Ben P.

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  1. Yes it’s GOLD, why I teased that out. Had only a vague idea of why elect pumps on these cars is a bad idea. Also, I personally have no baseline - why I’ve been paying shop rate for all of this on mine (and have no excuse for getting upset with the numbers, though one number almost made the teeth fall right out of my head).
  2. I was just being funny there, but that actually was a serious question. What would bypassing the fuel system (which has an electric fuel pump) tell us exactly. I have one of those cars which had ‘multiple issues’, as you say, in all 3 systems. “Diagnose it... Process of elimination...” I heard that a thousand times. Just a bunch of words on a page, and what to do to ‘diagnose’ it actually WAS the question in the OP. What no one who said that was how and I’ve not really heard that in this thread either. I failed to sort out my car myself so it went to 2 different shops. Each found things that the other did not and eventually multiple problems were found and fixed. I’m pretty sure neither knew or discovered which problem was causing which symptom or even if any one symptom led them to any one problem and I know this because I asked and they each said the same exact thing word verbatim: “Well, it was ‘mumble mumble mumble’...” Basically they ended up going through each system entirely and found different problems to fix. That isn’t exactly diagnosis is it? Now the engine is being rebuilt. The reason for that I later found in the oil pan. Ben P.
  3. Really? How? Does it tell us in English or just point to which one?
  4. Really? How? Does it tell us in English or just point to which one?
  5. Not to take this over, but the discussion of heat as a potential issue has me wondering just what kind of stress an overheating engine could put on something like cotter pins securing something like a wrist pin. Rod’s first description of the symptoms sounded hauntingly familiar.... The thing never did boil over or lose a lot of water though. Hrmm.
  6. I think you all know this, but the entire conversation on this thread re. this car was really worthwhile. I got none of this from reading HMN for 40 years.... All something a potential caretaker needs to know (although it does make me a little apprehensive while pondering a lot of cars that I’d really like to own). Thanks
  7. Never saw a copperhead but we’ve got all kinds of the non-human variety too. Blue Racers, little rattlers (one killed our Jack Russell), and these wretched water snakes - I don’t know what they are. Long black ones. Real aggressive. Came across a nest of tiny babies and they actually coiled and poised to strike. All snakes can ‘swim’ on the top of the water apparently, but these b******s go straight to the bottom and hide under the fallen oak leaves. Never saw those before in my life. Was taught as a kid to stay away from the rocks in the fields, now I stay away from the hardwood lakes too. ❌🐍
  8. Yep on the possibility of an ignition issue. I’ve heard all my life that ‘an ignition problem can mimic a fuel problem’ but when I had gas pouring out of the carb’s air intake and even (I kid you not) out the exhaust pipe I didn’t think it could possibly be an ignition problem but it was. There were other problems though and I just know that old Marvel is waiting for me when the engine comes back from the rebuild shop.... That and there was some sort of electrical event there at the end involving that wire that runs between the coil and the distributor but this isn’t the place for that story. The little mushroom cloud of smoke was rather incredible though.
  9. I hesitate to throw more confusion in, but I think bubba’s on to something there. Rod, you mentioned it sputters then dies. Have you heard the sound coming from the carb. when it truly runs out of gas yet? Mine makes a very distinctive and unmistakable sound - clucks like an angry old hen: “CLUCK!” With a little gulp at the end. Might be worth running the car a min. and then shutting off the valve after the vac-tank just to hear what it sounds like. Might narrow this down a bit. Good luck
  10. I like that story, which by the way, all these little BCA Show stories are starting to add up and compliment each other to the point I’d consider not renewing membership except that my local chapter is made up of some of the nicest people in the world. I have the oldest car there too I’m not a ‘show guy’ anyway. Hate snakes, and the showfield does seem to be the place the few that there are in this hobby tend to be — out there basking in the sun soaking up the heat.... Nope, no 🐍’s.
  11. Rod, I don’t know the answer to your issue but I’m selfishly glad you ran into it because: 1) I may have been having the same issue with my ‘18 - though it’s hard to know since so much else was going wrong. 2) I got to see another picture of that car! Boy those colors are tastefully done. Just checks all the boxes for me. Good luck and I eagerly wait to hear the answers from the experts, Ben P.
  12. Until a few weeks ago I would’ve agreed with this 100%. Then while ‘boosting’ an ad for a car I’ve known for a little over 30 years I met that rare fellow willing to malign a car as a tactic to obtain the thing (high-horsepower brass touring otherwise unaffordable for him. Although it turns out two previous owners refused to sell it to him when earlier markets had it within his range — probably because of his personality and maladjusted ways. He hides on here behind a moniker but is a dealer well known for driving Lamborghini’s 45mph down west-coast FREEWAYS and then suing people over the consequences.). After this all I can say is, be careful guys. They’re rare, but there are people out there with no conscience and the belief that they need to cheat in order to win. Be especially careful with what you say about your car out on the showfield. There aren’t too many snakes in this hobby, but the few that are that does seem to be their place. Out there on the showfield basking in the sun soaking up the heat... Eager to glean some tiny little piece of information and willing to twist it into some kind of believable story to use against it later. In this case it was 30 years later. (No part of the trash was true, but what was I going to do? Go tell the ill elderly owner that some 🐍 was out there slandering his car hoping to drive the price down? Well known car and in one instant the damage was already done.) If it’s a high dollar car be VERY careful about any information you offer on it. Especially on the showfield. just sayin’ Ben P.
  13. That is interesting Morgan. Can see it goes to 1926 but what year was it published and do you have a picture of the cover?
  14. You were their contractor in the 1940’s when this commercial chassis was built? I’m sorry, this conversation is going nowhere and I respectfully leave it. I’m interested in the history and the facts — not who’s right. But no, Cadillac and other GM’s body divisions did not build the professional bodies for this chassis. It is a Miller body and whether or not one could walk into a dealership and order it (as they could technically do or arrange to do with any custom body from any independent builder) is beside the point and does not change the fact that Miller marketed this vehicle as a hearse and the side window = ambulance / Closed quarter roof = hearse was not a distinction the builder made. Not in the 1940’s when this one was built. As said earlier, a main selling point for these rather ‘Plain Jane’ Limousine Coach style Hearses in the 1940’s was the fact that they could be used for multiple purposes and MANY of them were. Good luck selling cars, Ben P.
  15. WOW that is incredible m-mman. I had to look that up. Quite a bit on it, even Car & Driver did a write up on it but I like these pictures the best: That one I wouldn’t be at all ashamed to be driving around. In fact I know that I would — if I could afford it.