Cord Blomquist

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  1. This ground-up restoration of a 1932 Studebaker St. Regis Brougham is now for sale at $47,500 OBO. I am selling as part of an estate and entertaining all reasonable offers. This car will sell in the next two months. Full details on the restoration and over 40 photos of this car are available at Hemmings Motor News:
  2. Cord Blomquist

    4cyl Silver Dome head Merchant Express?

    This part is from my father’s estate and I’m not sure what it is. I can’t offer more information than what’s on the listing.
  3. Where can I find a speedometer cable for a 1929 Nash Advanced Six Coupe? Did Nash use speedometer cables from another make? Anyone know of something that is a compatible replacement?
  4. Here is the oil pressure regulator from my 1930 Hupmobile H motor. The smaller spring seems to be far too stiff and is consequently allowing the oil pressure to rise too high.Where can I order a replacement spring? Does someone supply a variety so we can find the spring with the right tension?Is there anything else you know of that might affect a regulator like this? The larger spring? The slide mechanism?
  5. I'm finishing the restoration of a land speed race car that was run at Bonneville several times in the 1930s. It was owned by Dr. Norbert "Doc" Knoch, a physician from Colorado, who happened to be on hand in 1937 when Ab Jenkins needed shrapnel from a tire blowout pulled from his arm. The doctor's Hupp was also one of the first landspeed projects of Bill Kenz, who would go on to run the Ford racing team and set several records of his own at Bonneville with his partner Roy Leslie. I posted a complete history of the Bonneville Hupp, including links to dozens of photos and scans of original documents that accompany the car, at the H.A.M.B. in March which you should check out if you're interested in salt flats history. The car is also featured on the White Glove Collection website including new photos of the car with the upholstery freshly done. This restoration project was started by my father, Rick Blomquist, who passed away in July of this year. I want to make sure I finish the project with the best result possible and I hope folks on the forum can offer me a bit of advice. My main concern right now is with headlights. The car never ran with headlights at Bonneville, but we know that Doc Knoch drove the car to Bonneville from his home in Denver, so he presumably had headlights on the car during those long drives. What headlights would you suggest I mount on the car? In the photo above you can see the chrome brackets mounted to the bumper that at one time were holding Trippe lights, so you can see where we plan to mount headlights. I'm considering Woodlite headlights, as they would be accurate to the period and match the sleek body styling of the car, especially the "salt scoops" behind the front wheels. However, I'm open to other suggestions. Thank you in advance for your input on this incredible project. Cross-Posted from the Jalopy Journal.
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    Doc Knoch's Land Speed Hupmobile Needs Headlights

    When I say Woodlites I mean this style of light. Is there more than one kind of Woodlite?
  7. My father, Rick Blomquist, has been fighting pancreatic cancer for over a year. He's kept up his car restoration and classic parts businesses, but now his health is really declining and I'm afraid he won't be able to keep up with it anymore. I'm hoping forum members can help me think of ways to sell the huge amounts of parts my dad has in his shop that aren't listed on his eBay store, which you can see here: But we have a shop full of tires (mostly for classic, about half with white walls), a warehouse full of leftovers from restoration projects, an assembly area full of more leftover and supplies, a garage bay with over 20 antique luggage trunks, and three cargo containers filled with wheels, radiators, generators, carburetors, motors, transmissions, axles, frames, fenders, dashboards, etc. Is my best way forward here to label these non-eBay items and take them to a big meet like Hershey? Are there other means by which I can sell some of these things without photographing, listing, and shipping them individually? My dad specialized in American cars from the depression, so we're talking old Studebaker, Graham, Nash, Buick, Chrysler, Ford, Packard, Cadillac, and other American makes from the time. As always, the help of this forum and community of old car guys (and gals) is appreciated.
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    How to Sell A Huge Shop of Classic Car Parts

    I've posted over 100 new items to under the "Lights & Parts" page. Please check these out. Also, you can view my dad's obituary here: I wrote it. I think dad would have liked how I portrayed his full-throttle approach to life.
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    What year is this tail light?

