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  1. Son of a son of a mechanic and only 12 years old; the memory remains clear as a photograph of those few seconds………… Living in the foothills of Camarillo, California, 55 miles or so west of Los Angeles, it was still country then, and we waited at the foot of Alosta Drive at East Loop Drive for the big yellow school bus each morning. The intersection was then, and still is but to a lesser degree, a bit of a chicane; quick right then sweeping uphill left……. - See more at: restoration | Classic Components One of our customers wanted to share his story about restoring a 1960 Lotus Elite. 1960 Lotus Elite Restoration Story Son of a son of a mechanic and only 12 years old; the memory remains clear as a photograph of those few seconds... Living in the foothills of Camarillo, California, 55 miles or so west of Los Angeles, it was still country then, and we waited at the foot of Alosta Drive at East Loop Drive for the big yellow school bus each morning. The intersection was then, and still is but to a lesser degree, a bit of a chicane; quick right then sweeping uphill left... Read more about the 1960 Lotus Elite classic car chrome restoration story and enjoy the pictures!
  2. What do you see as the greatest threat to the continuation to the vintage car hobby? Everyone has thought at one time or another about the future of collecting, restoring, and driving vintage cars and I would like to open a discussion about this. My opinion is the lack of interest among people my age (25) along with the cost to get into the hobby being the biggest problems. This is why. I have been into the vintage car hobby since I was 16. I am considered a eccentric by my friends for it to. I went to McPherson college for auto restoration only to find out I couldn't afford it, Yet I still spend all my money just trying to restore 1 car myself (1959 Buick 2 door). I have owned mostly GM 1954-1959 vintage and take great pride in driving my classics daily and showing my friends WHY post war cars kick a##. I see alot of my buddies interested but not willing to shell out the same amount of money for a car they can buy a house for. I still have about 25 to 30 grand to go before its finished plus all the time I have to put into it. The hobby has gotten so picky over the years that a good restoration 30 years ago would be mediocre at best now. Having owned 'restored' cars before to save money I found out people cut to many corners. That is why I am doing a nut and bolt restoration on my B59 (so I know it was done right). I noticed also that most car clubs I am a member of (BCA and 59 Division included) that I am the only or one of the only 'young' guys in it. So I have to 'prove' myself to be considered more then just a fan even though I have worked on, repaired, and partially restored cars from a 1954 Chevrolet with the Babbitt L6 to the 1959 Buicks. In that regard it seems that this hobby is centered around the older, wealthier generations thus making it uninviting to people my age to get involved. Is There a solution? This hobby has attracted many people from all walks of life but few young guys. It seems this hobby is in cruise control with nobody at the wheel to direct this hobby to address problems and threats to it. For example. When was the last time you saw an ad on TV promoting the restoration of vintage cars (not specific cars like mustangs but vintage in general) or trying to recruit new members? That alone can bring this hobby to the public mind and allow a influx of new membership not seen in decades.
  3. Hello all! I own a '40 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental Cabriolet and we're TRYING to figure out the best way to restore the interior hardware's gold (macoid) trim. I came across this post: ...but was wondering if you all had any "other insights". Thanks!
  4. If you are restoring a 1928 to 1933 Cadillac or Lasalle do we have the parts for you. Go to to look at our catalogue and contact us if you have any questions!
  5. If you are restoring a 1928 to 1933 Cadillac or Lasalle do we have the parts for you. Go to to look at our catalogue and contact us if you have any questions!
  6. If you are restoring a 1928 to 1933 Cadillac or Lasalle do we have the parts for you. Go to to look at our catalogue and contact us if you have any questions!
