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About Akstraw

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  • Birthday 11/08/1957

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    Hickory, NC, USA
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    1914 Maxwell 25 Roadster
    1915 Buick C25 Touring
    1922 Marmon 34B Touring
    1929 AA Ford Truck
    1930 Franklin Convertible Coupe
    1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille
    1972 Volvo 1800ES
    1987 BMW 325i Cabriolet
    2002 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet

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  1. Mike, Thanks a lot for passing this on. I recently bought a walking-foot sewing machine. These hides will be great to practice and learn diamond tufting this winter. If my work turns out good enough to use on the Maxwell, then I will. If it doesn't look so good, then I will not have wasted some real expensive leather. Andrew
  2. 1956 Buick Roadmaster

    I have a carb like this on a Cadillac, a WCFB I believe. When I first got it, I had a problem similar to yours. There was a cylindrical filter screen in the carburetor body right at the fuel inlet. It was packed with rust particles. Off the top of my head, 2 psi of fuel pressure sounds low. It seems like you should have more like 5 or 6, though I could be wrong. I suppose you could put a pressure gage on the outlet side of the fuel pump to measure it. Other ideas: Have you disconnected the fuel line at both end an blown out with compressed air? Just because a fuel pump is new doesn't necessarily mean that it is a good one. Should there be a cap on the big hole along side the accelerator pump cover? I seem to recall that mine has a cap there, though I am not sure if that would relate to your problem. With your carb rebuild kit you might have received a detailed instruction for setting the automatic choke. It would also be in your shop manual. By the way, the automatic choke tubes on these are notorious for rusting away at the joint to the manifold. If the insulation is still in good shape, you won't even see the problem. These are just some ideas to track down. I agree with the comment that you have to eliminate one potential problem at a time. For a year, I had a weak acceleration issue with my Caddy that I was sure was carburetor or fuel related. It turned out to be a bad vacuum advance unit on the distributor. Good luck. It sure is a beautiful car!
  3. My guess is WW2 blackout lights as well.
  4. Sitting garaged for 33 years

    Great car. Easy to work on. Brings back memories. I wish you luck bringing it back to life!
  5. WTB. 34C/D74 Fan and Pulley

    Got a good one! Thanks.
  6. Is this car worth buying as an investment?

    Buying as an investment is what you tell your parents and friends. You buy it for $1200, put ten grand into it, enjoy it for a few years, and sell it for $3500. "See, I made $2300!"
  7. US Trip

    If you go from Washington to Gettysburg, you won't be far from the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which always has some very nice cars from the teens and twenties. The Rolls Royce Owner's Club (RROC) and Foundation also has an interesting auto museum in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, but I recommend that you contact them in advance because I think their visitor hours/days are rather limited. The Klairmont Kollection in Chicago is extensive, but more focused on post-WW2 cars, and I believe that you have to request a visit in advance. The Volo Museum and Dealership north of Chicago is also a fun place to visit.
  8. The bus has left the building...

    It was the star of the show at Hershey. A beautiful restoration!
  9. What did you buy at Hershey?

    I bought this accessory running-board mounted trunk from the 1920's. The only time I had ever seen one before was on a Marmon that ran the 1997 Peking-to-Paris race. I think it will be an unusual and useful accessory on my Marmon touring car, which has a rear-mounted spare and no trunk.
  10. Hershey car show

    These are exceptional photos and thank you for sharing. Hershey was a great experience this year. Made so by absolutely wonderful weather, and the hard work a preparation of many to bring some very fine sutomobiles. The Greyhound bus was just over the top, and best of show in my view, until I contemplated the brass and classic era cars. The Jordan touring car was downright gorgeous, and my personal favorite, though I also fell in love with a light blue 55 or 56 Buick Special down over the hill I what I believed was DPC territory. And who can not absolutely love a Stanley Steamer under way! There is something for everyone for sure, and the great thing about AACA is that the club brings us together in a fabulous venue where we can forget, for a time, all else, and focus on our shared love for historic automobiles, whatever they may be. My thanks to all of those who work to put on the event, and those who shared their cars with us out of pure passion, whether it be for the marque, or for the hobby in general. I loved them, every one!
  11. For sale 1932 REO Royale what should I offer

    My initial feeling is that this is worth 2-3 thousand dollars, and even then, only if you have a vision and passion for doing something with it.
  12. What a great dash!

    The Norwalk is an interesting looking car. Underslung design. I'll bet it's great to drive. Thanks for posting, I enjoyed the photos. Love all the instrument panels, too. Andrew
  13. WTB. 34C/D74 Fan and Pulley

    I am looking for a cooling fan and pulley assembly for a late 34B, 34C, or D74. This would have the fan in front of the pulley. Please contact me if you have one available. Thanks. Andrew
  14. Would this car have a wooden framed body, or an all-steel body?
  15. New AACA LIbrary?

    It looks like the perfect building in the perfect location for our club!