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Everything posted by Steve_Mack_CT

  1. Bill, that is a great looking car - please consider restoring it. Mike makes a great case for not hot rodding this car. All I can add is that driving a simple machine from another era can be a lot of fun in itself. A stock restoration would actually be easier to do as Mike suggests. Not only is the 455 going to be a challenge, there is wiring, cooling, suspension, brakes, frame strength etc. to consider, so be sure you plan out just what level you want to go with this car. A "rat rod" will bring no where near what even a decent amatuer restoration will, and to safely modify you can spend a good amount before you even consider paint & other cosmetics. Good luck either way!
  2. AIK, since school days are right around the corner, why not wander down to see the local H.S. shop teacher and explain that you could offer a couple afternoon's worth of employment if he can either recomend a couple kids or perhaps announce the oppy for you to the class. While it is not actually working on cars, you have access to strong backs and an automotive interest which may motivae them to be a little careful in the process. Second advantage, someone may catch the old car bug.. I know I would have done this in High School - and for peanuts, of course two -three bucks an hour in those days... Good Luck!
  3. BJM - If you buy your Lincoln but do not join CCCA I think you are just missing out on an opportunity to get more enjoyment out of the experience of owning a Classic. I just think CCCA just gets a bad rap. This is no different than any other specialty club or group - they are not just marque specific. Consider the "traditional hot rod" clubs. If you show up in a Corvette, the guys with the 32 Ford highboys may appreciate your car, but honestly that is really not what their particular group is about. Nobody questions this rationale. At the same time, if I bought a traditional hot rod I would get involved with one of these clubs for the same reason I joined the A clubs - knowledge, fellowship and people who really hone in on your car. Just my 2 cents...
  4. Seems like a great deal, had it been for sale for any length of time, or did you get a chance to "scoop it" before it was advertised?? I would have paid the $1,500 - or more based on the pictures alone if I had a chance to make that identical buy here in New England. The issues you describe are minor relative to the rust free body! Hope you post another couple pics once you have spent an afternoon or two cleaning it up - I bet it will clean up nicely!
  5. Lombard to Andulasite Blue?? Otherwise, stumped - good one, 31Ford!
  6. YES!! I thought I might have come up with a stumper, but you are right on, sir. Coffee and doughnut redeemable if you ever get to CT or if you are going to Hershey - let me know!
  7. Good to hear that Mr. Cohen found some good material and I do hope the story is a success. On the other hand after doing some legwork in answer to this post requesting assistance, it would have been nice if he was courteous enough to reply the the PM I sent him last week detailing the cars, contacts and such..
  8. Full Classics are unique enough in their own way be be one of the seven commonly recognized genres of collecting. I just received my first issue of Hemmings Classic Car (well, "classic", right..)with two separate editorials suggesting CCCA is not inclusive enough. Not sure, with the mountains of organizations & clubs out there, why the push for this. I think the inclusion of "virtually identical" pre-1925 makes sense, and understand what change there has been has been very slow, and this is probably about it. I think that is fine - diluting this genre further makes no sense. BTW - I am not a member, I just admire the CCCA for an outstanding job of identification of those special cars from a special era - true Classics. Getting back to this gent's post, he can choose from AACA, HCCA, and probably several Olds or brass clubs, which will add value in terms of networking for parts, knowledge, etc. He has a desirable car in it's own right.
  9. I am thinking one of you guys will get this - it is obscure but a great story. Who was Mr. L.T. Birch and what happened on January 10, 1928 that was significant in the Model A world?
  10. Hmm, I now wonder about the whole post. The "A" story is true, and the article backing that up is in one of the recent national magazines, so I did not initially question this but I now wonder if I just "walked right into it".....
