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    Grew up in the hobby working on father's Packard, DeSoto & LaSalle, driving on car tours in the 1960s

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  1. A 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, yellow, sitting on concrete blocks and missing the wire wheels. A guy bought the property and found the car abandoned in an old shed in the back. He traded it to my father for an adding machine in about 1975. When we went to look at the car, we found it had less than 60,000 miles and the body was completely straight and rust-free. My Dad offered to give it to me, but my then-wife looked at it and said, "Oh, that's ugly." I was young, freshly married and too easily influenced back then. We just left it there, darn it. Never knew what happened to it.
  2. Where is that grey and red Locomobile Sportif -- in a museum? If so, where?
  3. I have a REO question. In the late 1960s my father owned a good-looking unrestored original-condition REO rumble-seat coupe, with a roll-down window between the passenger compartment and rumble seat. I distinctly remember opening the hood and seeing a chrome-plated water jacket cover that said Royale on it. He sold the car while I was in Vietnam, and I have no idea where it is now. However, I've recently been told that the car was actually one of three Flying Clouds built by the factory with Royale engines and front sheet metal, as show cars to bring more attention to the Flying Cloud line. Does anyone know whether this is true? I do remember that the car seemed a little short in the back. Apparently no one in the family ever took a photo of the car.
  4. My rig -- Ford F-350 dually with crew cab and long bed, plus a 28-foot Featherlite trailer (a 2002 model that's extremely high quality). I'm running 16-inch Michelin Rib tires on the 8-lug axles. I'm hauling 5,000-to-6,000-pound cars cross country a couple times a year. Next trailer will be a triple axle with left-side exit door, though exit isn't currently a problem since I'm hauling cars with running boards. A word to the wise -- overbuy at the beginning. I wasted time and money on undersized trucks and trailers before graduating to this.
  5. Wow. Do you have any other photos of that beast? This photo must have been taken right before the restoration began, as I know they were working on it during the '71-'72 timeframe. I have photos of the disassembled car with a newspaper in the foreground with a headline saying "McGovern Wins Primary" or something like that, Like I've said in the past, if you guys ever revive the Ridgefield meet, I'll bring the Locomobile up all the way from Texas.
  6. The first video at 1:11 or so appears to show my 1919 Locomobile Sportif in the background -- the big blue-green touring car. At that time Lee Davenport owned it, in original condition. He lived in Greenwich CT, but since the car came out of Ridgefield I can easily imagine him taking it back for a homecoming. He drove the car a lot on area tours and meets. The car is now restored and living with me down in Texas.
  7. When they no longer add usefulness or appeal or both.
  8. Returning to the Genesis, there are three sedan models -- the 70 (smallish), 80 (medium sized luxury), and the 90 (super-luxury). Sit in the back seat of the latter and it will blow you away. They also have an SUV. And their vehicles are covered by a 10-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, I was just at the Houston Auto Show (an exhibition of all the new cars) and sat in the luxury sedans that I was interested in. Genesis was tops, followed by Lincoln Continental. The Cadillac looked really cheap inside. The Lexus LS 500 (keep in mind I drive an LS-460) was disappointing because they've adopted an ugly dashboard with distracting controls and gone to a twin-turbo V-6. I prefer V-8s not for power (most cars are way overpowered), but smoothness and the quiet exhaust. And I don't want the complexity and maintenance of twin turbos. Didn't consider any of the German cars because of maintenance issues; I've already owned a BMW and once was enough. Also didn't consider any of the super-exotic or super-expensive makes (Bentley et al). Right now my preferences are 1) Genesis, 2) Lincoln Continental (if I can tolerate its -6) or 3) a used but low-mile second-generation LS-460 due to the V-8, decent economy for a luxury car (25-28 on the highway), reliability (I've gotten 212,000 near-trouble-free miles out of my 2007 model) and wonderful simplicity of controls compared to the current electronic disasters. Meanwhile the pickup trucks are absurdly expensive -- even the half-tons now up to the $60,000 range, the one-tons $80,000 plus/. Some of the SUVs seemed like far better value for the money.
  9. alsuncle -- Are you sure about a car being built around an engine rescued from a boat? I knew the late Bill Bocock of Kerrville, Texas, and he told me that he had found and bought a Model J engine out of a shrimp boat in Panama. He rebuilt the engine and mounted it on a display stand, and did intend to build a car around it, but never did. He told me he wasn't happy with the replica chassis he had purchased. Upon Bill's death that engine was donated to the ACD Museum and is still there -- I heard that it's going to be put into a chassis for museum display purposes. Was there another engine that came out of a boat? I also heard that a Model J engine was rescued from a sawmill in a small town in East Texas maybe 40-50 years ago, but don't know what happened to that one. A number of Texas car collectors were aware of the engine back in the day, but everyone was a cheapo bargain hunter back then. 10 years ago I even saw the deteriorated building that the engine came out of, but the owner's elderly widow had no idea what had become of the engine.
  10. To dry out fuel tanks after you've cleaned them, do not use compressed air or a hair dryer. Air from those sources is warm or hot, and when you have that air going into the tank, it contacts the metal surface, which is in contact with the cooler air outside the tank. That causes condensation of water on the metal -- the opposite of what you want. Instead, insert a vacuum suction hose and allow it to draw in air through the two or three openings in the tank (fuel filler, fuel pickup opening and drain plug). Since the incoming air and outside atmosphere are the same temperature, there's no condensation occurring on the metal interior surface. You'll be surprised how quickly the incoming air dries out the tank.
  11. Talked to my friend with the two-cylinder Maxwell. Unfortunately, no spare parts came with the car. Good luck and let us know how this turns out.
  12. Just by coincidence, I saw one of these engines on Saturday, but it's going into a car that's currently being restored. I'll check with the owner and see if there was a spare engine with that car.
  13. Received $4,000 a day for my Duesenberg for three days. The movie hasn't been released yet.
  14. He certainly looks like a big man.
  15. Does anyone do dashboard woodgraining in the Houston, Texas area?