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  1. Dosmo

    Fantom Works

    As far as I'm concerned, Fantom Works could sometimes hold my interest where others might not because of ONE thing: Dan Short is willing to restore cars that you never see on other TV shows with a similar theme. One guy brought in a '39 Hudson convertible and wanted it restored to original condition. Another guy had a "39 La Salle convertible. A couple brought in a '50 Buick Super 4-door sedan. I saw a '60 Lincoln 4-door, and I even saw a '54 Chrysler Imperial 4-door sedan. I saw numerous Ford & Chevrolet pickups from the 1950s come through FW's shop. Now, some of these vehicles were not treated to full restorations - most of them were simply refurbished to the point of being presentable and functional. Still, I give them credit for showcasing antique cars that you would NEVER see on Bitchin' Rides, Wrench'd, Fast 'N Loud, or the countless myriad of others, including Wayne Carini's Chasing Classic Cars. I get tired of seeing Wayne find these fantastic classics from the 1920s and 30s, where he says he has always wanted one of these, blah blah blah. One in particular that irked me on CCC was where he found that 1921 Stutz Bearcat Roadster in a shed in Georgia. The car had not run since the 1930s, but it was in remarkable shape, nonetheless. After buying the car, and getting it running, he drove it around some. It is a FANTASTIC car. After owning it just a few months, he decides he should sell it because he has enjoyed it all that he needs to. I simply could not believe he sold that car after his saying he had never owned one, and he wanted this one for his private collection. I just get sick of watching these shows where everything is about money. It's the real world, I get it. Everything really is about money, I guess, but I really don't enjoy being reminded of it all the time. I can't watch the Barrett-Jackson auctions because of this.
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    Instrument Cluster

    Maybe, a 1955 Kaiser Manhattan?
  3. When I was a teenager, I owned a '57 Chevrolet 210 station wagon with the 235 6-cylinder engine. On the hood was the plain "Chevrolet" script. There was no "V" under the script as there would have been with a V8 powered car. I had an eye for noticing this type of detail back then, and I still do. Being the owner of a '57 Chevy, I started paying more attention when I saw others, which was pretty often as they were still pretty common in the late '60s/early '70s. I started noticing that some V8 cars had what appeared to be hoods sans the "V" emblem. I also noticed that some 6-cylinder cars sported hoods that actually did have the "V". Since I'm online quite a bit these days, I see lots of '57 Chevrolet photos. I see photos of 6-cylinder cars that do not have the "V", but the Chevrolet script is mounted up higher on the hood than it was on my old wagon. I have been assuming that the hoods on these cars have been replaced with those from V8 cars with subsequent removal of the "V", leaving the Chevrolet script by itself. Now, I'm wondering if that is actually the case. I wonder if, for whatever reason, any '57 Chevrolets left the factory without the "V", leaving the script mounted high on the hood. I've attached a couple of photos, showing two different '57s with the scripts mounted in the differing positions. Thoughts? Does it matter? It probably does not, but I wonder how many others notice this, and whether or not any original cars left the factory with the scripts mounted up high sans the "V".
  4. One of the TriFive posters said reason for the different script widths was so that the total width of the plain "Chevrolet" six cylinder scripts would be about the same as the "V" for the V8s, to keep the same approximate balanced look. I've attached a couple of photos one poster used to illustrate this point.
  5. A poster on the TriFive forum says that the Chevrolet script for V8 cars measures 13 3/8", while the I6 script measures 15". And, if I'm understanding correctly, Bel Air scripts for sixes and eights should be gold in color, while those for 210s and 150s should be silver. However, regarding the upper versus lower location of the script on the six cylinder hood, there doesn't seem to be, so far, a general consensus.
  6. Antique car enthusiasts must seem like an odd breed to those not so inclined. Concerning authenticity, we obsess over the slightest detail when it comes to defining what is correct and what is not. Coming to grips with the knowledge that countries outside the United States offered models with different standard equipment, not to mention options, can cause one to question certain assumptions formed over a lifetime. I have never considered there might be more than one hood script for the 1957 Chevrolet, regardless of the country in which it was manufactured. Likewise, the idea of the 1956 dashboard being carried over into the 1957 model year is a new factor to be considered, from this point forward, any time I happen to be checking out a ’57 Chevy at a local car show. The older I get, the more I realize I know less than I might have imagined.
  7. Your Australian sales brochure appears to show the hood script mounted in a higher position than what I remember on my old station wagon. My previous line of thought regarding the position of the hood script may prove to be incorrect. Thank you for this most informative post.
  8. I've seen a few episodes of Full Custom Garage on the former Velocity Channel, now Motor Trend. I have to say, I think that this may turn out to be the one that I like the most - or, to put it another way, the one that bothers me the least. Ian Roussel builds projects taking materials from the scrap heap. In one episode, he took a pretty ratty looking 48 Packard 4 door sedan, chopped the top, and it actually came out to be a pretty slick looking ride. You get to see how this guy thinks, how he envisions things. Sometimes, the process seems to be somewhat organic, in that he doesn't necessarily arrive at the next step until he finishes the current one. I like that there is no drama, no bleeped language, and there never seems to be a ton of money spent on anything he works on. It is mostly just Roussel working by himself, with an occasional helper who drops by. A lot of the material he works with seems to come out of stuff people have piled up around their homes or their shops. One negative is that I haven't seen many, if any, of the projects on the show that I think would be of considerable interest to many on this forum. A 1964 Falcon Ranchero, 1962 Falcon Van, etc. One of my favorites was a 1965 Riviera. I would not suggest that it is the greatest reality TV show ever, but it is far from the worst. I'm learning to be more accepting of some of these shows, as the content on many other TV shows continues to devolve. Watching the worst reality TV show about cars is still preferable to watching a stellar episode of "Teachers". I was curious to see if anyone else has seen the show and what their thoughts are.
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    1954 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country

