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    For those keeping up with the three 58 hubcaps I bought out of NC for $20 and had them mailed to me in MN, received them today. They came wrapped very nicely in a box with each cap wrapped in black poly plastic. The box was wrapped in tar paper with duct tape wrapped around the whole package. It was quite a site and now I realize I should have take a picture of the package sitting on my door step. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate the caps a 7+. The black painted areas need to be refreshed and there are a few small hardly noticeable dents along the outer rim on each. The dents come from somebody having had pounded the caps onto the wheel with something harder then their fist. The dents will easily press out with a small rubber mallet or a wood stick. The black paint can be re-touched using a paint marker pen. So now I have a surplus inventory of 3 extra hubcaps. Just what every man needs! Maybe wall decorations?

    My 48 Dodge Panel truck restoration has been progressing very slowly to a near stand still. When it was still cold and snow I putzed with it a bit till my fingers became frostbit. Now that the weather has turned (90+F here today) I am busy, busy working on clients boats with all my available time so haven't progressed much on the 48 Dodge.

    I have new plugs, points, distributor cap, rotor, wires and all nearly installed. The engine turns over with the hand crank, so my next try is to install a battery and see if she cranks and fires. But first think the old bird's nest of wiring on the firewall will have to be re-done.

    Rebuilt front wheel cylinders, new rear wheel cylinders and a rebuilt master cylinder, but have found that all of the brake lines are solid plugged with old petrified fluid. So now have to strip all the lines off the frame and see if I can either snake them out or replace all of the lines. I also put new tires on the truck too and a new ignition cylinder so now I actually have a key for the truck when I am ready to attempt to fire the old girl up. The truck is now off the ground on wood dunnage and it may stay there for some time.

    Other then boats keeping me busy, I spent most of my evening time fabricating seat foams and most recently a steering wheel resto for a 63 bullet. Aftermarket retail front seat foams are now back in fullswing with the aftermarket production facility up and running. I see that the retail price has increased $5.00. I am still regularly cutting foams for several of the Tbird suppliers, both fronts and rear foams. I now have developed templates for birds from 58-66, fronts all 3 models and rears just squares and bullets for now, but Frank in MS is going to be sending me his old orig set of Flair rear foams to make templates from and new foams for his bird.

    That's my life, boats and foams. Next week actually going to take off for 6 days and go fishing on Lake Superior and golf in Duluth with a bunch of my college buddies (circa 1976). Then off to Mille Lacs Lake with 20 men in my church Bible study renewal groups to go walleye fishing.

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    Jed,

    Not everyone from NC is like that. I quit using tar paper last year. The Duct tape is a different story.

    Good luck on those trips. Hope you get plenty of rest and enlightenment and hope all stay safe.

    New brake lines - Ugh - what fun.

    Eric

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ca58tbird View Post
      ...Next week actually going to take off for 6 days and go fishing on Lake Superior and golf in Duluth with a bunch of my college buddies...
      I'm praying you guys get a few Kings and Brown's. Go deep, where it's cold. - Dave
      My latest project:
      CLICK HERE to see my custom hydraulic roller 390 FE build.

      "We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
      --Lee Iacocca

      From: Royal Oak, Michigan

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      • #4
        Jed, I thought of you Saturday. I was heading home on a back road and came across a '59 Ford Panel Truck
        for sale a few miles from my house.
        I almost went back, and still may, but I don't need another vehicle, do I?
        I'm out of space and barely make time to drive the cars I have...but...
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        Mike Lemmon
        '59 Raven Black Hardtop

        http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=2461

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fomoco59 View Post
          Jed, I thought of you Saturday. I was heading home on a back road and came across a '59 Ford Panel Truck
          for sale a few miles from my house.
          I almost went back, and still may, but I don't need another vehicle, do I?
          I'm out of space and barely make time to drive the cars I have...but...
          Mike, Ooooh what a find! Now considering your love of cars and all that fun restoring old rusty trucks with parts missing, damaged or not OEM, what are you waiting for? Grab it ASAP. Oh yes, maybe tell you wife after you've hauled it home, duh?

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          • #6
            For You Old Truck Guys & Gals...

            The posts regarding the 1959 Ford F-100 Panel truck got me to wondering what one looked like. So I went hunting! I like them! They look pretty neat! I also ran across this great truck link which will keep you busy for a long time looking at old trucks of various makes! Following that are a couple of pix I picked up.

            http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/PickupTrucks/
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