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  1. While you are shopping around, give Patrick Reeve a call. Reeve Enterprises, Cazenovia, NY. phone 315-663-1569, Or 315-665-8812. He and his father before him in the biz are long time fork and blade Lincoln and Cadillac owners, lovingly familiar with them as rebuilders. Patrick is particularly fond of the big Lincolns of the ‘20s, so you will have fun speaking with him. His young son is the third generation following in dad and granddads footsteps. He has just acquired a ‘21 Cadillac basket case. Totally dismantled car which was in VGC , (too bad it was taken apart- and I mean down to the last pin in the brakes - probably good it only has rear wheel brakes), before being made into a fun 3 dimensional jigsaw puzzle. Throw parts into the basket, and shake well ! Guess if you buy ‘em in baskets, better to have real good pieces to begin with. Sure, see if he remembers old man Cadillac Carl out in Washington State with the ‘24 and ‘27 Leland engined Cadillacs. Please ask him to give me a call when he has some spare time. Wondering how the ‘21 is coming along ? Good luck with your Leland Lincoln, MICKTHEDIG ! Please keep us informed as you make progress. A picture or two from time to time will be greatly appreciated too. - Old CC
  2. Hi Chris, yes indeed that appears to be a very worthwhile project in remarkably solid condition. If you scroll way down to DOMESTIC MAKES & MODELS, you will see a dedicated Chalmers section. I would suggest posting there in addition to the GENERAL section. Very best to you and your family under these trying circumstances. - Carl P.S. Oh yes, and as one of our most experienced and able members, JV Puleo has suggested, location of the car, please, is of paramount necessity in a case such as yours.
  3. I am relieved and truly OVERJOYED to report that Straight Eight is still providing the incomparable services that their previous iteration did. For all practical purposes, it really is the same company continuing with a different name. Bruce got back to me bright and early this morning, I guess another example of their prompt attention to their customers concerns. By the way, Bruce, who is a long time member of Cadillac and LaSalle Club , has a “nickname”, “Chip”, so this information to you lucky potential customers might avoid momentary confusion. Oh, I should also mention that Straight Eight no longer does interiors in-house, full automobile painting neither. They do , of course , paint the components they work on if you like, such as the absolutely superb job they did on the black distributor for my 1927 Cadillac. - Carl P.S. I should mention how pleasant it is to deal with these gentlemen. You get the feeling that your small job is just as important as a full restoration of a Duesenberg. P.P.S. This is probably a good time to talk some about these Cadillac Johnson carbs. One issue is that there is an unusually complex parallelogram float linkage. Any play in that linkage can throw things frustratingly out of kilter. Such critical tolerances, along with a bit of shaft bushing wear, could well go unnoticed by anyone just tinkering with the things. Left uncorrected, intermittent or occasional nasty habits will frustrate the driver. My old Cadillacs run strong and true on fine carburetors and distributors. Since I have mentioned distributors, although not relevant to V63 and earlier Cadillacs, let me add a “very short” 🥴😂 introductory explanation. In brief, 🤔🙄, (I have written extensively elsewhere) : Beginning in 1926 Cadillac began using pot metal for certain critical components. In 1927 this practice afflicted even more pieces, and continued on for a number of years. This was acceptable, in that the parts certainly would have been durable over the expected service life, well beyond actually, of these soon to be obsolete cars. It would have been inconceivable that these cars would still be used 20, 30, 100 years later. Few survived the WWll scrap drives, luckily ours shirked their patriotic duty to our benefit and delight. As the decades passed, the pot metal began to weaken, expand , and consume itself. 1926 and continuing on for several years, the distributors used critical pot metal parts. Happy to go into detail again, but just for here and now, the degrading distributors may even suffer catastrophic sudden failure. Classic & Exotic/Straight Eight has reproduced all these components in durable metal for our cars salvation. I, and quite a few owners of these cars , have wasted considerable amounts of time and money trying to fix our distributors. I believe I was approaching a thousand dollars, when I stumbled across C&E some years ago. Seems none of my fellow post-V63 owners had yet heard the good news either. Turns out that some very high end cars, some 8 cylinder Stutz, also Duesenberg “A” for example , use the same distributors . That is why C&E came to the rescue. We mere and humble Cadillac drivers are collateral beneficiaries ! Others using the same distributor likewise take advantage. Eight cylinder Oldsmobile of the period comes to mind. Likely others too. All right. This really is meant to be further testimony to a phenomenal resource. All parts are available from Straight Eight, and I wouldn’t try to talk the experienced mechanic out of doing their own distributor rebuild. Many have tried in the past, extremely difficult without the now available parts. Included in new parts are bearing upgrades in addition to the pot metal upgrades. Another solution is to simply replace with 1937-‘39 , pre-vacuum advance Cadillac distributors. The earlier Cads actually run better with these later bulletproof, single point distributors. Probably are curved better for modern gasoline which is too high octane for optimal performance. That particular sentence i just wrote regarding advance curve is conjecture on my part, but the “plug and play” replacement option is also very inexpensive. I have been at this during a limited discretionary time period . I will sign off for a moment without further refining and editing. Forgive me for any unintelligible awkward writing. I will come back later to massage clarity into some deficient babble. - CC
  4. Excuse me, please : Did someone say that is the original interior ? - Carl
  5. If you only have left mag or right mag, not aviation related. Airplanes also need a “both” position. - Carl
  6. Hey Bill : Do you have any pictures of that incomparably magnificent monster flying it’s sidecurtains ? Thanks to you if you can show us ! - Carl P.S. I promise I will do this to the curtained car if you give me something to work with 🤗.
