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  1. 1935Packard

    Need help on 1949 Cadillac purchase

    It's in the owner's manual, too. If I recall correctly, it says that you turn off the car in neutral, wait a few seconds, and then shift the transmission to reverse.
  2. 1935Packard

    Do You Remember When Edsels Were New? What Did You Think?

    Fun thread. I was born long after Edsels, but I'll add that I think the front and interior are super cool-looking. The rear is pretty awkward, though.
  3. Maribel, congrats on your wedding. As some of the responses suggest, this is probably something that will seem like a pretty big ask for a car owner. The person has to drive to your wedding, wait for the right moment, do the driveaway, wait for pictures, drive back, etc. Add in the dirt road and it's a hassle. One thought, in case it helps: Does anyone attending your wedding own an old car? If so, you might ask them if they would do this as a wedding gift to you. I once did this for a friend whose wedding I was attending, and it worked out really well.
  4. 1935Packard

    What happened to the video ?

    I particularly liked what looks like a Packard dealership around the 2:54 mark. I'm not positive, but I wonder if that is 1626 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA, which was built in 1928 and switched from being a Packard dealership to being a Mercedes dealership in 1957 as Packard was folding. Picture today: UPDATE: Actually, scratch that. Looks like the Mercedes dealer above looked like this in 1934, which doesn't quite match the building in the video:
  5. 1935Packard

    Need help on 1949 Cadillac purchase

    Looks pretty solid and all correct. It should clean up nicely.
  6. The easy product to design for old cars would be to take the bike light technology and replace the two different remote controls with an antique-style turn signal lever that when flipped turns the correct light on. It would all be wireless and battery operated and easy to take on/off. I'd be surprised if Leno earned money to recommend that product because he doesn't (as far as I can tell) name the product in the video. If I were paying Jay Leno to recommend a product of mine, I would want him to say the product name as part of the pitch.
  7. I thought readers might be interested in a follow up to this thread. I came up with a pretty inexpensive solution that seems to work pretty well. For $35, you can get a wireless bicycle light such as this one with rechargeable batteries. Buy two of them, and install them on the back of your car. I have installed mine on the left and rights ends of the trunk rack. Each light has a remote control that includes going from solid to flashing and back. I put the two remote controls next to each other wrapped around the after-market turn signal lever. Both lights are on solid by default, and the light is very visible. When I want to turn left, I just hit the flasher light of the left remote; when I want to cancel the flasher, I hit the same button twice and it goes back to solid. Conversely, I do that with the right remote when I want to signal a right turn. The result is remote control turn signals that are very visible, day or night, for only $70. It's not a perfect answer, as the bicycle lights have all sorts of other buttons I don't need. And you need to recharge the batteries after 4-8 hours of use. But it seems a decent and inexpensive answer to having wireless turn signals on an antique car. And if you want to take them off for a show, it takes two minutes. I can only imagine that as the remote control technology becomes cheaper, someone will come up with a cheap versions specifically designed to work with old cars.
  8. 1935Packard

    Need help on 1949 Cadillac purchase

    Thanks for the update, Joe. I hope you'll post more pictures as you get the car and can work on it.
  9. 1935Packard

    Need help on 1949 Cadillac purchase

    You can find a lot on that in the 49ers newsletters I mentioned earlier. Here's a comparison from one of the newsletters: Your picture from the other thread indicates one of the later trunk designs. I think the flatter trunk design looks better, but as the owner of a car with the rounder trunk design, I can attest that it's much more practical: It's a huge trunk that fits a lot of groceries.
  10. 1935Packard

    Need help on 1949 Cadillac purchase

    Fantastic! Very excited for you. You will definitely want to visit and bookmark 1949Cadillac.com, the website of the 49ers chapter of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club that has all the newsletters about '49 Cadillacs from 2001 to 2012. You should probably also join the CLC and the 49ers chapter, if nothing else to get easier access to '49 experts like Jay Friedman, the longtime head of the 49ers chapter. Jay is super helpful and knows everything about these cars (and if he doesn't know it, he knows who would know it).
  11. 1935Packard

    Need help on 1949 Cadillac purchase

    Glad what I said was roughly what you were thinking. If the car looks like it will clean up nicely, maybe closer to $8K than $6k. And agreed with Carl that '49 Cadillacs are wonderful cars. I have had mine since 2002 and I hope I never sell it. Mostly/all original sedans aren't unheard of, in my experience, as the cars are really awesome but then they're not valuable enough to restore;. Given that, I have seen a handful of what look like completely original cars among '49 sedans. But original cars that are cleaned up, reasonably shiny, and running well can be (say) $17K-$20k cars, at least from what I have seen.
  12. 1935Packard

    Need help on 1949 Cadillac purchase

    I'd like to help, as I follow the '49 Cadillac market at least a little bit. With that said, I think it's a little hard to give a good answer from the information you have given us. For example, you say the car isn't running, but we don't know why or what problems there may be in getting it running. It's also hard to assess condition from what you've said. For example, you say the interior is "mint/perfect," but the cloth on the doors look badly stained and the seats are covered so we can't see their condition. We don't know the condition of the chrome, or how good the paint is when cleaned up and buffed. Similarly, as a 1949 Cadillac owner myself, I'm skeptical that you could have an original car with no rust. With all those caveats, I'll at least start off the estimates with a ballpark figure: Maybe $6K-$8K? Happy to be corrected by others who may have a better sense of things.
  13. 1935Packard

    Cooper Duesenberg at auction

    I have no idea what it will sell for. But I've just loved seeing that car at the Revs Institute the few times I have been down to that area. The car is just absolutely jaw-dropping. It's the most memorable, most fantastic, most amazing car I have ever seen.
  14. 1935Packard

    A window into the life of a car dealer

    I'm late to the thread, and probably everything has been said by now, but, still -- I think this is key. If you're new to antique cars, a car that looks really shiny and runs right now probably seems "perfect." A lot of us have experienced that view when we take our #3 driver cars out for a spin. People who comment on the car are likely to see it as an absolutely perfect car when you know it's just a driver. More broadly, it's a good reminder that the basic dynamics we know about restoration are totally foreign to those with no experience in this. For example, when I was first getting into the hobby, I was interested in getting a car restored. I brought it to a shop that a friend recommended, and I asked how much it would cost to restore the car to top condition and how much it would cost to make it really nice. The shop owner patiently explained to me that "top condition" could mean lots of things; he quoted some figures for a restoration that struck me as completely and totally insane; and he explained how you couldn't easily just pick a level of condition (like "really nice') and aim for that for the whole car. Looking back on that conversation, what the shop owner said was exactly right and completely reasonable. But I remember wondering if he was just trying to trick me. I just didn't know enough yet to realize how things worked. It must be frustrating to have to deal with so many new customers who also don't "get it," and from his posts here Matt seems very honest and good with customers. But it can also be hard for new people to figure out who to trust.
  15. 1935Packard

    Discovery Channel Called Today About the 57 Skyliner

    I just watched an episode and a half online. Not bad, as the appraisers seem to actually know the cars pretty well and give you some good tips about assessing condition (although they appraised cars I don't know well, so maybe they were off). The most annoying part is that if you watch it on the Discovery Channel's website, logging in through your cable provider, they have a somewhat crazy number of commercials. Or at least there were a lot for me: something like 10 commercials per commercial break, with 4 or 5 commercial breaks. At that rate you're spending 1/3 of the time watching commercials, which is just way too much. [UPDATE: For reasons I don't follow, it seems that on some of the episodes you can click through the commercials but that on others you can't. Obviously no problem if you can jump over them, but it's a lot to watch if you can't.]