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Everything posted by edinmass

  1. It’s just a car. With a lot of analog switches. If all the wiring harnesses have been replaced, all you need is to understand the switches. Not impossible, just time consuming. It wouldn’t bother me in the least.
  2. Let me tell you.......I don't need a car, and I have never owned a Packard. I am trying to stay away from the auction. For some reason, this car is grabbing my attention.
  3. Old cars are simple.......I don’t think so. Playing the guitar is simple........I can’t even get a single note out of one. They are different skill sets. I have no musical abilities, I can’t play an instrument or carry a tune, and a I have terrible pitch. I can fix any car, from any era, no matter how difficult........but it’s been a lifetime of experience and ambition to get to where I am now with my skill set. Fact is, cars require two things that are hard to come by. Time and money. Give me both and I can have any car running and driving perfectly. Limit me to either one or the other, and the car is a royal pain in the ass. Old cars are NOT easy.......for 99 percent of the population. They can be a joy, or a torture device. The people who make their living in the hobby have seen it time and time again. Most people come in and out of the hobby within seven years. Few, stay for a lifetime. Some cars are much more challenging to own than others. If you can hold the line, and work out all the problems, you will eventually have a good car. Most people quit long before the car is fixed and sorted correctly. Ed
  4. Let’s see, you can buy a HCCA approved car for less then 15k, and even as low as 12k. Here we see a very nice “not a mess” CCCA driving car at under 10k. I think one can easily state that the “entry level cars” have been dropping for the last four years. Soon nice cars like this Packard may be left outside, as it makes no economic sense to store them inside in decent storage. How much cheaper can car like this get......take a good look at this Packard.
  5. Works if they are just a bit loose, but they will dry out again. No free lunch........you got to have them done over. The Amish do them for a reasonable price. Stutzman is the guys name, search on the site here. Also, they are buys, so it can take a while. Ed
  6. The last time I was in our car and it decided to act up, I was in the boondocks in the UK (Whales) with no cell service, on a dirt road, miles from anything that could be called civilization (We made a very bad wrong turn, and went miles out of our way.). Its amazing what you can fix with an unknown pair of pliers in the bottom of the trunk and womans manicure kit. Necessity IS the mother of invention. I was able to get it started and climb the hill for a few miles before it gave up the ghost. The shop I limped into looked like something from The Bennny Hill Show. (Insert the smell of manure...real bad!) We laugh about it now, but I was crying at the time. Here is a photo I took as I got out of the car to see what happened. Basically the points exploded.........the hardest roadside repair I have ever done. Still have the scars on my hand to prove it. I installed two new sets of points(had spares in the car....just no tools!), did a roadside timing by ear, and off we went........car ran better than it ever had. That was 2500 miles ago..........maybe I should pull the distributor and put it on the Sun Tester?
  7. No worries Bob. They either made a D/C or built one in 30, 31 or 32, not sure if its a factory or new coachwork. Saw it at Hershey in the 80's
  8. Movie web page shows the car in detail, a Murphy Body, and looks very early from what I can see. According to some, the car is restored in the same color as new. NOT sure if the info posted on the car today is accurate. I am certain it is a Murphy Disappearing Top..........probably one of the first two or three. Its different from all the later ones built.
  9. I love it when people push the limits of creativity in vehicles. That is one very cool project. Impressive and fun. Would love to see detailed photos of it when it’s finished. On the plus side, when you come out of the store after grocery shopping, you will never have a hard time locating it in the parking lot! Thanks for sharing it with us.
  10. Well, to the best of my knowledge there are only two of the 1932 V16 Cadillac phaetons in existence. It’s NOT a dual cowl, it’s a Sport Phaeton. There may be a rebody or new coachwork car also. The car in the the photograph has been restored and in a collection in the mid west, if I am not mistaken. I was looking it over last month, and it is a very nice automobile.
  11. Were all Rudge wheels drop center? In the states drop center was popular from 1932 on, but the wheel you have looks very slightly built......probably the photos are deceiving. Does it show signs it has been used and had a tire on it? Looks like something English from the early 20’s like a Twin Cam Sunbeam,
  12. Ok, so I currently have 17 pre war cars that I maintain, from 1915 to 1936 all running, insured, and registered. Some are mine, most are not. Unless I am going to drive more than 250 miles, I carry NO.........Zip.........NADA.......tools or spares. I do carry a wrench for the tires and wheels in the event of a flat......bit I will NEVER change a flat on the side of the road..........EVER! I carry the tool so if in the event of a flat, I can call a rollback and change it out at a garage. Now.........all of the cars but one of the 17 are and would be considered exotic and difficult.......that being said, it is possible to sort a car to the point it is reliable, with no bad habits. It just takes LOTS of time. Most of the cars use optima batteries which is new for me, as I always ran regular lead acid batteries until three years ago. No modern ignition, no 12 volt conversions, we run stock......bone stock. I figure I have from twenty to 100 hours in each car sorting and fixing the smalls......not including things like head gaskets.........popular problem, or bad clutches....also a popular problem. We drive every car at least 75 miles every other month..........which takes more effort than you would think. Now......let it be known that once you have that many early cars sorted and driving, it’s almost a full time effort to keep it all running without issues. I think the most important thing to say is in the event of a failure to proceed(break down).......number one is......it’s part of our hobby. Number two.....it a rod isn’t sticking through the pan or block.......things are not too bad. It took me fifteen years in the hobby before I had a car that I could jump in and not think about breaking down........I remember the feeling very well........and it sucks. I learned it was much more fun to fix everything to the best of my abilities and then I started having a really good time. Last summer we did 1200 miles in ten days on a super exotic 1930 automobile. Had two issues........both from metal fatigue and if I was more familiar with the car it wouldn’t have happened, as the other people on the tour with us all driving the same marque had suffered the same problems in the past. Honestly, who has ever heard of hydraulic brake fittings failing at 90 years of age? Yup......early cars with juice brakes need all new fittings. We were driving an original car.........so to be honest I would have left the factory fitting on it and just carried the new modern replacements as spares. Live and learn, even after forty five years in the hobby. Have fun, drive it more and more. I usually start with a five mile drive, continuing out further and further each time till I am sure it’s bulletproof. Ed
  13. It’s interesting to see this no reserve car at such a low price. Almost unbelievable. If it doesn’t hit 20 k I will be very concerned for the closed Packard market pre war.