  7. People here are always looking for new shelves for some of their old magazines. Maybe someone close to Steve and his lucky friend ? For me , at his young age , my face was buried in various Clymer, purchased with paper route money, and a fairly large collection of Road and Track which had been a gift to me. I particularly enjoyed the “Salon” section which featured some very great Classics. I would have been about 17 when I drove my first crashbox car, a Model A. I had just got it back to running again, all it needed was a new condenser. Man ! That was 60 years ago ! I still remember how happy I felt ! - Carl
  8. Hi Bob and all ! I can humbly and honestly say, that it will be a real pleasure making a relevant contribution to the knowledge base here for all of us fortunate and wonderful friends. You see, I don’t have much of a formal education. Nor do I have all the hands on experience that most of you guys have. Likewise, most of my best, oldest friends, car and otherwise, have gone to their eternal reward. My greatest best old car guy friend was “Hippy Jim” Skuse. Hip has been gone now over 30 years, but he left me with many a tip, and an aching heart due to his youthful passing. You all have suffered a similar loss. And we survivors now have an astonishing friendship made possible by this remarkable technological forum. We all benefit from our respective ages, and most or all of us have books from the time of our cars. It will be a very satisfying honor if I can actually clarify what is actually a fairly simple concept. With a little help from my friendly books, and the distillation curves therin. That ^^^^ all said, I am going to post a very few pages form further editions of Marks’ : 3rd , 1930, and 6th , 1958, and later , perhaps, some old Merck Index data. Quite a bit will be above my pay grade, with considerably more to come. There is a possibility that we may derive some rather surprising results from the data, for example the fact that detonation can occur at any point of the power stroke. We may even gain some insight into the fact that octane is NOT determinative of flame front propagation rate , (!!!!) which we do understand is a function of compression pressures. It is my intention to use my limited capabilities to give a thorough, well documented explanation, the credibility of which will rest upon my source books, rather than my opinions, or any previous misconceptions. I hope to attract the attention of far more capable minds than mine, inviting their expertise to the benefit of all. I beg the help of some of the engineers here, and invite the strictest criticism from one and all. No one learns anything so well as the fortunate student who has previously held misunderstandings clarified and rectified. This worthwhile effort will be somewhat difficult and time consuming for me. I feel fortunate that I will be rewarded, in that ultimately I myself will be among us who will have a greater understanding of the subject at hand. In order to supply a stable basis which can and will be edited and expanded, I will post now, and further develop later. it is 10:15 PM out here in the West, and I am not yet finished with today’s chores. Taking a break right now, explanations of the posted pages will follow. Thank you all for allowing me to feel confident and relevant. I hope I don’t disappoint............................ - Carl Now, 3:15 AM, I will wind things up and hopefully let sleep slip up on me. The next to last page below continues and expands the Cracked Gasoline from above. This is from Marks’ third edition, 1930. The last page is from the sixth edition, 1958. The distillation curves represent the “smoking gun” in the context of our conversation here. It is immediately obvious that fractional distillation of kerosene , for all practical purposes , doesn’t even begin until the last fraction of gasoline has boiled off. And THAT is why ovens were necessary for proper combustion back in the “gasoline” dark ages . The top two pages, also from 1958, give a peep through the keyhole into what is yet to come. I have mentioned elsewhere how I like to strain against what is for me insurmountable complexity. Yes, there is complexity beyond what is necessary to understand the simple reason for the need for intake ovens . I will not be able to speak with much confidence regarding these much more complex realms. However we all will get varying degrees of beneficial knowledge, and hopefully someone will drop in here at some point to enlighten us by way of further discussion. Now 4:00 AM, and some of you are waking up, and others will have been up for a while. I look forward to any comments so far when I sign back in. Further editing and posting yet to come. This will include elaboration on raising compression. It will dispel a common misconception that raising compression imparts unacceptable loads on bearings. Bearing load is FAR less a function of compression ratio than it is a function of B.M.E.P. For the sake or that upcoming discussion, you may call B.M.E.P. torque. Helps to visualize what is going on. Good Morning ! Good Night........... - CC, ZZzzzz
