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  1. Spinneyhill.........send a email to pierceparts@aol.com he had a BXV-3 a few months ago, and probably still has a few more. The EX-32 is in high demand, and depending on size and application they can easily run 2500 dollars US. The BXV-3 wont be anywhere near that kind of money. Also there are some Carter carbs in the 50's that will be direct bolt on replacements but I am not familiar enough with them to give you numbers. The Carters will be very inexpensive, as there is very little demand for them. He may also have some Carters on hand. Ed
  2. Building a garage and restoring a car are very similar. Always over time and budget........and when the wife asks, you tell her you only have one third in it of your actual cost.
  3. Looks like its time to build a speedster!
  4. I bought one. Fantastic workmanship. Worth every penny to make your car correct.
  5. Interesting comments from Carbking, my Chrysler friend said they look neat, but work terrible. As usual, Carbking is correct!
  6. Interesting that Auburn had the head with the name on it. Stude and Pierce used them, but didnt have the name. The keys were marked either Stude or Pierce, but nothing else. Years ago I met an early radio expert, it was quite intresting to learn about all the changes early on. When the radios went from hetrodyne to superhetrodyne things vastly improved. I got a headache trying to understand the tuner. Rolls Royce offered a radio in 1922, but it was the entire size of the trunk mounted on the trunk rack. The speakers would detach and get placed on stands.......It looked like it would take half an hour to get the whole thing set up. Price was about 1800.00.
  7. Starlight, I have only seen two that were still installed when the car was new or in the era. Both used bolts drilled through the firewall with large plain washers from the engine side of the firewall, through to the inside, with smaller plain washers and nuts. (The 817 May have been different as indicated.) The units are very large compared to the amount of room under the dash, and on the early Cadillacs I saw them on they were jammed in and took away from the area for you feet just above toe board. I think a heater is out of the question on any car with a radio. Power was run to the back of the amp guage. I think the biggest install issue is a flat firewall with enough room to get the box mounted squarely in place. On the Cadillacs, the V-8,12,and 16 engines made for a very tight fit of the mounting hardware access. As far as the “chasing lesser human beings in the hobby??? Having never seen a car similar to yours, and having no clue as to the size and amount of room under the dash and firewall, I didn’t think I had much to add. RAH is correct about the control head mounting, I would pursue a earlier model, with a head that mounts on the steering column that would be much more of a correct fit when it was “as new”. The radios are not to difficult to find today compared to years ago, and they are not anywhere as expensive as the use to be. With a nice intact original car, I would hold out for an earlier head.
  8. I just looked it up......the 817 came out in 1936......not a bad guess!
  9. That head looks later than 1933 to me..........more like 36-37.
  10. Hello, the Philco transatone radio was made from 1930 to 1939. Basically the box remained almost identicle, but the electronics made huge leaps of improvement every year. I like to use the later box and electronics with the earlier head, looks right and works much better than the earlier units. They were sold in many stores and garages, and were “factory” on a bunch of different makes. In 1933 that radio would have been between 60 and 75 dollars if my memory serves me, (they were 100.00 in 1931; but priced dropped fast.) so at that price, not too many working class people would have had a radio in a car that wasn’t very, very expensive. Rent on an apartment was four dollars a month in the northeast, so the radio was a BIG ticket item for a car. What was the price of your car new? Anyways, many people have modern electronics placed in the box, and use a remote to control the volume and station, works great, and gets a lot more stations. Figure on two or three local stations with the factory tubes. They take a long time to warm up also........ had the radio on our 34 Packard tuned in on Sunday, every ten miles the station would drop off..........such is the nature of the beast. Good luck with whatever path you take. Ed PS- Do you know why they had a key on the radio head? Two reasons, first is so the help wouldn’t listen to it while the owner was off doing business......and two, children would lean into an open car and put the ball game on.......thus the battery would die. Do a a google search using the term. Philco transatone car radio, lots of stuff will pop up.
