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Technology is ruining girl's asses. Most now have this large, flat rectangle in one back pocket- their phone. It's killing the view.

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In other news, I just sold an NOS Gremlin sideview mirror on eBay. Who woulda thunk : $113 (I started it at $39).
Now for the real challenge- can I sell a complete NOS cruise control system (including the steering column stalk) for a Pacer?
Is ANYONE working on a Pacer, anywhere??

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In addition to the NOS Pacer side view mirror @ $113, I also sold an NOS center console for $162.50 and the aforementioned cruise control system for $99. Not bad for stuff pulled out of a dumpster.
Yes Virginia, people ARE working on Pacers.

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I had seen this pic of the post-war Cadillac prototype years & years ago. It is commonly ID'ed as the "Interceptor", but clearly this is a clay, 'in-progress' design study.

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But I love learning new auto history, and here's today's reveal: the Interceptor was obviously strongly considered, as a functional model was built. :

Boy, would THAT have taken Cadillac down a different stylistic road !

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I think it is interesting that they were so closely looking at the Hudson... I didn't think Hudson would be on Cadillac's radar

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Hudson was in Buick price territory, but I believe it was much more for stylistic reasons; the Hudson was completely leading edge in '48. Even the production Cadillac still retained non-integrated rear fenders, Hudson was ahead here.

As this video highlights approach & departure views, it's styling focused.

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Cutting up a 1980 Motor Trend for a (very) few items, noted the following road test results :

BMW 320i ~ 0-60: 12.1, 1/4 mile: 18.7 @ 74, 60-0 was 135'.

Price started in the high $9000 range. EPA city was 19.

Audi 5000S diesel ~ 0-60: 20.4, 1/4 mile: 21.9 @ 61 :scared:

There were NO accel times over 60. I didn't keep the article, but the implication there sure is that the 5000 could NOT reach 70 MPH.

60-0 braking was 165', or about 10 feet farther than my old '64 Pontiac with 4-wheel drums.

MSRP was $12,110, $13,360 as tested. Trade-off for such glacial 'performance' was an EPA city rating of 36! I guess there is a flip side to only having 67 HP.

Caprice ~ 0-60: 10.9, 1/4 mile: 18.1 @ 77. 60-0 was 164'.

MSRP was $6579, $9,890 as tested. EPA city was 17.

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Wasn't that to do with boing between two museums/buildings or something?

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Nah, it was in reference to the wait time to turn over a diesel Mercedes. :P

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Crumple zones (?)

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Been working on my Cab Over starting a few weeks ago. Here she be :

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Whole brake system needs a go-thru; I had the wheel cylinders bored & sleeved a number of years ago, along with new brake hoses. Last week or so I've been bending new brake lines. One front brake is all rebuilt, but I think I'm going to take it apart again & check it over/ regrease the contact points. Brake lines are pretty easy when they're pre-flared.

Tonight I see the Co. that did the brake work, put the wrong fittings on the front brake hoses, pretty sloppy when they had the wheel cylinders in hand. Auto parts store tomm to see if there's an adapter...

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Next up is the wiring. The factory fuse block looks servicable, but the wiring is horribly bad and will have to be 100% replaced. One would think this would be laughably easy; there's only TWO fuses in the fuse block, but there sure are a lot of wires snaking around for zero power equipment. Probably a good vehicle to learn on; very few circuits and excellent access.

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It did when I bought it, but hasn't in a number of years. Not stuck tho; that I checked last month. I bought it in '03, it's been inside since '05.

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Here's the front backing plate. Lots of decades-old dried grease. I painted this inside & out, since.

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Here's the rear of the frame. I whacked about 10" off each rear rail, moved the tow hooks forward, and welded in a 4"x1/4" piece of angle iron to join the 2 rails at their end, plus added a 1/2-in carriage bolt thru the top.

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To the far right in the above pic is the hanger bracket for a mud flap (if I chose to observe the law here) and beyond that is the rear hanger for the spring pack.

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COE, happily, has wood floors (as small as the square footage may be). Above are the original & a newly fabricated replacement of the driver's toeboard. The steel plates encircle the steering column and the brake & clutch pedal arms. Below the column is the dimmer switch. Pass toeboard is done, have to make the 2 floorboards next.

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Went to 4 different places looking for the hydraulic fitting adapter so I can attach my brakes hoses to the wheel cylinders. 1 is missing (I can reuse the other) and no one has anything like it. Perks of working on a 74-yr old vehicle, I guess.

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Don't know if a hardware store would be of any help, but where my parent's live - Pemberton Borough, Burlington County - there's an old time hardware store that has the rarest of parts. I was looking all around for a locking nut for a 30 year old Nylint toy truck and this store was the only place that had the exact part in a display that looked 50+ years old :)

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Most of the 'old time' hardware stores are gone in central NJ. There's one in Lambertville, tho that's right about 60 mins from me. The one good hardware store by me had nothing like it.

I need a display that looks like it's 75 yrs old. ;)

There's a hydraulics shop about 20 mins away I will try soon. The 2 'big truck' service centers had nothing, in fact one carried nothing for hydraulics- they were mostly all air.

EDIT : The hydraulics shop had nothing. A great old-time place in Trenton is long closed now- I'll bet boxes upon boxes of NOS parts went right into the dumpster. The guys running it were old men when I was there 20 years ago. Looks like it's the used circuit next.

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