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  1. 5 hours ago, padgett said:

    Great is is a beautiful sun tester, does the strobe work ? (Have one but not that pretty)

    It’s upgraded to a Xenon strobe and all solid state. The tubes have been all changed out to modern electronics. Also a half horsepower motor to spin magnetos. It’s a nice piece of equipment.

  2. Diagnose the issue......don’t start guessing and swapping out parts. Start with the basics. Compression check. Wet and dry. Cylinder power balance test.......with a scope or DVOM to determine the actual  contribution each hole is making. A five gas exhaust analyzer and a ignition oscilloscope are also necessary. You wouldn’t want your doctor to guess what’s wrong with you and start cutting things out of you because it might be the issue.......why would you want to do the same to a car? I understand it’s hard to find help, and people with right equipment. Usually doing it right is expensive and time consuming. Jumping around trying to make a quick and easy fix rarely happens. 

  3. 16 minutes ago, John348 said:

    Many Congratulations!

    Good call Ed, 


    Was the bad coil an NOS coil, old replacement coil or a new replacement coil?

    The coil was new modern. I have seen a huge number of early pre war coils failing the last two years. So much, I have begun to replace all our car coils with new modern units. I also check the new one before I install them, since I have the equipment. This is the first time I have seen a new defective coil.............I’ll check the cap, rotor, and wires while they are here also. I’m interested to see how the vacuum advance is working......it’s moving well and holding vacuum.......but I’m not certain if the amount of advance is correct.....by eye, it looks like too much. 

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  4. I found over the years keeping everything current was too expensive since the last twenty years I was only servicing pre war stuff. We had some of the head people from ASE come tour our museum just before covid hit. They were shocked that I had taken the majority of their tests. They gave me a nice bunch of stuff like key chains, business card holders, ect. Sadly today, the most important part of fixing difficult car problems is time.....and flat rate shops just don’t equate to good service for unusual and difficult problems. Competent under car technicians can punch out good work at a decent pace and make a good living. Most can’t make their bogey doing diagnostic issues and electrical problems. The world of car repairs is changing quickly.........and I’m too dam old to try and keep up. 

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  5. Placed the distributor on the Sun Tester today. We had other things pop up, and didn’t get to finish with it. It certainly has a issue with grounding causing erratic performance. Tomorrow, I’ll go through it and get it back to factory specs. Often times I see multiple issues causing running and no start problems. That’s the case here also. With luck, everything will be back in Dave’s hands for the weekend. Won’t know for sure with problems at work and home things are piling up............will keep everyone in the loop here. 👍



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  6. You need to be more specific. Year...........original body, reproduction body, if an early car 8 or 12. And you may as well acknowledge the price range you are shopping in. Nice late model Speedster’s run seven figures today. They are sought by old and new collectors. As always, expect every one you look at is fake, unless proven otherwise.

  7. Been there, done that. It's always best to address the entire system. I would flush the lines with an electric fuel pump and a cleaner for a few hours to avoid replacing the lines.....easier and cheaper. Don't take any shortcuts.........carb, fuel pump, lines, and tank all need to be gone through. Best of luck. Ed

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  8. Lynn......understood. With the very low production stuff, and espically the late stuff lots of stuff was done "on the fly" and fixed after the fact if necessary. Todays fuel and faster running speed make heat and fuel issues pop up that probably didn't occour before the war. Lugging the engine with a high speed rear end also doesn't help. Thats why I always strive to have cooling, ignition, starting, and other systems operate qt 100 percent. Anything less today at speed can be dangerous or unreliable.  

  9. The most frightening open car to buy is a Packard. Prolific when new..........and manufactured by the dozens in multiple years and body styles. I watched a a fake sell for over 600k and the seller and buyer had no clue........while a dozen guys sat back and kept their mouth shut..........it's too expensive today to get into trouble. The later 30's Packards are also all messed up, ten times worse than most people realize. It's not just the 32-34 cars. 

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  10. 19 minutes ago, Dandy Dave said:

    Check engine light? What pre war car had a check engine light Ed? Or were you sucked into working on one of them modern computerized contraptions? 😬 Dandy Dave!



    Sucked in on a modern POS.........which I'm quilified to work on. Most don't know it, but I operated a large modern garage of my own, besides doing pre war stuff at my other shop. I sold cars, had a rental fleet, and three inspection stations. We serviced cars by the hundreds each month. Back when it was fun and there was money in it. I have ASE Master Tech, along with under car, both emission ratings, school bus, ect, ect, ect. Also AC Delco, Honda, and a bunch of other certifications. I just don't work on modern stuff anymore............Sometime ask me about my employer's new Bentley that the dealership couldn't fix(A/C issue) and after ten days at the dealership I went it and fixed it in under two hours. Fact is, there are very few talented technitions today........they are all quickly picked up by the medical field and other high end service industries. The automobile world just doesn't pay enough for the top 1 percent of the guys. Fixing medical equipment pays three times the money, and is 10 percent of the volume. I have friends making 200k that use to be fixing cars........now fixing medical machines. 


