^^^ Me, too. Thanks greatly for sharing the Thickstun details... so, the manifold on the car is just about as old as the car, or older. WOW! The dang engine, a 48 Merc we think, ain't that old. The combinations that end up on these treasures when we get them continue to amaze me. I wish all the components came with their history... and the fellows who thought of them and then made it happen. Think about all the searching, planning, scheming, penny pinching, and trading that must have been behind making some of those changes happen over the many years and often, many owners. The PO is still chasing old pictures of the car. He found and installed the Thickstun. Maybe I can get the story on that upgrade, too. Thanks again for the continued interest and contributions. I'm hoping to get back on the car shortly... this dang cold has finally relented for the most part. When I got the roadster the PO was upset about the brakes not working and he also said the dang gas gauge seemed to have quit as well... probably another casualty of letting the car sit for an extended period. Another "opportunity!"