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wayne sheldon

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  1. A quick read of the descriptions, statements, etc, tells me their "expert" ain't! The one picture I found? The car looks nice. Certainly, the "cause" (St. Jude's) is one of the finest in the world. With so much wrong said? I would hope the fundraiser is legit? My apologies for being a "doubting Thomas".
  2. I have never tried this with brick hard ancient tires. However what I have used to remove windshield glass mounted in steel frames with old rubber ('50s/'60s replacements).Both the glass and the frames were much more fragile than tires and rims, and because the glass was still good laminated, I REALLY wanted to save it and not have to buy new (it had to be removed because the frame needed torch repair). For a few days, I carefully dribbled small amounts of gasoline all around the edges of the rubber setting. Not only did I save the glass, and the frame, but even the setting came out in reusa
  3. Generally speaking, and often loudly shouted, is that once the optimum required octane is reached, there is no advantage to higher test/octane gasoline. However, there is one thing that many do not consider. Higher octane gasolines "seem" to last longer in gasoline tanks than the regular does. I have for several years used low octane gasoline in anything (including my antiques) that gets driven enough to use it up within a month or so. Lower octane gasoline that I did leave in vehicles, I have had spoil sometimes in less than two months. Higher octane gasoline has rarely spoiled, even aft
  4. This is all so exciting! I can hardly wait for the driving reports. One of my best and longest time friends (since high school over fifty years ago!), like you, most of his working life he took care of antique and collector cars for other people. He has worked on and driven hundreds of cars belonging to numerous collectors over the years. (He also has and often tours a half dozen cars of his own!) Some years back (maybe almost fifteen years?), he went to check out a Pierce 66 touring car owned and for sale by another well known collector. He was making recommendations for a potential buye
  5. A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away - - - - -. We had a 1972 Chrysler station wagon with the huge V8. Definitely a love/hate vehicle, big, comfortable, powerful. Worst handling car I ever owned, and several horrible servicing issues. Soon after getting it (used), I serviced it. One of the rear spark plugs was behind the steering gear. Six of them, I could change all in half an hour. One of them, took a half hour for just the one. The one behind the steering gear? Three hours! Like a previous post, I don't think that one had ever been changed. I suffered through it, and figured "NEVER AGA
  6. A bit of related drift here. A few years back there was a movie called "The Book of Eli", starring Denzel Washington. (Trying to keep this short.) However, although the acting was excellent, an effort to hide the crucial detail that the character was blind fell very short for me (and I would assume many others that had dealt closely with blind friends, I knew in the first five minutes if I recall correctly). The HUGE flaw in the movie was that this "blind" man in a post-apocalyptic America was making his way across the continent to save religion carrying the last surviving copy of the Bible. M
  7. Even receipts don't always mean much, unless the re-builder is well known in the hobby with a stellar reputation, AND you personally know him yourself. I used to recommend a machinist in Califunny that I had known for years. He specialized in horseless carriage and classic car work, and had done some FANTASTIC repairs for friends of mine. In several cases, I had up close and personal hands on before during and after the repairs. I got to see things that few people in the world could actually repair (like an unobtainium two cylinder jug broken into 29 pieces!), then see the finished part. And l
  8. One of my best friends in high school had been totally blind almost since birth. I learned a lot from him. We used to ride bicycles all over town (usually avoiding high traffic areas for obvious safety reasons). I would pin a playing card to flap in the spokes of my rear wheel, and he would follow me for miles! The fascinating part, was that when a car would approach, he would tun into the first driveway to wait on the sidewalk for the car to pass. then turn back into the street and follow me again. I would swing a wide circle to go back so he could catch up as he turned back into the st
  9. A lot of '30s Buick experts here, but I am not one of them. General observations. Half cylinder water jackets likely mean mid '30s or earlier. Down draft carburetor indicates 1930 or later. That is NOT the serial number! It is a casting number that someone that KNOWS the blocks of that era and marque could probably identify an exact model series. It has "GM" which most likely is General Motors. Buick was the GM product those years that mostly used an over-head valve straight eight. Some Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs also had straight eights, but were mostly flat heads. I think some trucks may have
  10. Most of the earlier Lockheed hydraulic brakes had a separate reservoir on the firewall. The braking was by external bands on all four wheels. It had a small hand pump, and part of the daily maintenance was to pump it up. Allow it to sit for a few minutes with the valve closed to allow air bubbles to rise. Then open the valve so the brake springs would push the excess fluid back into the reservoir taking the air bubbles with it. THEN one NEEDED to close the valve again, otherwise, when the brake pedal was pressed, the fluid would go up into the reservoir instead of activating the brakes! I hear
  11. Unless it was HIS newfangled technology! (Sorry Henry, you know I am one of your biggest fans!)
  12. AHa is right. A very good chance it may run well with only a minor cleaning and some fresh oil. Many years ago, one of the speedsters I had used an original magneto drive and DU4 magneto almost exactly like that one. The big problem with rebuilding them is the condenser. It is located inside the armature, and very tough to get to. Usually, they seem to still be good, however, not always. The other big problem they have is that basic model was used from about 1910 up until WW2. They were well made, and simple enough to be inexpensive, yet very reliable. Early ones are easy to spot. The base and
  13. Kind of what I thought also, but I am not sure about the front wheel. The wood spoke wheel that can be easily seen is on the car behind the Cutting. The Cutting's left front is lined up almost perfectly behind the right front. I didn't look as closely as I would have liked as I don't like fooling with many of those commercial links.
