edinmass

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  1. The ring failed while on tour.......no pot hole or impact. All six wheels, hubs, spokes, snap rings, tires and tubes were new with less than 200 miles on them. No one has mentioned how to safely deal with this situation. Very simple. Place a floor jack under the rear end, and from a safe angle, use an ice pick to deflate the tire. Fact is the cost of the tire, tube snap ring, and wheel are meaningless. It’s possible the ring or the rim could have had manufacturing issues. Thus, the only safe option is to remove the pressure and the hell with what it costs, even if it ruins a tire and tube. The rings are safe IF you know what you are doing, and have the correct equipment. 99 percent of the people don’t have enough experience with these things.........and that is a deadly mistake. I have a routine to work on snap ring wheels.......and NEVER vary it. I usually do them late at night....no phone calls, no visitors, no distraction......no radio......nothing. Now in my 50’s three of these an evening is my limit. Your always banged up, bruised, bleeding and a sweaty mess when finished. It’s a dirty and physical job.......not so much the ring as the tire and tube........after changing I leave the tire in the sun for a day to be sure it relaxes and is in its final position, and it also allows for small slow leaks. I NEVER reuse any tube ever, never. No patching either. My car, my time, and my life aren’t worth the aggravation. Chrome snap rings on chrome wheels are easy, the painted rims are always a royalpain in the axx.
  2. We were in the hills of the White Mountains in Nh. No adiquate tools, and also....it was a one off Model J, so taking any unnecessary risk wasn't going to be an option.
  3. Hello. Nice car...........forum rules state that you must list price and location. Good luck with the sale.
  4. The sea lions are great..........I remember when there were only a few to be seen.......now the entire beach is covered with them. Don’t forget to stand up wind!
  5. Acapulco is a slaughter house.....so too Puerto Vallarta...........so is Mexico City..........it's sad to say, but the country is now a toilet. Would you like the name of an American who's wife was kidnapped and murdered for ransom? I see him several times a year at car shows.............maybe a trip to Egypt or Damascus...........I don't like lead in my diet....or my body..........I'll pass on them now.........Been there, done that. I was in Honduras for the riots.......that wasn't much fun...........especially for us gringos. As far as American city more dangerous than Mexico..............not even close.......they murder Mexican police by the hundreds.......
  6. My last two barn finds...........yes....from real barns....... 2 different cars a 29 Coupe, and a 30 Sedan. PA of course.......I have found much better finds.........but these are the two that I will admit to right now.....
  7. If you go to the Nethercutt.........make reservations well ahead for the tour.......and right down the road is..... The Huntington Museum. It's the best museum in the Western Hemisphere..........and there are no cars............
  8. I have been watching the Tesla saga slowly unfold. I think they make a great product. I think they were five to ten years too early, and forced themselves upon the market. I expect them to go bankrupt in the next 18-24 months. They will emerge, and then, IF all the debt goes away, they will thrive and outperform the other car companies. If they come out of the bankruptcy still buried with debt, they will linger for a few years and go the way of the Dodo. You simply CAN NOT service that amount of debt and keep digging a hole like they are doing. Two more major companies that will probably no make it, and may or may not survive? Uber and Lyft, and I use them both. Their debt is out of control, and their business model is NOT sustainable. Long before the three companies tank, the big boys will have bailed out........and any institutional investments with overpaid administrative managers will also swallow the bait and take a huge hit. Too many people have way too much unrealistic expectations on return on investment today...........as one man from the government regulation department once told me, “Pigs eat, and hogs get slaughtered.”
  9. Flush it with with kerosene, spin it around for a while with an electric motor with the thing filled with the kerosene, then power wash it out as good as you can. Fill with evapo rust, place it on a hot plate on low for a long time turning it every so often.......let it sit for a week or longer with the evapo rust and the low heat......be sure you can't get any fires going.....keep it safe. After the evapo rust treatment, rinse it a few times with clean water, then back to the kerosene. Be sure to get ALL the water out of it. Then you can eyeball it, as it doesn't look like a lost cause, you can probably fill it with gear oil and run it with a bit of luck. It would be best to take it apart........but the above method is fine to inspect it. It will probably be ok.
