C Carl

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  1. Packard Rebuild Input ??

    Besides ; look : if you are not going to drive it enough warrant putting the best SAFEST tires on it , (radial light truck tires - perhaps with D'back WW , or even WWWs applied) , then probably good enough as is. You certainly do want to do all diagnostics , and deep maintainance suggested above , partial dismantling as per SOP , taking advantage of easy access. Bearing condition as others have mentioned , and also timing chain if you or someone else has not been there in many thousands of miles of recorded history. Here you you see very simple inexpensive diagnostics while fixing bad radiator , and cracked r.h. cyl head. New timing chain tensioner , rebuilt carb and distributor , water pump had been done by previous owner who had been told radiator was O.K. It wasn't. Everything else checked out excellent , and we zipped it back up without having to do expensive machine shop work , or even rings and valves. The old Lesters continue to serve me well. No radials are available in 7.00 X 21 or anything close. I really enjoy driving slowly on the scenic remote Western Backroads. I try to stay under 40. Have been forced to 60 in extremely rare circumstances , e.g. through a tunnel on a short necessary freeway run where no other way to proceed was available. If you DO drive that heavy old car far and fast as the esteemed adventurous old leadfoot "SaddleRider" does , take the gentleman's advice to heart. Lives depend on it. Please keep us in the loop as your restoration progresses. Good luck , and I hope you don't have to go deeper than I did ! - Carl
  2. Heavy Grease

    Synthetic. - CC
  3. Spark advance 1926 DB

    Cadillac was quite proud of the slow speed , top gear performance of its long stroke (3-1/8 X 5-1/8) , Nickel Era 314 cu in V8s. In order to drive at , and accelerate very slowly from 10 mph in 3rd , you MUST fully retard the timing. This was a desireable characteristic to the chauffeurs of the day , so as to impart to the passengers the smoothest possible ride. I use this technique frequently. Try it. - Carl
  4. Bet you haven't seen one of these:

    And I have given up trying to figure out that license plate ! - CC
  5. Welcome to AACA forums. This is an old posting , and he has not been active on the forums in over 4 months. It does look like he has a large inventory of ignition parts. Good price , too. Try sending him a private message. What Cadillac of these years do you have ? I have an original , unrestored 1924 7 pass touring. It was repainted many decades ago , but still has the original top and headliner. It runs well. I got it almost 30 years ago , and have driven it thousands of miles. Very strong reliable cars. Here are some pics of it. - Carl
  6. Hi rbf ! Welcome to AACA forums ! I am going to assume that from your decades long association and friendship with Mr. Karr , that you are no kid either. You certainly have given an insight into the present situation , and the possibility that through Mr. Karr's children , and the husband and wife in the back , that something will have been salvaged. Your characterization of Mr. Karr's state of mind , the the torment and pressures he was under , and the great empathy you exhibit , is inspiring. Here at AACA , the people are kind and helpful to one another. I am old , and more than half of my best oldest friends are gone. I would love to meet any and all of my friends here , and this is a place of camaraderie and support in many ways. It is wonderful to have you with us , and I sure hope you stick around ! What is your period of interest in the old car hobby ? Do you/have you had hobby cars ? Your new forum friend , - Cadillac Carl P.S. Since you are new here , I will bore the regulars with yet another showing of the two oldest Cadillacs I have ever had. Each original and unrestored. 1924 7 pass touring , 1927 standard 5 pass sedan. Til death do we part. I am training some youngsters to drive them in case I can't at some point. I love these old crates. Where are you in California ? I am planning on driving through quite a bit of your state this Winter in the '27. Would you like to meet and drive it ?
  7. Pair of 1953 Cadillacs

    Congratulations , Dan ! Glad you and the new owner were able to save them ! - Cadillac Carl
  8. 1928 Buick Opera Coupe

