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  1. I bought this 1925 Harley + sidecar from a friend. It had sat in his basement for about 40 years and still had Yukon mud caked all over it. He was disappointed when I cleaned it all off, but I found some great original paint underneath. Along with the original paint it has "original" dents and rust. It draws a crowd even when there are lots of shiny vehicles around.
  2. I just stripped down a 1940 Olds engine. 6 cyl, 230 cu. in. I have everything but the block is damaged. If you know the interchangeability of any of these with Pontiac I may have some parts you could use. Peter
  3. Thanks for the good information on what was going on at GM in 1940. You can certainly see the family resemblance in the GM products. Anyone want to add a 1940 Ford, Merc, or Lincoln? And where are the Mopar guys? Peter
  4. I saw this today in a For Sale thread so I thought I'd add it. 1940 LaSalle. 322 cu. in. V-8 engine, three on the tree. Base price $1395. Nice car. 1940 was the last year for LaSalle.
  5. Well it didn't take long to zero in on the front view as being a key 1940 feature. The grill and headlights were a focal point. Here is my friend's 1940 Nash Ambassador. 6 cyl, 235 cu. in., 105 hp. Wheelbase 121" and a base price of $955. This picture is from a commercial the car was used in.
  6. That may depend on what your marketing goal is. if your goal is to get the car sold (perhaps there's a timeline to have it moved) then maybe you market it a lower price. If your goal is to get top dollar, then maybe you do some things to increase its value or saleability. If there's someone who could (properly) get it running, then the value probably goes up, unless the engine is no good. If you clean it up it probably becomes easier to sell because it would look a lot better. In the end, your selling price may have little to do with the appraiser's estimate, and the appraise
  7. This is my 1940 Oldsmobile Series 60 Convertible Coupe. The series 60 had a 230 cu. in. flathead engine (95 hp) and a 116 inch wheelbase. Olds made about 1300 of this model with a base price of $996. This one has the optional 4 speed Hydramatic transmission. 1940 was the year most automakers introduced sealed beam headlights, and was also getting near the end of running boards. This car's Hydramatic transmission was the first fully automatic transmission offered by any of the North American makers.
  8. Since acquiring a 1940 Oldsmobile, I've taken a greater interest in 1940 cars of all makes. So how about a thread showing pictures and information about any 1940 cars? Original or period pictures are great, as well as specs and a few "firsts" (or maybe lasts). It would be interesting if there could be similar threads for other years and the result would be a great reference for many.
  9. The second picture is a different car, in Toronto on a rainy day. It can be found in the Toronto Archives. They must have finished off a good number of cars. It has under-running board storage boxes. Could it be a 1911 Stoddard-Dayton?
  10. The one that just closed on BAT this week might have been what you are describing. It sold for $13500. It may not be that easy to find what you describe. I have a 1927 Auburn 6-66 and there do not seem to be many others around. You do see a few more 1928 - 30 models, but still not a lot. Auburn used either Lycoming or Continental engines so parts are around. Mine has a Schebler carb, Stewart-Warner vacuum tank, and Delco starter, distributor and generator. These are all common. If you were looking for body parts, that may be a different story,
  11. We tried driving on the tracks in 1997 as we re-created the first auto trip across Canada. It was brutal! No problem with clearance but certainly a recipe for broken springs and lost parts. But we wanted to be authentic. We drove about 50 feet. In 1912 they drove several hours, at night because the freight agent told them there was no train expected until morning.
  12. The thing to keep in mind is that there were no street lights and probably not even the "glow" of the city lights that we're used to. Imagine being way out in the woods or somewhere. Even a candle is a welcome light source. That said, the headlights are quite bright if you look straight into them so I'd say they were quite good for oncoming traffic. How far ahead they cast depends on the condition of your reflectors and the adjustment (and the mud on the lens). But I'd say they're good to light up the road immediately ahead on one of those dark nights. Especially at the slowe
  13. I was very sorry to hear that Charlie Shaver had passed away last August. While I never met him, we exchanged emails a few times about projects we had in common. He had quite a collection of parts and from all I've read he helped many people with their projects over the years. I'm wondering if anyone knows if any of his parts collection has been or will be sold off?
  14. Looks like a '27, by the fenders.
  15. This 1929 Hupmobile Model A Rumbleseat Coupe was purchased by John Reid in 1952. John's been gone quite a while but the car is still in the family. John bought the car in 1952 from a man named George A. Mackay of Vancouver. (His wife was Jenny R. MacKay.) George worked for McLennan, McFeeley, and Prior Ltd., a wholesale hardware dealer down on Cordova Street. I have a picture of MacKay's 1937 transfer / registration from when he purchased the car. Its 1937 plate number was 57188. We don't know the original owner, but the car was initially registered on April 4, 1929. It may
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