  11. Ha - 31 Ford posted while I was in the garage looking for a tape to measure mine up!! Agree, 30-31 closed car...
  12. West, Re getting down to the original paint, there was a feature within the last couple years in either the Restorer or the Model A news about a very nice original A pick-up that had been painted with a brush at some point. The current owner has been wet sanding and I think compounding the top layer off and is getting to the original coat of paint. As you can imagine this is a significant amount of work, and if I remember right, he is taking hours to days on each panel, I think it was moving along, but not totally done at the time the article was written. Looked good in the pictures, though. Again based on memory but I think he happens to be a skilled bodyman which probably helps. That said I assume housepaint of some sort was used on the A, vs. automotive finish on your Brush car. I think a lot of your success will depend on the paint that is on the vehicle, West, and how it was applied, etc. Getting there may be half the fun if you have the time, but you mentioned "economical" - not sure what that means in terms of the time you can put into this. If you really want to pursue let me know, I will dig up the article and the guy's name, you could contact him for more detail on the technique but it is interesting that he has been able to do this.
  13. Thanks for posting, Ray! Unbelievable car. Hope to see it at a show sometime here in CT. Better yet, hope you can bring it to our CCR- AACA show in Glastonbury next May. I am hoping to see if we can encourage some of the guys with Classics to turn out for the show next year, we generally draw a few but it would be great to see some more of these cars turn out. I hear the Redding show in September draws some nice cars as it is pre-war only, hoping to go for the first time this year. Glad to see the car being used an preserved!
  14. Wow! And I thought my tag toppers & oil bottles were unusual. Common garden compared to the ashtrays from Moneypit & these valentines. Not only are the valentines fun to look at, that is one nice display case as well ~ very cool. I suspect this forum will really heat up a little later in the year, come fall. Everyone is in the garage, on the road or at a show now! Thanks for posting -
  15. I will raise this at the CCRAACA meeting tomorrow night. Off the top of my head I can think of two very interesting local car histories, one involving a very nice unrestored '37 Packard Super 8 Dietrich convertible; 50 year ownership -he is very committed to keeping it original & one '62 TBird, 3rd. generation same family, never restored very nice. Will get contact info on the TBird if he is interested in an interview tomorrow, the Packard guy may take a little longer, I do not know him as well, but there is a fantastic story behind that car, and if you intend to travel to see an essentially original car, I could not think of a better example. These cars are located in Central CT. We have an unrestored Olds Cutlass convt. with 46K miles, but it is in "driver condition" and we intend to do what we need to upgrade the interior, etc. That will be a "semi-restoration". I am guessing you are more interested in a well preserved original with further preservation being the end goal. It is great the market is rewarding these cars now, looking forward to the article.
  16. I actually found one of these at a swap meet here in CT - while I cannot be 100% sure, it looks like it started life out as a RH bracket, mirrors LH perfectly. Needs usual clean up and paint but for the princely sum of $3, it should do the trick ~ I just don't like having the two LH brakets on there..
  17. Post this on Fordbarn & Ahooga, both sites dedicated to the Model A. Good luck!
  18. After taking many years off from the AACA I think I am now hooked on a permanent basis. The magazine is far and away the one I look most forward to getting each month. For what it is worth, I think the most valuable thing this magazine brings is an unmatched mix of cars - the right % of representation by era and make. This must take some planning as many of the others do not get it. Dropped C&P after over 25 years, as it is now primarilly postwar with more coverage going to the 70s than the entire prewar periods combined. Not sure I see the improvements folks are talking about in HMN, I guess it is nice to have some articles in there, but the editorial staff seems to be centered pretty much around their comfort zone, and I am not sure how many more 60s Brit sportscar & rat rod articles I care to read now. Maybe they just cater to a different demographic or whatever. Old version at less postage would work fine for me. Long winded but my point is if you are trying to present something "fresh" and keep the "traditionalists" happy, I think you are there. The artwork is topnotch and the article content is worthwhile reading. But - Please don't overcompensate on either Oldsmobile or Packard!
