly by the owner of the car. The point I am making is that in today's litigious society, the risks inherent in participating in such events are significantly higher than they used to be. Years back I participated in many weddings, parades, and other events with our antique cars. The liability today simply far outweighs the benefits. It's sad but true.
  12. You could always buy a new piece and patina it. It's not that hard to do. Also consider that you will very likely destroy the original patina when you have to heat it to bend the corners anyway.
  13. Up until a few years back our local NAPA stores were all owned by a local family business. They had experienced counter people (yes, some were female!) and store managers and very little turnover in their staff. We did a lot of business with them. Then the stores were sold to a large company that owns, I've heard, several hundred NAPA stores based somewhere out of Georgia. Since then most of the old staff has left and their replacements are worthless and totally non-professional. Recent example; normally I get our masking tape from our auto body supplier, but I was too late to catch their afternoon delivery truck so I ran down the 4 miles to NAPA and went in and asked for a couple of rolls of 3/4" masking tape, preferably the green 3M, which I had bought there in the past. The new "kid" behind the counter went back and came out with a roll of duct tape! I explained that I wanted masking tape not duct tape and in the 3/4" wide size. He said that that's the only kind of tape they sell. I knew better and also knew where the masking tape was stored in the back room. I told him this and asked him to go back and get me a couple of rolls. He refused to even go look. I just shook my head and left, and drove the 15 miles down to our PPG auto body supplier and got what I needed. A week or so later I stopped in and told the new manager that he really needed to train his counter guys a bit better and told him of my experience. His response was while he was sorry, I shouldn't expect the counter guys to know everything they sell??? Needless to say, I rarely do much business with those folks anymore.