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  1. Yeah -- this. Too bad Bill can't handle it himself. His work is top notch. I'd trust his suggestions to be good ones.
  2. That might be somebody's attempt at adding a speedometer, in the same way the magnetic pick-up on a bicycle speedometer works.
  3. That's a nice looking pair of Lincolns. Every home should have one.... or two, or three. Best of luck with your sale!
  4. 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.
  5. Double compression threaded sleeve fitting.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The Forum Police are always quick to jump on any ad that doesn't meet their satisfaction and then point them to the "suggestions" page, yet the biggest and boldest suggestion at the end is an absolute for the posters and it never gets any attention: It is NOT okay for forum users to make negative comments on a seller's listing, nor is it okay to question its asking price.
  10. If you're going to recommend that, than you should also recommend that they go well armed. Not a nice part of town! I had a very bad experience with them several years ago and have used Paul's Chrome in Evans City, PA since and been nothing but satisfied.
  11. Glad to see you might have found something useful. Remember too that since finishes at this time were so prone to failure early on, it was not unusual for a car to get repainted within a couple of years, so what you're looking at may not be the original presentation surface, but it may very well be underneath. That's why you'd need testing like I showed earlier. With that the layering would tell the story, and yes, there are ways to test to the composition of those layers to tell you what they are, what pigments were used, and make a good stab at determining the shade of color it was originally based on those pigments. I'll work up some information to send you about who I think can help with that. Good job, that's an excellent find!
  12. I don't doubt you. You have to look hard and think about the parts that would be hard to pick clean or hard for a sandblaster to access. Even then, it's a shot in the dark because you can't know what's in that chip until it's cleaned up and put under magnification. Like I said, it's a process you'd have to hire out and you'd be money ahead if someone can dig up a book for your application, I just wanted to illustrate that not all hope is lost even in cases like yours.
  13. What you describe is very much the case with the sample above. Everything was previously "stripped" to bare metal and wood and repainted red when the original color was blue (the bottom layers), but oftentimes nooks and crannies still have trace remains of the original finish hidden underneath. The sample chip above would be the size of the tip on a ballpoint pen. Just wanted to clarify. If you can find a sample from a book you would be money ahead vs. going the route I have outlined.
  14. Is there not one speck of anything left anywhere, even if you were to peel back some of the sheet metal from the wood in a tight spot or some such? Below is an example of a milligram sized sample magnified 140X. People with the right tools were able to determine the chemical and pigment composition of the blue layer to verify it was available in the era (and exclude the ones above it) and make an educated guess as to the original color even after the car had been well-stripped and painted red in a prior life. It's not a cheap process, but if you're militant about it and have no other options, it can be done.
  15. This doesn't quite fit the requirements as it doesn't seem to have been a dealership and it isn't likely still around, but I don't think anyone would mind. Awhile back this image was posted on the MTFCA forum and was thought to have been taken in Gettysburg. Nothing there really fit the bill, though. Some time later I was in a shop and there was a large framed photo of this on the wall and the owner knew some more about it saying that it was supposed to be a Rotary Club gathering in Hanover, PA. On his copy you can see "Baltimore St." written across the bottom. The image is out there floating around because back in the 1970's a local historical society was having interesting photos reprinted and selling them to raise funds. While a lot of significant buildings remain in Hanover, I believe these have been demolished and today is the site of a Rite Aid Pharmacy. Looks like a White, two Ramblers, and Model T. The T looks to be a 1909 with flat billed fenders and no windshield. It was listed as the "Adams Sporting Goods House" in a 1910 Blue Book (likely the same year the photo was taken judging by the dealer plate on the T. My earlier Blue Book does not mention it): https://books.google.com/books?id=Pa9JAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA370&lpg=PA370&dq=adams+garage+sporting+goods+baltimore+street+hanover&source=bl&ots=sI3n63MwHZ&sig=hcIy2Osn7OppJTk0hRA9gUlcwOg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj79dDpl5DYAhVi74MKHVHPDYsQ6AEIhQEwCA#v=onepage&q=adams garage sporting goods baltimore street hanover&f=false This 1912 Horseless Age would seem to indicated that they added a brick garage: https://books.google.com/books?id=EU4bFBh2WKQC&pg=PA1109&lpg=PA1109&dq=adams+sporting+goods+house+hanover&source=bl&ots=RXAJIK0Djo&sig=xLddBOc0ixY86VNk1hSvkIEhN0Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_tayZm5DYAhWL34MKHe5BDWU4ChDoAQgnMAA#v=onepage&q=adams sporting goods house hanover&f=false In 1915 Hanover was badly damaged by a tornado and the Garage is seen in several photos here. I have not been able to determine its fate immediately thereafter: https://books.google.com/books?id=HZIleoDNRKAC&pg=PA59&lpg=PA59&dq="adams+sporting+goods+house"&source=bl&ots=Gf_JHF4lCR&sig=KicF2ii2gPiy4fet4aumRlW3xzU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwik_NzV15jYAhWkg-AKHY5FAUkQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q="adams sporting goods house"&f=false