Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

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Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Sat May 22, 2010 11:47 am

With no car shows today and procrastinating about some jobs waiting on my two Packards, I took a short ride out to Steve Babinsky's shop, as I do often, and thought you'd enjoy some of Packards currently in the shop. A 1935 Twelve style #839, a 1932 Eight coupe for 5 passengers, and a 34 Twelve Dietrich convertible sedan with a 55 Caribbean just visible behind it.

EDIT - the 35 Twelve coupe engine had 2 adjacent pistons with holes burned thru their tops, likely the result of many miles of driving with a vacuum leak at that manifold branch and hence a very lean (and HOT) mixture.
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Post by Dave Czirr » Sat May 22, 2010 11:54 am

And a few more. A 1936 Eight club sedan, with a 34 LeBaron coupe (with updated 35 nose) just visible to the left. A 1934 Twelve Dietrich phaeton, body and frame, and a 1934 Twelve LeBaron formal. And just to show how open-minded I am, a lovely 1929(?) LaSalle phaeton, fresh from long storage - and a car that hopefully WON'T be restored. I am so fortunate to live so close to a shop that routinely draws this caliber of car, has such a congenial owner, and does such outstanding work on Packards. None better, I dare say. Hope you enjoy.
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Post by Dave Czirr » Sat May 22, 2010 11:57 am

And just for fun, how about a Muntz Jet!

EDIT - I'll add a few strays just for diversity.
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Post by Ozstatman » Sat May 22, 2010 1:35 pm

Dave,

Amazing place! Thanks for sharing with us, you're very lucky it's so close and accessible to you.

Only trouble is tomorrow when I head for Wade's workshop, with only 3 Packards being worked on, it just won't seem the same!
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Post by Dave Czirr » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:37 am

I visited Steve Babinsky's Automotive Restorations yesterday, primarily to work out some details for the PAC 2011 Henry Joy Tour in New Jersey but while there took a couple of pictures I hope you enjoy. The 34 1108 Dietrich (style 4070?) took a 1st in class at Pebble this year and it's about as perfect a restoration as I've seen. Though I posted them before there are also a couple of earlier photos taken during the restoration. Also a picture of a First Series Eight (1-36) sport touring undergoing restoration.
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Post by Dave Czirr » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:43 am

My apologies, off-topic again but I'm a sucker for unusual vehicles. Also at Automotive Restorations were this fine, original 1934 Pierce-Arrow 8 by Cantrell, and an accompanying Pierce-Arrow Travelodge which also made quite a hit at Pebble, I'm told. And a rear shot of the oft-seen and photographed 34 Twelve 1106 LeBaron, this the one that we factory updated in 1935.
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Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:39 am

Traveled out to Automotive Restorations today to continue evaluating routes for the September 2011 Henry Joy Tour which will be visiting the shop. Stopped on the way home to spend a bit of time chewing the proverbial fat with Fred and Dan Kanter. All in all, a Packard kind of day.

Two things at Automotive Restorations that I thought might be of interest to you. First was what is called a 1917 and perhaps more properly a 3rd? series Twin Six, thought you'd enjoy a few pictures. A majestic machine, the photo doesn't convey the huge size of it, especially the height, the door handles are nearly shoulder-height. And in the next post some pictures as the restoration begins on the 1938 "120" Graber, the "survivor car" that was featured at the last Pebble Beach.
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Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:51 am

And some pictures of the 1938 Graber just starting it's restoration, along with pictures from the September 2010 Cormorant News Bulletin showing it "as found" and displayed at Pebble Beach last year. It's a surprise that the patent plate survived at all (1938 was the only year to use a decal), but unfortunately it can't tell us any useful information. It actually appears to have been accidently mutilated, perhaps in an effort to clean it. It may have started life as a complete car, though one person I spoke with seems to recall that the vehicle # started with a 1601 which would indicate it started life as a chassis and front clip.

Hope you enjoy. I'll try to continue to add the occasional picture as the restoration progresses.
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Post by westpeterson » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:44 am

Dave
Keep up posted with updates on the Graber car. I forgot to ask Steve at Amelia Island what color they've decided upon. I'm still hoping it will be a dark color... with black tires.
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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:44 pm

Back down again today to Automotive Restorations. The 1938 "120" by Graber continues to progress. The rear aluminum skin has been reattached for trial fit. The front fenders (steel) are off to the left. There is no thief-proof number on the firewall as it was removed by cutting the cowl for the lowered profile. I understand the color will be VERY dark green with, of course, blackwall tires. West, that should please you (and me as well). The pace should be accelerating, it's going to Pebble this year.
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