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

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    SO TESLA IS TANKING....YOUR THOUGHTS

    AMXDreamer -- Where do you get "fuel companies are gouging us on costs?" I don't know where you are, but here in Texas I'm currently paying $2.39 per gallon for regular. If you back out the general inflation rate, that equals 31 cents in mid-1966 dollars. Which is pretty much what I was paying back then while commuting to college. Sometimes 27 cents, sometimes 33 cents.
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    Anyone Ever Sell a Car to a Buyer in Sweden?

    Not in Sweden, but I did sell a car to a buyer in Finland. He told me to take it to a shipping company here in Houston, and they would pay me in cash. I did and they did -- it was a great transaction.
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    Auburn 34-36

    Please send me your contact information. Thanks.
  4. What does the Intech pictured above cost as shown?
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    1929 Desoto K engine

    Resolving that hose issue sounds promising.
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    Radiator Leak

    Had a similar problem on the road one time in a Jaguar XKE, and since it was a pressurized system and blowing steam I had to address it with what was on hand -- only a screwdriver. Took a small screw off a trim piece and screwed it into the hole, sealing the leak. Might not work if your part is all rusted out. JB Weld would be worth a try.
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    1929 Desoto K engine

    Back in the 1960s, we had a '29 Desoto with rebuilt engine and radiator that still ran hot. Eventually determined that the water pump was forcing water through the radiator so fast that the water wasn't there long enough to cool down. My dad put a round block of wood with a half-inch hole in the center into the radiator hose, creating a restriction that slowed the water down and solved the heating problem. I suspect that a thermostat would have served the same function. The possibility of too-fast water flow might also relate to Mikefit's suggestion above that you may need a baffle.
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    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO 1935 AUBURN

    Since this thread covers '35 Auburns, here's a photo of my convertible sedan. Posters are correct -- absolutely great-driving cars. Cruise at 70 at 2,400 RPM -- some are geared even more advantageously.
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    Cooper Duesenberg at auction

    Duesenbergs sure inspire a lot of stories -- here are 4 possibly related ones. 1) I had my car at a local show one day and a spectator came up to me and said, "I've always wanted to see one of these because my uncle was killed in one." I asked him the story and he said it was the 1940s in Texas, near Mexia, which is about 100 miles south of Dallas. His uncle was in the oil business and was involved in the Mexia oilfield. He liked to drive fast and owned fast cars -- one of them a Duesenberg. While driving the Duesy one day, he passed a car going uphill and had a head-on collision with an oncoming car at the top of the hill. The spectator had no idea what became of the Duesenberg afterwards. 2) I was already aware that in the 1960s a Model J engine was found powering a saw blade at a sawmill in Northeast Texas. Multiple car club guys saw it at the time, and told me about it later. That engine had to come from somewhere. I went to the sawmill site about 15 years ago with one of the oldtimers and we found the abandoned building where the engine had been, but was now long gone. Even tracked down the widow of the sawmill owner, but she didn't know anything about it. I don't know where that engine ended up, but I did see a reference in print one time about an engine retrieved from a sawmill. There was also a reference to an engine salvaged from a fishing boat in Panama (that's the engine now on display at the ACD Museum, donated by Bill Bocock). 3) One time while talking with a ranch owner and antique car enthusiast near Giddings, a town east of Austin, he told me that his exterminator was looking over his cars one day and told them that he had once seen a front axle and wheels from a Duesenberg at a customer's barn somewhere in East Texas. Maybe part of an home-made wagon or trailer project??? 4) At the Pate Swap Meet outside Fort Worth, in the 1980s I found a Model J Buffalo wire wheel hubcap with the "Duesenberg" engraving on it. This was before I heard the other stories, and it didn't occur to me to ask where it had come from. Duesenbergs were exceedingly rare in Texas back in the day, so it was a long shot for any Duesenberg part to show up at a swap meet here. I've wondered if these four stories/finds are related. Not that I think a car is out there somewhere -- it's no doubt long gone. But a few pieces might have been salvaged.
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    Crop touring

    To make up for my ignorance, I'm spending two days this week picking grapes on a friend's ranch, in the 97-degree Texas heat. We do this twice a year -- white grapes now, and red grapes in a couple weeks. And in my youth, I did help out herding cattle once (enough). We should all be thankful for farmers and ranchers.
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    American Arrow Corporation

    I went through the same thing last month. Finally got a return phone call, but no email response to my request for a part.
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    Cooper Duesenberg at auction

    J315 was rebodied by the Chicago Duesenberg factory branch in 1935 with a Dietrich coupe body from a Lincoln. That body stayed on it until the 1970s when it was removed and reinstalled on a Lincoln. Meanwhile a new dual-cowl phaeton in the style of a Murphey vee-rear-windshield was built for the Duesenberg by a couple of Harrah's craftsmen, or so I've been told. I've owned the car since 2011. See photo, which is from 2014 or '15. A couple other of these bodies were also built in recent decades. Originally there was only one such body on the long-wheelbase chassis, and several on short-wheelbase chassis. My car is the long wheelbase.
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    Crop touring

    Being a city boy, let me ask -- what are they doing, irrigating?
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    Model 48 Locomobile

    I dug out the written history that accompanied my car (the blue-green Sportif pictured earlier in this thread) when Lee Davenport sold it around 1987 or so. It contains the answer on the "baggage car." It is not the green roadster, which really is a low-mileage car. "Alexander Stein of Byram Shore, Greenwich, Connecticut was the owner of a number of Model 48 Locomobiles and was considered the authority on the marque. His mother had purchased a seven-passenger touring immediately after World War I which Alex drove and maintained almost up to his death on Jan. 1, 1974. At that point the family car had racked up nearly 300,000 miles, hence his interest in buying lower-mileage Locomobiles. Alex had attended the Locomobile chauffeur school, giving him a head start as a Locomobile expert. For many years after World War II, he tracked most every known Locomobile in the eastern United States."
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    Drilling and Tapping Holes in Chrome Plating

    There are some mirrors that attach to the door hinges, if the hinges are exposed and on the front edge of the door (not suicide doors).