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    Here's a similar '24 opera coupe I had a few years ago and I thought it looked rather handsome on blackwalls.
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    I'll have to disagree: It sounds shady. If there are really 937 foreign clients who want that particular Oldsmobile--and there aren't--they can just as easily reach the Hemmings website on their own. Proper capitalism must be accompanied by honesty.
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    I wanted to take the time to thank all of the folks who had a role in this year's annual meeting. Although there was no Friday night event, the Auto Show tickets were great, as well as the AACA Display that was in the Auto Show. As usual the seminars we went to were great and it was nice to see and talk to people we don't always have time to visit with when we're at a meet. It was nice to go down and not get stuck in any banquets and it was the first time in my life I was able to go to Philly, be able enjoy myself, and didn't have to pack a shirt and tie (after 30+ years of wearing a uniform for a living, I HATE SUITS AND TIES!!). On Labor Day, 2016 my dad and I got the cab, engine, transmission, pump and water tank back on the frame of that truck, one week later I was messed up really, really bad in a motorcycle crash that took me out of work for 6 months, I had to endure 9 months of physical therapy and two operations with a very, very uncertain future. At the time there was a fire truck in pieces that also had a very uncertain future and had it not been for my dad, wife and several friends, that truck might not have made it back together. My wife was out in the shop helping my dad hang fenders because at the time I couldn't even pour myself a glass of milk let alone turn a wrench. In 2016 I made it down to Hershey for Friday and part of Saturday, but I couldn't walk, couldn't drive, and at that time I had lost my eyesight in one eye. Ironically in 2017 while many of you were in Philly for the annual meeting, I was on the operating table. I had been out of work a while, medically things were not good, I was on the verge of financial ruin, wasn't sure if I'd ever work again and things were looking pretty bleak for me at best. Even if I could've medically made it to Philly, financially I couldn't. Last year was a total zoo after watching the Eagles win the Super Bowl, but it was a once in a lifetime thing that I got to see and enjoy right out the hotel window. Last year was also the same time my father and I were able to take the stage and accept the Peterson Fire Apparatus Award. After showing 75 cars over the last 17 years from Florida, Vermont, Colorado and everyplace else in between, the award last year meant a lot and it is something that my dad and I still cherish and appreciate very much, one year later. It took all the inner strength that I had to hold it all together because one year earlier I couldn't even stand, let alone walk or drive, yet a year later I was able to not only stand, but to be able to walk up to that stage to accept that award for a truck that made it back together. Like the Eagles, last year it was about the beating the odds for us too. The Eagles were the dark horse, the truck made it back together and turned out gorgeous, while I had not only survived a crash, but recovered from a crash that the doctors and my coworkers all said should've killed me, and recovery wasn't even foreseeable in their minds. Things were bad enough for me that I had found out later that the accident reconstruction time was called out and usually that is only done if they thing the accident will be or is a fatal. To the national awards committee I'd like to thank you all for helping to bring sunshine to both my dad and I after going through a lot of dark days. I'd also like to thank the countless number of folks who approached us last year at Philly who said "congratulations, it was long overdue." In closing I'd like to congratulate the new recipient of the Peterson Fire Apparatus Award, thank Chuck Crane for his year as National President and wish incoming President Mel Carson well. This year's annual meeting was a great event, but it also was a case of where we were able to just be who we are, come and go as we want, and be able reflect on a good event last year instead of a bad event.
