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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. After Heimbuch my car was owned by Lee Davenport of Greenwich, starting in the early 1960s, and extensively driven on area tours in original condition. Coming back from the Glidden Tour I think in 1968 (maybe Finger Lakes?) the still-original top blew off during an early snowstorm, and Lee decided to have it restored by Bill Oxley in 1971-1972. From then until I bought the car 35 years later it only accumulated about 750 miles, so it wasn't out much, though it did pick up AACA junior & senior awards. I was never lucky enough to meet Lee but did have a couple of telephone conversations with him. The car was originally owned by Sanford Freund, a New York lawyer, and kept at his summer home in Ridgefield. It and other cars were sold at auction following Freund's death in approximately 1954. Freund's home is now a school, and the original carriage house still stands on the grounds. As for the Ridgefield shows, I remember seeing photos in the AACA magazines in the '60s and '70s. If that show is ever resurrected, I would bring the car up for it.
  2. The car at 1:06 appears to be my 1919 Locomobile Sportif, which at the time was in original condition and owned by a collector in Connecticut named Miley Heimbuch (spelling may be off). The photo below shows it today, restored in the original colors. I added Locomobile drum headlights and the outside horn. The car had been pulled out of an estate carriage house in Ridgefield, CT in 1954 and sold at auction, after setting up for decades. It had a slanted windshield at the time.
  3. Good tip. It could be a while before I get to it.
  4. It does. It's possible that it's not adjusted properly as the car was completely disassembled for restoration in the early 1970s.
  5. Re: Driving Loco vs. Pierce & Rolls I have not driven a Pierce or Rolls. But after I bought my Loco, I was talking to a big-time Pierce fan who told me quite forcefully that the Model 48 Pierce was a better driving car due to easier steering, and the absence of rear-spring wind-up while backing up. My Loco has the latter; when you need to slip the clutch while backing up the car tends to buck. I don't think it's the clutch, as there's no clutch chatter at all when going forward, even when slipping the clutch. It's interesting that the respective Loco and Pierce 48 models have the same wheelbase, engine size and wheel size. Probably ought to drive similarly. But I do consider the Loco Sportif the better looking of the two.
  6. 1919 Model 48 still has a truss rod under the differential.
  7. The question would be whether there are springs behind those balls that have weakened. If you are lucky, you might be able to install stronger springs that would make the detent function more positive.
  8. Most of these systems are no longer used because they drip oil all over the chassis and garage floor. We had an original '29 640 sedan when I was a kid and we routinely used the oiler. It certainly created a mess. For my current '29 640 roadster, I fitted standard old-style grease fittings.
  9. One approach may be to set your novel around a guy working in a custom body building company, which were much smaller operations. Basically, body frames were built up out of wood by skilled carpenters, with metal panels (often aluminum) shaped by hand work involving a variety of the devices mentioned earlier. Paint and upholstery would follow, then assembly of the body onto a chassis obtained from a car manufacturer like Packard, Pierce Arrow, Duesenberg, etc. By 1928 the custom body builders were turning out some magnificent cars, but that business was beginning to dry up. Your protagonist could be portrayed as a proud man with very specialized skills honed through years of apprenticeship and then master craftsman status, but who is now beginning to feel threatened by the trends he's seeing. You could even task your guy with the proud task of screwing the body company's nameplate onto the body, as the final touch.
  10. In my case, Navy Seabees, Mekong Delta '69 and '70.
  11. That maroon Lincoln would do it for me. What a beautiful car.
  12. But I rebuilt my super-charger. No issues when they are done right. When new they were supposed to be good for 40,000 miles before needing a rebuild.
  13. 35/36 Super-Charged Auburns, due to 150 horsepower, light 3800-pound weight, two-speed rear axles with highest (fastest) gear ratio approaching 3-to-1 on some cars, easy steering, reasonable quality (not nearly up to Packard, Cadillac, Pierce or Lincoln but good enough), plus their share of flash and style thanks to outside stainless steel exhaust, pretty dashboards and lots of aluminum under the hood that you can polish up if you like.
  14. You might also be surprised to learn that they built some V-12s that I think were two of these engines in line. I think for larger trucks. Someone else will weigh in.