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Everything posted by John_Mereness

  1. The canvas sidemount covers have a stainless bead on the edge - kind of nifty and you see such on Packards too.
  2. Take your distribution tube to the radiator shop and have them solder up the damage - it is brass so easy to do.
  3. Try going with a 160 Thermostat verses a 180. Also, a thermostat is a good thing as it acts as a flow restrictor often more so than a thermostat - keeps fluid in radiator for a certain amount of cooling time. Also, on the suction side of water pump make sure there is a coiled wire in the radiator hose to stop collapse under load - a water pump can be very powerful. Also, when tube is out wish around and make sure you so not have sediment in the head - you can always poke around and then flush with a garden hose prior to installing your new radiator.
  4. Nice car - they tend to be pretty driven hard and put away wet and/or worked over and this one strikes me as pretty middle of the road. it could stand a little wider whitewall and needs lots of tinkering, but nice car.
  5. I believe so - diffused the air so that it did not directly blow on you.
  6. This really is a great car - no complaints other than needs finished.
  7. My mom generally has for years popped the plates of the trophies and donated them to the local boy scouts - they recycle them for Pinewood Derby awards. That said, the Concours d'Elegance events have great awards and I especially love the Dayton Concours d'Elegance awards.
  8. I have them made at - great service and great price. If showing you will want some sort of fabric braided lacquered wire (probably black), but if just a driver I would go with Packard 440 wire
  9. In maybe 1978, I recall John Tornquist and first wife Kathy stopping in one evening on way from somewhere - in 1 foot plus of snow and they were driving their AACA Senior Prize Winning 1949 Cadillac 62 Series Sedan (in Maroon) - The stayed for dinner, but would not stay the night as they wanted to be back home to Chicago to relieve the kids sitter - They left about 10:00 pm for the drive from Dayton to Chicago.
  10. I remember being out with the 1941 Cadillac, in maybe 1981, on the fall AACA tour and we were about 3 or so miles from home when it started to snow - by the time we were on our street there was enough snow the car was everywhere on the street and by the time we made it to the drive there was maybe 1/2 inch and we could not even get the car up over the curb at the driveway apron - we shoveled the street to get it in the drive (that was a set of Firestone's bought in 1979). Sidenote: I also recall being in the car in a monsoon and soaking the headliner and carpet from side to side (and pretty much whole interior) with water sloshing around on the floor (why keep driving ? We had been on the highway for two hours and knew better to shut it off as long as it was running then fine, plus the more simple answer was - dinner reservations). And, there was the time of driving the Franklin off a flooded snowfield with water up over the spokes on the wire wheels (first time shown too).
  11. As to tire covers - they tend to be a tight fit on most everything 30's - the tricks are installing partially deflated and on the Auburn's, I actually take a grinder to the tire and knock off the edges of the tread. And, I have installed smaller sized and "unmatched" tires in the sidemounts too. Bottom line though is "generally speaking " if your Buick has 6:00 under covers then you may be able to get a 6:50 in the spare, but never a 7:00 and certainly never a radial as they are too boxy a tire.
  12. I am running Goodyear 6:50 x 16's with the concentric pattern on the whitewall (a reproduction period tread and whitewall patterned tire) - I have bought several sets now and have zero complaints (including driving in the rain) = As to Lester's - we had them on the 1931 Cadillac's and dad's expression is "squirrel-y in the rain" and as a result I have always stayed clear (that said, the car ran silent and the tires were exceptionally nice quality). And we have ancient sets of Lester's show up all the time via - I try to replace or get owners to replace with such as Firestone's or Bedford's (something with a more period looking tread pattern, plus I have bought just about every other brand too BF Goodrich, Excelsior, Cokers, and ...) - The Lester tires best I can tell are a rebanded "Lincoln Highway Tire" - the Lincoln's showed up somewhere in the 1960's and best I can tell Lester's started being made in very late 1960's or early 1970's. In 1975, for the 1931 Cadillac the only real choice I believe was a Lester or a Denman (which the Denman was significantly higher priced for the time).
  13. I thought the Saab used needles bearing too or instead of roller - neighbors had a SAAB's couple and I recall him making the comment that at a certain point of mileage/wear you had to rebuild as if you let the wear exist you stood the chance of the bearings pilling up on themselves and damaging the "case" which was also the "race" ?
  14. Ed, that is the joy of a Sleeve Valve car - the exhaust will never rust out
  15. My 100 year old grandmother referred to them as "the old people."