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  1. Hello, Sorry, I had given all my leftover parts to a friend with a 70A identical to the one I had. I am not sure any of the parts will work for a 70B I thought they were substantially different cars? There were several different sets of headlamps but they were all older style drum types. There was a radiator shell in good shape but I think the configuration was different on a 70B. If you want to send me a PM I can put you in touch with my friend and you can see if he still has any of the stuff that might be of value to you. Craig
  2. Thanks Jalp, I think I may be on the road to getting things properly sorted. I have been getting help from the British A-S club pre-selector transmission expert and I think I may have experienced a breakthrough. I have the workshop manual, not sure what kind of look I would get if I brought the car to the local transmission experts but one never knows. Hopefully this will not be necessary. I joined the British and Austrailian clubs both of whom offer excellent parts support, one can obtain just about any part needed which is pretty good for a car that has been out of production since 1960. I thought about a swap to a manual gearbox but I am told the bellhousings are quite different and there may be some conversion issues. The club members all tell me the pre-selector is robust and reliable once properly sorted out. Thanks for the input. Craig
  3. Hello, I recently aquired a 1953 Armstrong-Siddeley Sapphire with a Wilson Pre-selector transmission that is giving me trouble. I have been getting some on-line help from the club expert in England but since I know next to nothing about them I have not been able to translate this help into success. Is there anyone out there that knows of someone in the USA that has some expertise with these transmissions? They were used on some cars made in the US in the '30's Cord and Auburn among them, probably some others. I don't think there is much difference in the design. I live in Ferndale, WA near the Canada border so someone in Seattle or Vancouver BC would be great but anyone in the USA would be great. Maybe someone who makes house calls?! Thanks as always for the assistance. Craig
  4. Hi West, I am 1/2 step ahead of you, I put a post on the ACD club forums and will follow your advice and copy my post to the ACD forums within. Thanks, Craig
  5. Hello, I recently aquired a 1953 Armstrong-Siddeley Sapphire with a Wilson Pre-selector transmission that is giving me trouble. I have been getting some on-line help from the club expert in England but since I know next to nothing about them I have not been able to translate this help into success. Is there anyone out there that knows of someone in the USA that has some expertise with these transmissions? They were used on some cars made in the US in the '30's Cord and Auburn among them, probably some others. I don't think there is much difference in the design. I live in Ferndale, WA near the Canada border so someone in Seattle or Vancouver BC would be great but anyone in the USA would be great. Maybe someone who makes house calls?! Thanks as always for the assistance. Craig
  6. I have put the car up on e-bay in case you want the full description and lots of photos take a look. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&sspagename=ADME%3AL%3ALCA%3AUS%3A31&viewitem=&item=330271349993 Thanks, Craig
  7. I put it up on e-bay for those that might be interested. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&sspagename=ADME%3AL%3ALCA%3AUS%3A31&viewitem=&item=330271349993 Lots of pictures and a total blow by blow description. Craig
  8. I found a Packard that I think would make me happy. All I need is some cash to buy it. Reducing the price on the LaSalle to $11,000. Or if all the members want to kick in $10 to the help Craig buy a Packard fund that would be okay too. Just 1,000 people to kick in $10 each would get the job done. Craig
  9. I found a Packard that would fit my desires, now all I need is cash to buy it, reducing the price on the LaSalle to $11,000. Does this stir anyone's juices? Craig
  10. I just want to push myself to the top of the list. Just won a trophy this past weekend - Best Orphan (non-Studebaker) of course there were only a few other orphans there and the '51 Hudson Hornet Hollywood hardtop took best of show and the well worn rusty and non-running Rambler really wasn't in contention. But still... Craig
  11. Hello, I have a 1937 LaSalle sedan for sale ($12,000) but would like to trade for a '36 -'40 Packard sedan since I have always wanted one. The LaSalle is a 30 year old restoration and definitely shows it's age but it is a runner and driver and makes a good appearance from 20 feet, the old "20 footer". I would like something in similar condition or of similar value as I would look to make a striaght trade. I can suppy full details and lots of photos to interested parties. I am located in Ferndale, WA (NW corner of the state). Let me know what you have! Thanks, Craig
  12. Nobody likes LaSalles? I am a little flexible on the price if that matters. Craig
  13. I have a 1937 LaSalle sedan for sale or trade for a '35-'40 Packard sedan or even a stepdown Hudson. It is a 30+ year old restoration but a decent runner and driver. The doors are rusty on the bottom and there is lots of bondo on the doors too. I think the rest of the body is pretty solid but the laquer paint job shows it's age. I would call it a 20 footer patinaed driver. Interior is okay, light blue wool. Drives well enough for me to use it fairly often, to church on Sunday (really!), car shows, SUnday drives etc. One could be happy to use as is, I do. I can share all the details I know with any interested parties and send photos too. I would be happy to call you to discuss in detail. $12,000 is my desire as that is what I have into it, would prefer a trade for the aforementioned '35-'40 Packard sedan in similar condition or of similar value. a '48-'53 Hudson might be of interest to me too. I am located in the NW corner of Washington state. Questions? Comments? feel free to PM or e-mail me. Thanks, Craig
