Bob Roller

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  1. What year is the Studebaker. I had a 1960 Lark years ago and I think the whole thing was built for $20 including parts and labor.
  2. Right on C Carl, I have only seen ONE RHD "J" in my life.It was "J159"at Auburn,an unrestored but very operational car. Also "ALL 5" pipes come thru the right hand side of the hood.** This discussion of external pipes brought back a bad memory. Years ago when we rebuilt J528* for Harry Schulzinger we had been running it for a couple of hours as a test and pulled into the front of the garage and shut it off. An old black man was standing there and said "That is one fine car, what is it?" I told him and he then reached over and laid his hand on one of those FOUR pipes and it scorched him badly.He said "I wanted to find out what that was". I told him to get in the car and I'd have him to St.Mary's hospital in about one minute. He refused and walked away.Bob Wilson was a teenager in 1933 and saw an SJ with the manifold extending thru the hood and saw the gold eagle emblem on the radiator shell.He said the paint was badly blistered where the pipe went thru the fender. ** English limo body by Barker and NO pipes. * Brunn Conv.sedan called a Riviera phaeton,There were three built to identical pattern.All three still run,fully restored and then some.
  3. You're right.I mis spoke about the RHD cars.ALL the "J" engines,with or without superchargers were the same head configuratation.Sitting in the drivers seat the intake is on the left and the exhaust on the right. My apologies for the brain fart.One of the joys of a fossilized brain.
  4. According to Ray Wolfe's notes this car was destroyed in a fire while in Algeria. Sold new by E.Z.Sadovich,Paris to Robert Beghain in Paris 1934. Tested 7/29/32 as a "J" then made into SJ and then sent to Paris.
  5. On a real Duesenberg "J" NO pipes will be seen on the drivers side unless it's a right hand drive car which in itself is rare..The photo seems to be Jim Schneck's Brunn Riviera Phaeton judging by the color. Sad and sorry end for such a fine man.When he was looking for a "J" head to dissect for his stunning head reproduction project,I got him hooked up to the also now deceased Harry Van Iderstine who had one from SJ551 and was not a good head for driving.There was a deal worked out and new heads for the "J" were produced. How many I don't know but I think Harry Van Iderstine got one.I am glad I had a small part in that idea.
  6. The buying public will determine success or failure as it did will others that finally bit the dust like Nash,Packard, Hudson.Studebaker and Willys and Crosley to name a few.Right now it seems as though Chevrolet is doing a good job of making cars few,if any,want.Never owned a Chevy and too old to consider them now.
  7. In addition to the louder than normal horn there is the "French brake" which is the bumper of whatever's in front of you.I had a good looking 1935 Packard CC with mechanical brakes and they were supposedly adjusted right but to me they felt weak.Back then I was used to brakes on a "J" Duesenberg and maybe that was a poor comparison.
  8. What's the difference between a used car lot and a car show? I no longer can tell the difference.
  9. Mechanical brakes MUST be backed up with a very loud horn,maybe a 5 mile Klaxon. Bob Roller
  10. That "T" speedster looks like it started at the bottom and went down from there.
  11. If there is a difference in the photos then something isn't on the up and up. Caveat Emptor prevails along with Barnum was RIGHT.
  12. You don't see cars like that ANYwhere very often. I have ridden in SJ397,the Rudy Bauer car at Auburn when Bill Petit owned it.It was showing 11,000 miles on speedometer then. The Rollston with the scooped fenders may have been the one we had in the shop for a minor tune up. If it's the one from Morehead,Ky.it IS the one.It had some weird wheels then as I recall, Many thanks for all these great pictures.They represent a time long passed away and that will hopefully never be repeated,the "Great"Depression and World War 2 and the Third Reich.
  13. Lord Lucas,the father of darkness.When I was helping Don Thompson at European Motors in Ohio I answered the phone and was asked if we knew anything about Lucas electrical systems and I replied, "We are the veterans of 100.000 blown fuses".He had a Jaguar XK120 that had been stored in a garage owned by a long deceased lawyer.
  14. When you shift to reverse it's like having two rear facing headlights and when the brakes are applied it says S-T-O-P in red letters.Not all J's had two back up lights but they do a good job of balancing the rear of the car's appearance. That radiator core may have a big screen formed to fit the "V" of the radiator. I saw one at Auburn on a "J"that had a V shaped bar with the protective screen in a frame matcing the contour of the radiator shell and it was good looking.