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  1. My Carter sales and service manual dated 1941 says for 1937-38 carb # CTH1-CTH2 fit models T30-T38-T40 sup. by 439S ETJ1-ETJ2 fit models T41-T42 On Trucks where crankcase is vented through carburetor use CTJ1 for T30-T38-T40 and ETL1 for T41-T42 I have a 1937 MD-15 built Feb 1937 and it has the CTH1
  2. The photo has to be from the early 60's. I was not alone in the rumble seat. I was with 2 of my brothers they would have been 7 and 8 years old. I remember we all squeezed in the foot well when it started raining on the way to Hershey. I believe it is solved. 1931 series 56C Convertible Coupe . Even found a photo of one with wood wheels on Ebay. Thanks for your help
  3. The vents were a main thing that was confusing me. It never accrued to me that they were not vents at all.
  4. The books I've checked said 1931 did not have wood wheels. Also I have not been able to find a photo of one with dual cowl vents in front of the windshield (either1930 or 1931). The books I've checked could be wrong and I might not have come across the right picture for the vents. I'm hoping someone would see this post and say they know exactly what it is or better yet they have the car.
  5. Just noticed the registration does say it is an 8 cyl Matt
  6. When I was a kid my father and uncle had this car and I never was able to figure out exactly what year and model it was. I have an old NY Registration from 1964 which says it is a 1931 Buick VIN 2730496 and calls it a Cpe. I am almost positive it was an 8cyl. What throws me but should help to pinpoint what it is are the wood wheel and dual cowl vents. I was only 5 in 1964 but never forgot the trip we took riding in the rumble seat from Long Island to the Hershey show. Probably can blame my antique car addiction on that! Thanks for any help Matt
  7. does your book give production #''s? I have a 1937 MD 15 which I've owned for over 20 years and just found on line "Chrysler serial # guide 1927-1957" and from how I read it they only built 275 of them. Even if this information is not correct I would buy your book just to know and have some documentation of how many were built if you have production figures. Matt
  8. I have a 1937 MD15 (3/4 ton short bed). Looking in some factory parts books RD11 & RD21 are the 136" wheel base and the 11 = 3/4 Ton and 21= 1 ton.Looking up front springs there are 2 different for MD/RD models, 9 leaf heavy #581700 and 11 leaf #581129 they don't say which is for which 3/4 or 1 ton but my 1937 MD15 3/4 ton 120" wheel base front springs are 1 3/4" wide 36" center eye to eye and are 11 leaf. I never found #s on my frame and had the body off and frame blasted.
  9. I listed a 1930 Austin 16/6 on Bring a Trailer. I like their auction style and how they try to make sure the people bidding actually buy the car. I am more a buyer then seller and am a little nervous about where the bidding is now but it could be helpful for you to watch and see how the bidding progresses or not. This is an odd car but after owning it for 5 years or more last week I saw my first similar vehicle go to auction in England with a hammer price way more then I am hoping for. It sold for 19,500 pounds which is about $28,000.00. this is the link to my vehicle: http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1930-austin-166/ And here is the one that sold in England http://classiccars.brightwells.com/viewdetails.php?id=6480
  10. I listed my 1930 Austin 16/6 on Bring a Trailer auction site. It ends Tuesday May 24th 2016. This is the Link http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1930-austin-166/
  11. mattg

    what do I build?

    The one I have was brought over in 1986. Austin did not make a pickup at the time (that I know of) but I have found quite a few so similar in construction including the 1/4 window in the cab and the bed hinges, which are very good and not a backyard rig, that I believe one or a network of coach builders shared a plan and supplier. The points and judging are not as important to me as doing the right thing for the vehicle. I am a good restorer but also a good woodworker. I have worked on a 1947 Olds woody and was not impressed with the joinery of the wood and always wanted to build a woody of fine cabinetry quality. I did not know this Austin was not original when I bought it or exactly what year or type it was so the idea of the woody did not come up until I did this research.My problem is that even though this was not born a pickup it became one due to the times. I know if I make it a woody it would become a great looking car but I would be doing a third re-body and I am not sure if that's a sin!
  12. mattg

    what do I build?

    Here is one site explaining why so many cars had been converted after WWII (tax exemption & shortage) very interesting: WOODIE CAR CLUB
  13. mattg

    what do I build?

    I also prefer to restore them to original which is why I am asking the question. I do not believe I could find enough parts and information (on this side of the Atlantic) to bring the car back to it's original form. Also since these conversions are done not for ascetic preference of a past owner but from a historic necessity I am left wondering what would be a way to revive this vehicle without having people look at it and say (as I do to modified antiques) "That's a Shame" but to understand the time in history and appreciate it for that . Would it be wrong to re-body this re-bodied pickup into a woody since the vehicle could have gone either way at the time to achieve the goal of the time? I don't know and that is what I would like to hear from fellow enthusiasts. I see it as, a properly restored car should last twice as long or more then it has already survived so it will outlast me and I don't want some owner 75 years from now looking to dig me up to find out why I did this to the car.
  14. mattg

    what do I build?

    Thanks Mickey. Here is where I found out what it is and photo's: http://forums.aaca.org/f170/help-a1930s-austin-300711.html
  15. mattg

    what do I build?

    I just bought a 1930 Austin pickup truck that was originally a tourer. I have found out that after WWII this was common to have your car turned into a light commercial vehicle in order to receive a larger fuel ration and to save on taxes. To receive the high ration of gas and escape the tax you could alter your sedan to be a woody (shooting brake) also since it was considered light commercial. What should I restore this to? If I rebuild it as a woody is that OK? Is there a group for these cars in the AACA?