  7. Greetings! It has been quite some time since I last posted. I have been busy conducting my business, Frank Nicodemus Classics and Antiques, and I do not always have the time to post to forums. Thanks to all of you who do participate – the advice is always helpful. I would like to share with everyone an interview with me by The New York Times Automobile section. It was published on Sunday, February 17, 2013. The reporter, Mr. Jim Motavalli, THOROUGHLY researched my 40+ year career, restorations, my knowledge of Cadillacs, my statements and the statements made by some of my customers. Those of you who have had to suffered due to my absence from my former company and who have heard the “rumor mill” started by my ex, this article will bring a genuine smile to your face! The direct link to the NYT article is Thanks to all of you who take the time to read this article! All the best, Frank Nicodemus
  8. Currently looking for: Seats, front and rumble Radiator cap Rims Windshield Windshield Frame
  9. If you need a reliable, trustworthy & quality restoration shop - check out D & D Classic Automobile Restoration in Covington, Ohio. My dad took in his 66 Jaguar and their attention to detail and quality service was impressive. Check out their website: Ohio Classic Car Restoration Covington Ohio Chassis Rebuild
  10. I have an odometer that I believe is correct for my 1942 Dodge Custom Coupe. I have a local shop that I believe is very good and very experienced in restoration of gauges and odometers. I have the cover glass and pointer removed. The second glass over the graphic is still in place on the attached photo. They can restore the odometer, but the graphic is not complete enough to accurately reproduce. Has anyone restored or know of a graphic source for the odometer dial? I have a couple pics of my car in my profile / album. Thanks, Jerry
  11. I am thinking of restoring one of two pre-war Buicks. The first possibility is a 1931 model 96. The second is a 1935 model 46C. The body of the '31 is in decent shape (no rust through) but would need repainting/rechroming and a new interior. It has been sitting for 40+ years in a garage (not climate controlled) and the head was removed from the engine and stored in the trunk. The '35 is in pieces but I'm told it is pretty much complete. Again, the body is in decent shape (stored in a non-climate-controlled garage for 30+ years) but the running gear/engine have been sitting outside for decades. In both cases, I would guess the cylinders/pistons/heads are very corroded and would need extensive work. What would you advise for cars like these? Is it possible to bore out and reline the cylinders? Or should I try to find replacement engines (original or more modern replacements)? Thanks for the advice.
  12. I am in the process of restoring my 1932 Pontiac. It has leaf springs and I am looking for some advice on restoring them. They seem to be in fairly good shape and have the same length and arch. They don't seem to sag. The car leaned slightly to one side but I believe that was due to some wear on the rubber bushings on the springs and frame. My questions: 1) Should the springs be completely disassembled, stripped, and painted with rust encapsulator and then re-assembled with lube? or... 2) Should they just be cleaned and painted on the outside part that shows and loosened enough to clean and get new lube between the leafs? 3) What is the lube that should be used? I know that originally they were coated with a graphite based lube. 4) Does anybody know someone who makes the cloth covers for the springs? Thanks for your help. Rob
  13. I may have missed this on the Forum site, but is there a location for finding original cars for restoration reference? We have the HPOF and Originals classifications to encourage preservation of original cars, but there does not seem to be any way for these invaluable resources to be located other than a chance encounter at a show. The AACA Library does not have this information, either. I am trying to find out paint trim details (pinstripe and wheel treatment) for a recently acquired 1937 Pontiac 2619, and being able to see a few photos of an unrestored car with original trim would be a huge help.
