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About jrbartlett

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    Grew up in the hobby working on father's Packard, DeSoto & LaSalle, driving on car tours in the 1960s
  1. I'm old enough to have been a teenager in the late '50s. I can tell you that continental kits back then were far more rare than they are on today's restored cars.
  2. What are some of the stupid things you've seen drivers do?

    See this all the time -- driver misses an exit on the freeway, and rather than going to the next one and doubling back, instead stops and backs up against the flow of traffic coming at them at 60-70 MPH. I've also dodged several cars going the wrong way on the freeway, both day and night, in various places around the country.
  3. which one do you most regret missing?

    1953 Buick Skylark Convertible was offered to me for free, by my father, in 1974. He had traded an adding machine for it. A fellow had bought a piece of property and found the Buick in an old barn, and needed an adding machine. My father and I went to look at the car. It was bright yellow, undented, sitting on blocks, totally complete except for missing wire wheels, with a thick layer of dust and 65,000 miles on the odometer. It was straight enough that today it would not be restored. My then-new wife took one look and said, "Oooh, that's ugly." So I turned it down. Bad thing is my father never went and got the car either. Don't know what happened to it. By the way, eventually I dumped that sour wife.
  4. Why One Noisy Valve?

    There's an additional possibility on a Packard. Each roller rides on its own riveted shaft that over time can work loose. I am uncertain of how to repair this, but know someone who might be able to advise you if this is the case on your car.
  5. Wow -- what a beautiful touring car. It looks about 5-7 years ahead of its time.
  6. Could possibly help -- a trip to Fredericksburg is always fun -- but would only be available for perhaps one day from Dec. 1-3. Not sure you will be there then.
  7. OEM parts found!

    Do you have any ferrous oxide?

    I bought a 2004-vintage Featherlite enclosed trailer a year ago, and its quality is very impressive. I found no evidence of cracks anywhere, but will be watching for any. And as is typical for a used trailer, I had to replace the tires and brakes. It has the 8-lug wheels with 235-16 tires; uncertain of the axle rating.
  9. Solution to Severe engine flooding

    Here's my take from encountering this problem years ago. Odds are the car will not start because: 1) The gasoline has washed the oil off the cylinder walls, and you aren't getting enough compression. In this case you'd need to squirt some oil into the cylinders on top of the pistons and spin the engine so the oil gets onto the cylinder walls and seals the rings. 2) Or the gasoline itself is old and has degraded/separated into its component parts. I've had this problem with small equipment that sat up too long. Requires draining all the old gas out and replacing with new. 3) Or you still have the flooding problem, and the mixture is too rich to burn. If so, find and fix the problem causing the flooding, and take the spark plugs out and let the engine set for a while so the excess gas can evaporate out of the combustion chamber. You may still need to oil the cylinder walls. 4) Or you have a ruptured fuel pump diaphragm that is pouring gas into the engine pan. I've seen instances of the entire crankcase filled with gasoline on old Chrysler slant 6's. They would not start despite getting fuel and spark. But sometimes they'd blow the entire pan off. Again, the problem was the gasoline diluted the oil and there was no compression. 5) Or this is an older car with a vacuum tank with a stuck float, due to a loose bushing above the float. Gasoline then gets sucked directly into the intake manifold via the connection between the manifold and the vacuum tank, completely bypassing the carburetor. 6) Or your carburetor is gummed up and the float is stuck down, or is full of gas and has sunk. This may be the most likely cause, rather than a carburetor mis-adjustment. You didn't mention the car or the type of fuel system it has. More information would help.
  10. Scranton-Area Question

    I'm going to be in the Scranton - Pocono area over the Thanksgiving weekend, thru Monday. Is there anything old-car-related going on in the area during this time? Any collections or museums that I should try to see? Many thanks.
  11. Garage & Car Barn Thread

    Really sorry for what you lost. I'm considering buying/building a house and car barn somewhere out in the Texas Hill Country, and was wondering about fire-resistant building materials and techniques. The interior window coverings never occurred to me as a hazard.
  12. Just thought I'd throw in with the fact that when my father bought a brand-new '66 back in the day it was equipped with the triple-white-stripe tires. I seem to remember that all three stripes were equal-width thin, but I could be wrong about that.
  13. 425 nailhead fan

    It is balanced. Most likely the blade spacing is meant to reduce noise. Perhaps someone more in the know will weigh in.
  14. Supercharged Packard

    The estimate given of horsepower gain from addition of a blower may be over-optimistic. '35/'36 Auburn straight 8 gained only 35 HP from the addition of a blower -- from 115 to 150 (advertised numbers). That was from a 278 cubic inch engine. Duesenberg J's 420-cubic-inch engine gained 55 HP from addition of a supercharger -- from 265 to 320 (advertised numbers). The latter figure later went to 400 HP with changes to the intake manifold design and addition of another carburetor, and maybe some other changes.
  15. Opening '66 Riviera Trunk

    No vacuum release present on one of the '66s, but the other one does have a release. I had all the keys to both cars stored in a plastic bag, and the whole bag disappeared during a home remodeling project. Looked everywhere, but no luck. Probably mistakenly thrown in the trash.