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  1. It looks to me like it would be a simple matter to replace the stock master cylinder with a conventional one and use a remote power booster. Some cars from the early fifties had a power brake booster under the floor in the same location as your master cylinder. There was a dent in the floor under the seat to accommodate the booster. Chrysler products for instance. Today's boosters are smaller in diameter and don't take up so much room. This would be even simpler. You would need a hatch in the floor to check and fill the brake fluid, or a remote reservoir. Here is a modern conversion for a Chevrolet that shows what I mean.
  2. You should be able to find room for a small master cylinder, even a single cylinder with no booster and use it to actuate a remote power brake booster. The booster can be located anywhere although, the closer to the MC the better. They usually go under the hood or under the floor.
  3. Some guys used to have the brass gold plated. Looks almost as good as polished brass and never tarnishes.
  4. I'm seriously considering buying a 2002 Lincoln Town Car for a daily driver. One of the great luxury cars, extremely reliable and long lived and top marks for safety. I had one before and was happy with it. Last of the big rear wheel drive, traditional American sedans.
  5. I don't know if the Princess 4 liter R was officially imported to Canada but there were a few around. I see one advertised from time to time for a too high price, stressing its Rolls Royce heritage. Maybe it sold, I haven't seen the ad for a while. Have also seen a few of the older limousine type. Often advertised for weddings.
  6. The guy who started the Rustoleum paint fad was a Canadian. He had a restored 1969 Charger that was ready to go except for the paint job when he ran out of money. With a choice between painting it himself or waiting a year or two to drive the car while he saved up $5000 for a pro paint job, he decided to do it himself for $50. This was not the first time he did this, he had already painted a couple of VWs this way. He said it was the only way he could paint a car at home in his suburban garage, spray painting was out of the question. He used Tremclad enamel (Canadian Rustoleum) thinned down and applied with one of those small white rollers then tipped with a foam brush to remove bubbles. Two thin coats, wet sand with 600 paper, two more coats, wet sand with 800, two more coats, wet sand with 1000 then polish and wax. When he published this on a Mopar restoration forum it stirred up quite a storm of controversy. But others tried it and it worked. It was the Australians who came up with the idea of using yacht enamel. The harrowing details are probably still on the internet if you feel like doing a search.
  7. Brush painting was standard practice especially on expensive custom built cars up to the twenties. The English Morgans were brush painted, at least some colors up into the 1980s.
  8. Rusty_OToole

    Fabric top

    You need to remove some of the staples and pull the material away from the corners to get the wrinkles out. Removing staples and adjusting the top is par for the course on a job like this.
  9. If all else fails there are universal fit gas tanks in various dimensions. If you can find one close to the size of the one in your car it is possible to transfer your filler neck onto it. Radiator shops used to do this if you can find one.
  10. If it is worn down to the rivets replace it. If not, use your own judgement. I would say if it is more than half worn might as well put in a new one while you have it apart. Depending how much you drive and how long you plan to keep the car, you will be sore at yourself if you have to take it apart again.
  11. Rusty_OToole

    Fabric top

    The padding is to smooth out the top and give it a rounded contour. Typically, they would unroll a sheet of cotton padding onto the top, sticking pieces under it here and there to get the shape they wanted. Then cover with muslin cloth. If it was lumpy they would push the cotton around with long needles poked thru the cloth until they got a smooth, shapely contour. Then put on the waterproof covering. The padding will also prevent the sharp corners of the wood from chewing through the top covering. Tear the cotton don't cut it. By tearing you leave a tapered edge that blends in better. The old padding was much thicker when it was new, it was compressed down by the top material and packed down over the years. The material shrinks with time too.
  12. Rusty_OToole

    Fabric top

    Upholsters use that cotton padding all the time. These days vinyl tops usually use foam. There should be an upholstery supply shop in your area that has the padding material. The more expensive vehicles used horse hair which does not absorb water.
  13. Since the Olds 88 was built using the same basic body shell as Chevrolet and Pontiac, and Chevrolet had a sedan delivery, it wouldn't be difficult for the factory to put together a Chev body shell with Olds dash board, front fenders, hood, grille, trim etc and set it on an Olds 88 chassis. I'm a bit surprised they thought of it, but it would not have been a major project for them.
  14. I don't think flatheads have a disadvantage in fuel economy, everything else being equal, like compression ratio, displacement and horsepower. Small six cylinder flathead cars like Nash Rambler and Studebaker Champion were getting 30 MPG in the forties and fifties.
  15. Wonder what the compression ratio is? That was the drawback of flatheads, and I think aircraft engines use quite high octane fuel, do they also have higher compression than cars?