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  1. Hey Ed, is it true that a Model J is just midway on the evolutionary series between a Model A and a Model T? (Note -- I can ask that since I own one.)
  2. My brother was contacted about a 1930 LaSalle touring that my father once owned. An auction company was trying to confirm that it had been "formerly owned by Hoot Gibson." My brother told them that it had not, that a prior owner had also had an entirely separate car -- way different year and make -- that was the one that had supposedly been owned by Gibson and had "HG" castings on it. But sure enough, when the auction catalog came out, it showed the car as "possibly had been owned by Hoot Gipson." So somewhere out there is the owner of a LaSalle who thinks that it's a celebrity car.
  3. I put a Pertronix on my '35 Auburn some 20 years back, in anticipation of smoother running. There was absolutely no discernable difference from running on the old dual-point setup. Car ran fine for a couple years, then with absolutely no warning died in the middle of a parade, never to fire again. Of course I didn't have a spare Pertronix unit. So after trailering the car home I reinstalled the dual points and have never looked back -- and also never had any trouble since.
  4. The light-colored car immediately above Jim's message is a Model 48 Locomobile, likely a Farhnam and Nelson body equipped with a cape top. Several survive.
  5. THANK YOU everyone for a fun thread. Your comments confirmed my view that the '29 Packard and Cadillac were near-equivalent, though maybe they've aged a little differently. No disrespect to Pierce, Lincoln, Stutz, Marmon and a few others -- they are all great cars, which is why we call them all "classics." I'd like to see competitive road performance tests, but that really can't happen with 90-year-old hardware, current-era restoration and repair costs and recognition of risks. By the way, in the '50s and '60s, collectors routinely raced each other on open roads. I witnessed a few. As for Mode
  6. Yep, with the relatively rare wire wheels.
  7. Dee Howard also owned and restored a one-of Model J phaeton, I think with a Rollston body. He later sold the restored car to Otis Chandler. During his later years Dee invented some sort of steering stabilizing system for 18-wheelers. He told me about it once. I don't know if the system made it into commercial production.
  8. Made all the difference in the world on the '29 Club Sedan we had back in the 1960s. When I bought the roadster about 15 years ago, after driving it for a while I felt the vacuum tank and it was too hot to touch, so I then had a sheet aluminum shield made and installed it with insulation between it and the vacuum tank, both on the sides and bottom. But keep in mind that down here in Texas the summer daytime temperatures can range from 95-105 degrees. And I was also using standard pump gas (with 10% ethanol). Of course, the vacuum tank sits directly over the exhaust manifold.
  9. My '29 Packard Super 8 roadster is still running on the original vacuum tank. Only time I ever exhausted the fuel supply was on a multi-thousand-foot climb high up in the Rockies outside of Denver. I went for miles up a mountainside basically floorboarded. Soon as I stopped I choked the engine and it fired right up. But I did not attempt to go any higher. The engine is 384.8 cubic inches.
  10. Growing up in the hobby in Houston during the 1960s, we had very few of the exotic classics around. We always looked in awe at the cars that would turn up at the big shows "up east." And what few we had were always subject to getting vacuumed up by the tipsters who would alert the Harrah folks in return for a finder's commission.
  11. Lots of Duesenbergs are running Carillo rods -- as is mine. They were installed in the early 1990s.
  12. Pierce wasn't mentioned because I have no experience in one. Plus, I knew Ed was going to bring them up. Besides my family Packards, I had a good friend back in the 1960s who was into the '29-'32 Cadillacs. He was a mechanic at a Cadillac dealer in New Orleans during the depression and knew those cars back and forth. They purred for him, and were dead reliable. He spoke highly of the V-16s. We used to go on long driving tours together, me in a Packard and him in a Caddy. Also, a couple local folks here in Houston currently have '29 Caddys that I like. That's why I asked about them.
  13. I've been a long-time fan of '29 Packard Super 8's, having grown up driving a 640 club sedan and now owning a 640 roadster. I always considered the same-year Cadillac V-8's the equivalent in quality and performance, after having been around several owned by friends. What say you? I'm interested in hearing opinions and look forward to the debate.
  14. In similar situations on my Buicks in years past, if the glove box was locked, I just removed the door by unscrewing the mounting hinges, then removed the lock and took it to a dealer or locksmith that could either provide the correct coded key or just make a new key from scratch.
  15. I can confirm that the glove box keys on both a '66 Riviera and '73 Riviera were the same as the trunk keys. I learned that the hard way back in the day. Don't know about a '75 Lesabre.
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