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  1. You must remember that once I had the Special too at 17 years old and growing up with Dad and his antique cars plus hearing him saying when he heard what model T's were getting that he should have kept his Model T (his first car), I decided to buy things (what I could afford) for both the Limited and the Special, once I realised the differences between the models. The only sad part is I have buried things for so long here and there that I have forgotten exactly what I have till now!! The bright side is that it indeed is like a treasure hunt digging things up 😁 so makes me want
  2. Continuing sorting, putting on labels after polishing parts. Enough there to keep me out of trouble.
  3. A few more shiny items. I do recall buying these tail lights the same time I bought the rear bumper in the Auto Wrecking Yard in Phoenix. Clearly the car was a desert car, not from around here with the salt we use. They are for the Roadmaster. At least my wife knows where I am these evenings.
  4. Between working, preparing the garage at home, pushing to get a firm quote from the builder and a start date, have been spending evenings cleaning & marking parts. The rear bumper end came out quite well. Then I came across these. As I polished I realised they were a pair of NOS I've forgotten where I bought them... Both came out great also. Yes that is the dash top for the Special I'm moving along with slowly.
  5. Thanks Keith on the Nash. Interested at all? I hate to sell her but... no room at the Inn soon. Speaking of the Inn, clearing out in earnest now as the water invaded the garage for the Special once again, this time getting some boxes soaked so... it has to be moved out eventually. With the kids having moved their big items last weekend they will be back and forth for closets and such so not expecting much help from him. They are pretty excited about having their own home and setting up for the arrival of their son around October 31st. Me too!
  6. Distracting myself with shiny pieces helps me to keep moving forward. Looking at the underside of your car can imagine what the topside is going to look like Lance. Wish I had your lift...
  7. Whew! Busy three days so far! After dealing with seepage in the basement at home changing out towels to keep water from getting to the area carpets for most of Friday my son and his wife moved to their new home Yesterday. They hired a moving company but had a few things to get moved at the end of the day yet so got to see the place and at plenty of pizza with a beer to christen the moment. Obviously nothing accomplished with the Buick's but had hoped Saturday morning to get the Nash up on the hoist to look into the brakes. Unfortunately Glenn called to say that wasn't going to happen
  8. Regarding the Safety Inspection: I remember the days when one could ask for the paper after that visit to your car provided he was confident with; 1- that you would bring it by after the brakes, signals, horn and anything else needing to meet standards were done and 2- you promised the car would NOT be driven for 30 days after the signature date leaving him clear of liability. Obviously there was a huge trust factor there. Clearly the clamping down was due to someone taking advantage and when there was an accident or the full picture was revealed, it's made things tighter regula
