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  1. Bubble on the side of a whitewall tire?

    Dave, thanks for the advice, and my apologies if my post was unclear. I asked the question because I was trying to determine if the tire is unsafe. I do'n't know much about tires: I don't know enough to know if what I see is just a common cosmetic issue or is a potential safety issue. If is unsafe, I will replace it, so I decided to ask those who would know better than I do. I don't think that's "taking the easy way out." In any event, thanks to everyone for the feedback: I will not drive the car again with that tire, but will instead get a replacement tire from Coker and will have the car towed to a shop for the new tire to be installed.
  2. Bubble on the side of a whitewall tire?

    I agree that the smart move is to be overcareful in these circumstances. As you might guess, I am posting here because I am exercising my duty of reasonable care, not only to others, but to myself, as I am trying to figure out whether a problem exists in the first place. But for what it's worth, I don't think your understanding of tort law is correct, at least for purposes of United States law. (I haven't studied Canadian negligence law, and the law there may be different.)
  3. Bubble on the side of a whitewall tire?

    Ed, yes, it's a tube-type tire. Any thoughts on how long I should stay at low speeds and watch it? Will a few drives around the neighborhood tell me, or is this something to watch longer term? Thanks again.
  4. I just noticed a slight elevated bump on the site of my whitewall tires, as seen in the pictures below. Does anyone have informed thoughts on whether it's just a cosmetic issue or is an indicator of a dangerous condition in the tire? The bump is around two inches by one inch, and it's elevated somewhat and firm but not particularly hard (if that makes sense). The tire is a bias-ply tire I bought from Coker just last year; it has seen about 500 miles of use in that time. Any thoughts very welcome.
  5. Comparing 1931 Cadillacs -- V8 vs. V12

    SaddleRiver, yes, I'm not considering which new 1931 Cadillac I would buy at my local dealership if I had that option. Rather, I would like to buy a 1931 Cadillac sometime in the next two years or so, and I am not sure how I should think about the V8 versus the V12 in the current marketplace given the cars likely to come up for sale. I can see the typical difference in market value -- which seems to run perhaps $50,000 or so for a typical open model, although of course it depends on body style and condition. And I can see the slight difference in looks. But it's hard for me to know the different experience of ownership today, assuming a car that I would drive regularly, without any relevant personal experience with the cars. So I was hoping to become more informed.
  6. Dupont

    In 2011, I had the pleasure of closely inspecting that lone surviving model H in its owner's garage. It is perhaps the most stunning car I have ever seen. it really takes your breath away.
  7. This group had a terrific thread a while back on comparing Packard 12s and Pierce-Arrow 12s, and I was hoping to get the wisdom of the group on another comparison: 1931 Cadillac 355a (the V8) versus 370a (V12). In particular, I'm interested in knowing how the ownership experience of the two cars differs in terms of drivability, reliability, cost of repairs, and the like. I have heard second-hand that the V12s are harder to keep on the road because of the dual carburetors, and that the added weight of the 12 makes it a heavier car but not necessarily a more powerful one versus the 8. But I'd love to heard the wisdom of the group on this. Talking to owners of 370a's, I've had several tell me that they had a lot of problems with the cars when they first bought them: The impression I had was that 370as were often more for show than for driving these days, so that the restoration on the cars often left a lot to be desired in terms of the mechanical. But I don't know if my conversations are representative. Any insights very welcome! Thanks.
  8. I haven't seen side-mounts on a '40 LaSalle, but I have them on my '38 LaSalle and I think they look great. I think they look very good on the '40, too. I see side-mounts as something like running boards, hood ornaments, and rumble seats. They're things that we associate with cars of a particular era, so having them tends to differentiate those cars all the more from cars today. A good thing, in my view.
  9. Hemmings Motor News

    I really enjoy Hemmings, and I read it closely when it arrives. I've never bought a car through it, but I've pursued a bunch of leads from it. I would think the problem is that these days there are so many different sources of cars and parts: From ebay to club websites and club newsletters to Hemmings' online ads. With so many different ways to sell a car, the market splinters and there is no one place to look. I still think Hemmings is one of those places to look, at least for a lot of cars.
  10. Newspaper Article says Cars a Good Investment .

    Seems plausible that some cars of the 90s will be seeing an uptick in value over the next few years. Of course, when a car is going from being worth 4K to 5K, and you have to keep it on the road, insured, get it repaired, and park it somewhere, the investment angle seems pretty dubious.
  11. I once found a 1909 penny in the door of my 1935 Packard, lodged inside the drain hole in the wood at the bottom of the door. It must have been there awhile, as it had overspray on it from the 1978 repaint.
  12. Issues Associated With Daily Driving Antique Packard

    I have been in a somewhat similar position, as I bought my grandfather's Packard 12 from his estate after he passed away. A few thoughts: Driving the car regularly is very feasible, at least if it's mechanically fairly sound to begin with. I put around 800 miles a year on my Packard. Using the car as a "daily driver," as in your regular car, is a big headache for the reasons EdinMass points out above. For hours! Seriously, there are two parts to the question. First, how reliable are properly restored Packard 12s, and second, how do you know if your car is "properly restored"? A properly restored Packard 12 will be very reliable by the standards of a pre-war car. On the other hand, most Packard Twelve are not properly restored. Restoring these cars is (by most standards) insanely expensive. A "proper" restoration of that kind of car, doing everything and doing it all correctly, can run $300K or even $400K. Most owners can't or won't pay for that, understandably. As a result, reliability can be a mixed bag. For example, when I bought my car I needed to put about $30K into it just to make it a relatively reliable driver (it had been sitting for a long time). I owned the car for 3 years and drove it about 2,000 miles before it needed an engine rebuild, which cost around $45K. And although I think the car is pretty reliable now, regular issues are constantly coming up, from mechanical brakes that need adjustment to the spring in the starter motor breaking. These are things that are no big deal for a more modern car, but they're a more significant headache to get repaired on that particular car. It's impossible to say without knowing the condition of the car now and how much it might be driven.
  13. Fall Hershey 1962

    Thanks, I don't recall seeing that when it was posted last time. I wonder how much each of those cars was worth back then, especially because a bunch of those cars are super-high dollar now (like the Auburn Speedster).
  14. Where is the car market heading in 2017.

    From where I am, you can find relatively cheap storage space 60 or 90 minutes away. Not 30 minutes, though. Of course, when the car is 60 or 90 minutes away, it's not all that easy to visit. It's still possible to luck out and find a good deal and rent a garage for $100 or so a month nearby, but it takes a lot of luck.
  15. Where is the car market heading in 2017.

    I agree with Ed, and would just add to it the price of garaging a car for those of us near (or in) urban areas. Around where I live, near a big city, garage spots in private garages are hard to find. A lot of the garages that come with single family homes are too small to fit a large American car. The going rate for renting a private garage spot, if you can find one to rent that will fit your car, is probably around $200 a month. A guy near me with a growing collection bought a small property and put as big a garage as the county would let him to store his cars; I think he maxed out at room for 6 cars -- three bays and three lifts -- and the land alone probably cost him $500K (not including the price of building the garage). When finding or paying for a garage is that difficult, just having the space for a car can be a significant challenge.