    I have this Packard tail light listed for sale as fitting 1929, 1930, 1931, and 1932, but another eBay user said this was incorrect. Does this only fit a 1931 or 1932? Can anyone provide photos, almanac notes, or original sales material that would provide definitive proof?
  10. My dad, Rick Blomquist, bought this 1932 Studebaker St. Regis on eBay 11 days before he died. I have no means to pick up this car and complete the transaction and the seller will not refund me even a portion of the purchase price. Is anyone in Michigan interested in this car as a project? Our loss will be your gain. I just want to avoid picking it up and I would like to recoup some of the money my dad spent on this. See the original eBay listing here:
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    1929 Nash Advanced Six Model 460 Coupe $39,900

    Thank you, I hope the AACA members can help me find a buyer for this car. It's a very fun car to drive, especially during a parade with a couple of kids in the rumble seat!
  12. The Nash 460 Coupe was part of Nash's “Advanced Six” line. Prior to 1930, Nash did not produce the larger, 8-cylinder “Advanced 8” line, so this 460 Coupe was among the top-of-the-line, "big" models from this iconic American car manufacturer. The 460 Coupe was equipped with a 278 cubic inch 6-cylinder engine with 7 main bearings and twin ignition. See full ad at Hemmings Motor News:
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    1932 Studebaker Commander St. Regis Sedan $59,900

    Yes, you're right, only five are known to exist. Given the quality of my dad's work, I believe this is one of the finest of those few examples. We lost dad on Saturday, but I'm glad we still have his work to admire. While I have to sell these cars, I'm creating a catalog of the hundreds of classics he's owned and restored over the years and turning it into a book. A short version will serve as an intro to our book about the restoration of the Bonneville Hupmobile we have for sale.
  14. This stunning ground-up restoration of a 1932 Studebaker St. Regis Sedan is available on the market for the first time. Only five of these 32 Commanders exist today. See full ad at Hemmings Motor News: Restoration Photos at White Glove Collection:
  15. This rare Graham limousine has been very well preserved. According to the paperwork we have with the car, the car was restored at around 70,000 miles and the odometer currently reads 75,254. See full ad at Hemmings Motor News:
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    1941 Graham Hollywood for Sale $54,900

    This 1941 Graham Custom Hollywood Model 113 has had a complete Concours restoration and won First Place, Best of Show, and People's Choice at the Graham Nationals. We believe this to be the single best example of the model 113 in existence today. See full ad at Hemmings Motor News:
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    How to Sell A Huge Shop of Classic Car Parts

    I am trying to find a buyer for the parts restoration and fabrication business. My dad builds and restores Trippe Lights, mirrors, running board lights, fog lights, funeral car lights, and even makes an LED lit base for Lalique and other glass ornaments. He also makes a whole set of switches and control cables with matching labels of all types. It's a good business, grossing a very good income via eBay, Hemmings,, and at one time via going to shows like Auburn and Hershey. I've still got to put together a price for that. I can provide anyone seriously interested with sales numbers and build costs. I will disclose all suppliers and processes to a buyer and give them all molds, rights to the name and logo, control of the website, trabsfer the eBay account, etc. For everything else, I need a good auction company that can work with us in La Crosse, WI. Can any recommend specific companies?
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    1932 Studebaker Commander St. Regis Sedan For Sale

    See it on my dad's website: See it at Hemmings: Contact me if you're interested in purchasing this car. I'm entertaining all serious offers. This is a gorgeous restoration, a perfect #1 car. It's one of only 32 Commanders that still exist today.
  19. Cord Blomquist

