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  1. My grandpa way back into 50s was driving truck from one non - electrified village to another, collecting the batteries and taking them back to town for recharging. Once, he picked up some kids hitchiking. After he returned to the same village in a week or so, he noticed that all children there have their pants burned on the bottom. Yes, during the ride they sat on the batteries, and acid done the rest. As You may know, two stroke engines can go forward and backward if the ignition timing is changed. One guy left his Trabant for some usual adjustments. He picked up the car and came back in five minutes, telling that his car has one gear forward and four backwards. In 1990s it was quite popular to install aftermarket sunroofs. My dad was then studying in automotive technician school and someone left red Fiat 126p for oil change. At the same time, someone left another red one for sunroof instalation... yep, it was installed in wrong one. Also, the main tool for cutting the car roof was tin opener. Once i met a guy who had Trabant back in the 80s. He worked for television; ending his shift late at night in winter, found his car under the snow, unlocked and opened the door, put the key in the ignition lock, tried to start the car, but the ignition switch wouldn't turn. Then he looked around and noticed, that the upholstery is different. Trabant have had only about 100 different door key cuts patterns, so such mistake was quite presumable. In 1989 my father and grandpa took a trip to Soviet Union. Back then, You paid for a fuel at first, then filled tank of your car with the paid amount of gasoline. But what if the amount paid was more than the tank capacity? Well... nothing. There was no way to stop the pump; all the fuel was spilling on the ground. Once, parking 1936 Packard 120 I heard 5 yo children screaming "Look dad, what a lovely car! It must be the newest model!" Citroen C5 is equipped with hydropneumatic suspension, which lets driver adjust ride height and levels itself automatically. Also, it levels itself after unlocking; front and or rear end may rise or fall up to 5 cm. Just after the high-school exams, on school parking, a friend of mine tried to lean on the hood of my Citroen. At the same tame, I opened the door; car leveled itself, lowered by 5 cm; she lost her expected fulcrum and fell on the ground, screaming that my car is haunted.
  2. Maybe if they are only rusty, but not rusted out and still solid You can do what I did with my '48 Plymouth clips. First of all I washed them with ordinary soap and water; then left for a night in rust remover (mixture of orthophosphoric acid and hydrochloric acid, commercially available and quite cheap - especially in my place). When they were cleaned - washing in running water and boiling in mixture of NaOH and KNO3, but I don't remember exact proportions -probably possible to find with googling something like "steel black oxide" or "steel blackening". You have to use stainless steel pot and be very, very careful, as it easily melts paint & harms tissues. Boiling takes around 10 minutes, and after that the parts will be black. Now, again - washing in running water. That sometimes could be enough, but for better protection boiling it in engine oil for some time is advised. I used this method for all P15 clips and most of the screws that I left old.
  3. It might even get worse. But, from the other hand, the same guy later made replica of CWS T1, car that's unknown to survive. There's company in Poland which manufacturers such "replicas". It seems that they use it as wedding cars... The last one is advertised as a "1932 Alfa Romeo". And here's company website... http://www.kakol.gd.pl/oldsmobile/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=158&Itemid=154&lang=en What about the "Packard" - I like that it may be shipped in enclosed carrier. Probably to avoid public depravity.
  4. Hello I wonder what was the pricing of Mercedes- Benz cars in US in 1950s? Were there Cadillac or rather Oldsmobile price range? I'm especially interested in prices of 300 "Adenauer". Im also curious what was reception of these cars by the public - as the were generally smaller, less powerful, styling was outdated and they came from just - defeated enemy. Any informations?
  5. Hello; I'm looking for a door rotor repair kit (Roto - lokit or similar) for 1948 Plymouth, front left door. Probably the 1939 - 1941 Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge LFD kit would also fit.
  6. It could be diesel, as it was first make to start using diesels in passenger cars (1938?), but I don't think, that it was diesel - those old diesels were all but quiet. The script on a trunk lid should have letter "D" for Diesel at the end. Also, W111 didn't used diesels, which were used only in W110, cheaper series with slightly different front end styling. So, this car surely didn't came out of the factory as a diesel, but it can be diesel now, as swapping engine from gas to diesel was very common. Also, I don't think that Mercedes sold diesels in US before oil crisis; after - even models that were not sold as a diesels in Europe (for example, W123 coupe- in EU unavailable as a diesel). What about the popularity of Mercedes Diesel, about 20 years ago in eastern Europe many people thought that there are ONLY diesels used in Mercedes. In fact, I can't remember if there were any gasoline-powered when I was a child; I also remember, that those cars were so slow, even for the post-communist standards.
  7. IMO, it was made like that, so any puller using central screw won't help; the one with two side mounted might, but there isn't enough place for it, and, I suppose- such a tool doesn't exist.
  8. I don't have any idea how that tool might be useful- it pushes pin from the other side, here it's impossible, so only way of removing it seems to be by pulling.
  9. His method won't work on mine, as there is no nut and screw. So, should I use WD-40 and then try to pull it out using screwdriver or two?
  10. The car is a 48 Plymouth P-15 Convertible, but I think that all wiper tower are generally the same in design (weren't they all manufactured by Trico?), so way would be probably the same.
  11. Hello; I wonder- how to disassemble a wiper tower, to get it plated? I especially mean how to remove upper shaft (the one on which wiper arm is mounted). It's connected to the lower one with small chain; I already removed lover one but have no idea how upper is mounted. Any ideas?
  12. West Peterson- You are right, i've just changed battery cables for thicker, and everything works correctly. Thank You for your help!
  13. Temperature. My mistake- Celsius scale. So, when engine reaches 73 *C its impossible to start the engine. Less- no problem. I've connected battery directly to starter- problem still exists. I've got big 6V battery, which I bought in USA, it's impossible to buy 6V battery in Poland, except motorcycle/Trabant battery(which is very small) or tractor battery (which is very big, too big to put it into Packard). I've got one more idea. Mileage from renovation it's about ~~~ 300 hundred miles, rather "city" than "road" miles. Maybe it isn't breaked yet? Or valves clearances are too small?
  14. Hello! I've got problem with my, or rather my father's 1936 Packard 120 Touring Sedan. When engine is cold- under 60 degrees, there isn't any problem with starting engine- turn on ignition, push starter button, one second- engine runs. But, when it gets warmer, 73 degrees or above, it's impossible to start engine. Starter works(turns a lot slower than when engine is cold), but engine can't start. I think it's because when it gets warm, compression inside cylinders are higher than with cold engine, and 6V battery hasn't got enough power for starter and ignition (but, there is a spark...). How can i fix it? I've heard about second, 12V battery, only for starter, but, when this car was new, i think this problem didn't exist-why does it exist now? Sorry for my english, i'm not from english-speaking country.
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