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About John_Mereness

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  1. Great Classic Sedans

    Yes: Re Oakland Park Blvd not far from I 71
  2. Great Classic Sedans

    Yes, the 1930 Franklin 147 Speedster Sedan (jury is till out on whether a Dietrich body by Dietrich production or made by say "Walker" under license - hard to say as there are zero pictures of any being produced) was owned by Len Finelli. Len may have lived in Cambridge, but when I saw car it was in Columbus proper (right in the thick of things) - he had a little museum and was sort of a "I have this, but I will not show it to anyone" kind of guy. Museum was on the same street as fellow who we knew with a 1930 LaSalle and ..... When in Len Finelli's auction this particular car is probably one of the finer of survivor Franklins to show up at any point in time (and has been carefully upgraded since auctioned).

    Go to an automotive paint store and they have things like little plastic sticks with balls of felt on end - pinstripe brushes and ... - just touch up the exact spot. Products may not be on display - you may have to ask what they carry in tools.
  4. Horch

    As my mom always says "the original owner would not have tolerated that chip for even a minute."
  5. 1930 Franklin Speedster

    The Stromberg U-3 Carburetor should be a $750.00 or so if complete and.....
  6. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    Caption on is: 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I in Grand Exit, Movie, 1935
  7. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    It passed through Cincinnati, OH one year for Ault Park Concours d''Elegance (a new owner was taking delivery there) - 1996(?). It was painted entirely in white with a tan top and a red interior. We still had the 1930 Franklin 147 Dietrich Speedster Convertible Sedan so naturally caught my eye, plus I was asked to get it running. I had all my tools so I took off a door dovetails - it had the proper number for a Franklin Walker Bodied Pirate. L _ _ . I was able to get a really good detail look at car and even slid underneath it with the shop light - THE BODY IS INCREDIBLE WELL ADAPTED TO THE CHASSIS. NOTICE THE LICENSE PLATE I BELIEVE SAYS 1935. ALSO THERE ARE SOME PICTURES OF IT USED IN MOVIES. The body could have been a Walker surplus or could have been a used Franklin body from a car that bit the dust.
  8. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    Yesterday, I had a Jedi Master formerly from Ned Herman's Vintage Auto in Cincinnati (one of the top pre-war RR shops of the 60's-early 80's time) help me do some tuning. He thought I did not have the right range of mixture off the steering sector (too lean) and readjusted the high speed jet to correct. And, he preached waiting longer to shift into first to get it out of the garage (for those unfamiliar - the starter drives through the transmission and so when you start it you never push in the clutch pedal - so once started you have a very "active" transmission and you have to let everything in it stop spinning to get it into gear (he said my waiting period was too short and I needed to slowly count to ten plus). He also preached not an easy car to master shifting with, but when you do master it there is nothing finer. He also criticized my double clutching - apparently too rushing in the double clutching process too and said to stop trying to "ear" it (keep right foot off accelerator) and to just let it return to idle in process. Sidenote: Friday 01/11/2018 - Had it out 2nd day in a row - shifted like butter as they say - super sweet !
  9. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    I believe you are correct as the right side core plugs are enameled, but the ones on the left side are natural aluminum. It has a Vintage Garage Frank Cook Cylinder head on it - a chunk of change !
  10. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    A RR PI is 7.7 liters (with a 4.5-inch bore and 5.5-inch stroke, displaces 469 cubic inches)
  11. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    This is the other side. I have like 150 plus hours in polishing aluminum. I probably should polish the brass carburetor, but will only polish it by hand as it is one of the few cars that still retains all its machine tool marks on the brass and those would be lost if machine polished. I did polish the starting carburetor (that is the small "contraption" on the center top of the intake manifold - it is controlled by a lever off the dash and basically is a primer to get the engine going and then once engine fires up you switch over to the large carburetor - a novelty (all be it an effective novelty) that takes a little getting use to.
  12. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    Curious if just my car or ...., but I do not have to turn the RR Spirit of Ecstasy to open the hood - it is a correct original Springfield ornament and unrestored - of all things the original owner's initials are engraved in it too (ie. not a reproduction) mounted to clearly the original cap. It has the tension spring under mounting stud so it does turn, but it clears by 1/4 inch, so no need to turn it.
  13. 55 Century 66R Project

    I do not think many people understand this phenomenon (and they get less understanding if there is an hourly bill attached) - I spend hours and hours fitting things that had very decent alignment when I took them off and then when done and taken off to paint again then spend hours refitting (whole days often go by in process too).
  14. Check Those Lug Nuts

    I recognize the pinstriping on the wheels - been there done that with loose and missing lugs, broken studs, and ... - of course always had a near 6000lb car in trailer.
  15. FOR 1931 60 SERIES:

    Hate to say it though that is probably a machine tool project