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About John_Mereness

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  1. AACA tires

    I took a set of Martin tires off a 1941 Packard Darrin. I suspect Martin was all but gone out of business by late 1960's (and do not know history, but suspect they became Lester tire). The point of my post though is that we had been driving around sorting out the car and just did not get to the new tire project as soon as we should have - and when we demounted the wheels the rim bead on the tire was 2/3 separated (in thickness) around 80% of the rim area on all 4 wheels (aka - we were "playing with fire" and the tires had seen their day even though they still were in amazing condition as far as no tread wear, white whitewall, no visible cracking, and ....).
  2. Wanted: Rear Seat Strap Hardware

    If memory serves there is a diagram for doing the leather work via one of the Club Publications via 1970's or so - it is one of the colr publications and picture - Diagram related to a 1927 Touring via perhaps a Harrahs restoration
  3. wheel covers

    Take Mike up on his offer = these are like the hubcaps for my 55 Buick - you would have thought an easy enough project, but by the time I was done I had umpteen amounts of money in getting together 4 and had a good dozen plus that were scavenged for one part or another, had to buy a couple sets of buy 4 to get 1 or 2 excellent, and .... (ie. a bird in the hand in good condition is worth ....). Also, they are hard to find as Franklin wheels are 19" and most cars by the time streamline tire covers came into play were 18" and quickly going to 17". LaSalle used a similar 19" cover for 30 and 31 - rarer than the Franklin though. Sidenote: You may have to put a 6:00 tire in the spare or deflate or ..... - original covers and reproduction tires often are a precarious fit at best.
  4. Ross steering box

    I put a 1929 Franklin 130 Ross box (very similar to 1929/1930 Auburn) in our 1930 Franklin 147 to replace its original Gemmar Box (that I had spent umpteen hours repeatedly restoring/rebuilding) - it was like night and day difference, especially in that you did not have to turn the steering wheel both ways around corners (ie. it returned effortlessly). I had read in the factory dealer bulletins about how the Ross boxes were preferred at the factory for their cars used to pick-up supplies for the plant. And, then I drove a 1931 151 Pursuit with a Ross unit (perhaps the most "driven" car the club) and there was no going back.
  5. I agree with Ed. Flathead Cadillacs are pretty common to have engine swaps - they tend to crack in the valve area on the drivers side rear most cylinder and .... - I would just go ahead and find a better engine. Basically, this is not a Duesenberg and you will be happier with an engine block that has not had the repair work you are about to undertake. I had an engine swap (a whole driveline swap for that matter) on my 1936 Cadillac 75 Series Town Cabriolet and it was an AACA, CCCA, and Cadillac Club Senior Winner.
  6. Dupont

    Awesome Car (and I do not say that about "Town Cars" too often). And, enjoyed both CCCA articles on it when first done and more recent update (including photos of it when "found").
  7. 1920-1930 side mount cover

    What are all its measurements ?
  8. I found Distributor caps needed Prestolite P3-9

    Thanks, I did find a pair of generics in black that are doing the trick - just hate to not have the original maroon with numbers on them and ...
  9. Wanted To Buy - 7:00 x 20 Denman Whitewalls (need 2 at minimum) - need to be in respectable condition with minimal wear and decent whitewalls. John Mereness 513-478-1887
  10. Dupont

    By the way, the H dual cowl (white and Black) - why have I never seen an original photo of this as a new car - not like it would ever go unnoticed in the 30's ?
  11. Dupont

    I promised Al if he started a thread I would add an original photo and Stan Smith's research on such - I will have to do some homework about where is is in the library.
  12. Elcar

    I have a rare of the rare photo (it may have been published when I gave it to Stan Smith for researching for CCCA publication and I told him fine for his book) and Stan was able to ID car (and it still exists today) - I would be pleased to [post if you did a DuPont thread.
  13. 1930 Studebaker President Reduced 38500 paint upgrades

    Most sedans even CCCA eligible do not have AACA and/or CCCA badges on them, as they are just not economical to restore = My experience is people will pay a little more for a really well done car. And, some sedans do exceptionally well: ex. ACD family cars, large Horsepower matched to truly rare, and ..... I try not to use closed (or even open) Lincolns as an example - they tend to sell lower than comparable cars and that is a shame as they are super nice cars. I have for sale a 40 Lincoln Continental Convertible that was one of those car that had had huge money spent on it matched to being a well cared for car to begin with - and end result is that it is better than 98% of the 40's and 41's out there. It has received its fair share of low offers, but for a few thousand over the price of an average car they will be rewarded with a prize.
  14. Lyon Cover sidemount covers

    A Lyon cover is generally a two piece metal cover for spare tires mounted in the front fenders of car - sidemounts (or on rear of a car) and they were made approximately 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, and 1932. The company went on the make other automotive accessories. They put their emblem on (see picture) some of the covers and if I recall it is about the size of a quarter (perhaps a touch larger than a quarter).