Good Morning everyone! It's been a busy week and weekend.
I left Michigan early Wednesday morning. drove 790 miles to mid-Connecticut. Stayed a Forum member Townsend's home.
Thursday I went to Hell and back. AKA: NYC. I just can't see what anybody "see's" in living in a big city. Too much traffic, too many people lousy roads and infrastructure, NOTHING nice.
I am driving my dodge cummins pickup and pulling a 20' enclosed car trailer, and went into NYC to pickup a different 1925 Pierce Arrow touring car.
This one is pretty unique, it was made for export to Australia and New Zealand, so it has right hand drive. It also has the optional heavy duty Michelin/Budd solid disc wheels.. I like the look it give the car, I can almost hear the car say: the Outback? 'Bring it On ! '
This car was owned by a friend, who lived on the west coast, he died 4 years ago. I tried to purchase the car from his estate back then, but got out-bid on the price. The [NYC] company that bought it offered it for sale, but at a ridiculously high price and it sat for years looking for a buyer. The seller finally started lowering the price a little every few months. When it got down to only 'a bit too much' I decided to take a look at it again.
The salesman started in on his spiel, and I stopped him, told him that I knew the car make, model etc very well. And I knew the previous owner as well.
What was obvious was that the car had had NOTHING done to it, it had been dusted off occasionally but that's it.
So it had 4 year old california gasoline in it, ancient coolant and very corroded Nickel plating. The worst thing is/was the condition of the leather seats and interior. The leather seats did not have any actual holes or splits, but they sure had a lot of cracks/splits/abrasions all over them.
I used a leather restoration and refinishing system/kit I found online. It did an amazing job, and while it does not look new or perfect, it's a HUGE improvement over the previous appearance. And most importantly the leather has been strengthened and revived with potions, slaves, elixirs and creams.
The leather no longer feels like it's ready to crack or split.
I'm in Warwick Rhode Island, next door to Providence. Our Pierce Arrow annual meet is this week, we are at the Crown Plaza hotel just off I-95 south of Providence. Ct 117 I think is the exit. This saturday, the 12th will be our show and judging will be at the hotel starting 10 am, till usually 2pm. Everyone invited. I'm a judge, so I'll be busy, but afterwards I should have some free time to talk with anyone who shows up to see the cars.