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  1. 5219

    Mice repellent

    I never liked the idea of poison because I don't want them going into the car to die. Nothing works like a wooden snap trap. The more the better. I have twelve of them in a 10X20 garage. I put them along the walls and bait them with peanut butter.
  2. To ask the simplest question first-How sure are you that the gauge is accurate?
  3. Did it act like this before you replaced the water pump?
  4. 5219

    6 volt batteries

    I check the battery at the beginning of each driving season. It usually takes a small amount of distilled water. The water has never gone down to the plates.
  5. 5219

    6 volt batteries

    I have had very good luck with the NAPA Commercial Group 2 batteries in my 1940 LaSalle. The first one I bought lasted eight years. It was still working, but I figured that it had to be on borrowed time, so I replaced it with another one. The NAPA one is more expensive than the Exide, but has a higher CCA number. I keep the battery on a Battery Tender Junior when not driving the car. I guess that helps.
  6. 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.
  7. Don't forget Henry Ford's home, Fairlane. Well worth the visit. Also the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
  8. 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.
  9. Gibbons beer and Laurel Line signage place this photo squarely in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre area of Pennsylvania.
  10. 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.
  11. Pricy but worth it! Makes greasing about 10 times easier. On my 1940 LaSalle, it can hit all but one of the fittings
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.