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    Knowing what a problem this can be, I thought about it for several days. Finally I decided to turn it over to some of my friends at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They are a group of scientists, engineers and a nuclear phyisist. When they aren't designing better atomic weapons, and working on other top secret projects, they like to take on projects that solve problems in our everyday lives. I laid out the goal of my project, which was primarily to remove the center cap from a stock Reatta wheel without scratching it.. Our efforts would be focused on developing a tool that would accomplish our goal of getting the center cap off - and not exceed a budget of $25,000 in development costs.. Their first thoughts was that our budget seemed to be a little low. Luckily the project manager said he had about $900,000 left over in his budget for the peanut butter analyses project they did when they were selecting the best peanut butter to use in their lunch room. So we had the money to do it!!! ORNL has some of the fastest supercomputers in the world and they were at our disposal. All the scientist on our team got right on the computers to develop several scenarios of how we should approach this problem of finding a tool that would not scratch the center cap when removing it from the wheel. While they were doing their high tech research, I brought in a wheel with a center cap installed so they could see the problem they were up against. Seeing some "foreign matter" on the wheel (dirt) the team requested a "Waste Removal Specialist" (Janitor) to clean it off. When the janitor examined the wheel before cleaning he asked what we were doing with it. I explained to him that we were using the brainpower of our scientific team and the supercomputers to design a tool that would remove the center cap without scratching it. To the amazement of me and the ORNL team he reached out with one of the tools he had brought with him and popped the center cap off - without any chance of scratching the center cap or it hitting the floor (see photos) "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!" and applause rang out from our team of scientist and engineers - who leaped forward to take credit for developing the new center cap removal tool - hoping that it would get them a bigger raise in their salary. As me and the Janitor carried the tire back out to the car we could still hear them arguing about who had came up with the idea that solved the problem within budget. The last I heard the Waste Removal Specialist had been promoted to a Project Manager. who is in charge of developing this new tool for the consumer market. When all the safety testing and red tape is taken care of you may see this new tool listed in The Reatta Store - probably about five years from now. This isn't intended to offend anyone. Just having a little fun.
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    The only hard part is swapping your driveshaft to the new pumpkin. See my website for tips on making a tool.
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    Thank you fellas for the nice words........I hope to live up to them some day! It's been a busy and eventful summer. I have had an opportunity to put about 750 miles on Packard 12's since I first posted here, another 1600 miles on several Pierce 12's, and 1900 miles on two Model J's. All great cars, well sorted and running and performing at their full potential. All three cars have a diffrent feel while driving them. How to pick a favorite? We shal try...... If we took the top ten current super models and lined them up on the cat walk in let's say the swim wear competition, and there were three of us judging the ladies........... And I turn to you and say, pick out the best looking of the bunch, the least attractive one of the bunch, and the one that you find overall most appealing taking into consideration all possible aspects of what you find attractive in a lady, the diffrent answers would sure be interesting..........remembering we are trying to pick out the "standouts" of the top ten super models! Would any of us be embarrassed of hesitant of being seen with any of them? No, so I think one can honestly compare the three cars that are the subject of this thread. They are all world class, just with diffrent attributes that make each one special in their own way. Taking any one of these cars........or ladies .......... For a ride will always be a positive experience! Interesting observations of the cars....... Model J, Packard 12, and Pierce 12. Overall in the last 24 months I have driven no less than seven Duesenberg's and the most interesting attribute of them is they seem to be the most poorly maintained, poorly running, and suffer from poor workmanship of restoration than any other cars I have ever worked on, and believe me I have worked on a bunch of stuff. You think the owners of these legendary cars would see to it that only the best quailified people would lay their hands on them.......nope, there are lots of collectors who let the cars sit, with old gas, weak batteries, tires with flat spots, exhaust leaks, oil leaks, overheating issues, clutch chatter, wrong parts, ect,ect,ect! When running and sorted properly the J is a GREAT car......and overall lives up to the legend of being the best American car built before WWII, yup it's number one........in style, in power, and performance ..............that is if you like driving a dump truck! Ok, that may be a bit much, but the J is the best.......BUT It is heavy and a much less refined driving experience. For a short drive of under an hour, it can't be beat. Period. They can be hard to get into and out of, steer heavy, shift hard with their crash box, and burn fuel like it's going out of style, and they tire the driver out pretty quickly. Drive one over two hundred miles in a day,(we did) and when you get out of it, it feels like you got your ass kicked in a school lot fight. You feel,every bump, rut, hill, body sway, vibration, every part of the road gets transferred into your body. Getting out of the car after seven or eight hours driving and you know you accomplished a impressive and special feat, driving the worlds best car, being seen in a true masterpiece of style and engineering, but man, is your ass dragging. We won't even consider purchase cost, or matainance frequency, if money and time were no object, it's the Model J hands down. The Packard 12........ Is our next contestant. I will refer to the Individual Custom Dietrich series from 1932 to 1934 for this exercise, yup, the Big Boy Toy........ As its Coachwork is most similar to what you find on a J. Beautiful styling, the best, hands down in my opinion the most beautiful cars ever designed, from the start of time to today, the Individual Custom Dietrich Packard 12's are the most beautiful design ever placed on four wheels. The chassis and motor are extremely refined and elegant, smooth and detailed, quality and finish are the tops, road manners are wonderful, and it's almost impossible to find any fault with the cars, and any you can name are almost not worth commenting on as they are so insignificant. Increase the Packards horsepower and torque and I would consider them a perfect motorcar. The power is adequate, it is very smooth and predictable, a bit under powered............ Only when driving in the 80 percentile and above does it lack anything, and almost no one today drives these cars in that range........ But I do, so thus the comment. Overall the golden era of the custom Packard 12 wins the "best overall road car for the luxury car buyer" no questions asked. The Packard is a gem, if you were going to purchase such a machine today, nothing modern can compare at all, not even close, today's Bentley or Rolls just isn't a third the refinement and attention to detail of the golden era of Packard. And the Packard Individual Custom Dietrich's biggest downfall is a BIG one........PRICE. No working man can afford one today, they are MUCH more expensive than you think.......think again and double it, and then add your last ten years salary to it. Duesenberg's can be bought on the cheap compared to the Individual Custom Dietrich Packard cars. Time me to take a break, I'll get back to Pierce Arrow's in my next post. Ed
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    The Hershey Region members deserve every bit of praise for another fantastic week in Chocolate town! It was fabulous!!! Terry
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    What? Ure going back again? Don't know about the rest, but my yearly calendar begins and ends on Hershey dates. This year was one amazing event, and the weather sure helped too! Terry
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    Sometimes the work is not worth the extra cost also. I have had plating done by Paul's, the Finishing Touch and Courtesy. If the part is pot metal and needs a lot of work, I prefer Paul's or the Finishing Touch. If it is in good shape or steel, I prefer Courtesy, due to his better pricing structure and quick turnaround. I have had parts done by others that were just as expensive as Paul's and the Finishing Touch and sent the parts back and told the owners that he could keep the parts, as they were ruined beyond saving, just refund my money.
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    Thank you for the Great Photo's
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    TECH TIP - So I had the opposite problem. How to unscrew the nickeled top from the spring barrel on the hood fastener. I started with a piece of rubber in the jaws of my vise grips. It kept slipping on the round barrel. I then put a piece of coat hanger, or you could use a nail, in the hole in the barrel where the spring is oiled. Then the vise grip did not need to be so tight since I created a temporary stop on the barrel. I clamped the vise grips in a vise. I thought I might break the ears off the nickel top piece, but I finally managed to spin it off. You could also use this method to tighten them on and you will not mar the paint if done correctly. For those who are luck enough to never have looked inside, here is a picture of the internal parts. Hugh
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    Origininal one owner car w/owner.
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    The Finishing Touch in Chicago is also very good and expensive. http://www.thefinishingtouchinc.com/ Courtesy Chrome Plating also does good work and is not as busy as The Finishing Touch. His prices are more competitive. http://www.courtesymetalpolishing.com/contact-us.html
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    http://www.paulschrome.com/ Quality, pricey and good service--
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    Former owner died while waiting to restore the car.
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    Many Thanks to the Hershey Region members for all their hard work on this year's Fall Hershey. Thanks also to the AACA National Staff and the HERCO personnel as well.
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    I have had very good results from Advanced also, not fast or cheap but very good.
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    You bet. We had a Cascada, Manta, and GT all lined up together... Both GT owners did receive a copy of the August Bugle.
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    I'm sure my friend in Sweden was watching with interest
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    Another great year at Hershey!!!! Thanks to the Hershey Region for all the hard work. Just a few comments on the PA system and the National Anthem... 1. Could you turn up the volume just a bit as it was very hard to hear in the lower green field and orange. 2. Heard a few comments that there should be American flags flying, maybe on the sound system speaker? Otherwise a great meet and great job by all the workers and HERCO.
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    I told a man that I met that I would post a link to a Buick he is selling on C/L in MN: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/cto/5809407793.html
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    I would like for someone from the Hershey Region to explain how we go about requesting a change in parking/space sales. This is not a National AACA problem, it's put on by the Hershey Region. For goodness sake, take a field, I say the Orange Field, charge people a few dollars less for that field to PARK ONLY, no vending. It's getting silly to see entire sections of the fields filled up with dead cars, people out walking. Is this really that complicated? Put vendors together, it's fine if they have a motor home or camper, but at least vend (and I don't mean one carb and two hood latches). ENFORCE THIS! I love Hershey, one of my best years ever getting stuff and selling, but walking some fields is just seeing silly stuff, with one vender every 100 feet. OK, off the soapbox, but I also agree, sure would be nice to ban motorized vehicles except for the really handicapped. I'm 65, one bad knee, and still manage to hobble around, and think that a lot of people are just too f-ing lazy so they get carts. You can't ask about a handicap, but I'd set up a place so that, when someone asks for a handicap sticker, I'd ask if they could walk a 50 foot line there and back...you'd know in the first 10 feet who REALLY needs a cart! Oh, that's not politically correct? Huh..
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    Thank you for great info. We have finished the wood refurbishment, and have just started the metalworking. When we got the car, the runningboards were wood, and about 3 inches longer than stock. The fenders were also heavily rusted, so we have had to replace the edges and 3 inches into the fender on both sides. Just about everything from the sparewheelwell and back to the runningboards was missing. So it has also been recreated. I will make an inquiry to L&L and the rubbercompany for the edge trim and rubber mat. Thanks again for the help Frode Johansen