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  1. Anyone care to value the 1929 and 1930 Rolls coming up in the RM and Gooding auctions at Pebble. I am somewhat in the market. I have numerous brass and classic American cars and one un-restored Silver Ghost roadster (Springfield). I love to tour my cars. How well do these cars run? Any typical issues to watch for? Six cylinder seems a little behind the times for this period. Thank you for any information. Johnny
  2. Some of the 645 (1929) and 745 (1930) and 845 (1931) roadsters had body switches with the smaller series roadster body placed on the longer chassis. Very very hard to detect and these larger series cars in roadster form bring very high prices. Very similar to the placing of v-8 Cad bodies on the 30/31 v-16 chassis. Johnny
  3. No all 29's had the cowl lights. In 30 they were moved to the fenders. Earl C Anthony had Packard permission to dress up 1929's in 30 and 31 by eliminating the cowl lights, placing new ones on the front fenders and updating the headlights and stone guard.
  4. Mark, sorry to hear that your time in the CCCA was less than perfect. Mine has been the opposite. To set up inexpensive short tours and gatherings should be pretty easy at the regional club level. If you served in those capacities in the region you might have missed some opportunities to set some of those up yourself. Where I really disagree with you is as to CARavans. They have been phenomenal. Of course they are expensive. So is my annual vacation to Hawaii. In fact vacations anywhere are usually costly, assuming that you want to stay in nice places. It does cost to ship cars to the destinations, but the Club works to have CARvans in different geographical areas (less travel for you). I have had members often offer their car to me to save the transport costs, and I have made reverse offers to others. Not all of us are retired, so when we take our time off to go on a tour we really like to visit interesting areas and stay in reasonably nice places. What I know for sure is that it would have cost me a small fortune to have a staff come in for me and spend hundreds of hours finding great roads, great hotels and great things for me to see (often unavailable to the general public). I get that for free from the many local club volunteers and national board folks who do it for me. If you have NOT been on a CARavan and you are confusing it with a general vacation to that area, you have no idea what you are missing. As they say, you come for the cars and stay for the people......... As just a regular club member, who lives pretty close to you and one who owns a Studebaker President, I would invite you to rejoin. Johnny
  5. jcrow

    Brand of Axle

    AHa probably unintentionally offended some Mercer owners. Mercers, particularly real raceabouts are very hard to find. Those who have one have either owned it for a long time or paid a small fortune for it. To suggest that there is a lot of "hype" could be misunderstood. One needs to be careful when comparing the features from one photo to another as a very large number of the cars are made up or modified to some degree. Again, a 25 cent phone call to Fred (who owns more than a dusty yellow Mercer) might provide some answers. Small or young manufacturers usually bought components from other suppliers. It was impossible for them to make very limited numbers of specialized parts without drastically increasing the price of their finished product. Even today's huge car companies obtain parts from outside vendors. The Mercer Magic book does mention that the 1910 car had Brown-Lipe transmissions, Spicer driveshafts, Standard Roller Bearing axles, frames by Parrish and wheels by Schwarz. Johnny Crowell
  6. jcrow

    Brand of Axle

    I would call Fred Hoch of Schaffer and Long. Doubt that anyone knows more about early Mercers. He owns the original stock, multiple cars and is great to talk to. 856-784-4044 Johnny
  7. Use Alum i brite (synthetic / make sure because many knock offs try to look alike but are acids) available thru Amazon. Will not hurt paint, BUT will put holes in your jeans. Brush on several times then wipe clean and follow with Wenol polish, also available on eBay or Amazon. Will take care of just about any tarnish....
  8. I have several racing trophys, including a number of Mercer ones. I just looked and I see that I also have a trophy from the Empire City track from July 25, 1903. The winner was a 40 hp Am Darracq. I will attach a photo.
  9. Wanted: Pilot Ray lights for 27/28 Packard. Pilot Ray made these in a drum style for Packard. Don Sommer also made a reproduction. Either would work. Johnny 925-963-5835
  10. Wanted a nice set of Pilot Rays in the drum configuration for a 28 Packard. I believe that Don Sommer made reproductions of these lights, which would be acceptable. Thanks, Johnny
  11. Here is my two cents. 30/31 v-16s do not drive nearly as well as do 32 on. They have a truck feel and poor carbs. Most overhead 16's were built in 30/31. There is a tremendous value difference between closed and open bodies. If your client selects a closed car make sure that it does not need much work. Restoration costs for a closed car can quickly exceed its value. Many open cars are body changes so become aware of build sheets that are readily available. I am aware of several open cars that might be available, both restored and un-restored. Feel free to email me. jcrow22006@aol.com
  12. Does anyone have the information to read the paint and interior codes for K models? Johnny
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