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  1. ...once you get rid of the dangerous rubber fuel hose and plastic filter and hard-plumb the thing properly.....
  2. Has (apparently) a Series 81 (1928 only) aluminum cylinder head, intake manifold, and Stromberg O-3 carb. The O-3 is desirable for a tour car, and the ram's horn intake is more efficient.
  3. Myopic means nearsighted (ask me how I know); do you mean hygroscopic, like brake fluid?
  4. What does the vacuum gauge read? Could be a vacuum leak from intake manifold or vac side of fuel pump. Continuing a previous suggestion, the three balls or their channel may be worn. Try watching timing mark with timing light while rpm is raised and lowered.
  5. This actually happened to me about 20 years ago. A sister-in-law from southern Indiana (a blonde, too!) rode in my 1936 Pierce-Arrow with factory radio, whose speaker is in the header above the windshield. At the time (sadly, no longer) there was a single local AM radio which played favorites of the 1940s and pre-rock 1950s. I turned on the radio, the tubes hummed, and finally there was music--from the 1940s. SIL said, "OH! It's playing old music!" I replied, "It only receives old music, it won't play anything newer." She fully accepted that explanation. She is a sweet person, however...
  6. I agree wholeheartedly with John's comments on the tendencies of these engines to accumulate rust which is difficult to dislodge. IMHO, Job One is to do the best possible rust removal including replacing all the core plugs, followed by using coolant filters on the two entrances to the top tank of the radiator. I've tried Gano but greatly prefer stocking filters. I use the calf-high stockings used with women's slacks because the material is heavier duty. After 300 miles (or less), drain and save any coolant, remove stockings and rinse under a tap, and reinstall. Replace stockings anytime y
  7. Watch the base of an AAV26 for a control for the hand throttle which was not used after 1940. You can use an earlier base. IIRC only the 1940 base has both the hand throttle connection AND the drilled hole for vacuum advance. I *think* (please confirm) that the plain LaSalle heads 1939-40 (maybe earlier) will give the appearance desired. BUT the giveaway to 1941-48 engines is the serial number boss near the water pump, and unless you fill the serial number, that number will tell the year and model it came fro--e.g., serial begins 4862....
  8. Returning to the comments by @1912Staver and @Pfeil on (over)population, that's ONE of the reasons for California fires: In 1960 when I graduated HS, our population was just breaking 9 million; now it's about 40 million--so a 450% increase in just my adult lifetime. (1980 census showed a little over 22 million, IMHO the last time urban Calif was a really great place to live.) Just as other areas where there is only so much arable or "safe" residential areas, despite its size, Calif has almost run out of "safe" areas to lives. Fire is natural here, and the indigenous inhabitants used contro
  9. The vacuum advance was used 1940-48, with improved intake manifolding 1940-forward. If you're interested in touring rather than future judging, I'd put an AAV-26 carb on it and fix what's needed. The glass rear light is the wrong shape for 1937 but is more practical.
  10. They are not mutually exclusive, Peter, and electric vehicles seem to be part of the larger solution yet our focus in this thread seems to be the impact of future dominance of electric vehicles on the hobby. I recall that onetime member Dave@Moon was fond of saying that in the lifetimes of our younger participants, we might be returning to the practice of buying fuel in 5-gallon cans at hardware stores, just as was the practice in the first decade of the 20th century.
  11. The same *kind* of tool, and same range (0.030 to 0.070), apply to 1937-48 flathead Cadillac V8s. The Cadillac tool number was J-1055 which was finally reproduced a few years ago. It was merely a piece of bar stock with a knurled handle attached at a 90* angle. But a Cad collector / professional machinist taught me to to use two inside micrometers as "go" / "no go." Measure the length of a *collapsed* hydraulic lifter (for Cad, a hair over 3.0 inches) which becomes 'x.' One mic is set at x+0.030 and the other mic at x+0.070. Consider the 0.040 difference between the two values as the all
  12. With that unusual split front seat, perhaps for ambulance service, I'd call it a SEVEN passenger sedan (2+2+3).
  13. Outstanding post, my friend! Thank you!
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