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  1. Good point. The gauge is fluctuating under different conditions. Is the car actually overheating? My criterion for overheating is boiling over with some steam. I have had several cars where the temperature gauge fluctuated from cool to normal to hot and back gain, depending upon whether I was driving uphill, downhill, on a straight, or at a light. (Actually, every one of them was British - seven '50s - '60s Jaguars, three '50s - '60s Morgans, one '59 MG). Even my current 1966 Morgan fluctuates in temperature as the thermostat does it thing in response to driving environment. My 1935 Cadillac is rock solid in its behavior: no fluctuations at all. But then, the Cadillac has enough water in its system to drown several Morgans. Phil
  2. I attended the Veterans’ Day parade in Southern Pines, NC. Highlights included a flyover of vintage military planes performing the Missing Man Formation and a parachute drop with three parachutists landing in a spot on the main street. Veterans were driven in old - or new - cars, driven by the owner and preceded by someone with a placard showing his/her name and service. Near the reviewing stand, the name of each veteran was announced as well. Veterans rode in groups by conflict - all the WWII veterans in one group, all the Korean War veterans in another, the Viet Nam veterans next, etc. It was very nicely done. Gave us a chance to see a great bunch of cars and honor a great bunch of people.
  3. If you haven't solved the problem already, I'd recommend you contact the AMC Club You may find it is a common problem with a well-known solution, or find a colleague who has had the problem and figured out a fix. I have a 1966 Morgan that had the same symptoms. For that car it was a design flaw: The water flow rate through the radiator was too high, so it didn't have a chance to cool adequately. The solution was to put a partial plug in the bypass hose. Please post the solution for your car, once you have it. Good luck, Phil
  4. Hi Carl, You are quite correct, it is a 1935 Cadillac. The body is a Fleetwood town sedan, Series 30. Mine is a V8, not the more desirable V12, but I love it. The 146 inch wheelbase has caused me to relearn my pre-power steering driving skills. I am still sorting out a few mechanical issues but, by and large, it is a very solid car. It has a surprisingly high axle ratio, (4.60/1) so comfortable cruising speed is only 45 to 50 mph. I’m guessing these cars were designed for town use. On the windy mountain roads where I live, it is a handful, but the power assisted mechanical brakes are excellent. I have never been impressed with ride control, but this one seems to be properly sorted out. It makes a big difference on bumpy country roads. According to information provided by the former owner, the car was originally sent to the Cadillac Automobile Company of Boston. It then went to California, where it remained until the 1970s, then to New Jersey. Ishowed up in auction in 2013, then again in 2017, where the previous owner apparently purchased it. Originally, it was painted Cathedral Grey with Vincennes Red wheels. At one time it had wheel disks. I don’t have any more recent fall pictures, but have attached a few from last year. Phil
  5. I have a 1966 Morgan with a four speed Moss gearbox. Most people recommend using a 30 weight oil in it. Mine had 30 weight in it, but I was unhappy with its performance. It shifted more slowly than it should and had the annoying problem of popping out of gear on hills. I replaced the 30 weight with RedLine MT 90, based upon the company's recommendation. The car now shifts more smoothly and quickly and no longer pops out of gear, even on very steep hills. However, when I tried the MT 90 in my 1935 Cadillac, it made shifting awful. The synchronizers barely worked at all. I suspect the MT 90 is too light an oil for that transmission. I’m currently trying to sort out what to try next - probably Redline or Amsoil 75w140. Both are claimed safe for yellow metals. Phil
  6. Not the most spectacular of fall colors, but here is a shot of a car that is comfortable in any setting. Phil
  7. These pictures were taken three days ago, near Grandfather Mountain, NC and close to the Eastern Continental Divide.. The colors are just past their maximum at this elevation, but still pretty. At higher elevations the leaves have fallen off the trees. At lower elevations, they haven't quite reached their peak yet. The car is a 1966 Morgan Plus 4 dropheaad coupe. Last night we had a storm rip through, the temperature dropped to 27F, the leaves all blew off and we had a dusting of snow. Phil
  8. I agree with Ransom Eli: A very nice, elegant solution. Thanks for posting the photos and your comments. (I like the truck, by the way.) Phil
  9. I have had good success keeping mice out of cars stored over winter outside by placing mothballs ( lots of them) in car interior, trunk, engine compartment, and on the ground about the car's perimeter.
  10. I had a chance to buy one - and didn't. I'm still kicking myself. It was a fun truck to drive, very solid. Congratulations! Phil
  11. My 1935 Cadillac has vacuum assisted mechanical brakes. I'm sure other models/makes did, also. The brakes work very well. There is some fade on mountain roads, probably due to the lining material. Phil
  12. If I recall correctly, the Russian ZIL and ZIS automobiles were made using Packard designs, bought under license. It would be neat to see the various models available, their local cost, and any other information. P
  13. Jeff, That 1933 Cadillac is a handsome car. I'd love to see more pictures of it. Phil
  14. Years ago, there was a movie made in eastern Pennsylvania based on the book “Birch Interval”. My 1941 Dodge pickup was involved. It was paid $25/day and I was paid $19/day to drive it. The movie starred Rip Torn, Eddie Albert, others — including, of course — me. The movie bombed, and the movie careers of my truck and me were destroyed on the spot. I’m convinced the movie failed because both my truck and I were cut from the final version.