Dave Henderson

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About Dave Henderson

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  • Birthday 04/02/1931

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  1. I came home from the hospital in a Model A in 1931 and remember to this day a couple things about it which occurred some years later when I was old enough to remember. One was that the rear window winder of the Tudor got broken off by a trunk on the back seat during a vacation trip, another was what Dad did with matches in it. He used wooden stick matches to prevent the choke pull rod from rattling in the hole it passed through, and when lighting up for a smoke he struck them on the ribbing of the dash. One of my cars is a '31 Model A, perhaps somewhat of a nostalgia trip? On two other instances I was absolutely stunned at my first sightings of 2 special cars. The first a '37 Cord, observed as a pre-teen, the second an XK 120 Jaguar roadster as a college student in '49. Specimens of both marques were had-to-haves, and accordingly examples of both are tucked away in my garage.
  2. "IAT", Inorganic Additive Technology type is recommended for old cars and "OAT", Organic Acid Technology is said to be harmful. However, the jugs that I observed don't say what type the contents are. I'll pass along what I found out for Prestone and CarQuest (Advance Auto) brands, which took some doing to dig out. The only IAT type that Prestone offers is their "Prime" with a GREEN cap. (caps come in several colors) CarQuest's, according to the AA store also has a green cap. So it's easy, but too bad they don't just say what type it is on the jug.... Hope this saves someone some trouble.
  3. 8 different jacks are shown in the Model A Ford Judging Standards for A's, 5 of the screw type, one of which, the A-17080-C1 made by Ajax, could be the mystery jack except that the base should be integrally cast and not of pressed steel. It could be a later Ford truck jack with the small hole in the base. A side view and measurements would be needed to more closely identify it. It may have been supplied for more than one make of vehicle.
  4. The mystery ornament is an add-on after market item, different enough to avoid patent infringement perhaps. Note that the original, which came out on the '46 Buick, had a raised line (actually two lines) at the top, and that separated the ring piece into two parts, pinned together with a single pin. The ring could be broken off the base with a mere bump of the heel of one's palm. Then, unfortunately, many were swiveled open and ended up on a girlfriend's wrist as a bracelet! That, no doubt, is why the horizontal reinforcement was added later. I recall the original ornament cost $12.50 to replace.
  5. Its a '28 or '29 Model A Ford Roadster Pickup. The wheels are from a later model.
  6. Perhaps for a '40 Deluxe, but the mounting holes aren't quite right.
  7. Interesting. Wish we could see the rest of it. It must be a '30's movie prop car.
  8. The hood side vents and the front-hinged door make it a '30.
  9. The unusual tail light mounting also points to Rio Royale
  10. Here I am with my Cord in 1951. Golly, wouldn't you know, we both look a bit older now.
  11. More '35-'38 Fords than any other make.
  12. My '59 Peugeot 403, quirky as it was, was very dear to me. I remember the light switch which was on a stalk, positioned where the turn signal arm is on domestic cars. That resulted too many times in accidentally shutting off the lights when preparing to make a turn. And the little brass part of the clutch linkage which gave way without warning, leaving me clutchless in downtown D. C. The aluminum pop rivets holding the headlights in, which eroded away and caused the headlight to pop out, and so on. It was also hell on heads (hemi), I used up 3 because they cracked between the valve seats and the spark plug hole. That once caused a surprise popping out of a spark plug, leaving a dent in the hood. And rust? You bet. I held the underside of its unit body together with angle iron until it became hopeless. But despite it all I got 175 thousand miles out of the 403, loving it because it had a certain charm. Great looks, reputedly a P. Farina design, rack and pinion steering making it the best handling car I've ever had, and the overdrive 4th gear and the sun roof were favorite features. The front seat backs reclined all the way down, I slept in it at Hershey when you could park on Hershey Park Drive a number of times. Sadly, the tin worm won out causing its demise. Shown is what is left.
  13. A bit weary, but fortunately most of the graphics remain. $40. Dave
  14. In '57 I worked for a sign company that erected a custom made sign simply saying "OLDS" on two 35' poles for a dealer in Fairfax, Va. The purpose of this is that GM/Olds apparently didn't require any specific design, nor object to the shortening of "Oldsmobile" on signs to just "Olds". The sign stayed up for years.