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    I have my 55 Olds for sale in Hemmings. I just got an Email from "Stephen Edwards" referencing my Olds, (obviously culled from Hemmings ads,) directing my attention to his web site. He will sell my car for the asking price in CASH. He will do everything from inspection, to paper work, to shipping. All I have to do is sit back and count the CASH. He has 937 foreign clients that are clamoring for exactly my car and have CASH. Once I send him a $199.00 "registration fee" all I have to do is wait (not too long either) for the CASH. I'm kind of bummed though. I must have left my check book behind when I fell off of the turnip truck. Oh well my loss I guess. I sure would have liked that CASH............Bob
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    Before I’m continuing with the wiring, I wanted to modify the seat adjusters. It could be that my seat was too narrow as the centerline of the adjusters does not line up with the seat base; the pedestals for the tracks were offset on the old system. I wanted to do similar adjusters to the ones from the Mark II, but due to this distance situation, I had to imagine something narrower. I’m more or less satisfied with the end result; it’s most of the time not easy to adapt something to an existing construction. I did a test with the motor and 1.5V; the seat is moving more or less with regularity. I hope that with 3V it will be better.
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    The used rear floor was welded in early September. As it came from a 4 door model, the sides had to be cut and specific parts made from scratch. The "B" pillars are made with thick steel; they could be sandblasted and primed. They are drying here with some other parts. It's good to have some space for such a job!
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    Don Wiss, My father was a union sheet metal worker here in Dayton, Ohio, from the 1950's until his death in 1978. In about 1976 I followed his footsteps into the same trade. When I got selected for an apprenticeship, he gave me a tool box full of extra sheet metal tools he had acquired over the years. He gave me a careful discussion on each tool. When we got to tin snips ("aviation" snips and "bulldog" snips), he made it clear that only WISS brand aviation snips were any good, and to avoid all other brands. He also gave me a pair of WISS "bulldogs." I got out of the trade a few years after his death, but I still have all my old tin-knocker tools. Moreover, every time I find a pair of WISS brand snips at a yard sale, I bring 'em home. They're too good to pass up. Cheers!
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    Going back to the garage after a car show this morning. Beautiful 73 degrees weather. Car show record for Thunderbird open car show...: 217 cars at Tropical Park Miami, Fl
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    We're restoring our Grout, now second generation owned. It was completely original when my father-in-law bought it from Harry Hopewell. Had a few repairs and a different engine in in 1980 - to complete the London to Brighton run, and the start of a bigger boiler put in in 2010 when a deep sway back was discovered. I guess it is to be expected after more than 100 years and a solid wood frame and body. The picture is the car pre-restoration. We are far along on the mechanical part but I've run into some back story problems, mostly that almost everyone who was directly involved with this car from it's start is gone now. I'm looking for information. Does anyone have old bullitens where Harry may have talked about his car after the war? It was also housed in Mr. Gould's Meredith, NH museum for the 50's.
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    About 1908 picture from an ebay listing. And a link to the building today. https://www.google.com/maps/@37.8067869,-100.3476865,3a,22.5y,161.06h,90.92t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sevBB6OinIO_EWJObL63diQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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    If you are near Frankford Plating you are also relatively near Librandi's Plating. We use Librandi's for almost all our plating.
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    Could swear I’ve seen that one before 😁
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    Continuing on with the wheel fitting . . . . The groove on the outside of the front wheel rear bearing housing was carefully cleaned out with thinners so as not to get the strong thinners on the new paint. The old oil seal on the stub axle looked pretty good. I should think it got replaced when the chassis had previously been restored. I cleaned out the threads on the hub cap and checked that it fitted before trying to fit the wheel to the stub axle. Some new grease was 'wiped' into the bearing housing on the back side of the wheel and the clean ball bearings pushed into the grease to hold them in position while I threaded the wheel onto the stub axle. I really needed three hands for this job to hold the wheel in roughly the correct place to enable me to fit the outer ball bearings. In the end, I managed to 'wedge' the wheel in the right place with a bit of wood. This was a bit tricky getting the balls to sit in the right place in the outer bearing housing. Ball bearing retainer screwed on and was tightened until the wheel was 'a bit tight' on the bearing and then backed off until the wheel spun nice and freely, with virtually no slack in the bearings. I then fitted the washer and castle nut and put in a new split pin to lock the nut in position. I have not tightened the hub cap as it needs to come off again to try and polish it up. One wheel fitted - another 3 to fit. The rear wheels were easier to fit as they just have a cotter pin to hold then solid to the half shaft. With all the wheels fitted at least I could get the chassis off the axle stands and move the car. While fitting the wheel to the right had side I did find that the king pin had some slack in it. I made a note of this, and will visit it later, after all the chassis grease points have been greased.
