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  1. Also, keep in mind, paint chips sprayed on paper change color and when you find the right color there is a 99% the old formula will not be a match as the base tint colors change over time (ie like there are countless shades of white and a countless shades of black). The best thing to do is find a chip you want to match. If you can fins a chip close to a Model A Ford color you may be able get modern formulas, but other than that tends to be a matching game out of chip books/samples.
  2. You are probably on this page with Blue Body, Black Moldings, and Ivory wheels http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedisplay.cgi?ditzler=IM103&rows=50&syear=1930&smanuf=Chrysler&smodel=Plymouth&sname=Marquette Blue
  3. Me Too !!! My only point is that you get a feel for when "yes" and when "no" and sometimes you are right and sometimes you are wrong. And after a nationally known person who should have known better started to cross thread a spark plug in the 1936 25/30 RR Owen Gurney Nutting Drophead (a lucky save after sweating bullets an hour and a half work) - let's just say I will probably send someone packing if they request - if I can take them out driving for an hour it is probably just fine. I re-rebuilt as good a 45K engine rebuild as 45K will ever buy you fro
  4. Here is my advice: Something darker and rich - you can never go wrong with Maroons, Blues, or Black. Stay away from circus wagon tu-tone colors with HUGE contrast. I often preach in contradiction to my rules as to historically significant cars that have been known to be certain colors when new and/or have been certain colors for eons and are well know for those colors (Yes, a Green Duesenberg that was Green new or has been Green for past 70 years is OK - may not get you top dollar, but is probably important to leave Green and OK). Here is from my Pre-W
  5. For those reading, the "show up model" may not be realistic anymore - if you asked for a percentage I would tell you over past 2 years perhaps 25% of the cars we sell have someone come and look (we do consignment - I end up being the trusted intermediary between both the buyer and the seller and look after everyone involved and they are buying from me based on this very fact). The discussion gets to price pretty quick too (especially, if discussion via email, text, or phone leads to sending a file of 200 photos). That said, the bottom feeders show themselves pretty obviously and
  6. There are a lot of retired people who help (they have restored their own cars, or retired from shops, or ...) and they usually ask for cash.
  7. Copper crush washer - they work well and I have them all overon a number of locations on the engine of the 1935 Auburn
  8. The Chevy and the Ford are not worth anything other than wall hanger prices, but the Chrysler should be coveted and very much in need by someone.
  9. Backtrack on that - this is how you get bad brakes on a car this age - you need woven linings that are riveted on (that maybe at best will last 10K miles and that your lining guy will look at you perplexed at why you will want such a thing) - new lining material is not suited for a car of two wheel brakes (IT IS NOT BETTER - NOT WORTH PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT RISK).
  10. Sidenote: This car 1935 Auburn I was discussing yesterday has receipts for entire restoration: A friend's 1935 Auburn is in the alignment shop (we have one of the best race car guys on the globe here locally - a fine shop with an owner that has a mind for engineering - like the math/formula side of engineering) - the friend was on the highway and it went into a death shake and he "thought they were going to die." So, what they found already was that someone had milled the axle to get more angle on it, plus installed a 5 degree and a 7 degree shim in addition to that (looks like
  11. It actually is a pretty decent car to start with (at last as far as unrestored Cords go), but there are A LOT of shiny restored Cords that did not start out even near half this nice .
  12. In 15+ years now of selling cars on a fairly regular basis, all across the globe, and generally probably 75% with a value of over 100K, I cannot tell you of one purchaser who asked for receipts (on a car that had them or not), that I would say bought the car and I can attribute purchase to record keeping - turns out the buyers are people who just love the car or they very much like the car and are heavily swayed by a family member, friend, or the their financial adviser. There are some cars you know are good ones, some suspect, some were good ones and now offroad, and .. - comes in all shape
  13. Agreed !!! By the way, it seems to be a huge thing with Sports Car people to keep every receipt (but I have probably a top 10 Austin Healey 3000 and it came with ONLY A FEW FOR PARTS - a hobby car driven weekly from new, excepting bad weather that was passed from one Austin Healey Club member to the next - before I bought it the replacement parts consisted of: NO replacement parts in original owners hands via 40 years and no dealership maintenance, then second owner replaced tires, a few brake parts, and one radiator hose. Basically, one of those cars that is a legend for the bra
  14. Sidenote: If the water pump housing fits other models then you will not be the first one on the scene and probably anyone else's is worse that what you have - so who has the box of new castings sitting on the shelf in their garage who reinvented the wheel prior to you ?
  15. I would try a really good welder (willing to spend some time and who thinks the project is interesting and worthy of their talents) - and if more problems where those came from perhaps recasting, but thinking a welder can resurrect and get you another 20 plus years out of it.
  16. Someone has made disk covers for over the top of what I would guess was a wooden wheel (but may be a disk wheel under the cover).
  17. Congratulations and hope it found the next great home.
  18. When properly sorted an 810/812 Cord is perhaps the finest driving car made pre-1953-ish (Cadillac with power steering and brakes in 53 is where you start seeing the driving differences). Their only problem was that you needed to be in a large city with proper dealer support as they were beyond the skills of the local filling station mechanic. As to bad from the factory - same as any car in there being a few lemons (I assume related to owner abuse that surfaced those issues and I am sure such as a few Lycoming casting issues), but it is the good ones that have surviv
  19. A friend's 1935 Auburn is in the alignment shop (we have one of the best race car guys on the globe here locally - a fine shop with an owner that has a mind for engineering - like the math/formula side of engineering) - the friend was on the highway and it went into a death shake and he "thought they were going to die." So, what they found already was that someone had milled the axle to get more angle on it, plus installed a 5 degree and a 7 degree shim in addition to that (looks like they could not get it right so kept adding more and more), an extra 1 1/4 of toe in., a bent front axle (how
  20. Perhaps old and not tech savvy. Technically speaking their craigslist advertisement should be at a price point where someone locally buys their car. That said, the poor advertising scares off probably more people that it attracts. I disagree with Matt, but only to a point. I am not a fan of the history portion of the listings, but when I write a description the focus is on the car's condition and car usually sells in a day to a month - there is an art to it. They also tend to be really good cars that are well known locally/regionally via Horseless Carriage, AACA,
  21. Cliff Henderson, involved with National Air Races, built this home "Chateau Avion" on seven lots in the Bretwood area.
  22. Get busy and start sanding - then coat with like Rustolium Rust Reformer Primer - https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Automotive-10-25-oz-Rust-Reformer-Flat-Black-Spray-Paint-248658/202623091 or ... (lots of products to choose from) - but nothing desirable about a rusty car underneath even doing a preservation car for AACA.
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