  14. Hey all! I'm restoring a 1969 Riviera and was wondering if anyone knows where to get parts for it? Also, my engine would crank and turnover but will not start, what might be the problem? I took apart the carburetor and rebuilt it, and gas is going through the gas pump but somehow it will not go into the carb. Any ideas? Thanks! Oh, and what kind of tires did these cars use? tia! Ed
  15. Hello, for beginning, sorry for my english, I'm from Slovakia. I want to ask someone from California, preferably around Los Angeles to help me. I have one dream with my friend, to be a proud owner of Classic American car. We are planning to visit USA during september to october and we want to make a road trip from LA through route 66 to Chicago and then to New York. For that purpose, we want to buy Cadillac de Ville 1969 and recently we already have offer for preserved one. Biggest thing is, that we want to give someone this car for restoration and decent customization. For example company like West Coast Customs or Chip Foose. We want to have simple decent look of that vehicle from outside, maybe just some painting which will show map of our road-trip can be on the hood or side doors, but interior can look modern and things like good car stereo or gps navigation must be inside. Can someone please advice me good custom garages in this area? I will probably preffer bigger companies with references than smaller groups. We tried to write e-mail to West Coast Customs but they never respond. Maybe they are not interested, or they have lot of work At the end of our trip we want to sent that car back to Europe. This can be maybe interesting for that company, because that car will be representative piece of they work in Europe for future, and we plan to visit few car shows and car meetings here in central Europe. If you have any question, regarding to my post feel free to ask. Thank you all and see you on US roads
  16. I'm a new member to AACA and my father and I are beginning to restore his 1929 Studebaker. I'm simply looking for advice on how to go about this project. Don't want to go into something this big completely blind. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
  17. Well, I've decided to start looking for a new Classic to show off in addition to the love of my life, my 66 Jag. My kid posted on here a few months back about bringing my Jag to D & D Classic for some restoration services and I'm completely sold on them, but I still have to decide on the ride itself. I've been continuously going back to the 1950 Plymouth Super Deluxe Convertible on their site and just wanted to get some input. What do you think? (D&D Classic)
  18. Hey plymouth folks! I'm stuck with my 61 Fury restoration. It's missing the transmission crankcase cap and the valve cover. Does anyone knows where could I find them? I just wanna have it in the road running again. Thx for the help!
  19. I am looking at a '33 DV32 sedan for resto, but ...... It has a SOHC (SV16)? engine, which does not run. How difficult is it to source the twin cam engine? Alternatively, will some of the parts (block, crank, ancilliaries) be interchangeable with a 32? Interior is complete, but probably not salvageble. Are the correct cloths still available? All the interior and exterior trim is there and looks right for the car and the period but everything needs overhaul. No idea yet what the wood frame is like but I assume it will need (considerable) work. Anybody have an idea what the going rate for the car as is would be? And what would the approximate value of the finished car be, assuming I keep (and can overhaul) the current SV16 engine?
  20. Our 53 buick roadmaster 2 door hardtop was originally painted with an imperial blue roof and glacier blue body - code 87. We can find Ditzler PPG code of 10674 for the Imperial Blue and an Acme Rogers code of 7499 for the glacier blue on the internet but our local auto paint store here in Ontario Canada says they need Dupont codes to blend paint colours. Is anyone able to help us? Thanks. Don and Pat Palmer
  21. cj1085

    74 cuda

    I am new to this site and have some questions. I have a 74 cuda that im about to start working on and it will need alot of work. Needs a new roof and all of the floor pans and was wondering where the best place to find them is at a good price?? This was my fathers car so im going to keep it numbers matching but the one thing he really wanted to do to it was put twin turbos on it and i wasent so sure it could be done ?? Any and all imput will be great thanks and have a great day.
  22. Hi, I posted a link to some videos of my restoration on another site. It was suggested I post the links here too. I have been working on this car for several years. I hope to have it finished by the National Plymouth meet in Monterey California this summer. I am posting a video each week on YouTube showing the progress toward completing the car. You can see the first two videos here: YouTube - ihazwings's Channel If you subscribe to the channel you will get a notice when a new video is posted. I will also keep you updated on this forum! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions! Mark
  23. This is the only AACA Finalist in the Hagerty Youth Reporter Contest. To View and vote click on this site: CBT Productions Vote every 24 hours until MAY 29 MIDNIGHT Please Copy and Forward this link to others! Thank you.
  24. Hi! My husband and I are the proud new owners of a 1939 Buick Special and have been spending a lot of time looking at this forum. So many great tips and stories! We are new to restoration, but not new to cars in general. We'd thought we'd add a link to our blog in case there's any interest. We'd love to hear from you! 1939 Buick Special Restoration Eric and Elizabeth
  25. Hello I am interested in purchasing older vehicles (non American made) for export and refurbishing. I would like to know if anyone has anything to offer...not interested in cars in pristine condition. Please propose only vehicles that require serious restoration and work for consideration. Trying to keep Vehicle purchase in addition to export/registration fees in foreign country feasible for buyer. Thank you.