edinmass

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  1. First, you need to post some photos....they made Packard V-12 Limos from 1932 to 1939.......and they built a bunch of them, YES a BUNCH of them. Year, series, upholstery photos front and rear, accessories and modifications are all clues to the cars past. There are experts who will do an extensive history on the car.........post in the CCCA, Packard Club, ect. Shouldn't be too difficult to get history back to the 50's or 60's, earlier than that can be difficult.
  2. Of the more than one dozen cars in the building I am in, all but three are 98 points or higher.........ALL of them are registered, running, and ready to drive at any time.........and ALL of them but one has been down Interstate 95 in the last 8 weeks............we drive ALL of them, ALL the time......otherwise we should be collecting rocks............
  3. Just drive it.........keep some extra paint on hand. It’s a car..........the plastic looks ridiculous. Yes......I put my money where my mouth is, my 99.25 point Pierce Arrow V-12 has 22k miles on it.................as my motto in my signature area says.......drive it like you stole it. Trust me........just drive and enjoy the car. That’s almost fifty years in the hobby speaking. 👍
  4. Remember the largest danger is cracked rings from the chroming process. They get hydrogen embrittlement and crack and fail under the chrome........as an example....here is a NEW rim, ring, spokes, and hub........and a failure. The tow truck driver kept sticking his face near the tire to tie the car down......I had to cuss him out three times to get it through his head that the wheel was a lit bomb ready to explode. You can't fix stupid.
  5. Morro Bay is fantastic....as is Pismo Beach........I'll be in Morro in two weeks for the ACD West Coast tour........only have one day to visit, as the San Marino Classic is the same weekend, and we will have a car on display.
  6. Anybody traveling to Mexico today hast to have their head examined. The Caribbean and Mexico are no longer safe. Read the state department travel guidelines. There’s a drug war going on and a lot of people are getting caught in the crossfire. I agree on the drive up the coast along the Pacific Highway. It’s a great country and endless opportunities to see great things here.
  7. San Francisco was my favorite city on the west coast for years, during a visit last year, I can confirm it’s a messy trash heap and a public sewer. Don’t bother...........wait till it cleans up. Even the moon bats are getting tired of it. Nothing like seeing thousands of homeless shooting up in public. Is a very sad situation for the City by the Bay. PS - There is an APP for your phone showing the human waste on the sidewalks and parking lots in real time so you don't step in it, Bombay and Calcutta were cleaner.......and more pleasant.
  8. Sorry, just saw this, have an easy process that works 100 percent of the time.
  9. The car I really don’t remember too much............the young lady and the police officer coming down the new subdivision road while parked behind a storage tractor trailer in a rather exposed position.........I remember well. Interestingly, after almost 34 years, I bumped into her again in a restaurant bar..............with my current lady of 20 years..........I had told her about the situation years ago........and she had a big smile on her face when she figured out it was the “girl from the story”. It was an interesting evening!
  10. 1884 Pontiac Firebird with T Tops..............sure was an interesting car.......I then switched over to a Chevy van! 👍 MUCH BETTER!
  11. That’s a very reasonable price........remember there are several generations of them, and YES they mad 6 & 12 volt units. Ed
  12. Call Libby’s Classic Car Restoration, in Shrewsbury Mass, as for Christine, she can give you a price for the shop owner to take a look. It’s worth EVERY penny you spend checking a car out BEFORE you buy it, good move. Tell them Ed Minnie told you to call them. Good people, 40 years in the business.
  13. Looks very well done......color is a bit off for my taste......close, but off. Lots of work and effort went into it. Bet it is a great driver.
  14. It means the seller still has no clue of what he is doing............I think the entire pile for almost any price is too much.........think about it. What’s it gonna cost to move that scrap iron pile?
  15. There is a sight that will probably never occur again.......very cool...........I mean Cole.
  16. Is the interest in pre war car’s declining? No. Is the market and the demographics changing? Yes, Yes, Yes. That being said, I have recently seen a pre war car bring a world record price.......and smack it down........ the issue is very, very, very simple. Supply and demand. If there is no demand, the supply of one car will crash the market. You can hold the car a day, a week, a month, or a year......even a decade. Simple fact is we very often love and cherish our cars......many others don’t. .....recently I listed my main residence for sale.......in dealing with the realtor, he said something that was profound.............he told me he is trying to sell my house, and I’m trying to sell a home. Two distinct and substantially different views of a tangible object. It is irrelevant what I place for a value on my home.......the buyer is looking for a house. We will meet somewhere........hopefully in the higher end of the spectrum. Fact is, I no longer need the home.......and the holding costs are well over 3200 dollars per month. So, do I sit on it for a year or two, and try and get every last dollar out of it........for the asset that now has almost zero value to me, or do I unload it in 60 days or less.......and move on. Simple mathematics that in the end can shake one to their core............ It’s got to go, I no longer want or need it. My selling price? In the end it doesn’t really matter, at about 40k per year holding cost, plus the pressure of carrying it for no reason, a 80k price cut is better than sitting on it for two years hoping to get the extra 100k. I’ll sell it at market and forget about it........it will only take me ten or fifteen years to accept it. The hard truth is ANY tangible asset is only worth what you can get for it in the very short term.............I’m not going to like it, and I may never get over it..........but how many working people today can float a 4500 or 5500 dollar a month mortage and household budget? Less than one percent. I just need the next idiot in line.......to relieve me of my burden........I can assure you, I will NOT let him get away when I find him. The world is changing in ways us fifty, sixty, and seventy year olds find hard to understand and impossible to predict. To each his own, as for me........it’s time to get out. At what cost? I have no idea, but since I can’t change it, I’ll swallow hard and learn to live with it. It’s time to turn the page. And look forward to what is next in the time that is left. Shrouds don’t have pockets. Best of luck on the sale.........I think ALL of us are going to need it unless we are in the top 1/2 of one percent of the market. Best, Ed.
  17. Last year, a good friend was fixing a flat on a 650-19 snap ring rim from 1929. He was not paying attention and the wheel let go with the ring flying up and hitting the ceiling. I asked him about the nice new garage door he installed in the shop four or five days earlier. He said “what about it”. I then showed him the big hole punched through the new door............problem with the snap rings is you can’t let your guard down, take any chances, and must respect them and the danger they pose. There like a loaded gun........handled properly, they are fine, handled with carelessness........they are an IED ready to go off. I could post a bunch of pointers on how to change them, but with the danger involved I just won’t do it. Recently someone about two hours away from me here in Florida posted looking for a shop to do just one.......I offered to do it for free if he drove the wheel to me. He ended up finding someone local to do it. Take your time, find a guy who has done them before.
  18. A local car restoration shop can do them, they will probably will not be nicked up or scratched as bad, and they should be comfortable doing them. They can be very dangerous if you don't have any brains..........with experience, and I probably have done more than 100........they are not difficult, just work.
  19. Sailun Brand trailer tires......16 inch. Best trailer tire in the world.
  20. Those goats are good eating.............you city farmers seem to think they are pets. Don’t wait too long or you’ll have to cook him for hours as the older they get, the tougher they get.......then they become “stew only”.
  21. My favorite rig I have ever owned..........fantastic unit...........34 foot tag triple 21K with 13k capacity. Stops fantastic, and the spread axle set up is a must.
  22. This is one set up........50 foot trailer.....
  23. Wow......body work with "no body work" just welding and dressing the seams.......thats about then thousand light years ahead of my abilities. Coach building with no fillers is a truly amazing feat...........craftsmanship beyond anything I have seen in years. Great job.......