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Dave Henderson

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  1. 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 chu
  2. 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
  3. 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 becom
  4. Aw c'mon guys, you know we love to be bs'd.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 b
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. How about pictures from the first sighting of your barn find?
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Upon close examination it doesn't look quite right to me, a knockoff perhaps. Where's Kaiser?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. He was special, lived in a carriage house with his wife, who herself was a collector of automobilia of some sort as I recall.
  24. 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.
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