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Dave Henderson

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  1. I spent about a year of my miss-spent youth at a sign shop specializing in neons and picked this up; to approximate the manufacturing dates of signs, look carefully at the tubing after a gentle cleaning. A date may be on the glass itself indicating its manufacturing date, which would also indicate a time before which the sign could not have been made. I believe my '50's Chevrolet and Nash neon signs that were hanging on the shop's wall and given to me when the shop closed in the '70's have dates there.
  2. If bearings can't be found how about trying to refit the old mains if there is still babbit on them. In the olden days when we as high schoolers did low budget engine overhauls shims were used under the inserts to take up excess clearances. If brass stock wasn't around, we used cigarette rolling paper. Had to remember to make holes for the oil passages. It actually worked pretty darn good. I did that on the fix-up of my $15 '35 Pontiac 6 in '47. .
  3. There were plenty of very cheap good, practical used cars available in prewar 1940, for collectors the Model T dominated. Running Duesenbergs sold for chump change. I believe the organizer of the ACDClub once had a $150.00 one. Few Whites existed then, parts availability nil, hardly anyone just "collected" antique cars then . Whites weren't even listed in the 1935 Kelley Blue book, which incidentally for example listed a '26 Lincoln Dietrich Brougham and a Sport Touring for $15. So I believe the White's value would have been commensurate, I'll say $14 just to be the cantankerous low guy.
  4. When America entered WWII in '41 I was 10 years old and already very interested in cars. My neighborhood was middle class Arlington, Virginia, a Washington, D. C. suburb then with a population of 40,000 (now about 200,000 and the second home of Amazon with 25,000 new hires projected). Many living there were workers for the federal government, and drove late '30's and a few '40 and '41' cars, not any pickups. Chevy and Ford predominated, with more GM cars than other makes. Except for one '39 Studebaker and a '34 Nash I don't remember any that were not "big three" marques. The oldest was a '30 Model A Tudor, owned by a maiden aunt, and the most prestigious was a '39 Buick sedan owned by a Physician. I can still remember the cackle of the A when it was started up. Next in line was a '39 Olds and a '39 DeSoto. Immediate neighbors had a '36 Plymouth and a '37 Chevy, the coolest car was a '39 Plymouth woody owned by another doctor's wife across our back fence. My dad bought only Fords or Chevys, a new one every 5 years with a '41 Chevy being the last before we entered the war. These cars remained and served all through the duration years, some not being replaced until the early '50's. It was on that '41 Chevy that I learned to drive.
  5. Zephyr production figures are in The Production Figure Book For U.S. Cars by Jerry Heasley. Give the specific year and model and I'll look it up for you.
  6. Because of the distance and size of the meet I'd never gone before thought I believe this was its 8th year. By chance I had a part a friend was looking for, that he was to deliver to a buyer at the Luray meet if he was able to find one. Bingo, I just happened to have that part, and happily it followed that I bummed a ride to the meet to "help" deliver it. What I found was a very enjoyable, old timey, friendly and laid back event of a type I hadn't frequented for a long time. No tube socks, mouse milk vendors or crafts to be seen, just delightful honest old car stuff. As further bonuses, I had the pleasure of meeting and briefly chatting with a very prominent member of this forum in person for the first time. Then, my very oldest friend who I started in the first grade together with in 1937 and I had a very overdue reunion! Whatta day!
  7. I acquired parts cars to support those of my cars that are my long-time keepers. The cars, with years they have been owned are; '37 Cord Armchair Beverly, 70 years, '54 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster, 53 years, '31 Model A Coupe, 38 years, '64 Comet Caliente F code 2 dr. Hardtop, 34 years. The parts cars were disassembled, desirable parts carefully stored, and the remainder sold or otherwise disposed of. This cache of parts has enabled my hobby to be enjoyed over the years without breaking the bank. As an additional bonus, the keeper cars, having been bought eons ago, had been purchased for chump change.
