JV Puleo

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About JV Puleo

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  • Birthday 11/01/1951

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    Smithfield, Rhode Island
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    Brass era... teens & 20s


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    A lifelong Brass Car enthusiast

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  1. Mac... OSX 10.6.8 Actually, it is working with Firefox now (although it wasn't when I originally posted this). It still doesn't work with SAFARI I have the latest Firefox that will work with this computer, which can't be upgraded to the next operating system.
  2. I've tried cleaning the cache... it made no difference. I've given up on Safari.
  3. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    I think the PII Continentals also had a different camshaft with a slightly higher lift and a a slightly unusual profile. My understanding is that these were not as successful in the long term as they had expected and most have been returned to the original design... But, I'm dredging up conversations I had 30 years ago so I wouldn't take this to the bank. I've never taken a PII engine apart. I don't believe any of the AJS or AMS PIIs were continentals.
  4. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    As Ed has said, there are a lot if differences between the PI and the PII. The progression runs like this...the Ghost was introduced in 1908 and by the 20s was a dated design. The PI was an updated Ghost... the chassis is virtually identical but the engine was updated. It was, to a great extent an interim model. The British introduced the PI in 1925 but the American company couldn't re-tool fast enough to introduce it simultaneously and continued to produce the Ghost into mid-1926 (I have to go out and don't have time to look up the dates). This hurt the company because the latest model wasn't available from them. The earliest American PIs didn't even have front wheel brakes although they were recalled and fitted with them. The British company then introduced the completely redesigned Phantom II (which they called the "New Phantom") in 1929, once again leaving the American company behind. This created the same problem that had arisen in 1925–26 but by now the American company was clearly unable to afford the much more expensive design changes. The final days of RR of America were largely taken up with re working traded in PIs, updating older cars, repairs, maintenance and selling the few remaining cars. In a last ditch effort to save the company, two series of left hand drive cars were built in Derby, the AJS and AMS series PIIs. These were also sold in other countries where LHD was desirable but I believe most came to the US. It appears that all, or nearly all, were imported as chassis and bodied by Brewster in NY. One of the things that always hurt the company was that most RR buyers really didn't know much about cars and were purchasing a status symbol... as a result, there were always British built "genuine" RR cars being sold to Americans based on their snob value more than anything else. Personally, I like the PI much better than the PII and I like the Ghost best of all.
  5. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    It's so good to know that they had it looked after in the "muscle car garage". I bet they had an interesting time adjusting the brakes, if they were even able to look at them. I find ads like this so banal they are insulting.
  6. Franklin automobile

    Doesn't a '14 Franklin have a wood chassis?
  7. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    I think it might be "2 tads" optimistic.
  8. I have printouts I downloaded from a machinery site. They are ok but I'd certainly appreciate the originals as they would be clearer. I generally use the parts book as a guide in disassembly and reassembly and it's sometimes difficult to see what is going on from the printout. It's like using weak photocopies.... it works but not always well. jp
  9. Bosch D4 mag

    Sent you a private message...
  10. Forum Rules Interpretation

    That is probably what I would do... but I already know how this forum works. I'm more concerned with the person who does not know how it works and just googles something like "Antique Car Club" to find a venue. If asked for a price, they will almost certainly pick one wildly too high and be picked to pieces for it. As far as buying and selling at shows, I've done quite a bit of that as well and I've found that if I explain that I don't know if the item is desirable or not and don't have a good idea of the value, please just make an offer. I've found that most people are fairly honest... they might not offer top dollar but generally the offers are fair. I've also been to shows where everything is overpriced and I either walk right on past or, if it is something I really want, I make an offer and walk away... Too high a price is just as off putting as no price at all and it is simply naive to expect every seller to have a firm grasp of every price range. Just look at ebay adds where about 90% of the brass car stuff is ludicrously overpriced and, therefore, a waste of time.
  11. Forum Rules Interpretation

