John_Mereness

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  1. Well, my first comment is - that needs painted a different color.
  2. Sludge is a killer - I was just on the phone telling of spending 17 hours de-slugging a 1932 Packard.
  3. A common issue with tires that became unavailable for otherwise perfectly usable cars (the only problem is when someone over the past 60 years did not collect the needed parts to convert back and you buy something with the problem today). Some people have said that solutions are easier today than they ever have been, but a problem you really do not want nevertheless (and certainly effects the price). the other fun one is you have the wheels and the rims, bu do not have tires and need to move the thing out of a barn or... - not so easy of a ask.
  4. Sidenote: While a solution if ever needed, it is a lot of money to end up with the wrong thing(s) when all said and done RE: As to carbs - https://cad-carbs.com/ - https://cad-carbs.com/products/1930-to-1931-cadillac-v-16-carburetors-pair-replaces-johnston-carburetors - this should be a solution and assume the same quality as their Packard carbs - when I have installed any of their Packard carbs (I think I am at 5 now for friends) it is dreamy (like a whole new car).
  5. Me too ! Matt is close though and I understand the issues he faces with the car - not fun.
  6. Sidenote: Do not mix your vales or valve lifters up - number them when you take them out.
  7. Agreed, you need a pretty complete car - this one is better than most. And, large 30's cars in general are expensive as to parts (which most people do not realize and quickly get in over their head) matched to difficulty in finding certain parts or the project turns into fabrication. As to die cast, whoever you buy parts from it is quite a lot of die cast compared to other cars and expensive as a result. Bill Sherrer did the work on our 1931 - we replaced every single piece of die cast (exterior and interior - it is a lot of pieces too, including 4 exterior door handles, 4 interior door handles, 4 interior window cranks, and ....), replaced the 4 hubcaps, replaced the outer running board moldings, and replaced radiator cap, heron, all steering wheel sector segments in brass - except the horn button was original), plus Bill made sidemount tire mirrors, restored the sidemount tire hubcaps and Oakes locks, restored a bunch of stuff on the dashboard, and .... (we did the large chrome like the grill shell, bumpers, cowl moldings, and some small stuff like hood handles, dome and quarter lamps) - in 1976, the bill from Bill I believe was around 12K (using a time value calculator of money that would be 54K today). Dad and I sold the last 1931 quite a few years ago. I have not personally bought from Pete Sanders, but I send people to him at least once a year. And, I hear Mike Butters name come up, but do not know him. I hear the popping out of gear complains, but we never had the problem. Tom Kidd is great - we had the same series Franklin at same time. As to carbs - https://cad-carbs.com/ - https://cad-carbs.com/products/1930-to-1931-cadillac-v-16-carburetors-pair-replaces-johnston-carburetors - this should be a solution and assume the same quality as their Packard carbs - when I have installed any of their Packard carbs (I think I am at 5 now for friends) it is dreamy (like a whole new car).
  8. I do not know if they are series specific, but we have an "under restoration" 120 for sale and you probably would be welcome to come here to Cincinnati and fit to a car to perfect your pattern - very nice owner http://www.significantcars.com/cars/1941packard9/ .
  9. Nice car too, needs correct taillights (probably substituted when someone added on the passenger's side lamp), exhaust pipes wrapped, vacuum tank chromed, and a bunch of detailing; and should have gone higher.
  10. 1942 in a Super Custom Clipper or a Custom Super Clipper ???
  11. I assume too it had to do with parts supplies - they could fry other fish verses manufacture parts for British vehicles while purchasing parts from US. And, not sure how Lend-Lease imp[acted as to vehicles, but there were probably some advantages for a short time in 1941. Sidenote: I know the woman who had bought my RR PI Springfield new, bought the last unfinished RR PIII for 100K (Inskips finished the car) - that was I assume a "mercy buy" to funnel money into the country as apparently we were not able to privately donate to their effort.
  12. This is the interior from the Coaching Brougham from Harrah's Collection - National Automobile Museum
  13. I think this car possibly survives - the Esther Price Candy Collection that one of my earlier Auburn's came from had a Sedan with supposedly a paneled interior and interestingly a built in bustle trunk on the rear - it was partially restored = not sure where it was sold to.
  14. Now, Ed will be able to tell us how quality a White really is, though unfortunately no matter the quality there are still so few surviving cars.
  15. Nice car - the 6 is a bit of a detractor, but still CCCA and has incredibly rare wire wheels. call or text: (715) 323-9384 reply by email: 55774f47ad5d3a33bc3224278aa9415d@sale.craigslist.org
  16. As a sidnote: This one came up a a few weeks ago for more money (and supposedly sold) and it has its pluses and minuses as well, but equally has that super solid feel about it. https://forums.aaca.org/topic/347233-1930-cadillac-v-16-limousine-not-mine/?tab=comments#comment-2072202 And, within that post is referenced a Limousine sold by RM that supposedly had been fussed on mechanically and already had a bunch of subtle upgrading (including very decent interior) - it sold for same money as this one, but a fluke in that everyone suspected it would go higher. https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az20/arizona/lots/r0010-1931-cadillac-v-16-seven-passenger-imperial-sedan-by-fleetwood/830529 And there is such as this one at significantly higher cost. https://www.classiccars.ws/sales/1930cadv16imperialsedan4330/index.html
  17. A couple of us commenting here have had 1930 and 31 Cadillac's (some with numbers of them, plus parent's with them, friends with them, and ... - the 29-31 were pretty high production cars for Cadillac even considering the depression - when you get to 1932 though it is a whole different story) - this car is pretty typical of what you find in a survivor car (some better and some worse, but pretty typical of a V-16 nevertheless). As to this particular car - yes, it has been worked on quite a bit over time, but nothing surprises me (my guess is that it has lead a sheltered life). I would say pretty rock solid. As to the nightmare part you reference - it is a huge 30's sedan and it is almost impossible to "cost effectively" restore it/them whether you are a do it yourself-er, whether you subcontract out portions of it, or whether you turn it over to a shop. And, you near have to get one in this condition as if you get anything else it really then cuts into the cost margins. And, it is acres of die cast trim, tons of little obscure expensive trim parts, and ... Well, I could go on and on and write a book too. Personally speaking, I am pretty handy, resourceful, know the cars, and ..., but if you "gave it to me" I would have trouble restoring it to a 99 point level without a queasy feeling in my stomach that I was running up to the level of diminishing returns. I really do love these projects though and so far so well, I have been able to accomplish - I just worry a lot when doing one. On the flip side of the coin: If you own a shop and decide to work evenings and weekends, a person such as Mark Clayton is geared to be able to absorb more costs via his business expertise/business focus/tools/and .... (there is still a cost value of money trade off though). There are some nice youtube video's of the 1931 Cadillac V-16 done by Mark Clayton: https://www.youtube.com/c/ARoadLessTraveledwithRestoreCars/videos