SparkEE

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  1. As I mentioned in the prior post, sharing of knowledge here is something I very much appreciate. In this thread alone we (some of us) learned from @neil morse about @Matt Harwood‘s 1941 Buick buyers guidelines.
  2. I appreciate folks who share cars they have found in their search. More than appreciate- *please keep doing it*! Not only do I enjoy seeing what others have posted in their searches, I’ve learned through discussions from those more familiar with the manufacturer, model and/or year. I am very grateful for those who have selflessly shared knowledge and “interesting finds” with the rest of us. Most cars I will just enjoy reading about and many who frequent the forum and shared their knowledge / insight I’ll likely never meet in person. Connecting with others throughout the world is one of the best values this forum brings to our hobby, in my opinion. Please know many of us appreciate what people are sharing!
  3. @m-mman Thank you. Interesting car with what appears to be a nice interior. I’ve often wondered what lurks underneath those deteriorating roof coverings. I’m glad this one isn’t close by.
  4. Anyone have experience replacing vinyl (or is this cloth?) tops like this ...and what may be lurking underneath? Any tips on assessing condition of covered metal tops?
  5. My kids grew up in the back seat of a 1932 Plymouth - very similar to that car. Those doors wouldn’t scare me at all. If this wasn’t so far away I’d be pointing a younger guy toward it. *this* would be a good car to get started in the hobby with, IMO! Front suicide doors make that car easy for ingress / egress. I love that ‘32. It’ll never be sold as long as I’m alive. But perhaps it’s time to get the newly licensed into the front seat of it now.
  6. @JamesR, thank you for the input! Are you speaking from a steering perspective? If so, manual or power steering? Lately I’ve been thinking about the old 56 DeSoto I drove as a kid, and am casually searching for either one of those or a ‘56 Imperial (which I’ve never driven). I don’t know it my memory has conveniently forgotten the handling, I was just used to driving trucks (literally) or if the ‘56 DeSoto was just a better car from that perspective. Of course it was just a cool “old” car back then. What about the handling do you not like?
  7. @edinmass Why? I have I have no skin in the game, just curiosity.
  8. In 1939 the Saratoga, New Yorker and Imperial had red badges - the models were distinguished by interior differences such as seat and door panels and some of the badging has the model type imprinted in it. Royals and Royal Windsor’s had a blue badge. I believe the nose is the same on all of them and the badge only has a pigment difference.
  9. @Matt Harwood Even if not the photos themselves, I think shipping guidelines based on your experiences would benefit the lot of us. I’ve shipped twice, east to west in enclosed transport. My experience was positive. It was expensive.
  10. I’ve seen several that had dash surround and glove box door painted and looked approximately period correct. This has me wondering if that was at all an option in 1939. Perhaps the plastic just deteriorated so fast in certain conditions that some cars were painted just a few years after new. @Brooklyn Beer hopefully you can find a transporter and enjoy your new purchase as the weather is turning nicer!
  11. Thanks @neil morse, that clears it up and is a great information source!
  12. @steveinky sportsman 4 door sedan? For some reason I thought the sportsman was a coupe only. ... and a coupe I’d like to have.
  13. I agree, with manual steering it was only slow speed parking spot negotiating that was a bit of a work out, otherwise a very nice driver. I never drove one with power steering for comparison. If memory serves the Fireflite was similar to what @neil morse has pictured
  14. I have a particular fondness for ‘56 DeSotos. This appears to be in good shape from the photos and purported to have just over 20k miles on it. I will defer to someone with more expertise to comment as to that originality of the interior (seats, for example) and note that several posted pictures are actually photographs of a computer screen. Attractive colors, low mileage (from restoration?) and a fun car to drive ...though a challenge at slow speeds (e.g. parking) without power steering. Price seems on the high side to me, but condition *appears* to be on the high side as well.
  15. Here’s the price and contact info as of 05/03/2020, in case you don’t use Facebook. Many more photos on Facebook.
  16. In younger years, I drove a 1956 DeSoto with manual steering. It handle easily on the road, however it took a lot of “wheel work” to negotiate tight spots at low speeds. Carl might be on to something with tires and tire pressure.
  17. Seattle Craigslist (Not Mine) 1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe - $5000(Newport Hills) 1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe For SalePurchased from a classic car museum in Ohio for a father / son resto project. Runs, drives and turns lots of heads. Fun stuff.If you are looking for something fun to play with while stuck at home during COVID-19 shoot me a message. And if you want to come check out the car, I promise to stay 6-feet away.Happy to provide more photos if wanted. We just pulled it out of winter storage (April 5th). https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/d/bellevue-1953-chrysler-windsor-deluxe/7103491323.html
  18. So it sounds like it’s very much like that 1995 Pontiac GrandAm a few years back with that blown head gasket. Really, entertainment value only.
  19. 1951 Nash Statesman Super Model 5149 Two Door Sedan LOVE STORY - $5750(Kirkland) (Not mine) https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/kirkland-1951-nash-statesman-super/7102709883.html If you enjoyed the ridiculous ad about that 1995 Pontiac grand am (ref. http://www.huffpost.com/entry/used-car-ad-pontiac-grand-am_n_1453121/amp), you might enjoy this one I ran across on Craigslist. It *begins*, “So where do I start? For what it’s worth, this is not so much an ad to sell a cool 1951 Nash Statesman Super Model 5149 Two Door Sedan, as it is a love story, with a bitter ending. A love story for car nuts, like you and I. Before I begin, please be aware that this story, as all good car stories do involves sex, money, alcohol, questionable judgment and of course a sweet ride. Now everyone knows that a really good story, even a car related one should have some interesting characters in it, mainly a striking young man, a beautiful sexy object of desire, and a hero, or someone who saves the day. However in this (cheaply written) short story, our young man, let’s call him Mark (as that’s his real name) is neither striking or young for that matter and our object of desire is of course not a sexy woman but a Nash Statesman Super. ” ...be sure to read the keywords at the bottom, like “Never let your friend write your car ad”
  20. Beautiful car! One of the better looking cars of the ‘50’s, in my opinion. I was just thinking the other day about the ‘54 Skylark convertible owner in the local car club who made an ignition key for my first car (it came with none... but I was 9, so was in my budget).
  21. That was only an option on the eight cylinder models and I think every knob has disintegrated.
  22. Here’s a link to an electronic copy of the owners manual and an imagine is attached: http://www.imperialclub.com/Yr/1939/39Owners/Page12.htm While it’s the imperial site, the manuals cover your car, so you might be very interested in the following 1939 literature page that has much of what was available: http://www.imperialclub.com/Yr/1939/index.htm BTW: shop manuals for 1939 were a supplement to 1938, so you probably want both, if you carry it with you in the car.
  23. See the spare tire clamp in this attached picture. It’s easier to see as a light colored cover has been added over the spare. The dented air cleaner housing needs fixed, though.