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  1. Time spent with your children is something all the money in the world can neither buy nor replace.
  2. About 40 miles from me I accidentally found a junkyard with a bunch of cars from the late 40's to mid 50's. Most looked restorable and fairly complete. I stopped in and talked to the owner. The cheapest, IIRC, was about $3500, a 55 Ford 2 two sedan. I thought that was steep. The owner told me things like "it was running when we parked it there". Most of the cars had antique tags on them. Odds are good they didn't match the car in my opinion. The man also tried telling me Jay Leno had contacted him about some of the cars. At that point I thought it best I leave. I did tell him I'd like to come back and take pictures and perhaps get some quotes on prices. If anyone is interested I'll gladly do that for them.
  3. This young lady used to live next door to me. She was as sweet as cotton candy. It's common place for adults to come over and look at the car and/or ask to go for a ride but I was shocked the day this little 5 yo girl came over for the sole purpose of asking if I would take her for a ride in my old car. She asked me to take pictures of her in the car so I did and printed them out for her. Her mother told me later she had them hanging on her bedroom wall.
  4. Somehow I don't envision a hydrogen generator working on my 26 Chevy.
  5. I could see a need for your services. There are those of us, myself included, whose car is not worth bring to complete originality, for whatever reasons, but we'd like it to be close without spending a small fortune.
  6. rbl2

