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Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:13 pm
by Ozstatman
Link to a Hemmings Daily article on the Chrysler at Automotive Restorations.
http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2014 ... refer=news

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:13 pm
by Dave Czirr
Mal, thanks for posting. Another interesting video is the day the car was "recovered" for it's future restoration. It had been in excellent condition until not that many years ago when the museum that owned it moved it to poorer storage for a number of years. If that video is to be found, it's probably on Howard Kroplick's website.

PS - found some of it. To really start at the beginning, go to page 2 and view "Local Historian Picks up Chrysler's Chrysler".

http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/index.php/films/C157

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:40 am
by Dave Czirr
For all the photos I got of Kroplick's 37 LeBaron Chrysler during restoration I never did get a good one of the rear compartment cabinetry; here's one taken on a later occasion.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:40 pm
by Dave Czirr
I drove down to Automotive Restorations today, mostly to speak with Steve about some work on my 34 Eight which is in his shop now; some transmission work (synchro adjust, replace a couple of bearings,etc.), some paint repair, and a few other odds and ends that needed attention. While there a Horch really caught my eye, I think you'll see why. I believe this is 1 of only 2 known of this model and body style. That's a 36(?) Pierce Arrow V12 club sedan adjacent to it. Also a lovely Pierce Arrow convertible coupe in the upholstery shop.

Left-click to enlarge photos.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:50 am
by Dave Czirr
Thought you would be interested in some current pictures of the fabrication of the new rear section of the body for the 1938 Horch 853.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:05 am
by 5682-4775
Hi Dave

Thanks for the on-going photos, fascinating shop to visit, so many great cars in progress. But I do have to ask, how do they get so much done in what looks like a lot of clutter? Tripping over parts and finished work, looking for tools etc. seems like it would be a problem.......but what do I know, the Classics restored there are magnificent!

Steve

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:42 am
by Dave Czirr
I went down to Automotive Restorations today to see how the progress was on some work being done on my 34 Eight. Of course the place is always packed with interesting cars and today I forgot my camera so I'll give you a verbal on just 3 of them and get some pictures the next time.

In addition to the Waterhouse-bodied duPont being readied for Pebble (body tub now in color) there was a 2nd Model G duPont, this one a coupe and quite original - don't know what the plans are for it. Two lovely and uncommon cars, fully restored recently and perhaps in for some freshening or mechanicals, were a 1910 Pierce-Arrow "48" demi-tonneau resplendent in gobs of brass, I've asked Steve to email me a couple of pix of it. Next to it was a 1924 (by the license plate) Packard Six phaeton, perhaps a 133 or 233 - all plated trim in Nickel of course as it should be. Both cars real knock-outs.

The Packard Experience at the Gilmore is coming up in less than a month, the 1912 Model 30 and the 236 coupe by Merrimac (both pictures elsewhere in this thread) and going, along with myself and Steve.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:28 am
by Dave Czirr
Myself and friends George (38 Eight sdn) and Angelo (47 Super Clipper sdn) decided to drive modern to Das Awkst Fest at Macungie, PA, one of the longer-running AACA meets - this their 52nd annual - and then stop at Automotive Restorations on our way back, especially to see the progress on my own 34 as well as the two DuPont roadsters being readied for Pebble Beach in a week or so. Macungie still a substantial flea market though it gets a bit smaller each year and that was quite noticeable this year - Bob Stolzfus (Bob's Packard Parts) has his usual very large array of Packard parts, mostly postwar. The marquee car at Macungie this year was the Chrysler 300 with perhaps 30 or so on display.

First, some Packards and other interested cars at Macungie.

1. 1947 Hudson Super Six for sale.
2. I always considered these Chrysler 3-D half-dome instrument panels among the most elegant of the era.
3-4. 1939 Graham. Note the tiny tail lamps - almost look like an afterthought.
4. 5. Paul Fisher's pair of 33 Packards, an 1101 convertible couple and a very original Super 8 sedan.
6-7. Pair of Packard roadsters, 7th and 8th series respectively.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:33 am
by Dave Czirr
1. A lovely 1953 Patrician, appears to be Galahad Green over Orchard Green - former AACA senior.
2. There are so few survivors of this era of Nash, nice to see such a lovely one, a club sedan no less.
3. Very original 1939 Lincoln Zephyr convertible next to a lovely restored example of the same car.
4. 1912 EMF, probably built at the former Ford Piquette plant in Detroit. The adjacent car is a Chalmers.
5. John McCarthy's 37 Super Eight.
6. 1938 Super Eight.

There was another very interesting car at Macungie that I inadvertently failed to photograph, an Walker-bodied 1929 Franklin 4-door sedan, lovely restoration, in what is probably best described as a "speedster" style with a narrowed and lowered roofline resulting in quite narrow windows all around. The owner was very Franklin-immersed but had never been able to determine if it was a true "one-off" or a small series-custom.

Re: Visits to Automotive Restorations, Lebanon, NJ

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:41 am
by Dave Czirr
On to Automotive Restorations. As always left-click should enlarge the photo.

1. My 34 1100, upper roof repainted, awaiting the pinstriping to be redone. It took many sample mixes of black paint to find one that would approximate in color and gloss of the remaining body tub paint which is still original paint. The roof paint was beginning to more rapidly fail over the lead seams - perhaps too much exposure to rain on the last several tours. In any case I really hated to give up original paint but really had no choice.
2. The Waterhouse-bodied duPont nearing completion for Pebble - another exceptional restoration by AR- it will be interesting to see how it fares at Pebble.
3-4. A 2nd duPont roadster, primarily an original car being readied for the road tour. I believe that's Al Rosen's 33 Eight touring alongside.
5-6. 1933 Eight by Graber.
7. duPont engine. DuPont was essentially an "assembled" car from available components, the engine an L-head 8 cylinder by Continental but the faux cover over the cylinder head is interesting - an attempt to disguise it's origins and give the appearance of an OHV design. The "box" covers the distributor.