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  1. I see two door handles on the passenger side.
  2. Sad, but oh so true - it is amazing how many folks living in my Seymour community who seem to think it is spelled "Seymore". One is related to me, and has lived in this area for 40 years. Your comment resonated deeply. I'm amazed at the people frequenting the message boards on internet news websites who have trouble putting sentences together.
  3. That's an interesting project - I'm enjoying looking at the photos, showing the process of getting the roof sections aligned, stretching the metal where needed, and explaining what some of the next likely steps are going to be. In a way, it reminds me of some episodes I've seen of the show "Full Custom Garage" on the Motor Trend Channel. Don't take that the wrong way - I'm not, in any way, comparing what you're doing to what happens on that show. But, the idea of placing the separate roof sections on the car, and then stepping back to ponder the next step, is similar to what I've seen on that show. A big plus in the interesting department for me is that you're using a pre-step down Hudson as the subject of your efforts. I'm a big fan of the less common antique cars. Kudos!
  4. If the iridescent glow of the dials on your Hudson’s instrument panel doesn’t make you pause, you may not be infected with the antique car bug. Those Hudson dashboards were unlike anything else on the American automobile. Looking at that photo showing the view down the road, you can just imagine your concentration going from looking at the road to looking at the instruments, making sure everything is right on the highway and inside the car. That is a great looking coupe.
  5. Sorry for not replying earlier - I'm no expert on Fitzjohn items of any kind - I would just like to have one similar to the one in the photo I posted. It ties into something I remember from my pre-teen years.
  6. I like the "obscure" factor associated with the Dodge Route Van. To a certain degree, I guess one could say the IH Metro Van is somewhat obscure, but you do see them pop up for sale here and there. Certain "reality" TV shows, like Iron Resurrection and Fantom Works, will occasionally have an episode where they feature a Metro, but if one of these Dodge Route Vans has ever appeared on a show of that nature, I'm unaware of it. The American Pickers discovered one of the Metro Vans that had been the original band vehicle for the rock group Aerosmith - they saved it and got it back into service (with modifications), and now it is in the possession of the band again. The front end view on that Dodge is funky and cool.
  7. My reason for the original post was to gather some opinions regarding the originality of the plate. I'm not sure what your comment implies, but I have no intention of altering the plate in any way. My primary interest in the plate was due to the seller's claim of originality. I have no idea where you're coming from with your comment.
  8. I am considering buying this license plate from someone I know quite well. The seller says that the plate is 100% original and has never been repainted. After expressing interest in the plate, he told me to take it home and we'd work out the price for the plate. His house is quite dark, interior lighting is terrible. His eyesight is, I suspect, not all that good, as he is in his mid '80s. After getting the plate into some decent lighting, I'm having doubts about the claim of originality with this plate. I see what appear to be fingerprints in the whitish paint on the numbers. After mentioning this to him, he claims that it is common to see smudges on these old plates, and that the things I'm seeing are normal, to be expected. I don't want to argue with him, and I'm certainly no expert on these items. So, I'm throwing it out here. I'd like opinions are whether or not this is likely to be an original plate, and whether or not smudges/fingerprints like this are to be expected on an un-restored one.
  9. I guess it is possible that the car has only 16,000 original miles, but I'm a little skeptical of that without seeing some more photos of the interior, particularly the accelerator & brake pedals. I see the firing order written down in one of the engine compartment photos. Coupled with the absence of the original air cleaner, those two items could imply some shade tree mechanic activity. It's not a bad car, by any means, but I'm having a hard time believing that the addition of the Cragars, along with the $1000 price increase, makes this car more marketable.
  10. That is one very nice sedan, and a fairly uncommon one at that. Great color combo, and just enough brightwork to grab the eye without looking garish. Someone is gonna end up with a nice Dodge. I'll bet it is a pretty good performer with the V8 and stick. I'm digging that radio delete plate.
  11. Around 1990, a relative of mine bought one in this same color. It was advertised as a Chrysler Imperial station wagon. He and I were relative newcomers to old cars, and he was desperate to find one of the long-wheelbase 1951 New Yorker T&C wagons. Had we researched it a little more, we would have realized something didn't quite add up. It turned out to be a 1951 Windsor body attached to a 1951 Imperial chassis with the Imp front sheet metal still in place. Paint was the same color, but the chrome trim on the front doors didn't extend onto the front fenders. Looking at the photos, we just assumed that the trim was missing. Shortly after the purchase, we were extremely disappointed to find out that the VIN on the body identified the car as a Windsor, instead of a New Yorker. I was really embarrassed about the whole thing, because I had found the car for sale, and I talked him into buying it. It was a huge lesson for both of us. I don't recall the purchase price for this wagon, but, while not exorbitant, it wasn't exactly cheap. He was so disgusted that he sold the car at a loss just so he wouldn't have to be reminded about the whole thing. As I look back on this, I have to wonder about the motivation for mounting the wagon body on the Imperial chassis - the seller had owned the car for a few years, and it had probably been this way for a while before he bought it. it doesn't seem as though the body swap would have been worth doing, from a monetary point of view. At that time, most non-woodie station wagons weren't all that collectable, and that was particularly true for the early '50s Chrysler. Back to the OP's car - I love it - very nice. You will have lots of fun with that wagon.