  14. Buy it and send the car and the tach down to me, I’ll store it and sort it for when you visit.
  15. George......was it hot on the salt flat while you were watching Ab make his record run? Bet you got a sunburn.........😎
  16. Bob,, just because AJ Owens the speedster, he really isn’t in charge of the finish date........I know for a fact the time line is getting pushed up........It’s just that I can’t spill the beans on why. Till then, com on down and we will spin up the DV.......it’s fast and fun. Ed
  17. Gas was probably E15 and not marked at the pump. It will boil at 107 degrees if memory serves me. I like my cars 100 percent stock. To be honest, any car post 1972 I would be tempted to run a aftermarket throttle body on, with an electric fuel pump. It will eliminate a bunch of issues.......vapor lock, hot soak, hard starting in the heat, fuel mixture under all conditions will be correct. I hate to surrender to the fuel problem, but basically you car would end up being much more enjoyable and it’s basically a hidden upgrade and easily reversed. Recently I helped a neighbor do a similar conversion down here in souther Florida. It was a very low mileage car, and now it runs and starts like it should........it was a 50/50 proposition to get it running when it was over 90 degrees down here.
  18. I would love a copy. The speedster is getting put back on the front burner. And, we have a very nice one off DV-32 you can go for a ride in any time your down south. Ed
  19. There is a great car........no reserve. I don’t dare look at the auction again......I don’t want to bid! If it has an overdrive it would be perfect. someone is going to get a fantastic car.
  20. Bob, just sign out and then sign back in, it’s the resolution that is causing the problem. Try it, works fine. Only takes about ten seconds. Fantastic photos.......I have never seen them before. Also, I have never seen the car with wheel disks on it. Keep posting please! Ed PS- you have earned a ride in a cool car.......if you come south let me know, and we will go for a spin in something interesting.
  21. Carl, I don’t drive to the edge all the time, to be honest, I only do it to be sure a car is performing correctly. Even with a “perfect” car, it’s still 90 year old metal......and fatigue and previously unknown accidents and damage can put ones life at risk. Safety is number on with all my cars.......to the extent it can be achieved. Now.......don’t get me wrong, taking a Model J Duesenberg up to the absolute edge of performance is a fantastic thrill, and I do it very, very seldom; and only for a few seconds. We often will cruise our Model J’s at 70 mph while on tour........even on back roads, they like to run hard and fast, and we drive always drive according to road conditions. BUT knowing the car is safe and steady at higher speed confirms the cars safe operation at 65 or 70. Interestingly, Duesenbergs are really as fantastic as their reputations. For years people have been saying no other cars compare.................there are a few that are in the neighborhood..........but none are close. Just a fact. I count myself lucky to be able to help service and maintain all historic machines for the next generation of owners. And a I find myself very content driving my 1915 Ford at the edge if it’s performance.......which is about 37 mph on flat ground. It’s not about the speed or flash of the car one is driving; it’s about the journey.
  22. My favorite part is where so many other companies tried the same run and kept blowing up and not finishing, Duesenberg took three times before they made it 24 hours with the Model J in the 100 percent custom Mormon Meteor.......and only averaged less than ten miles per hour faster over the twenty four hours three years later. That’s why I drive a Pierce 12. Absolutely bulletproof when sorted correctly.
  23. Great photo........definitely a special..........not only the body, but the wheels.......take a close look.👍 Knock-offs......and a snap ring. All 1932 Pierce Arrows had drop centers by then.
  24. It’s the same car. A factory special. You can see Ab Jenkins initials on the door in both photos. Watch the film on YouTube.......Flight of the Arrow. Fun and interesting. I have photos of the car somewhere....... Lets see the Duesenberg photos also.........👍
  25. I’m fairly certain it’s a factory special. And yes, it is good looking. It’s trying to be a 1933 from the few details I can see. It has a unique windshield, as all the open cars from the standard builds had a fixed front windshield. It looks like the car that they used to run the 24 hours of Bonneville Salt Flats. It is probably the car in the “Flight of the Arrow” film.