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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. So, I wonder, why did it get that way? Someone failed to ever put a drop of oil under the rotor? Phil
  4. What great pictures! Thank you. P
  5. Me too! Of course, I am 79 and about to turn 80, but those boyish good looks are really a problem! I enjoy your posts. Thanks for the laugh, and good luck with old cars. Mine is 1935 - moderately old, dignified, and short of boyish good looks. Phil
  6. How neat! I wish I could have been there. Wish I were there for the lobster rolls, too! Thank you for posting. Phil
  7. My car is a 1935 Cadillac with the flathead V8. I believe it is an L head design. To my surprise when I bought it, it has an updraft carburetor. Most other cars of that period that I have seen had gone to a downdraft design. One problem with my car is that the design is such that the carburetor is buried below what closely resembles an octopus of manifolds. The carburetor is rather inaccessible. More to the point of this post, I'm guessing it is a very low RPM engine - perhaps 3500 max? Phil
  8. That is going to be a very handsome car when you are finished. I like the color scheme very much. Thanks for posting the pictures (please post more!). Also, thanks for starting this thread. I'm learning a lot from your posts and those of others. Phil
  9. I also wondered if 3D printing would be an appropriate way to go for parts like water pumps and maybe Johnson carburetor bowls. There is a very interesting thread on the subject on the Cadillac & LaSalle Club website. Here is the link: http://forums.cadillaclasalleclub.org/index.php?topic=159641.0 My conclusion is that it is a good way to go, if you can do the CAD modeling yourself or have a fellow hobbyist who is willing to do it for free or a reasonable price. Phil
  10. It is neat to see people getting together again - safely. That looks like a fun day. I am envious. Also, liked the Cadillacs and the Rambler. Phil
  11. I love it also. I bought the DVD. Now I can watch it whenever. Some are keepers. Phil
  12. That is a very handsome car. The smiles on the two faces in the driver's seat make the picture even better. Thank you for posting it.
  13. "There is one extremely rare car in the mess." You've piqued my curiosity in this stay-at-home time. What is the rare car, and where is it? Thanks, Phil
  14. Actually, I think it has a radiator cap. My 1929 Pierce had an archer-less cap, that was quite good looking: Not flat, it had slight uplift towards the center. If I recall correctly, it was a large cap, probably 5 inches in diameter. How I miss that car! Great picture. Phil
  15. Fred Winterburn recently posted this on the MogGroup site which is a site for Morgan sports car owners/lovers. You may find it helpful. "I just posted this on the Porsche 356 registry as a lot of my customers for 6V CDIs frequent that site. I do not intend to post it on any other forum. Folks, A customer asked about a better condenser and I told him what I had suggested a few years ago in the form of a ceramic capacitor that could be soldered into a gutted condenser shell and then potted with epoxy. Quite a few people with various cars now have used this capacitor to ma
  16. It may be just a regular 'ol 56, but what a neat car! Congratulations. Also, please post more pictures when you get a chance.
  17. Well... OK, now that I know my limitations, I guess I will go out and fire up the walk-behind lawnmower!
  18. pmhowe

    6 volt batteries

    I think the standard for '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s batteries was that one should keep the water level just above the plates. I always filled to just below the bottom of the filler holes. That worked for me. Phil
  19. 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
  20. 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 w
  21. If you haven't solved the problem already, I'd recommend you contact the AMC Club https://www.facebook.com/AMCRambler 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.
  22. 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 mecha
  23. 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
  24. Not the most spectacular of fall colors, but here is a shot of a car that is comfortable in any setting. Phil
  25. 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
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