  9. EDIT , ADD COMMENT : Both these sentences are statements of fact. Both are, in fact true. But in the real combustion chamber, neither has anything to do with the other. I hope my efforts here will clarify this. I might be biting off a lot to chew. Let’s see where this goes. EDIT, ADD COMMENT : You might want to rephrase your intuitive understanding of octane. I think I know what you are getting at, but of course we are not talking about compression ignition engines here. I know that you know that, and simply misstated. For the record, either a manually controlled, or automatic thermally controlled heat riser can indeed be “a good thing” on any cold engine, no matter the compression. Some of it may or may not have to do with “drivability” issues, prevention of carb icing is another factor. I will be adding to my immediately above previous comment as you will see if you hang in here. I just stumbled across this topic here. You guys are on to something which I would like to expand on and add supporting documentation . As usual, I am running late for everything today , so let me be extremely brief for now. Gasoline octane in the ‘20s was in the 40s. By early 30s was in the 50s, and climbing fairly rapidly. Need for Pre-heating was a function of low fuel volatility, not octane. I absolutely do have to sign off right now. But I will come back to explain this in some detail, and provide source info, and distillation curves. I have done so before, and maybe can just link up with previous writing. I feel this needs accurate understanding. Thanks to anyone reading this for your understanding and patience. - Carl P.S. At this point I really should post this , from Marks’ Mechanical Engineers Handbook, second edition, 1924. Please read Cracked Gasoline : P.P.S. In my following posting below, please continue reading Cracked Gasoline from Marks’ third edition, 1930. You will see that gasoline was a very fine product until the mid-teens. This is well explained. You only have to look at the intake ovens added to engines in the later half of the teens , (none more stark and gut wrenching - IMHO - than Marmon 34 around 1917 or 1918), to see the result of the addition of heavier hydrocarbons such as dodecane, etc. Dodecane, let’s call it C-12 , is nominal kerosene, which we will see runs from C-10 to C-16. Well now, if I had the good fortune to own such a Marmon, the entire oven would be off that engine, and in a dusty box towards the very back of a high shelf in an obscure corner of the shop. O.K. It is almost 3:00 AM here. I will start cleaning up the next contribution below in what will be an ongoing endeavor.
  10. Anything new, Kara ? - Carl
  11. About 30years ago, I realized that there would be something to gain in having these Cadillac Johnson carbs professionally rebuilt. No matter how well the car ran. Rebuilt by someone who is an expert on these particular carbs. My ‘24 ran well, but off came , and off went the the C.J. carb. And yes , indeed, there were issues that no one , unless intimately familiar with these things, would have noticed and rectified. Likewise, I had no problems at all with the carb on the ‘27 when I got it a few years ago. Same game, and Classic & Exotic Services found things needing attention. Money well spent, with a very quick turnaround. C&E has become Straight Eight, and I have a message in with them to see if they are still providing C.J. rebuild service. I feel confident in speaking for Ed , who also feels the same , and recommends the pro rebuild route. Then you don’t have to wonder whether there is something wrong with the carb, when there is something wrong with the car. There is an issue with the carb which you will encounter eventually. That is fuel percolation in a hot engine/hot carb condition. As you take off on a pleasant drive, the car will run beautifully until things warm up. You will have difficulty driving the car, shifting it, and keeping it running. The hotter the day, the more you will suffer. When you send the carb in, do whatever surgery necessary to de-couple the intake manifold from the direct exhaust heat, and block off the exhaust ports where they used to feed the intake manifold. Use steel plates. Also see if you can put an insulation block between the carb and the intake manifold. Happy car, happy driver. - Carl
  12. 15” per tire size at 12:00 on the top pic. Just under the DI of RADIAL. - Carl
  13. Speaking of cars, I am feeling inordinately goofy at the moment. Therefore, going to skate some thin ice here, but this reminds me of an old photograph many of us have seen. So let me disguise, or attempt to evade the censors scalpel for just a while. Picture was : Edgar J. Weirdo and his buddy Clyde lounging identically dressed in such leisure garb. Right down to exact same hats, save for the bands. I have always wondered why the different bands. Was it because of different head sizes, or was Edgar afraid of Clyde’s cooties ? Did Edgar own a car and drive ? Did Clyde drive him ? Or did they use some motor pool conveyance ? Moderators, please delete this nonsensical, inappropriate response. Thank you, - CC
