You have to give credit where credit is due. If it were not for the previous owners of our cars, we would not have them toady. Now, running an unrestored car is not like "building" a car. On a unrestored car there is just so much to go through. It's a work in progress. Issues arise in a piecemeal fashion. Things crop up, you fix it and move on to next. In a way repairing a un restored car getting it, "tip-top" may be in long run, more difficult and more work than tearing one down and building it up. The only advantage is, the car is able to be driven. There's down time but there's also drive time. In short when you build one, it's down for a long time but when it's done it's done for the most part. On an unrestored car....there's always..."what's next". Most of you know I'm going through a '51 Ford Coupe right now. Likely some of this will be posted on that thread. I decided to share as a topic what happened to me today because it was such a surprise. So...be diligent in your inspection. Since I did not catch this, maybe you will, or at least be on the look out for this kind of stuff. I had a close encounter with a poor repair yesterday. Untitled by Travis Brown, on Flickr Yesterday I drove up to my daughters new home to see the Grand Baby and eat some spaghetti. I brought the Spaghetti stuff and even a quart of Rocky Road. This photo was taken right before the adventure at the gas station. On my thread I have mentioned a strong smell of gasoline in the car. Hind sight is 20/20. Putting all this together after the fact makes a lot of sense now. When the car was in the garage, there was always a smell of gasoline, slight but it was there. When the car was closed up for a while in the garage, looking back, the smell was rather strong. That should have been a clue. I did investigate it but not near good enough. I was convinced the gasoline smell was coming from the front, namely the carburetor. The tank looked good. The filler pipe looked good. The filler pipe hose to tanks was clamped and dry. All the gas line connections were dry, there was/is no evidence of leakage from the tank to the fuel pump. There was no leaks from the fuel pump to the carburetor. Now, at the carburetor the airhorn gasket was wet. The carburetor was not dripping but it was obvious the float needed attention... Untitled by Travis Brown, on Flickr It's hard to tell from the photo but the float was way too high. I adjusted the float and it seemed lessen the smell of gasoline but not as much as I had hoped... Anyway....I go to the gas station and top off the tank. Gasoline goes every where. Probably a cup maybe a pint just start pouring out from under the trunk. A pint of gasoline pouring out from under a car looks like Niagara Falls. A cup to a pint of gasoline on concrete looks like the Exxon Valdez. I had to go in and tell them....out comes the guy with Kitty liter. It was embarrassing. My first though was the filler seal....No, this was coming from the top of the tank.... Untitled by Travis Brown, on Flickr ^^^^ Just look at that Mickey Mouse BS.!! Now, I noticed this before but I truly did not see it...... I did not catch it. Those screw holes looked like Old Faithful...WTF. They had a cute little foam cover covering this cut out with a pocket knife. These cars go through many hands unfortunately some of these hands belong to complete and total dumbasses. The truth is I should have noticed this. I guess this makes me a dumbass too. I was all in the trunk last week working on the brake lights. I should have followed the clues.... Clues... Anybody lazy enough and dumb enough to cut a big hole right square in the middle of a perfect trunk panel to wire up a used $3.00 flea market gauge, is dumb enough to leave it like they did. Open! WTF.... The way the power wire for that bullshit gauge was just draped on the frame or whatever and ran to the back under the car is another clue. It was just cut loose and wrapped around and around the bumper bracket...WTF Untitled by Travis Brown, on Flickr ^^^Here was the power wire for that stinking gauge....Hey there's a hole, lets run a wire through it. Untitled by Travis Brown, on Flickr ^^^ Take a look at this little jewel. The accelerator was flopping all over the place. It was impossible to drive the car in that condition. So they made this piece of crap. They took a piece of aluminum and a Plastic bolt and nut. They drilled through said plastic bolt to make a bushing for the pedal. Did it work? Hell No! They had no idea how the accelerator linkage works on a Shoebox. The problem was not the floor. It was the linkage. That, and the accelerator actually needs to secured to the floor. A self tapping screw ain't gonna do it.... Untitled by Travis Brown, on Flickr ^^^ Lets use a porch door spring. No place to secure it...No problem, we'll just use bailing wire wrapped around the Generator mount. Untitled by Travis Brown, on Flickr ^^^ This one nearly cost pulling the engine and a machine shop repair. The front four exhaust bolts on a Flathead are 7/16 bolts instead of 3/8 like the others. 3/8 too small???? Lets just use 3/8 studs and lots of silicone.....and gall the threads in the process. Jeeshe Louise !!! It took three days of careful work to save those threads. Untitled by Travis Brown, on Flickr I'm a year into this, repairing stuff right and fixing things correctly. I never dreamed that the top of the gas tank would be open. ^^^ It could have been bad. It could have been bad bad. Now I have to fix it. The thing is....It's fucked up. The tank is FUBAR. To use that tank, I'll have to out "Mickey" Mickey Mouse.... I'm not going to do that. It looks like a new tank is in the future. It's such a beautiful car. Why someone would do such to such a nice car is a mystery. I missed a big issue. Go over your car very very carefully.