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  1. Jack will certainly be missed. I first met him in the 1970s, at that time he owned an old warehouse in Freedom CA. In addition to his car collection he had a hobby shop in one corner of the building. It was about a mile from where I lived and as a kid I'd ride my bike to his place to buy a model airplane or model car. Over the years since then, I'd often run into him at local car events or see him driving one of his Lincolns around town. He was one of the most open and helpful car guys you'd ever meet. He didn't own his cars for status or showing off he was a true car oficionado. One thing that struck me was how he kept his collector cars. None were covered, every tire was pumped up, no dust anywhere, just awsome looking cars to enjoy. I last visited his collection with a group of friends in 2011 and snapped the attached picture. RIP Jack.
  2. Unfortunately you're too far from me, otherwise I might of been interested. Google '1929 Hupmobile project' and you will notice the original trunk looks much the same as yours, and it was also Steelwood.
  3. Thanks for the compliments ESGEE. The last time I talked to the owner of this '32 Ford (about a year ago) he had the car running well enough to drive it around his neighborhood. The interior still needed to be done and he indicated the paint shop was going to buff the exterior. There were a few issues, as would be expected during a restoration - water pump had developed a leak, fuel gauge not working, electrical/wiring etc. he was working through those. The guy is a perfectionist and talks to lot of people before he completes tasks, it may take a while, but'll be nicely done when finished.
  4. I've owned and worked on many different forklifts, including towmotors. I've never seen or heard of any forklift with a Hupp motor. I'd suspect someone did a conversion with a motor they had handy. The older towmotors I've seen always had Continental engines. Forklift companies generally used 'off the shelf' motors such as Ford industrial, Continental, Chrysler Industrial, Wakesha, Perkins and others. Here's a picture of a Clark I have in my yard. It has a Continental F245 in it.
  5. Way to go John, man that's a great looking car. The only thing that might be better is having two. :-) Congrats on sticking with it and getting it going.
  6. Hi John, hope you and your family are doing well. I'm afraid the old Desoto is still about the same as the last time we talked. I did get the motor started and it ran super nice for a few minutes, but when it warmed up, one valve became stuck. Figuring the valve stem was probably gummed up with old oil, I attempted to work it up and down while spraying some carb cleaner on it without much success. I picked up a head gasket for it, thinking it'd be better to just pull the head and clean up the valves, but've been busy with other stuff and haven't got to it. It's a great looking car, 'I'll get it going one of these days'....uh oh that's what people generally say that never do get to it. :-) Truth is, I'm swamped with other work for at least for the next year or so. Cars are on the back burner for now. I'll add a picture taken on the day I brought it home.
  7. Thanks guys, 57 Oldsmobile eh... didn't realize Olds made a car that would appeal to me so much. Maybe, I'll stop by and ask how much, but I really can't start another project right now. Oh well, thanks again...Dean
  8. Hi everyone, Noticed this car while driving through Los Banos yesterday. Pretty nice looking body lines, but after searching around the internet for makes I thought it might be, I still can't seem to identify it. Not a matter of life and death here, mostly just curious. Thanks for any guesses or positive IDs. Here's a pic I took with my phone
  9. Hi Margaret, the '33 Desoto is a fine looking car. What body style is it? Since you just had the generator rebuilt and tested, it likely works fine. One thing that comes to mind - if the two wires on the amp gauge are reversed, the gauge will indicate discharge even when it is in fact charging. Check to see if amp gauge needle moves towards discharge while reving the engine, if so, you have some wires reversed. If it stays steady discharged while increasing RPM, there is another problem. Did anyone try to polarize the generator?
  10. Dean_H.

    1932 b216

    The spare covers on my car are just there loose, no springs or anything like that. I'm not sure how they were attached originally. I've got some boxes of parts for this car, but don't have time to go through them right now. Have fun at Hershey, hope you find your answers and parts.
  11. Dean_H.

