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Harold

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  1. This topic really brought back some memories.... I lived in a lower class neighborhood as a kid in Brooklyn in the 1950's-'60's and there was always a street full of interesting cars. I've always been partial to early fifties Plymouths and, in addition to my father's '52 Cambridge, there was a light green '50 4-door, light gray '51 Cranbrook, and dark blue '51 Cranbrook that was always polished to a high shine. A middle-aged neighbor, who never got his driver's license, was given a brown '49 DeSoto that my father taught him to drive. His kids were real happy to finally have a family car! One neighbor had a black Studebaker Starlight (?) business coupe with the huge wrap-around rear window. There was a black '53 Chevy sedan that the owner stored in a rented garage across from our house. The owner of the garage had a '54 Chrysler. Another neighbor had a green '59 Chevy wagon and another was into '55-'56 Fords (I recall quite a few of them cycling in and out), the people on the corner had a '54 Plymouth followed by a '61, then two leased '66 Fords. One of the neighbors in our apartment building was in the paper bag business. The first car I recall they had was a green '51 Pontiac, then they splurged on a new '59 Plymouth wagon. I'm sure there were others but these are the ones that came to mind. Harold
  2. Five used starters (4x3755259 and 1x2095219) and two used alternators (2x3438713) for sale as a package $100.00 picked up near Freehold, NJ 07728. The alternators are square backs one with a single -groove pulley and the other with a dual-groove pulley. I accumulated these parts over the years and no longer have vehicles to put them on. They were working when removed but haven't tested them so are selling as-is. I priced them low to move them out as a package. I don't want to spend time cleaning and searching for date codes. You can do that when you get them home! Sorry, no shipping.
  3. Still available! No home is complete without one!
  4. My parents told me this story (it happened before I was born): About 1950, the battery in my father's '38 Pontiac died so he borrowed a truck and had my mother steer the Pontiac and pop the clutch to get it started. My father pushed the Pontiac all over our Brooklyn neighborhood and the thing refused to start. He was pretty steamed up by that point. Turns out my father didn't tell my mother to turn the key on before letting out the clutch. With the key turned on it quickly fired up.
  5. One more item concerning the screwed-on Vehicle Number: I recall seeing an official Chrysler service publication that said if you added a driver's side courtesy light switch you could move the tag by drilling out the rivets and relocating it. There is a hole for the switch punched under the plate on the driver's hinge post for that purpose.
  6. I don't have the catalog, but Western Auto/Wizard had their own part numbering system and matching the number with its vehicles can be frustrating. I once had a batch of Wizard brake parts and I found it helpful to search for "wizard xxxx" (insert part number) on eBay. It took a while but I identified quite a few that way.
  7. You can try contacting Chrysler Historical for the build-card for your car. As I recall, it has the body number, vehicle number, and engine number on one document. It might help when dealing with the state.
  8. I'm saddened to learn of Carl's passing. A few years ago, my wife and I considered relocating to the Seattle area. Carl and I exchanged phone numbers and I had one or two lengthy conversations with him. He was quite knowledgeable and shared a lot of insights with me, even offering to pick us up at the airport and drive us around the area. He was very nice and will be missed.
  9. Type the Serial Number into Google and see if you get any results.
  10. This came from my '79 Olds full-size wagon that had a factory AM/FM/CB radio. It takes antenna input and divides it between the AM-FM signal and the Citizen's Band signal. The part number is 22010094 and I'm fairly certain it's compatible with any similar radio used across the GM line in the late '70's-early '80's.. It has been on my shelf for decades and was working when removed. Can't test it so selling as-is. $20.00 postpaid in the lower 48 States.
  11. This came from my '79 Olds full-size wagon that had a factory AM/FM/CB radio. It takes antenna input and divides it between the AM-FM signal and the Citizen's Band signal. The part number is 22010094 and I'm fairly certain it's compatible with any similar radio used across the GM line in the late '70's-early '80's.. It has been on my shelf for decades and was working when removed. Can't test it so selling as-is. $20.00 postpaid in the lower 48 States.
  12. I have a driver's side rear window glass that I removed from a '66 Polara convertible in the 1980's. I was keeping it as a spare for the '66 Sport Fury that I owned at the time. The SF is long gone and I found the glass in my attic recently. The window fits: Chrysler '65-'68 convertible Dodge 880 '65 convertible Dodge Polara '65-'68 convertible Imperial '67-'68 convertible Plymouth Fury '65-'68 convertible $60.00 picked-up near Freehold, NJ 07728 Sorry I would rather not ship. Harold
  13. I have a driver's side rear window glass that I removed from a '66 Polara convertible in the 1980's. I was keeping it as a spare for the '66 Sport Fury that I owned at the time. The SF is long gone and I found the glass in my attic recently. The window fits: Chrysler '65-'68 convertible Dodge 880 '65 convertible Dodge Polara '65-'68 convertible Imperial '67-'68 convertible Plymouth Fury '65-'68 convertible $60.00 picked-up near Freehold, NJ 07728 Sorry I would rather not ship. Harold 1966 1967
  14. I regret getting rid of two cars in particular. One was a '51 Plymouth Cranbrook that had a seized engine. I un-stuck it but couldn't get it to start. After sitting for a number of years, I stripped it down to the body shell and frame, then scrapped the rest. Looking back, it was very restorable despite the usual rust and deserved to be put back on the road. The other was a '68 Pontiac Catalina convertible in factory red. It was a confiscated car and I won it on sealed bid from the DEA for $41.50 (second-high bid was $40.96!). The guy I sold it to was going to restore it. Instead, it wound up abandoned and vandalized in a vacant lot. I should have kept it.
  15. I also recall seeing "TAXI" on the dashboard of some cabs. The letters were drilled into the metal (in the days before padded dashes were standard).
  16. While on the topic of NYC taxis, I have a couple of other recollections that might be worth sharing. NYC medallion taxicabs went to all-yellow in 1965. Previously they could be any distinctive color combo. I remember lots of fairly new cabs getting repainted to comply. The rectangular 'off-taxi-duty' roof light also came out that year. The back of the new roof light showed the medallion number of the cab. My mom helped set-up a number undercover cabs for the NYPD. They had a particular series of medallion numbers on the roof light that indicated they were really police cars.
  17. The Taxi and Limousine Commission was formed in the 1970's, IIRC. Before that, taxicabs were administered by the Hack Bureau of the NYPD. My mother worked there for many years.
  18. Is that a blue '51-'52 Plymouth in the background? They're my favorite cars.
  19. I live less than 10 miles from Englishtown and gave up on the show years ago.
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