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jrbartlett

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  1. I have about a dozen 20-inch #6 wheels, and maybe 4-5 snap rings.
  2. Ed -- We have to get together sometime. I want to hear some more stories. Meanwhile I'm busy at work, waiting for a new top on the 1919 and gathering up a few odds and ends for the 1925. My plan is to take the latter to show at Hilton Head, COVID permitting.
  3. I considered a Model 36 Pierce at the same time I was considering a Model 48 Locomobile 12-13 years ago. The Pierce was half the money. But the Loco was more what I had in mind in terms of size, presence, looks and over-the-top interesting metallurgy. The finale was opening the hoods and comparing the engines. The Loco looks like a fire truck engine. I didn't have a Model 48 Pierce to compare against. Of course their specs are essentially identical to a Loco, and that would have made a fairer comparison.
  4. The cap from my '19 fits the '25 perfectly. The '25 came with a nice attempt at a casting, but the threaded portion is too small. The cap is OK to put on the car if it is stationary, but I think it would fall out if driven much on the road. The original cap was apparently on the '25 when it was purchased in 1989, but disappeared when the car was shipped by a transport company. I'll get back to you over the weekend.
  5. I don't own a car, but do have a Model 90 instruction book.
  6. I've not owned the mentioned Packard and Pierces, but have observed them. So here is what I've seen, which is my own opinion, or what the owners of these cars have told me. The Twin Six is superbly smooth, sounds like a modern engine. But the one that I was around was geared far slower than my similar-year Locomobile, and seemed to be a step down in build quality. The Pierces seemed really well made, and I've been told by owners that they drive more easily than a Loco. And I've seen a '24 Pierce power around me at what I estimated to be 70 MPH (I was driving my Dad's '29 Packard). But I give the Loco the edge in looks over their peers, and I had an owner of a Pierce and a Loco indicate that he thought the Loco was more rugged and durable. He called it "a bulldog of a car." By the way, if you look at the underside, it's interesting how similar the chassis look on these cars.
  7. Need a Locomobile-script threaded radiator cap with 2-and-3/4-inch male threads, or something generic with those threads that I can modify into a radiator cap. What have you? This is for a 1925 Model 48 Locomobile.
  8. Need a Locomobile-script threaded radiator cap with 2-and-3/4-inch male threads, or something generic with those threads that I can modify into a radiator cap. What have you? More specifically, this is for a Model 48 Locomobile.
  9. There's something else to consider. Any change from original makes it that much harder to diagnose problems and find correct replacement parts, which can be a mild obstacle for you so long as you remember where everything came from, but a huge issue for whoever owns the car next -- which could be a family member. That's why non-originality hurts the value of the car -- experienced collectors have already been down that road. For example, a conversion to disc brakes might require a change to suspension parts. What does that mean when it's time to align the front end?
  10. At the time Ed posed the question on what the coupe would sell for, I thought $175,000. Later in the day Gooding posted their estimated range, which in fact started at that number. I'll stick with that guess.
  11. The 1925 is is one of the 10 or so Locos once owned by Mr. Steward in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1940s. He ultimately sold it to H.B. Carroll of Abilene, Texas, and it then went to Bill Harrah, then to a James Leake Auction, then to Clive Cussler. I knew H.B. Carroll, and I talked to a son of Steward about 10-12 years ago. Anyone who knew the earlier history is probably long gone. On my 1919 Locomobile, I know the entire history from new, and even have pictures of the original owner, his house and the carriage house in which the car was kept. That's pretty rare these days. Fortunately, I do have a lot of Locomobile literature -- owners manuals, factory correspondence, body catalogues and in-factory photo images.
  12. Ed -- I may be on the trail of a Pierce that I knew back then. More in the months ahead -- maybe.
  13. Here's a 1925 Sportif that I just bought, serial 19323. This car was in Texas when I was a kid, and I saw it the first time in 1963. The then-owner drove the car across state on multiple antique car tours, and even took three vacations through the western U.S. driving the Loco. It took me years to track it down and then after I found it, 10 years to succeed in buying it. I've yet to drive it more than a quarter mile, but I can say that the steering, clutch, brakes and shifting work much easier than on my 1919 Sportif, and the engine is much quieter as well. I look forward to polishing it up and showing it. It was restored in 1989 and shown at Pebble Beach shortly after.
  14. Also, sometimes in the case of re-sleeved wheel cylinders the inlet hole on the sleeve is not aligned with the inlet hole in the wheel cylinder.
  15. Long shot, but might this have been the Clark Gable roadster that he left in Canada after the death of Carole Lombard?
  16. What is this huge early touring car? This photo is hanging in a museum in Paris, Texas, and the staff took the photo and sent it to me. I did not have the opportunity to take the picture down and see if anything is written on the back. Notice the double running board. Could this be an Oldsmobile?
  17. Restored a '35 Auburn in the early 1990s with new everything. Used Dot 5 and I've never had to add any, despite a lot of use and sometimes long periods between use. Big benefit to me is that Dot 5 does not eat paint. It always seems like when bleeding brakes that you'll have a little fluid get on backing plates and axles. No problem with Dot 5.
  18. My brother has a '38 convertible coupe. These are nice-driving cars with the overdrive. Really easy to steer thanks to Chrysler engineering.
  19. Interested in converting a wood-wheel car to Buffalo wire wheels. Does someone out there adapt the Buffalo hubs to existing brake drums/spindles?
  20. Hey fellas, as someone living where empty warehouses are hard to find and sky-high expensive, I'm just wondering where these are located.
  21. Why not have a good rebuilder go through your existing engine? Then you'd know exactly what was done, or could customize to your preferences.
  22. I've been in the hobby starting from 1960, and in all those years I never heard of any '29/'30 Packard roadsters made up from other body styles. I don't think the value of these particular-year cars was ever high enough to justify the effort. Plus there were a number of the originals around. Admittedly, I was in Texas, and the majority of these cars seemed to be in the Northeast, so maybe I'm just out of the loop.
  23. How do you guys view Keels & Wheels in Texas?
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