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  1. I've been in AACA long enough to remember the panic when the 1955-1958 years were accepted (they added 2 years each year to move from a 35 year to 25 year cut off) and when the 1965 Mustangs were accepted. Major panic in both of those years that the club would be run over by both makes. It never happened. Great each new year of AACA cars with open arms.
  2. Happy New Year to both of you. Greatly enjoy your posts. May the '20's be a good decade for you.
  3. Contact your favorite plater. The cost of repairing yours and replating may be less than buying a used part and having it plated. That looks very repairable.
  4. Why? Spend your money elsewhere.
  5. Call the manufacture's customer support line. See what they recommend to clean out their product. Your lower hose may be a problem as well.
  6. Ford began assembling Model T's in Charlotte in 1914. In 1916 moved to a larger existing building. In 1924. assembly moved to a new plant designed by Alfred Kahn. This assembly plant operated until 1933. During WWII it was a US Army weapons depot and after the war became warehouse space. This building has been saved.
  7. Nash dealership, Charlotte, NC. Long gone.
  8. Dealership row in Charlotte, NC in the 1940's This is South Tryon St. All of the buildings are now gone except the church.
  9. C.C. Coddington was the Buick regional distributor in Charlotte, NC for many years. Here is the original building and a 2000 era photo. The building was torn down for apartments a few years ago.
  10. The Power Shift operates all the time. It does to the gear shift leaver what power brakes do to a manual brake system...make it easier to move. In the case of power shift or vacuum shift in a Chevrolet, you can use one finger to move the leaver. That's all it is.
  11. Great news as well as promoting the AACA Library and Research Center as well as the wonderful Simeone Museum.
  12. 61polara


    First start a new post. You will get more very good responses.
  13. Throw away your old J78-14 tires. They are not factory originals but a replacement set. Your correct size is 8.55x14 bias ply. For judging, even though they are bias ply, they are the wrong size and would warrant the same deduction as a radial replacement.
  14. At least one '81-'83 Imperial four door sedan or limo was built. I saw it in Atlanta around 1984 or 1985 parked at a gas station in downtown Atlanta. When I had to go into the office in the afternoons and the parking lots were full I would pull into this station and have the oil changed and pick it up after work. Lots of people figured out this trick. These Imperials have always been a favorite of mine so I know what I saw. I have no idea how did the coachwork and don't have a picture of it, but it did exist and was black. Never saw it again. It was a very graceful looking car and I thought that this is what Chrysler should have made as well as the coupe. It must have been one of these two done by Andrew Horton Associates of Belleville, Mich.
  15. Great story Vickie Love it!
  16. How old is the 8v battery? If over 4 or 5 years it is probably on the way out. Replace it with a 6v battery. With an 8v battery all accessories will work with no problem, but are 25% faster or higher at 8v. That means you gas gauge is 25% high. I think you are looking at the amp gauge and seeing it swing way over to the charge side. This is normal. By the 1970's car manufacturers were switching to volt gauges, which don't tell you much compared to an amp gauge because customers were concerned about the amp gauge swinging over to the full change setting and moving when the turn signal was on. This is all normal and just shows that the charging system is working, not that the system is over taxed. It takes about 25+ highway miles to recharge a battery after a hard, cold start. I bet you are not driving that far. If the car starts immediately, then the amp gauge should return to normal in 5-10 miles of driving. I think your charging system should be ok and that you are not familiar with the way an amp gauge operates. BTW, if they increased the settings on the voltage regulator for 8v you may need to reset it for 6 v.
  17. The steering shaft is larger on the 8 cylinder cars than on the 6's. The back of the hub is different. I don't have one but you should state which you are looking for.
  18. 1953 and 1954 are the same. Find the best wheel you can if you are going to try to repair one yourself. We have the mold to completely recast that wheel if you decide to go that route. There are some excellent repair and paint guys out there as well.
  19. You should post this in the Lincoln section below as well.
  20. I believe cogged belts came into common use in the late 1970's in the US. Prior to that I remember having to get "matched sets" for AC systems that ran dual belts on the compressor. With cogged belts, that is not necessary. If you did not buy "matched sets" for the dual AC belts, you could never get both belts to tighten to the same tension.
  21. This is so wrong. The 25% tariff is on the cost of the goods not the retail price. I don't know of any retailer selling normal priced goods at cost. The cost of the item is the only cost to the seller taxed by the tariff. The shipping cost, marketing and additional packaging as well as US warehousing and administrative costs are not taxed by the tariff, but are costs to the seller. To try to collect an additional 25% on the sales price is an outright scam.
  22. You can contact the VP of Class Judging and request a copy that will have the areas of deduction highlighted. It will not give you the score only the areas of deductions.