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  1. 21 points
    I have long said, only partly in jest, that the three basic food groups are beer, pizza, and ice cream. (My wife says chocolate is a fourth.) Today, having replaced the spark plug on my 1907 one-lung Cadillac and lubricated everything I could reach, I sallied forth in search of a pizza. My favorite pizza joint made me one – to go, of course. But while waiting for it, I noticed they were serving ice cream cones. I hadn’t had one for months, since the lockdown. I took my pizza home, had three slices with a good craft beer, froze the other slices, and drove the Cadillac back to the restaurant. I was served two scoops in a waffle cone, which I ate sitting behind the wheel of the Cadillac on a brilliantly sunny spring day. Trifecta! Then I drove the Cadillac about 15 more miles, including a gravel road through a federal wildlife preserve. The toilets were closed, but the trees weren’t. The hikers and dog-walkers loved the car. And, since the ice cream was mint chocolate chip, my wife’s food group was included, too! Gil Fitzhugh the Elder, Morristown, NJ
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    John_S_in_Penna - Here are a couple of pictures of the car. Both have appeared previously in this forum.
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    My go-to machinist/fabricator/blacksmith/handyman came through again and straightened the cast iron Chevrolet step. It's on the truck and looks like it always was.
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    Aren't all cars previous one-owner cars?
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    Bob, The buildings are very old, possibly older than the car. They're all hotels now. The picture was taken in Ocean Grove, NJ, which was a bible camp town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There's a huge wooden church, and still a lot of permanent tents that members use when they come for revivals. None of the restaurants can serve liquor, but Asbury Park is an easy walk and we heathens can indulge our satanic rituals with Demon Rum along with our meals. Until a few decades ago, you couldn't drive a car there on Sunday, not even to leave; there were chains across the roads. We have a three-day one-and two-cylinder tour there every year (except this one) to start the season. JamesR, you can join the Horseless Carriage Club for $19.15 in your introductory year. After that, the dues are 45 bucks, but I expect they will go up a bit. You'll get a great magazine with lots of stuff about early cars. (I think it's great because I help edit it, so I may be a little prejudiced!) Gil
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    It’s not off topic - it’s on topic. I grew up on a farm a few miles away from Hartford Wisconsin. I saw several Kissels, cut down to function as tractors, as a child. They were powerful engines. Moreover my father was a WW2 mechanic and we had a running US Army half track chassis that he drove for fun. So I always had motor oil and Wisconsin cars in my veins. When my kids started graduating college I had enough money to start buying Kissels. And never stopped. That’s it. Ron
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    OK......Stearns Knight diatribe Number two.......after spending some additional time with the car. UPDATE: I service, restore, and dial in some of the best stuff on the planet......At least as far as what floats my boat. I have driven 95 percent of every American platform/chassis certified as a CCCA car. And probably 70 percent of the foreign CCCA cars. I have also serviced a ridiculous amount of the big brass stuff. White Steamers, Chadwick, 90 HP Napier, Pierce 66, Crane, Simplex, if its cool, I have tried to get my hands on it. My point; there are only a few Brass and CCCA platforms that interest me to actually own. Yes, I confess.............I’m a car snob........through and through. But also remember besides the crazy cool stuff I have in the garage, I have a very nice Ford T. Collector cars serve many different purposes, and I can have just as much fun in a 15k Ford, 150k Packard, or a asinine expensive big boy toy. I try and find stuff that is unique, affordable for the working man, better than average driver, and is mechanically interesting. That limits me to a very few brands of automobile for me to own personally. With all the aforementioned said, I will now add one more car to my “acceptable to have as a keeper” to my list. Much to my surprise, it’s a Stearns-Knight 8-90 series car. The S-K offers lots of strange, weird, and unusual characteristics that give it my exceptionally difficult approval. Working on AJ’s new money hole..........excuse me, new car, has been very surprising and rewarding. It’s a s strange and eccentric as Al.......but unlike Al, it’s in a good way!