  12. When I came out of the store, I somehow did not immediately see this thing. As I navigated my way out of the parking lot, I glanced back toward the store and it was sitting not far from the store entrance. I immediately swung back toward the store to get a photo from the rear. The lot wasn't crowded, but when I stopped to take a picture, I found myself blocking someone needing out of a space. So, I pulled around to get a photo from the front. Afterwards, I made a U-turn and approached the rear of the car. By this time, there was a guy that had walked up to the car and was gawking at it. I pulled up with my passenger window down. This guy turns around and says "What IS this thing"? It's a Chrysler Imperial. "That's a Chrysler Imperial"? Yes. "GAWD-amighty! Look at how the chrome angles across the top." Yeah, it's a real beast. "I bet this thing rides like a Cadillac". It probably rides better than a Cadillac. In fact, Cadillac was its main competition back in the day. I think it's got the headlights that are free-standing on the front bumper. He walked to the front of the car to see the headlights. "GAWD-amighty! They do! They stick right out of the bumper!" He moved so I could take the photo. He was still gawking at it when I pulled away.
  13. A good collector friend found this while cleaning out a storage building full of mostly antique items. He came by my home today and dropped it off. He knows I go crazy over stuff like this. Not really rare, I guess, but I believe it is a fairly uncommon piece. I love the oddball stuff.
  14. I've known the owner of this Charger since about 1975. He bought it a couple of years before that. At that time, it was dark green with a black vinyl top. It was a running driving car when he got it, but by 1975, it wasn't running. It sat outside for several years. In the early 1980s, the owner had some work done to the body, and a slick-looking black paint job was applied. The car started enjoying indoor storage at this point. After ten or so years, the owner got married and moved to a place where there was no indoor storage for this car. So, it has been sitting outside for pretty close to thirty years now. I go by now and then to see if it is still there. Although I'm still friends with the owner, we haven't had a conversation in over 15 years. Life changes..... But, it's a shame this is happening to such a collectible car. I realize that many, if not most, on this forum may not be interested in cars of this type. They aren't my main interest, either. But, I'm pretty sure that there are some that are present who can appreciate how desirable a car of this type can be to those so inclined.
  15. 2 speed fluid automatic - I guess the seller means that the fluid drive tranny has 2 "ranges", Lo and Drive, with each range having 2 speeds. It makes you wonder if the seller fully understands how to operate the transmission in this car, which makes me wonder just how long he has been the owner. I do really like the car, but would have to do away with most of the "geegaws" - especially the dice and the sun visor.
  16. Am I wrong in thinking that these grille teeth look too long? The bumper does not look to be original - maybe the factory bumper covers the teeth at the bottom and this one doesn’t. It gives the car a different look that seems kind of jarring.
  17. I'm pretty familiar with these Chrysler & DeSoto wagons from the early 1950s - I have never seen a headliner area that looked anything like this one. Every one I've ever seen had a fabric headliner - this one appears to be something like plywood. I'm not sure those door panels are the original type, either. Here is the view of the cargo area and headliner from the '54 New Yorker I owned.
  18. I think it is a 1952 Plymouth.
  19. I wouldn't disagree with anything you've said, particularly about a good clean-up. Just trying to help a friend.
  20. Engine: 283 V8Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 91000Engine runs well, although the PCV is stuck, resulting in some engine smoke Transmission shifts well – brakes work wellCar would be roadworthy to drive anywhere with good tires and PCV replacedRust through present at rockers – floors are good – light surface rust on topPaint is original, thin in placesNo broken glass – all windows work, rear passenger mechanism is stiffClear titleCar purchased new by an insurance salesman in Union, SC. He used the car until selling it to a lady in 1978. She used the car some until around 2015, the date of the last license registration. Shortly afterwards, another relative became the owner, and the car moved to Georgia, where it came up for sale in 2020. More photos are available. Car is located in Commerce, GA. There are several more photos available, if necessary. I have not seen this car in person - I'm posting this for a friend of a friend, and I'm doing all I can to present the car as honestly as possible.Price $3300/negotiablePH 706 - six five four - seven one zero eightText or call – text preferred
  21. Your Pontiac hits the right nostalgic note for me. There were quite a few of these sitting in the driveways of my newspaper route around 1965-66. The exhaust note from the straight 8 sounds very familiar, as does the sound of the abrupt shifts from the hydramatic transmission. The color is somewhat familiar, also, though I seem to recall a green tint more than this blue one. The work you've done means that you can have a lot of fun in this Pontiac - much more so than if it was going to be judged for points in an AACA show.
  22. Great looking coupe, such an uncommon brand.
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