    Carb Doc

    Gary Wallace also sells vacuum tanks and parts.
  7. rbl2

    Carb Doc

    If the float has a leak it will allow gasoline inside it making it to heavy to float to the proper level, thus over filling the vacuum tank with gas. This gas will then overflow into the vacuum line and then into the intake manifold. Tom check the float for leaks simply remove it and shake it. If there is gas in it you will hear it slosh around. Another method is to place the float into a pot of very hot (near boiling) water. The air escaping from the float will be easily visible. If the float is in good repair make sure the mechanisms it attaches to inside the vacuum tank are not stuck. I doubt that is the problem though and regret to say odds are good the float is leaking air and has a little gas in it.
  8. In the bottom picture, the piece with the wire looks to me a dash light very similiar to the one in my 26 Chevy. Just below that, closest to the tape, appears what looks to me to be a speedometer gear from inside the transmission. I may be wrong.
  9. Looks like a Chevy engine to me, somewhere between late 25 and 27.
  10. It's a 25-26 Chevy for sure.
  11. I got mine from Gary Wallace. Granted, they were for a Chevy but he may be able to point you in the right direction. He owns several antique cars, 16 I think, and not all are Chevrolets. Good luck
  12. Due to an injury a few years ago I'm told I can look forward to pain getting worse and probably a wheel chair in my future. All that may not happen but just in case it does, I plan to put a lot of miles on my 26 before it does happen. The operative words would be fun and enjoyment.
  13. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Matt Harwood</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Bill, I wasn't arguing with you or starting a fight or telling you that you're wrong, just discussing that the need to idle a [modern] car is becoming an old wives tale with modern oils. We're allowed to respectfully disagree, just like you did in your first post, right? Don't feel like you're being attacked; you're definitely not. Of course, our old cars are different--I idle the Model A until the tappets stop, er, tapping. Sometimes it takes a minute or so, but once they stop, I know there's oil everywhere it needs to be and drive off. It's been running fine for 78 years now, 24 of which have been with us without the excessive idling. As you say, your Cavalier example is an extreme one--the car probably would not have driven very well with collapsed lifters anyway. Sitting for months is <span style="font-style: italic">a lot</span> different than sitting overnight or even for a few days. It's important to note that in that case, the valve springs physically pushed the oil out of the lifters over time. It certainly proves that if your lifters leak down, you should wait for them to pump up before driving. </div></div> <span style="color: #3366FF">Matt, I didn't see anyone trying to argue, start a fight, or tell me I was wrong. I was trying to prevent others from thinking I was guilty of those things. Not once did I even remotely think I was being attacked. As far as the oil being pushed out of my lifters I figure the same thing happens to the other engine parts. The oil may not be pushed out but it certainly drains out. To me it makes more sense to allow the engine to idle a few minutes to warm the oil and give it time to get to the more distant locations as well as those with tighter clearances. One of my pet peeves are those people who upon starting their car rev the he77 out of the engine thinking it will warm the engine quicker and spread the oil faster. In my mind that does far more damage then good. You have a cold engine with little oil at high rpm. Not good at all. But, to each his own. If I'm not responsible for the repair bills what someone else does with their vehicle is none of my business. </span>
  14. I will never be convinced that idling a cold engine isn't better then driving one. On one of my trips overseas I was gone 6 months. My car sat unused and unstarted all that time. It was a Chevy Cavalier in very good condition. When I got home I started the car and the lifters were just a tapping. A buddy of mine said it was knocking. Not unless you ran the he77 out of it in my abscence I replied. He assured me the car had not been started. After about 5 minutes the lifters slowly quieted down. They were noisey to begin with because the oil had drained from them. They quieted down as the oil was pumped back in. This took a few minutes because the oil was cold and thick. Warmer oil is thinner oil. Thinner oil moves more easily and gets into tighter clearances easier than colder, thicker oil. I cannot imagine that driving that engine until the opil had fully circulated would not have harmed it. Granted, this may be an extreme example but for me anyhow, it proves my point. I don't want this, and won't allow it, to turn into an arguement. We're all entitled to our opinions. This one just happens to be mine. I would also agree with Peter, as well as everyine else here, that many people do waste gas needlessly and for the most part a few very simple chances in habit would go along way to save fuel, and who knows, maybe the environment as well.
  15. That's a great story. A friend had a 51 Olds coupe back in the late 60's. I've always had fond memories of his car and probably would buy one if I found one I could afford. I'm happy that you found your dream car. If I might make one suggestion though, try driving it a little more often. It falls under the heading of enjoying the car and life. I bought my 26 Chevy Roadster to drive, not show, and that's exactly what I intend to do with it. To each his own, though. Good luck with your car. I hope you and your wife get to enjoy it for many years to come.
  16. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Bonus tip: Don't idle your engine to let it warm up before driving. It does your engine no good and it wastes gas. Instead, start driving right away, but drive gently until the engine is warm. </div></div> Can I be banned for disagreeing with a mod god? Time to find out. "Waste" can be a relative term. I was always taught, and it makes sense to me, that a warm engine is an efficient engine. The longer an engine sits, the more oil drains to the bottom. If the engine is warm this presents no problem because the oil is readily pumped to the upper regions within seconds once it has been started. If the engine has sat over night, or less in cold weather, it takes longer for the oil to reach these locations. The oil is, after all, thicker from having sat and cooled off. Thicker oil moves more slowly and doesn't get into the smaller areas as readily as warmed, thin oil. First thing in the morning when I start my car I allow it to run. How long I let it run depends on the season. Summer time, 3 minutes maybe. Winter, 5-7 minutes, depending on temperature. If I lived up north I might consider allowing it to run 10 minutes or more. This allows the oil to warm up and thin out and get into those micro clearances as well as the upper half of the engine. This does do the engine good. My thought is this helps the engine to be better lubricated and will add miles to the engines lifespan. Is this a waste of fuel? Not in my eyes. It's an efficient use of fuel. While it may be said that I'm wasting fuel because the car is stiing still while I'm waiting a few minutes for the engine to warm I'd argue that by allowing it to warm a little before driving I'm actually saving fuel in the long run, as well as allowing it be better lubricated. This may not apply to modern cars with computers dictating the air/fuel ratio. Just the same, I practice this habit with my "new" 98 Silverado and would do the same with an 08. Could the same thing be accomplished by driving very slowly at first? Maybe, but I'd rather not find out by cutting the lifespan of my engine. I may add, that once the engine has warmed, it has to sit for several hrs before I allow it to sit at idle. Oil holds it temperature longer than water and I see no need to allow a minute or two of idle time just because the engine has sat for a few hrs. Ok Peter, you can ban me now.
  17. Try Gary Wallace He ahould be able to help you.
  18. I bought mine from Gary Wallace. As I understand it they are hard to come by. Good luck. This is what you're looking for.
  19. That I know of, Chevy had solid rims in 1925 and possibly earlier. The spoked wheels on my 26 were optional equipment. At the moment I am using the solid wheels and will put the spoked wheels on it when the car is painted. Whenever that may be. I have seen spoked wheels sell for $100 apiece on ebay but they were in pretty good condition.
  20. The tire size is indicitive of 1925 through 28. The round spokes would suggest 1926 and earlier. 1927 Chevys may also have had round spokes but I don't know that. I do know in 1928 the spokes were oval. I cannot say how far back that tire size was used. Value would depend on what shape the wood and medal was in.
  21. I recently rented a truck. Insurance was part of the rental fee.
  22. Try here That's the Chevy club. You'll find quite a bit of Chevy knowledge there.
  23. You wouldn't have to worry about losing points. Odds are good to excellent that yours would be one of a very small handful that drove across the water.
  24. Ooops, I forgot to update my profile. I bought a lil place about 150 miles away from Baton Rouge and moved about 2 months ago. But you're right about the bridge on I-10 being the biggest hill in that area. The next biggest would be a fire ant hill. I never did take my 26 over that bridge although I wanted to. About the only safe time would have been on a Sunday morning. No way to get to it except on the interstate and most times it was packed full. Accidents on that bridge are not uncommon. Where I'm at now has some soft rolling hills, nothing to brag or worry about. So far my old car has handled them well and I don't expect that to change. The fuel tank on it needs to be cleaned and because of the mild rust that was in the tank the carb may need to be reworked. Because of that and the fact that I do not know anyone here I have been hesitent to drive too far from the house. That will change in time.
  25. You'rs probably does have more wood but it also probably has more metal. Mine is a roadster and not large at all. Mine also doesn't have a fuel pump. Instead it has a vacuum tank. Going up hill has yet to present a problem. Should there ever be one all it takes to fil the vacumm tank is to take your foot off the gas pedal for 2-3 seconds. That tank has enough fuel in it to go 7 miles up a steep hill, so I'm told. Like I said, I have yet to have a problem going up any hills. Admittedly, we don't have any steep or really long inclines here.
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