    As originally equipped, the 1954 New Yorker T&C Wagon came with 6-volt positive ground electric system. The New Yorker did, indeed, come standard with the 180 HP 331 cubic inch V-8. The Windsor T&C, on the other hand, had the inline 6-cylinder. This is not to say this car's electric system could not have been altered in some way, but, I would expect that if it hasn't ran in decades, it most likely retains the original electrics. I owned one of these for several years. It was a fantastic car, and I regret selling it.
  10. A little after-Christmas chuckle - found on the "History - As They Were" forum on The H.A.M.B.
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    New member

    Based on the fact that you've had some experience with vintage aircraft, and, the fact that you're investing in some literature to help you understand some of the inner workings of your old truck, it sounds like you will probably do well with whatever level of restoration you decide to take on. Sometimes, people get on this forum and immediately start throwing out questions of such a nature as to let you know that they are in over their head. They start taking things apart, until suddenly, they can't figure out how to get a piece off of something. Many times, the experienced forum members on here advise them to get a shop manual, instead of trying to get someone on here to explain it in detail. In a lot cases, it seems the new enthusiast never seems to take this advice, apparently considering a shop manual unnecessary. I am not getting this sort of impression of you, based on your comments. And, I really like your GB truck. Good luck with it.
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    What is this ?

    To my eyes, the grille and trunk badge/handle seem to say 1952 Mercury. 1953 is similar, though different, in the grill area. The circular trunk badge/handle is a 1952 only item, I'm pretty sure.
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    1954 Anglo-American Rally - color pix?

    This is what the photos look like after being colorized on the internet.
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    Can anyone tell me what car this is?

    Could it be a Mercury Capri from the mid 1970s?
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    Can anyone tell me what car this is?

    I believe I see rust forming on the T-shirt photo..... Sarcasm..... Nonetheless, the T-shirt is cool.
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    My initial thought is that the pattern on this aftermarket item resembles an Oldsmobile cap that I've seen.
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    RIP Michael Paul Smith

    Very sad - a very talented guy. Loved his dioramas.
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    What car is in this photo ?

    I do think that the overall shape of the body in the original post resembles a 40-41 Dodge or Plymouth, but the B pillar appears vertical, rather than slanted. Unless the angle of the photo is altering its appearance, that post is vertical. There aren't that many cars from this period with vertical B pillars. If the car in the original post is not American, that could throw everything off.
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    What car is in this photo ?

    My guess is possibly a 1941 Hudson.....
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    Need ID

    Just a guess - maybe a 1934 Cadillac?
  21. Noticed this on Facebook Marketplace - just in case someone here might be interested, here is a link to the FB ad, plus a couple of photos. As noted, this is not my car and I am not familiar with the seller.
  22. Agreed that it looks to be a quality conversion - I'm not exactly wild about the small size of the side windows, that looks a little weird. I'm wondering about how difficult ingress and egress might be for a person of fairly robust size. Squeezing in between the "A" and "B" pillars looks like it could be rather tight.
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    Passing the torch

    There should be a country song in there somewhere, ha ha. Not to take away from this proud moment - congratulations on a job well done!