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  1. 4 points
    What "neighborhood" do you live in where "local" shopping is more than 150 miles away? Modern electric cars aren't those weird little wedge-shaped things from the '70s using golf cart batteries. Ford is claiming a 300 mile range for this vehicle and even if they're off by as much as 50% (very unlikely), 150 miles on a charge is enough to get most people to and from work for a week (the average American's commute is just under 20 miles a day). That range would last me almost a month of commuting without a charge, unlike my current car which requires a fill-up every two to three weeks. There are three Teslas in my parking lot being used by guys who seem to drive them to work every day without issues, and they're wealthy enough to own something else if the electric car wasn't cutting it. Yet they drive the Teslas every day. That doesn't strike me as a non-viable electric car. In fact, electric cars are becoming more viable by the day. Just because you don't like them doesn't mean they're not appealing to a large number of consumers and they aren't improving by leaps and bounds--electric cars are about where internal combustion cars were in 1925. They have the basics pretty much figured out, they're reliable, now they just have to make them better. My neighbor has a used Nissan Leaf that he drives to work every day, winter and summer, and all he has to do is connect it to the extension cord hanging next to the car whenever he gets home from work in the evening. He says his electric bill went up about $25/month, less than one tank of gas in his wife's Subaru. How is that not awesome? I recon there were guys with big hats looking at early automobiles farting through town and wondering what kind of fool would want one of those when a horse could travel all day with just free grass and water without having to find an obscure "gas station" and buy "gasoline." Then cars got better and those guys ended up eating their hats. The only thing that's constant is change. Stick your head in the sand and be swept away by the tide or pay attention and realize that embracing the change can often make things better.
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    That's a nice looking car! I pretty sure that the U.S. cars used the 218 engine which was the shorter one. I think export cars may have had the 201 depending on where they were shipped which is also a short block. I agree, I wouldn't fool with it if it runs well. To use an overdrive , I believe that you'd have to shorten the driveshaft. Original brakes, if working correctly will provide good stopping !
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    I bolted the fixture up this morning and discovered I still don't have enough travel in the table to get the holes I have to drill under the spindle. In this case because the bolts that hold the steel pieces down obstruct sliding the crankcase back. So I countersunk the bolt holes for flat head cap screws. With those below the surface I have pretty much unlimited adjustment room. But, with all the nuts and bolts I have, I don't have the right ones and our local hardware store (which is a very good one) didn't have them either. So, I ordered some. They'll be in late tomorrow. In the meantime, I have another job that needs doing so it's worth waiting for the right bolts. I have so much time in this I don't want to take any chances. I also took a look at the center main bearing problem. The casting has a cruciform cross section directly in line with the center of the middle main bearing. And this odd "flaw" on the upper surface. I'm more convinced than ever that it was supposed to have a hole through the crankcase feeding the center of the middle main but that, for some reason, they didn't drill it. The fact that it has a connection for the oiler but that it goes nowhere is a tip off that they made another cheesy, cost saving modification. I'm not thrilled about drilling this hole but if I'm careful it should be fine. It doesn't have to be very big - just the ID of 1/4" copper tube. This is the top of the case opposite the bearing.
  5. 2 points
    The rarity factor definitely figured into the purchase but the looks were the main draw for me. The 31-32 Chevs used a lot of scaled down Cadillac styling features which probably carried over to the later years too.
  6. 1 point
    My work in progress. 1969 Buick Riviera. Looking for period correct bucket seats. Any feedback on where I can find would appreciated. Would also consider other model/year bucket seats that would fit.
