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  1. Hi Kainopong, and welcome to AACA forums ! This place can be a little like "Alice's Restaurant". "You can get anything you want............". If you enter Blomquist in the search box, you will see what a father (sadly now prematurely deceased), and son business dealt with regarding Trippe lights. You will see contacts for the son, Cord, who can direct you to the current source. This would be a good way to go, in that your lights are brand spankin' new. What car(s) do you have which these lights will be used on ? Glad you have joined us ! - Carl
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    Ring Gear RIvets

    Occasionally I mention the 1939 Cadillac owned by the father (who also had a '49 Cadillac), of a friend of mine. My friend's older brother was also like an older brother to me. He taught me to shift a manual transmission on that Cad, which being the older family car, began to serve increasing duty as the boy's conveyance. Now my "older brother " (his name also was Carl - R.I.P. my esteemed brother), had very little restraint, and no mercy whatsoever on that well maintained '39. It often attempted the triple digit barrier, and might have actually kissed 100 under favorable conditions. Clutch and driveline were not spared either, and Carl's jackass starts eventually sheared the ring gear rivets. Towed into Sparling Cadillac, the rivets were replaced with bolts. Those guys really knew what they were doing. A number of them had many decades of experience, the oldest of them at that time (ca. 1959 or '60), had matured with the automobile, and conceivably could have worked on new Model 30 Cadillacs ! A dozen or so years later, I was amused to learn that they still had a couple of mechanics who had professionally serviced the V16s. Oh, them there good old days. Born on one of 'em - CC
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    Need id

    Value is going to be there for someone who wants to spell something with what you have. List the letters, and if 2 of the same, list that also, etc. Got enough to spell CADILLAC ? Or maybe even - CADILLAC CARL !!!!
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    Replating reflectors

    Hi Phil. What would it take to electroplate silver ? Could it also be a two step process, or would it require 3 ? I imagine clearcoat over silver would be durable, and maintain the highest reflectivity over a very long period of time. There is another technique to precipitate a silvered surface. I don't know if it can be done on a metallic surface, as I only know of its application to a glass substrate. It is a chemical deposition requiring care in at least one byproduct. That is fulminate of mercury, a percussion explosive. Amateur astronomer telescope builders were quite familiar with this decades ago. Also used by commercial glass companies to coat the mirrors everyone uses. Thank you for your detailed explanation. I myself am too feeble and absent minded to try it, (not quite at the point I would take a beaker of poison for my diet Coke, but I do some AWFULLY stupid things these days), but I'm sure there are sound minded folk here who can't miss using your instructions. - half spent, and getting shorter every day, - C Carl
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    Windshield Scratch Repair

    Cerium oxide is the fastest glass polishing abrasive. But the time and power needed to polish even the most minute "spider web" scratches is daunting. Many years ago, I brightened up a very small area of extremely fine scratches on an old windshield. Windshield wiper scratches are much deeper. There are commercially available kits using cerium oxide and well designed laps. But I believe significantly reducing seriously deep scratches would be impractical. Sorry. - Carl
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    collector cars in California fire

    Sure can be 46th. Right. There is an offset passing under Aurora. Still there all right. I would imagine that corner is a pricey chunk of real estate these days. You can be 100% certain Gus was properly insured. He runs a pretty tight ship, with the towing and all. Had some good mechanics, too. No, it is definitely still there. More than I can say for the Buckaroo, though. 😢. - C Carl
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    collector cars in California fire

    Hi Bob ! So you were/still are in Seattle ? And remember the fire ? I would put it about 35-36 years ago, because I was briefly living on 48th street just West of Fremont. Great place to live, so close to the zoo with a young kid. I seem to remember Gus's gas prices were not particularly gas guzzler friendly. (?). Made a difference, as I was driving a '71 Eldorado, and a 3/4 ton '74 Chev Suburban full-time 4WD with 4.11s. Huh ! I still have them. At the time of the fire, the Eldo drop top had just come back from 20,000 miles and 6 months all over Mexico. Highly modified for off-road duty as a Baja Cruiser/hunting rig after taking a T-bone bash, the thing looks like a piece of military equipment from the losing side of World War Four. I oughtta put it in the Greenwood Auto Show. I sometimes used to have to drag it out of the Baranoff up North of 85th on Greenwood and send it home before it got in trouble. So far, so good. - CC
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    collector cars in California fire