    Or they don't have a good idea of what the price should be. About 80% of the cars discussed on this forum are of very little interest to me, including all of those made from the 40s on. I've never bought one as a "collector" car and never paid any attention to what they sell for. Nor am I the slightest bit interested the minutia associated with differentiating between a "show" car and a "driver". So, if I was asked to help someone dispose of a collection (a likely occurrence given my age and the fact that most people know NOTHING about the subject) I guess I would not come here first. Oh... and I rarely answer ads without a price and would never travel any distance to look at something without a notion of the expected price. Anyone who is prepared to do that is taking their own chances. There are just as many unscrupulous people selling cars as any other item. If you need the sellers description to make a decision you shouldn't be doing it.
  12. When I bought my first old car – a 26 Cadillac – I had a 3/8 socket set from Sears and a handful of open end wrenches my father bought when he got married. As Matt has said, there is no better teacher than experience.
  13. Forum Rules Interpretation

    The rule is fine as it is. Price is nice... but, do you want the person who has just inherited his great-uncles collection and hasn't a clue what the cars are worth to post here or not? How about the enthusiast who doesn't buy much, doesn't flip cars and just muddles along with what he already has (like me). We get a lot of questions regarding what a reasonable price is from people who are often grossly mislead by idiotic television shows and other sources with no real grasp of the subject. I've been around old cars for 50 years and if someone dropped a 60s Corvette on me tomorrow I'd want to sell it and have absolutely no idea what to ask.
  14. I've been really busy trying to finish making and installing windows in my house before winter and the cold weather hits but I thought I'd share this. After literally years of looking for a vertical mill that I thought well made and that I could afford, I managed to buy one in a Massachusetts scrapyard. It cost as much to transport it as it did to buy but it's 10 times the machine (at one third the price) of a worn out used Bridgeport. This is a Kerney & Trecker 2CH Vertical. It is easily the newest machine I own, having been built in 1960. I almost feel like a traitor to the antique machine world but these were very well thought of machines. Now I'll be able to use my horizontal Brown & Sharp as a true horizontal mill more often while the K&T should be better for boring and similar operations. This machine weighs 4,600 lbs and I had to remove the table in order to get it through the door. I now have only one more "machine goal" - a medium sized shaper. I've actually been promised one for free but we've got to figure out how to extract it from the garage it's stored in. A good friend once commented that I was a hobbiest with a very unusual idea of what constituted a "hobby" machine shop.
  15. Prewar car values

    I think that part of our problem understanding all of this is that we do not represent the general public. For the most part, by participating here we are identifying ourselves as being genuinely interested in the subject. I am certain that if Jay Leno did a video on his new 1930 Studebaker President Sedan, Mr. osl car dog's phone would be ringing off the hook... but most of the people calling would have only a peripheral interest in old cars for their own sake. Terry (above) has a little advantage on me... I've only been involved since the early 70s but I've also seen several cycles of interest. Why is it that nicely preserved, untouched cars are now do desirable? I can assure you that in the 70s, many of the people touting them now would have laughed you off the field. My first car was a 314 Cadillac Fisher custom sedan in beautifully well preserved condition. The most common question I heard from the consignetti was "when are you going to restore it?" I totally agree that a good looking but unrestored original car in driveable condition will always hold value but I came to old cars from a part of the collecting world that generally deplores restoration and devalues most items that have been restored. I have an advantage here in that I am the technical editor of a collector magazine (dealing with another subject altogether) and deal every day with 17th, 18th and 19th century artifacts and those that collect them. Collectors are extremely myopic. For the most part, they only see the area they are particularly interested in. As Trimacar correctly pointed out, if you like muscle cars you probably don't even know anyone who likes brass cars and can't understand what their appeal could be. Markets also go flat... in the 1960s, at the time of the Centennial, Civil War collecting was huge. By the and 80s and 90s it was flat... not really losing money but values were consistent with inflation. When Ken Burns did his 5-part special on the Civil War, it took off again and that surge is just about now flattening out. Why should car collecting be any different from other forms of collecting? I'm sorry to say, but a large part of the market is driven by fad and fashion.