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  1. I have two antique vehicles, a 26 Chevy roadster (under construction) and a 35 Chevy pu, dent free with just a few minor scratches. Or it was anyhow.

    I had left the 35 out side for a few days while I was away and upon my return found a very large dent in the right front fender. This was no minor oopsy. Who ever hit the truck knew they hit it and hit it hard.

    The sad thing is I probably know the person who hit it but will never find out who that person is.

    For the record the truck was parked well inside my property.

  2. Radiators are not that hard to fine. One with a good core however is another matter. You can get them on ebay. Get one with good tanks (top and bottom). Replace the core. A honey comb core can be purchased through the filling station but they are a bit pricey. You can use a modern core for a lot less money.

    The shells cannot be had at all. If you find one it will be rusted beyond repair. You can however find one for a truck, also on ebay. The difference being the ones for a car were polished aluminum and the ones for a truck were painted steel. You can paint it or have it chromed.

    Good luck.

  3. About 1 year ago a friend was been given a 57 Chevy Belair, 4 dr sedan. He told me at the time if he ever wanted to get rid of it he would give me first shot. That shot came about late last night. I'm not interested. It needs more work than I can handle at this stage of my life, not to forget I have other projects going. I am hoping someone here may be interested.

    Originally it was a 6 cyl., 3 speed. The previous owner removed the rear end. It is with the car but not installed. The front end, as in A frames, brake drums, springs, etc. are also removed and sitting in the trunk. The front fenders and hood are also there but removed. There is no engine or transmission. The seats are ok but the rest of the interior is shot. I could see no obvious dents at all in the body and saw only one small rust spot. I did see rust around the edges of the rear window but did not check the front windshield. Needless to say the wiring is gone. The glass is there but would need replacing.

    The car can be had cheap. It would need total restoration. 57 Chevys being what they are it would be worth the effort in my opinion regardless of it being kept original or rodded.

    If you are interested please let me know.

    I don't have pictures but can easily get some.

  4. I have a 26 Chevy roadster. Before I started the restoration I drove it all the time. it's a fun and reliable car. While not as readily available as Ford parts of the same era parts are not at all difficult to find. The 2 brakes were good for the time but I would urge all due caution in todays traffic. Titles of that era often used the engine serial number for the serial number.

  5. Some years back I was having a problem with my 26 Chevy where it would run fine for a few minutes and then without cause it would quit running. It would immediately start back up only to quit running again after about 7 minutes. This went one for longer than I care to remember. I replaced and/or rebuilt everything that could even remotely be the cause whether it was electrical or fuel related. Nothing worked. Several vacuum tanks were tried, all professionally rebuilt.

    After about 9 months a gentleman I had met through ebay sent me a letter saying to expect a gift in the mail and he didn't want to hear any grief about it. He had a Chevy very similiar to mine.

    A week or so goes by and the package arrives. Inside is yet another vacuum tank with a note explaining that he had removed it from his own trophy winning and well running Chevy and thereflore knew it was good. It was a gift in the hopes it would cure the problem my car had.

    That was not a cheap gift. That man and his generosity restored my faith in my fellow man.

  6. Not only is it near by but I am friends with the owner. He is realistic about the values of the cars there. If you do a search for threads started by me you will find pictures of cars there. He has added a few more since then so I need to take pictures of them and update that thread.

  7. That may be true in most cases but I'm not sure it is in my case. I started when I was barely 13 years old and remained full time until I was 16 and then hit and miss for the next several years. There were 3 people working there, myself, my uncle, and one other mechanic. I don't recall there ever being another gas jockey there. Admittedly I freed up my uncle and his mechanic so that they would not be interrupted while working on cars and telling stories of their wild, whooley, and wicked younger years.

    Also, I was not there during school hours. I helped open the garage so that it was up and running at 6 AM. A school bus would pick me up and drop me off there. After school I remained until midnight when we would close it down. If memory serves me correctly my aunt would pump the gas while I was at school. Somehow I don't see me as being a very important employee.

    All of this would have been from 1963 until the very early 70's. My uncle had a reputation as being a very good mechanic. That reputation included what was then considered antique cars. My uncle was born in 1913 and pretty much grew up with the automobile while it was still in its youth. He would let me do simple repairs on the older cars that were brought to him. I don't recall being allowed to work on anything newer than a mid 50's Chevy. I do have memories of working on model A's, an absolutely beautiful 1937 Cord, some Chevys from the late 30's and early 40's, a 1946 Plymouth convertible in near mint condition that was being used to go rabbit hunting. He also had me get greasy on old WW II jeeps.

    I remember getting greasy a lot. I would remove the parts when I could and always was given the job of cleaning everything before it went back in the vehicle. That habit remains with me today. NOTHING goes back in until it has been cleaned and painted when applicable.

    Memories. Thanks for giving me pause to recall them.

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