  14. Did I mention that I would make a sweet deal for all this stuff? I would like to reclaim my garage space! Craig
  15. I still have quite a few parts for a '26 Willys-Knight Model 70 for sale. I traded the car for a LaSalle but retained all the spares. There are odds and ends of all descriptions. Larger items: (2) radiators with shells, 20" split rims, aftermarket trunk, re-nickled rear bumper, etc. many bits and pieces. Not much in the way of engine parts or sheetmetal. Contact me with your needs and I will see if I have what you are looking for. Thanks, Craig
  16. Contact me off forum and I will send you photos and dimensions. Thanks
  17. I just traded my '26 Willys-Knight model 70 and have a quantity of spares that should fit that model as well as some others. I have a few boxes of bits and pieces of all descriptions. Larger parts: I have two radiator shells and radiators, one shell is in decent shape and should be easliy replated. I have a back bumper which was re-nickled but did not fit my particular car. extra 20" split rims, etc. etc. Not much in the way of engine parts. Let me know your needs and I will dig through what I have. Thanks, Craig
  18. I am about to obtain a '37 LaSalle 4 door sedan that has some rusty doors. Will other GM cars from the same year (Buick?) interchange? Or, for that matter will other year LaSalle's be interchangeable? Or other year GM vehicles? The help supplied is always appreciated. Thanks, Craig
  19. I generally use I-5 for about 12 miles in the morning on the way into work, the rest of my route is 25mph to 30 mph. On the way home, I take the "back way" which runs from 25-40mph. Gerg
  20. My simple original thought was that a Model A was stingier with a gallon of gas that what is being stated throughout this thread. I have seen several Model A's for sale locally for a sum less than $5,000. They were advertised as running and driving cars, although that is a pretty loose description and could mean a lot of things. I have not actually gone to see these cars in person. True, for supreme fuel economy one would be well advised to look for a VW Diesel or the smaller Mercedes Diesel (190D) but there seems to be a price premium on those, out here anyway, and having worked at a Mercedes dealer many years ago, I know that part can get pricey and in some instances hard to ger in certain situation. As I type this I just saw a '48 Studebaker flatbed truck turn the corner still earning it's keep by hauling a load of lumber. I would rather drive something old and interesting if at all possible. It would seem, based on the thread so far, that a Model A or T would not necessarily be the answer to my question. There have been some other interesting ideas about thrifty or semi thrifty cars from yesteryear that I will explore. Thanks to all that have participated. Good stuff! Gerg
  21. Wayne, you are of course correct, fuel economy certainly wasn't a big issue 70+ years ago when gas was .17 cents a gallon. I am not sure why I thought a Model A was thriftier than 20mpg. I can think of some other cars that might fit the bill but at a cost far greater than I am willing or able to spend. The American Bantam comes to mind, Crosleys, say, maybe a King Midget! The points previously made about Model A parts availability and the fact that they still seem to be rather plentiful was what influenced my initial thinking. I would rather spend $5,000 on something interesting that would hold it's value or at least not depreciate as much as more modern iron. I will keep seaching for something. Gerg
  22. Well, I am seeing information I was looking for. For some reason I had thought a Model A would get close to 30mpg. The car I am driving now already gets 20mpg and it is a little rocket ship ('89 Merkur XR4Ti). I am shooting for something that will get 30mpg or better. I only hazarded a wild guess as to the fuel economy on the W-K (it's a Model 70), the gas gauge is not functioning and the paint stirring stick I use is not that accurate. I doubt very much it is anything more than the mid teens in terms of mpg. I would hesitate to use it as a daily driver and I find the mechanical brakes woefully inadequate, maybe they need some adjustment but I know a few others with the same exact car and they certainly don't brag about braking performance. My thought process was along the lines of a car that would be cheap (relatively) and plentiful I thought the "A" would fit to a "T" (get it?). Keep those thoughts and innermost feelings coming... Gerg
  23. Sorry, I did not mean to infer that I was using the W-K as a daily driver. That just happens to be what is in the garage, sunny days only. I was thinking along the same lines as you with respect to a Model A in terms of ease of maintenance and parts availability etc. I just was not sure how thrift they would be with a gallon of fuel. Gerg
  24. Hi, In a quest to get better fuel economy I want to sell my current vehicle (20mpg) and get something more fuel efficient. I know there are plenty of modern options, my current antique (1926 Willys-Knight) is not the answer as it only gets around 8mpg. My questions is: What kind of fuel economy would a Model T and/or a Model A Ford get? I figure if they get reasonable fuel economy why not? One can be had for far less than any new car options and while they do nto seem to be appreciateing too much these days, they do not seem to depreciate much if at all. One cannot say that for a new car. I have a 15 mile commute to work each way and can take a route where the speed limit doesn't exceed 45mph. Any real world input would be appreciated. The practicality of this notion is something else. I would guess that a Model A would be more practical in today's real world driving scenarions. I have seen a few people around town (Bellingham, WA) that rely on well worn Model A's for transport, why can't I? Thanks, Gerg