edinmass

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  1. There are lots of changes going on in the hobby right now. The only certainty is the hobby will be different than how I grew up in it. No one is going to throw cars away, but the values will fluctuate with supply and demand. Also, I belong to “two” clubs that only have an email chain.........no dues, no magazine, nothing.......just a quick email that goes out with an idea.......let’s meet at a hotel in Cape Cod for three days. Several spots are chosen to visit. It’s all done on the fly. Do as you please when you arrive, drive as much or as little as you like. That’s the way some people are now enjoying the hobby. In some ways I like it, in other ways I don’t. I expect there will be more of this and other things we have yet to see. Time will tell. Best guess that there will be fewer clubs, with more diverse membership and interests. There will be tours, shows, and events.......I am quite sure they will be done and organized differently. Look at this site we are on now..............it’s only 20 years old...........Ed
  2. Is interest in pre war cars fading? Here are fifty Pierce Arrows on tour this week in the mid west.
  3. If you have Evans, you will have leaks. Seems it’s a smaller molecule and tends to seep past clamps and such. So I have been told by people who use it.
  4. Didn’t George Albright own that thing?
  5. Try the Cadillac LaSalle Club website. Best bet to find information is there.
  6. I have driven on evapo rust as a coolant in a car for over 1000 miles, including a national tour. The car was an older restoration that had plain water left in it in a heated garage. The water was a pure red rust color, and looked like it has coco powder floating in it. The car was not over heating, but was pushing water out of the over flow tube, so as I would drive it, it ran hotter from lack of coolant. I flushed the thing five times, and only got marginal improvement, and the green anti freeze turned crap brown in fifteen minutes every time. Had a national tour to go on, and I wanted to take the car. Since I could carry enough extra water to add while driving and would only have to do it every fifty miles, I figured ok.........I will try the evapo rust and see what I get. Before the tour I put it in at full strength and ran the car twenty five miles. The yellow almost instantly turned pure black, a chemical reaction to the iron oxide in the system. The car was already running cooler on the gauge than before, and within 100 miles it totally stopped pushing coolant out the overflow. Obviously it was opening up the passages in the radiator. I did the tour, and left it in all summer. Finally I decided to drain it and take a look at the system before winter to add freeze protection. The entire system looked like it was shot blasted and a new casting. It really was that clean. I was stunned. Two years later I had a head crack, so we pulled it off to replace it. The entire block was spotless.......the only thing left in the water jackets were old sand casting rods that had been stuck in the engine when new and not removed. They rotted away, probably causing half the issues.........and after the evapo rust, just sat there looking like welding rods in the passages. Evapo rust will not help if you have organic junk in the system.......if a mouse makes a nest, your in trouble. I also have a new twist I use evapo rust for today. If I am going to pull a running and worn out engine to rebuild it, I do the treatment before I take it down. Yes, the rebuild will clean the block out fine, but this way, I get to use it to clean the radiator Ahead of time, making the flushing process on the car much easier and less likely to cause leaks when back flushing with pressure. Works like a charm. I have been able to take old radiators that were marginal after a regular back flush and get them back to 90 percent of when they were new. I love the stuff.
  7. Auction was ended by the seller. It was around 8500 when I last looked. So much for no reserve! Obviously they wanted a lot more than where the car going to end up. Read between the lines..........."
  8. Like a hole in the head........seems all I do now is fix cars 90 percent of my time, and drive them about five percent......the rest? I seem to have lost along the way.
  9. It’s just a car. With a lot of analog switches. If all the wiring harnesses have been replaced, all you need is to understand the switches. Not impossible, just time consuming. It wouldn’t bother me in the least.
  10. Let me tell you.......I don't need a car, and I have never owned a Packard. I am trying to stay away from the auction. For some reason, this car is grabbing my attention.
  11. Old cars are simple.......I don’t think so. Playing the guitar is simple........I can’t even get a single note out of one. They are different skill sets. I have no musical abilities, I can’t play an instrument or carry a tune, and a I have terrible pitch. I can fix any car, from any era, no matter how difficult........but it’s been a lifetime of experience and ambition to get to where I am now with my skill set. Fact is, cars require two things that are hard to come by. Time and money. Give me both and I can have any car running and driving perfectly. Limit me to either one or the other, and the car is a royal pain in the ass. Old cars are NOT easy.......for 99 percent of the population. They can be a joy, or a torture device. The people who make their living in the hobby have seen it time and time again. Most people come in and out of the hobby within seven years. Few, stay for a lifetime. Some cars are much more challenging to own than others. If you can hold the line, and work out all the problems, you will eventually have a good car. Most people quit long before the car is fixed and sorted correctly. Ed
  12. Let’s see, you can buy a HCCA approved car for less then 15k, and even as low as 12k. Here we see a very nice “not a mess” CCCA driving car at under 10k. I think one can easily state that the “entry level cars” have been dropping for the last four years. Soon nice cars like this Packard may be left outside, as it makes no economic sense to store them inside in decent storage. How much cheaper can car like this get......take a good look at this Packard.
