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  1. post-41405-14314298061_thumb.pngI have been asked if I did the restoration, I always say “No”, my enjoyment is driving the car.  I was born in 1942 & the Hupmobile is a 1931.  The interesting question is “Did you buy it new?”  My original response was “No”, later I might say “Think about it.”, now I smile & say “Yes”.  The time line requires me to purchase the Hupmobile 9 years before my birth.


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  2. I tow my Mullins trailer with a custom a 3 bolt hitch.  There are two steel  braces on the frame where the hitch is attached.  I have no problems with the hitch being too light.  The trailer wheels are actually a set of front hubs & wheels including the brake drum.  My trailer is 450 pounds with a 70 horse engine, it requires some down shifting at corners.  



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  3. Sorry about the slow reply.  Several years ago I purchased what I thought was a 2 1/2 wheel puller & it was too big @ 2 5/8.  Later I found a 2 1/2 puller.  I have photos of the two bell shaped pullers.  If requested, I can post photos of the top side.  Am I measuring wrong & can it be a 2 9/16?  My car, a 1931 Hupmobile 6 cyl uses the 2 1/2 size.



  4. 1967 289, auto, ps, A/C restored for touring, not as show car.  I drive it in the rain but not snow.  Upgrades since 2016 include paint, motor rebuilt, exhaust, brakes.  New interior including carpet, seats, headliner, & Factory Air Conditioning. Located north of Cincinnati.  $19,500






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  5. If you are a member of the Hupmobile Club?  They have the color codes for the engine color.  Membership is $31 a year.  There is a company in Dayton Ohio who can mix the color, in quart qty, & ship.  How soon do you need it?  I can deliver paint cans to Hershey for pickup.

  6. When filling my 1967 Mustang, the gas explodes out the tank at the 3/4 mark.  Still happens when filled very very slow.  The Mustang doesn’t use a vented tank.


    Previous owner passed away before finishing a major restoration including motor & trans rebuild, new interior, repaint including most chrome parts. 

    The tank was already installed when I purchased it.  Is it possible the gas tank is partially blocked or am I missing the problem.  A new tank is easy to replace not really expensive.

  7. In 1967 I was 25, newly married had started my first job out of school.  I was interested in my first new car, a Valiant or Buick Skylark.  The Buick salesman was bad mouthing the Valiant slant six because the pistons would wear on the down side causing the cyl to become an oval. Said I should buy a Buick.  Selected a Mustang V8 auto Coupe, small trunk but a fun car to drive.

  8. My 1931 model S, when first started, needs the spark pulled out about 1” along with the choke all the way out & hit the starter.  After 5 or 10 seconds I push the choke in as I pump the throttle 2 or 3 times.  I pull the choke out & try again.


    how is the compression?  All the cylinders should be about nearly the same about 70 or or so.


    check the vacuum at the windshield wiper motor to see how close it is at the air intake.  My car has a rubber hose under the dash connecting 2 metal lines.  Ran better after I replaced it.



  9. When Chrysler Corp. we’re selling cars with the push button gear selector all manual shift cars came with a factory 3 speed floor shift on the floor.  In the fall of 1964, I rode in a 1963 2 door Chrysler with the 3 speed floor shift.  He was a salesman who drove about 45,000 highway miles yearly.  It had been  a special  order and the kid lost his job & couldn’t get a loan.  The dealer was hung with It and made a really good price offer.  About a year later, a math professor bought a black 1965 4 door with a manual floor shift.

  10. The Diagonal distance of the fender is 33”.

    The 4.75/5.00 trailer tire is 28 1/2 “ diagonal.

    My old set were 5.50 & the car size are 29 1/2 diagonal.

    In 10 years showing car & trailer, no one has called me on the size difference.


    Some trailer owners have added a bracket under the trailer for the spare.

    there is a bracket used to add a 2nd rim/tire to the original in the back.


  11. The rims on both car & trailer is 19”.

    the car tire size is 5.00/5.50 X 19

    The trailer tire size is 4.75/5.00 X 19

    The top of the hitch ball is 17” off the ground


    The trailer tire sits inside the fender With 5 inches of clearance
    rim & tire are actually front Wheel

    I use The trailer for car shows & have luggage, tools, portable 78rpm wind up record player.  We have about 50 to 75 records and play them.  The trailer and everything in it weigh about 500 lbs.




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  12. The Mullins Mfg Co used Chevrolet 1936 wheels as default.  When you ordered a trailer they would install any wheel you wanted so you could use your tow vehicle spare tire.  Original trailers have a verity bolt patterns from 5 to 6 to Ford 9. 


    The default color was Admiral Moffitt Gun Metal, some with red pin stripes.  Most trailers were a custom Color at additional cost.

    Are you aware of the “Mullins Owners Club” & the “Mullins Red Cap Utility” book by Robert Parmelee?  Call 870-710-2886 about joining.




  13. It’s not a truck but is a trailer & tow vehicle.  

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    This 1931 6 cyl Hupmobile has a strong engine.  I can easily pull the 500 pound 1937 Mullins trailer at 50 MPR on the interstate.  My biggest surprise is I get a thumbs up from most cars & 18 wheelers as they pass me. 

    I show the car & trailer as a unit but tour without the trailer.  When on tour, I often get the question what do you tow.

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