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  1. I have had a dozen or more! My 1932 Cadillac V-8 comes quickly to mind thirty years later.............I cut it up for parts, and still have most of them. They are going to the scrap yard in the next three weeks..............
  2. Wayne in Western Mass will have one. PM me if you need his contact info. Ed
  3. I recently switched from lead acid to the red Optima’s. My regular batteries went ten years without issues. I have installed twenty optima’s in the last three years. I have had two failures. One ruptured and leaked.
  4. Taken off a running and driving 904, I am told it’s a Standard Eight application, maybe 1931, maybe not. We only changed it out because of judging, not performance issues. New reproduction units are 4K. Will accept first reasonable offer. This is the property of a friend, and payment must be made to him. Please PM with any questions. Thanks, Ed
  5. A lean burn or vacuum leak can melt a valve, burn a block, head, or piston; and with the cost of most of the early engine rebuilds it’s becoming a big gamble for non experienced people to mess around with carburetors. The last five years I have seen a dozen melt downs on rather complicated engines causing large financial damage. Fact is, there just aren’t enough people who really understand stoichometry...........and it’s application to the automobile. Add in fuel density changes, weird blending stocks, more heat content, and increased octane using alcohol.......and lots of problems creep up. Example.....today I took our 1935 852 Supercharged Auburn out for a spin in Southern Florida, using VP racing fuel that we keep on hand for ALL our driving. At 95 degrees even the VP fuel was having issues, not terrible, but you could feel how the temperature was affecting the car at hot start up(hot soak) and at idle at stop lights. Anything over 1500 rpm was fine, under that you could feel the fuel and the carburetor having issues. If the car wasn’t supercharged I am sure it would behave better. At 85 degrees or less, absolutely no problems. On E10 I would have had to set the car up on a higher idle and run on the electric fuel pump, and then it would still have been behaving badly down low. Jon, we need about twenty five younger copies of you in the next few years, or the hobby is going to suffer terribly without all the accumulated knowledge you have. Modern ignition is also so different that fuel and ignition are going to look like rocket science to the future generations. I agree with your comments on parts and testing. Interestingly too many people are in too much of a hurry trying to dial the car in. The best thing for test and tune is TIME, making small documented changes, looking for small improvements. My best guess is less than five percent of the pre war cars are properly set up to within ten percent of where they actually should be. I drive so many lean cars that I’m afraid some day I will be behind the wheel when a catastrophic failure occurs. Photo to is a pile of 1930’s Stromberg air bleeds, used along with jets to set up the carb correctly. I am guilty or using the term “jetting” instead of calibration.
  6. I am QUITE sure your money is safe. Only five percent of ANY parts car is easily salable.......the rest sits around for decades. A picked over parts car has almost NO value regardless of make, model, or year. Ever see an open car that was used for parts?
  7. My brother in law may be able to help depending on a few things, please pm me exact addresses, I’m shipping a Pierce out from Springfield Mass to St Louis later next month, we could run the two car trailer if we can find another haul back for the empty spot.
  8. Of course Carbking is correct. I see lots of cars with incorrect carburetors installed on them, and always hear the same answer.......it’s the right one.........off a different brand car, different year, Ext. I also commonly see incorrect parts in rebuild kits, one year fits all rebuild kits, and very poor reproduction parts. Fuel pressure and E10 can play hell with running problems. Air bleeds and jets very often need to be checked for incorrect size..........and also......99 percent of carburetor problems are ignition. Ed Jon my have a different opinion on this.......but the only perfect way to tune a carb is on a chassis dyno with a five gas analyzer.
  9. Yup......I have known it for years, and watched it sell for 1100 last week at the auction in Michigan. Another idiot thinking he’s going to get rich on a pre war rust pile. I wouldn’t take it for free 300 miles from home eight years ago, the car is a very,very rare 1938 Pierce Arrow club sedan. Series 1801. It’s one of one. And there isn’t twenty dollars worth of parts left on it. It was out in the open for fifty years. Motor and transmission are lumps of rust.....think like it came up from the Titanic. We were laughing that anyone paid money for it the last two times it sold. Words can’t describe how bad it is. Interesting the guy who bought it has no idea what year it is, but then again, the 1934 Sedan I bought at the auction was listed as a 1936 Custom Town Car! I checked his town, he hauled it 28 miles from the auction to his place.....that’s got to be worth five or ten grand!
