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  1. Don’t get torqued about it
  2. Does anyone know if there are any Franklin regional meets planned -- definite or tentative? In addition to the Trek, Westrek and Midwest meets, in the past there have been meets in places like: Long Island Louisiana Florida New England Canada and other little gatherings around the country. --Scott
  3. Well said Matt. Its not always the old car guy who has an inflated value of a car’s worth. As suggested the family may also think a car is worth huge money which only makes it harder on everyone. Some years ago a dear friend many years my senior was selling his collection bit by bit. He had a Franklin which I really liked but being young I did not own a house and had no storage for the car. We agreed on a price, however, with the understanding that when I was ready I could acquire the car as we agreed. He gave me a written letter to that effect and had a copy in his personal papers. My friend died suddenly shortly after. Within a couple of years I had settled down and had a house with garage. When I approached the family I was turned away because they felt the car was worth more than we agreed to. They said I could make an offer but I did not because I felt our agreed to price was fair if not even more than the car was worth at market. I had nothing more to do with the family. Eventually the car was sold but I do not know to whom or the price. It took quite some time. So, an unfortunate end. I should have paid for the car and let my friend store it for me... but live and learn.
  4. I suggested my estimate of $100 shipping because when I got four new Firestone’s to replace these Bedford’s it cost only $75 to ship the four. Got them from Universal in PA.
  5. Today we commonly have Grade 2, Grade 5 and Grade 8 bolts at our disposal depending on the severity of the application. When did this distinction come about? On cars I've worked on from the teens, 20's and 30's, I've never seen any markings on a bolt to indicate its relative hardness. Even in the engine for connecting rods, main bearings or driveline. It seems back then a bolt was a bolt was a bolt. It was just the diameter that determined its strength. True? If not were there different hardness specs? If not, Was it also WWII which inaugurated the use of hardness markings on bolts?
  6. Anyone have a feel for when the torque wrench became a common tool for the home mechanic, or small-scale shop? When did the concept of tightening bolts to specific pre-determined values become used in factories on assembly lines?
  7. Great looking tires for a big Classic.
  8. For sale --- Four used Bedford Famous Coach tires, 700x19. Tires have good tread left but are 30 years old. An inexpensive and great looking set of tires for a car that you don't drive too much . . . . or your call. Brand new Bedfords are $250 each from Lucas. This set is $250 for all four plus shipping. Figure on $100 shipping but I will let you know the exact amount before you send a check. --Scott
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    Only in the very early days. 1910 and earlier. If you need exact years you could look it up in ACN.
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    I haven’t looked up your rivets specifically but McMaster Carr has just about everything you could want. Their online catalog and mail order service is the worlds largest hardware store.
  11. Ed Wager in Montpelier, Virginia has a car for sale on the HHFC website. I've tried to contact him but there is no response from the e-mail address and the telephone number listed has been disconnected. Does anyone know Ed or Sarah? Any way to get in touch? --Scott
  12. Just to throw in my two cents, I've found the original Wilkinson carburetor to be very nicely designed. It works well, is very efficient and gave me no troubles. I love the adjustable needle valve for you can not only finesse the mixture while running but you can shut off the car that way, and restart it on hot days very easily. Like a vacuum tank and six volt starter, don't give up on the original equipment. It works well when properly adjusted.
  13. Those of you using an overdrive, what brand are you using? And how or where is it mounted?
  14. You get more visibility and better Response in the general technical section. I also thought this problem may be relevant to similar L-head engines.
  15. Can the cam followers be removed and more importantly replaced without removing or disturbing the associated valves?
  16. I have a 1932 Packard Standard Eight. I've set the valves several times to everything from slightly loose (0.006 each) to factory specs of 0.004 each. And I always have one noisy valve. *Tick* tick *tick *tick*. . . . In an otherwise quiet engine it is annoying. I think I've located the valve --- number two exhaust. But why is it noisy? When I rebuilt the engine, the valves were all new from Egge, seats ground. Any suggestions for quieting this one out of 15 other well behaved valves ... without closing it up too much?