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    With the help of my friend, the trunk floor was welded in place at the end of July 1993. The next step was the rear floor. To have a good access to it, the "B" pillars were removed. Consequently, the RH rear fender had to be removed too. End of August: the rear floor is gone. The rear of the body is totally independent from the front one. Well, not exactly: it was attached to the frame with the usual body screws; I welded also some supports between the trunk floor and the frame. The remaining side panels are better looking, but far from ready. The last picture is showing both rear floor behind the body. Which one is the "good" one?
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    Have not seen snow here since January 19! remembered well, 1977
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    Yellow pages?!?! Heavens to Murgatroid, you're dating all of us! 😄 (google)
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    They're not runs, they're sags! At least that's what the body shop men call them. It does sound a little better anyway! Sand, sand, and then buff. Sag all gone. Dark colors are the worst and even my painter, who does it for a living, put a sag in one of my fenders and that's why he still has it. He has sanded it away, now he needs to buff it. It happens to everyone one time or another.
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    Master cylinder is the next suspect. I just dropped the car off at the exhaust guy. $500 full system with mufflers and resonators. I'll take that!
  23. 2 points
    I understand passing on the car sale. But the gummies, enhancement pills and a thicker head of hair?
  24. 2 points
    My Olds has two floor board tie down plates, one on each side that screw into the sill edge, and into the floor board edge. I only have one original and it is badly pitted. I had thought a while back of making new ones but the plate has formed in finishing washers at each screw hole for oval head wood screws. Even though these plates are under the mat, I wasn’t happy with the idea of just making new plates without the finishing washer detail. Today, I had a little spare time in the shop and I decided to see if I could make a set of dies to form the washer shape. I had some 1” diameter round SS stock, turned a positive and negative on my lathe, drilled both for a 3/16” pin (one drilled undersized for a press fit), then tested them out. I’m able to use my large HD vise rather than my hydraulic press and I’m quite happy with the results. I only had time to make one but I’ll either make another or make the battery side different. Again, as typical of 32’ Olds, there was a running mid year change in the floor tie plates. The drivers or battery side, instead of getting the same tie plate as shown, got a much bigger plate with the same oval hole cut out to service the battery that the wood floor board has, but if the battery needed changing, the larger plate could be removed. This make things much easier as the Olds parking brake lever is bolted to the floor board which means a lot of extra work is required to removed the first generation floor board for a battery change. Need to look at the bigger floor tie in plate and see about making one of those up. They were offered by Olds dealers as a retrofit so adding one to my car is not a detractor to authenticity.
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    It's Sunday February 10th and with having lost all the snow due to a warm up and some rain, decided to take another short ride to test things more. Expressway driving performance was great as were road conditions and traffic. Visited a friend and his Riviera and stopped in on Mom before parking back in the garage. We are to have an inch of snow showers tonight but happy to get out when I can. Only drove 21.9 miles today but determined to meet the 2,019 mile Challenge this year! My total so far is only 30.7 miles but it is on!