🤔 The car just keeps getting more and more interesting as I dig into it. A Gemmer steering box that could steer the Titanic, designed well, and functions even better. The brakes are typical high end Bendix triple shoe as offered on Pierce, And many other high end cars in the late 20’s. Suspension is similar to Packard/Stutz/Pierce/ect. Rear end is a Timken worm drive like Stutz/Pierce/Nash, ect. The transmission is the best pre 1930 unit I have EVER used. Makes the 29:Pierce transmission look like it came out of a Chinese junk tractor from before WWI. Most of the electrics are high end Delco. The hardware is all Turndset or the New York firms that made hardware for LaBaron, Brunn, And such others. Dash gauges are high end Stewart Warner. So, over all the chassis is well done, overbuilt, and the same technology as all the other great cars of the 1928-1929 model years. Frame looks like a Model J Duesenberg.........or a three ton dump truck. That just leaves the engine. Currently the car has been basically a museum piece. It runs and drives, but needs 100 hours and 10k in goodies to get it to “well sorted and a proper motor car”. That said, impressions of a Knight Eight............impressive. Large displacement, smooth, powerful....even with rather high mileage. The gearing on this car is to the moon. It will easily reach 100mph.........and there very, very few cars from 28-29 that could even dream of pulling off the century number. Currently the car has an incorrect earlier carb......so it’s a bit of a challenge to get it started, once figured out it isn’t too bad. Seems to run lean at idle and tip in throttle.......again it’s the primitive 1925 carburetor. Spin it up a few revs, and the car comes alive. It’s not happy going less than 35 mph. Finds its grove at 48-49, and wants to run at 60 mph For a sweet spot in high gear. Fit and finish are typical of a one off prototype. Lots of little nagging things that could be resolved with removing the Interior, if you dare chance it with all the 90 year old upholstery. Simply said, the car surprised me for its era..........it’s large, powerful, torquey, and overall very fast......like a Speed Six Bentley fast......but more of a slug at the lower end than a W.O. product......but with better carburetion it should improve markedly. Also, it has a very early fuel pump.....a nice improvement of the pain in the ass vacuum tanks. Shockingly, I would own a Stearns-Knight eight...........didn’t think I would ever add another “ok to have in my permanent collection” platform. I look forward to sorting the car, and then dissembling the engine..........so, what do you say AJ, send me a check for the engine job and I’ll tear it down tomorrow. Just want to see what makes it tick. The car has achieved my very seldom offered three thumbs up. 👍👍👍
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    After lunch, I installed the cowl panels. They just have to be curled slightly and inserted into the correct location. They fit into a channel on the opposite side of the metal door windlace channel.
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    Gathering up parts to re-do all the running gear, rear-end has developed some noise. Found a guy in Lexington, OK. with a warehouse full of new(GM) leftover rear-ends he had one to fit my `82 S-10, 3.08 gears, $500. He had one opened up for buyers to view, everything inside bright and shinny, all brake hardware, and drums(balanced), only thing i have to add is emergency brake cables, distributing block/hydraulic lines, and gear lube. You can`t beat new made in America..
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    Well today mother mature didn’t cooperate. It started raining first thing. It finally quit about 1. Of course we started and had to stop. Well after a half an hour of hard rain, we started in the drizzle with the house wrap and then siding. We were able to get the north side done before the contractor had to leave for the day. I did get the lower metal trim on before I quit for the day. Hopefully we can get more siding on tomorrow.
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    During my search for a car project/recommission I have noted that asking prices are very soft and sellers are very negotiable. Often I am the only one to inquire about certain cars. Last week I purchased a very nice stalled restoration project for 1/2 of asking price. The asking price was reasonable to begin with but the seller was more interested in moving this out rather that maximizing $$. Strange times.....there are lots of potential bargains out there!