  10. Wow......an incomplete parts car for five times its value. Sad end to a neat car. Hope he likes it.........he is going to look at it for a VERY long time.
  11. First, you need to post some photos....they made Packard V-12 Limos from 1932 to 1939.......and they built a bunch of them, YES a BUNCH of them. Year, series, upholstery photos front and rear, accessories and modifications are all clues to the cars past. There are experts who will do an extensive history on the car.........post in the CCCA, Packard Club, ect. Shouldn't be too difficult to get history back to the 50's or 60's, earlier than that can be difficult.
  12. Of the more than one dozen cars in the building I am in, all but three are 98 points or higher.........ALL of them are registered, running, and ready to drive at any time.........and ALL of them but one has been down Interstate 95 in the last 8 weeks............we drive ALL of them, ALL the time......otherwise we should be collecting rocks............
  13. Just drive it.........keep some extra paint on hand. It’s a car..........the plastic looks ridiculous. Yes......I put my money where my mouth is, my 99.25 point Pierce Arrow V-12 has 22k miles on it.................as my motto in my signature area says.......drive it like you stole it. Trust me........just drive and enjoy the car. That’s almost fifty years in the hobby speaking. 👍
  14. Remember the largest danger is cracked rings from the chroming process. They get hydrogen embrittlement and crack and fail under the chrome........as an example....here is a NEW rim, ring, spokes, and hub........and a failure. The tow truck driver kept sticking his face near the tire to tie the car down......I had to cuss him out three times to get it through his head that the wheel was a lit bomb ready to explode. You can't fix stupid.
  15. Morro Bay is fantastic....as is Pismo Beach........I'll be in Morro in two weeks for the ACD West Coast tour........only have one day to visit, as the San Marino Classic is the same weekend, and we will have a car on display.
  16. Anybody traveling to Mexico today hast to have their head examined. The Caribbean and Mexico are no longer safe. Read the state department travel guidelines. There’s a drug war going on and a lot of people are getting caught in the crossfire. I agree on the drive up the coast along the Pacific Highway. It’s a great country and endless opportunities to see great things here.
  17. San Francisco was my favorite city on the west coast for years, during a visit last year, I can confirm it’s a messy trash heap and a public sewer. Don’t bother...........wait till it cleans up. Even the moon bats are getting tired of it. Nothing like seeing thousands of homeless shooting up in public. Is a very sad situation for the City by the Bay. PS - There is an APP for your phone showing the human waste on the sidewalks and parking lots in real time so you don't step in it, Bombay and Calcutta were cleaner.......and more pleasant.
  18. Sorry, just saw this, have an easy process that works 100 percent of the time.
  19. The car I really don’t remember too much............the young lady and the police officer coming down the new subdivision road while parked behind a storage tractor trailer in a rather exposed position.........I remember well. Interestingly, after almost 34 years, I bumped into her again in a restaurant bar..............with my current lady of 20 years..........I had told her about the situation years ago........and she had a big smile on her face when she figured out it was the “girl from the story”. It was an interesting evening!
  20. 1884 Pontiac Firebird with T Tops..............sure was an interesting car.......I then switched over to a Chevy van! 👍 MUCH BETTER!
  21. That’s a very reasonable price........remember there are several generations of them, and YES they mad 6 & 12 volt units. Ed
  22. Call Libby’s Classic Car Restoration, in Shrewsbury Mass, as for Christine, she can give you a price for the shop owner to take a look. It’s worth EVERY penny you spend checking a car out BEFORE you buy it, good move. Tell them Ed Minnie told you to call them. Good people, 40 years in the business.
  23. Looks very well done......color is a bit off for my taste......close, but off. Lots of work and effort went into it. Bet it is a great driver.