  9. As Mr. Earl says, Pictures or it didn't happen.
  10. While out yesterday the wind came up a lot and eventually a bit of rain fell so went to the Special and tinkered with the ammeter. It hasn't been started since about the end of February and got the urge to start her up. With a bit of cranking away she went. Thankfully the battery was up and she soon settled in to a smooth idle once warmed up. I didn't take any pictures but did do some video that I will have to download to post here later. Satisfied I haven't messed up any wiring under the dash I'm now motivated to get things back together as the local car guys are meeting
  11. Went to the Shop where the Nash is after work hours to find my mechanic under the hood and found him trying to get it to run... Seems after sitting since Saturday he fired it up nicely, planning to drive it carefully around and put it on a hoist to see if a steel brake line hand broken open when it suddenly stalled! The glass fuel bowl had fuel in it but it looked yellow. Further testing proved it was not pumping up to the carb so disconnected the tank line and the line to the carb and carefully blew air through the pump. Found a kink in the steel carb line so made a new o
  12. Final effort for the day was to sort through the rear wheel arch moldings. I picked what looked like the best and cleaned away. Unfortunately the further along I got I realised there was some rust under the chrome which is typical of there parts being exposed to all the road conditions around the wheel opening. I believe I have a few more up in the attic of the garage but will put it on the car for now as they are only on with four bolts and two screws easily accessible. My neighbour, who is in construction mentioned the other day that
  13. Thinking I would next take off the trunk emblem I opened the trunk and low and behold there are a set of rocker sill covers (among other things...). Backed into the garage like it was and flat tires it was impossible to open the trunk very much so it's a bit like a treasure hunt. LOL Seems they are a bit better condition and looks like they will clean up too with some effort. I will put the better of the two on the Limited and be keeping the other set for the Roadmaster. Going to label them for the boys in case I don't get to that one although... motivation is high righ
  14. In the continuing effort to get the Limited together I went over to the garage with the Special and retrieved the passenger side seat back and brought it home. Using a vinyl cleaner/conditioner I cleaned up what vinyl is there and vacuumed the upholstery, Typically the top outside corners on these cars open up as the stitching lets go so had taken both backs to RM Restorations years ago and they were able to redo the corners without having to reupholster them. Will see with use down the road how they will hold up but... in the mean time it helps make the car look better
  15. A work IN progress.... Hell it's only been 39 years and counting! She still polishes up nicely though.
  16. Using this as therapy and keeping busy. More than a few hours polishing chrome and stainless just to keep her up. Then I have front sheet metal to restore, put on her and an engine to rebuild, It's been a long time coming....
  17. All and in all a pleasant afternoon/evening helping to make the old girl slowly come back to her once proud appearance. I have a few hours more on the paint especially the trunk then the roof let alone finish the front frame and.... It makes me happy to lay my hands on her like I did when dreaming about the day (at 16) I could drive my Limited.
  18. Next I went at the driver side tail light with what was left of the metal polish squeezing the very last bit out I could. They are pitted badly but have a complete re-chromed set to put on once she is on the road. Even with the pitting the shine helps. With a little cleaner/wax around the chrome I finished with the trunk emblem which unfortunately the plastic popped into the housing but it didn't crack so will take it off later and silicone it back in place.
  19. With a call from my wife that dinner was ready left things out and took a break. Still in cleanup mode afterwards went back to the passenger side to look at the Limited script. Something must have fallen while in the garage over the years as it was broken at the "M" but still on the car. Decided to use some silicone to keep it there but will replace it later with one I have tucked away in my goody box. While it dried I carefully used my metal cleaner rag and polished up both the script and the chevron.
  20. Looking at the door jamb turned my attention to it since I was right there and my can of cleaner/wax was within reach. Using another rag I scrubbed and polished away till satisfied with the shine. I used the rag from the metal polish on the striker plate making it look better too. From several feet away the car will catch some eyes but I'm not kidding anyone (including myself) that the paint job really should be redone to properly show her. I don't have the resources for that now so getting her back together with what I have and running is the objective. One of my boys
  21. Now fully committed to cleaning (brings me back to the days when Dad said I could have his Limited...) I looked at the rocker door sill and thought, will it clean up? Encouraging results even though it has a flaw or two. I think I have the pair from the Limited parts car that might be better but again, happy for now. As you can see my polish is all but gone... Managed to have enough to finish the sill though with a very little left and a rag that had some in it.
  22. One can work up a sweat doing this so opened up the garage door, turned on my industrial fan towards me and went at a bit more trim. This quarter trim isn't the greatest but tried the upper half and went at it. Black paint really sets off chrome and OK with the chrome at a distance for now,
  23. Came home early today and noticed the car cover on the Limited had blown off at the back so before putting it back on actually lifted it up on top of the car and grabbed a rag and my trusty metal polish. It started innocently enough having noticed the passenger side window frame had some rust spots and wanted to clean it up. I need to buy shares in this polish as I swear with only hand power and a micro fibre rag it is amazing! I'm sure it helps that the car has it's original factory chrome giving it a good base to polish as compared to faded chrome fr
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