Durant Mike

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    Central Florida U.S.A.
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    Antique Cars, Ham Radio, Stamp Collecting, Civil war Reenacting.

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  1. I was there at the auction yesterday when the car crossed the auction block. Room was packed and you could hardly see the car. #.4 million not including buyers premium. Only thing made this car worth that much money was the movie participation. Looking at the car inside a plexiglass case one saw a very old used mustang with some cancer spots and paint chipping, very dirty inside. You could see the metal welded to the underside to mount the cameras. I don't think it even runs as it looked like it was pulled into the arena. A lot of excitement being there and lots of nice cars crossing the block. Not many classic cars that we all like, a few. A couple of Packards in the 30's a Chrysler Air Flow, 1928 Pontiac 4 door sedan right off the bat, Lots of 50's and 60's cars, and of course muscle cars, Ferrari's and quite a number of Lambo's. But then again Mecum is not known for it's classic pre-war cars.
  2. Yes they are. Norman DeVaux was Durant's man in California for Chevrolet prior to and when Durant was with General Motors. After Durant left General Motors 1920 and created Durant Motors, Norman DeVaux came along and ran the assembly plant in Oakland California for Durant. When Durant Motors ceased operation in 1931 and declared bankruptcy, DeVaux teamed up with Colonel Hall and built DeVaux automobiles using a lot of left over Durant parts. They had a plant in California and in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That company only lasted two years before it went belly up. Then the engine manufacturer Continental picked up, also using left over Durant parts and made their car for one year. The Depression just killed them all.
  3. Members of the Durant Motors Automobile Club Inc. have created a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization in the State of Michigan named the Durant Motors Automobile Museum Foundation Inc (www.durantfoundation.org). The Mission of the Foundation is to raise awareness and build a 10,000 square foot museum building in the design of a 1920's Durant Dealership and displaying the history of William C. (Billy) Durant and the automobiles associated with Durant Motors Inc. We are int he process of fund raising now and hope to construct the building in the future. For more information visit the Foundation's web site to learn more about how you can help to make this a reality!
  4. Not sure if your aware of it, but the Durant Motors Automobile Club located at www.durantmotors.com is a club that covers the DeVaux. We have a number of members that have them and that would probably be the best place, on their forum, to post parts requests. There are several members that deal in parts for these cars. FYI
  5. I'm glad to see these posts, I was just thinking that I didn't see the parking stickers and info come in yet, unless my Wife had put it somewhere and didn't tell me. I guess I'll get mine tomorrow when mail delivery resumes after the hurricane. I was getting worried.
  6. Was born in Delaware and lived there up until I was 18 years old. The two lower counties Kent and Sussex are very rural and have an number or nice areas to live. I was born in Wilmington, but moved to lower Delaware in my teens. Graduated High School in Lewes. Went back last year to the area for family business and you probably want to stay away from the Lewes and Rehobeth area as it's become very touristy and crowded with traffic, especially in the Summer months. Very nice area and lots of good eating places but busy. If you head West from Lewes towards Seaford and Georgetown you get into the farmland area. Less traffic and nice areas to live. Even west of Lewes has some real nice rural land. In Kent county west of the Capital Dover again has some very nice areas. If you plant yourself in these areas then it's a short drive to the bigger populated area of Dover, Lewes or Rehobeth.
  7. With the high humidity we are having right now in Florida and the high temperature it's taking the paint much longer to cure. I've been painting small parts in my Garage on my Triumph TR6 and what should take hours is taking days using spray cans. Another project is a wine cabinet I'm making out of cherry wood. About a month ago tried to spray the Minwax polyurethane coats. Sprayed the first coat, and it flashed on me with a foggy blush. Sanded it down, thinned it a bit with mineral spirits and it flashed again and that was spraying it at 8:00 in the morning. I've given up until this 90 to 100% humidly leaves us. Without a booth with controlled atmosphere, it's tough this time of year.
  8. Thanks for everyone's replies. I was hoping to find someone here in the Southeast that could do the job. Long way to travel to New York and Mass. But I'll start calling them and seeing who can handle my engine and get it done. I'm anxious to get this car running and driving after a very long long restoration. Road trip here I come!
  9. J Dallas Dort was a friend and business partner of William C Durant and both owned the Durant-Dort Carriage works in Flint, Michigan. When Durant took over Buick, Dort was there, but later broke off to create his own car company. Dort died in 1923 and his car company too soon after. Dort Cars are covered by the Durant Motors Automobile Club (www.durantmotors.org). In Canada they were built as Gray-Dort. A nice little car to have for sure.
  10. Yep, we are fortunate that in Florida a number of stations have non-ethanol gas for us to use. WAWA, SPEADWAY and others all have non-ethanol and some have octane choices too.
  11. I guess another question I have is can any machine shop restore and rebuild an engine with Babbitt bearings without destroying the original ones My engine was not running when I got the car so I have no way of knowing how it ran. I know machine shops do various processes to get the engine back to tip top shape, such as boiling the block, honing the cylinders etc but will this process destroy the original babbitt? Or can they do all the work and just put the old crank back in and be good to go?
  12. Well today was a frustrating day for me. About six month ago I called around the Central Florida area to have my 1928 Continental 15L engine rebuilt out of my 1928 Durant. Well all the machine shops in Orlando responded that they wouldn't touch it and many had never worked on any engine older than the 60's. Contacted a restoration shop and they recommended a machine shop in Tampa. Called the guy and spoke with him and he said sure he could do it and has done older engines for the restoration shop before. Drove over an hour and 45 minutes to take the engine to the guy and he looked it over and said " Oh that has Babbitt bearings and I don't do them. Told me there was only one shop in the Tampa area that he knew of that could do that. So I called them and wasn't impressed by the help I wanted to drive over there since I had my engine with me and had already traveled a long way. Well they said they couldn't see me today, but maybe tomorrow. I sure wasn't going to drive back. Later in the conversation they told me that the guy who could do Babbitt had had a heart attach and they didn't know when he'd be back. They were not aware of anyone around that could do it. So I drove back to Orlando and put my engine back in my garage. Does anyone know of anyplace in the Southeast, especially Florida, Georgia or the Carolina area that can work on my engine and replace the Babbitt. Someone that has worked on the older engines and has a good reputation. Certainly do not want to trust my engine to someone that isn't experienced. Any leads would be appreciated.
  13. Congrats on the large number of posts. You've been very helpful to many many members and have contributed much to the conversations. You even helped me with my 1928 Durant tail light if you remember. She's all fixed up and ready to put on the car when I finish it.
  14. Thanks Steve for the reply. I'm strongly considering it and will look at them more closely next year when I go to Hershey again. They are in a barn about an hour from there. Got to finish my other two cars first though.
  15. Recently I came across a friend who had two 1941 Oldsmobile 4 door sedans, not sure of the model, but has the straight 8 engine in it. Never saw one before and I was amazed at the size of the car. Both cars had plush back seats with a fold down center arm rest. Both were in fairly good condition and didn't appear to have any rot and have been sitting in a garage for a number of years. Both are in primer and one has the engine out for the rebuild before the owner passed away. One has the Hydramatic the other 3 on the tree. It looks like the Hydramatic transmission car has the original interior in pretty good shape. It looks like it would be a great car to drive on tours, plenty of room and very comfortable and with the straight 8 would be able to do highway speeds. I'm not familiar with Oldsmobiles of this age. I probably could get one for a decent price, but is there anyone that works on these transmissions anymore. Also you don't see many of these out there, Parts hard to come by? The car with the Hydramatic has all the chrome and trim pieces in good shape and in a box. What's the pro's and con's of restoring or ownership?