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  1. I can say with virtually 100% certainty it was not Somerville, Texas. While it is a town, it is little more than a wide place in the road. No evidence there was ever a car dealership of any nature there. Its larger neighbor a couple of miles North is Lyons which one could categorize as a double wide spot in the road, never had a dealership either. Neither one large enough to even have their own town drunk, they have to share!
  2. Did you mean to describe the car as a 4 Door Post Sedan of the Ranger-Pacer variety or is it really a 4 door hardtop which would mean it could be of either body size offered with Edsel in '58 with Corsair and Citations having a larger body. The Ranger and Pacer cars should have the same doors as the '58 Ford Fairlane 500, the Corsairs and Citations may be the same as '58 Mercury Monterey and Montclair. If the latter you will be slap out of luck as none of the companies producing the product needed produce it for those body styles. I had to buy a '58 Ford kit with extra material and did a bit of splicing and gluing to get the job done on my '58 Mercury Montclair.
  3. Good question, but probably one without a definitive answer. I can't say for sure but I don't think there was a unique complete setup from either that was installed on any Olds in 1962 as a unit. For example the power steering gear box might have been paired with other steering components from either Saginaw or TRW. To further illustrate the power steering box was not unique to Oldsmobile and interchanges with the same year box for Cadillac and Buick, with some exceptions. Additionally there is nothing in any of the manuals I have that would indicate any differences in major steering components regardless of whom the supplier might have been. No reference to specific vendors.
  4. Try this site: Thunderbird infoway: Specifications for '89 through '97 Thunderbirds and Cougars
  5. Since I see no mention of the original fuel line from the tank to the steel line being replaced I'll suggest the problem is an old fuel line that has developed a flap inside that is in effect closing the line with fuel pump suction. Not a lot of fun to replace because of the vertical mounting of the tank and having to work around the axle.
  6. A bit off topic but take a hard look at the Chrysler 300 and the Hyundai Genesis. The latter is a U.S. designed and built vehicle.
  7. What you refer to encountering is very common among vehicles of the late 1980s and up. And by the way the lack of parts support for that Chrysler idle speed solenoid, also known in some circles as an idle stop solenoid, is not unique. The same parts problem exists for Fords of the same era. About that 1996 vehicle with the cruise control issue, is that a Ford? If so, try replacing the switch on top of the master cylinder. The problem may go away. The whole speed control setup on mid 1990s Ford truck products was about as stupid as one can get, no logical reason for any aspect of it. Just wait for the air bag light to start flashing. The module is no longer available but you can get around it by doing a board level repair replacing the thermal resistor that has burned out.
  8. Fuel pump arms and/or push rods wear out, and on some engines the camshaft concentric may show wear, they are of softer metal than any crankshaft. Electric fuel pump = bad original fuel pump. Aftermarket correct fuel pumps in either form for the 394 pretty much dried up 20 years ago, that even includes the rebuilds. If the original pump is still in place it can be rebuilt provided none of the castings have warped. From time to time correct fuel pumps show up on ebay in rebuilt form, but the problem is those will need to be rebuilt to prevent diaphragm failure thanks to Ethanol and the old diaphragms not being Ethanol tolerant. If you choose to rebuild the original pump just remember you'll need to replace the fexible fuel line between the tank and the steel fuel line along the passenger side frame. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to replace the other end either.
  9. The car with the Cadillac name that bore a remarkable resemblance to a Toyota Corolla. Enough to make a Caddy fan puke!
  10. Yes, at least to some degree. It is LUCAS Ethanol treatment. LUCAS makes a number of fuel treatment products just make sure to get the one with Ethanol prominently on the label. If that doesn't solve the problem look to issues with the fuel pump.
  11. Ah Ha! At last an '80s FWD vehicle that is certainly a candidate for being embraced in the future. Nice looking vehicle! Strangely, I don't recall ever seeing one on the road even in Houston during the 1980s. Maybe too early an offering for the market.
  12. With respect to the personal safety involved in putting many pre 1950 cars on the typical highway or city thoroughfares today I suppose I did. Reality can be an absolute bear! Just because someone has a car of pre 1950 vintage does not mean the rest of the world is required to accommodate them on major traffic arteries. I would suggest that even you have a reluctance to take your Brass Era car out on the streets where you live. In essence you have made your own car "Yard Art." When was the last time you chose to jump into your car on a Friday or Saturday night and drive it to some sort of cruise-in event? As an example of borderline lunacy I will direct you to the Glidden Tour scheduled for October 12 of this year in Brenham, Texas, which is quite near where I live. Being quite familiar with the area, the roads and traffic conditions in the tour route I can say without equivocation the participants will be at considerable risk from just being on the two lane roads that are often quite curvy and have considerable grade hills. Those two lane roads are also the route often traveled by 18 wheelers to make connections between major highways. Those 80,000 pound trucks do push the 65 and 70 mph speed limit along the route 24/7 and could easily top a hill and wipe out several cars chugging along at a much lesser speed. No Thanks! Just for grins, I'll direct you to the VMCCA site for various tours, which oddly enough have scheduled "Muscle Car" tours. I guess those cars are now considered "Veteran Motor Cars." This year A description of the original Glidden promotional tours. "The tours were gruelling events: cars broke down, were damaged by accidents, and encountered nearly impassable roads. Drivers and teams did repairs on the run and helped out other drivers having difficulties." I would suggest little has changed beyond the nature of the road surfaces encountered.
