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    Grew up in the hobby working on father's Packard, DeSoto & LaSalle, driving on car tours in the 1960s
  1. Pierce Arrow

    Gee, I have been admiring this one myself.
  2. How do Backup Lights work on a 1931 Reo Royale

    As noted, Packard used a switch on the transmission. When in reverse, the switch grounded the backup light circuit and thus illuminated the light, which already had constant power going to it.
  3. 1964, 65 Riviera Walnut Wooden Steering Wheel Horn Bar

    Go to the Buick Riviera forum farther down the list of AACA Forums and look for references to Rick Rawls in Houston (just do a search). Does a fantastic job at making perfect reproductions of these horn bars. I have one on my car.
  4. Late 1920's LINCOLNS

    1937hd45 -- What do you know of Alex Stein? I know of him through Locomobile circles.
  5. 1929 DeSoto Stewart-Warner vacuum fuel pump

    You don't want a gasket between the flapper surfaces. As soon as the gasoline level rises in the inner tank and pushes up the cork floats, they shut off the vacuum from the engine -- and that enables the gasoline to drain through the flapper valve into the outer tank, which supplies the engine. Then the process starts all over again. The floats drop, opening up the engine vacuum into the inner tank. The vacuum causes the flapper valve to close, sealing the inner tank from the outer tank and allowing the vacuum to pull fuel up from the gas tank. That's why the flapper valve has to seal effectively under vacuum -- and not at all when no vacuum is present.
  6. 1929 DeSoto Stewart-Warner vacuum fuel pump

    If the inner tank has a flapper valve on the bottom, I suggest you test whether it is sealing by pressing the empty inner tank part way down into a bucket of water. The flapper should hold the water out with minimal leakage. If not you'll need to check on why -- pits on the sealing surface, warped components, etc. This sealing action is important in preserving the vacuum so that the system draws fuel from the gas tank.
  7. 1929 DeSoto Plugs Bubbling

    Put in some time to learn how the vacuum tank works, and make sure yours is up to snuff. Vacuum tanks are generally less troublesome to live with than electric fuel pumps -- they don't make noise, they don't require electricity, and they don't overwhelm the carburetor like a fuel pump can. There are people who rebuild vacuum tanks. One of the things to check for is a loose brass bushing/valve seat at the top of the tank. It can cause flooding at times -- then it can bounce back into place and the car will run fine until it falls out again. Carbking is a good source of info on vacuum tanks as well. If your tank is Stewart Warner, there is a wealth of reference information (even YouTube videos) available via a computer search.
  8. Vacuum fuel tank

    My '29 Packard Super 8 has a vacuum tank, and I've run it out of gas a few times. After refilling the gas tank, it will pull fuel up to the vacuum tank and start the engine with a little cranking. Perhaps your White will too with a fully charged battery and good tuning.
  9. gas tank cleaning

    I tried all the home remedies recently on a '36 Cord gas tank. None of them worked. Finally sent it to Renu. All the simple ways -- like shake it with rocks inside, Evaporust, Drano, etc. -- may well work with gas tanks that are only a couple decades old. They used to work for us back in the 1960s. But now, with tanks 80-90 years old, the rust has had too long to develop.
  10. So totally different from today. From 1978-1980 I totally restored a '64 Lincoln Continental Convertible not because it was an old car, but because it had been in the family from new. The cost of a quality rebuild of the engine -- with boring, new pistons & valves, bearings, timing chain, the works -- was $525. That engine has now covered more than 100,000 miles since the rebuild, and still doesn't smoke or burn oil. Transmission rebuild was even less. New leather upholstery and top was $2,500. You could go into an auto supply and find people who knew what they were talking about, and stocked everything that you needed, including specialty nuts and bolts. Regarding older cars -- '20s and '30s -- when you were out on the road, people recognized what they were, and remembered them from their youth. There were still local shops (in my case in Houston) that could re-babbit the engines, reline the brake shoes and grind them to fit the drums. You could still find the original parts you needed -- like a fender -- given a little time and letter-writing to contacts around the country. Now, the situation is reversed. Nearly all the original stuff is gone, but there are now repro parts available (like rubber weatherstripping, spotlights and driving lights, rocker panel pieces) that we could only dream of back then. And the Internet makes connecting with suppliers, and researching data, a breeze. When you were sponsoring antique car tours, cities were eager to have you come, and corporations and local companies provided all kinds of free stuff, and you got discounts on rooms, food, etc. and even donations. Now, you better show up with a checkbook. Back then, the old car hobby was kind of a secret, one that mystified the general public (why would anyone want to fix up that old car???). Now, it's widely recognized and over-promoted, kind of like the get-rich-quick beanie-baby craze of the 1990s. As far as prices, back then you typically could restore a car yourself for a reasonable amount, and gradually find the parts you needed. Now, it's nearly always cheaper to buy a car already restored given the ongoing inflation in the cost of paint, plating, upholstery and the fact that if you need a '20s or '30s fender you're going to have to pay someone to make it from scratch. We drove the old cars across state back then. Now, you better trailer it if you don't want to get run over. But man, have the trailers and pickup trucks improved -- and gotten expensive.
  11. Pilor Ray lamp wiring 1929 Packard

    I have a '29 Packard roadster with a single Pilot Ray light that was on the car when I bought it. This car is my driver on Glidden Tours, and I like having the Pilot Ray because occasionally I do drive the car at night. These old cars need all the light they can get. Oddly enough, the best lights on any of my cars are on the 1919 Locomobile -- the oldest of the bunch.
  12. 1960s Lincoln grille piece?

    Take a look at the bottom of the front fenders on a '64 Lincoln, forward of the wheels. They have stainless steel trim pieces similar to this, but it's been a while since I looked at mine and I'm a little uncertain if what you have is a match. Looks like the trim for the driver's side.
  13. Cord

    Don't get your hopes up on this one. A friend has been pursuing it, and it has been discouraging. The storage lot is a sea of mud, they move the cars around with forklifts, windows are down on the cars, there was a multi-day hard freeze recently, it's now been five months since Hurricane Harvey, and my friend was not allowed in to see the car. So no one knows how bad the damage is by now.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.