  19. Steve's story about the used car managers brings back a common gimmick I saw many times in action. Early in my working life I went to work for a firm that provided those "extended warranties" & "protection packages" - rust proofing, etc. to dealers. We also trained the sales staff and set up the Business Office, or Finance & Insurance man's post. This guy is usually the last stop on a new car purchase. Good ones can sell rustproofing in Arizona. One neat trick with new clients was to go to a sales meeting and ask each salesperson how many years in the business, you get to an impressive figure pretty consistently. Then ask them a couple questions like what the margin should be, etc. on a given car. Invariably the answers were all over the lot. Moral of the story; even with all that experience there are still plenty of things to learn - even from a "kid". Now you eanred a little respect and you proceed to explain the products. It also helped to bring doughnuts! I was told that at that time (mid 80s) a good Finance Manager could bring profits at month that rivaled Service, Parts, etc. I know the dealers operate on thin margins, and this probably helped a lot of them stay in the black, especially domestics. The factories seemed to take notice of this and if I am not mistaken this "cottage industry" is all but gone nowadays. I did not feel it would last but that was my first job in the "business world".
  20. Notice how many hits this thread has? I have always thought one of the great things about this hobby is the chance to interact with people of all walks of life, ages, incomes, etc. My good car friends include custodians and surgeons, younger, older, etc. It is a diverse group and that is just another aspect that keeps it interesting. Here is a question for those who make their living in some way related to the hobby. Recognizing that that is in fact work (probably more than in many other options you may have considered) involved there, what do you guys do to get away from it all?
  21. Director of Operations with an insurance company. A long way from my first ever full time job as an apprentice mechanic.
  22. So, what happens if all things are equal in terms of workmanship and proper materials, and two '31 Model A Deluxe Roadsters are side by side, one is restored with the original body and one has a reproduction body? Assume the judges identify this. I am more curious around the rules here, philosophically I would want to give the nod to the car with the authentic body. Repro parts are essential and we all use them to some degree, but does the more authentic car have an advantage here? BTW - my post in the beginning does not assume lesser dedication or ability on the part of an AACA judge - just that I would expect the marque specific group to have more in depth knowledge. These have been a hot topic lately. I would think 31Ford's experience is an exception..
  23. Could very well be a later painting based on these two posts. I have a couple of older city scenes of Hartford, CT that are paintings. What is interesting is that they look realistic, with very realistic buildings and landscape, but the artist really accentuated the lines on the cars to make them all look longer, and convey motion like some of the auto ad artists did. I believe these (painted postcards) were common in a bit earlier vintage than yours, but it sure seems like a painting even on the PC. I wonder if it was done shortly after the Rotunda burned?? A nice keepsake and all it cost was a short visit with someone!
  24. I wonder if there is any difference between what the "A" parts houses sell and the oil Restorer32 recomends. In fact, if the steam cylinder stuff is somehow different, I would be intereseted in why - it may be better. My guess is it is the same stuff, these parts guys need to get this somewhere, and demand must be pretty limited. In any event, if you cannot source it as '32 recomends, you can buy the 600 weight for "A" transmissions from just about any of the parts houses for those cars - should cost you around 5 bucks for a quart. Will pour like molassas and you do not want to get this stuff on your clothes. You can also buy a tool to shoot it into the trans as well. My guess is this was more typical for the era than the exception. I really do not think there is any way you can damage the transmission with it, though. You want to slow those gears down, remember the primary purpose of all lower gears in those days was just to get from stationary to high gear, with most shifting at very low speeds and most driving in high gear.
  25. HD, not sure about AACA but I believe the MARC/MAFCA high point guys can tell the steel repro roadsters apart from the authentic ones pretty easily. I believe there is one manufacturer of those bodies for the "A"s. There is a lot of detailed discussion (both philosophical & practical) on this in the Fordbarn archives. From what I understand the roadster bodies are good, but not perfect replicas, with some variation around the curvature at the sides and door tops. These are generally sold to rodders so some extra holes would need filling also. There are more variances discussed, I just cannot remember them all at this time. Similarly the repro wheels now available are easily identified and the fenders that have been on the market for some time have been notorious for fit problems. Having said all that since I am pretty sure from our prior posts you are in CT also. I happen to know of one of these bodies (actually a complete project for a stock restoration) available locally, send me a PM if you are interested in the details. The car is rolling and most of the stuff is there, and you certianly would not have to deal with any rust. Back to judging, I would think you would make out better in an AACA event, simply because they would be less likely to "ding" you on these variances. Question - why not look for a better authentic body if the one there is way too far gone? Just a thought - Keep us posted!
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