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Everything posted by John_Mereness

  1. Had someone mention to me the other day that apparently in auction field and .... the people can be a bit sketchy - YEP, met plenty of them over the years. Do not get me wrong though, there is plenty flip side of the coin as to high integrity. My point - a lot of shiny stuff is not all that shiny - cars, people, and ....
  2. My last "barn find" was sitting in a garage in a home that they wanted to put on the market for 1.25MM (so "barn find" is not really an applicable term and matched to there really being no such thing as totally hidden cars anymore - more like hidden in plain sight (ask your mailman). And, love it when I am out and someone is teeming with excitement that I am driving an Auburn - "lve being asked if I know it is an Auburn" (a "quotable quote" and interestingly I do know, though I appreciate their enthusiasm).
  3. You can drive it as fast as you are willing to pay the bills for destroying it. A friend asked me to buy his MGTD and I told him no, he plead his case (and I still told him no) - well, he is on engine rebuild 4, headgasket X, crankshaft 3, and .....- you cannot drive it 75MPH all day long (well you can, but it will destroy it).
  4. I would say pretty much the same money. They received a spare as well - which was good as they broke a windshield in installation. Safety glass too.
  5. Dale was a nice fellow who helped me out of Packard binds one after the next, made me a couple handful of beautiful Packard parts, always interesting to speak with, and ...
  6. Friends recently had a 57-ish Ferrari Superamerica done - it was about 20K for windshield and 20K for rear window, plus a couple thousand in shipping and maybe another 20K in labor dealing with issue, installing and .... You will roll your eyes = they focused on the windshield as did not want to invest otherwise in car until the project was done. They then when done and mounted they started restoring car - they then found the rear was a Perspecs plastic window and they had thought it to be glass - so off they went on round two. The body was restored on the frame at more expense
  7. My grandmother and her best friend often spoke about being in a rain/wind storm that ripped the top off of her best friends father's 1938 Buick Convertible Sedan - her father did not mind the top, but minded that they drove car home and then left the car outside in the rain - and had been downtown and could have parked it in a parking garage. 10 years ago when we had the "hurricane" in Ohio we drove the Auburn back from Dayton Concours with the top down 55 miles in 60-80 mph winds (things you do once) Anyway, get a new top and new lower seat cushion upholstery (origina
  8. Shoot a picture - it is a one size fits all arm ( part # 1 and part # A-2 ) and should pretty much just clamp up without issue, but then I have put 20 plus of them on cars over time and do understand fit is a little "sloppy" so you may have some concern.
  9. You seem to have the correct clip bracket for the steering column (and the flat stock 3/4 x 4.25 inch-ish bracket /clamp is clanp bracket is what would use to mount the linkage too), you have the correct center pivot (but it may need a spacer for alignment), you have what looks to be the 4 correct clevis's & pins,
  10. May I make a suggestion - Perhaps have your upholsterer open up some sort of slot behind back seat to drop the cord down ?
  11. www.restorationstuff.com - reinforcing as they have proven to be nice quality
  12. A good horse saddle shop, a good pet store, Farm & Fleet, or ... - I would try for Black if replacing.
  13. Sidenote: This may be a 1960's + photo, though is not of car when new
  14. The exterior door hinges are a huge help to the car via usability. When Fran Rozas built the body for J555 it featured the hidden door hinges and as a result you have to be sort of "limber" to get in and out of the car.
  15. That too as RHD has appeal, though more so in such as England. Advantege to particular car was low mileage and always being fairly well maintained car. It comes off as a totally unrestored car, but Barker/Hooper I believe did the cosmetics and a heavy maintenance prior to their closing in late 1950's
  16. I believe 3 times now. GGGGRRRREEEEAAAATTTT car, but Town Cars as you know have a somewhat narrow market.
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