    1932 b216

    Hi, here are few pics of my b216 spare setup.
  12. OK, so this'll be my last update on the Ford since I no longer have it at my place. Yesterday, I transported it back to Fred's house. We managed to get most of the body parts installed and the drive train is done. It still needs windows, wiring and interior, but I think we got through a lot of the heavy lifting on the project. Fred is going to finish it up at his house. My schedule has become quite busy and I could no longer find time to work on it. Fortunately Fred is more than capable and will likely have it on the road soon. It was fun seeing this neat old car coming together. We worked hard to get the fit up right. Fred will have a real beauty when he's done. Let's! Every one loves pictures! Here's one I snapped yesterday after pushing it out of the shop. Ford sure had a nice looking front end on the 32s. In this picture you can see the interior is still in need of some attention. Our dog (Candy) relaxes as the old Ford leaves the building. There it is in front of Fred's house. Sure did get a lot of 'thumbs up' on the road. It's a great looking car.
  13. Thanks for the compliments, sounds like a neat old trailer. The old Ford is coming along. Nothing too technical, we simply bolt on parts when the body shop turns them out. The fit up has been decent and using new bolts, it's fairly easy. Time is becoming an issue however, I'm only available to work on it one day a week now. ...Some pictures of our progress. Here the body is sitting loose on the frame. In this picture, Fred is putting in some body bolts. You'll also notice the firewall is installed. Kind of an odd set up there, the body cinches down around the firewall holding it in place. We're also putting in new weather stripping everywhere, so squeaks should be minimal. A back view after we installed the rear fenders. Fred bought new running board rubber and we glued that on before installing them. And last but not least, the front view of the car with hood and grille looking pretty spiffy.
  14. The body shop delivered the finished body this Friday. Fred went with a dark maroon color and black belt line. Originally the car was all black, but this is a nice color and the paint shop did an excellent job. They're still working on the fenders and other parts. I loosely set the body on the frame and rolled it into the shop. We plan on bolting it to the frame next weekend. I recently got a (regular) job and won't have as much time to tinker with this thing. But fortunately the hard stuff is done, we're on the down hill stretch. Here are a couple pics I snapped yesterday afternoon. .
  15. It's been awhile since I did an update on this project. The guys at the body shop are still working on the paint. The chassis is pretty much done, although we installed the shocks today. Here are a couple pictures from the body shop. This side of the car had some minor damage.
  16. You were certainly due for an overhaul on this differential. Your comment on building up the axle shaft with weld caught my attention. I did that exact thing on a '78 Vette I owned way back when. Not long after making the repair the axle broke off. Evidently the arc welding made it brittle. There's a system for an acetylene torch that I've had better luck with. It sprays powdered metal onto the part with the flame going. Spin the shaft on the lathe while building it up for an even layer. I've used this method with good results, as you don't need to heat the part so much.
  17. Definitely not greedy to have three, John. A car like this is an American historic artifact in need of a caretaker. If you are able to fill that need, it's a service to future generations.
  18. Wow, what a beauty! Love the dual cowl vents, ...his and her fresh air. Very cool car. Wish I wasn't already overwhelmed with other projects. Maybe Kieser31 will take it off your hands, he sort of has the market cornered on these. Good luck with your sale. What's lour location?
  19. Noticed this big old car sitting next to a building in Merced, CA a few days ago. When I stopped to look at it, a guy wandered out and said hi. I complimented him on the neat old Cadillac. After a short pause he corrected me "it's a Chrysler" ...Doh. Anyway, he said it belonged to his dad and they'd like to get rid of it, but didn't know how much. There was no motor in it and the interior was rough, probably cost too much to restore, but still kinda cool to look at.
  20. Well, I dug out my tranny, turns out it's a T3-148.
  21. I may have one of these transmissions, don't remember if it had a bell housing though. It's in the back of my barn, I'll try to find it tomorrow. I was considering installing it in my Hupp for a four speed upgrade, but will probably never get around to it. Does anyone have an idea what it'd be worth if in decent usable condition.
  22. Looking at the pictures of the real Imperial above, I'd have to agree with alsfarms on this one. It's probably not the real thing. The louvers on the hood, seem to have two rows instead of one row on each side. Also, the real car has hidden hinges. And weren't golf doors generally on the right side of the car?
  23. Hmmm... the car is located in Boulder Creek, California. Not sure where you saw Florida. I know a little about that area. Boulder Creek is about ten minutes north of Santa Cruz. I grew up a few miles south of Santa Cruz. In those days 1970s -80s Boulder Creek was where the hard core hippies lived. It's in the mountains, a lot of the homes were strangely built on steep terrain. Many times they'd use logs, stones or whatever else they could scrounge up to make an odd shaped dwelling. It was a sight to see. I haven't driven through there in twenty some years now, maybe it's changed. Homes were generally less expensive there, (cheaper than Santa Cruz or San Jose) but I'd guess 600K would be about right for a house there today. It's a little tempting to go check out the car, I live about an hour away. Unfortunately, I'm sort of busy with other stuff.