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  1. That car was the Cadillac Maharani. It was a well known show car of its time. It had a sink, a toaster, a stove, and a safe for the owner's jewelry. It was based on a 1956 Fleetwood Sixty Special. It was maroon in color and had a very exotic looking embossed leather interior. I saw this car at the 2008 Cadillac LaSalle Club Grand National in Cherry Hill, NJ. I was amazed to see it still existed. It was in nice condition, but showed definite signs of use over the years.
  2. Don't forget Henry Ford's home, Fairlane. Well worth the visit. Also the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
  3. Take a good look at your policy. Sometimes a newly acquired car is covered from the time you buy it, not from the time you notify the company.
  4. Gibbons beer and Laurel Line signage place this photo squarely in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre area of Pennsylvania.
  5. There is a company out there called RG Relining. You can find them on the internet. They reline old, overcut brake drums with new cast iron. I found them for one of my cars with overcut drums and spoke with them. I never used them because I eventually found a pair of passable drums.
  6. Pricy but worth it! Makes greasing about 10 times easier. On my 1940 LaSalle, it can hit all but one of the fittings
  7. I have had good luck with the NAPA Commercial Group 2 six volt battery in my 1940 LaSalle. I use a battery maintainer when the car is sitting. The NAPA battery is a little pricier than the ones at Tractor Supply, but has more CCA's. The first one was seven years old and going strong when I gave it away to a friend because I thought that seven years was pushing my luck. The second one is now about four years old. I top them up with distilled water at the beginning and end of each season. I thought about an Optima, but I have heard stories that they can be problematic if you have to charge them.
  8. You guys forgot the tail light lenses that melted from the heat of the bulbs, the aluminum top, hood, and trunk lid that couldn't hold onto paint, the power window switches that would come apart and fall into the door, the rear spark plugs that were absolutely impossible for any human being to change, the body ECM that would stick in wake-up mode and kill the battery between attempts to actually drive this car, the cheesy holders on the seatbacks for the seat belts that constantly were falling off, the sunvisors that were always drooping, the "morning sickness" when you first started the car and attempted to turn the wheel to the right, and the weird phantom alerts that were always coming up on the "driver information center". Also, the raw gasoline smell when you made a hard right turn, the top pull down hook in the rear that would usually work once in five or six tries and the strange little mini covers that went next to the big boot cover and never fit right and were always getting lost. And don't forget the complete lack of interest on the part of Cadillac Division in supporting this car past the date when your check cleared.
  9. I wonder if it jumps up and down.
  10. I never heard that Felix Dzerzjinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret police, was a Rolls-Royce owner. How he "acquired" the car would be an interesting story, but not necessarily as you would expect. In 1984, I visited the V. I. Lenin museum in Leningrad, USSR and saw Lenin's Rolls-Royce touring car. It was an early 1920's model, which means that it was bought after the revolution, probably with State funds. As I recall, it had been shabbily maintained, with very poor body repairs and paint.
  11. You need the Fisher Body Manual for 1939-1940. They show up on ebay all the time as reproductions that are not very expensive.
  12. Country Squire had the ersatz wood trim. This car is a Country Sedan, which was the next rung down from the Country Squire. This car has the look of a money pit. If you want one of these, I think you can do better for not a lot of money
  13. 5219

    radial tires

    It seems to me that fewer and fewer big classic cars are running white walls. To me, they seem to take the focus away from the car and to the tires. Well said. Every time a non-car person comments on my 1940 LaSalle, they always say "Look at those whitewalls!". It irks me.