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  1. I don't know. Maybe the CA DMV likes my family. I have YOM plates on my '25 Maxwell. Renewed in December during Christmas mess for early Jan. expiration. I received the tag back in 2 1/2 weeks. Renewed my truck and SUV in Mar. and April- same result. Tags back in less than 3 wks. My son and I renewed our motorcycle tags in July and got them back in just over 2 wks. Apologies if it sounds like I'm bragging. I just wanted to tell my experience with them. We do all our renewals on the website so there's no paper shuffling. Maybe that's the difference. (Of course now that I've said all this I've probably jinxed myself forever!)
  2. I have worked on and rebuilt many carbs in my life and understood the function of them, but this video was really amazing. Many thanks for posting this video.
  3. Spam or not, but one does come in handy. I have one made by BEATIT. Other than jump starting 12V batteries it has a flashlight and two USB charging ports. The charge in it lasts for months and even with a 50% charge in it, it will start a dead battery . Even though I taught her how to maintain a battery (add distilled water if needed, remove and clean terminals), I gave one to my daughter so she doesn't have to ask a stranger for a jump (she has cables) or wait somewhere for AAA to show up. It gives me peace of mind.
  4. Jim, I hear ya! I live sort of in the boonies and if I made only right-hand turns I would have to drive an extra 20+ miles to go to the next town. Still, for big-city driving, it makes sense.
  5. I am not from Maine, but I recently read an article that concerns me greatly.(link posted at the bottom) The article stated that Maine was deactivating the registration on certain vehicles that were imported under the 25 year Federal import rule and classifying them as "off-road" vehicles and therefore not road legal. Maine's definition of an off-road vehicle states “‘Off-road vehicle’ means a motor vehicle that, because of the vehicle's design and, configuration, original manufacture or original intended use, does not meet the inspection standards of chapter 15, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's pollutant requirements or the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration's crash testing standards and that is not a moped or motorcycle.” The tone of the article is that Maine is just going after certain imports it thinks offensive, but the wording of the new law, if applied generally could affect most collector cars. So, those of you in Maine (or elsewhere), what are your thoughts? Am I reading too much into the article? https://autos.yahoo.com/maine-actively-deregistering-imported-mitsubishi-222800812.html
  6. My nephew-in-law is some administrator (can't remember exact title) for UPS. Because a large number of left turn accidents and time wasted waiting to turn left, he said some years back UPS spent a great deal of man-hours and $$ on computers to design the routes of their delivery vehicles to reduce or eliminate left turns on their routes. Makes a lot of sense for both reasons.
  7. Ply33: I had a 1969 Mustang that had black and yellow plates. However, I bought it used in '70 so your assumption that it was first registered in '68 and thus had the black and yellow and not the blue/yellow plates seems valid. I was too young in that era to pay attention to that kind of thing.🙄
  8. Hi, Marbeton. I've been off for a while. I've been wondering if you'd solved your cooling issue. I'm glad to see you did. It's interesting it was a valve adjustment. Hey, whatever works! Congrats, and enjoy your cool drives!
  9. Buick35: I was spending money on beer and my wife complained I spend too much. I pointed out she spends a lot on makeup, etc. She said it was so she could look sexy and attractive for me. I said I thought that's what the beer was for. We have a comfortable couch!
  10. I have had AAA Roadside Assistance for nearly 30 years, and I cannot say enough good things about them. The call center people have always been courteous, the tow trucks show up in good time (usually 30-40 minutes), the trucks are clean and the drivers are considerate and friendly. They have towed my daughters truck when she threw a drive shaft on the freeway (dealer snapped a u-bolt on the rear u-joint when they rebuilt the differential), my motorcycle, my 1925 Maxwell/Chrysler and my son's 1924 Chevy (several times-it took him a few tows to realize there's no gas gauge 😆). Every time I was extremely pleased with the service (though not the fact we needed towing😏). I would highly recommend AAA for Roadside Assistance.
  11. A cop pulled over a woman for speeding. She seemed a little distracted so the cop asked if she'd been drinking. "Oh, yes, I drank a whole fifth of whiskey about a half hour ago, and took a few of the pills I have in the baggie in the glove box." At this point the officer decided he needed to search her car. "Other than the pills in the glove box, is there anything else I should know about?" said the cop. "Well," she said, "there's a loaded .45 under the seat and my husband's dead body is in the trunk." The officer was pretty nervous now and decided to call his supervisor for assistance. When he shows up the officer explains why he called the supervisor out. The supervisor then walks up to the woman and says, "My officer says you drank a fifth of whiskey, have a baggie of pills in the glove box, a loaded gun under the seat, and a dead body in the trunk. Is this true?" "Oh, sure," she says, " and I suppose he also told you I was speeding."
