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  1. Whatever it is, it appears to have heavily borrowed from the 1946 Ford. Pretty much the same parking and taillights, thought the parking lights are in '47-'48 location. Dash is also a copy of the Ford dash.
  2. Maybe it's just my ears, but all the '70s era AM/FM stereo receivers seem to sound really bad in comparison to a decent receiver today. I just finished installing (maybe I should say hiding) a Kenwood unit with all the bells and whistles in a car that had what was considered a fine sound system in the 1970s, and it instantly made a huge difference in sound quality even though coming out of 34 year old speakers.
  3. Not worth repairing! Just go buy a new one with all the latest bells and whistles. Will probably run less than repairing what you have.
  4. Not really sure exactly how much progress you've made so the best comment is "hang in there." I don't know that I would have the courage to take it on without having metal breaks, a press, and an English wheel to shape all the metal replacement you appear to be facing.
  5. A 215/75R16 would probably be the best choice in terms of load rating. However you will probably be making the ride a quite a bit more harsh with any 16" radial because they are of much lower profile than their 15" counterpart as well as in comparison to a bias ply tire. Will you get into a problem with fender rub? Probably not with either 205 or 215 75s, though it is possible you might run into minor frame rubbing problems on full lock turns.
  6. Hee, hee, not hardly. However, I did spend a lot of my professional life locating often difficult to find repair parts and parts needed to keep military product production lines humming along after some knucklehead had dropped the ball. Do enough of that sort of thing and you learn to take approaches to a problem many have not yet learned.
  7. Curt, I too had seen the claim by Equipment Service in a forum post circa 2006 and after looking at their web site more or less figured it was a spam post. Not that it will help you any at all, Bishman Manufacturing was apparently acquired by Lear-Siegler and became the Bishman Division of that company. I'm guessing sometime in the 1970s. Lear-Siegler is now a portion of URS having passed through more than one corporate merger and it appears to no longer have any relationship of any nature to automotive service equipment. It would be interesting to come up with the name or names now holding
  8. Curt, for what it may be worth to you the patent number shown on the I.D. plate was issued in November of 1954, however the application for patent was filed in June of 1949. You will find rather detailed exploded view drawings of the machine at: Circumferentially traveling type tire mounting and demounting apparatus I believe you will find the text following the illustrations quite informative.
  9. Curt, what parts do you think or know you need? The heart of a Bishman tire changer was/is the Gast air motor. Gast can be found on the web and if you have the model of the given air motor on your Bishman I suspect they can tell you what you may need to regain functionality.
  10. Neat find! But I think it may be older than you think. There are 100's, if not thousands of old Bishman tire changers around and parts may not be as difficult to find as you may think. Do a google search for Bishman parts. A word of caution; those tire changers were made for steel wheels and will not treat cast wheels with any degree of kindness.
  11. Wow, not many of those that have escaped being made a dragster or dirt track queen in times past. From the hood, I'm guessing that old girl may have seen a dirt track or two in times past. You've really got your work cut out for you to say the least. Hope you have lots of money and know a really good divorce attorney. It is for certain you'll need the former, and maybe the latter as mountains of the former go into the project.
  12. Don, I'm not sure of what engineering advances of which you are making references. The biggest thing that went on with the Continentals was the bench running of each engine for 50 hours, disassembling and measuring strategic components for wear. Those showing any degree of wear were relegated back to common Lincoln production. Those passing were re-assembled and put into Continentals. The car mags published articles in both '55 and '56 on the subject. I recall seeing more than one photo of basically a clean room with a couple of dozen engines going through the 50 hour test. The Arizona pr
  13. May be a possibility if you know the original part number(s) Obsolete Vintage Radios & Radio Parts
  14. You may find yourself thinking other than Sacrilege after a few bouts with the idiosyncrasies of the 368 "Y" block in your '57. Not the least of which will be summertime vapor lock issues, which Lincoln/Mercury saw fit to continue forward with the MEL block engines. On the other hand, I personally believe in keeping a car as close to they way it was the day it rolled off the assembly line, now know issues or not. Your '57 is a fantastic example of a luxury car that in my mind was overall more outstanding than the competition, and I own a '57 Caddy that I frequently make disparaging remarks
  15. Nope, but it is interesting the exact same taillight arrangement appeared on the '61 Mercury Monterey.
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