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    OK, so, I had the bright idea of redoing the carpet while I had the seats out for upholstery. Idea being to put in sound + heat insulation. For the latter, I decided to go with the Noico products on amazon. Now, I don't want to go overboard. Just clean it up, I guess wire-wheel the surface rust, then some sort of primer, then the Noico. What should I do with the floorboard plugs, the ones covered over with that factory gunk? Just Noico over that? or scrape off the gunk? If scrape, does it need some new sealer? Finally, since I'm here, there's a dime-sized hole in the floor near the gas pedal. While I was pulling out the carpet I did find a plug (interior color: blue) that looks like it could go in there. But maybe not. what's the hole for? Many thanks--
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    This beauty is mine. It will be in the big Glenn Miller auction coming up on Friday, December 6 in Tomah, Wisconsin. No bidder's premium for in-person bidders. Bid online through AuctionZip. Glenn personally packages items for shipping, and is very reasonable. Or, he’s also happy to hold purchased items for pick-up at his shop near Tomah. This sign I'm selling is the 1937-1938 early version of the red, white, and blue, 42” BUICK Authorized Service sign. It's a very nice quality sign. Two-sided porcelain, with very good gloss. The only blemish of note is at the lower edge on both sides (shown in my photos here). This sign is identified as the “early version” by the smaller BUICK script logo. The postwar version of this BUICK sign has a noticeably bigger BUICK logo. The difference usually isn't obvious, unless the early and late versions are side-by-side. Here's a link to the auction page for this super condition sign: https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/porcelain-buick-valve-in-head-service-sign_B55423FB3F/ Thanks for looking. John
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    If it were me, I would double check if the coolest is OK for brass radiators. Some of the new stuff can eat away at the metal. Empty may be a better option....
  10. 1 point
    Not me — mine took off with the Jesus rings. (And I really had no idea which way they went.)
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    A real loss to the hobby. He was quite the collector and a friend to many. RIP, we'll miss you. Terry
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    The ‘tulip’ body style was offered on 1 cyl Cadillac’s in 1906, 7, and 8. In 1906 they were offered in 2 seat ‘Runabout’ or 4 seat ‘Light Touring Car’ styles. In 1907 the 4 seater tulip body was referred to as the ‘Victoria’ body style as it was joined by another 4-seater called the ‘Straight Line’. By 1908 the Runabout was also referred to as a ‘Victoria’ body style as it too was joined by a ‘Straight Line’ version. I don’t know that the factory ever referred to any of them as ‘tulip’ bodies. Nomenclature... is difficult, but when new they were considered very stylish and quite an advancement from the rear entrance tonneau previously offered. The colors offered changed each year. (photos below from Walter M.P. McCall’s ‘80 Years of Cadillac LaSalle’) P.S. The 1906/7 4 seaters did have curved rear fenders like the one pictured. They were squared off or ‘flat’ for 1908 as pictured below.
  13. 1 point
    This is not mine! I went and looked the car over and it is definitely a project. Familiar story of a father/son project, pushed outside under a leaky carport, which destroyed the top and some of the structural wood in the roof and drivers side rear corner. Owner was working on “replacing the wood” , but used pine. Interior is roached. Front seat would hold people but needs the mexican blanket treament to say the least. is listed for $3500.00 obo on letgo. Located in Carbondale,PA https://letgo.onelink.me/O2PG/b9d876f4 i took some pictures. The sheet metal is pretty nice and they painted the body already. (Were going for the taxi look) wood spoke wheels nice. New tires. Engine out of a earlier 27’ stude. Turns but doesnt run. Were working on wiring. Original is included but is apart. Also includes another frame/running gear from a 27’.
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    1911 Silver Ghost with wooden wheels rebodied in the 1920s. To my eye it looks like an American body. Picture was taken by the Charles River in Cambridge in October of 1949. I'll bet the car sill exists but that this body was replaced long ago. In a sense, that is really too bad because an important part of it's history has probably been erased.
