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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    Custom Classics: Whitewalls with 3 rings - 20 years and 6K miles on them and still had "tits" - and then won CCCA Primary 99.5 points (they came from Lucas Tire if I recall). Bought 2 more and next owner ran car another 16K miles before putting on 2 new fronts. By the way, the difference is we have a race shop here in town that specializes in problematic alignments: Performance Alignment www.performance-alignment.com/experience.htm Experience Performance. Bill Braucksick, Master ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technician, is recognized as one of the Greater Cincinnati Area's "Bill Broxic
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    I have been running Firestones on Packards - nice tire and love the period tread pattern. Interesting discussion on Custom Classics - they use to be a fabulous tire - sounds like various "runs" over years have decreased in quality.
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    I have been running Firestones on Packards - nice tire and love the period tread pattern. Interesting discussion on Custom Classics - they use to be a fabulous tire - sounds like various "runs" over years have decreased in quality.
  4. John_Mereness

    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    I have been running Firestones on Packards - nice tire and love the period tread pattern. Interesting discussion on Custom Classics - they use to be a fabulous tire - sounds like various "runs" over years have decreased in quality.
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    I have been running Firestones on Packards - nice tire and love the period tread pattern. Interesting discussion on Custom Classics - they use to be a fabulous tire - sounds like various "runs" over years have decreased their quality.
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    American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    The heads get porosity - RR treated them by I believe baking them in linseed oil - and then along came alcohol based anti-freeze and age. They also corrode. When one is going bad, besides overheating, you know the problem as there are green translucent chunks in the coolant that look like mint jelly. The problem is well noted in the very first RROC newsletter in 1954 (ie problem has been around for a LOOOOOOOOOOG time). I am very familiar with the problem via my RR PI (it was in the family since 1972 or 1973, and eventually had to get a new Frank Cooke replacement head. By the way, on rare occasion a cast iron head goes bad - that historically has been quite a problem via being unobtainium. You used to be able to get a new head via Fiennes (kind of scary they do not seem to have them currently listed) - with shipping and studs my guess is you were in the low 20K range. Franke Cooke use to run his heads on a test engine prior to selling to you - all valves were set up too and ....
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    Detroit Lubricator vs Zenith-Bendix for the V12

    I have bought reproduction Packard Carbs and also parts - NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE ON HOW A PACKARD RUNS ! He also sells Packard carb parts. If you get in a bind I would ask if you need a specific part for your Cadillac carb. And, for years I have known people who try to retrofit an X to their car = works, but car just never is what it should be in running or authenticity. Have a year or two of PB&J lunches and get a reproduction set.
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    American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    The disks were sourced from the high end car accessory shop on fifth ave in New York City, = Nil Melior
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    Take them to a truck tire store with a cage and have them inflated. And, if you do yourself do not do anything fast and do not face the ring - even the commercial tire guys reach around from the backside. By the way - new tires were not mounted that day on the Packard - wheels were restored, lock rings replated, and ..... (and they were inflated in a cage !).
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    Tire replacement questions - 1929 Model 135

    I thought you may appreciate this - and these are the more easy lockring type - 1932 Packard Twin Six 7 Passenger Sedan. Car got a new set of 6 - Bedford Double Whitewalls. No, not a Lumber Jack or Paul Bunyan, but a rather surprised (did not see my camera coming) James from Grismere Tire in Downtown Dayton. He was just coming back from a truck roadside repair when I called and begged for help. Problem was the tires were 8 ply truck and could have stood on their owwn without air - HAAAAAAAAARRRRD as a Rock. The bead on each tire excepting the one original Firestone spare was almost 1 1/2 inches thick each (not much room when you also have an area on a 4 1/2 inch rim that has a metal valve stem through it. James had all the proper tools and basically resorted to brute force. He spent nearly 3 hours to demount 6 tires.
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    Stuck clutch disc

    Ed its correct: Get it someplace where you can drive for a distance without any traffic around you - then push start it and go for a drive (only had one never free up -1932 President Studebaker 4 Season Roadster - it had to come apart). Also, you can cut a piece of wood to depress clutch over winter.
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    1955 Roadmaster Front Shocks

    Does anyone have a recommendation for 1955 Roadmaster Front Shocks - mine appear original (or perhaps replaced when car was restored in the late 1970's) and need replaced.
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    Show us your Vintage tools

    We call them alligators and they come in several sizes larger too, as well as all mechanical and hydraulic - great for jacking up 1930's cars without removing the luggage from the luggage rack
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    Wide Whitewalls

    I am running BF Goodrich Radial WhiteWalls on my 1955 Roadmaster Riviera- I love them ! Usually you can get a shipping deal on set of 4 via ebay.
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    1931 Lincoln Model K, Dietrich

    I have seen it several times first hand - 100 point car (solid no questions asked AACA senior potential and last we spoke they were prepping for CCCA - and should get it as all his CCCA cars score 99 point + or 100 on dot) and a super nice road car too (restored to show, but also run down the road)- fellow who restored is does incredible work. Also, car was super solid original prior to restoration.