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Everything posted by Gunsmoke

  1. I hate seeing respectable longstanding companies being sullied on here, there are usually too many "bandwagoners". I've used Rock Auto for years for many makes, and service has been excellent always, great prices, fast shipping, any hitch's attended to quickly. As someone mentioned, usually if a part is not correct and value is not high, they simply send you the right one and tell you to ditch the other one. They are a big operation, and dealing with returns is likely not worth the effort of paying return postage, re-examining part, cleaning it, re-packaging it etc. As I see it, the original p
  2. Nice period photo of a Fruit and Vegetable business in Sydney, Nova Scotia, circa late 1920's, not a scene you would find today.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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 looki
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This is what you're looking for Rob. I've made some inquiries, likely pretty rare.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 perspe
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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 kn
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. A couple of photo updates on the 1931 Chrysler CD8 Roadster project. Was up to see the body wizard today, and see progress on his work. As shown, firewall, dash, driver side incl door are pretty well finished. Passenger side and rear still need lots of work. Estimated completion of this part of project is mid to late summer. In meantime, I am fitting brake system, fuel lines and wiring onto chassis and have wire wheels out for sandblasting. One day at a time! Secong post has pics showing work to go on rest of body.
  18. A friend has recently completed restoring this very 1919 Hudson Touring car, shown circa 1930 next to the Inn then owned and operated by the Hudson's owner, who used the car for transporting patrons back and forth from the train depot. We are curious in the identity of the 10 year later Roadster. Appears to be a marque brand, wire wheels and a boattail rear, with sidemounts and what appears to be a RS step plate at lead edge of rear fender. Windshield posts are straight up, sugggesting 1930 or earlier. The family were well to do for the time, so anythings possible.
  19. Cleaning up the 4 wheel cylinders for my 1931 Chrysler CD8 rebuild. All 4 bleeder passages are plugged solid after sitting for better than 60 years. Used a bent stiff wire to scrape some of the gunk out, have tried soaking in lacquer thinner, and using compressed air, and currently have filled with brake cleaner, nothing seems to easily dissolve the varnish or whatever has accumulated in them. Plan to try gasoline next. Any suggestions? issue has been resolved.
  20. Such great news, but that's why we pay Steve and Peter that big money!
  21. 58L-Y8 said: This Pierce-Arrow perfectly illustrates what the designers were after: an unbroken sweep of the eye as it traces the hood length, all the marvelous details and ends in the jaunty spare mounting angle. Less is More, illustrated to a "T"! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. PA lovers may see this as a pinnacle of PA design of the period. But I see many flaws from my "styling" sense. Firstly from an overall perspective, the front half is early 1930's evolution, and the back half is mid-late 1930's "new style", 1933-1935 being often seen as transition years for most ca
  22. For the CD8 roadster in 1931, both front seats were fixed to the floor, unadjustable. The passenger side back was also fixed although it could be tilted up to get access to area behind seat. However, the driver side seat back had a scissors like mechanism that allowed it to be adjusted fore and aft by about 2-3 inches by turning a knob on top of seat back (see knob in photo above). I don't know if this setup was used elsewhere or on other models.
  23. So I took the advice and tried all 3 suggestions. I show here one of the worst ones (actually a spare I don't need). I soaked 8 of them in Laquer Thinner for a few hours, let them dry, then pre-cooked in toaster oven at 450 for an hour or so in pairs, then put all 8 in kitchen oven at 450 for 1.5 hours. Came out clean as a whistle. I'll save the molded linings and rivets for future needs.
  24. Not all cars from the 30's were trailer queens. My Dad worked for a couple of years at the start of the depression in 1932 on the now world famous "Cabot Trail", a scenic route over the highest hills of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Being 60 miles from home, they stayed in camps at the foot of the hills/mountain they were working on (highest was about 1000 feet), and lugged their gear, dynamite etc up every day. This is a photo of base camp with a couple of early coupes, maybe Fords, Chevs. Could be back at these "public make work projects" soon!
  25. In Nova Scotia historic plates are not acceptible for registering so you get a new "Antique Vehicle" Plate. But you are allowed to also display a vintage plate. So I made a couple of stainless steel clips to hook the new one over the trunk, and remove it when displaying the car. I am permitted to display a vintage plate only on front. Regulation changes are in the works to allow only vintage plates, expect them to be approved by about 2050!
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