edinmass

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  1. I can can help you out with one if you like. Well sorted!
  2. Like many things, there are several ways to do Pebble Beach. Yup, it’s expensive. You can also do 95 percent of it for free, and just buy a ticket for show day. The learning curve is what is really expensive. Having been there, I find almost everything I do is no charge, and the only true out of pocket cost is the field ticket. Timing is 90 percent of making the experience both fun and not over the top crazy expensive. I bet 99 percent of the people here would enjoy and see Pebble exactly the way I do. Trick is being willing to get up EARLY every day. I spend 85 percent of my time in the trucking parking lot. Want to meet Leno and all the other celebrities, they are there. Want to see the cars with the hood up without ten thousand people looking at the same time, go to the parking lot. Want to meet the owners when they are laid back and smiling, and willing to share their stories, go to the lot. I have been to all the “A list” events and parties. No big deal. Last year, I was invited to the “Big Afterglow” event. I was too dam tired...........I went back to the hotel to sleep. Figure out traffic, and parking spaces. That is the true way to see Pebble and keep your sanity. I must admit my favorite thing is to hand out our passes to the events that I get and don’t use...........before you ask.....I give them to the local kids....... PS - just go. You won’t regret it.
  3. Price can vary, figure 150-300. Put it on eBay and let it fly.
  4. Carl, that radio and head is later.........34-35? I have seen them before over the years.
  5. The install on the Packard Convertible is very well done, and I have never seen anything like it before. The custom Packard head is fantastic. Very neat item. Considering the cost of the radio...........and labor was 35 cents an hour, it makes sense to see so talented and time consuming installations. More neat radios/installs please!
  6. 1930-1931 Cadillac used three different radio set ups. All very rare. The one I posted is the earliest style.......I have seen two of them in forty five years, then there is the second style. The dials go in the same place as the one I posted, except they are smaller and have the Cad-LaSalle logo on them. The third style I have seen I am not sure if it is correct. Looks more 32-33 to me. Don Scott in Texas is THE radio guy when it comes to early Cadillac.
  7. I was up in New England today, putting on a few miles for the first time, car will be finished tomorrow. Car loads on the truck Monday. We look forward to another great show........100 Years of Bentley............It will be a great display. Everyone wants to know what we are bringing.........can’t spill the beans, but I will post a photo.........👍
  8. I avoid 95 like the plague, 81 is great.
  9. The early sets had their own battery supply, 42 volts if I remember correctly. I think it was late 30 or early 31 before you could get a radio on the regular 6 volt system. Cadillac made under floor battery compartments for large cars, and the Coupe and Roadster had the battery box in the rumble seat foot area. Here is the earliest type Cadillac radio head, installed in it’s original face plate.
  10. I would really like a 450 Series for my next truck, but I am told the commercial insurance is very expensive. I haven’t looked into it. It’s kind of ironic that I would like a heavier truck for safety, but won’t do it due to regulatory rules and costs. Unless I am mistaken, as long as the truck and trailer are owned by me personally and I am an occasional recreational user, I don’t need to meet any of the federal DOT regulations. That just leaves the weigh station issue. I only plan to run up and back one more time to New England, and be forever done going that way with the rig. I will go further west on the last drive, so Maryland won’t be an issue.
  11. My guess is only Fleetwood would have hung them. Fisher is probably a no.
  12. Are you running an electronic log? Carry a medical card? Do you need commercial insurance? It could require a CDL and DOT number. Thoughts? Have you been stopped? How about weigh stations? Thanks, Ed PS- great rig......
  13. Aj, putting a photo of a Pierce sure adds class and sophistication to a REO thread......I’m sure you agree. 😎 PS - It was related.....the gold ribbon was on both cars.
  14. 👍 Thought it it would sell the first day at that price.
  15. In 1930 a radio was a very expensive off the shelf item, and semi common, in 29 a radio was something special but not over the top. You could buy a automotive radio in 1922, but don’t ask the cost................in 1930 many car companies offered radios. I have several 1930 radios in my collection.
  16. Very nice automobile. It will be interesting to see what it hammers at.
  17. edinmass