  10. Sorry, I typed 1 3/8, and it should have been 1 3/16.
  11. In the northeast, they use deed restrictions. When I bought my land, I purchased all my other neighbors deed restrictions for an additional 10k. The person holding them was moving south permanently. It was interesting when the neighbor across the street was starting to install a large solar array without knowing about the restrictions or who owned them. I didn’t want to look at a field of glass across the street from mine, even though my driveway is 1000 feet long. They didn’t care because from their home, the hill made the glass impossible to see. Long story short......they thought they would try and jam me up...........they said sue me. Having been involved in real estate for years, I informed their mortgage lender, I would be the new first lean holder on the property. They immediately told them they were calling the mortgage. Problem solved. Lesson.......you need to understand EVERY property that is an abutting or you can end up with problems. Example.......your property’s restrictions may be recorded on the neighboring deed. Yup, in Massachusetts you can place the restrictions on the deed from where the subdivision took place. The term is called “due diligence”, and let me assure you, your lawyer isn’t looking as hard as he or she should. Most closings are just fifty pages of sign this, and nothing get read. Think about it, for a 790-1200 dollar closing, you think an attorney is going to read and understand all that BS? Nope. Most people move only one or two times into a home. Learn everything about the town, bi laws, homeowners association, Ext. Trust me, it’s hard and time consuming work. I have been renting in my new city for 18 months to figure out everything.........money I hate to spend, but with house prices in the 500 plus category.......a mistake is very costly. My new area is a historic district...........I do NOT recommend anyone make a similar purchase without a long time local representative. Moving a fifty year old shed ten feet can cost tens of thousands of dollars, or the answer may be.......no, you can’t move it. You also can’t take it down. Strange world we live in. PS- now that I am selling my home, I have offered the restrictions (all 12) to each property owner for between three and seven thousand dollars. All have expressed interest in purchasing them. Nice windfall profit after twenty years.
  12. That makes more sense......but I can tell you in western Mass where I grew up, a three bedroom one bath home less than ten years old on an acre of land on the suburbs was 18k, and it was considered upper middle class. An old farmhouse with three acres and a barn, with old school half assed upgrades was 8-10k. There were local manufacturing jobs with a high school education and the pay would have you in a home by 25 years old. Today........an absolute impossibility.
  13. I can’t believe that income in the early 70’s was 53k.........my guess would be much less than half of that.
  14. The EX-32 were on the Pierce 12’s, the sedan eight in the photo would have been a Stromberg EE-3......1 3/16 if memory serves me. Thr Pierce EX-32’ss used on a Pierce were unique to the application.......lots of special parts and linkages.
  15. Tha asking price started at 20k, and now it’s down to 15k. It needs another two and a half 5k price cuts, then it will sell.
  16. Buying a good car in better condition is always your best value.....repeat that ten thousand times. shipping is very expensive for a car.............and....... Unless you ship a lot of cars, don’t expect very good service, or prices. There is a shortage of transport space for cars........most companies are down twenty percent in active drivers.....supply and demand, along with poor quality workers are causing a huge problem. Book months in advance if possible.
  17. Get a vintage spring catalog, and you can get correct measurements. Graphite and grease is correct. Free length, height, and arc are all important. Most often, springs need to be replaced or re arched. With all the work in front of you, I would keep moving forward, as the springs will settle and sag AFTER you put some miles on it.
  18. Fact is.........only a few parts of a car are desirable and valuable. How many 1933 Pierce eight engines would you like, I can deliver half a dozen to you by Sunday. Same on the transmissions. Ditto for front and rear ends. Chrome, lights, bumpers, dash, all are in demand. Doors, fenders, Body, and hard parts are available by the ton. Shame of it is, picking up the car and taking it home exceeds the value just in fuel..........add in tolls, wear and tear, time, hotels, food, and labor to cut it up......even for free your in the hole thousands. Doesn’t matter make, Model, or year.......just the facts of the hobby changing.
  19. No, NOT on the high side......I wold have placed a value on it at 20K all day long. Nice car, fun project, drive and restore as needed while having fun......what more could you ask for? I think you have the best public transaction on a Pierce that I have seen in twenty years.
  20. I know the car..........it's parts........and not too many...........the guy who has it is a nice guy, and trying to get the most out of it......which is what we all do. I couldn't even justify hauling it home if it were free..........but that is just me. There is just too much damaged, missing, rusty, and unusable today......when you can buy a car that runs and drives for so much less.
  21. I use a motorcycle rim clamp machine for all my pre war car wheels when replacing sets of tires. I usually use hand spoons to remove the tires on the drop center rims. I think its best to do things by hand with tubes, coming off or on. If I only have one snap ring wheel to fix, I use a carpet on the shop floor. The issue is three fold...........don't pinch the tube, don't damage the paint or chrome, and don't kill yourself or anyone else near by. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER...patch a tube on any car or motorcycle.
  22. No wheel disks, wonder if they built two of them, or if the new owner took them off.
  23. You can see a photo of the car when new on the coachbuild website. Just look up Murphy on Minerva.
  24. Does the car have a clutch brake? Sounds like you may have other problem than just adjustment. Photos would help.