Graham Man

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  1. Replacement Carb for 1929 Graham

    Geoff, Your Graham-Paige most likely had a Carter or more likely a Detroit Lubricator 51. Originally it was 1 1/4" throat carb. I have all Carter BB1 units on my Graham cars...they just work. I have several Detroit Lubricators I am in stages of rebuilding and finding/making parts. The BB1 is bulletproof and easy to keep running well. The BB1A is the 1 1/4" throat what the 612 would use. Two ways to go; purchase a rebuilt unit (I would check http://www.thecarburetorshop.com/ ) or find a used one and rebuild it. There are lots of carburetor options, this is what worked for me. The big problem is the BB1s carry a premium price, but you should be able to get a nice one for under $300. The Detroit Lubricators are more money... Good Luck!
  2. Sitting garaged for 33 years

    Congratulations on one of the best old car to own ever! The family history is better than gold. I have a 1965 Falcon two door hard top, straight six three on the tree and 50,000 miles. My 16 year old loves driving her, I get 30 mpg and you can not hear it run at 70 mph. Check out the Falcon web sights there is a great update to 3 point seat belts, nice safety upgrade. I agree with all the pre-driving advice listed, I would include new rubber brake lines, it will save you lots of problems down the road. Great car to own, all the running gear is identical the 65 Mustang so parts are easier than a late model car.
  3. Title

    I had a State Police officer tell me as long as I can show them the Title number "permanently affixed to the vehicle" they are good. They do not care where the plate is, it just needs to correspond the vehicle title (engines numbers are the rule before 1950). My guess is they are generally more interested in lunch, than where the plate is located.
  4. Backfires

    Had a similar problem with my 1929; once it got up to temperature it would just fall on its face then come back to life just to do it again. Bad condenser, changed it out and all was good. (I got two just in case)
  5. Another Car Identification Wanted - British

    ...the sloped windshield and the door handles are not correct for Hillman (all four doors are front opening) , the emblem sure looks like Hillman. One sure way to find out if it is a Hillman...Information@hillmanowners.co.uk http://www.hillmanownersclub.co.uk/ Good luck let us know...
  6. Apperson Jackrabbit chassis for sale

    John Dillinger grew up driving an Apperson Jackrabbit, it was his Fathers car, this could be the car.... The ACD Museum has a nice example.
  7. Cigarette Company Car Collection in Canada

    If your picture is correct J.E.M. must have done the new colors? I thought it was the current owner. So J.E.M. must have changed the 28 tail lights to 1929 style (the 1928 8 cylinder taillights are harder to find, Nash also used them). You are correct the headlight stands are 1932 Blue Streak parts, interesting they used the water drain holes to mount the faux headlight bar. I believe the headlights are also incorrect they look Graham but not 837 too small. The horns were not a factory option in 1929, well a second tail light also was not an option in 29. All Graham-Paige cars came with black fenders till 1932 Model 57 Blue Streak. Don't get me wrong this is a beautiful car, the number of people who know Graham cars well enough to critique it, you could probably count on one hand. "I was fortunate enough to have a ride in Dr. Atwood's car when I was a kid, that supercharger whirling up is one of my favorite sounds" First off, wish I had meet Dr. Atwood, and ridden in her Graham would have just been a bonus! Maybe I am bias but I have driven both engines, I have to go with the 322 eight, ok here is why, its sound is a deep throaty roar, the torque is incredible, it just pulls forever. The Supercharger is just different, first it is a 245 CID with an aluminum head, so it is louder and less refined sounding, the torque is good but it wants to go through the gears. The big eight you could start off in 4th gear and drive right up to 70mph, I don't think it would even notice. If I had my choice the New York Auto show car would go back to original...with maybe one exception. The story goes LeBaron ran out of time to build the aluminum hood in time for the show, so it went with a steel hood...(I will add pictures tonight)
  8. Head lamp glass 29 victory six

    Did you try these guys? http://www.oldcarlenses.com/
  9. Who was first?