    Hi Chris ! Welcome to AACA forums ! Yes indeed. DO post in Buick - Pre War below also. Some of the Buick guys are so hard-core they seldom stray far from their beloved make ! It is always wonderful to have a new kindred spirit here. Now , we all love pictures , it helps to include as much info and specificity as possible. Here : let me throw a couple pics of my soon-to-be picked up 1930 Doctor's coupe at you. Wasn't it Rod Stewart who asked : "Every picture tells a story , don't it ?" ? You will find an answer to every question you have from your new AACA friends ! - Carl
  9. That aspect of these "hoods" (?) would not be functional for fog. A proper fog light must be FCO , located and aimed low. You must not Illuminate the fog you are trying to see through. Always in a fog , - CC
  10. By WW2 , this car and its ilk would have been prime candidates for the scrap drives. This accessory exudes a Nickel Era period correct piece. To tool-up for such a limited wartime market (there were EXTREMELY few cars of this vintage left on the road by the '40s - I remember) , in an obsolete headlight diameter , just doesn't make sense to my somewhat nonsensical mind. The car does have front and rear accessory turn signals , also somewhat uncommon , so maybe Dr. Diagnosis should be called upon to unravel the owner's "illumination fixation" Rx'ed by the evidence. Or , better yet , I think I am overdue for a chat with 93 y.o. Roy Lassen. He's been in the accessories biz for over 65 years , (check him out at classicaccessories.org) , and if he hasn't seen these , I suggest a fair size lunch be packed while the sleuths suss this one out ! - Carl
  11. Good Chrome Shops

    Hi Bloo. Perhaps more convenient to you , is Art Brass Plating in Seattle. 206-767-4443 , or 800-828-3186. I have used them , and the Big Boys do too. Please let me know if you find someone closer yet , as I am just over the hill from you. - Carl
  12. Need a Brass Plating Shop

    I have used Art Brass Plating in Seattle , WA. 206-767-4443 , in buisiness for over 100 years. But a good shakedown Google search might get you someone closer to you. I am often in Seattle , I can't picture a situation in which my presence could be of service to you , but I would be glad to do so in any case. - Carl
  13. Hershey 2017 show field pics 1

    I'll second that , 'dog ! And , from my perspective , just the right balance of old and new cars 😉 ! - Carl
  14. Color versus Black and White

    Hi Mark. So sorry to see the horror of the fires not too far from you. Yes , as an impartial observer , in this case I definitely prefer the B&W. I turned a pic of mine to B&W , but prefer the color in my case. Certainly an element of applesauce and orange juice , though. - Carl
  15. FS -Signal Stat three light beehive light bar NOS

    I would like it. - Carl
  16. Wishing you good luck , 'Harley ! You'll make it ! - Carl
  17. I would have thought the height is less than my 27 Cadillac sedan , a larger car , at 75". Could you simply remove the rims , perhaps only the rears , and roll it in on the felloes on plywood "tracks" ? I don't know if that would put weird loads on the wheels for travel , I highly doubt it , but you could remount the rims after clearing the door in that unlikely event. Do not over torque the rim bolts. They can not take modern ft/lb's of torque. - Carl
  18. WTB 1930 L29 radiator t-stat

    Welcome to AACA Forums. Give Jim Otto a call. 865-966-9494 in Knoxville ,TN. He rebuilds these old t'stats , a retired Sylphon engineer. If you get a chance , please post a pic or two of your L-29. - Carl
  19. 1932 Essex

    Yeah , that Essex is so good looking , I am sure we all would love to see more pics. Is it yours ? - Carl
  20. Is this car worth buying as an investment?

    Again , Rich , Bob dead nails it ! I just wanted to add , "your" Buick will clean up better than my Cadillac. Your chrome is better than my nickel plating , your original paint is in better shape than my original paint. My interior is exquisite , I would love to see more pics of yours. - CC
  21. Is this car worth buying as an investment?

    Yup. Bob is even older than I am , and wiser than many of us together. Love. That is it. Your jaw will drop when this jem sparkles again. You WILL get a lot of love back from the love you lavish on this car. And if you enjoy your care of this car , and have to sell it some time , add up all the money you have spent on it , and you will probably count yourself far ahead for the experience and friends you have made. If that doesn't seem attractive to you , make yourself a "finders fee" , and let one of the Buick guys become your new best friend. Here is an old Cadillac I recently found , undriveable , got it running well , cleaned it up and put on the road. And I'm here to tell you , I DO mean ON THE ROAD ! Now if this doesn't look fun to you , find something else ! Love ! - CC
  22. Is this car worth buying as an investment?