  11. I always thought that hauling the high end stuff was probably a lot more work and aggravation than the more modern stuff. Overly fussy owners, worried every minute where the car is, etc. Add in hard starting and no starts, Oil and fuel leaks, difficult to tie down, tight fit in the truck, the list is endless. Frankly I am surprised that so many companies are willing to do it. It’s also amazing how cheap many of the car owners are when it comes to shipping, and some dumb SOB who can’t even drive a stick tries to load a car up on the rig......yup, I have seen it with my own eyes. Not a sight I want to see again. Over the last 40 years I have seen three cars fall off the truck, one of them was seven figures. Not too long ago, a three million dollar car was transported by a bootleg hauler. When the car wouldn’t crank over(it had a startex and they didn’t know who to operate it), they decided to jump start the car, and pried open the locked trunk with a crowbar. The battery was under the front seat. But hey.......he did get a good deal on the hauler. Ed
  12. DXC-3 is one of the few Stromberg 30’s carbs I have not had my hands on. All my books are up north, so I can’t check on them anytime soon. The most important thing is not to guess, Carbking will chime in and give you your answer. Be sure to remove ALL the channel plugs and clean the passageways out. Most of the time they have never been removed, even when rebuilt by “professionals”. Recently at Hershey, one was for sale, and a Chrysler friend bought it, his comment was “they weren’t that great of a carburetor”, having never rebuilt or ran one, I have no opinion. Stromberg stuff of the era was usuall decent to very good. You have a cool car, take your time and dial it in, they run like the wind. Ed
  13. Great equipment! I just run a single car unit, can’t compare to those machines. On the show circuit we find it easier to prep and service the car with our own equipment, after tours and rainy show days having your own trailer makes cleaning up the car much easier. I use one of the large national transportation companies when we move multiple cars, often due to size and weight we can only put four cars on a tractor trailer. Please comment on driving time before and after the electronic logs. Do you expect it to efffect total miles per year, and thus drive up costs and prices? Do you do show transportation? Driving the open road today is very frustrating compar d to years ago, I don’t think I could do it full time. Long hard hours, often with little down time, add in breakdowns, congestion, weather, I just don’t know how most of the drivers do it today. Ed
  14. By the way.....that paper log you posted is about four miles from my house......and I often use that road (vista parkway) for testing and tuning our pre war cars.......I was at the golf club there Friday with our 34 Packard Custom Dietrich V-12,so I drove right past the condos to get to the club! Ed
  15. I was hoping there would be a post on the new electronic log books. It’s my basic understanding that every driver just lost 15 percent of their driving time with the changeover from paper to electronic. Does this seem a fair estimate? We lost fifty percent of the small legal running commercial car transporting guys since October. Fact is, competent car hauling is very difficult to find. Read that as movers of high end cars, not modern every day driving automobiles, but the true exotic and collectible cars. I will not ship any car on an open carrier unless it’s just a every day basic transportation auto. Shipping a collector car enclosed will probably go up twenty percent in the next year. It’s not just the log books........insurance, dot, inspections, etc..........I am all for safe equipment and professional drivers, and don’t have a problem paying for their service, but now big brother is chasing out the hobbiest and small carriers. I am clearly exempt from the federal motor carrier rules, and they keep trying to push me around. I carry a copy of the federal rules and regulations showing the exemption for incidental recreational use, have great equipment, carry a Maintenance log and driving log even though I don’t have to, and I can see the frustration of the officers not being able to ticket me for some reason. I place a date on my break away battery on when it was replaced, charged, and tested. I carry a new spare break away battery along with a bunch of other safety equipment, even though it’s not required. Last stop by a state police officer he kept threatening to tow my rig........I was polite, and kept asking for what legitimate reason? He finally just got in his car and left. Now, I have in truck cameras of the road and cab, with sound, along with my cell phone recording. It’s sick that a small hobbiest with the best equipment, expertly maintained, with lots of experience gets hassled like this, and I’m sure it’s worse for the big haulers. I only have to worry for another twenty years, but I’m sure in the long run they will continue to push people out of the hobby bit by bit with all the regulations. This week I replaced THE ENTIRE braking system on my three year old trailer, all new wires, all new backing plates with shoes, magnets, hardware, bearings and seals, etc. I took photos of the entire process, so if I’m bothered on the road again I can just show them the pictures. I could have cleaned and adjusted everything and just installed new magnets, but thought all new would serve me better in the event of being stopped again............we shall see. Anyways, I’m ready for Amelia Island next month. Show car, truck, and trailer are ready for the show! Ed
  16. A parking spot in my garage..........I like the white walls, but would add the covers!
  17. Bill, a seven passenger touring car would NOT have windows. A convertible sedan would, but MOST convertiable sedans are close coupled and are 4/5 passengers. Currently the market on convertiable sedans is VERY soft, and seven passenger touring cars are not in high demand either. I would recommend buying something different than you already have to diversify the collection from a display and museum aspect. The later the year, the better the driver, but also you have fewer choices as most of the manufacturers were gone by 1934. That leaves Cadillac, Packard, Lincoln, and about five Pierce Arrows. I’m sure you know what I would recommend. Before you pull a trigger on any car, give me a ring and we can go over it. My best, Ed. Hope to,see you at Amelia!
  18. The Germanic look of the top always seemed a bit heavy, but that was the style over there. Glad to see you have it out and about!
  19. I agree, ask on the Buick forum, also, hire a expert to inspect ANY car before you purchase it. Money well spent.
  20. They use a lot of amps, be sure to grab the power where it wont cause an undervolt or overload. I often see electric fuel pumps wired to the ignition.......very bad idea. I think the Packard would look much better without the extra lights.
  21. The most difficult lesson to learn in the antique car hobby is fix it right the first time, fix it once, and be done with it. Use a shop that only does antique cars and trucks.
  22. Al, I guess you know and have contacted Wayne E in Massachusetts?
  23. King-Seeley is a Latin term that translated into English means, broken when new, useless, and only there for judging in order for you to lose points in competition. Over the last forty years, I have owned dozens of cars with them. Some work great, some with incredible effort work when they want to, and others just piss me off. Sorry about that, but I had to say it. Now I just rig the guage to read 2/3 full, and don’t even bother with them anymore. I just keep the tank topped off unless on tour, then I track my mileage. They are simple, and on paper should be reliable, but they are not. I had a good run repairing them for better than ten years, and the last five I worked on kicked my A**, and I’m not one to give up on fixing anything. Prepare for any eventuality and you won’t be disappointed. Also, to be fair, todays specific gravity of the fuel is so much different than it was eighty years ago, even if working, it will probably not be very accurate. PS-Curt is a great guy, I have been recently working with him, simply the best. Ed.