  14. Hi kevin33 ! Warm welcome to you ! Are you and the car still in South America ? And yes, posting under Buick Pre-War will almost certainly find your oil pump. And please stay in touch, now that you have become one of us. Good way to hang in here with us is to post pictures once in a while. Saves having to type thousands of words. I am particularly glad that you have joined us, as the first car I ever rode in almost 77 years ago, (I was born on Argentine Independence Day, 1944), was a ‘33 Buick. No matter how hard I try, I can’t remember that ride, but I do have dim distant memories of a couple rides in it 3 or so years later. - Carl
  15. Yessir, sage’. I could not possibly agree more with every word you just posted. Salvation from the fires of the pot depends on the parts having a guardian angel. If that particular angel’s sphere of influence is centered a mere 1/2 mile away from the precious parts, salvation, or perhaps a temporary holding pattern in purgatory, that may well effect a “hookup”. Now if instead of that 1/2 mile, we are talking 1/2 way around the world, I believe we may have to call upon the intercession of yet a different particular g.a. I really don’t know where these parts languish, unwanted, unloved. Did I miss something ? ❤️😇. Yeah , location = salvation. - CC
  16. Hi B’ Bill, the car is garaged on the North side of Shelby st. on the N.E. edge of Capital Hill, looking across Portage bay and UW. I have been overwhelmed with endless unexpected serious problems, and MUST go see the car soon. Maybe the most efficient, least intrusive logistics would be for you, Mary and I , to go up on the hill together ? We could drive it, poke it , put it up, and determine at a glance whether the car has A/C. An ominous note for beleaguered Seattle citizens who have to suffer our 9-5 bright boys : HERE THEY COME AGAIN !!!!! I am the one who put an end to the “Use it or lose it” law in our “Fair (!!!!?)” city. You know the law which used to demand that you drive your car every day. If not driven every 24 hours, your car was subject to fines and impoundment. I even had my ‘71 Eldo conv. confiscated while the engine was warm from being driven and parked several hours earlier. This was years ago when the impound lot was on the North side of Lake Union, near Dunn Lumber. It was not always locked, and poorly guarded. I can not commit to eternal preservation in print the mechanics of the “liberation caper” by which I re-took possession of my stolen property. (It was over 40 years ago, VERY risky, probably the dumbest thing I have ever done). With blind rage, a swig of whiskey, and “canine 🤫” assistance, I retrieved my car in a high speed escape while snagging a spare Eldo wheel I almost tripped over in the yard. Oh NO ! You couldn’t pull off what I did these days. You would be shot and killed. Well the bright boys extended the period in which you had to go for a drive whether you had anywhere to go or not , to 72 hours. My contention is that whether it is a day or a week or month, if you have a licensed, insured vehicle parked in front of your house, it is no business whatsoever of some private/public cabal of car thieves, how often you need to take to the road. I brought that practice to an abrupt end back when the boys were telling us to cover in place, and don’t go out, while at the same time telling us to go driving around every three days, or spend hundreds of dollars in fines, impound and storage fees, not to mention a whole bunch of time to run around with someone else to actually free your car from bondage. YES ! I AM THE ONE WHO PUT A HALT TO THAT CRAP MONTHS AGO ! Through the city council, her honor being copied, I beat a little logic into realms where very little of that resides. They were finally off our tormented butts ! I have just been advised that somehow they have re-imposed the onerous “use it or lose it” law. I have to spend a whole bunch of my time now to “get the gummin off the backs of the people” again. I really don’t have time for it, I might need the help of the sheep, oops I mean the people, to once and for all stop these bullying thugs.................... Oh boy : this is getting into the too long to lose danger zone . I will post now, but Bill, might there be a convenient time for us to go up the hill together for an Imperial examination ? - C’ Carl
  17. OoooooeeeeeEEEEEE !! I was really on a roll as I tossed and turned unable to sleep. Wow ! I think I will leave it up for a bit and live with the shame. But before I do that I will preserve the bottom line :