    Tires

    The failure on the lock ring with the bias tire was not determined. Possibly hydrogen embrittlement or incorrect grinding and polishing. I was trying to figure out why there would be a 500-19 radial offered, then when Matt said Model A it made sense. With the lower speeds and light weight of the Ford, it would probably be safe. Watching a 6000 pound car on tour last summer with radials, I inquired to the owner and asked his thoughts. They made new heavier rims and spokes for the car. The owner is a very respected engineer in the automotive world, and he seemed to like them. He did complain about tube failure from the tube rubbing inside the tire. Seems they solved it using metric radial tire tubes from overseas. Tires were Excelsior brand. Looked a bit off as far as size and aspect ratio. I was told they are now out of production. I think unless you have a car that takes the same size tire as a Model A, the 17-20 inch radial tire question is moot as they are no longer available. Drive safely...........Ed
  18. edinmass

    Tires

    Best guess.........incorrect plating on the rim or snap ring.......I didn’t get too close, as that thing can kill you if it lets go. The only safe option on that type of failure is to ice pick the tire to let the air out. Interestingly I looked for 500-19 radials (original poster tire size) on the website and didn’t see any at all........I wonder if the original poster mis read the size? Last I knew only European manufacturers were making antique car radial tires larger than 16 inch. I was told that Michelin and Excelsior stopped making them. Rim failure is becoming more common on all rims, regardless of bias or radial tires, just because of metal fatigue. The cars are all getting older.....and along with that are hard to predict issues. Not many people like shooting guns that are a hundred years old......especially at maximum load........kind of like the radial tire issue, if everything is like new and perfect, your probably 90 percent safe.........but when was the last time you saw a car that was restored perfectly? Think about it, a 1947 post war car is almost 75 years old now.
  19. edinmass

    Tires

    And......as for rim failure.......saw three of them last year on tour.............this is a NEW wheel, rim, and snap ring. Gives you confidence doesn’t it? Remember, this was probably a 6-8 thousand dollar wheel, what caused the failure? The owner had six new wheels on the car, I can assure he was NOT happy. And money was not an object on this car.
  20. edinmass

    Tires

    They sell cigarettes and cigars...........they are good for you. Just ask the tobacco companies. I won’t waste my breath.............and comment on past nightmare situations with rim failure. Hundreds of of millions of cars were built, and driven billions of miles with bias ply tires. Drive you car faster with the radials, take the risk of wheel and steering failure. (You also get the extra advantage of driving your car too fast for road conditions and probably over stressing the braking system at the same time.) The steering box been apart and checked for stress cracks , damage, bearing issues? How about the pitman arm and drag link.............the list is endless. Radial tires load the entire system, including the frame of the car in ways difficult to predict. There is NO advantage to them, but lots of disadvantages. Want it to drive fast, smooth, and effortlessly.........buy a new Kia.
  21. edinmass

    Tires

    I have installed twelve sets of tires on pre war cars in the last three years...........while I like Lester's and many others do not, right now most of them are out of stock. All twelve sets have been Firestone and if you do the math, 12 x 6 = 72 tires in total, and I had three defects all with less than 100 miles on the tire.........all structural failures.......also, installed one set of 6 goodyears, and had two defects. Quality on the tires the last five or six years has been much worse than they use to be. Keep you eye on any set you install.
  22. edinmass

    Tires

    The gentleman was asking about putting them on a 1930 automobile. Post war cars I see no reason not to run them if that's what you want........pre war is a whole diffrent kettle of fish.
  23. Bernie, I think I got that one about five years ago................it’s no longer with us. 👍
  24. edinmass

    Tires

    Not so much of a war, as honest diffrences of opinion. Post war wheels usually are fine for radial tire use....MOST of the time. Pre war wheels are often rusty, damaged, and have structural problems often covered over by paint, filler, and sometimes fatigue and other issues that often aren't appearent to new hobbyists. Over chroming snap rings can cause catstrophic failures. Just jamming a radial tire on a rim from pre 1970 isn't a good idea unless you have taken the wheel down to bare steel and inspected it, and almost no one bothers.