Paul Dobbin

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    Old car restoration and touring. Primary interest in Pre-WWII


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    1934 Fords since 1972

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  1. About 8 years ago, I took my brother with me to look at a 1988 Covette Roadster. Maroon with a new tan top and new tires, 58,000 miles, a one owner golf course garage kept and pampered car. $8,000. Drove like a truck to me, so my brother bought it. He spent a fortune on the electronics in the dash an sold it for $6500 a year later. We were both disappointed in comparing it to our former 57 & 58 Corvettes. Was higher tech but a lot lower fun value.
  2. It really did!. We were tempted, but realized we had probably found our one and only buyer. Padgett said: Tampa license plate ? 4D was Pinellas County was the "4", the "D" meant compact car. Tampa was "3" would have been for Hillsborough County (Tampa). We lived in Redington Beach, off the coast of St. Petersburg. Those look like VW wheels, 4CV (army helmet) had three lug wheels. (Not on the 1952 4CV, these were stock wheels) You might be thinking of the Citreon.
  3. The car begam life as a rear engine 1952 Renault 4CV, a 4 cylinder water cooled French car that tried to compete with the VW for the small car market and failed. I had one at age 14 and made the famous Moon Machine Roadster out of it and repowered it with a 1962 Renault Dauphine engine, doubling our horsepower. I think they made them from 1947 until 1961, when it was replaced by the Dauphine. Painted with an Electrolux vacumn clearner, after years in primer. The Moon Machine had antique car front fenders and some non-descript rear fenders from an antique car. The rest was fiberglass with 34 Ford seats. My brother and I were legends in our own minds as custom car builders. When we sold it, within 1/2 hour the buyer called an offered it back for 1/2 price. No Deal! I'm sure it must now be deep in an old landfill somewhere. Pictured here in primer.
  4. Nice to hear a story that ends well. Congratulations. We had 13 cars @ 100 or more years old on this years Glidden Tour, which was 10% of the participants. I thought that was special! Makes me want a brass car again.
  5. This week Hemmings had a 1953 Mercury Convertible for $40,000 and a 1954 for $55,000. Both fine restored examples. That seems high to me!
  6. No color here yet, after a dry summer we don't expect much except that they'll turn brown and fall off. Last year we did a tour at the end of leaf season and found a little color (Picture) We're hoping for no fires this year.
  7. Greg, I'm the guy that recommended Walker Radiator Works in Nashville. I knpw how hard it is to get the radiator out of your car, I did it on mine. My 84 year old radiator didn't take to magic radiator sures either. Walker made a new one, end of problem.
  8. You can buy a real good Model A for $15K or less. (However they offer a pretty primative ride quality) You won't find a good 35 Ford Phaeton in that price range. Remember the old saying, "If the top goes down, the price goes up." Applies to all makes.
  9. Stick with the companies that specialize in antique car insurance. You will find the coverage to be better and cost less. Hagerty, J.C. Taylor, American Collectors, and others who advertise in the club magazines. Most of them get good reviews here whenever anybody asks a question like yours. Remember all 50 states control policies requirements in their state. Shop around and talk to their agents. Retired Agent
  10. All except the first car, to new for me. But nice pictures.
  11. "getting any lately" (Referring to drive time)
  12. I would be proud to have anybody see me driving that! My wife saw the picture and said "That's Cool !!!!" Then again, this was my first car. A custom build as well.
  13. This thread illustrates the problems with a modified antique car (Resto-Rod). If you don't know what later model parts were used, it's very hard to know how to fix the new modification to blend with the original modifier's choice. Like my Mustang II front end has aftermarket spindels to accomadate 11" GM Disc brakes to replace the 9" ones that came with the original Mustang II front end. In hind sight I should have began with the FatMan setup because the rebuild and modification cost as much or maore than the FatMan one. I have a list of all the modification parts used on my car and it will go with the car at my estate sale.