John_Mereness

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    Cooper Duesenberg SSJ at auction

    Interesting question as to price, though any way about it should set a new record for highest price ever paid for a Duesenberg.
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    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO 1935 AUBURN

    In a CCCA car, 851's and 852's (850's for that matter) are perhaps the most driveable cars made via 1930's. The first (an 851 S/C Phaeton) dad bought in the 70's with a salesperson of his. We took on an AACA tour for an entire weekend - loved it. Upon sale, when delivered the clutch throw-out bearing had gone bad - a new one was sent by Stan Gilliand (and former owner credited $500 on purchase). When we went to install we found that somewhere along the line the car had driven over a 55 gallon barrel or ... - the frame was all torn up and had been substantially rewelded. Well, a year plus later after frame was replaced it was just time to sell the car (maybe drove it once or twice in process of selling). I am sorry we did not spend more time with it, as we had countless other 1930's cars over the years and until we bought the 851 sedan in 2006, forgot what we were missing (and probably would have not had anything else other than Auburns). By the way, I will tell you an 851/852 is probably most pleasurable pre-1953 car made. Also, Cord 810-812's are INCREDIBLE road cars - they just take more of an engineering mentality and a lot more patience and ... to get right.
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    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO 1935 AUBURN

    If you are looking for a project car, I have an unrestored 1936 852 (8 cylinder) Phaeton (4 door convertible) - that is time to sell. It attended ACD meets in 1960's (I think it was painted Neptune Blue then - a blue turquoise), then it was disassembled for restoration in about 1969 or so (looks like they did the drivetrain, cleaned up the undercarriage, started prepped the body for paint, and ....). It then passed through several owners who each upgraded it a little, though each unfortunately taking it apart more and each loosing this and that in parts for it. Over past few years, I have bought most of the missing parts for it (Curt helped with) and I have re-assembled it. I would say condition wise it is what you would want to restore a CCCA & ACD 30's open car. It is a dual sidemount car with metal covers with built on trunk. Price would be in the low 40's. Location: Cincinnati, OH. Sidenote: The Phaetons make super nice tour cars - huge trunks, nice space, not too big not too small, great power & roadability - we currently have 3 of them (the most driven has had 50K miles on its restoration via tours, ACD meets and ....), plus have had an 851 S/C Phaeton (in mid 1970's) and an 851 sedan (2006-2007).
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    American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    Well, you can go 90 in the RR, but perhaps only once Takes off from a stopsign or stoplight better than anything ever made though .
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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.
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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 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.