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Don’s 1937 (120) 138CD Deluxe Touring Limo
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Don B
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I recently took over ownership of my dad’s 1937 138CD limo. He originally bought the car when he was 19 in November of 1960. It was the only car my parents had when they got married. Hs stopped driving it around 1965, but kept it in his garage ever since. Overall, it’s in great condition to start a restoration. My intent is for it to be a good driver with everything working and looking decent.. I’m not going for a show car at all.

I’m just getting started locating a few missing parts and will provide updates as I go. Fortunately, the missing parts are very few.

I don’t have the knowledge, equipment, or space to do much work myself, so I’m already talking to some restoration shops.

Does anyone know of good restoration shops in the Kansas City area?

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Posted on: 9/18 19:27
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Re: Don’s 1937 (120) 138CD Deluxe Touring Limo
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Jim in Boone
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Don may just be me, but your car is quite lovely as it sits, something about a survivor that stands above one that is restored.

Posted on: 9/19 4:29
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Re: Don’s 1937 (120) 138CD Deluxe Touring Limo
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Nice looking car, what I would do is clean and condition the front door panels (to me it looks like they are leather) and see how new you can get them looking. May as well try the seat too.

Aside from mechanicals I wouldn't replace anything in the interior aside from the front seat covering. Rest of the interior looks very nice, I wouldn't change it. Just clean it if anything.
And polish the dash and metal.

Exterior looks like it will need paint though if you only take it out when it's dry you could probably keep that. Has a nice patina on it.

Just my

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Posted on: 9/19 6:26
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Re: Don’s 1937 (120) 138CD Deluxe Touring Limo
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Ross
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I observe at shows that unrestored cars generally have a ring of admirers around them and restored cars have only a few unless they are over the moon perfect or a rare model or body style.

Decide carefully how nice you wish it to be.

Posted on: 9/19 9:24
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Re: Don’s 1937 (120) 138CD Deluxe Touring Limo
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Don B
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Thanks for the thoughts. Definitely something to consider. The front door panels are leather. The photos are from about 15 years ago and the interior isn’t in quite as good of shape now. In the back, the headliner is gone. I’ll likely end up reupholstering, but that’s down the road a ways. The first step is going to be getting everything working.

Posted on: 9/19 19:06
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Re: Don’s 1937 (120) 138CD Deluxe Touring Limo
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Don B
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Thought I’d add another picture to go with the personal history…This is August 4th, 1963. My mom and dad’s wedding.

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Posted on: 9/19 19:11
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