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    Thanks! It is always good to mix in some American history with the doom and gloom of modern end of the hobby talks. Bob
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    If I were in the market, hunting for one of these, I would already be in contact with Mr. Green37. Perhaps it would be worthwhile repeating the story of my successful search for the car you see in my whatchacallit, (avatar?), there in the corner. That is my sweet, rugged, tight, tough, original, unrestored 1924 Cadillac 7 passenger touring for any reader not yet acquainted with the old cruiser. Yes. Yeah, I think it just might put a simple reality check forward here to aid car hunters. O.K. I guess I will do exactly that : After 3 years of hunting for preferably such a 1924 Cadillac (the only acceptable variance would have been a 1925 - they are both model V63), I yet again opened up my new Hemmings. There was the most scant listing I had ever seen. "1925" (actually did turn out to be the preferred '24, but man, if you are looking for "Number One", and "Number Two" of a rare car comes up, don't waste time debating with yourself). Anyway : "1925 Cadillac Touring, R. Pierce, P.O. Box xxx, Akron xxxxx, OH". That's all. No price, no phone, that's it. (By the way, did any of you know Ray Pierce?). I made no assumptions, did not second guess motivation or engage in armchair psychoanalysis. Sent off a letter of introduction which included my work and home phone numbers. In fairly short order came a response with more info, and a picture which totally stole my heart away. A reasonable asking price assured me this car was the highest priority in my life at the time. Still no phone number or street address. So off went quite a list of questions. Back came "The longest letter I have ever written about a car". Phone number included. I've had the car for 30 years now, and such a fine deal on an original 1924 or 1925 Cadillac in any condition has not surfaced in the passing period of time. Look, I had to fly back East over Thanksgiving and drive in snow to see the Cad', and blah, blah, blah. Most people are dealing with a tough Winter right now. I used to spend a couple months in California every Winter. The astronomical and engineering associations I belong to, my activities up at the Mt. Wilson Observatory above Pasadena, oh, and of course the now defunct Cliffs Books on Colorado Ave. did not have to argue too hard in order to keep me in the area. I don't know the seller. He looks vaguely familiar. I do have a glitch in my "facial recognition software", so I often get embarrassed with mistaken identity issues. But it is possible we have talked at the San Marino Classic which Aaron and Valerie Weiss put on in June. Or maybe I have seen him in a movie made a bit West of him going out the 134. Maybe at the Huntington Library ? No, I don't know the owner, but now that you have the Packard's location, what a great time to fly out to Southern California. You can't lose. (Hmmmm......... Seems it has been raining more than usual there lately - check long range weather forecast). Very best of luck in the separation from your beautiful "baby", Green37. I'm sorry that time had to come. - Carl P.S. I just checked. The San Marino Motor Classic will be on Sunday, June 9th this year. 9:00 - 3:00. Just think : you could store the car in California, and fly out sometime in April, enjoy the region, and leave in mid June. All mountain passes should be clear of snow by then for a memorable drive home. That is what I would do if I were in a position to still be acquiring things. That stage of life is in the rear view mirror for me at this late date. Go for it, one of you youngsters ! - CC
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    Got it! Guess I'll be headed to Tomball, Texas soon with my trailer. Will decide whether to restore it or part it out once I have crawled all over it. Anyone have a lead on that missing back glass? My guess is that will be the toughest part to find. Anyone have a lead on a 1948 or newer 320 engine that's not too far from N. Texas???? Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
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    Be carefull when you choose someone to engine turn. There are some out there doing them with alignment of the swirls vertically and horizontal. When they are done with correct alignment one can see an angular alignment, which is how the factory aligned them. Study samples carefully, prices range to above 1,000.oo correct or not. Make em prove their claims as they will claim theirs is correct cuz they are the expert. Buyer beware, you cant get your money back!
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    We now display the car with top hat, silver tipped cane, and kid gloves. Also recently added a flip top dog-bone rad cap and an accessory front bumper will be ready soon.
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    Looks like it’s been maintained and well kept all its life. It even comes with receipts to back up that claim which were meticulously stored all about the interior of the car, and a few fast food wrappers to indicate the previous owner used it for round town shopping. At $800 bucks, not much to loose.
