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  1. I've never heard a determination as to what is "real" or not on the basis of mixing ratio. PPG's DP epoxy primers are 2:1, other brands are 4:1 and 5:1. You've not named names, but as a general rule the best insurance is to stay with a single brand's system to ensure compatibility start-to-finish.
  2. I believe the Model A is whats termed a 130-B "Deluxe Delivery".
  3. I don't know where you landed on the list, but when I mentioned to him that I'd appreciate knowing if he ever decided to sell it, he told me something to the effect, "You've got about 200 people in line ahead of you."!
  4. That's the car! The former owner was indeed a gentleman and in 2004 when I made a trip just to his place just to see it he was very good to spend time with me and give a thorough tour of his collection after cold-calling him from the club directory. He is who told me about the sibling hearse and limo, that they were listed for sale in the same ad, but by the time he made contact they had already been sold.
  5. When they went to unibody in 1958 they became difficult to convert. That's not to say it wasn't done. There still exists a '59 Flower Car (Google it and you will find photos) and it was part of a trio ordered by the same funeral home that included a matching hearse and a non-Hess & Eisenhardt limo, possibly a lengthened one, but the whereabouts of those two cars are unknown today and they likely haven't survived. I've seen a couple of other era photos of a '59 ambulance conversion. So, it was done, but nowhere near as many as other makes. I would think cutting into the taillight panel and making new accommodations for the gas tank filler are just the tip of the iceberg of the problems involved in converting one. Find a shot of the back of the Flower Car and you will see how odd it looks after they got done hacking on it.
  6. So the Russians mind their manners on their way to Berlin.
  7. Raised awhile back and it was a go-nowhere topic:
  8. Yeah -- this. Too bad Bill can't handle it himself. His work is top notch. I'd trust his suggestions to be good ones.
  9. That might be somebody's attempt at adding a speedometer, in the same way the magnetic pick-up on a bicycle speedometer works.
  10. That's a nice looking pair of Lincolns. Every home should have one.... or two, or three. Best of luck with your sale!
  11. Same here. The rough estimate for materials came out to be something like 2/3rds the cost of a ready made unit. I think part of the profit for the manufacturers is that they get much better pricing on steel by buying large quantities. I'm sure it's a fun project but I didn't need to prove to myself that I could perform tasks that I already know how to do while my personal projects go unfinished.
  12. Double compression threaded sleeve fitting.
  13. West System is a wonderful product that doesn't seem to get much mention. Their 105 resin and 205 (fast) or 206 (slow) hardener mixed thickened (if necessary) with 406 colloidal silica provides a lot more options for different applications and enough working time so that you don't have to mix up so many small batches to do a job like you do with Kwik-Poly or other hyper-fast setting epoxies.
  14. Here is a photo of my Accessible Systems rotisserie with pneumatic tire upgrade so you can go across unpaved surfaces without issues and also facilitate loading onto a trailer. Another one of their selling points was being built to a safety factor of 2. I believe my unit was rated at 3,500 lbs, so failure would be 7,000 lbs. Cheaper units can fail at not much above their stated rating. They were keen to point out that when you see another unit that has every right angle gusseted, that is an indication of it being of poor design and when I started looking at the hard details, there were notable differences in the size and wall thickness of the square tubing used on what is commonly available. The owner / designer was an engineer and very interesting to talk to. It is a shame they have quit making them. I'm not sure there is another U.S. made rotisserie out there that matches their level of quality. I've had mine about ten years now. I later purchased their differential dolly and wish I would have purchased some of their other accessories now that they have gone out of business. For what their products cost vs. rounding up the raw materials to make one, it wasn't worth all the time to reinvent the wheel.
  15. I own a rotisserie built by Accessible Systems and it is excellent, however it seems they have recently gone out of business: https://www.accessiblesystems.com/history.php If you could find one of their units second-hand, that is what I would recommend. I shopped that pretty hard when I bought mine and it is spec'ed to hold one of my unibody Lincolns should I ever want to. I have had two Shoebox woodie bodies on it and it has enough clearance to spin one of those 360 without the roof hitting the tie bar and have it balanced so it can be stopped in any position without it drifting.