Robert G. Smits

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    1924 Cadillac Opera Coupe for sale

    The main differences between V-63 and the earlier V-61 are the balanced engine and four wheel brakes. What a difference that makes in stoping this heavy car.
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    Custom enclosed car hauler - DELIVERED

    I second what Ron suggested re TPMS. It will be the best money you can spend if you are going to do any serious towing. Having the ability to pull off on a exit or rest area to change a tire instead of changing a drivers side tire along the interstate is priceless. You WILL have tire problems as most trailer tires are crap from China. Just my TCW. I also carry a DeWalt impact wrench and a Torque wrench. Along with the Trailer Aid device I have changed a flat tire in 12 minutes in the rain. Also if using an oil based paint be sure to use an oil based primer.
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    What's your most 'unexpected' part find?

    A few years ago at Hershey I stopped to buy several pieces of Auto related music advertising from Terry Bond. I then stopped at a vendor two or three spaces down and didn't find anything that turned me on so I asked the vendor "what are you hiding under the table?" This is a common practice in the art glass world where dealers will hold special pieces back to show certain customers before offering them to the public. The dealer told me that there was an abandoned one stall fire station that had not been used for 30 Years that was being torn down One of the fireman decided to explore the attic and came across two prints, 20X30 inches, advertising a fire school in 1918 still in there original tubes. He agreed to sell one for $200 but wanted to keep the other one. After purchasing the first one I offered him $400 for the second one and he agreed. These were original 8 stones (colors) in pristine shape. Google Stone Lithography and you will understand how rare these were. After framing and matting I sold one for $8500 and still have the other one. This is probably the only trip to Hershey that I broke even. Auto related again at Hershey in the mid 80"s I was sorting through a table filled with non brand specific parts and spied a pair of NOS flat head water pumps. I asked the dearer what the were for and he didn't have any idea but thought they could be Ford. He had purchased the whole table of parts at an estate sale. We finally settled on $35 for what turned out to be a right and left 38-40 Cadillac V16 water pumps still in their original packing. I have owned two of these cars since 1981 and have never seen a single NOS water pump for sale again. I would agree with Terry. If you have been at it with multiple hobby interests you collect a bunch of these stories over your life time. My dad used to say "Even a blind sow finds an acorn once in a while" Bob Smits
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    I suggest you post on the early cadillacV8group. "" This is led by Michael Barnes. Bob Smits
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    Sent my registration in on the 1st. Registered the 41 Cadillac but may switch to the barn find(actually a rural Iowa airplane hanger 1979) 58 Barritz if I get it running by then. I know Rich Marsh is coming also. This is an area of the country I always wanted to visit. A big thanks to the Louisiana Region for stepping up to the plate. Bob Smits
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    trailer weight question

    I think that those of us who tow with one ton Dually's may become complacent because of the inherent stability afforded by the heavy springs and dual rear wheels. Before switching to a Gooseneck trailer I always used a equalizer hitches along with anti sway bar. To this day I always practice coming to a complete stop using only the trailer brakes before I pull on the Interstate. I will never forget hitting "black Ice" in Michigan while towing a 34 Pontiac parts car back to Iowa during Christmas vacation. The Suburban and trailer did a complete 180 before coming to rest in the median but did not jack knife and there was no physical damage. YOU CAN'T BE TOO SAFE. Bob Smits
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    Steering wheel feels Tacky

    Thank you for the replies. I was sure others had experienced this also. I'm not used to working on cars this new. Bob Smits
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    Steering wheel feels Tacky

    73 Buick Centurion conv with 66K miles. Last driven in 2005. Steering wheel feels very tacky. Is there a solution other than using a cover? Also is there any downside to removing the emissions air pump? I checked with my inspection people and they could care less on cars over 25 years old. Thanks, Bob Smits
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    A window into the life of a car dealer

    Matt, I have been retired from medicine for 18 years but your post made me smile. These people are everywhere, especially in plastic surgery. When I encountered a patient with unrealistic expectations seeking a perfect result from a face lift or nose job I would quietly state that one of my pre-operative requirements was that they see a Phychiatrist before scheduling surgery. They would walk out never to be seen again. Bob Smits
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    What is the downside of using SM oil in a 2014 Auto?

    Carl, I appreciate your comments. The oil is SAE 5W-20 along with several gal on SAE 10W-30. Also the oil is FREE as he needs to move it out of inventory. Spinneyhill I didn't realize that Mobil 1 was cheap. The engine in my Ford has been used for years. You are asking me to believe that in 2010 they changed the engineering so SM oil will destroy it. Carl I do use Amsoil in my tow vehicle and tractors. Again thanks to all who have replied. Bob Smits
  11. Growing up on a Iowa farm I started driving tractors about age 9. At age 12 I was grounded for practicing drifting with our 47 Ford PU. That same summer I changed the engine in the Alice Chalmers WD. Moving to cars came naturally. I enhanced my 53 OLDS by installing a used 57 J-2 engine mated to a 37 LaSalle 3 speed transmission. Unfortunately I didn't change the rear end ratio so it was a little slow off the line but you didn't have to make the 2-3 shift until around 90mph. In College and Medical SchooI I had neither the time or money to persue the hobby. Shortly after moving to Des Moines I became friends Al Edmond and Howard Scotland. It has been downhill ever since. As I reflect back it is the friends not the cars that are important. Bob Smits
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    What is the downside of using SM oil in a 2014 Auto?

    Spinneyhill, the graphs you refer to are for current Mobil 1 SN rated oils. The product i was offered is 5-20 Mobil 1 with a SM API rating. My owners manual recommends using SN oil. I will probably go ahead and use the SM rated oil as I think a full synthetic SM probably beats a non synthetic SN. We won't know for another 100K Thanks to all who replied. Bob Smits
  13. Oil jobber friend just offered me 50 gal of Mobile 1 API rated SM. What is the downside of using it in a 2014 auto that is out if warranty. My research suggests the major difference is mileage additives. Thanks, Bob Smits
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    Rusty Gas Tank

    I have had 3 tanks done by Gas Tank RENU out of Waller, TX with excellent results. The oldest one 15 years ago. 936 372 9107. I think this is a national franchise but have heard that results vary. About $400 per tank. Bob Smits
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    To pay or not to pay?...

    Rusty I like your idea of putting put out a collection box for visitors. We will add this next year. Because of fund raising events our club is able to donate $5-10K each year split between Hospice and a local home for "at risk" children. When I moved to College Station nine years ago I was attracted to this club because they "do something" other than drive to a local hamburger joint once a month. Like many of you I do not enjoy sitting in a lawn chair behind my car for 5-6 hours but would be happy to donate $20 at a free show. Xander, I love you cars, will you be on the Glidden this year?