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Elmer Liimatta’s 1934 Ford @Hemmings

Elmer Liimatta’s 1934 Ford @Hemmings

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[Editor’s Note: Elmer Liimatta sent in this story of his first (full-size) car for Reminiscing in Hemmings Classic Car. Got a story about cars you’ve owned, cars you’ve worked on, or working for an automaker? Send it in to editorial@hemmings.com.]

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan. My dad, with only a fifth-grade education, was a good mechanic and had a job at Packard Motor Company. During World War II, Packard had contract work building Rolls-Royce engines for the North American P-51 Mustang fighter planes and PT boats—more than 9,000 of those engines. During that time, we rebuilt used cars because the production of new civilian vehicles had ceased. It was something we still did afterwards; believe it or not, cars were still scarce in 1949. It was a problem, as I was 17 years old and had thoughts about a car of my own.

One day, my cousin—who was “bird-doggin,” or spotting cars for dealers—came over and said, “Elmer, I have a car for you.” That Sunday afternoon we went to his house, which was about 10 miles away. There sat a 1934 Ford Victoria. It was hard to miss with that front end, and it had doors that opened from the front. The car had been used as a paint truck by a previous owner and it had big hooks on the left side that were used to hold ladders between jobs. Someone had made a wood floor in the back that covered the factory recessed floor.

The Ford looked good, but it was tired. I was able to buy it for $50. When I drove it home there was a cloud of blue smoke billowing from the exhaust. Its engine had used all the oil by the time I got home. During lunch that Monday I took three buddies for a ride. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long because the engine stalled, and it was so worn it would not start. We pushed it home.

The solution was to rebuild the engine. While we were at it, we made our own dual exhaust system using 1.50-inch diameter flexible tubing. My Ford had a nice snap to it. Later, I put two Smithy mufflers on it. But now that it sounded good, it needed to look good. We found a pair of doors at Ford Salvage over in Highland Park and bough a can of metallic blue (a silver-blue) paint. Dad took the compressor from an old refrigerator, and an old army surplus air tank, and put them together to create his own air compressor. To make it portable, he made a little cart with casters. It worked well enough that we painted the Ford’s 17-inch spoke wheels yellow

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1934 Streamliner Looks Like Nothing Else, And It’s The Only One Left – Jacob Oliva @Motor1.com

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Only six were built as promotional vehicles for the McQuay-Norris Company of Missouri.

The 1934 McQuay-Norris Streamliner is a pretty unique car, but that’s not only because of its rather peculiar design. With only six units built from 1933 to 1934, you’d be hard-pressed to find something like it on the road – much more so with the fact that this is the only one currently in existence.

Jeff Lane owns this Streamliner. The few units were built as promotional vehicles for the McQuay-Norris Company of St. Louis, Missouri. The company manufactured replacement pistons, rings, bearings, and other parts used to rebuild engines.

The body of this unique classic car was by the Hill Auto Body Metal Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was made from steel and aluminum over a wood framework, while the curved windshield was made from plexiglass. It sits atop a Ford chassis.

As the promotional vehicles were also used as test cars, there are several gauges on the dashboard that are used to monitor various engine components – primarily to show customers why McQuay-Norris Company’s products are better than others. But those aren’t the odd thing about the cabin – the driver sits far back from the front, almost near the middle of the vehicle. The two bucket seats have a compartment for luggage at the back.

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Rare ’34 Auburn donated to museum – Larry Edsall @ClassicCars.com

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Only two 1934 Auburn 652X Broughams are known to exist, and one of them will be preserved now that it has been donated to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in northeast Indiana. The donation was made by car owners Tali and Lynn Petersons of Baltimore, Maryland, the museum announced.

“This is the first 1934 Auburn in our collection and it fills an important slot in our museum’s story,” museum curator Sam Grate is quoted in making the announcement. 

“Stylistically, it was a departure from any Auburn before it. Being the rare brougham body style with only one other known to exist, we are honored to be the stewards and representatives of this exceedingly rare automobile.”

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ACD Museum can be found here

Will It START and DRIVE After 60 Years Of Hibernation? – 1934 Ford Coupe “Beautiful” – @IrontrapGarage

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In the last update on “Beautiful”, our 1934 Ford 5 Window Coupe, Matt was able to get the engine to turn over with very little work. Today we are going to work on flushing the engine and radiator of all the rust and debris and start putting the engine back together. On a recent pick Matt was able to pick up two new water pumps amongst other parts for for 34 Fords. After a day of tinkering we made major progress on the “Beautiful” and may have moved her under her own power!!

AutoHunter Spotlight: AACA-winning 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe – Racheal Colbert @AutoHunter

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Today’s AutoHunter Spotlight is on a 1934 Ford Standard 5-Window Coupe purchased by the seller’s grandfather from the original owner’s widow in 1963. It underwent a body-off restoration completed in 2012 and is a multiple AACA winner from years 2013 through 2018.

The all-steel body is finished in Dearborn Blue and black paint and features a single driver-side mirror, hood louvers, front and rear chrome bumpers and a color-matching spare tire cover that houses a full-size spare.

New angora trims the bench seat and door panels.

Powering the Ford is the original 221cid 21-stud Flathead V8 mated to a 3-speed manual gearbox.

The odometer shows 36,435 miles, which the seller notes only a few of those were added since the restoration.

See the AutoHunter listing here

1934 Pierce-Arrow was based on stunning early concept car – Larry Edsall @ClassicCar.com

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1934 Pierce-Arrow was based on stunning early concept car

Pick of the Day is an elegant 840A Silver Arrow coupe

The original Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow was one of the world’s first concept cars, a limited run of five stunning vehicles created to debut at the 1933 New York Auto Show and then to be displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair.

But after that original set, Pierce-Arrow would produce a run of Silver Arrows, including the Pick of the Day, a 1934 Pierce-Arrow 840A Silver Arrow coupe advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in St. Louis.

1934 Pierce-Arrow was based on stunning early concept car

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Related – Lost concept cars: The Shelby Cobra-based Ford Cougar II

Bonnie and Clyde death car – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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With the Bonnie and Clyde story coming back to the fore with the Costner and Harrelson film “The Highwaymen” directed by John Lee Hancock released by Netflix this 2014 article from Hemmings on the history of the death car is a good read, especially if you follow all the links that Daniel has researched. The genuine car is sadly sitting in a Nevada casino.

Read the rest of the article here  be sure to follow all the links

Watch this Chevrolet Knee’s in Action – The Old Motor

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Good article from The Old Motor on the 1930’s Chevrolet “Knee Action” suspension

Today’s lead image dated to November 6, 1934, by the source, shows either a 1934 or ’35 Chevrolet “Knee-Action” promotional car equipped with it parked in front of the St. Louis Monument located in Forest Park at St. Louis, Missouri.

This form of independent front suspension was developed by Andre DuBonnet, and Chevrolet’s version of it pictured (below) was offered on some 1934-’38 models. It was a very advanced system, although in use it required a considerable amount of maintenance and repair. Overall it was not a success, due to the automaker rushing its version of the system to market without enough development and testing. This in turn led to many of the cars equipped with it being converted to the standard Chevrolet I-beam axle with semi-elliptic springs as used on other models.

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