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  1. Are any of the caps held to the distributor body with a wire bail that snaps-over the center of the cap ? If so, it is almost certainly for a Lincoln V-12 ( Zephyr, Continental )
  2. The wreck on the right might be a Model T "Landaulet" - a "Formal T" that was discontinued by WW I.
  3. Any idea where the photo of the Caddy was taken ? ( It's wearing chains, and looks to be in snow.... anybody recognize that capitol building ?)
  4. Sheesh. "Garbage wagon" is more like it, with all those lights and everything glommed on there ! Is that a DELCO lighting plant on the splash apron in front of the driver's door ? The 1940's version of "Wrecked". Okay, to get serious for a minute.... I think the tow-wagon is built on a GMC cab & chassis. ( The Budd wheels definitely look like those used by GMC in the 1930's and early '40s). The grille-guard is home-made, the headlights look like they were cabbaged off a La France fire-engine. I think it is a custom creation, perhaps built from several wreckers / car- carriers. Surprise
  5. That's a BEAUTIFUL Phaeton, Paul ! From what I recall when I was running my '48 New Yorker as my daily driver, the spotlight was indeed brighter than my headlights ( sealed-beams )... The headlights on my '28 Ford are pretty good ( when they work ! )... I would consider a period "Sport-lite"...
  6. I have recently been reading some 1920's auto advertising literature that refer to the aimable windshield-pillar mounted light as a "sportlight"... I love those "free-standing" running-board mounted spots such as Ivan mentioned... I believe I've seen a few of those on 1920's fire trucks...
  7. Bryan, I actually put one on my '48 New Yorker around 1988. It was a "vintage" Firestone spot with a 6 inch lamp. Afterwards, I regretted doing it, as I did not have a template, and put it too far up the A-pillar. It WAS handy, especially when I was travelling in unfamilar territory and needed to read street signs at night. They were a popular accessory up into the 1960's, and many car makers offered "authorized" acessory spotllights. These usually mounted to the door frame. In the mid-1950's, I believe Ford began combining the spotlight with a rear-view mirror. The fad that REALLY baffles m
  8. 1924 Cadillac 5-passenger Landau. The "bird" on the radiator is an aftermarket ornament.... My first thought was Chrysler, but the "loop" door handles and combination of oval quarter window and landau irons identify it as a Caddy. Wonder if they closed-in around the boom on the back, or just left a gaping hole in the coachwork ?
  9. Top two trucks are C-series Internationals (1934-37), the stake body is probably a C-30 or C-35; have to check into the tractor. I used to have a C-35 that once was a beverage truck belonging to the local Royal Crown distributor... neat trucks... in those years, IHC painted the frames bright red. They were also equipped with electric wiper ! :cool:
  10. I thought "nova" meant "new" in Latin... ?
  11. Dean, Beautfiul, beautiful car. I have always through that the '29 -'32 Hupps were among the nicest "Art Deco" cars. Check out the thead on the Tech Forum for brighter headlights, look for Ply 33's post. You Californians have ALL the nice cars ! Too bad that cop didn't have anything better to do... although she raised a good point about making your Hupp visible to others ! Thanks for Sharing ! De Soto Frank
  12. Sounds like a sending unit or wiring issue. Do you have any kind of shop manual that covers this car? (Both MoToR's and Chilton manuals of the period have good chapters covering dash gauges (and other "accesories"), with trouble shooting proceedure. Regarding the electric fan...unless your Fairlane now has a super-duper high-performance V-8 in it, the stock cooling system should be adequate. I wonder if the electric fans were installed to "mask" or compensate for another problem. At any rate, any car with an engine-driven fan, all forced cooling of the radiator and circulation of the coolant
  13. Reprints are available... Here's just a few suggestions... Andy Bernbaum ( www.oldmoparts.com ) Roberts MOtor PARts ( www.robertsmotorparts.com ) Both fellows usually have re-prints of the original manuals in stock; I believe they run about $30 plus shipping. I'm sure other vendors have them... Good luck !
  14. Try running it with the choke partially closed...cars will tend to pop-back through the carb when not thoroughly warm; I especially remember this with my old Chevy sixes from the '40's & '50s... ( According to my 1935-'42 MoToR's manual, your Olds should have a Carter WA-1 carb; this is very similar to the Carter W-1 that was used on Chevy from 1937 - '49...these will pop like the 4th of July if not choked when the engine is cold or cool.) Does your Olds have an automatic choke, or is there a manual choke on the dashboard? On cars that are run infrequently, often times the accelerator pum
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