Hello to all...
Last month my wife and acquired a 1953 4AD from Tom Schwendemann, of Berea OH. The car is #2138, and had been in the Cleveland area for quite some time.
Originally red, it was painted British Racing Green sometime in the 1970s. It sports the original engine, transmission and rear axle. Wheels are cream, wearing a nice set of Excelsior 5.25 x 16 bias plys. The interior was redone - not sure when -in black vinyl with white piping. A nice black canvas tip is present, with original side curtains. The tonneau is missing, so I'll be looking for a pattern to replicate.
When Tom purchased the car from James Brill of Berea OH, it had been sitting for many years. Art Brow, a legend in the upper midwest for having raced at Put-In-Bay in the 1950's, resurrected the Singer for Tom.
Front brake shoes, cylinders & fluid flush
Rear brake adjustment
Repaired clutch lever mechanism, with odd Toyota parts.
Flushed, sealed and repaired the fuel tank with a Super Beetle neck & cap
Changed all fluids
Our only issues are a missing transmission tunnel, inoperative semaphore indicators, and a mild drip from the differential.
We think that the odometer could have been zeroed, purportedly after a 1970s engine rebuild. It's either that, or 104,000 miles. At some point in the Singer's life, it was converted to 12V negative ground.
The car features a working "period" tachometer, which appears to be a nautical component.
The car is running, insured, vintage liscensed and on the road.
The plan is to drive, enjoy and preserve as the car's nicely aged patina is very appealing.
I'm a writer at Ford Motor Company and my wife is a librarian at Automotive News.
We look forward to new friendships, and many happy Singer miles.
Keith & Corinne (CoCo) Price