  13. There is no problem with electro plating brass directly to steel so long as the steel has been adequately degreased. The thickness or how much brass would be applied is determined by time in the tank which might be limited by the size of the anodes and the tank voltage. I have found many plating companies simply do not want to plate small parts, particularly if having been exposed to fuel or in your case a carbide gas burner. Becomes a cleaning issue. You might find this site interesting. The company did have an Australian branch with its own web site, but I couldn't get it to come up. Brass Plating Kits - Electroplating & Anodizing - Caswell Inc
  14. This is off topic but realistically most restored '20s and '30s cars have no business on the typical freeway or even most Interstate Highways, maybe not even on streets with posted speed limits of 45 mph, though some of them might do that speed okay. But will they stop? It might even be questionable if most restored or original 1940s cars should be driven on freeways and Interstates. Yeah, in their day they all managed sometimes long trips, and even navigated city traffic; but it just ain't the same today. All reasons so many of those cars are not seen at events of any nature today unless they get there by trailer. Of course what shows up at cruise nights and many car shows is all about a social era that was dead has hell by the time 1980 rolled around, as I have said many times before. A really good observation that should be made or mentioned has to do with the average age of the people that do show up with a car of any nature to show off at those events. You can bet your boots that there are many more "old farts" than "young whippersnappers." The "old farts" of today were the "young whippersnappers" that were showing up at car events with some sort of ride to show off thirty and forty years ago. Anyone who thinks the changing social aspect of automobiles has not affected the overall nature of the hobby just ain't paying attention! And that is more than likely why so many of the cars produced since 1980 will never have even the special allure a lowly Pinto might have had for someone in their youth when it was produced. We now return to our regular programming!
  15. Bet you put a lot of miles on that Mark making all the Friday and Saturday cruise nights along with all the weekend car shows that may be taking place considering the amount of real estate that metropolitan Chicago covers.
  16. I guess I should have mentioned that a set of those Foxcraft cruiser skirts specifically for the Turnpike Cruiser in good shape will run in the $600.00 per set range. There is a guy in California that is duplicating a lot of Foxcraft's cruiser skirts in fiber glass, but that ain't one of them. Probably because of the chrome accent.
  17. Clip clop, clip clop......Bang, bang, bang.........Clippity clop, clippity clop......
  18. I don't know that one should judge the cars in question future present or desirability on the basis of what one may see at brand club specific or local general car shows. Brand club activities are a bit of what the AACA is about but not restrictive on age of vehicles; they are more about brand appreciation than anything else. Local charity shows are usually open to just about anything with wheels and the organizations holding them are usually just thankful to see a variety cars, old and newer, and enough cars showing up that they have a show. In our local area charity fund raiser car shows are more supported by the street rodder clubs, and even low ridder clubs than any of the brand clubs and a few of us show up with restored vehicles from times past. In this case it's all about geography and there being no brand specific clubs within 75 to 100 miles.
  19. Jim the chances of finding color coded wire of the correct gauge is probably going to be impossible unless you live near some electronics manufacturing company with a surplus store. And even then it would probably be pure luck given larger gauge wire is not frequently used unless power conversion is involved. I've often thought of making some sort of Mickey Mouse device to stripe wire that I could stick various color Marks a Lot pens or similar into but I've never gotten around to doing it. I absolutely hate changing wire color coding in a circuit.
  20. Rather than get into a big explanation of calculating current load on a given circuit plus accumulated resistance in wire over distance, what exactly do the wire(s) you need to replace serve? If you are dealing with dash lights 18 ga. hookup wire should be ample in most cases. If talking about a power circuit to a heater fan and control its probably 14 ga. or use what is often labeled as "primary" wire, taillight/stoplights/parking lights probably 16 ga. All gauges of wire should be stranded and not solid. Use too small of a gauge for load and it will melt the jacket. Use too small of a gauge for lighting of any nature and if the jacket doesn't melt you might have dim lights.
  21. Just exactly what are you calling Turnpike Cruiser fender skirts? The standard fender skirt from Mercury was the same as on all other Mercurys of the year. Aftermarket fender skirt maker Foxcraft manufactured a large nearly full fender skirt that had a chrome accent that is often thought to be factory, but it never was.
  22. The original question: "What FWD vehicles do you think will be worth picking up?" The question never was related to younger individuals being attracted to the hobby or whether FWD vehicles in general should be considered "collectible." Just as with makes there are people that revere FWD vehicles and those who for one reason or another detest them. Will or are any of them be worth picking up picking up now? Who the heck knows? "Worth" implies the gaining of value or at least not loosing money from money invested, factors that are impossible to predict given the "youthful" age of FWD vehicles and many of those who are accustomed to them. On the other hand, few cars of any nature appreciate sufficiently over time to consider them a viable investment with most usually ending up with more invested in a 25+ year old car than they'll ever realize out of it. It is safe to say at this point the forum participants have not identified any significant number of brands or models of FWD vehicles in response to the original question. Somewhat telling!
  23. Glad I don't live in CT. It's obvious they haven't figured out that such taxes on personal property is usually more costly to assess, collect, and enforce than the revenue it yields. Not real smart!
  24. Brasso will probably work, or you might try that old standby the gun wadding metal polish we used in the Marine Corps to keep all our brass belt buckles, emblems, and buttons nice and bright. The company that produced the alloy more or less went out of business in 1986 however if you google the Dirilyte name and find they still sell a polish for that material. You'll also be shocked to find their main business was manufacturing flatware of the alloy. It was quite expensive yet quite popular because of it's gold appearance. You can find examples of the flatware on Ebay.
  25. I've a bit better sense than to attempt to drive in deep snow, but a horse tends to work just fine. Of course the last time there was any deep snow in this part of Texas was around 1824 if I recall my history correctly.
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