Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:04 am

38 Graber chassis, June 11th.
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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Adam » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:33 am

They appear to be asembling the chassis in the office! What a lovely clean floor.

The chassis looks a little precarious on just one axle stand at the front. I hope nothing bumps into it. Nice work though.

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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by westpeterson » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:43 am

They're going to wish they waited to install those rubber rebound bumpers until after installing the shocks. Of course, being a shop with every type of tool, perhap it's not going to be a problem.
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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:26 am

A couple of recent photos of the 38 Graber. Pebble is just around the corner and still a bit to do. I should have taken a photo of the lovely padded and lined interior of the folding top. Color is a VERY dark green.
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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:52 pm

Stopped by today on the way home from the 48th annual Macungie show. Looking great, but only about a week to go before shipment to Pebble. The hood's in the paint booth, seats are upholstered and ready, yet still lot's of small details to attend do. The convertible top is of course padded and upholstered on the inside and I was really awed by the fit and workmanship of it - just stunning, as is the rest of the car. I also found the tires interesting - bias ply of course but with a very European competition-style tread pattern. Tried but didn't succeed in getting the tire brand information but perhaps someone else will recognize them. (PS - subsequently found out the tires are an Excelsior mold).
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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:23 am

I see the Graber took a 1st in Class at Pebble. Hoping to get a current photo of the finished product to post here.
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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:43 am

Photo from Pebble Beach 2012 of the 734 restored at Automotive Restorations. A good site from other Pebble Photos:

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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:49 pm

It had been too long since I had visited Steve's shop so today I joined a few friends and the Long Island region of the CCCA for an open house. One car I particularly wanted to see was the 1938 Buick Special with coachwork by Lancefield which is being done for Pebble, but it was pretty much in pieces. But I hope you find some of these others interesting. In this batch, I had the pleasure of seeing this very original 1912 Model 30 motor into the shop, and the first two are of a majestic "48" or Dominant Six.

If you glance at the background in some of the photos you'll also see glimses of some other wonderful cars awaiting their turn. In the 2nd picture you'll just see a glimse of a 6C-1750 Alfa Romes by Zagato, a winner at Pebble last year. In the 3rd picture you can just see Steve's 236 coupe by Merrimac and a Twelve Dietrich convertible sedan.

Two hard things about visiting Automotive Restorations: (1) to avoid drooling, and (2) to face your own humble piece(s) of iron when you get back home.
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Post by Dave Czirr » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:53 pm

And a few other cars of interest, including Steve's recently acquired very original Model A Duesenberg (with Restored Rusty Relics members Gerry O'Keefe, George Lewer and Rob Calia alongside), can't be more than a handful of them in the world. Also a survivor 1933 Eight phaeton, a 1934 1101 convertible coupe, and the Waterhouse-bodied 9th Series club sedan that I've pictured and discussed before; it's thought to be the only Waterhouse closed body on a Packard chassis. Another car there which I didn't photograph (but I should have though photos of it are pretty much available on the web) is Howard Kroplick's 37 Chrysler C-15 Imperial with one-off body by LeBaron for Mrs. W. P. Chrysler it's about as bold an "art deco" statement as you could have in a car of that era. I do have some silver halide prints of it and will scan and post a couple later, and forgive me, it's not Packard but it's an awesome vehicle.

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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Post by Dave Czirr » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:45 am

I was out to Automotive Restorations yesterday, primarily to help map out a route for CCCA's Metro Region dustoff run in a few weeks. Couldn't resist taking a few pictures, hope you find them interesting.

#1 & #2. What's not to love about these two early Packards? Auburn convertible sedan in the foreground, LaSalle phaeton to the left, and a very nicely original Chrysler CL by LeBaron up on the lift.
#3. Mrs. W. P. Chrysler's last limo, 1937 Imperial by LeBaron.
#4. LaSalle phaeton or touring.
#5. 1938 Buick Special convertible coupe, coachwork by Lancefield, being readied for Pebble. Paint is nitrocellulose lacquer, as original.
#6. Duesenberg, forget to get further details, but I will next time.
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