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  1. We restored a '29 DeSoto Model K Roadster when I was a kid. It was an excellent car, light and easy to drive, responsive hydraulic brakes. Be sure to use a thermostat in the cooling system, otherwise the water circulates through the radiator too fast.
  2. My brother was driving a '38 Chrysler with overdrive. I don't have any pictures from that Glidden, due to an I-phone glitch at the time. There were two Model K Fords on that tour, and those things will run. At one point I was behind an early '30s Cadillac and we were covering some ground. Afterward he asked me if I knew how fast I was running, and I told him no, my speedo cable broke. But he was impressed that I could stay with him. Another time I was in front of an early '30s Plymouth, and the driver complained to his wife they were stuck behind a slow car. Turned out he couldn't keep up with the Loco. A number of people told me they were impressed with the Loco's size, speed and the rumble of the engine. And as a result of that year's Glidden being an AACA-sponsored national tour, the Loco was nominated for a national restoration award, but did not win. Attached is a current picture of the car. The restoration dates back to 1971, which is when it won its AACA Junior and Senior. Has really held up well.
  3. There was a restored '29 Super 8 roadster listed at the Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn event over Labor Day. Does anyone know what it was bid to? It's not shown on their website. Thanks.
  4. I had a top boot made for my '29 Super 8 roadster using photos from the sales brochure as a pattern. Where are you located?
  5. In terms of driving, I took my '19 Model 48 Sportif on the Glidden Tour in Defiance, Ohio several years back. Drove about 500 miles in a week. I wound up with the "fast car" group as I wanted in the same group with my brother. Had no problem keeping up running 50 MPH. But my car has the 3.2 rear end ratio, 35x5 tires (standard) and a rebuilt engine.
  6. Agree with Marty. Love the aluminum floor on my Featherlite. Hate the plywood floor on my Continental Cargo. To cover a plywood floor I would recommend roll linoleum, as you can replace it easily if (when) it gets damaged. But you'll need a surface that provides traction on the ramp door. Maybe cover the tread track areas with Diamond Plate aluminum.
  7. I was rejected originally, but was called on an opening about two weeks ago. I had to decline because following the earlier rejection I made other arrangements, including attending the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Meet in Indiana and the Greenfield Village show the following weekend in Detroit. There just wasn't going to be enough time between trips to turn around and go to the Glidden. Also, others from Texas that normally attend Gliddens with us didn't even apply when they heard about the low registration limit. It's unfortunate -- I've made most of the Gliddens the past 15 years.
  8. avantey -- One suggestion on next year's Glidden -- ask for help if needed, and accept it if offered. I've been on several tours where just a few people had to do all the work, and in short, they couldn't. Hopefully you've got an involved club behind you. If not, ask for outside help. Even someone like me down in Texas can help out once I'm onsite for the tour, or perhaps remotely beforehand for clerical-type tasks.
  9. My 2007 Lexus LS 460 with 204,000 miles on it still looks near-new inside and outside. No rattles. Just recently started burning a quart of oil about every 2,000 miles. Very little trouble in 12 years of ownership.
  10. Guilty as charged -- my '35, which I restored in 1994-1996 and painted red on my wife's request. When I first took it to the ACD Meet back in 1997, I was afraid red would be too common a color, but I counted only a couple of other Auburns in red on the field. I haven't paid much attention since.
  11. Among other prominent collectors, here in Houston Jerry Moore owned roughly two dozen Duesenbergs at one time in the 1980s/'90s. Then, after he was gone, John O'Quinn owned at least that many in the 2000s. Now he's gone as well. From having no Duesenbergs in the area for decades, we had two periods in which Houston was "Duesenberg Central." Now we're back to only one that I know of in Houston, the one I own. There are a couple in Dallas/Fort Worth, and maybe still one in San Marcos.
  12. This is a long shot, but it did happen to me on a '64 Lincoln. Rhythmic thumping in the rear end that several mechanics thought might be the spider gears in the differential. It turns out that the rivets holding a brake lining onto a shoe had come loose, allowing the lining to slide over to one side and rub the inside vertical surface of the brake drum as it rotated. Once I found it, I pulled the shoe off and used a hammer and punch to tighten up the rivets, and the noise was gone forever.
