Old Cars Q&A: 2020 no. 6

Ben Williams October 24, 2020 11 No Comments


Q. I’m within the strategy of including air con, with heater and defrost, to a 1940 Hudson. I’ve contacted the most important air con equipment suppliers (Vintage Air, Southern Rods and Old Air Products). None of them have a equipment that has a compressor with a large belt (i.e. 5/8”) love Hudson and early Fords used. I’ve additionally checked Midwest Early Ford, however they solely have restoration merchandise. I did this improve to a different Hudson years in the past and don’t keep in mind having an issue. Can you assist? 
— Steve Holz, by way of electronic mail

A. I’ve come throughout air con retrofits to outdated automobiles, however most frequently in road rods or customized automobiles. These nearly at all times have trendy drive trains, by which small-block Chevy V8s of current years are the most well-liked. That’s most likely why the distributors don’t provide wide-belt functions. Without additional information, it happens to me that for the reason that impediment is a single pulley, it shouldn’t be too tough to discover a wide-belt pulley of the correct diameter that could possibly be tailored, maybe with some machine work. Readers, who has expertise with this?

Q. The Mar. 26 Q&A fielded a query about tire dressings. I helped clear and element automobiles and vans at my dad’s Ford company in Upland, Ind., in the course of the 1950s and ’60s. We used “rubber lubricant” to decorate up tires and rubber flooring mats. All you needed to do was to rub it into the rubber and rub it dry. Everything comes out wanting love new, and it isn’t sticky. For the whitewalls, we used Comet with a scrub brush. I nonetheless use all this on my new and vintage autos. — Ed Miler, Upland, Ind.

A. Thanks. Brillo cleaning soap pads have been my most popular sidewall scrubbers, again within the day once I had whitewall tires. I feel the final have been on a 1970 Chevy that was my day by day driver within the late 1980s, and so they have been fairly slim. The finish consequence, although, isn’t any totally different out of your Comet cleanser. You simply don’t want the scrub brush.

Q. [Regarding the query about Ford emblems (Feb. 6 and Mar. 19)], neither my 1976 T-Bird nor my 1979 T-Bird have the Ford blue oval. 
— Mike Herold, by way of electronic mail

A. Thanks. Subsequent to answering the unique questions (Q&A Feb. 6 and Mar. 19), I’ve carried out some extra analysis. In the case of Thunderbirds, I’m undecided any of them, proper as much as the 11th era 2002-2005 “two-seat revival” fashions, had something apart from a Thunderbird emblem. An analogous state of affairs is true for Mustangs as much as 1982. It appears that the blue oval first returned on the brand new Escort mannequin in 1981. From then on, new or re-designed fashions obtained it on their first look: EXP in 1982, Crown Victoria in 1983, Tempo in 1984 and Taurus in 1986. The Mustangs have been an exception to this “rule,” because the oval appeared for 1983 within the Fox-body era’s fifth yr. F-Series gentle vans obtained the oval in 1982. Thereafter, it appears to have grow to be just about common.

Q. On a cement flooring, in a darkish storage in Los Angeles sits a 1999 Mercedes-Benz convertible that I can solely drive in December. While it’s in storage, ought to I do something to guard its high? 
— Mark Clinard, Florence, Colo.

A. Short reply: sure! The precise methodology depends on the situations the place it’s saved. It sounds love you do not want to guard from solar, rain or wind, but when the situation isn’t climate-controlled, you will have a canopy that enables “breathing.” From a fast survey, it seems love the humidity in L.A. varies from about 20 % to greater than 80. Is the area safe, or is there foot site visitors or different autos going out and in? If the area is safe, clear and never humid in summer season months, it’s going to most likely be OK with out additional safety. Do you test on the automobile between these December outings, or is it solely dormant and devoid of human intervention? Without additional info, I might counsel a full-car cowl in heavy-duty breathable cloth.

Q. In response to the query posed by reader Mark Bartow of Waupun, Wis., within the Apr. 16, 2020 Q&A, [I have] realized that as of Dec. 19, 2019, your entire LeBaron Bonney upholstery stock was legally transferred to Ecklers Industries, Inc., the well-known automobile components catalog individuals. Their service individuals could be contacted by cellphone at 800-284-3906 or e-mail at custsvs@ecklers.internet.  —Don Moore, Salem, Mass.

A. Many thanks, Don. Over the years, Ecklers Industries has grown from a Corvette components provider to embrace a variety of Chevrolet fashions and, with the acquisition of MAC’s Antique Auto Parts of Lockport, N.Y., Model T, A and plenty of V-8 Fords as effectively. The MAC’s web site has hyperlinks to Cartouche upholstery, which I consider was a competitor to LeBaron Bonney. It’s not clear from their web sites whether or not they have the 1955-’56 Ford inside objects sought by Ernest Hart again within the Feb. 20 Q&A. It’s most likely greatest to name Ecklers to see simply what they’ve and might provide for any particular automobile. 

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