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  1. Down here in Southern Florida it’s common to see a sign at the valet desks that reads.......... If you car is valued at more than $500,000 dollars, please park it yourself. Recently I took a customer car up to the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach........a “big boy toy” and pulled it up to the valet. They declined to park it, gave me a very nice spot in front of the hotel, but asked for the keys once it was parked. I gave them the normal tip, I did all the work, but they kept an eye on it while I was inside. Im not sure there is a valet anywhere that can drive a early car and get it in a spot without great difficulty.
  2. George.....no spare on........just off with the flat. I get to a safe location and then replace the flat tire. With the triple axel I can safely run with two tires and not be overloaded on the tires. So, with a flat, all I do is jump out with the impact gun and remove eight lugs, pull the wheel off, and toss it in the rear. All very fast and easy. Talk to you soon......Ed
  3. George.....I keep the gloves, safety vest, and impact gun in the cab of the truck. Getting the tire off in the minute isn't the hard part.......It's getting it in the back of the pick up bed without hurting yourself on the tire thats all ripped up that is the worst part. I have almost been sent to my maker twice on the side of the road about fifteen years ago. I now will no longer change a flat on a modern car or antique car on the side of the road myself anymore, its just not safe. With a valuable car in the trailer, I am not comfortable leaving it on the side of the road for any amount of time with the way people crash into stuff in the breakdown land today. With my all steel casement tractor trailer tires, I think flats on the trailer are a thing of the past for me. Now I just need to deal with the truck tires. My last set of new Michelins went 35k and they now need replacement, they seemed to cost three times more than the coopers I ran for so many years, but only last twice as long. I will reinvest in the Michelins next week when I get back down south. Got to have you pick up the brake tool box this week.....Ill give you a buzz. Ed
  4. I carry the jack ramp, along with a bunch of other stuff. I took the hit and bought a cordless Snap On electric impact and carry it when on the road. I also carry a four ton floor jack in a custom made box, a 25 ton bottle jack, and three spares. Overkill but worth it when hauling very heavy cars. After too many issues over thirty years, I have learned to carry every imaginable spare..........brake away battery, bulbs and lens covers, triangles, ect,ect,ect. Nothing like being 100 percent prepared for a trailer issue.......cuts down stress when you know you have most everything you need. I carry an entire backing plate assembly with extra spindle, drum,lug nuts......bearings and seals.......yup.......I over do it......but have never regretted it. With the new tractor trailer type 16 inch tires I don't even think about flats anymore.........the last 80K have been the best I have ever hauled. Today doubble tire failure is common when the front tire lets go putting trash into and on the rear tire. Seems every time I have some issue it in the worst possible place........with the three axel trailer I can pop a tire off without jacking using the electric impact, and get going again in less than a minute. Preparation is the key.
  5. PM’s are ALWAYS sent on “boat tail” leads.......lol.👍
  6. Matt.......a few suggestions.......first, NO HEAT on the block! NONE! I would heat the stud themselves to red hot several times and while it’s cooling put some break away or whatever you like on it. #2 You can turn a guide up very easy on a lathe to drill out the studs accurately. Machine a sleeve that just slides over the stud about an inch, and have a pilot hole in the center to guide the drill. You can cut the stud length down so you don’t have to drill as much. Make several up, so you can have each step up in drill size to guide you and that way you will always be in the center. You can drill out 90 percent of the stud without touching the threads in the block. Then a very little heat will allow the oil into the threads and an easy out should back them out without issues. Works slick, and turning the guides is easy and inexpensive. Give it a try. Just use good drills and keep them sharp. I think doing them now is the right way, and the best forum of action. Also, the studs are known to get stuck on the head over time, so I would ream the holes just a little bit oversize to give them just a tiny amount of extra clearance. You almost turned the page on the car.......slow, steady, and don’t let it aggravate you.............you will get there. Best, Ed PS- you can install a set screw to hold the guide in place flat and square.....with this many it’s the way to go. Also, two studs a day should be your limit.......doing this hours on end can and will drive you crazy.
  7. I don’t think you can buy a 15 T touring that is correct for less than 15k, and probably more. Correct cars tend to be expensive........floor sweeping made up of a bunch of stuff would still be well over ten grand. It takes a good eye to understand T’s......and good ones are NOT easy to find. Below is my car.......very nice and correct unit. And a joy to drive.
  8. I’m sure Ralph told me what his plans were for the car, but I can’t remember. Most likely it is in line with a handful of other cars he has that are going to be restored. Then again, maybe he will trade it for another Packard.........I think his collection is one of the best, and is continuously upgraded with new and better Packards.
  9. Ralph and Wayne are good people.......lots of fun, and always smiling. We see them regularly on thr circuit, and occasionally on a tour. Never a dull moment.