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    Although the photos are b & w and of classic cars they weren't taken when the cars were new or even pre WWII. With limited space in our fine magazine the Antique Automobile , perhaps readers would still enjoy seeing them posted here. The photo of the Packard LeBaron coupe from 1934 was taken in 1950,( nearly 70 years ago) parked on the street as it was being used every day to go to work by its original owner Mr. Davidoff of Roslyn, N.Y. . John Linhardt of Florida an AACA member owned the car for decades and it now resides in the Bahre collection in Maine. The 1929 Pierce Arrow limousine with right hand drive is pictured in England, when owned in the mid to late 1960s ( over 50 years ago) by Harry C.G. Shell , who was the Chairman of the Classic American Auto Club of Great Britain. The car was sold to someone in France in the very early 1970s and I do not know of its current location or owner. Note the Pierce Arrow has the headlamps mounted on a bar and not in the front fenders as was their trademark. Fender mounted headlamps in England at the time were in violation of traffic laws.
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    Postwar I don't believe there were any coupes or convertibles. A few more pictures
  17. 1 point
    I will take a look for a part number of the filter screwed into the back of my two barrel Carter carb and let you know. I run the glass set up on my 60. No issues with it. Looks proper.
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    I could be wrong, but that Gap looks pretty normal to me. I can't go check mine right now, but I wouldn't want it much closer to the firewall. Are you just trying to get the "correct" engine? Personally, I'd leave it if it works.
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    That was the 32' Chevy with the chrome hood doors. Many of the 32" GM cars offered them. Chevy outsold Ford in 31-32' with Ford getting it back in 33". Many people believe because the V-8 ford came out in 32' that Ford outsold Chevy that year when in fact they didn't. On the Olds, I can't for the life of me understand why it hasn't sold. I showed my brother who bought a 67' Cutlass last year that's he's currently racing though the car is basically stock, and he wished he hadn't bought it as he would have tried to buy TR63's. Bad timing but that's how it goes sometimes.
  20. 1 point
    It sounds to me some lifters need to fill with oil to me.
  21. 1 point
    The jack above would be for a car that does not have the truss rod running underneath the differential. So did early loco's have a truss rod and what year was it discontinued?
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    Having owned both a 1973 Imperial and a later model 76 Benz 450 S I still prefer the Imperial. My current 07 Benz E350 is still no match for the big Imperial other than fuel mileage!
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    Hi Ben Simple, you can "fit" two people into a narrow (small) car. The Passenger sitting slightly behind the driver. Sometimes referred to as a "Light car" . There can be variations such as this much modified 1920s Dodge Four. It is a "full-width" two seater" It too is somewhat lighter and shorter than a "standard" Dodge "Flying Four". Bj.
  26. 1 point
    There were two types of rear fenders for the different model Cadillacs in 1908.
  27. 1 point
    Different rear mudguard or fender though.
  28. 1 point
    Looks somewhat like the Jaguar E pace that is out now and the Tesla model Y that will be out soon. In my little corner of the world where Amish horse and buggies still travel on our roads it’s not uncommon to see several electric cars from Tesla, Nissan and BMW daily. They are not the majority by any means but they are not unicorns either. I’m sure this thread will degrade as others have in the past over the future of transportation but one thing is for sure, transportation will evolve as it has over the past 120 years.
  29. 1 point
    I certainly respect the original poster's love of cars. Forum members are always happy to help a hobbyist, sometimes even free of charge. However, if the car buyer is involved in flipping or reselling for profit, it's only fair that the person going out of his way to look at a car for him be compensated for time and expenses. Mr. Stylish, if you're reselling the cars you've sought and bought over many threads, it won't hurt to tell us. We'll understand!
  30. 1 point
    Recently on this thread and others there has been some discussion on manifold gaskets and proper installation. On this thread I asked for advice on which direction is best for installing them on my 1922 6-cyl. Today I found this quote from Fel-Pro gaskets on installing manifold gaskets. When installing Fel-Pro exhaust manifold gaskets, if there is a smooth, metallic side and a composite side, the metallic side should be installed facing out, meaning toward the exhaust manifold. This smooth surface of the shiny side will allow the flange of the exhaust manifold to slide as it expands and contracts during heat cycling from engine operation. Guess I answered my own question! Copper side outwards!
