John Byrd

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  1. Matt, there is a fellow over here with one of the old straight 8 Spitfire engines, and his lettering is really faded red. However, I have seen one that had yellow letters too, but the only V-8s I have seen that were detailed had it in red. In some of the early "hot rod" type books, the black and white pics of road tests of new cars usually have dark letters which I would assume to be red. I'd go with it, ha ! By the way, your car is gorgeous !
  2. 1st date ever, my parents 60 Studebaker Lark wagon. 1st date with my 1st wife, my 63 1/2 Falcon Futura. 1st date with my "now" wife, my 61 Falcon Ranchero street driven gasser looking truck. (straight axle and slicks). Married my "now" wife by driving my 56 Studebaker Sky Hawk with a HUGE hole in the floor in July of 75 around North Alabama trying to find some place that would marry us. It worked, still have her, ha !
  3. Hey Keiser31, did you remember that Ghia did the Pantera bodies too ? Mine had a small Ghia badge on the right front fender.
  4. Keiser31, they are a LOT of fun ! We had ours for 11 years and it was a hoot every time we started it or drove it ! If you are very large, have a stiff back, or have a left leg, they can be a bit crowded tho, ha !
  5. AC Cars Ltd., formally known as Auto Carriers Ltd.
  6. I like Paul Dobbin's answer best, ha, ha ! I always wanted to be a parking lot attendant !
  7. Well, here is one ole' boy that would have bought one, I love it ! The rear glass could also be from a Pinto looks like.
  8. Guys, if you ever meet Dennis in person,you will find he is one of the most enthusiastic, nice, polite interesting fellows you've ever met. ( and he listens carefully to you talking about your car as well as remembers meeting you before if he did that ! ) Here he is with my wife in 2012 at the Cruise Paradise event here on the Big Island of Hawaii we have once every 3 years. His show has been on for 23 years now, it is very popular with an awful lot of people, some who do not even have "collector cars", so I guess he must be doing something right.
  9. And the other neat thing is the little guys fit in your typical lawn mower shed with a 60 inch door !
  10. Pomeroy, we had a black Taurus MT 5, and I still have never seen another one. Folks usually look blank when I mention it, but I really liked that car. It was an 86 I think. Do you know anything about that model ? That is a great story you have posted, thanks for telling it ! Naturally the only pic I have of it has a smear on the side where the emblem was. I was trying to make a different looking center grille plate for the car when I took this pic... didn't turn out too well, ha !
  11. We got this bike out of my wife's Grandad's old "feed house" in Alabama. It was given to her aunt for Christmas in 51 as best we can find out, and went through a bit of use through the years. Her Grandad "touched up" the white paint years ago, we just cleaned it, took off the rather weary stock seat (saved it though), put on new tires with tubes, and the missing rubber hand-grips with new ones. After a good cleaning, I spray'd the bike with a satin finish clear-coat to help preserve it. Neat old thing. We would be glad to receive any other "more correct" info about the bike.
  12. We had this in AL, and also the same name in TN before we moved down to AL . Now, here in Hawaii, they allow only six places, so no personalized plate for him yet
  13. Guess this one was one of my favorites... used this little 289 hipo motor in 5 different bodies before it landed in our Tiger. Sold now, but still missed
  14. Mr. Z., if my GOOD paint jobs looked as good as your "bad" places, I'd be proud. Thanks so much for this amazing build trip you take us on.
  15. It is a Morris Minor ... very neat little cars and trucks !
  16. Hey there Mr. 1957Birdman, is that a T-Bird wagon in the rear of your photo ? Sure looks spectacular from here ! Any more pics or info on it ?
  17. chistech, sounds like you've got a great plan ! I would love to have my own one of these, but no room at my place unless I fill the pool....hmmmmm
  18. The folks that own the booth had already cleaned the floor and inflated it for me before we got there. It is 110 volt, actually goes up in very few minutes with the squirrel cage type fans that power it the owner said. In these pics, you can see one of the fans, some of the doors, and some of the vents in the overhead hoops. Looks like this unit came from Montgomery Texas.. https://mobileenvironmentalsolutions.com/mobile-paint-booth/
  19. Theirs had a LOT of filtered air coming through vents on the upper hoop parts, exhausting out the big doors that were also filtered, and I wear a chemical respirator.... had isocyanate poisoning before from urethane- type paints.
  20. Zimm63, I had no idea of the cost, so I looked on Google... Looks like from the 9 hundred dollar range on up per size and features. There are some on flea-bay and Amazon also lists them.
  21. Ha ! Had to look that up, Xander.
  22. Looks great Phil ! I have used "candy" translucent paints for lots of things through the years, and have had good luck with it lasting too. For what it's worth, I normally use 0000 steel wool for my prepping, but as you found, the fine paper works well too. Thanks for putting this on, I didn't know about the Tamiya brand, I'm headed to the hobby shop !
  23. Victorialynn2, not a whole lot of foliage shown here, but you can certainly see two of our climates ! I just re-painted Karen's little car, and she had cleaned it up real good for a parade.... it poured rain on her, ha ! Anyway, it is kinda' lush up where I took this, then down at the coast turning into near desert as it goes toward the north end of the island. We have 11 of the 13 climates on earth here on the Big Island, so we can get almost any type of background....fun, fun, fun !