DeSoto Frank

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  1. This might explain things a little more... Allstate: 1926-1995 (Sears' divestment)
  2. I bought a set of four Sears Allstate WWW, 8.00 x 15, for my '48 New Yorker in 1988. Picked them up from the Sears store in Glen Burnie, MD. They were wrapped in the clear plastic spiral wrap, so they couldn't have been on the shelf too long...
  3. The "Steam tractor / buggy" looks like it's cobbled from early Model T parts (steering geer, front wheels, tranny pedal...)
  4. "Do it! I buy the old cars and drive them everyday! " Might be a little easier to do this in "sunny California"... We have a lot more weather-related issues east of the Rockies... Road salt & brine treatments eat-up a car REALLY quickly.
  5. Rear deck profile looks too high and curved for a T ? How about the inside door release and stirke on the "B"-pillar ? Can anybody ID those ? My guess is Dodge Bros. ?
  6. "The extra computer I have for it is worth a few hundred dollars, no joke!" Perhaps, if you need one in a hurry... but you already HAVE one... you just have to find the guy or gal who needs one... Peddle the extra parts on eBay... that's where you're most likely to get top-dollar for them. They're not going to significantly add to the resale value of your Seville... Joe P. offers some tough, but valid advice.... That said, "negotiating" is one thing, the bozo with the new Cadillac (Jay Leno's "buddy") a few pages back was just being a flaming _____... egotist.
  7. Calorimeter ? Are you planning on running your own octane tests on gasolines ? Got any pics ?
  8. 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 ?)
  9. 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. Surprised they didn't go with a tandem axle in the back for more load capacity. I'll bet it took a real "gorilla" to drive this rig ! On the hook is a 1934-'37 International C-series truck, probably a C-35. Way in the background is a '33 Plymouth. To the right of Big Bertha, the other wrecker appears to be equipped with a Manley Wrecking Crane (hand-cranked), made in York, PA. Used to have one myself. Looks like this caravan is parked at home-base, waiting for orders. Neat photo ! Up this way (Scranton, PA), on route US 6, in Dickson City, there is Johnson's Towing, who have (had) a HUGE Autocar wrecker, with TWO steering axles up front (tandem, just like rear axles). They also have a wrecker built on a ex GI 6x6.
  10. Fourth photo down, the plump gentleman in the rear seat is Gottlieb Daimler*; I believe the lad at the controls is his son. (* as in "Daimler-Benz" )
  11. With the 5 lb max on the oil-pressure gauge, I would bet on it being from a Hudson product.
  12. T-head, In his memior "The Birth of Chrysler Corporation, and its Engineering Legacy", Carl Breer talks about his early days (pre-1920) at Chalmers and then Studebaker, and I believe he spends a few paragraphs on vibration / crank problems with the Studebaker Big Six... if I remember correctly , this issue was related to "torsional vibration" (nowadays eliminated by the "harmonic blanacer"?). Regards, De Soto Frank
  13. Car in uper right photo looks like a '25 Chevy Coach ? Car in bottom two photos apears to be same car - 1929-'30 ? Upper left photo - car on left might be same Chevy coach or Ford Tudor ?
  14. Thanks for the additional resources, West. When I meant a "two=plate" state, I meant each vehicle having two license plates, one up front and one on the rear. During my lifetime, PA vehicles are issued only one plate, and it goes on the rear. But I have pair of matching 1941 Penna plates for my De Soto, so apparently, there was a period when PA vehicles carried two tags. Will check out ALPCA...
  15. This is photo is truly a sad scene. The tractor in the extreme left background is a "Styled" 2-cylinder John Deere, and it looks like it's chained to the Duesenberg, to drag it onto the scale. Judging by the absence of tires, I'm guessing this J was doing its bit for the war effort, having been turned-in for scrap.
  16. Pretty true... I let out a guffaw over the "reality fairy"....
  17. Wes, Sounds like "Mr. New Cadillac" is a wind-bag, looking for a "quick flip". If you've got the time and are not pressed for space, sit back and wait. If you're in a hurry to dump the car, then you're at the mercy of the marketplace... (which stinks right now... it's a buyer's market. Few people have "mad money".) Unfortunately, there are lots of "tire-kickers" out there; some are nice folks, some are bozos (see comment at top)... I have to admit to being a "recovering" tire-kicker myself... And I've had to let some darned good vehicles go for less than they were "worth"... most went to "good homes" though... If you get a "bozo" on your doorstep, be firm on your price, and don't be shy about politely, but firmly letting them know "you have to go" if you feel they've taken enough of your time and are geting the sense that no deal is going to be made. If they're serious, they'll talk turkey if not, they'll go away. I have found it useful to let the vehicle speak for itself, be honest about what I have invested in it, and what I need to get out of it. Doesn't always get me my price, but it makes it easier to decline low-ball offers. I'm happy to take their name & number "and get back to them"... Don't get worked-up if a buyer starts handing you a laundry list of "what's wrong with it"... you already know that. Hang in there...
  18. Am going to be looking for some Pennsylvania Year-of -manufacture license plates for my 1928 Ford. Have seen several varieties on eBay... Couple of matched sets (pairs), some with six numbers separated by a hyphen eg: 000-000, and others with a letter, followed by some numbers, eg: A 00-000. So, my basic questions are: 1) Was Pennsylvania a two-plate state in'28 ? 2) Correct alpha-numeric sequence for a civilian passenger car ? Thanks !
  19. Well, it has an Elgin clock, so that would make me think is from an American car...
  20. Looks like the "Davis" logo on the spare tire cover, right at "12 o'clock"... ( Have to click on photo and enlarge to largest view) Not many cars of that era had four-lug hubs... Ajax Six and Moon are the others that come to mind.
  21. I believe Lawn-Boy used needle-bearings on their mains "forever"... at least on their 2-stroke engines.
  22. Wild guess - Chevrolet "Baby Grand" ( circa 1916 ) ?