  14. I notice the Cutting has a wire wheel up front, and a wood spoke wheel rear. Wish I could see the other side. Race cars often switched wheel types and size to fit track or road conditions. Occasionally, I do see a combination of wheels in racing car photos.
  15. The real lost art was lead work for body repairs. I have done some of that myself years ago. Master craftsmen could do incredible things with lead. That art goes way back to before the automobile was common. I was working on my '15 model T runabout's turtle deck/trunk this afternoon, and most of the original lead work is still really good (after more than a hundred years now!). The trunk had some splits in the lower edge where the bodywork was damaged a long time ago, and those splits I had to braze awhile back when I was working on it. The lead work within an inch of the brazing had melted, b
  16. Eric, I am pleased to hear that. You do need to share pictures of your Caddy, or tell me where some are posted so I can look at them! If I had the money, and any way to have done so, I probably would have jumped on this Franklin the minute I first saw this posting. That in spite of the fact it is really two years too new for my interests! My dad bought a '31 (I think?) Franklin when I was about five. He never did much with it and sold it about three or four years later. He loved Franklins, and I in turn have always had a fascination with them. Every couple years a couple come along
  17. One of the auxiliary transmissions I had in a model T speedster some years back (I don't recall which one at the moment?), had underdrive where your 2nd is, direct where your direct is, and overdrive where your 4th is located. Not entirely unlike your White's shift pattern. I very quickly got used to that upside-down "U" at the bottom of the H for shifting from low to direct. And throwing the lever full forward for overdrive became like "FULL SPEED AHEAD!!! I suspect you will adjust to it very quickly.
  18. Is that carburetor a "barrel" throttle? I do need to go out and work on my car some (in spite of almost 100 degrees today!). But no complaints from me! Keep posting this wonderful gem!
  19. Language is a funny thing. Communication IS the most important aspect and reason for language. Sociological historians generally agree that language, not the wheel, nor even farming, was the most important invention by mankind. Language, words, MUST mean something! However, while language needs to be stable, it must also be flexible. Needs, and meanings for words do have to change. Ah, therein lies the rub! For many, especially in this hobby, "original" means "unrestored", essentially as it was when it was new. Unfortunately, for many others (especially on outer fringes of the antique aut
  20. Got interrupted again. Continuing my train of thought. Few people in the world at that time, could have accomplished what Henry Ford did. Something very few people are really aware of, or really thought about, is just how close the world came to NOT having a Henry Ford to study today like we do. Henry was born too early! He was in his 30s when he first drove his first automobile, the quadricycle. And months short of 40 when the Ford Motor company was founded! When he was doing all the things he did to make the Ford Motor Company famous, and the largest builder of automobiles the wo
  21. It is pretty well accepted, that Henry Ford made one of the greatest impacts upon humanity and the world stage as any other human being ever. Nearly every other huge impact had more than one person in the same time frame making similar discoveries. Benz and Daimler lived about a hundred miles apart, and built very similar "first automobiles" in 1886. Benz's claim for first was better recorded (personal letters), and historians credited him with being first. Neither knew the other before, but had Benz not done what he did when he did it, the world would likely have followed in Daimler's footst
  22. I won't claim to know the "whole truth"? However, I have always read that it was Canada that hit Ford with heavy taxation on imported cars, and stiff lesser taxes on parts. Assembly in Canada lowered the taxes from the start, and little by little, production of the parts was sourced in Canada as well. Regardless, this was done to avoid oppressive taxation and be more competitive in the world market. Henry had his eyes on a fantastic future from early on, and as soon as production got going in the USA, he expanded into Canada.
  23. Ah YES! The great master pool shark and juggler himself. Have you ever seen the 1926 (I think?) silent "Sally of the Sawdust"? One of several W C Fields' silent films where his now best known character traits couldn't be used. However, the movie is wonderful! I have never seen so much of his incredible juggling!
  24. Secret Squirrel was a Hanna Barbera production. Bullwinkle and Rocky were by Jay Ward Productions. However, I do enjoy the reference. (My sense of humor often wanders into the bizarre!) I tend to prefer Bob Clampett myself.
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