  31. 1 point
    I also love the looks of that car. I'd have to say that looks as good as the best Fords of the '30's...and is cooler because it's more unique - (rarer.) My Dad remembered the Chevys of the '30's when they were new - when they overtook Ford in sales. A couple years before your year of car, Chevy offered a model with chrome engine louvers on the hood and Dad said the car buying public was very impressed by that. Hope you can sell your Olds...that's beautiful, too.
  32. 1 point
    Yes, that's it. Thanks. I'm not a Netflix guy but maybe I'll see it someday. Peter
  33. 1 point
    >>"Ford, like most of the other domestic auto makers, has decided that trucks are the future..."<< They are the present; 71% of the USDM and still climbing. It's kinda why all the foreign brands have jumped hard on the truck/SUV/CUV segments, too. It's certainly not an arbitrary, baseless decision. >>"if they want to build a car-based SUV, or a SUV that seems like a car, or whatever they're calling it, it either has to be based on an existing model or it has to be a new model that needs to be crash tested and re-certified and all that. By using the Mustang's platform they were able to skip all those expensive tests and just put the thing out there and start making money."<< It doesn't go by model name and it's not a Mustang chassis. It'll go thru all the certification processes like any other new vehicle. The problem is, no one makes a profit on electric vehicles, so the money making thing is the big question mark. - - - - - This actually makes a lot of sense. First, it's an additional model, not a Mustang replacement. Second, with sedans' volume crashing (Accord down 42% in just FIVE years), inevitably there will come a point where the car based CUV and the car will evolve into one vehicle, rather than 2 closely-related ones. Once upon a time an Suv meant a BOF, V8 / 16-MPG Explorer and little else. This is literally the future going forward.
  34. 1 point
    I wonder if it matters. The side to side movement of the big end will be limited by the position of the small end in the piston.
  35. 1 point
    Packing gland/rope/cord/seal. I think Myers sell it. I’d recommend a complete gasket set from them (which may include the packing) and also get one of their viton float seals - saves lots of trouble.
  36. 1 point
    Exactly! It is nobodies business why the O.P wants the cars inspected, just that he wants them inspected. If you don't want to help him...just scroll on by. Which is so damn hard for people to do these days. God Bess Bill https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/
  37. 1 point
    Many people would love to look at cars for others, but aren’t particularly interested doing it out of goodwill as a volunteer for a for-profit business. The least one can do when making as inspection request is clarify the intention.
  38. 1 point
    Your O P leaves many questions unanswered such as: Are you a collector looking to buy a particular car, looking to find cars to flip, trying to help someone else or just filling your spare time. Context is everything and your remark "for now" is a bit of a red flag. What it boils down to is if you are a fellow hobbiest looking for a bit of help as a favor you should state so. If you are looking for help to turn a profit you should also say so. If you are just killing time.... Ditto. When a perfect stranger ( you ) asks for a favor or help it's both customary and logical to explain why that help is needed......Bob
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    I think John S asks a perfectly reasonable question. I've gone out of my way to look at items for other enthusiasts and I'd be extremely PO'd if I thought I was helping another collector and found out all I'd done was waste my time helping someone else flip a car. It's fine if you are paid for it but that wasn't specified in the original post. Are all cars for resale? Maybe on this site, which seems to be overwhelming dominated by the "you'll be under water in no time" attitude. I'm not sure that applies to all of us, especially those who flourish under water.
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    Those bumper jacks also doubled as jumper cables
  42. 1 point
    I certainly didn't plan starting an online argument over semantics, and didn't expect that folks would get outraged 🙄 over some minor flaws on the car that instantly prove that my title must be a horrible, heinous lie! I really do feel that this is the best example of a '57 Fury in the world, and do politely invite anyone to show me a better one. But I don't want to make enemies in the process. Your points are well taken Matt H, I sell most of my cars on bringatrailer, where armchair critics (who have no intention of buying) love to point out every little flaw, real or imagined. It does get tiring.
