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About edinmass

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  • Birthday 01/01/1965

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    Palm Beach’s Fl. & Springfield Mass.
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    CCCA approved cars. One off automobiles. The rare and obscure marques. Driving and touring.


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    I love old cars and young ladies.

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  1. edinmass

    Trailer height and wind?

    I like an in the floor spare and lots of 12 volt lights on the inside that work off the battery in the trailer for the winch, now they would be led’s. Electric jack is a nice touch. Sailun tires with mag wheels rated for 110 lbs air pressure. I have 8 D rings. Four are set up for 148 inch wheels cars, the others for a modern(50’s corvette). I would also get a modern trailer tracking unit wired into the trailer with a battery back up. They are very reasonable now and can help recover a stolen trailer with or without the car in it......kind of a trailer lowjack. The cost about ten bucks a month.......cheaper and faster recovery than insurance.
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    Trailer height and wind?

    Bill, with the truck, trailer, and car being hauled belonging to you, you are clearly ok - If you indicate you are on vacation. Don’t speak of shows, Concours, ect........just on vacation with your car. With all matching registrations in you name there should be NO issues. Do carry all necessary safety equipment required by DOT, it’s good to have and gives them less to bitch about. I have a box behind the driver seat with a safety vest and hat, flash lights, electric flares, air pressure guage, trip log.......my version not dot, with daily inspection. I actually carry a spare new break away battery, and a bunch of other stuff, Twice they wanted to test by break away, I refused, opened the battery box, showed them the tape with the install date and inspection date I last did. Both times they saw how prepared I was and left me alone. One hard ass had to ticket me.....and did for one marker light bulb that was out. I told him it was working that morning. Which it was, and he said he believed me and handed me a 135 dollar ticket. Now all my lights are led, so no more issues there, I converted my old open trailer to LED, best thing I ever did. If you look well prepared, have the safety equipment, and are going the speed limit, you won’t have a target on your back.
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    Trailer height and wind?

    If they want to ticket you they will find a way. We always place our luggage in the back seat of the truck. When I travel with the Mrs. and dogs we also place their stuff “in the open” so they can see we are traveling together as a family unit. That helped in the three times I was stopped. I don’t have a problem with the dot part of it as I carry all the required stuff anyway. I just don’t want to deal with the scales. Today, even more RV’s have a toy hauler area in them. The line is getting more and more blurred every day. I am towing less and less each year now, and probably only do 20k or less starting this year, so my exposure is way down. Getting older probably also helps.....I don’t look like I drive for a living. Sooner or late it will be easier to comply than to try and avoid the hassle. I can’t wait to be chased down when I pass the Florida Agricultural Inspection station, the signs they post there are more militant than the scales. Several friends have commercial trucks converted into campers.........and they look like trucks. They carry all the paperwork with them, and they have camper plates. Now that’s pushing your luck. Another friend had letters placed on the back of his 48 foot fifth wheel hauler.........Private Non Commercial Recreational Use.........he hasn’t been stopped since he lettered the trailer, has had a few cars chase him down, see the lettering.........and just leave him on his way.
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    How to leak check aluminum head?

    Even the Duesenberg factory display and show engines were only selectively polished in some areas.......it was just too much work.........Cleaning up a casting to look good is LOTS of work. More than most people can imagine.
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    Pierce Arrow

    I didn't go look at it while at the Fall Meet. Looking forward to talking to the new owner. Properly restored it has First In Class all over it for Pebble.
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    Thanks Steve. Sorry to hear you under the weather, hope you recover quickly. Stop down and visit, it’s in the high 80’s here and very pleasant! I’ll look around to see if ai can find you an Oldsmobile to drive!👍
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    Trailer height and wind?

    Jim.....It’s always about the money. Recently I have been told the troopers are looking at tire load ratings and issuing tickets because the trailer weight exceeds the the tire carrying capability. Instant got ya with no way to get out of it. There will always be a new angle from each side. When towing open, I remove the plates so they can’t determine ownership even if they run the vin. I tow my own stuff 90 percent of the time, the other ten is usually a very close friend’s car. I have only moved one car for gain in the last twenty years, but have been accused of doing it for profit.
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    Steve, so it is only the rows between Hershey Park Drive and the stadium that will be affected? Maybe a photo of a map of the red field showing the area that will be closed off would be a good idea. Sorry to have missed you at the meet. I'll call you to get the package later in the week. Thanks for another great Fall Meet..........since 1971 every one has been a joy............Ed
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    Trailer height and wind?