    Hey. HEY now ! EASY , boys ! Please take it easy on our new friend ! Welcome to AACA , Rich ! And thank you for sharing your incredibly well preserved original find with us. Don't worry , you have come to just the right place. Now for my $.02 worth , I agree with all the answers to your guestion except for those who question your question. Rich , just understand that from the perspective of some of the great people on this forum , these guys are monumental experts with vast experience , that you have asked a "too easy" question to answer. The answer is simple , but we need a bit more info from you. And you have got a good beginning on it , particularly with the pics you have posted so far. Now : this does depend on purchase price , your abilities , and the purpose to which you want to put the car. Give us a feeling for this , and more pics will help greatly. Rear seat , headliner , front and rear carpet , drivers side door upholstry , engine from several angles , indicated mileage , brake and gas pedal wear , any undercarriage possible , & etc. The reason is that this car is truely and unusually well kept from what we see. You will not have rust repair , bodywork , paint or chrome to do. You will not have to do expensive cracked steering wheel repair. Dash and instrument panel look to be pristine under the dust. Door and window handles look perfect , and the passengers door arm rest looks just fine. How is the drivers side ? And it will clean up spectacularly well if you follow our advice. Maybe the front seat bottom is the only upholstry necessity. Additionally , it is a highly desireable 2 door hardtop. Original , unrestored cars like this are rare , and carry a premium over similar examples. Please give me/us more info on yourself and your car. We will be delighted to take you through every step of putting this car on the road , or whatever your intentions are. Very helpful generous guys and gals here. I am very happy to have you one of us. I look forward to your response , and further opportunity to help. Again , it is a real pleasure to meet you here. I am excited and hope to see this car in all of its easily resurrected glory ! Your new forum friend , - Cadillac Carl P.S. IMPORTANT !!! IF THIS CAR HAS NOT BEEN STARTED IN QUITE SOME TIME , DO NOT EVEN THINK OF CRANKING THE ENGINE OVER WITHOUT SOME PRECAUTIONARY PREVENTATIVE MEASURES. AGAIN , NOT EVEN CRANK IT. YOU CAN DO EXPENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE VALVETRAIN UNLESS YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING. LOTS OF GUYS HERE KNOW HOW TO EXACTLY WALK YOU THROUGH IT. IMPORTANT !!! Also , at some time soon we will want to transfer this thread to the proper Buick heading. No offense to anyone else , you are all above and beyond , but the Buick folk are the best of the best here in this camp. - CC
  23. Running problem

    Now just how ARE them blueb's this season , Bernie ? Hope you all back there had a bumper crop ! 😊 - CC Edit : Oh and Alan , I should have taken this opportunity to extend to you the great big AACA WELCOME ! You will enjoy being one of us here. The nicest , most helpful bunch of guys and gals you will find anywhere. Don't worry , all will be diagnosed. It is always a good idea to include as much info as possible when looking for advice. There may be a "20 questions" aspect to on line troubleshooting , but best to try to do it in 5 or 10 if possible. Again , good to have you among us. Stick around ! - Carl
  24. US Trip

    Perhaps with several days in D.C. : The Smithsonian. But plan your visit there thoroughly. Concentrate on areas of maximum interest. Good advice for all large scale world class museums. Now , ahhh , well , ummmmm , speaking of fodder in Chi , if you find yourselves hankering after a hot dog on Clark Street at night , if you and entourage have anything other than titanium ears , NOT FROM HER ! This saucy , salty , salacious , Soul Sister breathes FIRE ! She singes and sears ears ! "The Doll" and I stumbled across this phenomenon by accident one night. Her XXXX rated mouth is somewhat famous , and draws crowds ; leave the kids at home. There. I will be absolved of responsibility if you have a close encounter with this sis in my old home town. Have you been to the U.S.A. before ? - Carl
  25. Hi Adrienne223 ! You are in the right place , AACA. Welcome ! The two previous gentlemen are great experts in their respective realms of the old car hobby. Many more are here to help you , and enjoy very much offerring their expertise. Join us. Stay with us. Your local friends , and perhaps someone on the forums near you can come in person to show you how to do various things. There is an enormous amount of kindness , patience , and generosity in AACA. Ask anything anytime. You'll see ! - Carl P.S. A cardinal rule of purchasing old cars is : buy the very best example you can of the car you want. Getting a car somewhat better than what you think you can afford will end up costing you less in fairly short order. And over a period of time the savings accumulate.