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Dave@Moon

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  1. Thanks! I was getting conflicting information from suppliers and other sources. It'll be some time before we're looking into a switch but I needed to get the harness started asap..
  2. I am putting together a wiring harness for a customer's 1929 Packard 640 roadster project. The car came in with Pilot Ray lamps, but the original wiring harness was so cobbled as to be useless in trying to trace what was originally there. Can someone please tell me how these lights were normally wired in when installed at the dealer? Did they have a separate switch, or were they wired to the cowl lights and/or headlamps? Thanks!
  3. I found this mistitled listing in the Desert Valley Auto Parts web site: http://www.dvap.com/salvage/1972-sunbeam-72su1672d/ It's of course not a "1972 Sunbeam", and likely hasn't been noticed by many.
  4. ...and if we had a hobby with the foresight and guts to point out that that is what we do anyway, and that it wouldn't put a noticeable dent in tax revenue if our cars used the stuff.... But I guess that's too much for some to imagine. BTW, e10 isn't going anywhere for a long while, but it is going. Don't expect 20 years from now to be routinely buying the same stuff at the pump you buy today. In the mean time your daily drivers are safe, and will be antiques themselves before they are not. Also if anyone thinks this is being done as an economic decision in any sense they simply aren'
  5. It isn't working. Read my old posts if you really care why. None of the science has or will change, but you can call it politics if want, or have to.
  6. You guys are still tilting at this windmill? Constantly pining about how fuels aren't staying antique for our cars isn't helping anyone, and conveniently ignoring that corn is an interim feedstock to make biofuels only emphasizes the emptiness of the arguments. A year and a half ago, the last time I weighed in on this silly debate, there were 2 pilot cellulosic ethanol plants tentatively operating in the U.S., and DuPont had just abandoned the paint market to pursue biofuels. There are now 16 operating plants in the U.S. making ethanol that never saw a corn kernel. Does anyone really th
  7. I am a purest when it comes to my antiques. I prefer them to modifications which IMHO detract from the historic nature of the object in question. An antique car isn't a functional machine, or at least it shouldn't be. Neither should it be an expression of one's personality, or a homebuilt speed machine. Not that there's anything wrong with any of those things, just don't call them "antique" or "vintage". They're not any more. Beyond that the only offense I take from such machines is when they are made from truly rare and irreplaceable pieces of history (either whole/restored cars or ext
  8. I had a friend in high school who's father owned a (gold, 4-door sedan) 1971 Plymouth Fury I with a 3-speed on the column and a 318 V8. It was available that way for only 1/2 the model year. Supposedly he bought it off of the lot that way. I believe that was last full-size Mopar so equipped, with none made after 1971 (not 1973).
  9. That two-tone pattern is definitive for a 1955 Nash as well.
  10. At least at the Federal level, tax incentives for hybrid and alternative fuels cars are history. There hasn't been any for any car since 12/31/10. http://www.hybridcars.com/federal-incentives/
  11. Ditto here. And remember, however bad Lucas may be they managed to drive their competition (i.e. Clear Hooters) out of business.
  12. You have to wonder how much gasoline the station with the exhorbitant price of 12.9 cents/gal. was selling when the other 2 stations with curb signs were both 9.9 cents. Love the Packard dealer's showroom and used car lot at 3 min./14 sec.!!:cool:
  13. 1935 Hudson, based on the hood louvers. 1934's were completely different, and could be told even from this angle. (Posted at the same time as Dave.)
  14. Usually finding cars from movies is easy, you just look the movie up on imdb.com's car database ( IMCDb.org - Internet Movie Cars Database ). However that movie has not yet made the cut to be profiled on that site. The description sounds very much like a 1936 Hudson. Is this the car? (click on the image for a larger picture)
  15. IMHO both engines are the best things ever made (that didn't fly) with Saab's name on them. They might be apples and oranges, but they were both excellent powerplants.
  16. It's a long, strange trip. Here's a really good timeline os Saab history up to 2009: Saab: An historical timeline - 1 - *Automotive Resources - Autos - MSN CA The beginning of the end came in 1990 when GM bought 50% of Saab. The big downhill came in 2000 when they bought the other 50%. By 2009 the brand wasn't worth spit any more, having been diluted by GM cars & an SUV and even the 9-2x made by Subaru (and barely any different from the Imprezza). In January 2010, literally days from GM dropping Saab as a brand, the Dutch supercar company Spyker bought the division from GM and attmpte
  17. As of last month there is now an official source for Saab parts, such as they may be. Saab USA Parts ( Saab USA Parts.com ) has acquired "official" status from what's left of Saab Cars North America, and is distributing parts online from their remaining inventory as well as Saab USA's own stocks. Service, on the other hand, is a concern. It seems that there is no online presence of the former Saab any more, meaning no manuals/procedures/uplinks/etc. for working on the cars. GM is handling service and warranty work for all cars purchased before Feb. 2010, but anything newer than that (or p
  18. I think that, while all Saabs are interesting and even great cars, even the best of them are somewhat undervalued today relative to their rarity/quality/importance/etc. They were the near equivalent of the best of Germany at the time, and few if any approach the collectibility of similar BMWs and Mercedes. The GM-era Saabs have an added challenge to them, as they reek of the same kind of "stigma" as the 1950s "Packardbakers" and "Hashs" had. Those cars were held back in value and collectibility because they was neither fish nor fowl, and all of the recent Saabs suffer similar image issues.
  19. How about long winded names, but without a single word? Mazda RX7 GSL SE -- 11 syllables, no meaning!
  20. Yes, that's understandable. However try and picture a Mercedes Princess, BMW Princess, Imperial Princess, Packard Princess, or a Tatra Princess...all makes contemporary and competitive with the high-end Austin. "Princess" may be upper class, but it implies both an effeminate and subservient nature. They were great cars, but I do think the name helped to hold them back in many markets, especially here. This is an important point. The Japanese companies, that succeeded here to an embarrassing degree, recognized this kind of problem in the U.S. market before ever selling car 1 while not even
  21. BTW, here's a one-year only name that should make the list of great ones; it's just too bad it didn't stick around long enough to make a better impression: Rambler Typhoon.
  22. I am a devoted British car fan, especially Triumphs of which I currently own 2 TR6s. However Austin Princess has to be the worst name in history for a car. Not only is excessively effeminate, but it really isn't appropriate for the kind of car it is. When I hear "Princess", I picture a gutless pink Mustang-like car with too many accessories, not this: or this:
  23. I was just about to. Unlike almost every name on an "import" car today, Pruis is an actual word that actually means something significant to the car. Try and find a new car name in the last 30 years that can say that! Other names that were great, but often don't get their due (sometimes because of the cars they were attached to): Dodge Conquest, Standard Vanguard, Dodge Lancer, AMC Javelin, Studebaker Hawk, Chrysler Newport, Mercury Cougar, Pontiac Catalina, Imperial, Triumph, Bentley Continental, Lotus Elan, Lamborghini Countach, Opel Manta, Stutz Bearcat. All time greatest name ever: Ford
  24. The 2012 Cincinnati British Car Day show is on July 15, 2012. http://bccgc.com/PDF/RegistrationForm.pdf
  25. 1946-1948 Monarch (Canadian) 1948 Monarch 4 door | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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