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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:12 am
by Dave Czirr
I again visited Automotive Restorations yesterday. Not much in the Packard arena but plenty of interesting cars. The little 1903 Pierce Stanhope was almost entirely original and had recently completed the London-to-Brighton run; that's a Brewster Ford behind it to the left. The Lancefield-bodied 38 Buick continues it's restoration for Pebble; the rather stunning lines of the coachwork won't be fully evident until the nose is completed. Roof and door structural work is being done on Mrs. W. P. Chrysler's one-off LeBaron. A general view of part of the machine shop area. Lasty, a Bugatti, Type 57 I think. Will check on the coachbuilder.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:37 am
by Dave Czirr
More views of the Bugatti (Type 57?), it's single-billet crankshaft, and the main bearings being align-bored. On a 2nd align-boring rid there was another block with poured mains being bored, that from a Duesenberg I believe. Then a cute little Riley and it's twin-cam engine. And lastly the shop-owners Packard 2-36 Sport.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:08 pm
by westpeterson
I'm curious about any work updates on the very first car pictured in this thread, the 1934 convertible sedan.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:43 pm
by Dave Czirr
Next time I'm out there (should be in the next couple of weeks) I'll try to remember to get you an update.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:02 am
by Dave Czirr
Another visit to Automotive Restorations yesterday, mostly to see how Mrs. W. P. Chrysler's LeBaron town car is progressing towards it's trip to Pebble. Painting and most mechanical work is finished and interior and upholstery just beginning. One of the really interesting features on this car is a system, via series of solenoids, motors and levers, that allows the chauffeur with a simple flick of a front door handle to raise all the windows and lock the doors. The Pierce, shown previously, is a 1903. There is also a Murphy-bodied Duesenberg in prep for paint and intended for Pebble as well. Also four 34 Packards awaiting work, and at least 2 Auburns, one of which (a boat tail V12) you can see in the overhead photo, and numerous Lincolns. Hope you enjoy.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:12 am
by Dave Czirr
I again visited Automotive Restorations yesterday to drop off some materials and take a look at how the 37 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron (Mrs. W. P. Chrysler's limo) and the Duesenberg were progressing towards their debut at Pebble in just about a month. The Chrysler is certainly one of the most eye-catching late 1930s customs, at some point I hope to get a good photo of the rear compartment cabinetry which is magnificent. BUT what really caught my attention was the 1922 Twin Six Brunn "cape top" Victoria, as original as a car could be. A real throw-back to the style of victorias of a decade earlier (see later photo of a 1912 "48" cape top Victoria for comparison. The more you look at the details, the more spectacular this old timer is. It's in the shop for a little mechanical "freshening" in anticipation of doing the Pebble driving tour. A custom right down to replacing the Packard hubcaps with Brunn caps! If I recall the story correctly, originally purchased by the widow of a West Virginia or Pennsylvania coal magnate.

Ignition by Packard-Delco. Other electrics (starter, generator, etc.) by Bijur. No fuel pump or vacuum tank, gasoline delivery by pressurizing the gas tank with a small engine-drive compressor.

Right click on the photos to enlarge and really take in the grandeur of this monster!

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 5:19 am
by Dave Czirr
And for comparison, the 1912 Packard 48 Victoria, this image from the Automobile Quarterly 1962 issue on Packard.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:32 am
by Don R's Cars
Dave, that Twin Six is amazing! It looks like the rear compartment is open at the sides with no doors, is that correct?

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:37 am
by Dave Czirr
Yes, no rear doors. The owner monogram (which I failed to photograph) is on the body just behind where a rear door would have been.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:37 am
by Dave Czirr
A couple more photos of the Brunn 1922 Twin Six taken a week later; the car had been out for it's road test (wish I would have been there for the ride). I'm told it had "very spirited" performance which was probably partly attributable to the very light (almost all aluminum) body. I also got a (sorry, slightly out of focus) picture of the monogram; convention is that the large (center) initial is the last name so the initials are HCG which agrees with the known history of the car. The monogram is located on the passenger side just rear of the rear compartment opening. I just can't get enough of looking at his magnificent car - I guess the next time we'll see it will be video of the Pebble Beach driving tour.