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Everything posted by John_Mereness

  1. Build sheet for your exact car is available via General Motor Archive - very informative
  2. Yes: Re Oakland Park Blvd not far from I 71
  3. Yes, the 1930 Franklin 147 Speedster Sedan (jury is till out on whether a Dietrich body by Dietrich production or made by say "Walker" under license - hard to say as there are zero pictures of any being produced) was owned by Len Finelli. Len may have lived in Cambridge, but when I saw car it was in Columbus proper (right in the thick of things) - he had a little museum and was sort of a "I have this, but I will not show it to anyone" kind of guy. Museum was on the same street as fellow who we knew with a 1930 LaSalle and ..... When in Len Finelli's auction this particular car is probab
  4. Go to an automotive paint store and they have things like little plastic sticks with balls of felt on end - pinstripe brushes and ... - just touch up the exact spot. Products may not be on display - you may have to ask what they carry in tools.
  5. As my mom always says "the original owner would not have tolerated that chip for even a minute."
  6. The Stromberg U-3 Carburetor should be a $750.00 or so if complete and.....
  7. Caption on IMCDb.org is: 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I in Grand Exit, Movie, 1935
  8. It passed through Cincinnati, OH one year for Ault Park Concours d''Elegance (a new owner was taking delivery there) - 1996(?). It was painted entirely in white with a tan top and a red interior. We still had the 1930 Franklin 147 Dietrich Speedster Convertible Sedan so naturally caught my eye, plus I was asked to get it running. I had all my tools so I took off a door dovetails - it had the proper number for a Franklin Walker Bodied Pirate. L _ _ . I was able to get a really good detail look at car and even slid underneath it with the shop light - THE BODY IS INCREDIBLE WELL ADAPTED TO THE
  9. Yesterday, I had a Jedi Master formerly from Ned Herman's Vintage Auto in Cincinnati (one of the top pre-war RR shops of the 60's-early 80's time) help me do some tuning. He thought I did not have the right range of mixture off the steering sector (too lean) and readjusted the high speed jet to correct. And, he preached waiting longer to shift into first to get it out of the garage (for those unfamiliar - the starter drives through the transmission and so when you start it you never push in the clutch pedal - so once started you have a very "active" transmission and you have to let everyth
  10. I believe you are correct as the right side core plugs are enameled, but the ones on the left side are natural aluminum. It has a Vintage Garage Frank Cook Cylinder head on it - a chunk of change !
  11. A RR PI is 7.7 liters (with a 4.5-inch bore and 5.5-inch stroke, displaces 469 cubic inches)
  12. This is the other side. I have like 150 plus hours in polishing aluminum. I probably should polish the brass carburetor, but will only polish it by hand as it is one of the few cars that still retains all its machine tool marks on the brass and those would be lost if machine polished. I did polish the starting carburetor (that is the small "contraption" on the center top of the intake manifold - it is controlled by a lever off the dash and basically is a primer to get the engine going and then once engine fires up you switch over to the large carburetor - a novelty (all be it an effective n
  13. Curious if just my car or ...., but I do not have to turn the RR Spirit of Ecstasy to open the hood - it is a correct original Springfield ornament and unrestored - of all things the original owner's initials are engraved in it too (ie. not a reproduction) mounted to clearly the original cap. It has the tension spring under mounting stud so it does turn, but it clears by 1/4 inch, so no need to turn it.
  14. I do not think many people understand this phenomenon (and they get less understanding if there is an hourly bill attached) - I spend hours and hours fitting things that had very decent alignment when I took them off and then when done and taken off to paint again then spend hours refitting (whole days often go by in process too).
  15. I recognize the pinstriping on the wheels - been there done that with loose and missing lugs, broken studs, and ... - of course always had a near 6000lb car in trailer.
  16. Hate to say it though that is probably a machine tool project
  17. I always loved that the Pratt's took deliver of a PI on the same day as the Whitney's
  18. I sent out two emails asking - one to The Rolls-Royce Owners Club and another to The Rolls-Royce Foundation ( rollsroycefoundation.org ). Within a day the RROC had sent a note that my request had been sent to the Foundation and within another day the Foundation had answered saying they had located the card and asking how I would like to pay and how I would like to receive - I chose email). The cost was as very reasonable $60.00. I am not sure of the current process for an English car, though know I have asked for two 25/30 Series cards and received.
  19. Hello, I still have a set of very nice 1930 Franklin S14 Grill Shell Louvers in frame (they are plateable). Also, have a pair of front or rear springs About 10 decent sized boxes of engine parts A couple unrestored Carburetors - Stromberg U-3 (and they are expensive) The last NOS Fuel Pump probably on the globe and then Arthur Gould rebuilt and restored (great for a 100 point car) And another 5 or so boxes of just stuff. Sorry, no pictures today - bad weather. johnmereness@aol.com // Cincinnati, OH
  20. If pump is the same as a 1930 Franklin S14 I have one of the last NOS on the globe - that was then restored/rebuilt by Arthur Gould. It was an egregiously expensive project to do, but if restoring a car to true 100 points ....
  21. And, as we all know - somewhere in the car will always be the Jedi Training Manual (Star Wars) - the Maroon book laying on the seat
  22. When polishing the German Silver and refinishing the woodwork - literally has every piece of interior stamped with body number and every sheet metal stamped chassis number - I love too such as the little brass tag riveted to the hood hinge with the chassis number.
  23. This was an interesting RR project: Everyone was scolding me that I had to get the chassis card to verify if correct body# to frame # to engine# - Yep, it is a 100% number matching car. After spending a lot of time with the car, I suspected that even though very tail end production the original owner got a 100% new car too (appears she was RR of America's nickel alloy supplier). Sounds like she also tied to bail company out again in 1941 buying the last unfinished PIII. I thought I would post as few people ever see this kind of paperwork and ....
  24. This 1939 Packard Twelve Formal Sedan is a Lily Pons car too. It is pretty much a 100 percent untouched original car with exception of tires and maintenance. Friends bought it in the late 1960's from Bob Tornquist who had just bought it from Phil Hill.
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