  13. Works if they are just a bit loose, but they will dry out again. No free lunch........you got to have them done over. The Amish do them for a reasonable price. Stutzman is the guys name, search on the site here. Also, they are buys, so it can take a while. Ed
  14. The last time I was in our car and it decided to act up, I was in the boondocks in the UK (Whales) with no cell service, on a dirt road, miles from anything that could be called civilization (We made a very bad wrong turn, and went miles out of our way.). Its amazing what you can fix with an unknown pair of pliers in the bottom of the trunk and womans manicure kit. Necessity IS the mother of invention. I was able to get it started and climb the hill for a few miles before it gave up the ghost. The shop I limped into looked like something from The Bennny Hill Show. (Insert the smell of manure...real bad!) We laugh about it now, but I was crying at the time. Here is a photo I took as I got out of the car to see what happened. Basically the points exploded.........the hardest roadside repair I have ever done. Still have the scars on my hand to prove it. I installed two new sets of points(had spares in the car....just no tools!), did a roadside timing by ear, and off we went........car ran better than it ever had. That was 2500 miles ago..........maybe I should pull the distributor and put it on the Sun Tester?
  15. No worries Bob. They either made a D/C or built one in 30, 31 or 32, not sure if its a factory or new coachwork. Saw it at Hershey in the 80's
  16. Movie web page shows the car in detail, a Murphy Body, and looks very early from what I can see. According to some, the car is restored in the same color as new. NOT sure if the info posted on the car today is accurate. I am certain it is a Murphy Disappearing Top..........probably one of the first two or three. Its different from all the later ones built.
  17. I love it when people push the limits of creativity in vehicles. That is one very cool project. Impressive and fun. Would love to see detailed photos of it when it’s finished. On the plus side, when you come out of the store after grocery shopping, you will never have a hard time locating it in the parking lot! Thanks for sharing it with us.
  18. Well, to the best of my knowledge there are only two of the 1932 V16 Cadillac phaetons in existence. It’s NOT a dual cowl, it’s a Sport Phaeton. There may be a rebody or new coachwork car also. The car in the the photograph has been restored and in a collection in the mid west, if I am not mistaken. I was looking it over last month, and it is a very nice automobile.
  19. Were all Rudge wheels drop center? In the states drop center was popular from 1932 on, but the wheel you have looks very slightly built......probably the photos are deceiving. Does it show signs it has been used and had a tire on it? Looks like something English from the early 20’s like a Twin Cam Sunbeam,
  20. Ok, so I currently have 17 pre war cars that I maintain, from 1915 to 1936 all running, insured, and registered. Some are mine, most are not. Unless I am going to drive more than 250 miles, I carry NO.........Zip.........NADA.......tools or spares. I do carry a wrench for the tires and wheels in the event of a flat......bit I will NEVER change a flat on the side of the road..........EVER! I carry the tool so if in the event of a flat, I can call a rollback and change it out at a garage. Now.........all of the cars but one of the 17 are and would be considered exotic and difficult.......that being said, it is possible to sort a car to the point it is reliable, with no bad habits. It just takes LOTS of time. Most of the cars use optima batteries which is new for me, as I always ran regular lead acid batteries until three years ago. No modern ignition, no 12 volt conversions, we run stock......bone stock. I figure I have from twenty to 100 hours in each car sorting and fixing the smalls......not including things like head gaskets.........popular problem, or bad clutches....also a popular problem. We drive every car at least 75 miles every other month..........which takes more effort than you would think. Now......let it be known that once you have that many early cars sorted and driving, it’s almost a full time effort to keep it all running without issues. I think the most important thing to say is in the event of a failure to proceed(break down).......number one is......it’s part of our hobby. Number two.....it a rod isn’t sticking through the pan or block.......things are not too bad. It took me fifteen years in the hobby before I had a car that I could jump in and not think about breaking down........I remember the feeling very well........and it sucks. I learned it was much more fun to fix everything to the best of my abilities and then I started having a really good time. Last summer we did 1200 miles in ten days on a super exotic 1930 automobile. Had two issues........both from metal fatigue and if I was more familiar with the car it wouldn’t have happened, as the other people on the tour with us all driving the same marque had suffered the same problems in the past. Honestly, who has ever heard of hydraulic brake fittings failing at 90 years of age? Yup......early cars with juice brakes need all new fittings. We were driving an original car.........so to be honest I would have left the factory fitting on it and just carried the new modern replacements as spares. Live and learn, even after forty five years in the hobby. Have fun, drive it more and more. I usually start with a five mile drive, continuing out further and further each time till I am sure it’s bulletproof. Ed
  21. It’s interesting to see this no reserve car at such a low price. Almost unbelievable. If it doesn’t hit 20 k I will be very concerned for the closed Packard market pre war.
  22. Buy it and send the car and the tach down to me, I’ll store it and sort it for when you visit.
  23. George......was it hot on the salt flat while you were watching Ab make his record run? Bet you got a sunburn.........😎