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    Hi Greg, Yes, but alas, the company was sold in 1976. Not having children, my legacy to the world will be my website on the company: http://jwissandsons.com/ There is a family section on the site. Some of the car pictures are already there. Eventually all will be. There are so many pictures around, I will be working on scanning and putting them up for years to come. We only have my grandparents' pictures, but I know where his brother's pictures are, and where his sister's and my great-grandparents' pictures are (those being together). The pictures of my great-grandfather's younger brother are someplace in California. That stash would include the pictures in this book: http://jwissandsons.com/family/during-my-lifetime/w031.htm The page I jumped to discusses my great-grandfather's brother's early cars. The first being a 1902 Knox, then two Packards. Move ahead a couple pages and the car pictures start. There were lots of road trips, including a cross country trip in 1912. By that time my great-grandfather's younger brother had died, so it was his widow that made the trip. The book writer was her daughter. And she ended up marrying the chauffeur.
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    Today was a gloomy wet day so I decided to paint the trunk brackets. They were just sitting in the shop on top of the Vidmar box already in primer so why not. Now that they're done I have some more room on top of the Vidmar and another completed part to put on the car. I will install them later on in the week. A little more progress.
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    Woo WHOO!! I now have about 3500 miles clocked on my Nailhead. Approximately, 2500 of these miles are with my EFI. I LOVE that is still resembles a carb. Simple & clean. With my air cleaner on guys at my local cruise-ins are blown away haha My carb was 600 cfm’s. This EFI throttle body is 800 cfm’s. I’ve read that our Nailheads LOVE cfm’s & this 800 cfm sure made a difference haha I purchased the Master Kit which includes the external Holley fuel pump, mounting hardware & hoses. This made it easy. I really enjoy how I can simply fire my car up & drive it now. I was not that lucky with my carburetor. I paid a reputible shop to do the install & I am pleased with their work. I was hoping that by hiring a pro I would avoid some headaches. Unfortunately, I still had a few problems which I sorted out. Overall, I am glad I made the switch. One problem was that the O2 sensor was not welded correctly. The kit comes with an O2 bung, high temp gasket & quality straps to hold it in place. The shop said welding it in would be better. Well the weld job sucked & it was leaking. I didn’t catch it for a while due to the placement the shop chose. They put it kind of close to my frame rail. Not sure why. That is probably why they couldn’t weld around it right. Instructions call for placing O2 sensor “as close to engine, generally 6-8” from engine”. The shop placed mine further than that. Not sure why? Obviously, I will have to go have a talk with them. I’m good for cruising with this setup. But another detail I learned is that the second half to any EFI is to pair it with an electronic distributor. Holley has one for our Nailheads on their website. So I will do some homework & see where this goes. Edit: forgot to mention, the ECU is built into the TB. It sits just behind the nameplate on the face of the TB.
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    Smart money would just buy the TC Rick has for sale on eBay and save time, money and aggravation.
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    Nice dies! I had something like this made to create the formed-in trim washers on the Airflow doorsill scuff plates we make. Since the material we use is aluminum, I can use my drill press to squeeze the dies together. Love your attention to the hidden details
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    Your best bet is to go with Dave, since you said someone has done a number on your switch. Bad things can happen if the switch isn't put together properly and you don't want to go there.
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    Guess we'll find out... I'll report... Once I have a car here and running to report on.
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    The transmission was made by Cotta. They flipped the pattern figuring that 2nd and 3rd were the most frequent gears used and therefore should be closets to the driver. Here is a view of the transmission. and at the other end the differential and brake (the only brake....)
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    Very good! Then I suppose the answer is to wear those ones out. That will be fun.
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    That one is definitely NOT the "only ALCO truck in the world"!! This one from the former Hayes collection.
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    Dash threads are always cool. Two of my favorites are the 810/812 Cord & the 500k/540k Mercedes.
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    Matt: Hay... remember, I have one of those "frumpy" 1925 Buicks. Hopefully after I am done with it I will be making it less "frumpy"! Here is another long Gray Packard of the vintage being discussed. On display at The Northeast Classic Car Museum in NY.
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    Please check out MIke's pictures and discussion below in Buick - Pre War. - CC
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