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    As a new car dealer for 30 years and one who sold thousands of used cars I will simply say you cannot make a blank statement one way or another and of course at times leasing can make sense for some. It all comes down to the individual situation with the buyer. How many miles a year he drives, his car or truck preference, number of years he expects to stay in the car, etc. Right now is a very curious time as there COULD be some great deals on rental cars taken out of service. It will be interesting to see how that part of the market goes. With all the low interest rates, certified used cars, manufacturers rebates, etc. there are probably more good options for people than ever.
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    My take away from all of his posts are the guy could spend $20,000 on two maybe three cars and be set for a long fun old car hobby experience. Like most of us I grew up with the concept that you needed to get a two door hardtop or convertible to enjoy this hobby but now because I’m 56 and older I simply wanna enjoyed the experience of being in a 1950s or 60s car.
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    I got the rocker post assemblies out this afternoon and made sure that they were fully greased and ready for installation when that time comes. I'm waiting on bolts from Restoration Supply and for the rain to finally stop. I want to put the new oil pan bolts in while the engine is still out of the frame. It will be so much easier that way. I'm getting there - just not fast enough to suit me. I am not ashamed to tell anyone that putting this engine back into the frame has me a little bit on edge. Experience has taught me that things always come apart easier than they go back together. I learned that real early helping my Dad with his 2-Cylinder John Deere restorations. We're not gonna worry too much about it though. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
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    The CFM is nowhere near as important as the applicability of the fuel curve. As far as the clone running well, a wise man with a sense of humor once stated that if one has not tasted steak, baloney is pretty good! ALL engines like big carburetors, if the engine is installed in a trailered race car! I used to run two 500 CFM two-barrels on a 121 CID 4-banger. And it ran like a scalded dog.............from about 4,000 to 10,000 RPM. Jon
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    Yes that was me. My restored Kissels live at one of the large units at M1 car concourse. Here are several of them at my garage there.
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    Interesting excess. Looks like it has a Straight-16 under the hood, and has a turning radius of North Dakota.
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    For Sale on Craigslist 1967 Buick Electra 225 Custom Convertible in Long Island, NY - $30,750 - Call or Text 631-786-5244 9am to 9pm EDT On 5/15, Seller reduced price to $29,500 (decrease of $1,250) On 5/19, Seller increased price to $30,000 (increase of $500) "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" On 5/21, Seller reduced price to $29,999 "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" On 5/25, Seller reduced price to $28,500 "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" On 6/5, Seller reduced price to $28,250 "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" On 6/6, Seller reduced price to $27,995 "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" On 6/8, Seller increased price to $28,275 "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" On 6/17, Seller reduced price to $27,775 "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" On 6/23, Seller increased price to $27,975 "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" On 6/28, Seller reduced price to $27,000 "But Open To REALISTIC Offers" Link: https://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/cto/d/farmingville-1967-buick-electra-225/7123592636.html Seller's Description: 1967 Buick Electra 225 Custom Convertible 430 V8, ST-400 Auto, A/C, P/S, P/B, P/Windows, P/Seat, P/Top, P/Antenna, Speed Minder, Seatbelts, Rear Seat Speaker, Genuine Wood Trim. Rebuilt Engine, Rebuilt Front End, Springs and Shocks All Around. New Cooling System, Hoses and Belts, Wheel Cylinders and Shoes, Tires and Alignment, Dual Exhaust, Electronic Ignition Conversion, Cap Rotor Wires and Plugs. Upgraded Sway Bar, A/C Converted to R134. Engine rebuilt with performance, cooling and oiling upgrades. Runs and Drives Better Than New. Original factory marked parts that were replaced have been retained. Top is Original and in Excellent Shape. Interior is Original and Nearly Mint. This car was always a summer toy for its 2 elderly previous owners. Never driven in snow or beaten on and it's self evident. Believed to be 62,000 original miles. Now is the time to grab the luxury drop top cruiser you've always dreamed of. This was the Buick Flagship of 1967, their most expensive model. Extremely rare color combination seldom seen before the late 1970's and almost unheard of on a 1960's GM Luxury Car. To date, after extensive research no other 1967 Electra 225 has been found in this particular color combination however 1 wildcat and 2 skylarks were found. A trophy winner, this car is a crowd favorite and draws attention wherever it is, at a car show or on the road. Asking Price of $30,750 Call or Text 631-786-5244 9am to 9pm EDT. If no answer please leave a message and I'll get back to you.
