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About Rusty_OToole

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  1. If the engine isn't frozen chances are it will run. But I don't blame you for not wanting to take a chance at that price.
  2. I knew an old mechanic who began working on cars and motorcycles before 1920. He told me about a customer who was in the market for a used car. He knew about a Willys Knight sedan he could get at a good price and recommended he buy it, which he did. The mechanic then told him the reason for the low price was that the car was down on power, but all that was wrong was the exhaust was choked off by burnt oil in the muffler. He recommended replacing the muffler. The customer picked up a crowbar and rammed it up the tail pipe a few times then drove off with black carbon and bits of muffler blowing out. No more problem.
  3. The Willys company ran tests of their sleeve valve vs comparable engines of the time, like Cadillac V8. They found that while the conventional engine slowly wore out, lost power and burned more oil the sleeve valve ran smoother, developed more power and burned less oil the more they ran it. At the end of their dyno tests the conventional engine was a clattering smoking wreck while the sleeve valve produced more power than when it began.
  4. They used to be sold for babbit pounder Chev sixes and Ford Y block V8s. Both could suffer plugged up valve oiling passages when they got old. These pads would keep the car going for a while longer without having to fix it properly. You would take the valve cover off and soak them in oil at every oil change to keep the valve mechanism lubricated. The only problem I heard of was that the cloth would wear through and bits of felt would go thru the engine plugging up the oil pump. If your car's lubrication system is working and you change your old regularly you don't need them.
  5. They were designed and built to get around the valve troubles that were so common on early cars. All the Knight engines I know of were extremely reliable and long lived. In trucks and buses they frequently ran 100,000 miles when ordinary engines went 20000 or 30000 between overhauls. The down side is they are very difficult to repair and there are very few specialists who understand them. Another drawback is the oil burning. They were all oil burners from new and there is nothing you can do about it. If you look at old movies of the 30s showing English royalty in their limousine there is always a small plume of oil smoke out the tail pipe. Daimler was the official royal car and they featured Knight sleeve valve engines. I knew an old time collector who used a 1924 Willys Knight 4 cylinder as a tour car in the sixties and seventies. He told me when he started off in the morning it would burn 1 quart of oil in the first sixty miles. After that, nothing. Even if he drove another 200 miles it burned no more oil that day. Next day, a quart in 60 miles, after that nothing. It seems to take them a long time to warm up. If the engine is in good shape and you maintain it by the book you could have a real nice, unusual car.
  6. What was the name of the guy who bought the Avanti company in the seventies? He said he drove exotic Italian sports cars but they were too unreliable, costly to repair and a pain in the neck generally. So he bought a new Avanti and was happy. Only after owning a couple of the cars did he buy the company. I guess it's all a matter of perspective, apparently a new Avanti was better than a Lamborghini but not as good as a Buick.
  7. Actually I need an official factory document in order to recognize all the history of my car when i ask for FIVA inscription Why are you wasting our time? Why don't you ask the factory?
  8. It's all the typical blah blah of someone who won't make the slightest effort not even to educate himself. He looked at buying from a dealer or at an antique auction and got heart disease at the cost. Came here complaining about it. We give him encouragement and all we get is more self justifying blah blah about how he can't do this and can't do that. A year from now he will still be sitting in front of his computer complaining because he never got what he wanted handed to him on a silver plate with whipped cream and a cherry on top. I give up.
  9. That is absurd. I know the Dauphine, they were about a $1500 car new. Same with VW buses pre 68. They seem to be going for absurd prices in Europe. The cheapest new car in Canada is about $15,000. That would be for a mini car with 1500cc engine. The typical car or minivan with V6 is more like $35,000. But you can easily buy a 10 year old used car for $5000 or less in good condition, even a Mercedes. Hmm a friend of mine abandoned a Dauphine in a storage warehouse 30 years ago. Wonder if it is still there.
  10. I don't want to discourage you but the chance of the battery being any good after sitting for 6 years is practically nil. Try to charge it up if you like but if it won't take a charge after 24 hours invest in a new one. If you don't have a charger it might be cheaper to take it to a garage to be tested and charged.
  11. Engine number is stamped on a raised pad. On the left side of the block, at the top, next to the #2 cylinder. Look above the generator. 1951 Plymouth Concord, Suburban or Savoy should start P22 1951 Plymouth Cambridge or Cranbrook should start P23
  12. So what do they do with a car when they stop using it? Are you saying there are NO cars sitting unused? I find that hard to believe. Try walking around, or going slowly by bicycle. You will be surprised how many old cars you spot in driveways, yards, and in garages that are not being used. If you see a car in exactly the same spot day after day for a month it is probably not being used. You have to look, and develop an eye for this. It happens as a life long car nut, I automatically notice these things. You may need to work on it a bit. But if there are old cars on the road there are old cars not being used. Another way is to ask people. There may be old cars that have been locked up in garages for years that someone knows about, and may talk about if they think you are interested. Ebay has done a lot to bring down prices of a lot of things. Someone may believe they have a rare, one of a kind item because they have never seen another one. Then they look on Ebay and see a dozen for sale. I don't know what advertising and sales venues you have available but vintage car auctions and dealers are the worst place to find a bargain.
  13. Best buy I made using the above described technique - Some years ago I spotted a 1966 Dodge Coronet sedan in a suburban driveway. It had not moved in months and the plates were expired. On saturday morning I did the exact technique above. The owner's son answered the door. He said " It's my dad's car, I don't know if he wants to sell but Mom has been after him to get rid of it". When I heard that I knew I could write my own ticket. I ended up buying the car for $50. I thought it had 134,000 miles, it turned out to be 34,000. The seller had inherited the car from his grandfather who bought it new. This was some 15 years ago, I still have the car.
  14. There is another technique I have used successfully. You say there are a lot of old cars still on the road, being used as daily transportation. Look around and see if there are any sitting unused in driveways and yards. I used to keep my eyes open for cars with expired registration or no plates especially in nice neighborhoods. If I spotted one I wanted, here is what I would do. I found Saturday morning was best because the owner was more likely to be home. I would knock on the door, if I got an answer I would say " Hi, I notice you have a car you are not using. I wonder if you would like to sell it?" Then say no more until they answer. I worked on this phrase for a long time to get it exactly right. I have never had anyone take offense at it. Most of the time the answer was no. But once out of every 5 or 10 times I would get the car and it was usually a bargain because no one else was bidding. This works best in the better off neighborhoods. A rich man will sell an old car cheap to get rid of it, a few Euros won't make much difference to him. While a poor man will squeeze the last penny out of a real tenth hand junker.
  15. It is more or less the same here in Canada. Sometimes you see a certain car, and the owner wants $15000 dollars (dreamer) a week later you see an ad for a car that is practically the same for $2500, In this country people are dazzled by the prices they see on TV of antique car auctions and other shows. I don't know how it is in France but it might be those guys who want 3000 E are just trying it on, if you offered 200 E you might end up buying it for 800. The best bargains are the cars that need the least work. A car that needs everything, will cost far more to restore than what you would pay for a good one and will never be as good. In this country there are certain makes and models that are highly desirable and expensive, others not so much. I like Chrysler products because they are good cars, parts are available, and they usually sell for less money than the equivalent from other makers. I don't know about French makes. You might even do better buying a German or Italian car. In your case I don't know what to suggest. Look in your local advertisements for someone selling a 'used car' not a 'rare antique'. There are usually good deals to be found if you are patient and keep looking. I know if I looked at the ads every week, I could bring home a car every 2 or 3 weeks. They are not all overpriced junk.