    PS- I don't rate myself as talented. Just competent and experienced. 

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  11. 2 hours ago, alsancle said:


    There are one or two names in every marque that are the death knell for a car if they come up in the ownership history.   Off the top of my head I can think of at least 6 or 7, but the list is much bigger.

    You mean the guys who take a real car, cut it up and make two, three, and sometimes four “real” cars? It’s a simple mathematical term........... multiplication!

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  12. 1 hour ago, Matt Harwood said:

    I must be getting predictable. 😎


    I think your suspected threaded hole will be fine. Just be sure to go to church for the next few Sundays. 

    I would build a wooden test stand..........for two reasons. First, it was a nightmare to R&R the engine with the steering box and other items. Two, it’s easier to find oil leaks and figure out any other issues while on the wood stand. To be honest, I would run ten gallons of fuel through it before reinstalling it. That’s a judgment call. 

    Engine looks like it’s coming along fine. Your getting close. Best of luck, Ed.

  13. FYI- two months ago, I fixed a car that had been to five shops and about 36 months of not running correctly. I reluctantly took the job on the condition that if I don’t fix it there is no charge, but my labor rate? 375 an hour. That rate also includes Phil as an assistant and parts chaser..........the other condition was once I start I won’t stop till it’s done. Also, there was no “delivery date”. We had the truck two weeks, the total bill was just over 4500 of which 3800 was labor......just over ten hours. The customer was happy, and when I check with him Friday he said that his next option was to sell the vehicle cheap...........which is why he bought it. No one could make it right. He figured his discount was ten grand minus my bill. So, did I charge too much? I don’t think so, and it IS fixed. I also had the risk of no pay at all if I didn’t fix it .......CORRECTLY.........which includes no check engine light. Fact is a good mechanic or any craftsman has all the work he wants. It’s a dying breed.

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  14. Irreplaceable parts are my everyday occupation. It can be tiring, and stressful. I usually try and figure out every avenue that can occur........and plan for each one ahead of time. Just like my water pump shaft and impeller on the White. Hurrying to make repairs is a disaster in this hobby, and causes more problems an money spent just because people don’t think things through. Just like a doctor........DO NO HARM.

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  15. Interesting fact.......if the cars from that collection ever go to auction...........it won’t be one of the “big” auction houses........just too many cars with bad stories. Also, even the few good cars are now tainted. Too cheap to buy good stuff, and too cheap to fix and maintain them properly. He had unlimited money, and just had to have more bling and iron. To say there was no curation is an understatement. 

  16. A magnitic drill press works great in these situations. Keeps everything square. The nightmare situation that Matt ended up dealing with is all too common. At a certain point, pulling the block becomes your only option. Problem with pulling the block is now you may end up doing the crank and main bearings.......adding ten grand and 18 months to the project. It's always hard to tell when the perfect time to stop is.............good enough is never good enough. But the reality of time, money, aggravation, and life in general can make people do the repair in a certain fashion........which I understand 100 percent. Short term these asinine projects get you down, drive you crazy, and make you want to light the car on fire. After forty years of it........I'm numb to it all. I just keep pushing forward. When pushing forward in the face of these bleak projects becomes routine and you don't even notice it? That's when you know you have gasoline in your veins. 


    Friday night I drilled and used a timesert in two critical holes on my 1917 White. It was get them perfect, or tear down the entire motor and do an overhaul. It took me 10 days to screw my head on straight, and not be too tired, aggravated, and pissed off to make the attempt. It came out fine. None of this stuff is easy, if it were, everyone would do it. The only thing that is a necessity to restore a car, is insanity

  17. The true indication of a cars provenance and desirability is simple...............look at the past owners and who restored it. It tells the entire tale. Recently at dinner, someone was talking about a well known collection in the states. He asked me if I had seen it, and my thoughts. I replied, since thirty percent or more are modified coachwork, modified chassis, and restored like circus wagons......I declined to visit the collection. He was shocked at my response.......and clearly didn't "understand or get it". Once you touch a dirty car......you are forever tainted. I won't even work on one.............

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  18. Fantastic work can only be done by a select few.............most cars coming out of a restoration shop need 100 hours or more of sorting. Good restoration shops are as rare as the cars they restore. Fantastic restoration shops are so busy they interview the client and the car before they decide to take on the project. True craftsmanship is time and passion..........not money. Money is just the thing that secures perfection. And, by the way, no car is perfect. "We pursue perfection in the attempt to achieve excellence." Vince Lombardi.

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  19. 1 hour ago, alsancle said:



    I'm surprised by the Pebble invite.    Definitely frowned upon by the top shows.



    EXHIBITED............probably filling in a last minute opening on the field.........today, they wouldn't use it as a filler. Especially since there are real examples available. Notice what auction is listing it? Even the big boys won't touch it.

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