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  1. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I'm going to look at a 48 Ford conv. for sale today. What would be a good speed be on the highway? Thanks </div></div> When new, these cars were more than capable of 70-75mph, good enough for the day, but in today's traffic, I don't know--things like steering, brakes (arguably, 40-48 Fords had some of the best drum brakes ever built, but they don't compare to modern cars). Still, it should be a great tour car. Art Anderson
  2. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Evidently there is such a thing, but it appears to be a protoype Thunderbird in Fairlane trim. A 1955 Fairlane-Thunderbird is discussed in the following URL: http://www.classiccar.com/aci-rarebird1.php A advertisement for what is suppose to be a 1955 Ford Fairlane-Thunderbird is shown by McClellen's Automobile Literature at: http://mclellansautomotive.com/photos/H3399.jpg I remember that GM combined Chevrolets and Cadillac Elderado Barritz in 1956 and 1957 to make the Chevrol
  3. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Can anyone give me the text book definiton in use during the 1930s for a Phaeton and a Touring car? What are the differences between the two body styles, if any? Paul </div></div> In all this, I think it's well to remember that automakers used the term "Touring Car" on several different styles of bodies over the years. For example, pre-1910 (and even a few years after that), automobiles (usually luxury cars) having closed passenger compartments, with open-air front
  4. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Does the 35 - 37 ford pickup truck use a different frame than the same model year car ? </div></div> Ford half ton pickups in the years '32-37 use the same basic frame as the passenger cars. Art Anderson
  5. West, They are out there! Saw several completely stock Willys Americars at last June's GoodGuys Rod & Custom show at Indianapolis. Not all of them got made into gassers. Art Anderson
  6. Well, The old, common way is by combining the rim diameter with the width across the inside of the lips of the wheel rim itself: Say, 7.00-15 (7 inches wide, 15" inside diameter of the tire bead). Art Anderson
  7. Barry, Your MkII is as timeless as any car ever built! Thanks for sharing! Art Anderson
  8. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Springield, Ill. sometime in the 20's. See attach </div></div> Neat picture, Randy! I would place the time frame at circa 1930-33, however, given the more rounded, smoother lines of the cars. It's very interesting to see the smaller, single-truck Birney Safety Car streetcars too! I'd have thought Springfield was large enough for their street railway system to have had larger streetcars--the single truck units tending to be popular mostly with smaller cities, such
  9. Back in '63, while in college in a small Iowa town, one of my buddies and I figured out how to make our Model A Fords work like Jeeps in the snow! Shoot, we just let about 10lbs of air out of those old Ford skinnies, made for fantastic traction! Why, we spent an entire Saturday night that December, a week before we all got on the train to come home for Christmas, busting snow drifts all over Fairfield IA with our A's--great fun! Art Anderson
  10. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">for low projected volumes, a cast resin model kit may be more realistic. Of course, it has a different appeal/audience that a die cast </div></div> The resins kits are sporatically available at over $150+ (sometimes little less) from Germany. They are the ones that I mentioned earlier. I really would like to see a quality die-cast in a reasonable scale
  11. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Does anyone know whom I would speak to in the various companies (Franklin Mint, Danbury Mint, etc) about getting a nice die cast model done? As the new president of the Amphicar club, I think it is time that an Amphicar was done. I want to try to get this to happen for our club and the others who want but can't afford to own an Amphi. We only have some hard to find, lower quality (OK for the scale 1:43) model available, quite often in incorrect colors. I would like to see a qu
  12. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Art, I hope you still have that "$50 dollar car". <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Wayne </div></div> Uh, what the hey! I did with it as I was supposed to do--played with it, wore it out! But, those early promo tires, with that flywheel motor--talk about black tire streaks on Mom's clean kitchen floor! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" /> Art
  13. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Here Goes Kids, This attachment comes from my extensive archive and may put an end to the lengthy repartee about when promos began. Look to the Hudson article (Automotive News, 9/27/48) and the Chevy piece to give an idea of the ACTUAL origins of promos. The OK Used Car deal is unatributed. While I agree completely about scale models built by manufacturers for publicity purposes (Cord, Tucker, etc.), perhaps this article will answer the lingering question; When did it all begi
  14. I'm thinking that this car is simply someone's street "special", built in the 30's--not all that uncommon, even in the Depression era. The engine might well be original to the car, but that Stovebolt is no performance engine at all--certainly not with battery-coil-generator igntion and electrical system, and definitely not with an asthmatic 1bbl carburetor. Still, it's a neat little car! Art Anderson
  15. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Promo model history goes well back into the 19th century when miniatures were carried by a wide variety of traveling salesmen. However, for cars, one of my favorite pieces of history for promos dates to 1921. Marmon had limited display for the auto show in New York. Factory shop apprentices were instructed to build 1/4 scale models, two for each of the eight body styles offered for the 1921 Model 34B, plus at least two 1/4 scale engines. These models were well received by the pu
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