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    Sears Allstate tires

    For years Sears Allstate tires were about the only source for obsolete sized tires for twenties and thirties cars. They were available everywhere in the 40s, 50s and 60s. They used to be common on older restorations and well preserved original cars. When did companies like Coker get into the old car tire business? Up until then Sears was the only game in town for obsolete tires.
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    Color Codes 1951 Plymouth Cranbrook and parts

    You can still get most everything for your car from regular auto parts stores like NAPA or Rockauto. Look up Vintage Power Wagons for engine parts, the power wagon used the same engine as Dodge cars and they have a large stock of NOS parts including pistons for $65 a set. Andy Bernbaum is a good source for parts for any Chrysler product 30s - 60s.
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    Pontiac Streamliner 8 air cleaner

    The white lead and oil compound is called litharge or pipe dope. Used to be a common item in a plumber's toolbox. You can buy a stick of pipe dope at the hardware store, or use Permatex.
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    Pontiac Streamliner 8 air cleaner

    The white lead and oil compound is called litharge or pipe dope. Used to be a common item in a plumber's toolbox. You can buy a stick of pipe dope at the hardware store, or use Permatex.
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    Pontiac Streamliner 8 air cleaner

    The white lead and oil compound is called litharge or pipe dope. Used to be a common item in a plumber's toolbox. You can buy a stick of pipe dope at the hardware store, or use Permatex.
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    Car Logo Quiz...

    Only Chinese car I know anything about is Hong Qi which used to make limousines for top Communist officials. I think they are out of business now, replaced by BMW
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    Car Logo Quiz...

    43. Some of them were lucky guesses. Lots of new makes from overseas I never heard of like Geeley.
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    1934 Brewster Town Car

    Brough Superior and Railton, both built on Hudson chassis, were considered a low cost alternative to a Bentley in the 1930s. The most obvious difference being the 3 speed transmission where the Bentley had a 4 speed. Quite a compliment to Hudson when you learn that the Hudson chassis cost 100 pounds vs 1000 pounds for the Bentley. That is, a $500 chassis stood comparison to a $5000 chassis . I'm not saying a Hudson is as good as a Bentley, I am saying that given similar coachwork a number of English car buyers thought the difference small enough not to justify the extra cost of the Bentley.
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    Odd little Italian car

    Saw a car like yours on the street today, well not exactly like yours, a rear engine Fiat 850 convertible. Followed it for a block before it turned down a side street. Haven't seen one of those in 30 years.
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    1948 straight eight crankshaft

    If you want a new one they are cheap, from an industrial bearing shop. Take the bearing or the number off it and they will have one to match. This is easier and cheaper than trying to order 1948 Pontiac parts. There are bearing supply houses in all large towns and cities.
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    1948 straight eight crankshaft

    If that bearing holds the end of the transmission input shaft only the manual trans models had one. I say "if" because most cars had a plain bronze bearing there. Well all the old cars I know of. I don't know why else a 1948 straight eight would have a ball bearing on the crankshaft.
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    My 18 year old sent me this...funny

    Years ago Road & Track magazine published a race track photo, taken in the 20s. It showed a row of outhouses and above them a billboard that said "Drain Your Crankcase Every 1000 Miles".
  13. A good upholstery shop can repair the dash and cover it with new vinyl. They may be able to repair the door panel too. But, I would go junkyard shopping and try to find a good door panel.
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    Pre War Cars - how fast is fast?

    In the early seventies car makers went from rear axle ratios of 3.5:1 or so, to 3:1 or less. They did this in an effort to get better mileage without investing in new motors but it also made the cars a lot quieter at speed. Today's cars often have 4, 5 or 6 speed transmissions instead of the 2 or 3 speeds of the past to get the same effect. In the 30s 40s and 50s we expected more engine noise and wind noise too, at higher speeds. 50 was a typical road speed then, rising to 60 or 70 when the interstates became popular. Cars may have been capable of higher speeds but not without noise. And, that was a long time ago. You wouldn't expect the best dancer in the world to jump up and do the boogaloo at 80 the way she did when she was 18.
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    Steam Powered Packard

    Here's a Stanley chassis with the engine being tested or demonstrated on compressed air (the boiler has been removed from the car). You can see how it is incorporated into the rear axle and the resemblance to what is under the Packard.