    1934 Nash Advanced Eight for Sale

    See the car at my dad's website: See the car on Hemmings: Please contact me if you're interested in this 1934 Nash. It's one of the single most beautiful and fun to drive classics you'll ever own.
  20. History of the Hupmobile Bonneville Roadster The “Bonneville Hupp” was originally owned and built by Dr. Norbert Knoch, a physician from Denver, Colorado, who typifies the racing enthusiasm that took hold in America during the 1930s, despite the hardships of the Great Depression. Knock’s pursuit of speed was so relentless that he ended up working with executives and engineers at not only Hupmobile but also Ethyl Gasoline Company, Gambill Motor Company, Kendall Refining, Schwitzer Cummins, Ray Day Piston, and Firestone Tire. Knock also recruited future racing legends like Bill Kenz to his team, traded racing parts with Babe Stapp, and acted as race physician to David Abbott “Ab” Jenkins on his record-setting runs in 1937. Dr. Knoch bought his Hupmobile Model H right off the showroom floor at the Hupmobile dealership in Denver, Colorado. We’ve even been able to obtain the original title. Originally a four-door touring car, the Hupp was brought to the Niederhut Carriage Company, a carriage company local to Denver, for the construction of a custom boat-tailed body. The body was designed by Ernest H. “Ernie” Niederhut, son of Henry E. Niederhut, who founded the company (originally Niederhut Bros.), with his brother William G. Niederhut, in 1892. According to one document we received with the car, the fenders on the Bonneville Hupp inspired the fenders on the Mormon Meteor, as they cut air resistance and kept salt from spraying the driver. Once the body of the car was complete, Dr. Knoch set about trying to find a way to modify the engine of his Hupp to reach the fastest speeds possible. He started this by writing to Hupmobile about how he might raise the compression ratio of the engine to 7.5:1. These early letters from Dr. Knoch to the Hupmobile Motor Car Corporation seem to have been met with confusion, the executives seemingly unaware that Knoch was intending to race at Bonneville. They refer to the car’s performance “at Denver altitude,” referencing the doctor’s home town, and that Knoch’s questions about potentially using multiple carburetors made little sense for a “pleasure car.” Was Knoch being coy as to what he was hoping to do with his Model H? Perhaps that was the case, as it seems the Hupp executives assumed it was still being used as a touring car by a simple country doctor. Knoch eventually achieved his desired compression ratio through the installation of new pistons heads. This change required an adjustment to the depth of the spark plugs, which further required special aluminum gaskets. Dr. Knoch kept the cylinder bore reading information from October 10, 1934, and October 12, 1934, as well as correspondence from the Ray Day Piston Corporation. The next challenge was raising the octane of the fuel used in the Hupp, an especially difficult task in an era before modern gasoline. Dr. Knoch sought out fuel additives, such as Ethyl Fluid, developed by the Ethyl Gasoline Company. However, Ethyl executives steered Knoch toward the use of benzol, noting that a 20% benzol-to-gasoline ratio would achieve about 83 octane. Knoch proposed using 90% benzol. And so he did, and seemingly to great effect. Knoch and his team developed what one Ethyl Gasoline executive called “an ingenious method of operating your cars by bleeding benzol into the carburetor.” The benzol tank that fed this bleed is still part of the car today. Knoch also wrote to Hupmobile to inquire about twin carburetors, probably seeking to emulate the multi-carb approach of what was probably the world’s most famous Hubmobile, the “Hupp Comet.” The Comet was a racecar driven by the famous Russell Snowberger. Before driving the Comet, Snowberger entered his own car, a Studebaker, into the Indianapolis 500 and finished 5th in 1931. This impressive upstart performance caught the attention of executives at Hupmobile, who wanted to promote their cars through involvement in the growing phenomenon of Indy Racing. Hupmobile coaxed Snowberger to pull the Studebaker motor out of his race car and install a Hupmobile H engine, of his design, to race at Indy for the Hupp Corporation. His car was then dubbed the “Hupp Comet.” But with the deepening of the Great Depression, Hupmobile’s Indianapolis racing endeavors were short lived. At the end of the 1932 season, Russell Snowberger decided to go his own way and returned the engine and all Hupmobile-related parts back to the company. But the executives at Hupmobile were not about to let a good engine go to waste. Instead, they could sell the engine to Dr. Knoch, this new sort of upstart in Colorado. It would allow them to recoup some of their investment in the Indy team, but more interestingly it would allows them to foster what was essentially an unofficial Hupp racing team at Bonneville. This was especially interesting for the cash-strapped Hupmobile Motor Car Corporation, as racing at Bonneville wasn’t as stressful as Indy, with its regular schedule of races and the pressure that goes with them. Racing on the Salt Flats was less about drivers racing against each other and more about racing against the bounds of what current engineering and technology made possible. By helping Knoch, the folks at Hupmobile had a race team that was self-financing and whose losses would go unnoticed, but whose potential wins would give them the headlines they needed to sell cars. This logic lead Hupmobile executives like F. J. Snyder to consistently entertain Dr. Knoch’s continuing stream of requests for special parts and engineering advice. In 1933 the Hupp Comet motor was sold to Dr. Knoch and installed in the Bonneville Hupp. Knoch put the motor to use, and of course, wrote more letters to Hupp. He now made requests for replacement