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    1949 Chrysler WIndsor Convertible C-45

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  1. Windjamer, that story was hilarious! Coke almost came out of my nose!
  2. You only live once. If you spend money on transportation that you don't enjoy your not getting "value" in terms of experience. If paying the extra money for gas is worth the experience "value" go for it. I understand the concerns about safety. I work at a hospital and see people when they come in after a crash. However, statistically speaking, the odds of you being involved in a major accident are minor. That being said, not having modern safety improvements can change a minor accident into a "major" accident. If I was in a warm climate I would go for it. The perceived benefits outweigh the minor, but very serious, risks. You can treat your drive to work as just another daily commute, or your own very cool parade of one.:cool: Best of luck on the decision process. Keep us updated!
  3. Woo-hoo! About time! I've been on a hunt for a fedora size 7 1/2 or 7 5/8 forever to replace my favorite one my pup ate! Hopefully someone in the club will have some they don't wear anymore! Brilliant idea! A++++++ WOULD RECOMMEND! =)
  4. Hey Jamer, that's a good idea. I've found for most of my friends they think old cars are cool, but out of their league. I mean if you think about how most people see cars, its all shiny in the movies, selling for over 20k at the Arizona auction, and rarely to they get to actually "interact" with an old car. People get to test drive a car before they buy one, how often do average people get to test drive a classic, let alone even ride in one? If you have the photos out, of before and after, and say, I did this, and I didn't know before hand how to do it, people will start to see the hobby is obtainable. But seriously, old cars are expensive for us "youngins." Half of us don't even have a garage for our daily cars, let alone a place to work on a fixer upper classic. For many that's all that's in our price range...assuming we've saved up the cash. 3 year bank loans are expensive for people just entering today's workforce. I mean, keeping something original is rather hard when you see how much parts are, let alone re-chroming and such. A good portion of people think old cars are cool, just need to take 'em off the mantle and let people handle them a bit. =)
  5. Good luck on the hunt for the car! There's a lot of cool cars from that era. If budget is a concern, the trend usually seems that Mopars (Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, Desoto) usually go for a bit less than Chevy, Fords, and Buicks. The Nash vehicles I love as well and I think if you keep your eyes peeled you may come across some pretty complete vehicles from the early 40's for a good deal. Have you done a search on craigslist in your region by searching just by the year? Sometimes some good rides will show up. Whatever you end up getting let us know, and welcome to the forum!
  6. Saw this, thought you guys would find it interesting. Look familiar? It's Daffy Duck! Pic from and observation from: Dodge Viper logo is an upside-down Daffy Duck. - Boing Boing
  7. Here's a few Mopar places, perhaps they'll have items for ya': Roberts Motor Parts : Catalog Antique and Classic Car Parts Andy Bernbaum Auto Parts for Chrysler's cars from 30s to 70s Good luck!
  8. Well thanks gang for knocking some sense back into me (esp. appreciate the tips on the Mets). Looks like I'm on the hunt for a modern beater again!
  9. So my daily driver finally got put to sleep last week. On the hunt for a driver to last until May, with the possibility of keeping it longer. Going on a limb here, but how bad would it be to get a small 60's car, like a Metropolitan, and drive it here (Wisconsin) during the winter. We use salt on our roads here, and the car would be parked in the road. Thought perhaps I could come across a cool car and thought maybe one winter wouldn't kill it. Coat the underside with grease or something?:confused: Okay. I'm ready for the onslaught of opinions!
  10. Not sure what software would offer what benefits, but I use google docs to track all progress. They have a spreadsheet where I catalog all my parts and things I've done. Plus it can be accessed from any computer (can keep an old laptop in the garage, to update, or from in the house). Then I have a folder where I scan as much material as I can as well as before/after pictures. Finally I book mark all my online resources for parts and service. If you do find a software program that is more efficient and not prone to being outdated by proprietary rules (thinking will software work with Win 7, to whatever is developed 10 years from now). I'm big on open source options for cataloging data.
  11. Thank you so much! That will definitely help in the hunt! Really surprised at the number of different generators used by Chrysler between 49-55! Thanks again for taking the time to look up the numbers!~Adam
  12. Hey thanks for the tip. I bought some rust converter awhile back I'll give that a go. Trying to save on the elbow grease! So is the painters drop cloths you used the clear plastic? That's what I was thinking of getting...Still nervous about spray painting though. I'd be doing it outside, and would hate for the mist to do a 180 and come back and paint something unintentionally! Figure a sponge brush wouldn't leave too much for brush marks...
  13. So my plans to do a "proper" job on rebuilding my convertible top bows got side railed. My space to work on the bows is no longer available, and family and life issues have severely cut into my time to enjoy this "leisure" activity! After thinking about it, I really don't have the ambition or desire at this point in my life to spent at least a week of my time by myself the remove, sand, paint and re-align my bows on the car. Reasons being: 1. They aren't that bad, minus a few light rust spots and scratches. 2. Won't be diving the vehicle that often in the rain (only when I get caught in it when the forecast says "Clear skies with 5% chance of rain") 3. When I need the top replaced and save up enough money to get everything rechromed and a new paint job and seats properly done, then I can go full force on the full top rebuild That said, going to need to work on the bows while attached to the car. If I just sand over the areas that have rust, can I just brush paint over the entire bow area. Or am I going to have to get every molecule of rust off to prevent my bows from being severely attacked by a second battalion of rust? I also have a hydro-electric top. Need to go over the motor on more time and install the new lifting rods. Can I align my top now, get new top put on, use it as a manual top, and then next spring install the motor and use the motor? Or will the motor being already installed allow a better fit for the fabric (as the hydraulics will be able to "push" a taunter fabric to the top of the windshield)? Reason I'm asking is I'd like to go on a road trip with the car during my vacation on Aug. 22, but I know I won't have time to get everything done if I tack on the motor rebuild/installation. Thoughts, comments? oh! One last thing. The large front bow has some surface rust on the inside. How the heck to I address that? There's only like one or three holes in it the size of quarters for me to get in there...I'll post pics when I get out to the garage with a camera...
  14. Hey gang, Could someone do me a favor and quick check their part guide numbers to see if these generator regulators will work for my generator? Bought them at IOLA, and they guy wasn't sure if these are fit or not. I can't find the Auto-Lite number for my generator regulator when I check my books. The generator # is GGU-6001A for a 1949 Chrysler (6 cylinder with M6 Tran) The regulator # Auto-Lite A-33 as well as the # VR-2 The 2nd Regulator is a Sorensen VR-68 (55-7 amp). If someone could at least post the #'s of regulators that work with my car that would be swell, as the Motor's seemed to neglect to give the correct #. My trusty sources at NAPA and Advanced Autoparts couldn't find any leads either. Thanks much in advance!
  15. Hey gang, saw this, thought it would come in handy for these summer months! Build a DIY Portable Air Conditioner - Summer - Lifehacker