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    The secret to Mighty-Vac success is to seal the bleeder screws so air does not get sucked in. I use (horror, GASP, HORROR, the world will end.....) PTFE tape! Just wrap at the "air" end, one wrap, leaving the first few threads next to the bleed hole IN THE wheel cylinder clear of tape. That way none of the shards of PTFE tape will make their way into the wheel cylinder/brake system, where, yes, things can go wrong..... Tape on threads, vacuum at end of bleeder, where are the tape shards going? Yes, into the Mighty-Vac or other vacuum source. Been using a Mighty-Vac to bleed brakes on all sorts of cars for 35 years. Everytime I get the "this isn't working right" feeling, I put tape on the bleed screw (see, I try it dry first!) and all is well. YMMV
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    There is certainly something to be said for individuality
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    Now you know why I drive a Hudson Pickup. I sold the Chevy because I passed my exact truck on my way up town every day. No other ones in our town. Maybe next a Stude Coupe Express or a Diamond T.
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    I can only comment on RI. The harnesses they supplied were spot on and the installation guides idiot proof. On one harness I thought they had made a mistake and called them on it. They very politely said I was mistaken and the harness was as the original should be. Turns out they were correct as proved by looking at some unrestored cars. I highly recommend them...........Bob
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    Fr. Buick and 1953Mack, I will retract my statement above. I cannot base my comment on factory literature. This is simply what I had been told at some point, and I thought I had seen the Autronic Eye on Buicks as far back as 1953. But you are correct that they are simply not seen on Buicks from at least the 1954 - 1956 time period.
  48. 0 points
    You put in two 275 gallon above ground tanks. not real difficult. I have one for my Kerosene for the shop. One would be enough though as you probably aren't doing a ton of driving if the area is in a state of emergency. Hell my Dad had a 275 in the back yard (above ground, why would you bury them in this day and age with the crazy enviro nazis) Got the gas for free from a neighbor that had an inground tank with gas they gave us so they could pull the tank as it had been buried for decades and they were selling the house. Used it in my 68 Pontiac Strato Chief with a Chevy 6 and powerglide in 1994 for much of a winter. Of course it was real gas and not corn infused so there wasn't the worry about shelf life. Sure was nice to pull up to the free station, insert the nozzle and pump 20 gallons in for free, just the effort of cranking the pump. Put 20 gallons in pretty quick. As a bonus you would have plenty of gas to run your saws and even a generator for your household stuff. Often think of getting a big generator just in case around here, but we rarely lose power for long as we are on the main grid for the supermarket and gas stations, so they get us up and going first unless replacing a pole on our grid. What kind of generator is one going to need to charge the EV? If we are charging with Generators, doesn't that negate the EV advantage? Many people can barely afford gas. Do you think they are going to be able to afford the generators and have the stand by gas to run them? People put $5 in gas in their car because that's all they have, not because they like stopping at the gas station. I'm surprised by the few number of people that pay at the pump and still go inside to pay so you know they probably have no access to credit or the funds to pay more than $5.
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    I would wager that this is based more on economics than marketing. Ford, like most of the other domestic auto makers, has decided that trucks are the future and no longer builds any cars to sell in the US except muscle cars like the Mustang. Therefore, if they want to build a car-based SUV, or a SUV that seems like a car, or whatever they're calling it, it either has to be based on an existing model or it has to be a new model that needs to be crash tested and re-certified and all that. By using the Mustang's platform they were able to skip all those expensive tests and just put the thing out there and start making money. The problem is that they still have to call it a Mustang, since that's the platform on which it's based. I recall that Nissan, when introducing the Altima, had the same problem. On early cars, you could see a little, tiny "STANZA" badge because it was technically a Nissan Stanza Altima to avoid these same certification hassles. I'll ignore the glaring foolishness of only building trucks in a world where gas will only get more expensive and say simply that with no other car platforms available, this was the only way Ford was going to build an electric SUV with sporty performance.
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