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Re: Average cost of a paint job
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Just for a comparison, people are always surprised that I had Macco paint my car. This was at a Macco in Calif that did a lot of old cars in addition to their normal insurance collision work.

Now, I did all the metal repair, filling,priming, blocking etc. The car was taken to them pretty much completely stripped, no trim, no glass, no rubber, no dash, no interior, etc. All they had to mask was the wheel wells and below the drip rails in engine compartment. I had already covered the steering wheel and column in a trash bag.

All did a final blocking, sealer coat, and then a base/clear coat. The hood, skirts and all the filler/splash panels were painted off the car.

The car was painted including well past the interior jams.

The did a fantastic job. But this was still a $3500 paint job, with me doing 95% of the prep labor and laying down nearly $1000 in primer.

People always ask me who painted it as car shows, and when I tell them Macco, they are always surprised. They can spray good paint. But its the prep work that makes the job.

Posted on: 1/25 9:19:40
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Re: 1950 Won't Start.....95% Original
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I would suggest pulling the side valve covers off and check the valve action. Cylinder 8 having no compression could be a valve stuck in the open position. Also rings that are no longer seating correctly, that could explain the low compression numbers. I would also suggest dropping the oil pan and cleaning out the gunk from that old oil that is probably sitting in the pan and throughly cleaning the pickup screen. Fresh oil isn't going to pump well through a sludge filled pickup.


My car sat since '86 and had a ton of sludge in the pan. Also my motor was stuck from sitting, but I was able to free it.

Good luck!

Posted on: 1/13 5:30:41
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Re: Newest Articles
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Earle C. Anthony Dealer Letter, November 1, 1955, SPECIAL ATTENTION - DO NOT DELIVER - REAR AXLE CHANGE

You'll find this in the Earle C Anthony Dealer Letters article

Thanks to Randy Berger for the donation of this content.

Posted on: 1/9 8:54:20
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Re: Newest Articles
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1935-1951 Packard Trico Parts Catalog

Thanks to Dwight Heinmuller for the donation of this content.

Posted on: 1/9 8:05:03
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Re: misspelling - minor problem
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Should be fixed now. Thanks!

Posted on: 1/9 4:58:18
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Re: misspelling - minor problem
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Randy, where on the website is this?

Posted on: 1/8 13:29:16
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Re: Website Issues
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On another note, for those techo-nerds out there who are interested. I now have a CRON job setup to backup the database daily, which should then cause the backup to be downloaded daily with my normal FTP sync. That backup then gets locally backup onto my time-machine drive. So god forbid something really happens, I have everything to restore the complete website.


Posted on: 1/8 10:00:58
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Re: Website Issues
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Thank you everyone for your support!

The website made it through the night without experiencing a "time-warp", so we (finger crossed) should be all good now.

Posted on: 1/8 7:25:37
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Re: Website Issues
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Sorry for the outage again. The same problem as yesterday happened again last night. Let's just say I wasn't very happy with the provider and they got an earful. Once is a mistake, twice is incompetence

Basically in a nutshell. Last April they migrated my VPS to a new faster server stack, and supposedly decommissioned the old VPS server stack. Twice now someone has powered up that old server which then assumes the IP address and the website traffic is redirected to that old "copy" of the VPS server. Hence why the website kept going "back in time". So no data was lost, it was just pointing at this ghost from the past. I asked to wipe the old VPS from that "decommissioned" server so it doesn't happen again.

My server stack is based in the USA, but my provider is based in New Zealand. So when I find an issue, there is a time difference.

Hopefully I dont wake up to the same issue again.

Posted on: 1/7 14:15:58
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Website Issues
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Looks like the provider was able to figure out the problem and restore the correct image. We should be back up will all data recovered. Thanks for your patience!

Posted on: 1/6 16:15:02
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