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  1. It was 1950, I was a first year college kid, living in old wooden barracks left over from the WWII Navy V12 program at UVa. I'd just sold my '35 Ford and had $150 jingling in my pocket, and a yen for some new upgraded wheels. I spotted the wrecked '40 Roadmaster sedan at the Buick place and inquired about it. They were happy to unload it for $75. It was said that it had rear-ended a '39 Ford so hard that it drove it up a bank. Luck came my way quicker than expected when another '40 RM came my way for $50. It actually ran, but had rolled over, was a rust bucket, and was missing its passen
  2. Upon close examination it doesn't look quite right to me, a knockoff perhaps. Where's Kaiser?
  3. And when not in use the scissors lift still occupies the space. A pit when properly closed off allows other use of the space such as parking a car there.
  4. 2 more pit suggestions; 1) Have at least one "ground fault" outlet there for a light and power tools, and 2) Place the top block 4 or more inches outward (or use 4 inch wide blocks rather than 8's) along one or more sides in order to leave a ledge so you can put tools, small parts and supplies there where you can easily see and reach them. Both have worked well for me.
  5. Regarding safety, a car properly placed over a pit can't fall on you. Heaven forbid, one on a lift might on a very bad day.
  6. I bought a new pair of "juniors", mint in the box at a local flea market for the pricely sum of $35. When I opened the box up I discovered a price marker showing 10 bucks, what the vendor had picked them up for at an estate sale! Later I sold them at Hershey, could be the actual ones pictured.
  7. My pit dates to 1980, they were legal then, but I doubt they are now. Never any problem. The depth is at my shoulder height and works well for me. It has a moveable ladder which is always placed at an uncovered end hen in use. The surfaces are sealed and there has never been a water problem, although it is more humid in there. It is kept closed with full dimension 2 x 8's when not in use. Make sure you place it where there will be adequate space around it if you store other cars in your garage.
  8. Yes, you nailed it, I agree with your comments, we have different priorities. On the subject of price history, I've had 5 XK 120's which had costs ranging from a "come and pick it up if you want it" in the '70's to a $16,000 incomplete one bought about 4 years ago. I've kept just one, a nice low mileage survivor purchased from the original owner in the early 70's for $450. Those were the days.
  9. The XK 120 and the MG TC are what started the post war sports car movement. The XK 120 was the worlds fastest production car when produced, and esthetically Its purity of lines surpasses that of both the XK 140 and XK 150 models which followed. Historically it is the most significant of the XK's.
  10. He was special, lived in a carriage house with his wife, who herself was a collector of automobilia of some sort as I recall.
  11. On the flip side of the coin there is this to NOT be proud of; My next door neighbor is a 94 year old Japanese widow. She and her family were some of the Japanese/American citizens who FDR interred in what amounted to concentration camps. Her father had been a very successful business man. When they were rounded up they lost everything, home, car, business. After the war was over the best he could do was find work as a gardener.
  12. About 40 years ago I helped a friend who had moved far away dispose of the left behind remains of a P1 Rolls Royce that had burned and then was left parked on soft dirt for a number of years. The wheels, with charred-off tires, had sunk several inches into the ground. Through Hemmings I attracted David Domidian, who old timers will remember was a highly respected aficionado of American LaFrance fire engines and Phantom Rolls Royces. He was especially attracted to the cast iron head which is desirable for replacing corroded aluminum ones. David came down from New York I believe, towing a trai
  13. Thank you Ed. It's now available to all. My very savvy Cord Mentor told me decades ago that this will work on 810-812 Cords.
  14. Ed, If you're stocking up on this type distributor you get first dibs on a similar 4-lobe dual point Packard Auto-Lite IGH 4026 which comes with a spare new small point, but sans rotor and cap, for one Benjamin. Includes decades of greasy shop dust at no extra cost.
  15. 1) Choice of switches marked Heater, H, and F for Fog, pictured in that order, @$25. Unattached brackets will need fitting. (These switches are in the second picture) 2) Unmarked switches (first picture) are a fused on-off switch, a two position switch and a variable switch in that order. Choice @ $15. 3) Buy all of either category and receive the spare parts pictured in the third pictureat no additional cost. Switches and parts are sold as-is.
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