    Jim....I agree with the awards or trophy concept. We only use the term vacation with dealing with them. We also don't open up the trailer for any reason. One hard case insisted I open it, and I refused. I gave him the plate number on my car in the trailer which he ran, and was thus satisfied. If I were towing for a living I would do the DOT and the rest of the normal requirements. It's only fair to play by the same rules when making a living at it. Truth be told, most of the people I know with a one or two car trailer rigs have gotten out of the business because of all the headaches and rules. The money just isn't there unless you have a client base that can pay two to five dollars a mile. It's a difficult job with many unreasonable people who have unrealsitic expectations. I find 8 hours a day dragging a big car just about right before I stop. With the big east coast cities and traffic, 500 miles is usually more than enough to make me want to stop. The 1200 mile days are long past me now..........if it isn't fun, I refuse to do it anymore.
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    How to leak check aluminum head?

    Cislak has a block off plate for the big Stude motors.........you will have to make one..........lots of those pre war heads are bad...........I haven't seen too many original good ones.........maybe one or two. Its worth the effort to pressure test it BEFORE you polish it. Frank Casey has a bunch of stuff to pressure check that thing, and he is close by. If it were me I would probably just shot blast it. The car will be fast enough.......you don't need the dazzle.......unless you want it. With the trick header and four carbs the bright head will distract from the engine.....in my humble opinion! Car looks good in all your posts.......Ed
  11. edinmass

    Trailer height and wind?

    Federal DOT laws EXEMPT private occasional users for non commercial travel. I have NEVER stopped ant any scale or station. Have been stopped three times in 37 years, and let go all three times. I have good equiment, and maintain a daily log and inspection report along with vehicle and trailer maintenance records. I also carry a copy of the Federal DOT handbook. I carry more safety equipment and spares than almost anyone. They have all been polite, and no issues. The Mass State Police don't like my Maine trailer registration..........but I have them beat also. When ordering a new trailer you can get two vin tags stating the trailer as built, and also rated for anything LESS without issue. I have done it several times. My rig is all white with no stickers or identifying marks........look plain Jane and no one will bother you. I thought about going to a heaver 450 0r 550 series truck, but then DOT and all the rules will kick in, along with much more expensive insurance.
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    Hi Frank, I wasn’t referring to an electronic ignition, back in the 80’s the Harley Davidson aftermarket companies came out with a solid state condenser replacement. We sold them at our motorcycle shop, they were about twenty dollars back then. They were small, and worked fine as a universal replacement that “would last forever”. They were about the one third the size of a postage stamp, and had several different length leads on them. We used them extensively back in the day. I’m sure they must be available somewhere now. Ed Google ....... easycap ignition condensers.......similar but different, a ceramic solid state condenser replacement.
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    Trailer height and wind?

    Be sure and get the ramp door extra heavy duty..........see you at Amelia in March?👍
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    Merrimac Body Company body styles

    Nothing like having a 100 birthday cellebration with your car........I had one a few years ago with my Ford T. My father was born in 1922.........doesn't sound like it was that long ago............ Sure miss the old guy........
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    Trailer height and wind?

    Jim, I agree with much of what you said. Bill has a bunch of cars, and it's likely he will put his heavy CCCA stuff in it also. I agree with the frame and twelve inch on center. As far as the Tripp set up, we can disagree. To each his own on some preferences. One thing I would not do is use the detachable ramps. I have seen ramp movement and failure too many times, including more than a million dollars of damage to a very expensive car when the ramps shifted. I have also seen "door ramp failure" on a new unit that was "extra" heavy duty. At the CCCA meet and Duesenberg Drivers Club meet last month, almost 80 percent of the people were using the Tripps. I think we can all agree you can never have enough safety margin towing a car with any "pick up" type of vehicle. Its amazing how poorly people operate near and around a truck and trailer on the highway. Most drivers just have no clue the issues a truck and trailer must contend with while going down the road. Trailering a car is a complicated issue that should not be taken lightly, and your comments show your experience of many years and miles of open road driving. Its amazing how many owners are afraid to drive their cars and will quickly "trailer" them around........you take a risk every time a car is loaded and unloaded from a trailer, and risk damage every time you tie it down..........we could go on for pages........ hope to meet you in person sometime if you ever end up hauling to any of the shows.......my best, Ed.