edinmass

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  1. The Duesenberg market is much more complicated than most people can imagine.........and EVERY component makes a huge difference. Recently a restored Murphy roadster sold for 1.5, it was all factory parts, all correct Murphy body, but it was a scramble of five or six different cars.......a unmolested identical car sold for 3.5 so it’s more than just a few little items, or opinions. Within the small circle of a Duesenberg collectors, more than half the cars aren’t considered desirable or collectible..........the pinnacle of the market is strange and interesting.........example, closed cars very often sell for more money than open cars.
  2. Sorry Frank, I thought you had a commercial enterprise build it. Everyone today thinks “it’s just an old car, fixing it is easy”, well, it isn’t true. While rebuilding an engine from the 50’s for me is about as difficult as drinking a glass of water, most engine shops today can’t handle stuff built before 1990. Pre war is just off the list for 99 percent of the shops still around.
  3. The engine number, if correct, implies a factory replacement engine, and NEVER assume the chassis under ANY Duesenberg is in fact a factory unit, they made frames, axles, and everything else, so if you have an engine, you have a “car” by some definition. The gentleman who built these series of bodies used factory correct chassis with numbers matching components as well as all new chassis, so one must be a detective to determine what any particular car is.......or is not. Part of the fun of Model J Duesenbergs!
  4. Car looks decent........if you fit in it the price was fantastic. I agree with the clean up, sorting, and change the wheel color. With a bit of effort, the car would be a very nice driver and tour car. Interestingly, the brown and orange wheel color was popular in 1930 & 1931 with Cadillac......lots of their open cars were done in brown or black with the orange wheels. Never could figure out why...... The official color name..........Burnt Orange Moon!
  5. If the head is leaking and it can't be fixed, its going to be a 700K car very quickly. Coachwork was well done. Ted built nice stuff, and copied an original car side by side........fun ride if it gets sorted correctly.
  6. Stepping up to a one off car like that is easy.........jumping off the cliff over the asking price is another thing. I like the car, but the list of purchasers for such a machine is smaller than most people can imagine. It's not a select market, or a slim market, its a non existing one.
  7. If any shop has a problem assembeling a post war V-8 engine, I would take it to another shop and tear it down.(all the way) A "Y" engine is simple, and if you can't get it right on the first try, you shouldn't get another chance.
  8. It's ok if you lean......as long as your leaning to the right of center...............😎 Hope you feel better and recover 100 percent soon!
  9. The GOOD OLD DAYS.........when 6 grand would make life easy to live for 12-18 months.........now............three weeks.
  10. Steve......21st century parts in a Paleolithic chassis? Doesn’t sound like they used a Hollander Interchange Guide when ordering parts! I have heard of restorations using floor sweepings........but that is ridiculous! Hope your feeling better!
  11. I have come close........and would make a special allowance for only one particular brand...........and if I ever pulled the trigger I would never live it down. Anyways, what’s the odds of me finding the one I like at a price I’m willing to pay........probably 10,000 to 1!
  12. Nice car.......and unfortunately a very fair and realistic price......probably light. jdome post is correct. These have always been kept in the garage as a special car.......may were well taken car of........like this one looks like. My John Deere lawnmower cost 17k, this is a lot of car for the money.
  13. The entire pump is very well done............👍👍👍
  14. Funny, I won’t own a convertible sedan, but would jump at a landaulette............
  15. Nothing better than the rare and obscure. Satisfaction more than you can imagine. I recently drove a fantastic world class car for the first time in many, many years. Wonderful sensation beyond description.
  16. Very cool. Need the right owner to restore it.
  17. 29-31 V-8 Cadillac has the same set up........Ernie Foster isn’t around any more......there must be a go to “LINCOLN” guy somewhere.
  18. This is Ralph. Been living in our pool area for about eight weeks now. Down here we call them chicken of the trees. You just need some hot sauce! We’ve had 10 of them on the grill in the last two months. Ralph is a little bit undersized. We usually wait till they’re about 15 pounds before they go on the grill which means about 4 1/2 feet long. In case you didn’t know ....... You drink white wine with iguana
  19. Randy........you gotta buy the Duesenberg J of tractors...........I have a John Deere 790 ...........sits outside for weeks in winter and fires off without any issue.............you need to “move up” into the big league “ACD” type tractor..........just saying. If it makes you feel better, I got a bit of sunburn on the beach today while you were shoveling. Wish I knew of you hardships with the snow and tractor.......it would have helped me enjoy the beach even more. 😎 PS- the 790 is for sale......and I can deliver it....240 hours on it. Like new.
  20. Sure looks like incorrect reproduction heads made years ago for cars built by a company who’s name shall never cross my lips. I heard about these years ago.......and had a set for a Pierce Arrow that I had to modify new. you need to call olsens gaskets and get a paper cut out gasket for the three different heads that the cars who’s name shall never pass my lips to compare what you have for heads and blocks. The “ big” holes in the block and in the heads are sand casting core holes used to clean out the block.
  21. Buy a motorcycle gel cell battery, and hide it where ever it’s convenient.........run a battery tender plug to it........plug it in when you get home. Works fine, no acid, no transformers, no fire danger.........and you can buy a battery to just handle what you need, which means it will be smaller. Get a oversized one, and you can charge your laptop, tablet, and phone.
  22. There were three types of UU-2’s made.........and they were all trouble back in the day. The pot metal is failing on 90 percent of them. Depending on condition, you can rebuild them. Replacing all the bad parts and calibration of the unit is rather expensive. If you have a good body, upper, and cover.............you will be in much better shape than most. Post some photos. How is your intake and exhaust manifold? They often have problems, as well as your fuel pump. What model or series is the car? Commander, President?
  23. The bushings often wear out, causing oil leaks, and bouncing points.........rebuild it.
  24. I remember my algebra teacher repeating over and over..............adding a negative is the same as subtracting a positive...... whatever that means.........