  12. A gynecologist, in retirement, decided he would like to be a mechanic, something he always wanted to be. So, he signed up for an auto mechanics class. The final project was to completely rebuild the engine of one of the shop's cars.When he was done, the teacher scored him at 200%, an A+++. Shocked, the former doctor asked how he had scored so high being that several other students also completed the task. "Well," said the teacher, "before you, nobody had ever done it all through the tailpipe."
  13. I am a Seenager (senior teenager). I have everything I wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don’t have a curfew. I have a driver’s license and my own car. I have ID that gets me into bars and the liquor store. The girls I date are not scared of getting pregnant. I don’t have acne. Life is great. I have many friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names.
  14. Wife: "Honey, I have great news about the new car!" Hubby: "Really. What is it?" Wife: "The airbags work!" Two older couples had just finished dinner. The wives were in the kitchen getting coffee and the guys were in the living room talking. First guy: "You know, the wife and I went to a really great restaurant the other night. Great food, good atmosphere, reasonable prices." 2nd guy: "Really? What's the name?" 1st guy: "Um...oh...hm...." Oh, it's the name of a flower, usually red and has thorns." 2nd guy: "Oh, rose!" 1st guy: "That's it! Hey, Rose! What's the name of that restaurant we went to the other night?!"
  15. This is interesting. As I noted before, my car was built in Canada, after Chrysler bought out Maxwell Motors but before everything was nameplated 'Chrysler.' My car has (is!) somewhat of a mystery. Your car has a FEDCO plate on the dash, mine only has a "Maxwell/Chrysler" serial # tag on the firewall inside the engine compartment. Your manual on p. 55, 'SPECIFICATIONS' clearly lists a Stewart carb with Zenith for export. My 'SPECIFICATIONS' page is p. 61 and only says, 'Vertical type, adjustable.' My manual is a second edition, August, 1925, published by The Chrysler Corporation of Canada, Ltd.,Windsor, Canada. Therefore, I have to conclude that your car was built in America, and mine, having a Maxwell plate, a different manual, a Zenith carb and built in Canada, had to be considered and "export." What has this to do with your cooling problem? Beats me!🤨 I just found the different manuals of interest and thought I'd share the oddities with you. I sincerely hope you get it solved. I really enjoy driving mine and want you to be able to do the same with yours.
  16. Hello, Marbeton, Here's some followup information for you. I took the car for about a 15-20 minute drive (83 degree F air temp, 23 C) and then checked the water temperature. I used a digital probe thermometer and an infrared thermometer. They read slightly off from each other but not significantly (just a degree or two Fahrenheit), so I'm giving you the average of the two. At the fill opening with cap off, the temp of the water is 183 degrees F (84 C). On the outside of the upper return fitting on the radiator inside the engine compartment the temp is 171 degrees F (77 C). Interesting that there would be such a difference. I did not check the temp at the fitting at the bottom of the radiator, but will be glad to if this helps. One interesting thing that I never noticed is that the fan blows air forward through the radiator and not back toward the engine. Not sure what to think of that. I may try reversing the fan blade and see what happens. I have Champion W 14 spark plugs which are exact replacements for the AC 78s plugs you have so I don't believe that's an issue. I have a Zenith carburetor on mine. In one of the manuals I have (darn if I can locate the info right now) it lists the carburetors on the 1925 Four as Ball and Ball, Stromberg and Zenith. Though interestingly enough, the owner's manual illustrates and gives adjustment info on a Stewart, even though it does not specifically name it. Go figure. Beautiful car you have. Mine is not nearly as finished so I doubt I can send pix that would be of any help to you. I 'rescued' it from a gentlemen whose grandchildren wanted to chop it into a street rod. It's a popular thing here in Southern California (and maybe else where) because the pollution controls required are based on the VIN/serial number of the car, NOT the engine. Hence people put a heavily modified big block engine in old cars and don't have to meet any smog requirements. VIV has much more experience than I so that is a voice to which I would pay heed. Best wishes and good luck with your troubleshooting. Marbeton, P.S., in my original post I stated I'd read people in that era put lead additives in their cars to prevent pinging. It is true that I read that at least twice, and having not lived in the 20's, I can't personally swear to this. However, in retrospect, l even with 60-70 octane rating back then, I can't believe an engine with such low compression would have trouble with pinging. But again, I wasn't there.😬
  17. Marbeton, I have a 1925 Maxwell/Chrysler Four (made in Canada before Chrysler completely took over. The firewall plate does say "Maxwell/Chrysler." Nevertheless. I'm betting my car is basically the same as yours. I live in the foothills of Southern California mountains and our temps range from 17-20 degree F. (about 6-7 degrees C, I think) winters to more than 110 degrees F. (40-41 degrees C, I think)in summer. I have a 17" two-blade fan. (Though I'm confused about your statement The water pump does not have this type.) Mine does not have a water pump, it is convection type.) Even in the heat of summer on a stop and go drive around the neighborhood the mercury thermometer never goes up higher than 2/3 of the way, so I'm guessing the fan blade is not the issue. I will take it out tomorrow and check with a digital thermometer and give you an exact temp reading. I can't add much to what's been said except that I agree it could be timing and/or lead. From what I've researched fuels in the '20s did not have lead in them. Also, because fuels of the day probably were not manufactured as carefully as today, some people did put in lead additives to raise the octane level to stop pinging. I have not had the manifolds off so I can't speak to the issue of seals. Best wishes on your issue.
