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  1. Nice period photo of a Fruit and Vegetable business in Sydney, Nova Scotia, circa late 1920's, not a scene you would find today.
  2. Thanks everyone for your efforts to ID the old Roadster. I'm going with late 20's Franklin like the red one above, based on all the evident cues, step plate, fender profiles, taillight shape and on stanchion, high hood line, cowl band, windshield characteristics, large hubcaps/wire wheels, wheelbase, door shape, etc. As for the "bobbed" rear-end, there are many possible explanations but those would apply to any other cars as well. While I doubt there were many Franklins in Nova Scotia around 1929/30, the location was a popular tourist area, not far from the Yarmouth/Portland Me. ferry, so car could have been from USA. Cheers, not often we stump K31.
  3. The white metal gears on the sending unit are "fused together" (a crown and pinion) from sitting so long in an empty tank, and pinion teeth appear to have roded away. As a result, I cannot even check to see if rod to sending unit will turn. I may try soaking them in various solvents to see if anything will free them up. May also try to disassemble the sending unit, don't think they were intended to be serviced. Not sure what Chrysler was thinking for the white metal gears? Ideally I'd like to find any workable float system that could mount to this cover. Thanks for your thoughts.
  4. Finished up with the rebuilding of brake system today on the '31 Chrysler CD8. While I haven't done this before, with a little help from friends and advisors, everything is now back together. Sand blasted and painted backing plates, cooked the shoes/linings, rebuilt wheel cylinders, purchased new flex hoses, made all new steel lines (with double flares) and refurbished a NOS master cylinder. Have not filled and bled yet, have a few more things to do with front drums before I fit them on and adjust shoes. I plan to install wiring harness next and make new gas line from tank to pump. Still looking for a solution to the gas gauge float mechanism for top of tank. Anyone using a modern float mechanism modified onto the original coverplate and suitable for a 6V original gauge? Thoughts?
  5. A bit of artistic license I guess, wheelbase on the Packard illustrated (bottom page 147) goes at about 165"-170"+. Did they ever build anything that long? I know Bugatti used one of the long ones for the first Royale.
  6. Are the wheels manufactured by Budd? Have a product number on back? If you provide details, size, bolt pattern, center hole, hubcap hole, # of spokes, etc, someone may have some and not know what they are for.
  7. Don't have a "plan", suggest you look at a couple of underhood photos on internet. also, there are usually 8-10 bolts that hold the inner firewall pad in place and also hold clamps for electrical etc. If you have the original pad it will tell you where those go. Original holes are usually easy to identify as they were punched out and are clean edged. Later hole usually have a rough side from drilling.
  8. This is what you're looking for Rob. I've made some inquiries, likely pretty rare.
  9. I've seen the front mounted RS step plates on Marmon, Stutz, and some others. So it's a clue, the estimated 135" wheelbase should also narrow the field. Overall details look more likely American make to me. Edited to include pics of 1928 Franklin Roadster and a Franklin taillight, and a 1927 Marmon with step plate. The body lines of the Franklin are very similar to OP. Also the Franklin 12-B has veetical windshield with flat bottom, not same profile as cowl.
  10. dustycrusty wrote earlier "Based mostly on that high-riding taillight, I think it is a late 1920's Packard...... the low profile of the body in relation to the crown of the fenders, the sweep of the front fender to the running board, and I think I can almost see the gap in the body for the little "golf bag" door just above the rumble seat step?". I spent a few minutes carefully gauging the spacing of the wheels, using both the exposed side, and the shadows of the opposite wheels/tires. Assuming the tires have an OD of about 30", (my Chrysler CD8's 550x18" have that), and adjusting for perspective, wheelbase is about 135". 1930 Packard 733 had 134.5" WB. Image appears to have 2 bar rear bumper with a small medallion about 18" from each end, similar to Packard and many others. There does appear to be a bright item at center of bumper affixed to top bar? The stop/tail light appears more oval or horizontal, not round, and on a post such that center of light is about 9" above top of bumper, providing room for a 6/7" high license plate. It appears there might be a fuel filler neck and chrome cap on passenger side of gas tank apron, unusual, perhaps modified by owner? The folding top appears substantial, suggesting this is a convertible rather than a Roadster. This would also make sense considering the location, a colder climate with frequent rainy weather. However, the low profile of the passenger side door suggests roadster. Note there is a chrome cowl band about 12" in front of windshield and a very high hood, which appears may have horizontal louvers? Appears dash may have something bright on bottom on passenger side. As for the larger hubcaps, not knowing the age of the car or photo, it is possible car could be late 20's with early 30's wheels. Windshield stanchions appear vertical and to have a trim piece on top edge, and bottom of windshield in a flat casting (like a 1930 Oldsmobile). Many Roadsters of this time had canted windshields. Finally downslope of rear tub and drop off before end of fenders is not a common design idiom. Lots to go on, but what is it. 1928/29 era "Marmon"?
  11. I agree Grandpa, Stutz was one of the cars I looked at thatb seemed to have the right proportions, high hood line, etc. But not a convertible like you show, the roadster with lower doors etc. It would be interesting to know a Stutz made it this far East back 90 yrs ago. Still waiting to hear from K31?
  12. I had a friend receive a car free from someone he had met 10 years earlier. It was a somewhat unique make, and my friend had a couple of them and had spent years discussing the merits of those cars with the older gent. One day the owner just said I want you to have the car and handed him the documents. He was more interested in having someone take care of it than fretting about what it might be worth. Same may be the case here. The old gent just wants to see the car owned and looked after by someone he knows. I would listen to his wife, she is probably a better read on what's up than anyone on this site. And you did say he has many stored elsewhere, so getting this one a new home with a good friend may be all the pleasure he is looking for.
  13. edinmass said " Don Lee designed car is my guess.........something like a Cunningham or Loco. It is Hollywood after all." . Were you referring to original post? If so, location is not Hollywood. Annaolis Royal, Nova Scotia, founded in 1604. Spent a couple hours yesterday looking at hundreds of Roadster images 1926-1931, nothing close. Packard, Franklin and a few other cars had some similar features, especially the high front hood. Also looked at some British makes, but nothing similar. Found an Isotta F with a somewhat similar rear treatment. I suppose car could be European, they were more known for unusual 1 off body treatments.
  14. The manner in which the rear tub slopes downward and just barely matches height of rear fender is unique, and I agree, back appears to be a unique turtle back or bob tail style, seeming to have a concave end with exposure of inner sides of fenders. The windshield post appear vertical, and I also note the side of the hood seems to rise at least 2" or so above spare, suggesting a big car, LaSalle, Lincoln etc. Step plate in front as shown by dusty's 3rd photo looks about right. There were so many marque makes in the 28/29 period (prior to the 1929 crash), could be a custom roadster from 2 dozens different makers. Since the owner at the time was a Hudson guy, any Hudsons like this? Keizer31, I'm waiting?
  15. Some additional photos. Driver side was in about same condition, needed all new lower 6", new inner and outer door skins (partial on driver side) etc. A contact in California loaned me the step plate braces so I can fit fenders correctly and make a pair. Thanks Jeff O! Good to have friends in this hobby, only shipped them 4000 miles!