SparkEE

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  1. There can’t be too many that nice. Enjoy!
  2. This is how the convertible rear windows go down (46-48 anyway).
  3. Looks like you have something that fits my car. Email sent
  4. This is also one of the radiator caps reproduced by American Arrow, according to their site. Of this is the route you have to take, remember to tell them it’s going on a car.
  5. I think the war surplus halftracks they were using had some manner of partially rubber tracks (which was attractive - drive on the road and in the field) - but it’s just an old story, I wasn’t there to see what is fact / fiction. I did see some behind a few barns though. Its certainly an interesting vehicle.
  6. I heard that after WWII farmers in the area where I grew up bought surplus halftracks because they thought they’d be great service vehicles - driving out through the field to the tractor without getting stuck. I understand that was not the case - tracks didn’t last well. Might still be some unrestored examples sitting behind a barn.
  7. Slow to see this. That would have been worthwhile if usable. If it comes back, I could be interested in the engine - especially if it’s an 8. ...I lived in Bloomington, MN for a few years right out of school.
  8. Maryland is the wrong side of the country for me, but this should make the next owner a nice car - the overdrive and hydraulic brakes make it a pleasant driver - though maybe that’s my Chrysler bias. Even if the motor is totally gone, there are very affordable replacements out there. ...now if anyone has a stash of ‘42 Chrysler Windsor interior pieces, I know a 19 year old with a big project. Here’s the eBay posted YouTube link:
  9. It looks like later model 4 cylinders had an F-head rather than an L, if I’m reading this correctly: https://www.hemmings.com/blog/article/1948-51-willys-jeepster/ I was curious what the reasonable cruising speed of these 4 cylinder Jeepsters with an overdrive was. My ‘32 Plymouth has a similar horsepower (60) L-Head four and runs nicely at around 45mph in 3rd (has no OD). Nice looking vehicle!
  10. I understand, and largely agree. How, as a large collective group of auto enthusiasts, do we effect a positive change to that trend?
  11. I grew up in the back seat (and occasionally the front or jump seat) of old cars. I have seen a decline in participation in several car circles. The children that grew up like me that still participate are mostly those who’s parents passed along a bit of mechanical knowledge. I have a cousin interested in antique cars. He’s music teacher at a high school with a wife and three young kids at home. He is lovingly and very slowly (but painstakingly accurately) restoring an overland his father left him - which is a mountain of work. Most car guys in the area where he lives are happy to charge him for advice and help. When I grew up, there were more people that new about these older machines and the passionate ones would not only be happy to freely share there advice, more often than not they would gladly help. I see this as passing along a skill - ones less necessary in today’s modern life of fuel injection and electronic ignition, for example. I am not intending to denigrate anyone with what I’m saying. I’m merely suggesting that the more we share what we know with others, the more others will learn and do. I’ve also observed that one of the car clubs I belong to, focused on pre WWII cars has bucked the trend. Tours are held largely outside of the major metro area where homes are less expensive (more likely to have a garage to work in) and people attend in 1920’s off marque cars which tend to be the most economical to buy. Maybe this is why. Interest remains but people need more help from those knowledgeable in the hobby to get started and grow. That’s my current perspective.
  12. Restorations becoming extinct?
  13. 1937 Chrysler styling isn’t my cup of tea, but for those that do like them, here’s more info: http://imperialclub.org/Yr/1937/index.htm
  14. First let me say, that’s a beautiful car! Perhaps I should have said roadster rather than collegiate roadster, as I don’t recall the difference and would likely have read it in the Plymouth Bulletin or period literature that’s presently inaccessible. What sticks in my mind is a windshield that fold forward. Is that a feature of all ‘32 PB roadsters?
  15. I was going to same - the unsold 31’s carried over into ‘32 and were advertised as Thirft models. It is completely possible this car / chassis sold new in 1932. I have a 1932 PB which is distinct from a body perspective (grill/rad, hood, cowl, fenders, etc.). ...1933 looked almost the same as 1932, but with a six instead of a four cylinder. BTW: Plymouth PB convertible coupes are beautiful cars. I’ve seen several and that or a collegiate roadster are on “my list”.
  16. Would this process discourage driving a car until senior judging completed successfully, lest blemishes appear from use?
  17. Years ago Dad bought a 1927 Stutz out of the north east just from pictures. It was somewhat less than described. As he was pulling the door panels off to address some of the problems, he found a parking stub for the University of Washington - it had been a “local” car at one time. Not a fascinating piece on its own, but fun to trace where the car had been. I bought a 1933 Chrysler a couple decades ago when I was young and thought I’d discovered a hidden bootlegging compartment under the rear carpet. Years later I was to find out, that’s where the optional radio box went.
  18. Hans, if you search out the Pontiac Bulletin / Pontiac club, there’s a fellow in the Midwest that will recast your steering wheel with modern UV resistant plastic (mine looks terrific - i have a four door sedan 8/hydramatic in the exact same color scheme). He also reproduces the hood ornament plastic “feathers” in original translucent red and non-original translucent blue (also UV resistant plastic). It wa several years ago jay I had it done, so don’t have the contact info handy nor can I guarantee he’s still in business. Worth trying to find, though.
  19. I too contacted the seller and received more pictures, but rather than Blaine, Wa (I’m in Washington), it was located in Pittsburgh, PA. Beware!
  20. Thank you for posting here first! I toured as a kid with a four cylinder 1914 Buick keeping pace with our six cylinder seven passenger touring of a differt make (valve in block). They are a great car (I have one now). You might consider posting to the HCCA website as well. ...good thing you are all the way across the country, I’ve been very interested in watching what has been coming out of your storage and I’ve no place to put anything!
  21. Slow to this thread but *absolutely* agree with the noncontact thermometer. ...early thirties sedan taught me that lesson.
  22. Not in the market for a car (a car shed? Yes) but always up for hunting cars for others if your up in the Seattle area or need a car looked at in the Seattle area.
  23. Any chance your spark knob hasn’t disintegrated? If so, can you take a few pictures of it before you touch it (prior experience with this request). I have a mock up, by would love to know what the original actually looked like. Also, I understand others have vacuum formed new plastic back over the metal dash surrounds. Something I’m interested in doing if here are enough of us to make he project cost-feasible.
  24. Terrific, thanks! Some years ago I bought a 1933 Chrysler CQ which had all of the vacuum declutching and accelerator starting equipment removed. Over the years I’ve been trying to piece the missing components together. At present, it retains the (perhaps) WWII era modified accelerator linkage. Still looking for the declutching canister, amongst other things.
  25. More pictures on the Seattle’s craigslist here, shows as Redmond, Washington for those interested in location. I’ll defer to Dave M. for correct location though.