  8. Wall base mount with cover, $55, chrome trim, used except for the new small upper part, $35, or all for $80. {Lease pm me, thanks, Dave
  9. I worked for a sign company in the late '50's, the construction is not typical of how we custom made neons in the day. It almost looks to me to have been made using the bottom portion of a 5 gallon can. I'm not troubled by the cord, round black rubber cords existed then, but pop rivets weren't around then, we used regular flat head brass rivets, set by hand using a riveting hammer and a dolly. Regarding its cleanliness, it may have been intended to be an inside sign as evidenced by the single hanging hole in the back, perhaps for mounting up high on a wall, in which case it would not become very dirty or weathered. Not seen is an Underwriter's Lab sticker which would have had to be affixed certifying electrical standards were met. P. S. When the company closed, the owner invited me to take any signs laying around that I wanted. I found 3 Nash signs, 2 Chevrolet's and a "Seasons Greetings", all small neon window hanging ones which I still have. What I passed up still brings tears to my eyes, huge vertical outdoor dealership signs, a Packard one in particular stands out in my memory. Where do you store 12'-15' high signs while living in an apartment?
  10. Aw c'mon guys, you know we love to be bs'd.
  11. I recall seeing this picture in a '30's Life magazine. The purpose was to create a draft in order for the rider to set a bicycle sped record. I think that about 107 mph was attained if memory serves. The car is a sc '37 Cord 812, capable of doing that speed.
  12. Regarding 30 Dodge Panel's question above asking if the picture was of Arlington, Va., I grew up in Arlington, presently own property there, and have Arlington recollections dating back to the mid 30's when presumably some or possibly all of these buildings would have still existed. I don't recognize any of them. "Childs" (If I am interpreting it right) was a restaurant or cafeteria in Baltimore I believe. West End Laundry doesn't ring a bell, nor was any Arlington area that I know of referred to as "West End". It is divided into north and south. I'm not able to make out the far right building's sign. There were no multi story buildings as in the background that I can recall in pre WWII days. Now Arlington has gone high rise with bustling commercial corridors and Amazon is locating its second headquarters in South Arlington where there eventually will be 25,000 employees working there.
  13. Thank you. Amazing, although I recently received my 50 year ACD Club pin I have no recollection of ever having seen the car in person or even in the newsletter!
  14. I came across a 1935 movie titled After Office Hours, featuring Clark Gable and Constance Bennet. In it there is a chase scene with C. B. driving a somewhat Alfa Romeo-ish looking sporty roadster with Woodlite headlights. What is the car?
  15. Last known to be in the Netherlands (Nederlands), some may not realize the significance of this rare but dilapidated car, built by Stabilimenti Farina, Turin. I recall that when purchased years ago by my late friend at a junkyard he paid $35 for it! To follow its progression, google Joop Stolze Classic Cars/Siata Daina Coupe.
  16. This aluminum bodied Siata Berlinetta was entombed in my late friend's garage for 35+ years. It was known to his family and me but likely no one else.
  17. How about pictures from the first sighting of your barn find?
  18. A thick accumulation of dust on a car extracted from long storage lends a mystique to it and stimulates one's imagination. Don't we all like to be bs'd?
  19. From MoToR Specification Tables, cars using Detroit transmissions and their B & S: 1918 Liberty `10B 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 Paterson 6-45 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 Premier 6-C 3 3/8 x 5 1/2 Templar 445 3 3/8 x 5 1/2 1919 Harvard 4-20 3 x 4 1/4 Jordan 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 Liberty 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 Premier 6-C 3 3/8 x 5 1/2 Seneca 3 1/8 x 4 1/2 Templar A445 3 3/8 x 5 1/2
  20. 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 passenger door. What it DID have was just what I needed, Grille, radiator, fender, and suspension parts. With my buddy Paul we proceeded to swap out parts and breathe new life into the sedan. I still had $25 left, which went for smalls and a quart of Duco lacquer which about finished it up. I did have a small "overrun", but it was worth the expenditure, a new in-the-box set of fitted fiber-weave seat covers. All in all it was a fun experience and the car came out pretty well for an amateur low buck dirt lot job. I drove the Buick for about a year and then got an intriguing offer, a swap for a '37 Cord. Deal done! I still have the Cord.
  21. Upon close examination it doesn't look quite right to me, a knockoff perhaps. Where's Kaiser?
  22. 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.
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