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About trimacar

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    Winchester VA.
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    Cajun food, antique cars of course (particularly Pierce Arrow and Pierce memorabilia), American Flyer trains


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    Born and reared in Louisiana, bought my first car at 13 years old, in 1964, a 1931 Chevy Tudor.

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  1. Avanti R2, 1963, refresh

    Spring? What's that? Sounds like a good concept, as we sit here on March 23rd and look at snow on the ground! I, too, am ready to have some old wheels hit pavement, hopefully soon.....
  2. I know, I know, this should be in Olds section, but I thought it was of general interest also. I thought I'd seen just about everything, car wise, but I never, ever, saw an Oldsmobile pickup truck. Apparently they were made for export only. One time that "rare" may truly apply.......
  3. 1935 buick 56s overheating

    Check the packing and/or water pump grease. If either fails, the water pump will suck in air, cause foaming, which dumps out the overflow. A water pump is a very neglected part of antique car maintenance...
  4. Model 20 Fuel Leak

    Here are some pictures of the correct valve/strainer, not mine, stolen from Ken F's pictures...I do have one of these, though, and don't throw away any fittings, that fitting on the left with the nut is a thread that I've not been able to match with any modern fitting, and I have an old time hardware store that has a lot of fittings!
  5. Model 20 Fuel Leak

    I've had the same problem, getting any older tapered valve to seal is difficult, particularly with the flow characteristics of gasoline. Taking it apart and lapping in the taper may work, use a lapping compound as used on engine valves. Some people use toothpaste for a really fine final cut. There should be a small spring on the opposite side of the taper from the lever, which gives a pre-load if you will to seat the taper in the valve. Make sure that spring is in good shape, and it has to exert enough force to hold the taper tight, yet you can still be able to turn valve. Failing all that, since it's well hidden, you may end up going with a new valve. Of course you lose originality and the reserve feature if you do that.
  6. 1925 Packard 243 Series 7 Passenger Touring

    Here's a 1924 Model 143, in very nice condition ready to go, for $84,000 or best offer. Based on the superb restored car posted above, that's still probably a little high. The 143 was the first year of the Packard straight eight, and is virtually identical to the 243 and 343 to follow....
  7. Whitewall overkill

    At one time the theory proposed was that ALL tires that were available in white wall were actually black wall, with the side shaved down to the white layer. Thus, all black tires have a white layer hiding under the outer rubber. That may have just been talk, but I remember seeing an article where someone was removing a thin layer of rubber to make a whitewall out of a blackwall.
  8. If you're asking me, no it does not...
  9. Ford full classic?

    I agree, as I stated in the first post on this thread, any custom bodied Ford might be considered by the CCCA classification committee. By custom body, of course, that means a period body builder, not a home built. Other than Brewster, there are only 5 Fords listed in the 2016 CCCA roster (the closest to hand I had was the 2016). It does not state body builders, but have to assume as stated above custom period bodies.
  10. March April The Antique Automobile

    I love following words in all the different forums on the Internet. A shooting break would be what you do to open your gun to reload, a shooting brake is the car that gets you to the hunt. This forum is a site on the Internet, and you can sight a lot of interesting words if you look closely. Sometimes it is quite a sight, but mainly, it's an Internet site. I have some favorites. One of the better ones is that a fellow complained about absorbent shipping costs. Not long ago, someone stated the kind of old cars that you like depends a lot on how your parents raced you. Wait, that's probably true. And that's not even getting into the grammar of there their they're and the like. Engine and motor, that will start a discussion sometimes. You have an electric starter motor, that starts your combustion engine. Words are such fun...........and this post is not criticism, some thymes haste and spell check are as to blame as anything........
  11. What? You didn't see me wave at you? I miss Louisiana, my home state, but if I have to live somewhere else the Shenandoah Valley is a great choice! I-81 has gotten to be a scary adventure, though, with all the truck traffic. I-81 is over 300 miles long through north/south Virginia. I was in a local Manufacturer's Association group that discussed the issues with I-81, and one point that was brought out, 85% of the trucks that enter Virginia on I-81 in either direction NEVER stop in Virginia. There's also quite a hotbed of activity as far as old cars go in the Valley. There are quite a few restoration shops close to me along I-81, and most were spawned from people who worked for Billy Thompson at White Post Restoration in White Post, Virginia. I'm a graduate of the Uncle Billy Restoration Academy myself, and oh, the stories I can tell!
  12. The building itself is worth the visit. Built to open in 1911 as a Ford dealership, three stories with an elevator to the top two. According to Bruce, at one point they sold 200 Fords, Model T and TT, a month. One comment was that the service department was on one of the upper floors, thus the customers on the first floor couldn't hear the cussing! As to the elevator, when getting ready to get on it for the first time, I began to ask about it and Bruce's reply was something like "Don't ask questions, the less you know the better". That said, it operated smoothly, and you had plenty of time while ascending to admire the side walls covered in hammered tin and some of the elevator mechanism. Bruce did say that it limits what cars he can bring upstairs, due to size of elevator, which of course was made for smaller Fords. Very eclectic collection of cars, some on display and some for sale. While talking, he brought up Jumbo the fire engine, and an appraisal story that included a high complement to the quality of the restoration. It so happened that one of the fellows who was with me was the fellow who'd restored Jumbo, and that perked up Bruce, and he doubly complimented him on the job. My buddy said "yeah, five years out of my life", but I assure you he's very proud of it. For a relatively small town (about 24,000 people), Staunton has a lot of old car stuff to do while visiting!
  13. Ford full classic?

    In a word, no. If you had a custom bodied Ford by another body manufacturer, you might apply for that particular car to be accepted, but the chances are very slim.
  14. My car's weight and trailer advice

    I'm hearing five years, but this is one of the most important pieces of advice here. Ask someone who had 8 year old tires on a trailer, and on a 500 mile trip lost two tires, two fenders, and had an insurance claim for a fender hitting a truck windshield. After the second one blew, and in case you didn't figure out that the "someone" was me, I found the closest tire store and bought four new ones. A good friend just bought a spanking new closed trailer, I told him to take a magic marker and put the days date, five years into the future, in magic marker on the door. On that day, buy four new tires and throw the others away.
  15. March April The Antique Automobile

    When I typed it, I was really thinking in general, and didn't mean it to be directed at you, I apologize. It is good to have the back story, though, as out of context your statement can be taken as being overly harsh. I do understand all the "facts" that we know are just repetitious knowledge, that is, it's been said so many times that people just believe it. I recently put a Pierce Arrow "myth" to the test, that "cars sold in New York [State or City, the story did vary] had to have bracket headlights, as fender headlights were illegal in that State/City". After research, no such law could be found, and I now believe that some people just preferred the bracket headlights to the fender headlights, and they were a factory option. It's all in fun, we're lucky to have people like you and the editors of the AACA magazine, and many others, to at least be getting things in print....