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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #60 on: June 01, 2021, 04:31:55 PM »
Thanks Bob!....I'm lucky I can take a picture of what I'm looking at and not my chin......I'll work on the video....that's going to take some time....

Check this out....a set of 1934 LaSalle bumpers just sold on eBay....$3,100 !!....these were very rough....I'm really glad now I had mine fabricated.....talk about unobtainum!!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/174781706202?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=OG6HVW%252BxvVp2NrSuWf0CYL9RUBg%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc

Mike
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #61 on: June 07, 2021, 04:33:29 PM »
 Absolutely a magnificent body style and what a fine job of bringing her back to life you've done. I can tell you from experience you're not going to like driving it unless you get some outside mirrors, the 3-Window looks great because it has such a huge blind spot. You might be able to cruise some back roads, but don't try to change lanes on the freeway.
   I am in the process of drilling my top door hinge pins to accept, well, another pin that indexes into the stem of a 4" round motorcycle mirror. The right one is convex as it should be and the left is a normal mirror. I have a '37 LaSalle coupe that can be called a 5 window but even it has a huge blind spot and I know from my motorcycle experience that freeway driving is real challenge if you can't see both lanes. You want to exit..NOW, and are you sure there's no one in the right lane?
   Years ago someone did made hinge pin mirrors for my '37 but no longer available. In fact, some of the modern rectangular mirrors wouldn't look bad on either my car or your coupe. fabricating the brackets (to go into a hinge pin) is the challenge to make it look factory.
   A wide angle mirror in the cockpit is also advised.
   Great job and wonderful accomplishment on your vehicle.

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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #62 on: June 09, 2021, 11:47:24 PM »
Back up cameras and maybe hidden side cameras in the side vents will help with blind spots.  A lot of these can be sent to your smart phone so you can put your phone on the dash and it can be a second rear view mirror.  Some of these systems can be connected to their rear view mirror, like the rear view mirror in the CT6.
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #63 on: June 10, 2021, 07:02:44 AM »
Oh My....Back up cameras and maybe hidden side cameras!!...

This week I'm putting in a directional switch because people are waving to me when I'm hand signaling to take a right!!...haha

I did put mirrors on both sides, I just don't have good pictures of them yet....they don't look too bad though....

Mike
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2021, 12:25:55 PM »
Here are the mirrors I put on the car....They're not great for the blind spots but better than nothing....

The head lights had small jewel like lights on top of the headlight buckets....somebody must have put them in years ago....I don't think they were stock....I used them for the front blinkers....

Advice...when you think your ground wires are ok...add another one...It always helps....

Mike
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #65 on: November 25, 2021, 08:11:57 AM »
Mike, Job well done! Sorry have had issues with login and finally figured it out:-) Hopefully we will meet up at a car show next year. It's funny you mention people waving back at you. That happens to me all the time. makes ya wonder:-(
Regards,
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #66 on: November 26, 2021, 11:43:09 AM »
Thanks Dave,

It was a fun restoration.....and I'm really enjoying driving her around....people just stop in their tracks to look at the car....

There's something about the styling, the look and/or the colors that cause people to come over and comment on the car....

The serious car guys see the bi-plane bumpers right away....

The flow of the car front to back is really cool....1934 Cadillac LaSalle Coupe....

I received a lot of advice and encouragement from everybody here on the forum.....

Mike
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #67 on: November 26, 2021, 03:20:13 PM »
The '34 has the best styling of that era, and certainly is worth another look.

 8)

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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #68 on: November 26, 2021, 05:30:31 PM »
Chris you are a great man!....your picture brings back a good memory....

This was the day I took the car to the local NAPA....It was the first time that the car had been on the road in 50 years!....

From this photo you can see my home made stainless steel bumpers....

Here are a few more pictures with the new bumpers taken this summer....

Thanks again Chris,

Mike

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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #69 on: December 03, 2021, 05:22:39 PM »
Wow Mike that is a beautiful Car. I haven't done a restoration in over 30 years. But, your car makes me want to do one.
                            Thanks Wayne

Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #70 on: December 03, 2021, 07:03:54 PM »
Thanks Wayne !!

Jump in... the water's nice !!

It's only money & lots of time !!

Mike
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« Reply #71 on: December 05, 2021, 06:13:53 AM »
It's a brilliant accomplishment and a tribute to your creativity, perseverence, and discipline.  Thank you for taking us along for that incredible  journey.  While the majority of folks who view your car now will be impressed, those of us who followed your narrative on this forum know just how challenging this project was.  Congratulations James

Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #72 on: December 05, 2021, 06:43:42 AM »
Thanks James,

I always look forward and enjoy your opinions....

Mike
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« Reply #73 on: December 05, 2021, 10:14:31 AM »
Mike, That's a beautiful example of such a distinctive car and testament of your passion.      Harry
 
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #74 on: December 06, 2021, 06:29:39 AM »
Mike,

DId you ever figure out just how long your car had been "stored."  I recall suggesting that you estimate the age of the trees that grew outside the doors of the barn, and then you found someone's business card.  Was That mystery  solved?  And what did you do with the original engine... I recall that it had some "unfixable" issue.  There are a number of YouTube "posters, "  mainly young men who are successfully entertaining at bring abandoned older cars back to life.  (the most entertaining: Vice Grip Garage) --- these guys make a point of stating just how long an old car had been left, and what follows is getting the cars running----that's the challenge.   The guy on "Vice Grip" gets an abandon 70 Cadillac going after a 20 year slumber in a farm field.
 James

Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #75 on: December 06, 2021, 04:25:49 PM »
Mike, That's a beautiful example of such a distinctive car and testament of your passion.      Harry

Thanks Harry, I couldn't have done it without your suggestions....

I remember complaining about that cast iron vendor we used to repair that exhaust manifold.....That guy did great work and that original damage was probably why the car was parked 50 plus years ago....

Mike
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #76 on: December 06, 2021, 04:42:24 PM »
Mike,

DId you ever figure out just how long your car had been "stored."  I recall suggesting that you estimate the age of the trees that grew outside the doors of the barn, and then you found someone's business card.  Was That mystery  solved?  And what did you do with the original engine... I recall that it had some "unfixable" issue.
 James

Yes James, that was the 1939 Convertible sedan I was trying to restore....that car was pulled out of a barn/garage in New Hampshire, I was told, that had serious trees growing in front of the doors....The trees had to cut down to get the car out....

I put in calls and emails to the original auction house that sold me the car.....I was looking for information about where the car came from....the family who had them auction the car....maybe they could tell me where or if they still had the convertible top frame, or whatever info they might have....

I didn't receive any responses from the small auction house in Rhode Island about any of this....What can you do?...you have to move on....

The motor that came out of that car was stuck beyond belief....Fortunately I had a rebuilt motor & trans that I swapped into the car.....the stuck motor had the matching chassis number.....I put that motor & trans in a pallet box and put on the shelf....maybe someday the guy who buys the car from me, Ill give him that motor & trans....

Mike
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Re: 1934 LaSalle.....More Pictures!...gota keep punching !!
« Reply #77 on: December 06, 2021, 05:55:56 PM »
THanks for the up date, Mike--- there are engines that are simply not going to get un-stuck... especially when valve stems get stuck in the block---  I've un-stuck  pistons in such motors, but I failed with those stuck valve stems.  On the history matter,  It's unfortunate that no one took the time to provide some history--- it's possible that the car had some complicated past--- moved through various owners, and was simply abandon.  Takes a mighty effort from someone like you to resurrect these fine old cars.   Greatly appreciate your efforts and results, James

 

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