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John_Mereness

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  1. Nouvaeu rishe Americans in their Yellow Rolls Royce'
  2. I had an enlarged photo from Ted Leonnard that hung in my office for years - it was very yellow, but I think the film used of the time toned it down a bit (needless to say, you would not loose it in a parking lot any way about it then or now). I tend to not mind yellow cars, but interestingly have not tested the water in selling any (they tend to be REALLY LARGE convertibles owned by near larger than life people and they have been hanging onto them).
  3. This one should be interesting to watch. I would not have called it a good sale price when sold perhaps 10-12 years ago, but it was pretty "driver" quality then and certainly needed a pick-me-up. Well, it has the PICK-ME-UP now and is quite stunning ! No explanation of why the hood is louvered now and a few faults (I do not see the balancing weights on wheel rims/side-mount retainers are reproduction/looked to be short some leather trim below window sills(but has work done in the video)/no luggage trunk(but stunning one in the video) - PRETTY IMPRESSIVE AND SO FEW EVER GET RESTORED TO HIS Q
  4. Congratulations on sale and Congratulations to the new owner - fantastic automobile !!!
  5. I remember calling one of the forum members here about an X with custom coachwork - I had a client who asked me to get the car for them as seller was miserable (and I had an escrow account fully funded too) = AND HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE OF AN ARROGANT S_ _ OF A B_ _ _ _ FROM TIME PICKING UP THE PHONE (needless to say there was no deal and fast, but I did call back a week later as I thought perhaps perhaps he was drunk or had bad day - NOPE or maybe still was drunk or still having a bad day). My point is - a 2 way street and you should seek what you would expect for yourself.
  6. My record is 17 hours from loosening first bolt to tightening last bolt - I had everything I needed in tools sitting by the car, the parts washer was all fired up, I had a new pan gasket, and I even had a packed lunch and ordered pizza delivered for dinner.
  7. I have seen pads coverings in just about everything from Haartz cloth to cotton and the inners in everything from jute, felt horsehair, layers of Harrtz cloth, and just about everything else imaginable.
  8. Baffles me when I see this stuff on auto supply store shelves - it is actually a national industry
  9. By the way: What are the lobbying efforts of the AACA these days ? If they have forgotten they are basically a trade association with members, then we have a real problem - just saying. READ THIS VERY CAREFULLY AND FEEL FREE TO QUOTE IT IN 20 YEARS AS TO HOW IT TURNS OUT: THE ANTIQUE CAR HOBBY IS NOT A HOBBY - IT IS A BUSINESS AND A SIGNIFICANT PART OF EVERY STATES ECONOMY (JUST AS AUTOMOBILES AS A WHOLE ARE), BUT IT IS AN INCREDIBLY FRACTIONAL-IZED BUSINESS AND IT HAD BETTER GET IT'S ACT TOGETHER AND JOIN FORCES, LOBBY, AND IMPROVE IT'S BUSINESS. AND VERY EASY TO SAY THERE I
  10. They will never takes guns away - it is actually the success of democracy. That said though certain automatic weapons should be taken away and the allowing them causes all the hysterical of we need to take away ALL (aka the bad egg in the bunch spoils all the good eggs). Sort of like the argument of Facebook needing to self regulate - well, they had better or they write the prescription for their own demise. As to electric cars - well, the battery technology is so harmful to environment that it really has to be an option as this point verses the whole. And, gasoline is an incre
  11. I would probably figure out how to leave the housing alone and engineer in some sort of socket that will snap in or has some sort of metal reinforcing plate.
  12. The Blockley folks are good "engineers" (or at least they have been everytime I have asked) - shoot them the question.
  13. These were like 12 Ply truck tires (oversized and near petrified) and the car was standing on them perfectly fine (for years) with perhaps 5 to 10 lbs pressure in the tires
  14. I assume they would be called a flap even for that era tire (they are the ones off to the right in your photo) and I assume you will have to ask around via all the tire companies - they really are needed though. And, as to caution - you can probably cut something down if none available, but you cannot have anything sticky near the joint (that is how accidents happen). And, you really do need to talc the tire casing, the tube, and the flap - the talc allows for some shifting and prolongs life (and not enough talc on tubes from manufacture) - for years I have used Johnson's Baby Powder.
  15. You can make the rivets on mine + or + the size of the original, as long as you apply engineering your smarts and strongly feel that is what is needed for a well engineered part.
  16. It is fine - they will end up with a better car and if they chose to correct then it is one more complaint that they will not hear at show, time to sell, or .... I classify it as falling under phrase such as: "It Takes a Village."
  17. Agreed ! Basically, despite whatever problems it may or may not have it appears solid enough that you can work through them without total pain and agony and hopefully end up with a really good car when done.
  18. PUT THE LANDAU IRONS ON THE CAR PROPERLY - NO EXCEPTIONS EXCEPTED EVER !!!
  19. I noticed this with a 1931 Cadillac in recent discussion - sure the colors are not best for resale, but the restoration is OUTSTANDING and there are literally only a handful done to this CCCA and CCCA top score level (in the big or small scheme of it few cars would ever be restored or shown to this level - it is a major undertaking in any restoration) - so you overlook the flaws and get yourself a FINE car. And, then there is a Cord in current discussions that was priced reasonably "in my opinion to sell without hassle" and everyone started jumping on it as to what is wrong with it (other t
  20. A PRE-WII Car Discussion: Here is my advice: Something darker and rich - you can never go wrong with Maroons, Blues, or Black. Stay away from circus wagon tu-tone colors with HUGE contrast. I often preach in contradiction to my rules as to historically significant cars that have been known to be certain colors when new and/or have been certain colors for eons and are well know for those colors (Yes, a Green Duesenberg that was Green new or has been Green for past 70 years is OK - may not get you top dollar, but is probably important to leave Green and OK
  21. Actually, 4 door sedans are very lovely cars and the bulk of AACA, CCCA, ACD, Ford and ... club membership - aka just about every Club is based on sedan ownership. That said though, the mere volume and ... matched to top not going down (aka rarity of rarity) also effects price. The wooden wheeled base model 1929 whatever may be actually more desirable than the "restored" wire wheel side-mounted X, but the wooden wheels when they get to certain periods always tend to "haunt" cars. There are also 100K sedans (and the convertibles at 200K) and there are 750K sedans (and the convertibles go for
  22. Funny and unfortunately pretty true from what I have seen too.
  23. Nope, sunvisers sit next-to/flush-with the headliner just like your "gut" told you - takes some fiddling and perhaps upholster made some sort of assembly error.
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