    Oh, I do see what you mean. It does have a movie set quality to it. If only it were so. One day someone has a beautiful peaceful life, and the next day this. One day someone is struggling, having a tough life, and the next day it is way tougher yet. One day someone has life. Half a life ago, good ol' "keen eye" Cadillac saw a huge black smoke cloud very close to his house. He grabbed his tough trusty Nikkormat EL, ran towards the smoke, rounded the corner, aimed, framed, leveled the horizon, focused, and squeezed off a shot. Northwest corner of 45th and Fremont for you Seattlites. As I remember it, they were doing a gas tank yank. Tank got away from them, and dropped on a drop light. Make sure your young kids, or young grand kids, or young great grandkids, learn not to play with fire. By any means necessary. I was one of those kids who needed the "DONT PLAY WITH FIRE" asswhipping. I had to deliver one once. A learning is far better than a burning. - Ol' Cadillac
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    Twelve Dilapitated Lincolns 1925 to 1938

    OK. I will take a gentle hop in again. Heeeeeeeeere I go : First, perhaps ALL of us do not know the main reason why. But I do. Now being in my mid '70s, I, as a much younger man, lived, was educated, worked, and enjoyed hobbies, in a rather different country and world than the present. Having also lived, travelled, hobby'ed, and worked in diverse countries in Europe and Latin America for a total of about 8 years, I think I have insights difficult to duplicate through other means. Quite simply, we do have a declining middle class, with priorities different from those of 40, 50, or 60 years ago. In some of the countries I am familiar with, what "middle class" there was, could not afford toys at all. I knew a guy in Chile where I was pursuing hobby interests, who had 2 PhDs, worked 2 jobs, had 2 children and 1 wife, and could not afford to buy a new eyepiece for his hobby telescope. Think it can't happen here ? - Still PLURAL Cadillac : Carl
  10. Perhaps I should remain out of this, but I interpret post #16, above to be a bird in the hand . 🐥 - Carl
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    Show me your Foliage!

    Had the top been down on the scenic, winding mountain roads ? 😎. - Carl
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    1930 Lasalle Coupe - weird questions

    Hi Piotr, please see my response to your posting on the CLC forum. - Carl
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    Greg, has that situation changed by now, 30 years on ? It would not surprise me if some teachers in some locations down here have to moonlight to make ends meet. Back in the mid '70s, I was living in a 3rd World country and took a cab being driven by a medical doctor. One taxi there was a 1927 Packard touring car with 6 cylinder GMC truck running gear. Occasionally I would see an immaculate '53 Packard Caribbean cruising about. Gold with a white top. Walking about in a "good neighborhood", I was struck by something amiss on the trunk of a '50 Olds Rocket 88. The block lettering had been changed. The "O" had apparently become loose and lost, and the previously 3rd and 4th letters had been reversed upon refastening. No longer made much sense, but I guess phonetics can become a casualty of translation. The official State vehicles in the garage of the Governmental Palace were mid '50s Cadillacs, like new. Sometimes you would see a large American car, perhaps 15-20 or somewhat more years-old being well attended by a "car guy" type. The high-speed, long distance "collectivos" (communal taxis which would wait for a full load to their destination - the local, older beaters would just keep circulating, picking up passengers on a space available basis), were generally 12-15 year old V8 Fords, and made very good time compared with most busses. Gasoline was subsidized, cheap and very high quality. 98 octane at sea level, appropriately in the 70s for high altitude combustion. Oops ! I am rambling again. Where was I ? Oh yeah. Moonlighting. Ahhhhhhhh, I have lost my train of thought. Maybe I should delete this. Well, it did morph into some old car content. I guess I'll submit it. If a moderator judges this to be unintelligible, irrelevant prattle, unjustifiably serving to rob an unsuspecting readers time, feel free to wipe it out. - Feeble-minded Carl, today
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    C Jag it is. You can see the XK120 in it. I love it. The D Type anticipated the XK-E in a number of ways, of course. Thank you for posting the interesting cars you see in Spain, Vicente ! - Carl
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    Racing a Reatta in 24 Hours of Lemons

    As someone who used to move FWD cars fairly rapidly, I can tell you that the choice of front tires is EXTREMELY critical. You must get whatever is the current state of the art in high pressure, low slip angle, directional performance tires. I gather there has been significant evolution since the days when I could still get it on. They will be considerably more expensive than most other tires. In the end, though, I think you will get more performance for your modification buck in the right tires than anything else. If you have never pushed a FWD car to the point of flinging the rear end out, you must provoke and learn that on the track. Even a stocker, with the proper tires up front, is capable of this feat. You probably know, but it is worth emphasizing, that you must use absolutely all the power you have in cornering situations. Keep the go pedal pushed up against the firewall and just aim the thing. There is no subtlety, no modulation comparable to the thrill of pushing a sophisticated over steering RWD Italian rig hard, opposite lock, steering with the throttle in a perfectly controlled drift. FWD : You just mustn't choke. Full throttle. This type of racing you are getting into reminds me of the good old days of SCCA events on abandoned airports 60 years ago. I bought a couple SCCA C-class modified XK120 Jags when I was a kid. These days, my slow 1920s cars are about all I can handle. I will be very interested in learning what you choose for your front tires. - Cadillac Carl