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    1959 Studebaker Lark Hardtop On Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/1959-Studebaker-Lark-Hardtop/143598076073?
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    For Sale on Craigslist 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe 4-door sedan in Marysville, Washington - $11,000 - No phone # provided, reply to Seller through Craigslist email to 461d4245a971328c886c36256695aae1@sale.craigslist.org Link: https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/lake-stevens-1954-chrysler-new-yorker/7123681487.html Seller's Description: Beautiful red 4-door sedan with red and black plaid interior Fun to drive Firepower 331 V8 Hemi with 2-speed Powerflite automatic transmission Power Steering Runs and drives smoothly Beautifully restored and ready to go Original owner's manual and shop manual
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    A post by Terry Bond got me thinking. I wonder who has antique automobile themed mail boxes. My humble creation is a nod to my '29 Franklin sedan.
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    I made an effort today to do things in a rational order so I would't have to set the machines up more than necessary. The first step was to thread the ID of the threaded sleeve, then mount it on a fixture and turn it down to 1.5" Rather than finish it, I made two more of the projections for the Banjo fitting. Then turned the Banjo down to 1" thick And put the barrel shape on. Then I set the lathe up for threading and finished the threaded sleeve. In the midst of this my neighbor delivered the casting for the bracket so here we have the sleeve just about where it will go when I've machined the bracket. Then I threaded the two pieces that will go into the Banjo. I can insert one of them but the second one has to go in at an angle and I won't be able to calculate that accurately until I have the 2nd bracket done and mounted. This is the only Banjo that has an unusual angle and the only piece of the system that isn't adjustable so I need everything else in place before finishing it.
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    I bought the small threaded puller this morning and got the pilot bushing out in minutes. The right tool....All the difference. Yes, there is some wear. I can feel it when I put it on the pinion, and compare it to the new bushing. Glad I went head and did this.
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    Can someone photoshop this in black & white ......…………...PLEASE!
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    As the outside temperature was to low (50F) to paint the spring leaves, I decided to take on another job. Putting tires on the wheels. So I lit the stove to warm the tires, and managed to put the tires on the rims. Took some brute force to get the job done (clincher tires 😓). To put it mildly, the tires were quite stiff, but to be honest, I bought them in 2009. Some paint touch up of the rims must be done, but I am satisfied with the result, milestone achieved ☺️. First wheel done. All 4 wheels done. Regards, Harm
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    Chris, Did you check to see if the compensating port for the master rear piston is clear ? Or, when the foot pedal is not being pressed, if the rear piston cup is not pulling back far enough to uncover that port ? Sometimes the wrong lip length cup gets used and even with the piston all they way back against the stop the compensating port is still covered and brake fluid in the lines and wheel cylinders can't get back to the reservoir with your foot off the pedal. Then as you drive a few miles and the underside of the car heats up, the brake fluid expands, moves the wheel cylinder pistons outward and makes the shoes drag. Paul
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    Me neither. It looks completely bone stock to me too. But maybe its just my poor sense of detecting extremely subtle changes - my wife will go to the beauty shop to get her hair cut into some fantastic new way, and when she gets back I think she looks exactly the same, only 120 bucks poorer!
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    I checked today, we have nine of them on the shelf.........they fit Pierce Arrow also.......😎
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    For Sale on Craigslist 1960 Buick LeSabre 4-door sedan in Chisago, Minnesota - $7,000 - call or text Drew: (651) 329-8923 Link: https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/cto/d/chisago-city-1960-buick/7123711056.html Seller's Description: 1960 Buick LeSabre 364 nailhead motor . Very solid car just a little surface rust no holes anywhere . Runs good I drive it all the time . 77,000 miles, everything I stock but the cooling system. Electronic ignition, good tires and exhaust. Interior has been redone.
