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About Rusty_OToole

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  1. Brake Return Spring Help for '29 Graham

    The Graham club should be an excellent source of info on what spring you need. No doubt their members have run into this before.
  2. White Cars

    When Ford was ramping up production to paint a body, you had to build up primer coats and finish coats one by one over a period of weeks When you are turning out 1000's of cars per day that means you must have 10,000 half finished bodies laying around. Ford wanted to get over this bottleneck so he asked his experts "what is the fastest drying paint". The answer turned out to be the black paint used on chassis and fenders. It was tough and durable and it dried in minutes. It was a bitumen paint made of Gilsonite, a kind of petrified tar, and Japan dryer. The same paint was used on a lot of cheap black tinware of the time under the name of black Japan enamel. So Ford told them to paint the whole car with the stuff which they did. It didn't look too bad for a cheap car so that is how they did them, from then on. Later on better, faster drying paints became available. In 1926 and 1927 they did offer different colors but this was not widely known until the Model A came out.
  3. Great-Great-Grandpa's Car - What model?

    The lights were an accessory bought from outside suppliers. It could be the light manufacturer made a change part way through the model year and you are seeing early and late versions.
  4. Brake Return Spring Help for '29 Graham

    Do you know who made the brakes? Lockheed, Bendix, etc? Most auto makers bought brakes from specialists. The same or similar brakes were often used on various cars. I should think any car with the same make and model of brakes, the same diameter and width would have the same spring.
  5. If all cylinders are fairly close to each other (within 5 or 10 pounds, + or-) and 100 pounds or so you should be good to go. If the car has been out of commission for a while it should run better, and have a better compression, after you drive it a few hundred miles.
  6. What's the better buy?

    The tone of the questions suggests you have little or no experience of old cars. And that you may have to hire someone to work on your cars. For these reasons I suggest the Model A. The Buick could be a nice car but much more challenging, and expensive, to put into good shape. You may also be well advised to keep looking for one that doesn't need anything even if it costs more. To have the work done that you describe can run into thousands of dollars.
  7. What's the better buy?

    Parts availability, Ford 10 Buick 5 (scale of 1-10) Return on resale, depends how cheap you bought it and how much you spend on it. Fords are more saleable, Buicks more expensive. You are unlikely to recoup what you spend on either. How may used cars have you ever made money on? Better ride, Buick. Ease of operation, Ford, at least it is lighter. Out on the open road you may prefer the Buick, in town the Ford is handier Ford is easier and cheaper to fix. Known problems, millions of them. You are talking about a couple of cars that passed their Best Before date when Roosevelt was in the white house and Katherine Hepburn was an ingenue.
  8. 55 dodge pickup 5.2L swap

    You might tell us why you want to change the engine. You might be surprised how many guys assume they need a $5000 engine swap when all they need is a $5 repair, but don't know it.
  9. 55 dodge pickup 5.2L swap

    By 1955 Dodge pickup trucks were offered with a V8, not too different in size from the 5.2. So, a V8 will fit without too much trouble. If you mean to keep the old transmission, the engine/trans interface was changed in 1962 which complicates things. If you are using the trans that matches the engine you will need to replace the rear axle. Reason, right now the handbrake is on the back of the trans, newer cars have them on the rear axle. You will probably want a different gear ratio anyway. I understand a Jeep Cherokee has a suitable rear axle. Of course you will need to change driveshaft, probably radiator and a lot of small things. Next suggestion, get out of here before the purists start lobbing rotten vegetables (metaphorically speaking). This is a site for the 'orthodox' old car nut. You want a 'reform' congregation like the HAMB. Hokey Ass Message Board - THE H.A.M.B.
  10. White Cars

    White lead paint is stable. Many, many houses were painted white back in the day. This may be one reason white cars were not popular. A white car would be simultaneously 'loud' and bland, disappearing into the background among white buildings. Not many cars were painted white, but some were painted ivory, pale yellow, sand beige and other light colors that were almost but not quite white. White may have been more popular in Germany especially for sport cars as it was their official racing color.
  11. fuel gauge

    A 12 volt battery has 6 cells. A 6 volt battery has 3. You need to find the spot on your battery where cell #3 connects to cell #4. There will be a piece of lead connecting them. Drive a screw or stud in and that is your source of 6V power for all 6V accessories. If you can find a scrap battery cut the plastic top open and you will see what I mean.
  12. fuel gauge

    You can take a center tap off the battery and use that for all 6v accessories.
  13. Did the divided back window have something to do with the difficulty of making a large curved glass? A lot of cars had it in the 1949 - 52 period. I don't see why they would go to the extra trouble and expense if they didn't have to.

    In those days a lot of car companies painted their cars all one color, unless you ordered some different color. Ford of course was famous for 'any color you like as long as it's black'. Others had their own favorite, or a limited selection of 4 or 5 colors. Dark blues, greens, and maroon were favorites at the time. It was only in the late 20s that newer synthetic paints became available starting with nitrocellulose lacquer and pyroxilin enamel. These allowed a broader range of colors and brighter colors and pastels. You may notice in ads of the times that in 1920 - 24 cars were shown in drab, dark colors while from the late twenties on there were much brighter colors shown, and combinations of 2 or 3 colors, often a body color, accent color, and wheels a third color and possibly pinstriping besides. Even after bright colors became available many people preferred the sombre hues, or black as being more practical. I believe Lincoln owners tended to be on the conservative side, compared to say Auburn or Stutz owners. A long winded way of saying most Lincolns probably were cobalt blue. And I suspect thieves would avoid a really conspicuous car like a purple Ruxton.
  15. transmission fluid and fill