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  1. I have two, both involving my dad. About 1975 or so dad and I were in the front seat of the family 1926 Ford sedan. It was the Summer Solstice, or as dad said, the longest day of the year. We were driving fron St. Ignace, Michigan to our home in Sault Ste. Marie. It was late, but being so far north we had plenty of light. We were driving in and out of rain squalls with multiple rainbows visible over the horizon. My job was to work the hand operated windshield wiper as dad drove. It was a truly indelible experience. Some 25 years later I was asked to drive a car from the Gilmore Car Museum in the annual Christmas parade in Kalamazoo. The car selected was Bill Parfets 1935 Duesenberg JN Rolston convertible coupe. The parade was a great success but all good things must come to an end. It was time to return the Duesenberg. Leaving Kalamazoo there is a long strait road before entering the village of Richland (a town where the police are known to be tough on speeding) I opened up the Duesenberg...a lot. I commented to my dad "why is everyone driving so damn slow?" He glanced at the speedometer and said "probably because you are doing ninety." This was in a 45 MPH zone. Upon slowing considerably I rounded the curve and saw a Richland policeman who wiggled his finger at me. I feel fortunate to have not been ticketed...and not to have inadvertently blown up the engine!
  2. Another check would be to compare how much coolant is in the car compared to the capacity of the system. If the crankcase needed upwards of 3 gallons of oil, I'm guessing the cooling system would need every bit of 4-5 gallons of coolant.
  3. Ed, those are very true observations. I have a 1913 Ford Touring that I have owned, refined and sorted since I bought it 10 years ago. I have a few more steps to go but I have gone from a car that wouldn't start unless I jacked up a rear wheel to a car that is a 2 pull to start car. That's been very satisfying. It is, by far, the most reliable antique car I have ever owned...though as noted above, it has taken 10 years to get it there. The problem with the Cadillac, if I am being 100% honest, is me. I have been impatient to drive and use the car so I have pushed too hard without thinking things through. I have to say publicly, Ed and Matt have been more than just a little bit helpful, as have several others from this group. Without some of their advice the car likely would be little more that a source of frustration for me. Realistically, I just haven't taken the time to take a step away from the problem to see what is wrong.
  4. While I wish I could take credit for this I cannot. We (meaning my friend Mark Eyre) figured out what was wrong with the no power issue of the Cadillac. Apparently, after I replaced the vacuum advance (despite Ed telling me it was fine) when I lost the screws down in the depths of the engine bay, I replaced them with screws that were 1/16 of an inch too long. This prevented the distributor from fully advancing thus no power, no acceleration and eventually loading up the car with too much gas. Duh... This is now the third car I have struggled with as a result of a single misplaced bolt or screw. I had a problem In the power box of a '62 Lincoln I owned 30 years ago, the result of one intermittently bad ground bolt. A subsequent owner decided to "just try" replacing the bolts as a troubleshooting measure and instantly and permanently resolved the issue. My otherwise fabulous 1926 Ford Touring would sputter and die, then roar back to life with seemingly no issues. Turned out one bolt on the positive strap for battery broke in half...but not before it brazed itself into place. As a result you could tighten the connection bolt but it had no effect on the terminal connection, yet wiggling it around to tighten it would give just enough of a connection to make me think I had fixed the problem. That was frustrating. And now this car. As Ed and Matt have shown us, the process of dialing in and troubleshooting a car to make it reliable can be a herculean task. I'm just fortunate to have someone locally and many of you on this forum who could help me think through the problem. With a little luck I'll be back to driving it next week.
  5. If you are old Ed, then I am dust as I think I have you by a year or two.
  6. I'm currently working on buying another car. I know that's vague but having to be a bit like Ed on this one.
  7. I understand the stress you are talking about. I was on vacation earlier this month and spent far too much time wondering if a repair I started before leaving would work on my Cadillac (it didn't). My preoccupation with the car sort of ruined the trip to be honest. Sometimes the car is in the mood. Sometimes not. I continue to be impressed by your tenacity here.
  8. I just looked through your thread. Your work is impressive to say the least. I look forward to watching more of your progress.
  9. After some checking and testing I discovered my batteries, wired in parallel are defective. One, I fully charged and allowed to sit completely disconnected on the workbench for six hours. I retested it at that time (not even under load) and it came back with a 10% charge. The other didn't fare as badly but in that same timespan, again completely disconnected, was down to a 60% charge. Farm and Fleet sold them to me and the staff were very helpful. They exchanged both batteries, no charge, no questions asked. I have to say, I was impressed.
  10. Awesome project. I too applaud your perseverance. I look forward to seeing the completed project.
  11. I like it. This Era Buick is my favorite. I've been looking for the right 47-50 Buick for several years. Yours looks like a good one.
  12. Roger, you could just say the glue will serve as a replica of the diaphragm. Either way your work continues to be amazing.
  13. It would be madness to attempt a restoration. I'd get it running and driving and just use it the way it is.
  14. Sounds like a $50 car to me. I'm only saying that because that's what my dad paid for my '26 Model T in 1953. Just a wild guess.
  15. I went there some 15 years ago. I think they had two Duesenbergs, a spare Duesenberg engine, a Cord and an Auburn, among many other interesting cars. It was a highly worthwhile experience.
  16. I was trying to read the plaque but couldn't see the details. As I understand it Fred Duesenberg was driving J 295 when the accident happened. That the car may have been repaired, rebodied, and resold (it was a almost new car) would not be surprising. Thanks for sharing the photo.
  17. Whatever you do, don't limit yourself to a 2 car garage. Believe me, the old Car hobby is infectious and the cars tend to multiply. This is a great hobby.
  18. Over the years I have owned 12 of these cars, half being 62s, the best looking of the lot in my opinion. That being said, while this car has a lot to offer, I too think it is over priced by 8-10 k given the lack of air or a proper set of tires.
  19. I like it...and I think it will work. Does the round disk in the foreground spin? If so, that should help. Please keep us posted.
  20. I was 18 when I bought my '50. I always thought it was a good young man's car. Now I think it's a good any man's car. I am looking forward to watching your progress with this one.
  21. I confess that I am a creature of habit so I sometimes forget that this new version is here but I still love the photos.
  22. I respectfully disagree. I have always like the 57 Nash. I kind of like the stacked headlights and Nashes of this era are very comfortable to drive. Now, keep in mind I don't like it enough to pay his asking price but for $1500 I'd probably figure out a way to get it home...if it was a stick with overdrive.
  23. Matt, I really enjoy this thread. I know this car is fighting you, seemingly every step of the way, but you are proving to be an excellent instructor for all of us...especially when Ed chimes in.
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