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  1. Provenance and Documentation - Issues and Thoughts

    You would have to do some research in old newspaper files, whatever archives are left of Muntz's Kaiser dealerships etc. Maybe you can find photographs and documents to prove the car was modified when new and why he did it. Or, it may just be a car someone modified back in the day for their own reasons Or, it could have been done recently. Regardless, it has a certain value as a curiosity if nothing else and the more you can find out about its past the better.
  2. Packard Rebuild Input ??

    How is the oil pressure? How is the compression? If the oil pressure is up to factory spec, hot and cold, and the compression is good you should be ok. If it was running well a short time ago with no rattles knocks or bangs. The Packard experts may know some weak point of that motor. You could take the oil pan off and clean it out, that is normal maintenance. But my thought is to leave well enough alone unless there is some indication of a problem.
  3. Desoto charging/ammeter

    Usually cleaning the contacts and adjusting puts them right. Instructions are in any good repair manual.
  4. Found a rear bumper but now I need the mounting brackets. The old ones were lost by the body shop, probably thrown in the scrap pile by mistake.
  5. Rebuilding ignition points

    Back in the fifties you could buy a little grindstone specifically for grinding ignition points. I remember seeing ads in English automotive magazines. I suppose every garage in England had one back then. It shouldn't be too hard to make something if you had enough old points to make it worth while. Given the quality of the Chinese point sets you get these days refurbishing and reusing your old points, may be the only way to get good ones unless you find some NOS American made parts.
  6. Is this car worth buying as an investment?

    You are right $9000 is way too high. It is easy to underestimate how much it costs to put a car back on the road that needs "nothing". You could easily spend $5000 on brakes, tires, battery, exhaust, tuneup, complete fluid change, a few rad hoses, etc. without doing any major work and the car wouldn't look any different than it does now.
  7. Boy wouldn't that be great. Those things don't seem to make any difference. Some guys may want to get the job done and off the property as quick as they can but most don't seem to care.
  8. Is this car worth buying as an investment?

    Richsever if you are reading this don't be discouraged. You have fallen in with a bunch of crusty old coots who know more about old cars than God but sometimes they get a little crotchety. You might want to rephrase your question and try again. The Buick looks like a well preserved gem and I wouldn't mind owning it myself at the right price. But don't think of it as an investment in the usual sense, like a stock certificate, or a pile of Krugerrands. You can have a lot of fun with old cars and end up with some valuable toys but don't expect to get back more than a fraction of what you spend.
  9. vacamatic system

    One other thing comes to mind. Some old caps had a spring loaded carbon button in the middle, if it falls out the sparks can't get to the rotor. It is obvious if there is an empty hole in the middle of the cap on the inside.
  10. vacamatic system

    If the coil is making sparks the problem has to be in the distributor, the plug wires, or the spark plugs. Did you remember to put the rotor in? Do the plug wires check out good? If none of the plugs fire, check the coil wire first. Are the plugs coated with gas and oil? Sometimes they get so gummed up they short out. The only thing that will restore them is sandblasting.
  11. Star car

    William C Durant was one of the pioneers of the auto business. He started General Motors, lost control, started Chevrolet, used it to buy back control of GM, lost it again, and the Durant car company was his third effort at starting a car company from scratch. The Durant company made Star, Durant, Flint and Locomobile cars. The Star was their low priced model, selling against Ford and Chevrolet. They used Continental engines. The engine and transmission were separate which made it easy to adapt the engine to boats, or as a stationary power plant to run a saw or other machinery. A lot of them got scrapped for the engine when they got old. I know a guy with a 1927 Star and he seems happy about it.
  12. 1951 Chrysler Paint

    That is neither here nor there. Local stores don't have formulas that far back. They have to get them from the company that makes the paint. This is a pretty common thing, I just had to do this on a 1966 Dodge. It usually takes half an hour or less. The paint code on the ID plate, name of the color, or paint company's number is usually enough.
  13. '59 Cushman Truckster Wiring Diagram/Reality Help

    They have an alternator built into the flywheel along with the magneto. Same as a Model T Ford. The two yellow wires on the diagram, are AC. The rectifier turns AC into DC. That type system typically used a cheap selenium rectifier. If it burns out you can replace it with a couple of diodes and get twice the output. If you get 4 diodes in a bridge you can double the output again. Not recommended unless you need more juice for some reason. Such as running accessories, or changing from 6V to 12V.
  14. Rebuilding ignition points

    I used to have a small bag of points as you describe. An electrician gave them to me. I think they may have been for repairing electrical relays. Never used them, and they seem to have got lost. Worn points can be filed down smooth and reused if there is anything left. I have taken rare point sets apart and rubbed them down on an oil stone until the were smooth. The smoother you get them, the better. If you have a good condenser they will not burn very fast. And, if you install electronic ignition they will last indefinitely since they carry so little current. I have plans for a home made 6V electronic ignition around here someplace but if you are curious, you could do a web search and I bet something turns up.
  15. 1951 Chrysler Paint

    What brand of paint do you prefer, and where do you buy it? Your paint dealer should be able to get the formula from the manufacturer of the paint. They have all kinds of colors going back to the 1920s. I got paint for a 2 tone 52 Chrysler New Yorker from Sikkens about 15 years ago, and they weren't even in business in 1952. All they needed was the paint code off the firewall ID plate.