New Jersey Restored Rusty Relics

Restoration Shop Visit, March 24, 2018

Thanks to Dave Czirr and John Harley for info they provided
on cars identified in pictures below.

1.  Company owner Stephen Babinsky (blue plaid shirt) makes his way among cars arrayed across the shop floor.  Very much a hands-on operator, he appears in other pictures below.

2.  One-off Brunn-bodied 1940 Cadillac 75, "Formal Sedan".  Hemmings article on the Brunn cars.  Grille, headlights, front bumper in frame 19 below.

3.  1940 Packard Darrin sedan.  One of three built: the prototype, and two production. Article on the Packard Darrins at Coachbuilt site.

4.  Duesenberg SJ (supercharged).  Possibly 1935.  Reputed capable of zero-to-60 mph in 8 seconds, 100 in 17 seconds, 104 in second gear and top speed of 135–140.

5.  Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet, circa 1956-60.

6.  Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet, circa 1956-60.

7.  Ferrari, circa 1966-67.  Deck lid, taillights, quad exhaust are characteristic.

8.  Cadillac Sport Phaeton 242, 1930-31.  V-16 powered.

9.  The Cady survived a fire.  New color is not stock.

10.  Front linkages are mechanical brakes and shock absorber.  Lots of fastenings and articulations in front wheel assembly design.

23.  16-cylinder Cadillac block, cleaned and ready for rebuild.

11.  Well-traveled 1942 Packard.

12.  Front-wheel drive and four-speed 1937 Cord 812


14.  Wooden buck for shaping body sheet metal of Auto-Union 1937 Horch 853A Spezial (German spelling) Roadster.  Note small section of sheet metal from original body.

15.  Another angle on the wooden-body Horch project.

16.  Photo insert from SUPERCARS.NET site.

17.  The Spezial is powered by a twin-cam eight-cylinder production engine developing 120 bhp.

18.  Hibbard & Darrin-bodied Minerva Model AK.  Powered by Minerva-built sleeve-valve engine under license from American engineer-inventor, Charles Yale Knight.  The motor actually uses a double sleeve: one sleeve controlling air and fuel intake, and the other sleeve controlling exhaust.  Thomas Hibbard and Howard A. Darrin were two Americans based in Paris, and Minerva was a Belgian brand.  The car was from the collection of John "Hawkeye" Hawkinson (1933-2016) in Gabriels, New York, a hamlet in Adirondack Park. Apparently Hawkeye's most prized car, it was featured in a program on the Velocity channel. And has still photos, text, and a short video of several of Hawkeye's cars parked motionless in their darkened roost.

19.  Grille of the Brunn-bodied Cadillac 75.  Side view in frame 2 above.

20.  1941 Packard Darrin 180 Victoria convertible.  Some interior features appear in frame 25; engine, in frame 22.

21.  2nd Series Packard Eight Model 236 Sport

22.  356 CID Packard Eight for the blue Packard Darrin in frames 20 and 25.

24.  1933 Cadillac V8-powered Series 355 Roadster.

25.  Cadillac 355 Roadster on left.  On the lift, a 12-cylinder Lincoln undergoing restoration (see also frames 39 and 41 below).  Right, steering wheel, dash in the 1941 Packard Darrin shown in frame 20 above.

26.  Front bumper with three bars identifies Series 355 V8 power -- besides the radiator badge!

27.  Other cars in the 355 Series, with V12 or V16 engines, were longer, with five or six hood ports.

28.  Interior of the two-door 1933 Cadillac Series 355.

29.  The 1933 Roadster originally sold for under $3000.  A fine example in would bring six figures at auction.

30.  Time for lunch.  Déjeuner, in Paris or Anvers, Belgium.

31.  " . . . an Indy or CART car with a history."  Possible Dan Gurney-built Eagle.

33.  1924 Packard Sport, Model 236 (2nd Series).

34.  In the shop's trove of automobile memorabilia, a former Packard dealer's book of details for sales transactions: cars sold and options, buyer, prices, vehicles taken in trade, relevant dates, etc.  Club's ranking Packard authorities, left to right: Rev. Jim Pearsall, Jeff Silvestri and Dave Czirr.

35.  Memorabilia everywhere!  In the loft, rows and rows of shelves holding assorted parts, small items, fasteners.





40.  Keeping small finished parts out of harm's way in loft.

41.  Undercarriage of blue Lincoln on lift.

42.  Mechanic's friend, JBWeld, is in the house!


47.  Woodwork happening in Pierce-Arrow 36 Coupe.

48.  Carpentry shaping corners of Pierce-Arrow roof.

45.  Metal work on the coupe's right front fender.  Example of the 36 and its front fenders off the Internet.


50.  Steve Babinksky at radiator flush station.

51.  1934 12-cylinder Packard.

52.  Paint and prep area.



55.  1934 Packard Eight 1101 convertible coupe.

56.  The Eight offered three-speed synchromesh transmission, dash-adjustable hydraulic shocks and shatterproof glass.

57.  Duesenberg.  " . . . might be original condition.  Pretty rare.  By now most have been done over four or five times."

58.  1910 4-cylinder Locomobile, made in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  In 1909 there were about 300,000 registered automobiles on American roads.  By 1911, the number more than doubled.  This car was one of them.

59.  Locomobile 4691cm³ "Straight 4" engine. Bore and stroke: 114.3x1143mm. Two valves per cylinder.

60.  Time for a test run.

61.  Runs like new.

62.  Spare tires, but not just tubeless already mounted on wheels and ready to go.

63.  "U.S." stamp on front seat.  1918 Cadillac military staff car, known to have seen service in France in WWI.  May be only unrestored survivor.

64.  Ample room for three field commanders and their gear.

65.  Steve Babinsky fires up Cadillac staff car.

66.  My favorite picture of the day!

67.  Second favorite.

68.  1929 Packard Convertible Coupe.

69.  1947-48 Custom Dodge five-seat convertible.  Check out what it may be again, as represented in the example of a Plymouth version in showfield condition (Chrysler Employees Motorsports Assoc. annual show, June 10, 2017).

70.  In my heart I see a clean, red-painted block with finned Offenhauser heads and triple two-barrel carbs!

71.  Pair of wrap-around rear window Studebakers.

72.  Hopefully these withered hulks will get a turn in the shop!

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