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    they would go on top... nothing that i know of on the pedal shaft, but a good thought sad thing is there are very few people that actually have these on there car, most were destroyed, removed, lost, etc.... i was thinking about making a true repro set, then a modified set, that looks the same but fill in the open section with a thin rubber, and have a slit in it, so the shaft slides int eh slit, closing it off a little more.
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    Posted on a different thread, but here is my grandmother....
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    did a sketch based off the pictures i have, and digitizing the upper & lower pedal plates. i then 3d printed a prototype out, printed one with a larger opening, as i was uncertain if the PLA (material i am 3d printing) would snap when i tried to flex it around a pedal shaft. luckily it did not, so i marked it up drilled a few holes, and seems to fit pretty nice on the plates. the white area is where the seal is smaller than the opening of the plates. i am happy with my first prototype, once i can get true dimensions from someone with one in hand, i can adjust accordingly. they are currently scaled off the pictures. i want to make sure i keep some meat (material) between the openings, and considering there is a metal plate in there as well, need to make sure there is rubber all around the metal as well to cover and coat it. want the metal fully encapsulated in rubber, so the pedals rub on rubber if they rub. both prototypes side by side finished prototype with holes located and drilled prototype laid over the upper and lower pedal plates close up prototype under the plates to show difference in opening, plates vs prototype
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    Well, the water pump issue seems to have been fixed now with the rebuilt one from Flying Dutchman. I pulled it out in the sun today, but I never left the driveway because now I have little to no brake pedal. It was fine last time I pulled it out. No brake fluid showing itself anywhere....
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    I really like this car! Not your typical big three offering, and I do like that green color too. Thank you for all these great posts. They certainly show a lot of decently priced cars are still out there.
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    This has been one of those days when I worked all day and didn't finish anything...but at least I did get something done. I started by milling flutes in the base of the pattern I'm making. It bolts to the sump here. Then, because I'm waiting on some materials and the casting for the other bracket I decided to make some of the bits I will eventually need. I cut pieces for another banjo... I was going to make a 1-1/2-18 threading gauge but, low and behold, I already had one. I think I made this for the priming pump...I can't even remember now but finding it saved a good two hours work. Last up today was another threaded sleeve – this one for the bracket that is at the foundry. I got the hole bored to size but my back is killing me from standing all day so I'll thread it tomorrow.
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    This afternoon, I received the new top leaves of the springs. As the old top leaves showed deficiencies (crack) at the eyes, I decided to have new ones made. New top leaves. Bottom two are the rear leaves, top two are the front leaves. Tomorrow, I will clean and paint them (only the visible parts). Regards, Harm
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    The last cross-member is similar to the rear support for the suspension: difficult to measure, and far from easy to fabricate. When I had draw the profile with the main dimensions, I had a long time to decide which way to begin. A picture from the original element is attached to the report; it's looking so easy to do! There was already some rationalization at that time: the last cross-member had a provision to attach a spare wheel at the back, or a luggage carrier, depending of the body. It has also a single bracket in the middle to attach the fuel tank: the cross-member #4 has the two other brackets for the tank. I'm also adding a picture from my part, it's temporarily attached by screws to the frame. This part is indeed an assembly from two elements, silver soldered. It's easy to understand that the cross-member is not yet ready.
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    This morning, I was able to install the other rear quarter window header. I then installed both rear door pillar post panels.
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    I would buy Rand Paul's neighbor beers for life if I could.
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    Be careful about lumping all the people in a given profession into the same group with a guy who is a criminal. Whatever job you guys all do, I'm quite confident that there are members of that profession who have ripped people off. That doesn't mean you're a crook, too, just because you do that job.
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    So ... tell us what you got, Jeff.
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    For my tail light to body seal I used rubber vacuum hose. It fits in the groove of the chrome and sucks down when brackets are tightened to make a nice invisible seal. I tested the area with a hose and noticed no water coming in. $7.00 for 6" of hose.....
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    Reading the details below, looks like there are a several differences between the 1923 and 1924: