Rusty_OToole

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  1. You mean like this 1927 Wolverine project for sale in my area for $3500 Canadian? That's like $18 bucks in real money.
  2. Weight of 1929 Buick - 4100 lbs (1860Kg) Weight of 1938 LaSalle - 3800 lbs (1723Kg) Weight of 1938 Dodge - 3100 lbs (1406Kg)
  3. Second set looks like 'Firestone' with the TN missing. Didn't Ford use Firestone tires?
  4. I would not suggest buying a parts car yet, especially one that is 2 years older. If you decide on the Buick wait until you strip it down and find out what you need. I wouldn't replace the chassis frame unless it is cracked or badly bent. Loose rivets can be replaced. Later.... unless my memory is faulty prewar Rolls Royce didn't use rivets in the chassis, they had bolts in hand reamed tapered holes. So I don't know where the rivets could loosen.
  5. Open drive has a driveshaft with universal joints at each end, and a conventional rear axle that you have probably seen before. Torque tube drive has a long tube bolted to the rear axle with a driveshaft inside and only one universal joint at the front. The driving force is taken by a crossmember at the front of the torque tube where an open drive transmits power through the springs. In Vintage times some companies chose one, some the other. American cars that used torque tube drive included Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, and the larger Nash. Disadvantages include, it is difficult to change the transmission or clutch because the whole rear axle assembly must be removed. Advantages include, a sealed drive line protected from dirt, rocks and damage.
  6. A late 30s LaSalle or Cadillac would be an excellent choice. For sheer grinding hard work they take some beating as Maurice Hendry used to say. The LaSalle was a junior Cadillac with the powerful Cadillac V8 engine and chassis. The 3 speed transmission was renowned for its toughness and was used in many American hot rods and race cars. But, if you wanted to install a 4 speed or 5 speed, they have a conventional open driveline which is easier to modify than the Buick's torque tube. If you can afford it and want a heavier larger car the LaSalle would be an excellent choice. I would have suggested a Cadillac, or LaSalle, but I didn't think you would find one in Belgium. Also, they don't have a solid front axle.
  7. Maybe the Buick is the car for the job after all. It is rally prepared and engine overhauled. I did say it was worth looking into now I feel better about that.
  8. He could do worse than the Buick. I don't know them that well. Can you tell us why a 1929 Buick would be your first choice for a job like this?
  9. BillP- I agree with you too. Your approach is very much the way I would do it, except I would pay a little more for a car with good paint chrome and upholstery. These things are expensive and time consuming to do, and it would be easier just to buy a car that is good cosmetically. But whatever car i bought I would expect to tear it apart completely and rebuild to racing specs.
  10. Paul - I agree completely. Am pleased that someone with your experience and credentials sees things the way I do. The reason I suggested a 1937 or 38 Dodge over the Airflow is that they are cheaper and easier to get, just as good, and the last Chrysler product sold with a solid front axle. But the Airflow is also a good choice, if not as cheap or easy to work with. I also like the 1937 up Chrysler six because they are a tough powerful well proven motor, and parts are cheap and easy to get. Much easier than the Chrysler eight or earlier sixes. We have been all over this and the OP does not agree. He does not want to do it the easy way. He prefers an open car, from an earlier design era. And it must be a car that is advertised for sale, right now, in Europe. So far a 1929 Buick touring seems to be the leading contender.
  11. Carl here is the ad for the Buick. You see it is said to be rally prepped and ready for anything. Boy wouldn't that be great. Probably sales talk but who knows. That is why I suggest having it gone over by a rally expert. https://www.rpsrally.com/1928-buick-25-price-35000/ The other point is the car's capabilities as built. As I said before there is such a thing as progress and development in cars. The Buick may have been state of the art in 1929 but that meant a top speed of about 70 which it could hold for short distances and a safe cruising speed of 45 or so. Then there is the question of 88 years of age, wear, and metal fatigue. If the buyer insists on an open car from the twenties and must have it right now, and must pick from whatever is advertised in Europe today, this may be as good as he is going to get. PS I notice the Buick has no top and no luggage rack. Two things I would want on a trip like that. Wonder what happened to the top. If they didn't throw away the frame the canvas is replaceable. If the frame is gone you could make a new one of steel tubing that would be permanently up. This is the way a lot of touring car tops were made in the period, if you wanted one that folded down it cost extra.
  12. REO was a high grade car with excellent chassis and motor. Most bodies typical of the time, being stamped steel panels over wood frame which is very subject to rot and deteriorating over time. One solution is to restore the chassis and rebody as a speedster or roadster. Your idea is more creative but a lot more work. Rebodying such a car would be prohibitively expensive if you paid a bodyman to do it. But a skilled amateur could do the job for a fraction of the cost.
  13. I didn't say you would be disappointed. But if you are used to cars of the seventies and newer you might expect too much of a twenties car. A car like the 29 Buick is at its best around 45MPH. Over 50 is pushing it. If you push it for 8000km it will probably break. A 1939 car would be capable of at least 10MPH more than a 1929 car. After all there is such a thing as progress. That is why I suggest you road test the car and take along someone experienced in the rallye you wish to drive. They will know far better than you or I what is required and whether that car is capable of doing what you expect of it.
  14. You should be talking to someone with experience of the PtoP rallye. I did a web search and found the ad you took the pictures from. It says the Buick is already rallye prepared to a certain extent. You should test drive it along with someone with more rallye experience. It may be the ride you want as long as you don't expect too much of it. I don't even know the rules. Slower speeds should be expected of the older participants. If they are handicapped in this way the Buick may stand a chance of winning. You suggested you were out for the experience more than to win, if you take it easy you greatly increase your chances of finishing.
  15. Read an article about Hitler's official limousine or parade car years ago. It said the car had been repainted repeatedly, midnight blue, khaki, blue, khaki, etc. Midnight blue for official government occasions, khaki for military occasions.