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Roger Walling

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    " has a " minimum tip in cost " below which a person is just buying frustration and trouble."


     I do not believe this statement.

     When I buy a car, I buy it to enjoy the "frustration and trouble"as a challenge to keep my mind working and my body flexible!

     At 80, I have just taken on a project that is probably beyond most people here, but it has made me feel better and relieved me of boredom.


    Never say  "I CAN'T DO IT" It will only lead you to an early grave!


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  2. 20 hours ago, TexRiv_63 said:

    Don't know for sure but I doubt most were painted from the factory. A coat of paint used to be a sure tipoff that a trans had been "rebuilt". The most famous was the AAMCO bright blue, they used to say that an AAMCO rebuild included only the obvious broken parts and gaskets but they all got painted.

     Two years ago, I purchased a 700R4 reman trans from one of the most popular speed shops on the internet and when it failed (2 weeks) my trans repairman showed me the inside bushings that were worn down to the base metal and the gunk in the valve body. Also the pump showed excessive wear.

     I didn't bother getting a replacement after they sold me crap!

     I then went and bought a GM reman!

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  3.   I have a 1974 MCI bus that you can safely change the fan (blower) belt without tools with the engine running.

     The upper pulley is tensioned with an air cylinder. when you shut off the air with the handy valve, the pulley lowers and slacks off the belt.

     You can then lift it off and instal a new one.

     Not quite 5 seconds but definitely in less than a minute.    👨‍🔧👍

  4. 4 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:

    Gorilla Glue is available in a spray can. I would really give it a try. When I bought my ;64 Riviera it was 15 years old and the rear package tray was in good shape. Joe Galina, if anyone remembers him, warned me about how they deteriorate. On his advice I coated the fibrous backing material with shellac, letting it soak in thoroughly. It still looks good today.


    Today I would just replace the headliner if it was mine. You never realize how ratty some of those little things can be until you put the new one in. Have you ever noticed how much old car upholstery on a hot, humid day smells like a China Buffet?


     I am trying to keep it original as it looks good now, but may fail if touched.

  5. 3 hours ago, jpage said:

    I would think that doping or painting would make the fabric stiff. probably the best option is to replace the headliner if it's that bad.

     I looked up doping and is stated that it stretched the fabric when it drys, so that may not be the best thing for a fragile fabric.

  6.  I did a little Googling on spraying fabrics and came up with this. 

     I think that I will try it and a vinyl paint on an old headliner.

     Krylon® can be used on fabric or clothing. In fact, Krylon spray paint is a unique opportunity for you to become your own personal fashion and interior designer by providing you with a fun, easy and affordable way to update your wardrobe and home fabrics.

    In fact, Krylon can easily be applied to the following home fabrics and fashion accessories:

    • Jeans
    • Jackets
    • T-shirts
    • Hats
    • Tennis Shoes
    • Bracelets
    • Earrings
    • Belts
    • Lampshade
    • Table Linens


  7. I have a 1948 cloth headline that is not torn. (yet). I would like to know if there is a spray that will strengthen and possibly color a headliner to resist deterioration.

     On My 55 Chrysler, I sprayed on a vinyl paint, dryly, that stiffened up the fabric and added some color to it but it doesn't  look that good. I am hoping to do a better job on my next car.


     I have heard of fabric stiffeners that are used in the arts and crafts to make permanent creased and folds in cloth. I am wondering if that has been used for this purpose"?

  8. 2 hours ago, John Jacques said:

    On auto restoration TV shows they use a product of mass quantities to get a smooth panel/s. Chip Foose on Overhauling' uses a lot of this product. Could it be Rage products, I don't know, does anybody know??

     Anyone knows that the quickest way to smooth over a parking lot is to pour 6" of concrete over it and smooth it to a level surface.

     (Of course that will crack too!)

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  9. 9 hours ago, zepher said:

    With the way modern BMWs burn oil that is not too far from the truth.

    BWM says it is 'normal' for their new cars to burn a quart every 1,000 miles.

    By the time you get to your next oil change at the recommended 7,000 miles you would have added enough oil for a complete change if you keep it topped off.


     I have a 871 Detroit 2 cycle that uses that much oil and I subscribe to that "oil change" schedule! (except mine loses 3 or 4 qts. a 1000)

     I have never changed the oil.    👍

     The blower boxes on both sides of the engine actually have drain tubes on them directly on to the road.        



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  10.  A friend of mine had a car that had so low of compression that it was very hard to start.

     He sprinkled a can of abrasive cleaning agent (Ajax) into the carb to "hone the rings".

     I often wondered if it did the job, and what effect it had on the bearings due to blow by.

     Has anyone ever heard of this practice?

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  11. Finally. A massive tire size chart with both metric and inch tire sizes listed to easily compare every tire size in one spot. Here are two tire size charts that list every tire by wheel size or by diameter to make your search as simple as possible. Each metric tire measurement shows both the metric tire size and the inch equivalent. To calculate a metric tire size into inches you multiply the first number by the second number devided by 100 which gives you the sidewall height in millimeters, divide it by 25.4 to convert it to inches. The overall diameter is then the wheel diameter plus 2 sidewall measurements, and divide the first number by 25.4 to calculate the width in inches ..... How about you just click the blue tabs to see a list of tire sizes and their conversions.


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  12. 20 hours ago, zepher said:


    And using a handsfree device in a car is really no different than talking to passengers in the car.

     I beg to differ with this scenario.

     When I used to use a phone while driving, it was to answer some question or to give difficult answers to a problem.

     I found that I was concentrating on the call instead of my driving and several times I had to make a sudden driving correction in order to avoid an accident.

     I stopped using the phone way before it was made illegal in my state.

     I don't see how hands free talking would solve the problem.

    Talking to a person in the car is different, you are not in deep thought while chit chatting and can stop or hesitate at any time and the other person will realize why, and it will not be necessary to explain you non-talking.


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  13. 1 hour ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

    I worked for one of these firms back in the 80s when it was a huge cottage industry doing both new and late model cars as well as rust and protection from "acid rain".  Took no time at all to see what a scam it was then, and I got out of it (lots of fun insider car biz in a year's time, though).  It is no doubt a scam today.

     My brother bought that guarantee about rust proofing for his brand new 70's Ford.

     Several years down the road when it rusted out, the company refunded his money per the fine print in the contract. So, the company got to use his money for several years at no cost. (I repaired the rust damage and found absolutely no rust proofing in that area! They just drilled holes in the door jamb and installed those bright yellow plugs.)

  14.  I read their terms and conditions and it looks to me that they can substitute different parts , as available, whether they meet your approval or not.

     So much for the hole in Matt's Lincoln block. (350's are good replacements, as many people use them"

     Of course, I may be wrong, as I did not have my lawyer study the contract of term and conditions.


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