  18. I’m going way out on a long thin limb here, gonna make a WAG and expose my suspicion that these parts are somewhere in Australia. Verifying this would be of significant value for two groups of car guys. NUMBER 1. : Those who are somewhere in Australia NUMBER 2 : Everybody else I am looking at a map of Australia. Appears to be a fair sized country. In fact, I think someone told me that Australia is actually a whole entire continent. Maybe it was my nephew Guy, or his wife Cassie who are now Australian citizens. Hmmmmm.............. If in fact this hunch I have is correct, the size of Australia being what it is, perhaps refining the location of these parts would aid in their finding a new domicile. Please forgive my somewhat rambling speculative pap here. I am presently suffering momentary insomnia, so I beg forgiveness if none of this makes any sense. Then again, wattayazall think ? - C Carl P.S. O.K. I just took remedial action and ingested a soporific. As an ill and aged specimen, I absolutely must partake of the regenerative benefit of a good dose of sleep. As I wait for the little pill to take effect, I have re-read the above. It is yet another example of my boorish verbosity. An affinity for prolix being one of my many flaws, I should, by way of apology, rephrase the intent of my laborious ramblings : “Always a good idea to include location” (particularly when dealing with large lots or large parts). Thank you, - CC
  19. And be sure to use synthetic grease. It is almost time for me to repeat the testimonial in favor of using synthetic grease from some farmers i met in Montana. Well, I guess no better time than right now for doing so again : Yeah, I was at the feed store in Billings picking up Mobil 1 synthetic oil for the Cadillac I was driving rather rapidly. These guys I met said that once they changed over to synthetic grease for their heavy agricultural machinery, wear ceased to be a problem. Indicative of something, whatever that may be, way back then you couldn’t get synthetic oil at the Mobil gas station there in Billings. Mind you, this was a few decades ago. They knew what it was, but it hadn’t quite caught on with the general public yet. So the gas station guy sent me to the feed store, where he knew Mobil 1 was stocked. Makes sense. A commercial operation should be aware of any products which increase durability of their machinery, and therefore enhance the bottom line. Please read my first sentence again. - C Carl
  20. Thank you, Ed. If that ‘24 Cad Victoria I just bought can be put back on the road without any heroics, I will send them another carb for their expert rebuilding. I agree 100% with you that all the old Cadillac Johnson carbs should be treated to very experienced rebuilding by guys who know them inside and out. With Mark now several years gone from Scottsdale, I don’t know anyone else who can do justice to the Ruben Goldberg devices. And of course, Mark’s turnaround time was getting a bit hard to bear. C&E turnaround time was lightning fast for a carb and distributor rebuild for me. - Carl
  21. C Carl


    From admiring this picture, and the two in your profile, that is one fine looking, beautifully proportioned car ! Sure, you don’t need to second guess the lubricant companies and brew up your own additive package. If having a little dab of ZDDP to do the peace of mind thing, why not use an oil which has it ? I do not know what the current state-of-the-art in motor oils is. Just a few years ago, it would have been Amsoil’s Z-rod. It has way more ZDDP than you need, or might think you need. Way under the overload threshold of O.D. ing on the stuff. But it is a very fine full synthetic with what at the time was the best lay up properties. Formulated for older cars which are not daily drivers. Please check it out, and if any better motor oil for our oldies has eclipsed this stuff, I would like to know. I am also over obsessed with lubrication minutiae. Make sure to use synthetic grease in all appropriate locations. Lots of opinions regarding motor oils, but no worthwhile dissenting opinions against synthetic grease. - Carl
  22. Many ? Most ? Everybody ? know that Straight Eight is the present , living descendant of Classic and Exotic Services. I have found that whatever money I spend with these guys really seems like a bargain in the end. You have to factor your time into the valuation of their better than new products and expert services. Say : does anyone know if Bruce is still with them ? Thank you, - Carl
  23. Yes, yes, yes ! And I will be back with individual responses. I am also in arrears with some of you wonderful people who deserve return personal thanks from us. Thanks for your patience. I have trailers to jockey this weekend. - Carl
  24. After speaking with Jack, (who knows way more about computers than I do), I have to admit this is much more difficult than I anything I can do to help. Therefore, Jack will need someone, (who knows way more about computers than HE does), to come to the rescue. Maybe Peter ? Maybe Apple help ? Maybe even some software problem ? I have had problems with Apple iPad minis which boiled down to software, resulting in a new device under warranty. Anyone else who has had internal device problems with Apple stuff ? (Disregarding the “user hostile” human engineering inherent in these iPad minis. I can’t believe any Apple engineers with IQs above 103 actually use these things). And now you know what I am working on right now ! 🤬, - Carl
  25. NOT on the forum. A very easy function on your iPad. Sending PM :
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