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  1. With a sound engine, the '32 Model 54 'Club Brougham' car is a very handsome car, and a great performer. The '32 Pierce has a Ross steering gear box, providing wonderful light steering forces, and longevity. The transmission has synromesh on 2nd and 3rd gears. There also is freewheeling if you like that feature. The Club Brougham as well as coupes, Convertible Coupe-Roadsters had factory 'high speed' gearing: 4.08:1 ratio, the heavier cars had 4.42:1 With great styling, wonderful driving characteristics and with fresh babbitt and a good valve job , these are great tou
  2. Your Model 54 in 'great shape, unrestored' condition can be anywhere from $20K to maybe $60K. Most likely $35K-$45K. What makes a huge difference is actual mechanical and actual cosmetic condition. What one person describes as 'Great Condition' is another person's 'OK but needs paint and interior.. AND the huge issue: actual engine condition: I have inspected many engines, this requires dropping the oil pan, and removing each connecting rod cap. Then measuring the rod journal and ID of the reassembled rod bearing. The old poured babbitt has at best a 30% chance of
  3. Edinmass: with the lousy, lousy tubes available today, I will always patch a tube. I've never had a patch fail in 50+ years. Why do you not like patching tubes? GregL
  4. I have a couple of those coil testers. The vibrator's points often get corrosion on them, and do not make a good electric connection. Use an ohmmeter to test to see if the points in the vibrator are making a good contact with each other. I found I had to clean the contacts of NOS vibrator points in order to get the vibrator to energize the coil tester. I found that the coil tester works well, the wider the gap, the better the coil. Greg
  5. These trailers were built with many items and materials that are either very rare or unavailable now. Such as: the interior walls were covered in thin, Red Gum plywood. It was molded to fit the contours of the interior, when it was laminated or glued into sheets. The kitchen hardware is very different than a home kitchen of the era: The faucet has a built in air pump. to pressurize the water tank. The stove was an alcohol fuel unit, like used in marine applications. As mentioned several times, value is mostly based on condition an originality. An extensivel
  6. Having only a strap type ground from the battery to the chassis is not enough. Make a dedicated ground CABLE from 1/0 or 2/0 welding cable. Solder the loop ends on the cable. Put one end on the pinch bolt of the grounding battery clamp, and put the other end under the head of one of the starter-mounting bolts. Use a star washer between the cable end and the starter-body or mounting ear. When you are experiencing a humidity-related no start, you said you can just barely hear the solenoid clicking. I'll suggest that the solenoid has some dry dust from the starter brushes or ro
  7. Tom, there recently was a correct Stromberg O-3 on Ebay, with a buy-it-now of $999.00 . It did sell. The Pierce-made carburetors were actually very, very good carbs. My 1919 has it's original carb and it is an amazing piece of engineering and quality construction. The Series 80 carbs work well. But they must be set up right, and the rest of the car be set up right. My extensive experience with Series 80 carbs shows that most of the problems blamed on the carburetor are either points and condense problems, or old gasoline, and problems from lack of use.
  8. Please joint the Pierce-Arrow Society as Dale had. There is a North East Region that has a get-together each year. The Pierce Arrow Society has an annual meet each year in various parts of the country. This year, 2018, the meet was in Grimy's back yard: North of San Francisco in Sonoma Wine Country. It was a wonderful meet. Several PAS members from New England arrived and had a great time. Next year, June 10-June 16, 2019, the PAS Annual Meet will be in NE Indiana, in the Pokagon Indiana State Park. We will have 3 days of touring and a great car show
  9. The Pierce Arrow Society Annual Meet is always a great event. We are a DRIVING car club. Each day we departed Rohnert Park [5 miles south of Santa Rosa] and immediately were on country roads heading to the Redwoods, the Pacific coast, a Winery Tour or one of several spectacular car collections. Here are a few pics I took. My '32 Convertible Coupe/Roadster In front of the School House from the Alfred Hitchcock movie 'The Birds'. A warning sign we ignored. My '32 CCoupe/Roadster and my '25 Touring at the top of the climb. Next year the Annual Mee
  10. Hi FourSpeed, I just sent you a message. Greg L
  11. To free up the steering, jack up the front axle take the car's weight off of the kingpins and thrust bearings.. Pump 'special compound' through the kingpin zerks while moving the steering from lock to lock.. keep pushing 600w or even 140 weight through the kingpins until the steering does not improve any more.. Working on the steering gear box is a similar process. What happens way too often is that the zerk fitting on the top of the steering gear box as an indication to put chassis grease in the steering box. Since chassis grease does not 'flow', when chassis grease is put in a
  12. Hey RustyJazz, I have a few rough-castings of water pump impellers, that could be machined to work in your pump. If you are at all interested, please email me, and we can get together and see if any of them will work for you. Email: DualValve@gmail.com I'm in SE Michigan, so the logistics should be easy. Greg
  13. Hello Rusty. I have several water pumps that are NOT Studebaker, but I might be able to salvage an impeller that might fit in your pump housing. I'd need to see more of your pump housing to see the design of the pump. I also have two or three different new repro castings of water pump impellers that might be workable. I'm in SE Michigan as well, about 18 miles south of Flint. Send me an email message to: DualValve@gmail.com and we can see if we can get pump housings and impellers together. GL.
  14. I usually have good luck with Amazon. The US Postal flat rate box shipping is brutal though. I've had lightweight boxes shredded, and have had a heavy box show up with a side ripped open and half the parts missing. And it's not just the cardboard boxes that are brutalized. I carefully packed a freshly babbited connecting rod, and shipped it to myself from the west coast. When it arrived the big end of the rod was hanging out of the box, and half the babbitt had been knocked off the rod cap, that takes some serious impact and force. Thankfully I had insured it wel
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