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  1. Tire size on my 1919 Model 48 is 35x5. Thus, 25-inch wheels.
  2. Given the different number of teeth, there's no way you can use these on anything other than the type of engine they were originally made for.
  3. Among additional points to check: Does sound like the radiator might be overwhelmed by the size of the engine. Falcons were small, economy-minded cars with small engines, so the original radiator may be too small for a 302. Was the 302 block cleaned (boiled) out at one point? Is the engine timing set correctly? Is the vacuum advance in the distributor working? Is the carburetor set correctly -- not too lean? Is the coil breaking down under load -- I've seen that cause heating issues. Do the radiator hoses have anti-collapse springs inside them? If not
  4. Yes, confirmed by the exclusive-to-Locomobile headlights and the tool boxes built into the splash aprons (which a couple other makes also utilized).
  5. I would like this antenna. Please contact me.
  6. The black limo with the four ladies alongside is a Locomobile, with rare wire wheel option. My guess is roughly 1916-1917 given the high fender line.
  7. I knew folks who put STP in their steering boxes and said that it really helped. Of course their steering boxes may have been full of hardened grease beforehand.
  8. Geez, that was one nice car to be cutting up. Note the shiny paint.
  9. Don't know about Pierce Arrow. I was impressed with the fact that Locomobile had running board courtesy lights that come on when the rear door is opened in 1919. Maybe earlier years too.
  10. Let's see if I remember this correctly since I am at work and cannot consult the owners' manual. The keyed Day-On-Night switch gives you two options for shutting the car down. The "Night" option turns off the power to the separate ignition switch, but leaves the power on to the lights on the splash aprons, which come on when you open a rear door. The "Day" option turns off power to both the ignition and the power to the splash apron lights. I just leave the keyed switch "On" in my car for convenience.
  11. I saw this car drive into Waco, Texas for a tour in the mid-1970s, when Dan Williams owned it. It was incredible, with its narrow body, broad fenders and extremely raked windshields. I already loved Duesenbergs, but seeing such a super-exotic car on the road was awesome. I had the impression that he had driven in from Dallas.
  12. We used to have a pair of Model K's her in Texas. The roadster -- recently sold out of state -- was known to run 60 MPH back in the early 1960s. I was on a Glidden Tour a few years back with a couple of Model K's and was told by others that they were running 50 MPH at times.
  13. I grew up carrying those things around -- my father owned a cash register company in Houston. We tried to have a second person available. It was do-able loading it into a pickup, but you never wanted to pick it up or set it down at floor level.
  14. Note that masking tape and fine-line tape are different products. The latter is far better for this purpose.
  15. Really looking forward to the Grand National, even with all the changes necessary. Heck, I'm just looking forward to getting out on the road from Texas to Pennsylvania. Thanks to all involved.
  16. Aw shucks, guys. I do look forward to meeting up in the future.
  17. My machine garbled your message. Please call again -- home 281-255-6770 or cell 832-606-7599. Anytime is fine. I do know of one Loco Sportif with a polished aluminum body. Don't know if it was that way originally.
  18. Hugh9222 -- You should give me a call. I live in Tomball and own this Model 48 Sportif. --- James Bartlett, 281-255-6770
  19. You see them pull onto a side street at a McDonald's, all the men go inside and line up at the restroom, and then walk out and leave without spending a penny. My son lost a nice Tahoe when one of these junk car trains got loose on an icy overpass in Oklahoma, and slammed into my son's SUV.
  20. You'd likely find the cloth seats to be more comfortable.
  21. One of my coworkers has transmission fluid leaks on his '57 Bel-Air with Powerglide. What are the typical sources?
  22. Here you go. Unlikely to be your grandfather's car, as this one has a dual cowl with the second windshield mounted on top of it, which is different from the tonneau windshield that is mounted to the rear of the front seat on your grandfather's car. But at least this gives an idea of what these cars looked like in light colors when new. And yes, they were big cars, intended for the wealthy.
  23. Might be referring to 8 holes for lug nuts, plus two smaller holes for water drain. Note that Packard Super 8 wheels of 1929 had 80 spokes. Don't know about other years.
  24. Yes, you nailed it. Interestingly, there is a beautiful '29 Model 640 phaeton in Dallas now.
  25. I am running Coker 16-inch radials on my '35 Auburn. I have been happy with them. If you get them, make sure to pull any stickers out from inside the tires. Had one flat caused by a sticker that I did not know was there.
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