    How would you improve manufacturing? An improvement is made here [France] in the construction of muskets, which it may be interesting to Congress to know, should they at any time propose to procure any. It consists in the making every part of them so exactly alike, that what belongs to any one, May be used for every other musket in the magazine … As yet, the inventor has only completed the lock of the musket, on this plan … He presented me the parts of fifty locks taken to pieces, and arranged in compartments. I put several together myself, taking pieces at hazard as they came to hand, and they fitted in the most perfect manner. Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1785 http://thomasjeffersonleadership.com/blog/thomas-jefferson-on-interchangeable-parts/
  10. "High" Nuts vs Standard for Cylinder Head

    The normal "Head Bolt Washers" are about 0.120 in thick (about 2x-3x a normal washer thickness) two camps, first dissipate the pressure over a larger area, second "hard" washers so there is less galling between the bolt and head theoretically more accurate torque readings. All Graham engines used "Head Bolt Washers" most used tall head bolts.
  11. Day Brightener for Art Deco Fans

    My comment about "being there" is everything automotive design changed overnight. Can you imagine trying to sell any 1932 car when the Graham was sitting next to it? They all looked old overnight. My personal opinion is 1933 was the best year for almost all the automotive designs. I keep hoping someday I will grow out of my affliction for beautiful cars, but if I make it to 100 I think I will still love the cars from the 1930s.
  12. Cigarette Company Car Collection in Canada

    I am not sure what you are looking for information wise? I think the Craven found dual cowl body story is correct, it was from a good source. I would love to see the car to confirm the details. The car in the black and white picture, I believe you are correct, it is the same car. In the black and white picture the car would have been green and yellow (fenders). It was green and yellow when it was sold from the J.E.M. collection auction around 1999? The currant owner painted it the colors you see, I believe the car is still in a private collection in Arizona. What's wrong with the car, nothing if it was built as the story goes. If Graham-Paige built it there are lots of inconsistencies. Some depend on the year it was built...I am not sure, somewhere between 1928 and 1931. The car has Graham-Paige parts from all those years and some parts Graham-Paige never used (including the radiator cap). Now here is the big problem, these cars (dual cowl phaetons) were expensive and hard to sell in the middle of the depression, the 1928 dash I have seen in other later model Graham-Paige dual cowl cars so it is possible Graham-Paige had Phaeton bodies built and on hand but not installed on cars till later years? just speculation. As the Craven story goes the top assembly was a reproduction made in stainless steel, that would be easy to check, original would be steel. The big give away is the front windshield, this is the only Graham-Paige I have seen with this style windshield I am 99% sure Graham-Paige did not put it on the car. My guess is you might be looking at the car and trying to establish a value. The 1929 New York Auto Show car is an all aluminum bodied car that sold for $250K a few years back from the Dr. Barbara Atwood Collection. I have a problem with that car because Joe Graham updated the car in 1935, so it is no longer the New York Show Car (what a waste!). I think the J.E.M. car sold for $125K plus the restoration costs... https://www.liveauctioneers.com/news/auctions/upcoming-auctions/vintage-auto-collection-of-dr-barbara-atwood-in-rms-jan-16-biltmore-event/
  13. Day Brightener for Art Deco Fans

    Would have loved to be there when Graham-Paige rolled out the Blue Streak 8 in December 1931 designed by Amos Northup In 1933 Graham advertised "The Most Imitated Car on The Road".
  14. "High" Nuts vs Standard for Cylinder Head

    Geoff, You mention you are missing some studs and bolts. I would replace all the head studs and bolts together for all the reasons listed. You have to be careful because sometimes they extend into water jackets so they need to be sealed when reinstalling new ones (I think a waterproof thread lock is the tool of choice?). Yes all Graham cars had the tall nuts, and fine thread, well except into the head where they are coarse thread (another topic of discussion?). The only Grahams I have seen with acorn nuts is the early large 8 engines just to mix it up they used short acorn nuts....
  15. Preparing Cylinder head for Gasket

    Olsen's Gaskets had the Graham head gaskets last time I needed one. The Copper Gasket spray is the ticket, its not a permanent adhesive, it will come apart with some work. I built a head remover for my Grahams, it is a 1/2 inch piece of plate steel that sits on the head studs. I broke out some old spark plugs and put carriage bolts in them. So you thread in the broken spark plug with the carriage bolt, stud up (its a flat head so the bolts don't fall in) set the plate steel on (with holes for the carriage bolts) thread on nuts and extract the head. I have not had to use a wrench to get mine off yet just finger tighten the nuts. The slow movement lets you keep the head perpendicular to the block and lots of time to keep the gasket moving the right direction. 2x on surfacing the head before you install it!!! Might want to do the exhaust and intake manifold while you are there. The shop I use has a large belt sander device to clean them up. On the Graham head the only bolt that is tight is the center bolt the rest are oversized holes. I put anti seize in the head holes to make sure the next time the head comes off, it is an easy job. Try not to get anti seize on the head bolt where the nut is, it can mess up the torque. Good Luck!