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  1. franklinman

    My "new" lathe - Input?

    What ;you have is a short bed version of the classic South Bend '9' lathe. These lathes remain quite popular today due to the fact that many, like myself, first learned to use a lathe in high school machine shot on a South Bend 9. Yours is a fairly early pre-war model but would still be a very useable unit once rebuilt. I have a WWII era 9, with the Navy department anchor stamped in the right hand end of the front way that still works very well. The nice thing about these things is that there is a large following for them, even a club exists, and a good supply of new, used and replacement parts available. The 9 is a perfect machine for the home hobbyist and many attachments are available to extend it's capabilities. With all of that said, a machine like yours isn't an expensive piece so I'd check around for pricing before I put a large amount of money into it. You may find a machine in good working order for less than what you would spend on fixing yours up. The other part of all of this is coming up with the necessary tooling, which I don't see in you photos and am assuming you don't have. You can invest some serious bucks in acquiring a good assortment of things like a complete set of collets, centers, taper attachment, center rest, etc. Then there are the more esoteric items, like a milling head, if you really want to get deeper involved. Good luck with you find, have fun.
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    help on 1929 dodge brothers doctors coupe

    Not trying to be all negative on you, but I personally wouldn't want to be that deep into it, at least with what information I have thus far. A very decent '25 Roadster (a much more desirable body style) sold recently for about half that amount. Again, I'm not saying you don't have a nice car. If it's mechanically right you still have a great car that will give you a lot of fun. You may not be able to get what you've got in it out of it if you're looking to sell it, but if you bought it to enjoy then I wouldn't worry too much. These early four-cyl DBs are really good cars, they just don't seem to bring significant money.
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    help on 1929 dodge brothers doctors coupe

    Definitely looks to be a '25 or early '26. Also appears to be one of the "special" series with the plated radiator shell, bumpers, etc. Nice car. These are really well built cars, but are only realistically 35 mph or so road cars. Without seeing more details (interior, engine bay, etc.) it's difficult to put a value to it. If everything is nice I would say you're looking at anywhere between $7,500 to a max of $10,000.
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    Tupelo Museum Closing, Selling Off Cars

    Same for me. There's nothing like an early brass car still in unrestored condition!
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    1925 DB Cowl Lamp Disassembly

    Thanks guys for your input thus far. I have played with these things now for a week with no luck. Maybe I'm just not prying hard enough or in the right places, but I really don't want to damage anything at this point. Does anyone have a pic of one of these things apart? Maybe if I could see exactly where the bayonet pins are located I'd get a better idea. Oh, and Roger I had thought about the bulb issue. I've located an LED type bulb that appears should fit. I'll let you know once I get one apart. Thanks again.
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    Hi Nick, Congrats on a great GB/DB find. That truck looks very nice. I would do some more research on the year though. Check your serial/motor numbers and I think you'll find that it's a little later than 1923... probably about 1926 or 27. In '23 they were still using the 12V single unit starter/generator and the radiator and hood were different that what's on your truck too. Not taking anything away from your truck, it's still a super find. But knowing the correct year/model will be of importance when you are doing the research into it. Good luck with it. Looks like a really fun piece.
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    1931 Packard Series 826 4 Door 5-Passenger Sedan

    Looks like the spare is probably rear mounted. I see no mounting holes on the cowl or frame to support sidemounts.
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    For most of us, especially those who derive their greatest enjoyment from driving our cars, it is sad to see a group of car languishing like this. The lack of care is disturbing. However the fact remains that they are being preserved, to a greater or lesser degree depending upon your definition and/or point of view. And they will, at some point in the future end up being transferred to other ownership under which they will receive the repair and restoration they deserve. This is not a new phenomenon. Many of us "old timers" can well remember other "stashes" of cars such as the Pollard collection. I eventually ended up owning one of Barney's brass era cars and restoring two others for customers myself. The saddest part of that collection was the fire that eventually destroyed many desirable cars before they could be saved by other collectors. For some folks it's all about the number of vehicles they can accumulate. As I've grow older I've found that, for me, it's better to have fewer cars that I can reasonably maintain and use, and leave the rest for others to enjoy. Again, everyone has their own take on the hobby. Time will pass and these cars will get sorted out as well.
  9. OK, continuing to go through the new roadster little by little. I need to remove the cowl lamps (which appears to be a straightforward operation... disconnect wire, remove nut and pull lamp assembly off car???). The next step is I'm planning on changing the single contact socket to a double contact for turn signals. The problem I'm having is getting the plated rim off of the lamp housing to access the bulb/socket. I've removed the little screw at the bottom and now the rim will rotate through about 1/4 of a turn, but will not come off of the housing. I don't want to go prying on it for fear of cracking or breaking lens/rim. There's nothing in the owner's manual regarding this so I'm hoping someone here can lend a hand. Thanks.
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    1931 Packard Series 826 4 Door 5-Passenger Sedan

    Sounds like a very fair price. You wouldn't even come close to paying for the work done for that amount, let alone buying the car to begin with. For someone wanting a great classic closed car that sounds like a good entry.
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    1912 olds limited

    Steve will probably be along with the answer any time now.
  12. What type of "grease" are you referring to?
  13. I'm sure this topic has been discussed at some point in the past, but I'm just curious as to what the general consensus is on the best fluid and/or grease to use in the differential and transmission on the 4-cylinder 12V series cars. I see 600 and 1200/1500 gear lube being sold thru numerous sources and I know that using too thin fluids will result in leaks and harder shifting, but I'm wondering what those of you guys that drive their cars regularly have found to work best. Thanks.
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    Heated Running Boards

    Radio antennae under the boards?????
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    Coker Tire - FYI

    I, like many in our hobby, owe many thanks to Harold and Corky for all that they have done to support our needs and keeping many cars on the road that would have otherwise been left setting on their rims. We've literally bought hundreds of tires from them over the years. I have to say though that we have noticed some changes in overall attitude in service levels over the last 2-3 years. Most of the time any issues were addressed and resolved, although a couple didn't get worked out completely satisfactorily. I will continue to patronize Coker Tire because they've been good to us over the years, and in many cases are the only source for what we need. I know that when Harold and Corky were running things we at least had someone there that shared our hobbyist needs and wants. I just hope that the "businessmen" now in charge won't forget who it was that brought the company to where It is today.