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    I identify as from WY, KS, VA, NJ, CA, AK, OH, OK, TX & Japan, but live in ID.

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  1. jeff_a

    Peerless Photos

    Burbank cloth was a trademarked waterproof fabric. It was a tightly-woven cotton fabric imported from England, used in automotive trim, according to The Haartz Corp. Factory photo of the top up on an 8-69 Peerless Roadster: Period pic of a 6-72 with the top down: photo from alamy Another Peerless boattail that showed up at an informal get-together in Denver in 2017 - a '27 Six-90 Roadster: photo from forum
  2. ...but wait. There is more info on the Studebaker Forum. Hawk Auto gives some descriptions of a 4-door 1936 Dictator & phone numbers, but we still don't know if it's in Indiana or India, Europa or Yorkville.
  3. jeff_a

    Peerless Photos

    This would be the same model as the Peerless on page 98 of the Peerless chapter in the 1973 Automobile Quarterly VOL 11, No.1, in the Harrah Collection at the time. In that photo the top was up, and the car had light yellow or tan body and medium brown fenders.
  4. Crippdaddy, Another thought, you should get a copy of Hemmings Motor News, after all the thought you have devoted to this, you should treat yourself to one. I don't know if anyone else here agrees, but if you can't find a car you like probably can't find one anywhere. HMN (at will send you a totally free trial issue. Comes out once a month. At least 1000 cars for sale per issue. ----Jeff
  5. Wikipedia uses the same photo to illustrate It's "limousine" entry...claiming it's a 1908 Studebaker. Wouldn't it have been more Garford than Studebaker at that early date?
  6. Hi Matt, Welcome to the AACA Forums. Not an expert -- but I'll take a try at your questions about restorations. That word reminds me of my dad's best Army buddy Ralph, after getting a doctorate in mine engineering. He said "ore" is the most misunderstood word in mining: it can mean anything. A couple of good things to start off wit. Your father restored a T-Bird; your wife wants you to do it; and you get that a resto can be done that is extreme. A. extremely over-restored B. extremely incorrect C. extremely shoddy D. extremely ugly...even if it was good mechanically & cosmetically, who wants to see a fluorescent orange 1960 Edsel with polka dots and a spoiler? E. extremely expensive Did you just hear about the 1955 Thunderbird restoration, see him working on it, spend hours with him on it? WWYDS = What Would Your Dad Say about the wisdom of restoring an old car? Your spouse "wants us to start a project car" is not just good -- it's great! On the extreme thing, it shows you have some common sense. Do you already have a 1949 Chevrolet, or are you just thinking about something like that? A car like the one in the video Rusty showcased would be a very good start. That one may have cost a bit, though. Actually runs, not a rustbucket, and not a trendy model. what is typical budget...I don't know. You came up with some figures, and I have no way of knowing what you can do with the people and things you know. If you are a gifted artisan re: upholstery, paint & body, and mechanics or have access to people who are..........maybe the low end of the $30,000-$300,000 scale. It sounds like you want to participate in the restoration, not send it out to a restoration shop. You could ask some of the people on here who actually are restoration pros what they see re: the latter. Growing into some of those fields out of necessity could happen, also. length of time needed...I don't know the specifics of the project. I'm not a mechanic. amount of tools needed...Open-ended, like asking how much golf costs. likelihood of recouping cost...back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, there used to be a formula where you bought an antique car, paid a shop to fix it up, and subtracted those two figures from what you sold the shiny restored car for, to arrive at your profit. Back when beer was a nickel at the baseball stadium. They used to say a new cabin cruiser costs $100 a foot, too(Ha!). On the other hand, if you restored a car, it may have some intrinsic value greater than the "sinking investment" of a new car. There are some people on the forums here w/ a lifetime of experience who can go to an obscure auction and say "That's a piece of junk", "That's priced right", "Jeez --- mortgage your house, that's worth 5x what the bidding is", etcetera. Latch onto one of them, or join a car club. likelihood of selling a '49 Styleline Deluxe after a restoration fast...I don't know. any extra info...Sorry if I sound discouraging, but I would prefer realistic answers if I were in your position. It's neat you both are interested in working on an antique car, and too easy to say bah humbug. It is possible to turn a 5th rate car into a a 1st-rate one...but as some will tell you, it's way better to try to turn a Condition #3 into a Condition #2. If a rebuild kit is $350, does that mean one of you has rebuilt a 1940s engine, or were you going to send it out to a re building shop? Not knowing your situation, you may have that under control. Back in the 50s and 60s, I've heard, military personnel could have their personal cars shipped from duty station to duty station nearly free. My dad did that w/ a '47 Nash: Kansas>Yokohama>Kansas. In the 1950s. Is that still possible? Wild idea #314: Do you have away-time & an interest in seeing Alberta? Look up the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin*. Once a year they have 5 days of classes in museum-quality antique automobile restoration. It is more of an overview than a thorough shop course of study like McPherson College(4-yr degree in restoration)**. Biggest vehicle museum in the country. About 350 cars & trucks + aircraft & tractors. Two 100,000 sq ft buildings and one of 30,000 sq ft. Even if you don't take any classes -- it's still worth seeing -- IMO. ....Jeff *The transportation museum in Canada: **McPherson College is in Kansas
  7. jeff_a

