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  1. I commented based on the 1931 year as originally posted. Anything Earl built would NOT be considered "normal production" as well as the Fisher Brothers. There was one V-12 One Off Fleetwood Town Car with a Madam X body on it, as I was in my garage for five years. Originally built for a 16 chassis, and placed on a 31 V-12 at the end of the year, best guess was they were just using up all the left over stuff before the new 32 chassis came out and they couldn't be used or sold. Interestingly, there was paperwork that they cast three of the special windshields for this car, and apparently two somehow made it onto cars, the last remained in inventory. Like most high end cars, you have your normal production stuff, the special one off custom order, the semi custom batch orders, and then the "end of year get the junk out of the building before we can't sell it or use it" cars. There was a lot of the end of year get it gone stuff done.
  2. A Madam X would be a V-16, not a series 355A sedan. Go back and look to see if it has tool boxes in the splash pans, then it’s a 1930 if it’s an eight. If it has a single round light on the pan, it’s a V-12. Either way, if it’s not a 16, he paid too much.
  3. You can actually remove the E10 with a filter by passing it through a series of filters. Problem is the danger of transferring fuel, and then getting rid of the alcohol. It’s probably the future for people who run small engines. The landscaping companies will either to upgrade to different equipment, or have their own way to remove the E10.
  4. VP fuels makes great gas........about twenty different blends. For a steamer, I expect one could justify ordering a 55 gallon drum to use exclusively. VP fuel, C-9 has a shelf life of six years............
  5. Modern fuel has lots of stuff in it compared to the 70’s and earlier. Blending stocks, oxygenated additives, injector cleaners, E10......fuel density, heat content, boiling point.........the list is almost endless. In THEORY the E10 should be fine, but in fact it is not. Hot soak, fuel boil under hood, float height, hot start and idle circuits are all affected. There is no simple cure to adjust for E10 and everything else in it. Every car I own and service gets the same treatment that Trimacar got on his..........makes a huge difference. Sadly, 99 percent of the cars aren’t serviced for the new fuel.
  6. The Franklin Trec attendees would be your best bet. Attending the meet would probably give you several options. Not everyone who has cars available are on line. Franklin guys tend to be a different type of owner and collector. You need to get inside the circle.
  7. Transport costs are becoming very, very expensive. Parts cars that are not in your “back yard” become unobtainable due to shipping costs. The last two parts cars we purchased, we politely explained to the people the cars value to us in OUR yard, not theirs. And made an offer accordingly. It worked out over time........but many people still think the old junk in the garage/barn is priceless. Often times today, the fact is, no one will offer anything for it. The parts market has shifted as much as the car market. Many reproduction parts that were available for years are “out of stock” until they get enough orders.....which will probably never happen. Project cars are now parts cars, and so are most of the barn find units. Let’s face it, if you actually do want a project, why not start with a running and driving car.........at least that way it’s complete and you have an idea with what you are dealing with mechanically. As far as moving a car 2000 miles, I would post here in several of the most popular forums, and you may just get lucky to find a haul back for a reasonable price. Fuel, tolls, maintenance, hotels, restaurants,...........it’s staggering the cost of hauling things today. Add in a strong economy and then your going to find unless you can pay the “market rate” for moving it, it’s going to be quite a chore to find someone to do it who is safe, reliable, and affordable. Good luck with the move.......Ed PS- Be sure it has four tires holding air and the wheels are not locked up. Non running cars are often a deal breaker for many people to haul.
  8. There is a lot more changing in the hobby than just the age of the current active people. Do the math...........if the time you spent on your computer/tablet/smart phone was spent in you garage working on your car........It would be finished by now. Disposable income and TIME are the most limiting factors in the hobby today........and time is what’s is really effecting it the most.
  9. What we need is to kill the government subsidies on ethanol.......its a waste of time, money, and resources. Welfare for farmers......who today are mostly huge corporate companies. It’s billions of dollars involved........and the people cashing in don’t want the gravey train to stop.......
