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  1. J-P, Do you need just the brake light body, or do you also need the whole assembly with the lens and the "Fluid Drive" chrome strip at the bottom? I have two spare brake lights, one a complete assembly with lens and chrome strip and one just the body. Also a couple NOS brake light lenses but just the one chrome strip. Another guy restoring a '42 also needs the brake light, not sure if he wants the complete assembly. I've moved and still sorting through parts so it will take some time. Very soon I will be selling my nice looking and running black '42 DeLuxe coupe that comes with a '42 bl
  2. Hello, I was wondering if anyone can tell me whether the front door window frames and other window parts will interchange between coupes and convertibles for Lincoln Premieres in 1956 and 1957. I am assuming that 1956 and 1957 interchange, but as far as whether the coupe and convertible interchange I am not sure. I do know that many years ago I used the doors from a coupe to restore a convertible and they worked fine, but can't remember if I had to switch the windows. I have a shop manual but no parts book to look up part numbers. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Jim
  3. Winston, The flat area around the words "Fluid Drive" is painted red. At least that's how every one I've ever seen was painted, and I've owned many and seen thousands over the last sixty years. By the way, want to know what's really rare? A 46-48 brake light that does NOT have "Fluid Drive" on it! I've only seen one in my life, on a Royal long wheelbase sedan that was actually equipped from the factory without Fluid Drive--came with a three speed manual. It had the same brake light housing, but the Fluid Drive spot was smooth. I wanted to buy the car just to have the brake light housing
  4. Olympic, Thanks for clearing that up about the chrome brake light assembly not being in the sales catalog, parts book, or on your two Fifth Avenues. I'm sure you're right that they never were chromed on a Fifth Avenue or any other '42 DeSoto, at least not by the factory. My comment was based on the two Fifth Avenues I have seen in person, both of which had their assemblies chromed (saw a third Fifth Avenue as a kid, too many moons ago to remember the brake light!). First was the above pictured red convertible, which the prior owner showed me in Seattle in 1997 when I bought a 1947 S1
  5. Any '42 DeSoto fender skirts are rare, but just think how rare a pair is from a blackout. Now you just need a car to put them on! Believe it or not, I also have a pair from a '42 DeSoto blackout, as well as a pair with chrome mouldings. I've just sorted out my collection of DeSoto parts and also came across two of the stop light assemblies, but this thread is so old that I imagine the member who started it has found his stop light and moved on by now. Of course you are right about all models of '42 DeSoto using the same stop light assembly. Most are painted body color with the "Fluid Driv
  6. Dave, The postwar wheels are different, but thanks for asking. From 1946 on Chrysler products used 15" wheels, except for early postwar Plymouths that still had 16" wheels, although they are different and made to be used with smaller tires. From my research using part numbers, it appears that only wheels from 1941/42 Chrysler 6 cyl cars and 1941/42 DeSotos would be correct. Thanks again, Jim
  7. Hello, I'm looking for a set of four or five stock wheels from a 1941 or 1942 Chrysler six cylinder car or DeSoto. These would be the standard factory 16" steel rims. I'm in Southern California, but willing to travel within Western states to pick them up. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Jim
  8. Hello All, Posted earlier in the KFOCI website. Just wanted to let you know that I am selling off my small collection of Kaiser and Frazer parts that I have had for many decades. I've decided to sell them through eBay, so I have recently started listing parts under my eBay name "riverock". I have not kept up with the market as far as prices are concerned, so I just looked at what's out there and tried to be realistic. If I'm too high on some stuff, I'm sure potential buyers will let me know. Not a ton of parts, but some good stuff like a couple pairs of '49/'50 Kaiser fender skirt
  9. StillOutThere, I followed your convertible after you sold it. It went to a classic car dealer/restorer in New York, where it remains today. He offered it for sale at least twice, once on Craigslist and once in Hemmings. I contacted him several times, last was a couple weeks ago, and he intends to keep and restore it at this point. The red car pictured in this thread is in the state of Washington. I have a decent original Custom sedan and blackout sedan that was a parts car. I'd love to find a fifth convertible!
  10. Update: The top is definitely manual. I went over to the garage and checked out the cylinders, this time in good light, and found no hoses. I thought they might be there just to help the heavy top lower down, like those found on door closers or modern car hoods and trunks. Now the question remains, is it just that I need to lower the glass rear window, or is there some other trick? Jim
  11. Yes, everything I have read, including the 1940 Packard owner's manual, states that power tops were only on coupes. That made sense to me as the size and weight of the convertible sedan top would probably not lend itself well to a hydraulic top system. But I was a little worried when I could see the cylinders back there. However, it does not appear to have fluid hoses or top control switch on the dash. Thanks for your input. Jim
  12. Hello All, This may sound dumb, but I am having trouble lowering a manual top. The car is a 1940 Super 8 convertible sedan. The top is in good shape (car fully restored about 15 years ago including top bows/frame) but has probably not been lowered in at least five years. Not having had any experience with manually operated convertible tops, I thought it would be fairly simple. I was told that this is a "two person" operation due to the size and weight of the top, so I had a friend to lift the other side. This is what we did: Lowered all windows Released the latches on the top he
  13. Thank you both for your replies. I was hoping that I would not have to remove the entire hood ornament. It should not be that big of a deal but I have trouble doing anything these days! The one wing that came out looks like it may have been broken off at the end that holds it in, which I presume explains the epoxy "fix". I will try the PI club store as I know they sell replacement wings. Thanks again for your help! Jim
  14. Hello All, Can anyone tell me how the wings of the 1940 Packard pelican hood ornament are held in place? One of my wings is loose and will come out easily, which I obviously don't want happening as I am driving down the freeway! It looks like it may have been held in by epoxy. I have read different posts about the hood ornament having pins that slide in somewhere in the body of the pelican, but I don't see any pins. I have also read about a wedge that somehow holds the wings in place. Where are the wedges located, and how do I remove them to install the wing back in place? Thanks
  15. Hi again, In my search for a '40's Packard convertible, I found a 1940 Packard 120 convertible sedan. It does not appear to me to be anything other than a production convertible sedan, yet it has a body plate stating "The Derham Co. Phila., Vehicle Number...." This tag is mounted just under the Packard body plate on the left firewall. The "vehicle number" is the same as the Packard body number. I have contacted several Packard enthusiasts, but none has ever heard of a Derham 120 convertible sedan. Several have suggested that it might be a tag someone just slapped on the car to make it mo
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