  13. My car is running the Delco points and condenser dual distributor. I do have the original Berling magneto and switch as spares, plus a second distributor. I have a spare carburetor, rod with piston, high-speed ring gear and pinion, and a few odds and ends. As for shifting, on my car, on the 1-2 shift, when in neutral wait 2 seconds before going into 2nd. On going to 3rd or 4th, don't wait at all -- shift as fast as you can. In all cases, no double-clutching is needed so long as you time the 1-2 shift, than go fast on the others. If you miss a shift, you don't have to stop and start over. Just go back to neutral, let the clutch out and rev the engine slightly and then quickly push the clutch in and complete the shift. It takes a little practice, but does work. In this respect the Locomobile is no different from any 20s car that is normally double-clutched to shift, other than the heavy nature of the clutch and shifter. In this case, rather than double clutch to slow down the gear to avoid grinding, since you missed than shift you are now using the clutch and throttle to speed up the gear so it will engage. You can use the same procedure to upshift, it just takes higher RPM. The Locomobile doesn't really lend itself to the latter. Doing this takes some practice to get used to the procedure. Of course, it's far better to just shift fast, as stated above.
  14. This is my 1919 Model 48 Sportif. Formerly owned by Lee Davenport. Restored in original colors, stripes and upholstery pattern.
  15. The car at the side of the Mercedes sure looks like it has a Murphy body on it -- very similar to the one on my Duesenberg. Dual-cowl with split vee-windshield in the rear.
  16. Rented out my Duesenberg for $4,000 a day for three days. Sent my muscular son with it to supervise the camera crew -- he told them what they could and couldn't do. It worked out OK but I doubt I would bother with it again. The movie isn't out yet so I don't know if the car will even be seen.
  17. Saw a number of similar-vintage thermo-syphon cars on car tours during the 1960s, and most of them were heat-challenged. Most of the owners wound up adapting Model T accessory pumps.
  18. Now that's a great-looking roadster. I have a '29 Super 8, and it's amazing how similar it is to the mid-20s Packards. Good-driving cars.
  19. I drove my Auburn for 20 years on bias-ply tires from 1995-2011, which I had put on new following complete restoration including re-arched, painted and greased springs, new rubber spring eye and sway bar bushings; new shocks; new wheel bearings; checked king pins (they'd been replaced earlier); rebuilt steering box (new sector shaft bushing and spray-welded and turned sector shaft); selection for the front of the two straightest and most concentric wire wheels of the five on the car; spin balancing of the wheels; alignment and use of the correct-angle wedges between the axle and springs. Steering was pretty good, except for following the grooves in the road. Then I put on the radials in 2011, and it made a huge difference in both ride and steering -- much less (often no) tendency to track the grooves. I replaced those Coker radials with identical new Cokers last year, just out of caution. The old ones were not visibly worn, it was just a question of their 7-year age. I'm happy with the radials. For those who say, "radials will mask other problems," what's wrong with that if like my car you can't buy new wire wheels or straighten the old ones (welded spokes), a new steering worm gear is unavailable, and new bias-ply tires are made from worn-out molds in some third-world country?
  20. OK, I'll take the contrarian route, albeit with a later-year car -- a '35 Auburn. Restored from ground up, with a totally restored chassis. I put 700x16 Coker radials on it 6-7 years ago and am totally satisfied with them. Improved the ride and handling; the car no longer tries to follow the wear grooves in the pavement.
  21. You should post this on the Riviera forum site. I have two 1966 Rivieras, but have not had a spindle off them. I have done so on a 1964 Lincoln, so will offer an opinion. You may not need to remove the spring, but you will almost certainly need to compress it using a spring compressor. Some compressors are designed to fit into the center of the spring, and some on the outside. This is not a job for the faint of heart, or for an inexperienced hobbyist. But it's routine for someone who does suspension work all the time. I suggest you find a front-end shop to do it for you. You need several specialized tools, and there is danger involved if you don't do things right.
  22. I adapted a modern aluminum 6-bladed flex fan to my '35 Auburn. Improved airflow with less noise.
  23. I bought a near-new 2007 Lexus that had a clear plastic covering over the front 3 feet of the car. I thought it worked well for 4-5 years. But over time the film yellowed, and it also accumulated its own stone chips that could not be touched up. Eventually I had to have it removed. But the stuff was impossible to peal off. It was brittle and came apart in 1/8th-inch patches. Couldn't be done without damaging the paint. It required repainting the front clip. Not sure the film was worth the extra expense.