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  1. Old 1930s bugatti

    Just looks like bait to me. I'm not bothering with the topic again. Sorry, Hujar, seen it before.
  2. Our Western New York Chapter of the Cadillac LaSalle Club had an ice cream social today in Williamsville New York. That is about a 120 mile round trip for me. I'm still hunting for my Caddy, but showing up with a Buick is OK too, even Pontiacs are welcomed. Last year I took my '60 Electra. Now, this ride is no small undertaking and the pioneers have nothing on me. After leaving my town I crossed the muckland. That's the wet remains of the glacial Lake Tonawanda. Exiting the Muck I crossed the headwaters of the Oak Orchard River that drains the boggy areas of the remaining low spots. From there it is passage through Indian country, the Seneca reservation. Then the remainer I followed RT 5 the old cattle trail in the 1800's. Well, I was lucky to do most of it at 60 MPH, top down, and sucking up sunshine. Some people just drive that route and never know the adventure they are taking.
  3. What's your thought ?

    Does that have anything to do with the RV left with a siphon hose hanging from the waste tank?
  4. What's the better buy?

    I don't want my car to decay, Martin. Have you been drinking?
  5. What's the better buy?

    Not good questions to ask. If you are serious in asking there is only one answer; buy the one you are impulsively drawn to. Those questions won't matter. I have never fully enjoyed or kept collector cars that I canalized. Impulse over judgement every time. Bernie
  6. Old 1930s bugatti

    Here's more.
  7. Oil drain plug

    Wow! I had a flashback to the 1980's. I have forgotten about my nailhead oil plug experience. For some reason I bought a self tapping plug. It takes a little extra torque to put those in. That was when I discovered the plug threads into a steel plate tack welded inside the sheet metal pan. The tack weld broke. Then I had a free spinning partly installed self tapper and a loose plate on the inside. I had to drop the pan and weld the plate back in. Dropping the pan on those cars is very close to the same amount of work as removing the engine. I still remember sneaking those four pan bolts about the crossmember in. I used a 1/4" drive, extension, and a universal joint. Now I'm trying to remember what is in there now. I'll have to check. Be careful. Bernie
  8. Airplanes

    I was trying to find Buy Plane Dot Comm. But Google kept sending me to those experimental jobs. Bernie
  9. Questions about an old car

    "GM would press hay and horse manure into bumpers if they thought it would sell." Oh, wait! Now that I think of it. They'd get a green point for being biodegradable. That quote is from automotive history. It was stated by an outspoken Dutch GM dealer at a corporate presentation on the new 1959 cars. The dealer stood up and voiced that opinion right after the speaker stated GM cars were built with the finest material available. (Stolen from Henry.) My source was Phil Lanzatella, owner of Philanz Oldsmobile, Rochester, New York. They were sitting next to each other. I guess by 1969 Sloan's relation building with the dealer network was beginning to wane. Ta Da, that's antique car stuff. Phil told me that story in 2005. When he finished he smiled and asked me if I had seen the bumpers on the new cars. Bernie
  10. Questions about an old car

    The Gogomobiles I remember were from the late '50's. By the time 1992 came around I think GM had rebadged them for the American market but I can't remember which one, probably some variation of Opel or Vauxhall. 1992 is 25 years old, look for one at Hershey. Also, the prewar cars appear to have stabilized, but postwar cars are definitely increasing annually. Bernie
  11. 1950 Bias White Walls

    The new tires took me right back to 1965 when I put four narrow white Firestone Deluxe Champion narrow whites on my '50 Special fastback. This car came up for sale a little over a year ago and I think is my actual car with those tires still on it. The location and history all pointed to it being my old car. In 1965 you saw the straight tread Dennan's in wide white at car shows. The Double Eagles, US Royals, and the like were usually on hay wagons in my area. So, half a century ago they were the hot set up. OUr old cars are our window in time. Most of us weren't there to enjoy the window when new. One just picks the window they like. Bernie Oh, those were 7.60X15's. We sold the caps for $12 each. I more than doubled my investment.
  12. Looks like the trained folks saved the day for the pros and schooled literate. I read Asimov and Wells, Vonnegut for fun. Back to the AC, how much is the R-12 going for these days? I'm still working off a 30 pounder I bought at a buck a pound. Lasts a long time when there is no compressor on your car. There could have been quite a market in reclaimed/recycled refrigerants with the right equipment : http://www.freepatentsonline.com/5189889.html
  13. Should end "within the paradigm of the application. That is the dangerous part, a little knowledge. In 1983 an electronic accounting application would have lived up to the definition of college level learning, the conceptual use of knowledge from one field to another. I added conceptual from my own 50 years of experience. Details are often overlooked in exchange for commitment. I started using communication circuits in 1974 with token ring technology and some fiber optics. Unshielded cable was fine for binary points. And they were the majority. The cost was about $500 per point compared to analog points at about $2,000 per. Analog used current loops with resistance sensors and were always installed with shielded (tin foil) wire. There just weren't many and may not have been obvious to the application investigator. On the AC, follow the book and make it as original as possible. Back to my personal experience, my greatest successes have come from recognizing and removing "improvements".
  14. It is interesting that the nearest city on my map is in another country. Cornell University has a deep water cooling system in Seneca Lake where the water is always 35 degrees.
  15. Wow! There is a lot in this thread. I just looked at it for the first time today. It looked like it just related to the damper diaphragms. I guess I will go back and read it. Most of my life I have earned my living operating large refrigeration equipment. I think I owned my first operating AC car in 2000 or 2001. My '64 Riviera has never had a compressor on it, but I do remember repairing the cracked door actuator back around 1980 for cosmetic reasons. As I was just reading through I was trying to remember if I have ever driven the car with the windows rolled up. Just in case this sounds strange, take a look: I live at the bottom of that blue arrow. A warm day around here means flannel shirt weather. A reason for the windows open when it is "warm". Also a reason why I haven't fished the chrome window divider strip out of the quarter panel. On the technical side, 134A is about 15% less efficient than R-12. Off the top of my head 134A has a latent heat of 58 BTU/Lb and 12 is 70 or so. Automotive compressors are positive displacement so they need to cycle or have an evaporator pressure regulation device of some sort. Engine driven at variable speeds brings another control function along with the varying load. If anyone is doing a restoration and finds some NOS hoses that they use in a 134A conversion they will leak the charge overnight. Used ones won't. The coat of refrigeration oil from use will seal them. If you go new you have to use triple wall hose. Fin spacing and the presence of a defrost cycle in a refrigeration system are an indicator of operating temperature. Wide fin spacing indicates allowance for ice, operating below freezing. A defrost cycle anticipate ice formation. Neither applies to cars. A minimum coil temperature should be about 38 degrees for proper cooling and dehumidification. With a 5 degree approach that would exit the vents at 42 or 43. Mixed with the air in the car at about 70 degrees you end up at about 55% RH. That is pretty comfortable. If spending time in an air conditioned car is uncomfortable something is off and the best first step is to plot the vent temperature and cabin temperature on a psychrometric chart. Just figure the exiting air saturated at 100% unless the numbers don't work. Today is a warm day. We just moved out of the 70's, temperaturewise. Lunch in the convertible! Bernie