Graham Man

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  1. I use 15-40 full synthetic diesel engine oil.
  2. I did a set for my Graham (6) 1. Wheel spinner, I used a saw horse as a base, 1" shaft, bicycle chain, welded plates with 3 studs to hold the wheels, I had to reduce the speed considerably. One lesson I learned, do not stop the spinner till dry! THAT was a lot of sanding for that mistake. 2. Most of the paint goes on from the back side of the wheel. I used three angles to get paint on everything from the back, then two angles from the front. I planned out the gun angle and distance then timed it to the rotation of the wheel, mine was about 3 seconds for the wheel to rotate 360 degrees. 3. I used zinc chromate primer on the bare metal (great time to practice your gun angles) scuff before color. 4. I used acrylic enamel two light coats then a gloss coat....yes that is a hand painted pin stripe 11/16 wide, free hand, my friend is a sign artist, he is awesome. If you get picky the 4 rings on the hub cap should be black, maybe this summer. It is the original 33-1 Graham color combination (fawn and Woodfield green)
  3. I use the sonic cleaners with my BB1 carburetors and all my other carburetors. I clean them before disassembly and after disassembly in the sonic cleaner. I use hot water (mine is heated) and simple green cleaner for the grease (4 water to 1 cleaner) about an hour. I use carb cleaner right after taking the parts out of the water, to reduce any corrosion issues (dries faster). I just spray them down on clean paper towel. Try to get one large enough (sonic cleaner) to submerge the entire carburetor. It is the best carburetor cleaning tool I have ever used, you would have to force me to not use one, then I would get my cleaner and do it again. Thinking about it I have never cleaned a BB1 twice. Not going into the house with gas smelling hands....priceless. NEVER put your fingers in the water when it is running!!!! I pushed down a float one time, I did not feel anything. The next day it felt just like I hit my finger with a hammer, took about 4 days to get back to normal. PS I never touch the gas pedal starting my BB1s, only the choke. Pull the choke out and crank till it starts, push in the choke till it idles smoothly. (Great advice from Jon)
  4. Looks like a nice 1980s restoration. Looks like vinyl interior. It would be nice to pull the pan, engine is going to be a dice roll. My guess is more like the 25K range? At least the car is complete. I wonder if they would try to crank the engine over? should have the crank start under the front seat. My vote is pick a price you can afford before the auction, enter in late and go to your price, if it goes over walk away knowing you tried. I have fired up cars that have sat longer without any problems, just did a 1928 Graham-Paige 6 that sat in a guys garage for 40 years, the brakes were more work than the engine.
  5. If it is on (not touching the ground) a trailer or truck you are fine. More states are putting in place a net/cover clause if parts could come off, might be Federal rule? You will need a bill of sale if you cross state lines (Federal Offence if you can not prove ownership).
  6. There must be advertising pictures out there, original ones? From the little research I did the 33 Terraplane looks to use the same as John mentions above. You do know Dillenger had his girlfriend Billy buy a 1934 Terraplane, it was his most common used getaway car. He was driving a Terraplane in Chicago when he eluded police away after visiting the doctor on a late night call.
  7. 1950 Chevy Fastback Some rust Must have keep backing up till it looked good....then waited for snow
  8. Lots of independents in the 1930s used these connectors, Auburn, Graham-Paige, Franklin, Pierce-Arrow most likely Hudson? They are brass and screw on the spark plugs. They use the same connector as the distributer, so both ends of the spark plug wire are identical. Not sure why they are so hard to find today. There is a Auburn gentleman who makes them. I am considering making them. As far as I can tell (looking at original Graham cars) all Graham cars used them 1928 to 1941. My guess is the new snap on connectors are just easier. You would think the connectors had a name at some point? Interestingly when I mentioned them to my old mechanics, they all remembered them (but they are now all in their 80s).
  9. I run old bias ply tires too often, new tires are expensive. I watch the tires closely and stay under 60mph (the carcass likes to overheat around 60mph, old tires like to delaminate from the tread if they get too hot) Tire pressure makes a huge difference in tire temperature, I check almost every trip. My problem lately has been the tubes, bought a set of six tubes for my 29 about 5 years ago. Last spring the valve stem was just laying on the rim, it just fell off (tire flat). I grabbed and pulled on the other tube valves, with no failures. I replaced the tube but am still leery every time I take it out (switching to brass valve stems, hope that helps).
  10. Are there any of the classic car tires made in the US? Coker? Might not make any difference, all my domestic steel suppliers raised their prices as soon as the import steel tax (tariffs) took effect last year.
  11. I have pictures just like this from my Grandfather, Brillion WI. My guess is Armistice Day parade takes place on November 11 since 1918, end of WW1 it was a big deal until WW2. The dates and cars are perfect, even the outfits look like fall.
  12. Not Government... The Insurance Companies Lobbying.... that is 167 BILLION in LOSSES in 2017, they want to keep "our" money, they could care less about safety. The golden rule in life...follow the money Incurred Losses For Auto Insurance, 2013-2017 (1) ($000) 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Private passenger auto Liability $67,879,783 $72,008,280 $79,098,617 $88,249,238 $90,495,283 Physical damage 41,754,861 45,301,757 48,564,511 55,738,221 57,052,411 Commercial auto Liability 11,305,714 11,957,182 13,587,152 14,987,073 15,519,716 Physical damage 3,255,570 3,645,335 3,902,124 4,279,414 4,874,748 Total $124,195,928 $132,912,554 $145,152,404 $163,253,946 $167,942,158 (1) Losses occurring within a fixed period, whether or not adjusted or paid during the same period on a direct basis before reinsurance. Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Insurance Information Institute.
  13. When Graham-Paige built "Business Coupes" they were nonsense transportation for sale people, simple cars, leather seats (the face only). The easy way to tell a business coupe is the trunk latch is on the bottom, rumble seat the latch is on the top. Graham advertised you could sleep in the car.. if necessary. Of course Coupes across the years are all up in prices, vs sedans, they look great. 1928 Graham-Paige 610 "Business Coupe" lowest price car for 1929
  14. George, You asked about Value... What car is more fun to own/drive? 1940 Ford two door sedan. Flathead, floorshift, restored years ago, #4 condition. vs. 1946 Buick Special two door. Straight 8, All original. No rust, not even bubbles. #4 condition Both beautiful cars, I lean towards the Ford (but I am a Ford guy) ease of replacement parts, but the Buick is a close second. It might come down to color, they are so close for me... Buick has juice brakes...straight eight has great torque....side open hood...
  15. Can I ask who you ordered your bows from? I need to have a set made for my 1931 Graham.