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  1. Glad this museum survived the pandemic, I expected the (antique auto museum) casualty rate to be higher than it seems to have been so far. I visited ACM in 2019 when there were probably some 'teething pains' which appear to have been outgrown, glad to see it continue in existence.
  2. A good day indeed. Drove ~3+ hrs to visit the Maine Forestry and Logging Museum with my daughter, our first visit, hopefully not the last. Probably the largest collection of Lombard iron in the country. Recommend a visit if you are in the Bangor area. Jim Richardson
  3. Well, given the time period (1904), I would suspect that few or any of the club members would be classed as 'working joes' or blue collar workers. I can envision the Albany Automobile Club as a fairly exclusive operation with club meeting house and garages available and hefty membership dues and fees. Maybe most of the members autos were chauffeur driven and maintained? The disparity between face value of gold coins and the price of gold is probably why gold coins were recalled during the '30s, I think. Interesting letter, thanks for posting, Walt.
  4. In the early 1960's (before I started playing with boats) I worked for a NAPA jobber (wholesaler) serving garage and industrial accounts in the hills of central and western Maine. The company had two full-time outside salesmen who were supplied with leased station wagons equipped with commercial two-way radios and three branch stores all connected with each other and the moblle stations in the cars. The base station operated on ( I think) a commercial portion of the 80m band on channelized assigned frequencies and was quite short range but mostly really helped with customer service. AFAIK Ma Bell was not involved. The FCC was involved as I had to get a very limited operators license. As I recall the radios were dependable but I also recall some spectacular transmitter capacitor failures. I suspect this was the forerunner of the phone service the OP was referring to. NAPA at that time was an auto parts supplier to the wholesale jobbers and did not operate independent parts stores. The company I worked for had been a Reo truck and auto dealer in the thirties and was a Collins Radio distributor which probably explains the (relativity) early use of commercial mobile radio.
  5. Assuming it has Kettering (points, condenser, coil) ignition, it should be basically similar to the '30s era system, but I am not a Chevrolet guy. I think a lot is going to depend on the condition it was in when it was last run. Seems like theres some risk of damage in 'just starting it up'.
  6. Barney Pollard - https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2011/06/barney-pollard-car-collection-over-half.html This may offer some insight on the government pressures on the heavyweight collectors during WW2. Interesting that Mr. Pollard and Mr. Ford clashed to some extent.
  7. Good for you being willing to jump into this very nice-looking project. Some things that would make life easier for you with the car: You may want to look for a mentor with early to mid fifties car experience, they won't need to be an expert. Maybe attending some local shows or even striking up a conversation with the owner of a car of the period. You also might do some digging on the net (even this forum) re waking an old car from storage. Its not rocket science. Something else that would help ground you in basic automotive repair and maintenance of the period is a copy of 'Motors Automotive Repair' which was targeted at the DIY-er of the period. They are usually available on Ebay or used book dealers. Also I'd recommend looking into Keith's Garage YouTube videos, very informative and Mopar targeted. Good luck.
  8. Years ago I relieved the Chief on a tanker which was built in 1934. Behind the main switchboard (it was a slate board, 240 DC power) were two boxes marked "Blown Fuses" and another marked "Burned Out Light Bulbs". ☺️ I asked the Chief when I saw him again what he was saving the fuses and bulbs for. The answer was, "Well, you never know...".
  9. Weren't Springfield RR and Duesenberg mostly targeting different segments of the (upper) market?
  10. I wouldn't be too concerned with the later engine on your car. At one time keeping the thing on the road was paramount and the wrecking yards had plenty of good used engines for not a lot of money. It might be a good idea to spend some time with Keith postings re his Chrysler products: His videos on YouTube may interest you as well. Good luck.
  11. I guess my reading comprehension must be disintegrating due to old age, I was thinking the head was removed to get at the sticking valves, not that the engine was stuck. I need to go back and read the start of the thread.
  12. Exceeded only by the .22 cal. fuse replacement, which must be true because it was on the internet, right? Well,πŸ™„ there is this:https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-bullet-fuse/ Still...
  13. Actually,back in the day (as much as I dislike the term), Husky was a fairly respectable tool line, maybe slightly below SK tools in the 'tool pecking order' but not offshore quality. One of the automotive wholesalers I worked for before I started playing with boats sold Husky with no customer complaints. I suspect HD bought the name, goodness knows where the quality is now. I always took the 'Husky' sized duds til out of my teens. Never got much flack about that.😁
  14. You will find some very knowledgeable help here,and some more focused on your Airstream here:https://forums.aaca.org/forum/190-chrysler-desoto-airstream/ Enjoy the car.
  15. If you don't already have one, heres a link to the owners manual, which doesn't answer your question. https://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/modules/archive/content.php?op=&catID=15&ContentID=171 I don't see instructions for checking the Ultramatic oil level, just instructions to have the trans serviced at your Packard dealer.πŸ™„ Interesting that a couple years later they moved the dipstick and fill up under the hood. Enjoy the Packard.
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