  17. You know, I'm just asking the question if the gears are available. I don't appreciate the insult. If you can't answer the question, please don't tell the world about your opinion of me. There is a reason why I am considering high speed gears. I have tried an overdrive in the car and it didn't work out well. For this particular car given the weight and the engine size and the rear axle gearing, in overdrive made the engine lug too much in my hilly country, and out of overdrive made the car too slow. Out of overdrive was 4.69. In overdrive was 3.47. What seems ideal for my car with my engine with how much it weighs and where I drive it, is something intermediate like the 4.07 gears that Phil Bray used to make. I appreciate all of your opinions on how overdrives are the way to go, and if you do a search you will see that I was a big proponent of overdrives based on a 1926 Packard I used to own. But the current car just doesn't work well with that set-up. So I am trying other options. If I lived in Kansas or Ohio or somewhere flat, I'd go with a different option. Where I live in western New England that option doesn't seem to work for this car with this body style with this engine with this gearing and where I want to drive it.
  18. Without explaining all the reasoning, here's a hypothetical question. Suppose you have a circa 1930 large-car Sedan. Packard, Cadillac, Buick, Pierce, etc. Could you put larger tires on the rear to get better speed while leaving smaller tires on the front because they look better . . . . or because you don't want to buy four large tires. The large tires on the front really would look truck-like. But on the back they are mostly hidden under the fenders. The question came up to put say, 650x19 on the front and 750x19 on the rear. The two-inch diameter increase on the rear gives about a 10% better speed for the same engine rpm. If the answer is "no, you can't do it", then why? What would happen? Have you done it to know for sure? No flames or insults to my intelligence or ancestry, please. This is just a question.
  19. I'd like to find a set of Phil Bray's high speed ring and pinion gears which would fit a Packard standard eight, 1932. Specifically a 1932 902. That or any used, older ring and pinion gear set that would fit the '32 but have a lower ratio (higher speed) than 4.69. I'd be interested in the gears, the differential or an entire rear axle. Thanks -- Scott Troy, NY 1932 902 5-p Coupe
  20. I'd like to find a set of Phil Bray's high speed ring and pinion gears which would fit a Packard standard eight, 1932. Specifically a 1932 902. That or any used, older ring and pinion gear set that would fit the '32 but have a lower ratio (higher speed) than 4.69. I'd be interested in the gears, the differential or an entire rear axle. Thanks -- Scott Troy, NY 1932 902 5-p Coupe
  21. My 1932 902 has a two piece driveshaft. Does anyone have any experience rebuilding the center carrier or know of someone who has and can do the job? The bearings seem worn with plenty of slop, but more importantly the rubber vibration insulating section is all boogered up from age. I don't know how to replace that. The driveshaft runs OK, but there is vibration presumably coming from that center carrier. Thanks -- Scott Troy, NY 1932 Packard 902 5--p Coupe
  22. If you are considering putting old tires on a car, how old is too old? Say these are brand new never been on a car. Say these have been stored well with no issues. Do tires go bad simply due to age? Could a 40 year old tire, for instance, that’s never been mounted and has been stored well still be good as new to drive on?
  23. Please tell us how you want to install it ... and why Mitchell doesn't like it.
  24. I rebuilt a 1926 Packard straight eight years ago and did have the head surfaced before assembly. But I had a terrible time getting a good seal. Went through three headgaskets if I recall right. Anyway a friend who rebuilds professionally said that it is tough to get a good seal on long engines like that Packard. He recommended Hylomar spray as a gasket sealer. Worked great and I always use it on everything. --Scott
  25. I gave the car a good run to get it hot then checked the clearances with the engine running. The exhaust valves which I set to 0.004 cold were now generally about 0.004 or 0.003. Intake valves which were also set to 0.004 cold were 0.007, 0.008 and 0.009 hot. So the exhaust valves got a tiny bit longer hot --- clearances smaller--- but the intake valves got alot shorter when hot --- clearances bigger. Any ideas?