Hemi Joel

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  1. In 1930 my grandpa reached age 21 and to told his dad that we was going to leave the farm. Great-Grampa needed the help, so offered to buy his son a new car if he stayed for a certain # of years. Gramps picked a new 1930 Chevy 4 door sedan so he could haul all his friends around. He related a bunch of stories to me about adventures in that car, like gaining popularity with friends who never wanted to go with him in the old T farm truck, and trips to the big city, WHen he told me he junked the car after 6 or 7 years and 60,000 miles I was astounded. He explained that with the oil they had back then, it was very hard on the bearings to start it cold in the winter. It was too thick to lube the rod bearings. He had taken the rods caps off several times and filed them to reduce the clearance, but the crank had gone "flat". The washboard gravel roads shook the body so bad that the metal body panels were falling off the wood framework. He had re-nailed it a several times, but the wood was getting split and chewed up and the nail holes wallowed out. It was just plain worn out and not worth fixing anymore.
  2. The stock market crashing I'm sure affected the bidding. Bad luck/timing for the sellers. I think that there were some bargains on no reserve cars. Many sold 20% or much more under the low estimate. The Duesenberg Murphy convertible coupe was bought cheap.
  3. What a great idea, this is a wonderful thread! Afterall, what would old cars be without people? My contribution here involves a 1949 plymouth that my dad bought back in 73, then restored. The first pic is as found. I got to help when I was a 14-15 year old kid. I wish I had a pic of my dad with it at the time. The second pic is me standing by it at my grandparents home just when it was finished. I was 15. My Dad drove it ALOT, about 70,000 miles, including trips from MInnesota to the southwest, and into Mexico. The 3rd pic is in 1992. In 1980, my dad had retired in Arizona. The miles had taken a toll on the old Plymouth, and by '92 car had sat for a while with a burned valve and dry rotted tires and top. He offered it to me, and I flew down to AZ, did a bunch of repairs, new tires and battery, and drove it home to MN with the burnt valve. (50 mph) Back at home, I ground the valves, repainted it, rewired it, new top and eventually replaced the still original interior. The 4th pic is me doing some work on it in 2007. It has been driven regularly and maintained since I got it. In 2018, my son asked me if he could drive it on his honeymoon, after his upcoming wedding. He and I went thru the brakes, replaced the exhaust and the 1992 tires, and got it all ready for the trip. We decided he would end up with it eventually. In 2019, right around my 60th birthday, we drove it back to my grandparents old place, (no longer in the family) and snapped the last pic in the same spot as the 1975 picture. Obviously, there's much more to this 47 year story, and I hope it continues for many more generations. Joel
  4. Thanks for all the great replies! I reckon I'll just keep using my dusters. Bye for now, Joel
  5. Hi, I have been using a California duster for many years. I always make sure that there is a good coat of wax or glaze on the car, so I didn't think it was doing any damage to the paint, but I'm not as observant as some people either. The reason for starting this topic and seeking opinions, is that I was at a show last year and started dusting off the car. A guy came up to me almost in a panic, he was adamant that the California duster would damage the paint. He had some supporting information from an expert or an article or something like that. I thanked him for the concern but I told him I had been using a California duster for a long time and didn't notice any damage. He was not too happy that I didn't heed his advice.What do all of you people think of this practice of dusting the car?
  6. 14 year old camera operator, he was just learning. It just touched 70, then I slowed down. It's so fun to drive, like I'm sure all Duesenbergs are.
  7. Matt, thanks for the kind words! I like to share my Model J as much as possible because back before I had it, Duesenbergs seemed so inaccessible. Always behind ropes in museums, never seen at any local shows. I wanted to see under the hood, crawl underneath, see up close what makes them so legendary, hear it run, listen to it roar if someone were to take it out and floor it! The golden rule now applies. Steve, the videos are still there, Hemi Joel on Youtube. I need to make some more. Hopefully 2020 will be the year for that. Joe, I have had the same issue! My son and I had the Deusey to a show at Jefferson Wisconsin, and a teenager came running towards us from about a block away. When he got within hollering distance he started yelling with great exuberance "is that a Rolls Royce, is that a Rolls Royce, IS THAT A ROLLS ROYCE?!!" When he got up to the car my son said "it's a Duesenberg" The kids head just dropped, and he said in a disappointed voice "I thought it was a Rolls Royce" and slowly moped away. Well, at least he was passionate about a great marque. Now whenever my son sees the car, he taunts me: "Is that a Rolls Royce?"
  8. There are some exceptions! Back in 2010 I was at the ACD festival in Auburn, and met an older fella by the name of Everett Kuhn. He told me that he had just sold his last ACD automobile, and this would be the first time in 50 some years that he would be viewing the parade from a lawn chair instead of from inside an ACD car. So I offered him a ride in my 29 Model J Murphy convertible coupe, figuring that he would be riding in the front seat with me. But no, he insisted on riding in the rumble seat. With a couple of us around him to catch him if he fell, Everett stepped onto the running board, and up onto the fender step, and into the rumble seat. He was 95 years old at the time!
  9. Another pic of it, I'm glad you asked. (:
  10. Thanks very much! I'll check in with Jim. This Cord is a fairly recent acquisition for me. An L29 cabriolet has been on my bucket list for years, and in March I found one by accident when I wasn't actually searching. I'm sure some of you have seen it before, displayed by the previous owner.
  11. Thanks Mark. So it looks like I need a new one.
  12. Hi, on my 1929 Cord L29, the radiator shutters open too late. I see what appears to be a thermostat on the back of the radiator. There is a square headed screw protruding from the middle of it. Is that perhaps a means of adjustment that could make them open sooner? THanks, Joel Nystrom
  13. Thanks for the help, Ronabi. I had checked with C&E a few years ago, but I should check again. You never know. On the Ebay items, they are close, but I would prefer to get the exact one. Thanks again! Joel
  14. Hi, Does anyone have a door pull handle like this that they would be willing to part with? My car is missing one. It is on a Duesenberg Murphy convertible coupe. Perhaps other makes used the same part, I'm not sure. The best way to get a hold of me if you have one is via email. hemi67gtx@yahoo.com. Please include my name in the subject line to get past my spam filter. Thanks, Joel