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  1. I know that the AACA controls golf carts at Hershey tightly, after having gone to Auburn for years where it is a free-for-all I really appreciate the AACA's stance. Here's what has happened: my boss goes every year to Hershey, he has had both knees replaced in the last few years. The person with whom our office has dealt with re: reserving a golf cart has left, his whole system of sending out emails was changed, the people who took over were supposed to send out a flyer instead, that didn't happen and now all the carts are spoken for. Does anyone know if there is a waiting list or person within the AACA we could contact? Please PM me with details. thanks in advance, John
  2. That machine used to be a fixture in the back of every auto parts store with a machine shop. They used to call it "The Widowmaker" Of course, the old time guys didn't wear protective equipment, and they always had a cigarette hanging out of their mouth while grinding. We know better today.
  3. I know Ed, we take cars to him for restoration work, and he is a hard working guy, and as honest as the day is long. Perhaps communication isn't his strongest suit, but he runs a pretty lean operation, no secretary/receptionist, it's just him and a few other guys who mainly work on cars.
  4. My personal observation is very much like West's, there isn't a lot of room for comfort left these days. I notice that drivers give absolutely no courtesy or quarter to drivers of old cars, they don't see it as anything special, historical or significant, it's just another object in their way for their expression of "me first" on the roadway. The worst offenders: drivers of large pickups, Dodage Rams seem to be the worst.
  5. Isn't John Ulrich the guy who made the new distributor plate for the Northeast distributors to accept newer, commonly available point sets? if so, that's definetly the way you want to go.
  6. As much as it pains me to say this, Packards International has it all over PAC in this area, I would check with them for one of their judging guides, they actually take the silly game out of authenticity with their judging guides, they outline what they consider to be the original finishes for all of the various under hood bits.
  7. You need to find someone with a National Motor Service book, those 6 inch thick books that cover every make/year/model. They have a carburetor section in the book that is very complete and informative, covers every carb ever made.
  8. I second the notion that there isn't a lot of competition in this game, and that anything you buy, regardless of who you are buying from, is coming from the same die. I like these guys, and I think they are a big force in this product area. https://www.shermanparts.com/ecat/base/dropdowns.php?make=Chevrolet&model=Nova&year=1962 I even did the search for ya!
  9. Perfect advice. I was going to chime in and recommend that you have the distributor re-bushed, that is usually the problem when points don't seem to last. People will go all though an engine, sweat over bearing fits and all of the usual critical things then put the same worn out distributor back on. I reason that if the long block is shot, everything on it is equally as shot. The purchased solution above makes the most sense.
  10. I dealt with them in the past and found them to be a good supplier. The only possible negative I had was that I ordered lengths of fender welting and they taped them to a 2x4 and shipped them that way, one was damaged in shipping. A piece of PVC plumbing pipe is better, the welting travels inside the tube, and it weighs a lot less than the 2x4.
  11. I used to go to the Carlisle spring and fall meets, it became all Beanie Babies, Numchucks, Bootleg DVDs and re-pop muscle car parts and I stopped going. They did have a great car corral going with some good cars available, don't know how that part is today.
  12. Restorer32--WARN is a quality brand, I would trust their "cheap" winch over Harbor Freight or other China junk, and would pay a little more for the WARN. Sometimes you can't go on price alone.
  13. Dr. Martin--I worked for Richard Kughn from 1992-2004 and did a LOT of work on his Lionel Standard gauge trains. This photo brings back lots of great memories.
  14. These guys have some good quality snatch blocks that will aid an inexpensive winch tremendously. The import is a good quality product, and they load test product before offering it for sale. I used to work there, they are good guys. http://truckntow.com/c-147053-snatch-blocks.aspx
  15. Owosso Michigan. Some very interesting vehicles. http://sheridanauctionservice.com/index.php?ap=1&pid=38774&et_mid=682020&rid=241903229 Looks like the local farm auctioneer is running the auction, not the usual suspects from the car game.
  16. That was me tightening the loose bolt, it was good to meet you, even if I didn't know I was meeting you. The owner's son was standing nearby, he found the condition.
  17. We were there, We took the "Hannibal 8" from the movie "the Great Race", I drove it though the review stand, the Whoville family sedan from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000, starring Jim Carrey) the "Winton Flyer" from the movie "the Reivers" starring Steve McQueen and a 1964-1/2 Mustang that was in the Mustang row. It was the Navy blue convertible. It was indeed a fine show, and a great time with several old-time friends from the hobby.
  18. Interesting, the CL ad says "too old for title" --I didn't know there was such a thing. This means to me "no title"-- Would this not present a problem for the future owner?
  19. Got one coming. Does onayone have a core they'd like to sell?
  20. Count on every car you acquire to have things wrong with it. Sometimes the better the body/paint/trim the worse the mechanicals are. Six-figure CCCA "Full Classic" from an auction? plan on fixing six things, two of them expensive fixes--that is, if you want to use it as a functioning car.
  21. Fellow Stutz fans, I may be involved in the restoration of a '32 Stutz, the car is bare as we will receive it, and I am trying to influence the owner into correct period color(s), does anyone have a color sheet for this year? thanks--
  22. Mmmm, the faults I see in the photos are a result of bad digital transfer, you can tell by the "blocky" nature of them. This process has been in place for over 20 years. That book, being published in 1996 would have certainly been done in the digital process. Oh well, it is what it is.
  23. By 1934 they were a vestigial styling element, sort of like the dealerships that insist on putting "vinyl tops" on new cars like the current Chrysler 300 or Ford Tarus because a certain older segment of the market still likes them and will pay extra for them, making a profit center for the dealer. Technology had moved beyond the wooden wheel, certainly for manufacturers interested in moving cars out the door quickly, but as I said, there were customers who felt all warm and fuzzy by them, would pay the extra amount, so they produced them. If everything is right in an Artillery wheel (the correct name for wooden wheels like this) they are fine, and work well. As for taste, that's up to the consumer.
  24. I am working on a car that was built for the 1969 movie "The Reivers" starring Steve McQueen, and co-staring a "1904 Winton Flyer" (Winton never made any such model) a brass car replica made in 1968 for the movie production by famed motorcycle customizer "Von Dutch" (born Kenneth Howard). The car, while looking "very 1904" is powered by a (then-modern)four cylinder engine/transmission from a small British car, either an MG Midget/A-H Sprite or possibly a Nash Metropolitan. The clutch slave cylinder is bad in it, and it's not exactly a car that you can call up, give them the make/model/year and ID the part right away. I called Engel Imports, whom I found through their website WWW.EnglishParts.com and dealt with Jane there. She is the most intelligent, informed parts person it has ever been my pleasure to work with over the phone, and I have been doing this for over 22 years, before there were websites, and all you had was the phone! She really knows her British cars, and together we worked through bad casting numbers (difficult to to read, especially in place on the car) I emailed photos, and together we put a positive ID on the part and got one shipped that same day. As they are in Kalamazoo MI and we are just outside Detroit we are basically getting the part "overnight" with normal UPS ground shipping, a little bit of geographic luck. I just can't say enough about the outstanding customer service I received, and the professionalism of Jane and the depth of her knowledge. I would recommend Engel to anyone needing parts for their English cars.
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