gaskets from the Victor Gasket Company, who had supplied gaskets for Snowberger’s race team. Eventually he found them, care of the Gambill Motor Company, a Hupp distributor. Finally, 1935 saw the first run of the Bonneville Hupp at the Salt Flats. According to an extensive write-up in the August 1977 edition of Cars & Parts, later republished in the Hupp Herald, Dr. Knoch himself drove the car to a speed of 136 mph. Photographs taken that day show Augie Duesenberg’s dog sitting in the car, and it is believed that Augie himself timed the car. But Duesenberg wasn’t the only connection Knoch made with Bonneville royalty in 1935. The Bonneville Hupp was prepared for racing the Salt Flats by Bill Kenz, who was just beginning what would become one of the most illustrious careers in racing. Kenz went on to partner with Roy Leslie, and together the two established a career in drag racing and midget racing, with a dominating presence at Bonneville. Their “Odd Rod” ran at over 140 mph on the salt flats in 1949 and their later “777 Streamliner,” powered by three flathead eight engines, posted a speed of 261.81 mph in 1956. The excitement of the 1935 run and the association with the famed Duesenberg brothers pushed Knoch to go even faster. He was finally doing what he wanted to be doing—racing in big leagues. As he began rethinking the car’s design in 1936, Dr. Knoch sought out new gear ratios for the Bonneville Hupp. Knoch’s original request for a 3:1 ratio was rebuffed by the engineers at Hupmobile, who instead were able to drop his Model H from the standard 53:13 (nearly 4:1) to 3.25:1. This was settled in a slew of technical correspondence in 1937 with letters dating from January 12, January 22, February 11, another from February 11, February 18, and February 19. Gaskets were then upgraded, supplied by McCord Radiator Company, who produced copper-reinforced gaskets that would hold up better when exposed to high temperatures The car was run at Bonneville again in 1937. We have several photos from this trip to Bonneville. After this run, it seemed that the new axle ratio became a cause for concern. The 3.25:1 modified gears provided by Automotive Gear Works of Richmond, Indiana, were overheating when the Hupp ran at high speeds over long periods of time. In May of 1937, Knoch sought to resolve the overheating problem by seeking advice from Automotive Gear Works, the same company who produced the axle gearing. They recommended using castor oil, rather than using a lead-based lubricant. Knoch also sought advice from Kendall Refining, who was happy to recommend several of its own products. In September of the same year, Knoch became part of Bonneville history, but perhaps not in the way he imagined. It was at that time that David Abbot “Ab” Jenkins set at 24-hour world speed record of 157.27 mph. Dr. Knoch tended to Jenkins, who was injured partway through the run, having a piece of metal embedded in his arm, which Knoch is quoted as saying barely missed one of Ab’s major blood vessels. Brownie Carslake of Firestone Tire would later thank Dr. Knoch for his assistance, writing, “None of us will ever forget how readily you stepped in and the timely assistance you gave when assistance was really needed.” After 24-hour record run, Dr. Knoch became friends with Babe Stapp, Ab’s backup driver, who sent not only advice but also parts to Dr. Knoch, including a steering gear and possibly a flexible wheel. Throughout 1938 and 1939, Dr. Knoch appears to have continued his pursuit for speed. He wrote to Schwitzer Cummins about superchargers and was met with some of the skepticism that he was met with in his early letters to Hupp. Lee Oldfiend, a Consulting Engineer at Cummins, reacted to Dr. Knoch’s proposed configuration of a supercharger by writing “such a combination could not be very useful except at speeds close to the peak” and “we should like to discourage you with this project.” Mr. Oldfield also didn’t contact “Mr. Duesenberg” about the proposed configuration, as Dr. Knoch had suggested. Oldfield didn’t realize he was writing to the man who quite possibly saved Ab Jenkins life! The letter writing went on, and Dr. Knoch received replies from American Bosch regarding a magneto and to Air Associates regarding their Anilol fuel additive. Interestingly, Milton Chapel of Air Associates claimed that hundreds of racecar drivers had adopted Anilol from its introduction to the racing community in October of 1938 to the time of his writing to Dr. Knoch, which was only seven months later. We don’t know if the supercharger was ever added to the Bonneville Hupp or if Dr. Knoch ran the car with alternate fuels or additives after 1938. Our records drop off after those dates, aside from the documented chain of ownership. We know the car was eventually sold to Don Crites, also of Denver. From there is was sold to Frank Kleptz of Terre Haute, Indiana. The Bonneville Hupp stayed in Frank’s possession until recently when John Snowberger, Russell Snowberger’s son, purchased the racer in order to turn back the hands of time and restore his father’s 1932 Hupp Comet. White Glove Collection acquired the body and chassis of the 1930 Hupmobile Bonneville from John Snowberger and is currently restoring it to its 1932 racing configuration, including an original Model H engine. You can see the restoration process and learn more, the Bonneville Hupp, visit White Glove Collection or call Cord Blomquist at 202-615-0600.
  21. I've also posted this at the H.A.M.B. at the Jalopy Journal and there is a good conversation going on there:
  22. I'm hoping people on the forum might know where I can find more information about where Augie Duesenberg was spending his days in 1935 to 1937.
  23. Cord Blomquist

    1933 Hupmobile Bonneville $1,000,000.

    @alsancle I've posted the new history I've written for the car at the H.A.M.B.: Let me know if you can think of anything else I should include on the thread.