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  1. 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
  2. Jeff, That 1933 Cadillac is a handsome car. I'd love to see more pictures of it. Phil
  3. 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.
  4. Cadillac had two taillights in 1928. I was unable to find an image of a 1927 Cadillac that had more than one taillight. The images below are of 1928 Cadillacs from Mecum auctions.
  5. C Carl, The top was in the 3/4 position, since the air temp was brisk. After I posted this picture, I concluded I should have taken more pictures, especially showing views of the "scenic, winding mountain roads". A storm came through last night, and the leaves are mostly gone now. However, I will make an effort to get pictures of some of the roads and the scenery - maybe this weekend. Phil
  6. Here is another Smoky Mountain shot. The car is a 1966 Morgan drophead coupe. The shot was taken a few days ago, when a front had moved through and the weather was great: Crisp, cold air, lots of sunshine, no clouds, and lots of leaves. The road shown here is straight, but we spent the afternoon touring windy mountain roads, with lots of steep and lots of switchbacks. The only thing that could have made it better was other old cars and friends (not necessarily old) joining us. P
  7. Fall is about past here (Smoky Mountains, NW North Carolina). This morning, there was snow on the mountains above 3500'. Where the picture was taken, we had a 1/2' of snow, but it melted before I took the picture. However, the leaves are still pretty and this is a great time of year: Crisp mornings, warm afternoon sun, cold nights. Below is a picture of my car. In the background - barely visible - is Grandfather Mountain. Had I been faster with my camera, the photo would have included three turkeys - two hens and a Tom.They are very pretty birds, but look too scrawny to invite to my Thanksgiving table. Phil
  8. Hi Trickydicky43richard, Sorry you have not yet gotten any responses. However, I think good advice is available. Do a few searches on this site, and you will find more answers than you will ever need. The subject has been addressed lots of times, albeit probably not specifically for a 1939 Chrysler Royal. You will also probably get a number of different possibilities, as many car owners have personal preferences. When you get a chance, please post pictures of your car. Phil
  9. Good looking Mom, good looking kid, good looking car. Nice picture! How neat!
  10. Hi Carl, I hope that doesn't involve your beautiful 1924 Cadillac. P
  11. Just a guess, but I'll bet Trinindian and Owe_Dyneto use cork gaskets. The reason rubber gaskets are bad is that sulfur is used in the vulcanizing process. Sulfur is great for tarnishing silver. Ask anyone who has propane or natural gas for central heating. That said, I think there are numerous new gasket materials that might work. My one late 1930s classic has cork gaskets, and they work well - over decades - with minimal care. P
  12. I'm curious: No one mentioned phosphoric acid. I believe that has been used as a rust remover/passifier for years. I believe it was used as a prep for painting rusted parts. P
  13. Nice picture. I'd have it framed! It may be a new picture, but it sure captures the car's period. Phil
  14. You may want to look at after market motorcycle signal lights. There is quite a variety available, many of which look adaptable to old cars. P
  15. Wel, I'm impressed: What a lovely car! I'm envious. I'll bet you will love it. P
  16. I like that: Two people ending up happy with cars they love. That's the way it is supposed to work. P
  17. It is a thrill to see a Morgan Plus Four shown on this site. Thank you for sharing. Here is another: A 1966 drophead coupe. Phil
  18. Hi Bruce, I have had several cars with door sag problems, a result of wood screws pulling loose. I think with the high loading swinging doors cause, wood screws will always work loose. The approach recommended to me (and I have used successfully) is to use a small steel backing plate. Drill and thread the plate so that machine screws placed through your hinges and through the wood body parts can engage them. I used stainless steel machine screws, mainly for looks, but also for rust prevention. It is an easy afternoon job, after measuring and buying the parts. Good luck. Tell us your solution. Phil
  19. Hi Matt, At 45 degrees, your radiator shutters are reducing the airflow almost fifty per cent. If your Lincoln is like my '35 Cadillac, and you have the shutters open and the hood louvers open, the car should not overheat during long idles nor on steep hill climbs. I'd disconnect the shutter thermostat and see how the car temperature behaves on a good hot day. I'll bet you just have a shutter problem. Phil
  20. Also love your beautiful car! You and the Stanley in the cold make a great picture. Thank you.
  21. My recollection is that, when a condenser fails, it fails catastrophically. Not true?
  22. Since I’m asking for input from all of you, I thought I should contribute, also. Here is my starting list, in order of what I have done: The car ran when I received it, and I drove it a quarter of a mile to my house. Then I Admired car. Checked engine oil. Checked water level in radiator, tested antifreeze – both good. Checked for water leaks, checked hoses for integrity - all almost new. Checked pulleys for any wobble - none. I checked ammeter and found system not to be charging. Cleaned all accessible electrical connections. Solved charging problem. Filled battery with distilled water. Found brake lights on all the time, adjusted brake light mechanical switch. Didn’t check brake fluid. (Mechanical brakes.) Performed undercarriage examination, looking for loose nuts, bolts, missing or broken parts, getting familiar with car. Went over body, tightening and, in some cases, replacing screws. I use stainless screws, although maybe bronze would be better. I don’t like steel screws with wood. Made a note to shim one door hinge, where right rear door was dropping very slightly. Could also be weak screws. Pulled spark plugs, examined for color, adjustment, and fouling. Plugs good. Adjusted accelerator return spring. (Wouldn’t return to proper idle.) May have to replace spring. Adjusted tire pressure. Steering was heavy. Tire pressure was 20psi. Should have been 35 psi. Oiled distributor and a few other points where I could find oil cups. Put a little bit of Seafoam into gas tank, hoping to clean any sludge in carbs. Planned to do: Pull brake drums, check for wear. Change fluids. Grease everything – still sorting out best water pump grease. Thoroughly check wiring. Drive locally often. Maybe take a modest long tour (<100 mi).
  23. I liked the statement, “Yes, I spent a shiatload of time tweaking, tuning, fussing over that Cadillac, but now that it's set up, it has stayed that way and has never once let me down in more than 10,000 miles of driving. Not. Once.” That’s a great goal, and I am making it mine, for my car. I know it will be a lot of work, but I ask that you spend the time to list most of what you have done, had to do, and continue to do with your 1929 Cadillac. It will help me - and lots of other owners of old cars - who have the same goal. Also, what a great primer for new owners of old cars, who might have similar aspirations. This is directed mostly – but not entirely - at Matt Harwood, who made the statement. Others should chime in. It could make this thread the best old car thread ever - especially for helping the future of the hobby. Phil
  24. Handsome car. If you have the opportunity, take him for some rides in it. I'm sure he loved it. Even a ride around the block will mean a lot, for you and him. P