    Plymouth Prowler

    Will not be AACA-eligible for 6 years, but someone has a yelllow 2000 Prowler w/ 120,000 miles for sale for $12,995. Bring your trailer over to Kalispel, MT. * 406-755-8445
  8. Lamar, I enjoyed your management of what must have seemed, at times, like a herd of cats. I have one question, though. For a long time your profile picture was you and an older gentleman. I thought maybe it was your dad, or a partner in Buick Gardens. By any chance was it Bob, "progoofoff" on the forums, who was an indomitable car collector from Tennessee? Jeff
  9. jeff_a

    Peerless Photos

    Fantastic image of a 1926 Peerless 6-72 boattail Roadster from In twelve years of looking at Peerless literature I have never seen this illustration before. I don't know where Walter found this, but it's some kind of dealer promotional material printed on the back of letterhead stationery from the dealer at Wollaston, Massachusetts.
  10. I just received an email this morning about a 1924 Peerless Six-70 Touring Phaeton for sale. It's unique. It's the Peerless Pullman Phaeton which was discussed on the AACA Forums going back to 2006. It started out in Los Angeles, then it was in Montana, where it broke down on the side of the road and spent 70 years out on a ranch near Square Butte. It's now in Texas. Bill Thomas the owner has a price of $2,850 on it. His email is I'll try to post a photo of what a car like this may have looked like in the original Collins Blue or Ohio Blue colors. It may have spent 70 years outside, so the condition would be #6 or #5-, but it's still an important car in my opinion. It's the only known six-cylinder 1924 Peerless It has a low serial number for the 2,786-vehicle run of 1924 & 1925 Model 6-70 cars built It has the 289 Cu. In. Collins 6 or Superb Six engine(same h.p. or greater than the Peerless V-8) Engine design came out of the Cadillac Engineering Dept. Only known Peerless with Pullman body 3 known surviving 6-70s: 2 Five-Passenger Touring Phaetons & 1 Five-Passenger Sedan Not an overgrown Model T, as one person quipped: these were $2,285 cars, which is 8 Model Ts "It would take a complete restoration, but it is fairly complete, especially the engine." Below is a photo of the car in Montana in 2009 part of a sales brochure F/S on
  11. I would buy it if they'd pay me a dollar a mile to pick it up and reduce the price to $500 and include the trailer. It's as classy as the car I drove my last year of college. If I had a '75 Pacer then, I would have been Big Man On Campus. Plus, it has the only safety bumper you can hit a moose with & have little damage.
  12. Some states, Wyoming for one, have museum collections & donations laws. They state under what circumstances a museum may de-accession an artifact. Must it be kept forever? Generally, the paperwork for accessioning an item must state whether it's a loan or donation. May it be donated to another museum or sold? Duplications: what if it is one of several similar artifacts...say an 1890 White sewing machine, or a 1970s VW, which the museum has 3 of?
  13. Classic Car enthusiast Clive Cussler has a Travelodge at his museum in Arvada, CO, open to the public May-September. photo from 1936 Pierce-Arrow & 1937 Pierce-Arrow Travelodge
  14. I met someone who collects antique bicycles. He had 3 for sale at his house, a Winton, a Pierce, and an 1890s Peerless. He wanted $5,000 for the Peerless.
  15. You can go into edit & just change your title to "Advice Sought on Service By Dealer or Mechanic".