  10. Thursday lineup in front of the Gooding tent is free and open to the public. I never said going into the tent.........for that you need a bidders pass.
  11. No, two different cars........just photos that were easy to locate on my hard drive......both found in barns......real barns. You can see the barn is falling apart and has been condemned in the sedan photos, that’s why we got the call on the car. The Coupe was parked in 1954 in a barn northwest of Richmond. The Coupe was saved........we serviced it and put on some thirty year old used tires..........got it running great, and sold it at Hershey all within three months. Really didn’t make that much on it, but the adventure was priceless. The hunt and the kill.........AKA finding it and buying it...........nothing better. I have a bunch more of these that I would like to share, but often, very often, privacy and gentleman’s agreement means I can’t share them. Sometime in the future, I will post a few stories from years gone by on MAJOR LEAGUE cars pulled out of barns, pole barns, garages, and a chicken coupe. The stories just are not quite right for telling yet...........
  12. Not in the seat next to me!😎 As crazy as this sounds, we are very occupied when on the tour...........so I really don’t pay much attention to the best roadside spots. I think your best bet is to walk the line of cars in front of the Gooding tent till 830, and then I would head to Carmel as fast as possible to get a parking spot and watch the cars come into town for lunch. That way you get the best of both worlds. The lineup in the early morning is just the owners, so you can interact with them and get great feedback. The best kept secret of pebble beach is the parking lot for the commercial trucks. I spend 75 percent of my time there. Every car and everyone worth seeing is there. Quite simply the best spot on earth if you like cars........nothing compares to the equestrian lot from Wednesday to Saturday. If you want more details pm me with your phone number. Ed
  13. I don’t claim to be wild.......just a guy with gasoline in his veins trying to have as much fun as possible before my time runs out. And as the song says.......I wish a buck was still silver, and a joint was a bad place to be...........👍
  14. It’s human nature to aspire to a toy that is one or two levels above what we should have. To expect any tangible item to increase in value forever is not realistic, especially if consumption of the product degrades its condition. It took me a long time to learn this lesson when it comes to cars........the hell with everything.....drive it and have fun. Who cares what it’s worth in the end......consume it, enjoy it, show it, drive it. None of us get out of this world alive.........I spend my money on cars, travel, lifestyle, and a bunch of other ridiculous things........I plan to die broke. Bet I have more fun than 99 percent of the entire human race.............if I succeed in doing that, I expect that I will have lived a good and full life. Every year I continue to enjoy the old car hobby, pushing the limits to the best extent that I can. I highly recommend driving a major CCCA Classic in a four wheel slide around a corner on a strange road, hell bent for insanity.........engine screaming, wheels screeching, my trusty side kick laughing and screaming that if I miss a curve we are dead......and me laughing that if it happens we will make the national news.......two axxholes having an outrageous amount of fun in a 90 year old car burning up the roads. That’s how I prefer to live.......drive it like you stole it. As I’m sitting here in a bar in Palm Beach writing this, everyone here is gaga with the actress across the bar from me with a Oscar for best actress...(I have never heard of her, or seen a movie she was in)...me........I’m hitting on the twenty year old waitress and asking her if she wants to go for a ride..........and offering her a spin in a car if we have time. I would have never recognized the actress if she wasn’t pointed out to me. Have fun, enjoy life, the years go by faster than the speed of light. We have one chance to live life.........have fun, do good, be kind, make the world a better place.........and have a hell of a lot of fun before you take a dirt nap. It works for me.....
  15. Or Castroville........the artichoke capital of the world.
  16. Evapo rust will NOT touch brass, bronze, or any non ferrous metal. Gasket and leather seal as well as felt seal safe. It will remove all the rust, holding it in suspension. Just be sure to let it work, and flush it well. Most of the gears are case hardened. It will be fine, as long as there isn’t too much pitting.
