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  1. Congratulations! Nice find!
  2. And don't forget to check the brake pedal return spring....
  3. What matters is the height of an open door above the ground/trailer floor. The door bottom is probably a good eight inches above the running board. 2.5 inches on either side is not difficult--keep it close on the driver's side while driving onto the trailer and use a spotter.
  4. A b-i-g WHEW!! Congrats and enjoy the reunion!
  5. The video opened for me, and the engine sounds GOOD!
  6. I've been running Optimas exclusively in my fleet (all 6V) for 15 years and am delighted. I run a pair in parallel in my three Pierce 8-cyl cars not for cranking but for being able to drive long distances at night at a slight charging deficit. I changed out one pair at 14 years, another pair at 10 years. I like Optimas for underseat/underfloor locations because they never need water or corrosion removal. And they will hold a charge over the winter without a trickle charger. My 1930 roadster was on display at San Francisco Airport for six months (master battery cutoff switch, of course), and when their contracted transporter brought in back at 1:00 AM, I poured in a couple of gallons of gas, let the supplemental electric pump run for 45 seconds, and the engine spun fast and caught on the first rotation. The transporter driver, who routinely hauls high-end sports cars to/from auctions, was utterly amazed. Optimas have a reputation for not wanting to come back after going completely flat. There's a work-around: Hook up another battery (Optima or wet cell, with at least a moderate charge on it already) in parallel with the fully discharged Optima, and put the pair on a trickle charger for two days or so.
  7. Please let us know the cause...
  8. The Word of the Day is APOCRYPHAL...
  9. At this point, I'd FIRST disconnect the battery, then remove the generator and regulator (after photographing connections and tagging the wires) and take them to a generator rebuilder, preferably the one who rebuilt the gen awhile ago. I'd figure that I'd already spent too much time on an amateur diagnosis.
  10. Both were named for the Zoroastrian god of light....
  11. Stay with the carbureted VWs. The fuel injected ones, like my lady friend's 1969 Type 3 squareback, have 20 linear feet of fuel hose (supply + return) in perhaps 15 different sections and 34 hose clamps. You may be able to discern how I know this....
  12. Taking the EASY way out... :-) As long as they're not Nelson Eddy stories...
  13. And check the gauge of the battery cables--1 gauge at absolute minimum, best is 00 welding cable. If it has 12V battery cables, you'll never get satisfactory starter performance. 6V systems are VERY sensitive to bad connections, especially bad grounds. On 6V lighting systems, my first tool is a 10 gauge jumper wire to a good ground.
  14. Thanks, NTX. I enjoy very much the problem-solving aspects of operating pre-war cars in today's environment. The 1918 is capable of sustained 52-55 mph, although it's happier at 45, partially because of wind drag--at 7'8" tall with top up, it has the aerodynamics of a block wall. On the roads of its day, 40 was a pretty good clip. My 1918 is a 48-B-5. the 5 meaning 5th series ("48" and "B" are redundant in P-A models), the first of the dual valves. I love telling younger folks that it's "twin cam, 4 valves per cylinder." It IS, but it's a T-head with two camshafts in the block, 525 cid (4.5 x 5.5) out of six cylinders. This model was the first Pierce to have a thermostat. This car has a modern (not the original ether-filled) but failed-open 'stat in place. It needs further restriction, I think, to reduce the coolant loss due changes in water pump speed. The previous owner has The Brass Works build a replacement (and pricey) radiator in 1994. Trial-and-error, done cautiously and under controlled circumstances (i.e., without the urgency of an immediate departure on a tour), is fine by me. I've yet to research available modern 'stats, but may have to make a retainer plate to be sandwiched between two flanges. It's all part of the fun....
  15. As do I. And 360 yen to one USD...