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Everything posted by alsancle

  1. Hey Ed, You know this one?
  2. So I was lucky enough to spend a beautiful New England Saturday (76 degrees, low humidity) driving my mom's Jag. You get that combination, Saturday, Temp, Humidity, probably 12 times a year. This was a mother's day present back in 1972 from my dad. He had a choice between 200 dollars for this 55 MC or 700 dollars for a 49 120 Aluminum. Wrong choice, but that's the way the ball bounces. Full restoration in the early 70s came to about 3k. I still remember laying in bed on a Tuesday night as an eight year old listening to my dad and his mechanic buddy when they got the engine to fire the first time. Nothing sounds like a DOHC Jag straight 6. Its a big boy engine. This is an interesting thread, (thanks Orin!). I've always had a strange fascination with the Kaiser Darrin. If Dutch didn't cute with the nose, it would get my vote for one of the best looking cars of the 50s. I also wish they beefed the hurricane engine a bit. Maybe a blower, or twin carbs. Just to give the illusion of it being a real sports car.
  3. An EX32 with the 1 3/8 venturi is made of unobtainium. Although, I happen to know a close relative that is bringing a completely restored one to Hershey this fall. If Curt is watching he will tell us the going rate, but I want to say it is around 4k. As for project cars, I will NEVER fall for it again. I want to be the guy buying someone else's boondoggle for 50 cents on the dollar, not the guy selling at 1/2 of what I have in the car.
  4. Agreed. I love Corvette's but didn't 't really consider them a "sports car" until you could get the V8 with a stick.
  5. You should compare the 54 Vette with the XK140 which came out in late 54. Which was available in MC form (i.e the "C" head) and 200 HP. Honestly, there is no comparison between the Jag and the other three in performance. They are all attractive two seat cars, but only one can haul ass.
  6. Jag won Le Mans in basically a XK120 in 1951. You can't even consider the idea of racing any of the other three. By the end of the 1950s the Vette had some pop, but this discussion is about 1954.
  7. As someone who as spent a lot of quality time growing up with a XK140MC (my mom's daily driver for 20 years) you can't compare that car with the other three. They are neat and would be happy to own any of them, but they are slugs compared to the Jag.
  8. In the movie "Devil to Pay" 1930.
  9. Im thinking AL Minerva. And agreed on Murphy body.
  10. Nice find Mark. I've asked to have it blasted it out to the Stutz club email distribution.
  11. We have been running original front drive shafts and knuckles for 50 years with no problem (2 trips from Boston to Reunion and back). You just need to keep a lot of grease in the boots. So with that said, finding a decent used set could work fine. I don't think I've seen any of the Richardson conversions for sale in a while.
  12. Between 0 and 50 mph you are 100% right. Plus you stole that line from someone.
  13. If you remove the running boards, you will probably need to reinforce the fenders or they will be distorting all over the place at anything over 50 mph. You would be surprised at the power of wind. It is a pretty cool car as is. Personal mods that are reversible are probably ok, but be careful how far you go. Typically, personalization doesn't appeal to every buyer the same way.
  14. Buy an original if you can, the reproductions, at least the first ones, did not have the right plenum structure and it was hard to get the car to run right.
  15. Wondering where this thing went and if it was ever made to drive again? Built int the 30s and using a Stanley engine. I think it sold about 10 years ago?
  16. There are a few of them around but not a lot. Do a google search and you will find pictures.
  17. Hemmings did a very solid write up on this which explains quite a bit. No wonder that car has always been so confusing.
  18. That super eight engine is really nice. You can cruise along at 75 in overdrive all day long. That would make a perfect caravan car. I should buy it just so I have a place to store my Packard tachometer.
  19. Bob, log out and then log back in. There is a daily limit, but it seems to be tied to the login. Lets just be happy the dump banner is gone! As for the Stutz speedster ride, fortunately you look like you are in good health, because this seems like it is going to take a while.
  20. Unfortunately prices have gone up some costs (like houses and cars) are not proportional. My simple minded math says my dad bought his house for 1/2 of his gross income in 1955. These days that number is 2-5x gross for most people's combined income. On the other hand, a state of the art TV was probably 20% of his gross, and these days it might be more like 2%.
  21. What is driving me crazy is that at least 50% of the time that a signal is required, it doesn't happen. Seems to have become optional these days. Btw, while we are ranting, texting and driving is worse than driving drunk.
  22. I like the Davis more than the Tucker. Restorer32 here on the forum owned one. If I recall he couldn’t give it away.