  17. The ring failed while on tour.......no pot hole or impact. All six wheels, hubs, spokes, snap rings, tires and tubes were new with less than 200 miles on them. No one has mentioned how to safely deal with this situation. Very simple. Place a floor jack under the rear end, and from a safe angle, use an ice pick to deflate the tire. Fact is the cost of the tire, tube snap ring, and wheel are meaningless. It’s possible the ring or the rim could have had manufacturing issues. Thus, the only safe option is to remove the pressure and the hell with what it costs, even if it ruins a tire and tube. The rings are safe IF you know what you are doing, and have the correct equipment. 99 percent of the people don’t have enough experience with these things.........and that is a deadly mistake. I have a routine to work on snap ring wheels.......and NEVER vary it. I usually do them late at night....no phone calls, no visitors, no distraction......no radio......nothing. Now in my 50’s three of these an evening is my limit. Your always banged up, bruised, bleeding and a sweaty mess when finished. It’s a dirty and physical job.......not so much the ring as the tire and tube........after changing I leave the tire in the sun for a day to be sure it relaxes and is in its final position, and it also allows for small slow leaks. I NEVER reuse any tube ever, never. No patching either. My car, my time, and my life aren’t worth the aggravation. Chrome snap rings on chrome wheels are easy, the painted rims are always a royalpain in the axx.
  18. We were in the hills of the White Mountains in Nh. No adiquate tools, and also....it was a one off Model J, so taking any unnecessary risk wasn't going to be an option.
  19. Hello. Nice car...........forum rules state that you must list price and location. Good luck with the sale.
  20. The sea lions are great..........I remember when there were only a few to be seen.......now the entire beach is covered with them. Don’t forget to stand up wind!
  21. Acapulco is a slaughter house.....so too Puerto Vallarta...........so is Mexico City..........it's sad to say, but the country is now a toilet. Would you like the name of an American who's wife was kidnapped and murdered for ransom? I see him several times a year at car shows.............maybe a trip to Egypt or Damascus...........I don't like lead in my diet....or my body..........I'll pass on them now.........Been there, done that. I was in Honduras for the riots.......that wasn't much fun...........especially for us gringos. As far as American city more dangerous than Mexico..............not even close.......they murder Mexican police by the hundreds.......
  22. My last two barn finds...........yes....from real barns....... 2 different cars a 29 Coupe, and a 30 Sedan. PA of course.......I have found much better finds.........but these are the two that I will admit to right now.....
  23. If you go to the Nethercutt.........make reservations well ahead for the tour.......and right down the road is..... The Huntington Museum. It's the best museum in the Western Hemisphere..........and there are no cars............
  24. I have been watching the Tesla saga slowly unfold. I think they make a great product. I think they were five to ten years too early, and forced themselves upon the market. I expect them to go bankrupt in the next 18-24 months. They will emerge, and then, IF all the debt goes away, they will thrive and outperform the other car companies. If they come out of the bankruptcy still buried with debt, they will linger for a few years and go the way of the Dodo. You simply CAN NOT service that amount of debt and keep digging a hole like they are doing. Two more major companies that will probably no make it, and may or may not survive? Uber and Lyft, and I use them both. Their debt is out of control, and their business model is NOT sustainable. Long before the three companies tank, the big boys will have bailed out........and any institutional investments with overpaid administrative managers will also swallow the bait and take a huge hit. Too many people have way too much unrealistic expectations on return on investment today...........as one man from the government regulation department once told me, “Pigs eat, and hogs get slaughtered.”
  25. Flush it with with kerosene, spin it around for a while with an electric motor with the thing filled with the kerosene, then power wash it out as good as you can. Fill with evapo rust, place it on a hot plate on low for a long time turning it every so often.......let it sit for a week or longer with the evapo rust and the low heat......be sure you can't get any fires going.....keep it safe. After the evapo rust treatment, rinse it a few times with clean water, then back to the kerosene. Be sure to get ALL the water out of it. Then you can eyeball it, as it doesn't look like a lost cause, you can probably fill it with gear oil and run it with a bit of luck. It would be best to take it apart........but the above method is fine to inspect it. It will probably be ok.