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  1. That has been my experience. I find fluorescent or LED lighting to be far more harsh in identifying defects than what I can pick up in bright sunlight. I'm thoroughly impressed with your work. Seeing what you have achieved has allowed/forced me to raise my standards. Thanks for sharing your work. Phil
  2. And do the easy/less costly things first, for which Terry's suggestion qualifies.
  3. The 1935 Cadillac 355D manual states that bearings in fan assembly are sealed for the life of the car and are not to be serviced. I suspect that Cadillac Motor Division was not counting on an 85 + year lifetime, so I thought it a good idea to check the grease level and bearing condition in the assembly. The schematic is from the 1935 - 1940 Cadillac Parts Manual. It turns out there are many hard ways to remove the fan assembly from the car. I tried several, and finally found an easy way. My easy way involved the following steps: 1) Remove ignition coil (not shown in figure) from fan assembly mounting bracket. 2) Undo the bolt that holds the fan assembly to the mounting bracket and loosen the fan belt. 3) Remove bolts holding mounting bracket to water pump housing and remove bracket. 4) Remove fan belt from fan pulley and carefully withdraw fan assembly. At this point, it should come out easily. There are eight small machine screws that hold the fan to the pulley. I used two pieces of masking tape to mark one screw location on fan and pulley, so I could be sure it went back the way it should go. (The fan is a five blade asymmetric design, so I worried about balance.) The spring holding the front bearing race in place on its shaft is surprisingly strong, so hold the fan and assembly firmly when the last two screws are withdrawn. The disassembled fan is shown in the next several figures. The large diameter washer next to the bearings on the right hand side is not shown in the factory schematic. The washer goes between the front bearing and the spring. Also not shown in the factory schematic is a seal that goes in the rear of the housing. I suspect that seal is irreplaceable and, if bad, accommodation would have to be made for an O-ring. The seal on my assembly was fine, so I left it in place. The bearings in my car’s fan assembly are from two different manufacturers: One was from New Departure ( bearing # 1203) and the other was from Norma (bearing # 203). I am familiar with New Departure, but never heard of Norma. Who is Norma? I am glad I took the trouble to remove and examine the fan assembly. Both bearings were fine. The grease was not yet hardened, but it was undergoing separation, with oil leaching out of it. Interestingly, the lock washer holding the fan assembly onto the shaft had split into three pieces. This had allowed the fan assembly to move back about an eighth of an inch along the shaft. Whoever mounted it to the engine after it was rebuilt compensated for the movement by putting a spacer between fan assembly and mounting bracket. After thoroughly cleaning everything, I repacked the bearings, re-assembled the unit, repainted it and installed it back in my car. I used Lucas X-TRA heavy duty grease to repack the bearings. Lucas advertises it as being designed to resist slinging out of fast moving parts, resist melting at high temperatures up to 560F and resist squeezing out under heavy loads. It appears to have roughly the same viscosity as what was originally installed. I suspect that most of you have not lost much sleep waiting for someone to post about disassembly/assembly of the fan unit for a 1935 355D Cadillac. However, there might be someone out there who will find this useful, so I thought I would document it and post it.
  4. Thanks for showing your new Super. Please tell us more about it, and what your plans with it are. When I was a kid working towards getting my driver's license, my folks had a '50 Buick. It was a great car. One day, I was driving it, with my dad as a passenger. Naturally, I drove carefully, and maintained a speed slightly below the posted limit. Soon, there was a whole line of cars behind me. One started honking, and then they were all honking. I was totally embarrassed, and pulled off the road to let them pass. It turned out to be a wedding party, and they were not tooting at me. There were lots of smiles, though, and I am sure they realized why I pulled over. Phil
  5. Thanks for showing these pictures. The tank on the Massey Harris tractor in the middle indicates (I think) that it was propane powered. In the 'thirties and 'forties Massey made gas powered, propane powered, and diesel powered tractors. I used to have a Massey Harris 44-6 which was a great tractor. Mine was a tricycle. It had five speeds forward, with first being a real stump puller. Phil
  6. I had a 1941 Dodge pickup with the same problem: When it rained, the truck would not start. The problem turned out to be a bad coil. Moisture on the coil was enough to cause it to short from the high tension output to the ground lug on the coil. I suggest you check your ignition circuit to see if you have the same or similar problem. Good luck.
  7. There is a great history book that describes the years of the depression period: "Freedom From Fear", by David Kennedy. It describes what the American people faced and dealt with in the period 1929-1945. It is a wonderful read. It gave me a much greater appreciation for what my parents, born in 1908 and 1912, faced growing up and raising my siblings and me. I recommend it highly. Phil
  8. Eric, Great pictures. Thank you. What is the blue car one car removed from yours? In another picture, it shows a very large trunk. Thanks, Phil
  9. Here is one of my favorite pictures - of one of my favorite makes of cars. Also, Happy birthday, Walt, and thank you for this thread and your many, many other contributions. Phil
  10. I'm not sure if this is a good fit for this thread as it is slightly more modern than most of the others, so remove it if it is doesn't fit. The picture was taken in the mid 1990s. The car is a 1963 Morgan Plus 4. The tunnel is the Gilman Tunnel, blasted out of rock in the 1920s for a railroad spur line built for logging (Santa Fe Northwestern Railroad). It is near the town of Jemez Springs, New Mexico. The river shown in the next picture is the Guadalupe River and is just to the right of the car as viewed. Phil
  11. I had a similar problem with a Jaguar XK 120. The car had a brass screen filter at the gs tank, where the line to the carburetor attaches. The filter had a coating of a shellac-like material. Compressed air cleared it enough to run properly. However, for reliability, I had to drain the gas and clean filter and tank. Phil
  12. My first car was a 1928 Hudson Super Six. It had what I believe is called an "F head" engine: One set of valves were overhead. The valve cover had oil pots that were to be filled with oil each day. Ran fine. Nice car. Another interesting feature was the clutch, which was a single plate, with cork inserts, running in oil. Phil
  13. My experience was very similar to Dave Henderson's. I had a 120 roadster that I paid $150 for, a 120 roadster parts car given to me, an XK 140 drophead coupe that I put nearly a 100,000 miles on, a Mk IX that I paid $800 for and enjoyed thoroughly although it gobbled a quart of oil with every tank of gas, a Mark 2 sedan that was a delight to drive, and a few other parts cars that I got for free. My favorite was the XK140, followed by the Mark IX.
  14. This picture was taken on 11/13/20. It was clearly near the end of the fall season here, but the maples still showed some color. Attached also is a picture of the same location taken the day after Thanksgiving.
  15. I spent some time doing some adjustments to my 1935 Cadillac 355D today. Small things: adjusting the throttle linkage (the idle was too high), giving her a grease job, adjusting tire pressures, and partially closing the hood side louvers, as it is turning cool. Then, of course, I took her out for a ride. I don't have the car fully sorted to my satisfaction, but I was delighted with the way she ran. At this stage in our life together, her engine seems strong and solid, her semi-automatic choke works the way it should, the power assisted mechanical brakes work almost like those of a modern (say 1970s) car and the steering tracks as if it were on rails. Her transmission is showing some age; it slips out of second on steep hills, but I have learned to anticipate that. Maybe someday that will be fixed. It was a crisp late fall day, and I loved the day and the car loved it also. It ran flawlessly. I enjoyed driving it, and enjoyed the smiles and waves of others who were obviously pleased to see it. (I was about to say "old girl" but realized she is only a few years my senior). Gee, I love pre-war cars. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine. Phil
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