  18. I don't mind progress, it's the change I hate.
  19. I tend to disagree about the lack of common or good sense. People did stupid things "way back when" and if you survived, when you got home you dad would slap you upside the head (or worse) and tell you not to be so dang stupid next time. Today we have so many social media outlets letting stupid people share their antics with a wide range of other stupid people willing to emulate them. As for the gas pump handle, it most likely is photoshopped, but it's amazing (sad?) how many warning labels are on things. My wife and I taught school, and I kid you not, the electric pencil sharpener had a manufacturer's label that said, "Do not insert finger." Remember recently when Clorox had to issue an announcement NOT to drink its bleach after the president suggested that because bleach killed the COVID virus that maybe somehow getting bleach inside us could cure COVID? (This is not meant as a political statement, only a reference to support my point.) Also, the labels are there to mitigate liability. We always see when somebody does something stupid and gets hurt, there's an army of lawyers waiting to make them and their family independently wealthy (less their 40%).
  20. My personal thoughts are I agree with the wind tunnel crowd. Every little doo-dad added that didn't affect functionality, added drag, expense to manufacture, or expense to replace (think insurance companies and accidents) were considered unnecessary. While I can't dismiss those on the EPA regs or customer-demand side, I don't think people consciously decided not to buy a car because it did/did not have chrome/fins/whatever. I mean do people decide not to buy a car because it does/doesn't have 8 zillion cup holders?
  21. Getting back to the original post of not feeling any connection to modern cars, I fully agree. I believe it is in large part because we don't/can't work on them ourselves anymore. In (many?) years past, we changed our own oil, tuned the engine, added headers, changed carbs, put on fancy wheels, etc., etc., etc. Today, because of sensors, emission controls, and computers that won't recognize some aftermarket parts we don't do anything with our cars. Heck, we can't even check trans fluid levels because there's no dipstick! It is only getting worse. Our newer cars tell us if the tire pressure is low, if we're speeding, low on oil/gas, drifting out of our lane, adaptive cruise control keeps the right distance between cars, our cars can begin accelerating in stop-and-go traffic when the car ahead moves forward, and they stop if needed when we aren't paying attention. We are no longer drivers. We are passengers in our "appliances" that take us from point A to point B. Because of this we have no personal connection to our cars. That's why we love our classic and antique cars. They need us.
  22. What do I like about the Forum? Where do I start? I am pretty new to the Forum and I had some questions/concerns about my first antique car I'd acquired a few years back. Though, I'm sure my ignorance was out there for all to see, not one person who responded said anything derogatory or 'snotty' to me. The responses were informative and well-written. I greatly and humbly appreciate the time they took to respond. In just the few months I've been on here I have learned more than I could have imagined. The posts I've read not related to my questions are amazingly informative! From personal experience, the thing that concerns me is that it seems many members are of advancing age and it seems like such a crime if their knowledge is not somehow passed on to others before it's too late. As for 'zombie posts,' I can understand the concern about things for sale, but certainly if a question or concern has more information available to update a post, why not bring it back?
  23. Saw a cop who'd caught a young couple being overly amorous in the cemetery the other night. The cop asked if they'd not seen the sign that said "No entry after dark" to which the young man replied, "No, sir, we just saw the sign that said 'Get lots while you're young.'"
  24. I agree with 28 Chrysler. If not for an insulated cooler door, then some kind of very thick door. The hexagonal rod would allow it to slide through the door and fit some type of interior mechanism, while the nut on the other end could fit an interior handle.
  25. I'm a little late reading/replying to this thread, but I have two comments: First, I have a 1925 Chrysler 4. The first thingg people say is how great it looks, and then ask' "What is it?" "It's a car," I reply matter-of-factly. After a second or two of their confused look, I tell them what it is. Second, padgett: I almost know what you mean. I live in SoCal and summers get really hot here. I once parked my Harley and started to walk away when I suddenly noticed it was slowly leaning more and more. Turns out the heat had softened the asphalt so much that the kickstand was sinking into the roadbed. Fortunately I caught it just in time! Now in the summer I carry one of those little pads that distribute the weight to prevent that from happening again.
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