Dave Henderson

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  1. Ed, I don't see that all of your questions about the "Flying Wombat" were answered. The car is on a Cord 810 platform and was designed by Maurice Schwartz and Rust Heintz of pickle family fame who commissioned it. While it had the "Wombat" dubbing for the movie, in real life it is the Phantom Corsair, a one off. A late friend who was a Cord expert here in Fairfax County, Va. worked on it in the late '40's or '50's when it was locally owned, and said he never could figure out why it was so fast. It passed through various hands including Herb Schriner who made modifications to it. A subsequent owner, probably Bill Harrah put it back to its original configuration. I believe it still resides in what used to be Harrah's museum.
  2. It's a wheel for a Ford. Figure out what size tire bead fits it, 18" would be '32 Ford, 17" is '33-'34, 16" is '35.
  3. Has some characteristics of Cunningham.
  4. Steve, For what it's worth the MoToR's Specification Tables covering American autos from 19' to '24 does not list the Piedmont until 1919, in which year there is shown a model N-30 and an S-40. The former had a Lycoming engine with 4 cylinders, 31/2 x 5. There also was an S-40 Piedmont which used a 6 cylinder Continental engine. The 4 cylinder is indeed shown to have just 2 main bearings, a Carter carb, Delco ign., Dyneto starting-lighting and voltage, B&B clutch, G Lees-3 (speed) transmission, and Peru rear axle with 4.45 ratio. Piedmont wasn't shown in the '20 charts but returned just in '21. Other makes using a Lycoming engine with the same specs as stated were Dort, Elcar, Dixie flyer, Commonwealth, Gardner, Champion Tourist, Crow-Elkhart, Lone Star, Norwalk, Skelton, Texan, and Seneca. No specific engine model designation was given for any of the makes. I believe the Piedmont was manufactured in Virginia, and that there may be no known survivors..
  5. You could be correct Sophie, about '53. Nice piece.
  6. That rang a bell for me too. Sure enough, there it was among an accumulation of the great old 75 cent Fawcett books of the '50's which I hadn't perused in decades. It was a good read, but I noted that for some reason Uncle Tom left Porsche out of his Top 10 Sports Car article, which imo included one or more that now-a-days would be considered relatively inferior.
  7. In the day a Motor I have some of these manuals from the '50's and later, earlier ones cover back through '35. In the day a Motor's Auto Repair Manual had about everything covered and was all you needed to know about fixing American cars. I'm thinning my library and will sell any one I have that will cover your car for $20 plus media mail postage.. Please pm me.
  8. From a junkyard many years ago that was known to have nos Packard, Studebaker, Ford and Kaiser/ Fr. parts. Marked RH, 611938 in small numbers. 5" long.
  9. '65-'66 I believe, but you be the judge. Look ok to me. $15 ea, $25/pr.
  10. From mid '30's. 120? The ball is not out of round, slightly etched. $20
  11. Before giving up on older GM car's starters I check the solenoid, a relatively inexpensive part, it can make you think it's a starter problem when it's not.
  12. Have you looked for old oil change stickers with miles and dates?
  13. E. L. Cord is on the far right. The building is the library in Auburn
  14. And rare it is. Assuming it is a '33 President, the Production Figure Book For U.S. Cars by Jerry Heasley shows only 635 "92 President 8's" and 1,194 "82 President 8's being produced. Convertible production is usually a small fraction of total production so I would venture a guess that there weren't more than maybe a hundred or so of them. I have been an astute car watcher since the '30's and have never seen one.
  15. Sounds like when it's your time to go you will fit in it......
  16. Edgar Rohr, Past President of AACA for 2 years in the '60's had a Rohr on the order of the second one pictured. Am I wrong in recalling that it was fwd?
  17. Ok, here's an example, the cluster and low/reverse gears for an 810-812 Cord. In '55 I decided the best way to protect them for eventual needs and to enjoy them in the mean time was to use them for a lamp base, painted gold. It turned out that gold was an appropriate color, that's what they practically are! Am I lucky, they still haven't been needed for replacement, yet. Not available, they will have to stay in my stash for that dreadful day.
  18. I needed a battery for my '64 Mercury Comet Caliente Hardtop in the early '80's. I opted for a J. C. Penney one with a lifetime guarantee. In "88 it conked out and In the meantime Penny's had given up the auto servicing business, but fortunately Firestone had bought it from them and assumed warranty liabilities. Firestone cheerfully gave me a brand new replacement with a continuing lifetime guarantee. In '94 it was replaced, another lifetime guaranteed freebie. That one endured fairly well too, so it wasn't back to Firestone until April of '01 for another, same terms. In just a year and a half that one failed, so you know the drill. the Interstate replacement they gave me in 02 was fantastic. It held a good charge until 2018 after which a cell went bad. The car was being stored so I didn't think much about the dead battery, until that is I decided to get the old Comet up and running again. I pondered, would Firestone still come through? They did! a $159.99 Interstate, and it's guaranteed for life. That totals up to 5 free replacements and it ain't over yet. Kudos to Firestone! And if you're wondering, yes, I do still have the Caliente.
  19. Ed, Admittedly the LaSalle was somewhat of a beater. Still, it was important to us and we didn't want to blow it. We started off cautiously with it in high gear with the clutch being held in, and towed it slowly. It didn't take much clutch work to determine it would turn without breaking something. Oil pressure came up and nothing knocking was enough to convince us it was going to be a go situation. (reminds me of the George Foreman radio liniment ad, "It works for me and it WILL work for you!") Naw, you're right, too much at risk.
  20. Why not just tow it to try starting it, then go from there. I recall starting a long sitting '37 LaSalle that way in the '50's. (the ratty old rope we used is not recommended however). One by one the cylinders started catching as the lifters got pumped up. After being towed a few miles it was hitting on all 8 and could be started by the battery. I understand the '32 Packard 12 has some type of hydraulic device actuating the valves, so it might be worth a try.
  21. Timing? Could it be prematurely firing on the upstroke? I seem to remember that timing a Packard 12 was involved and needed to be done carefully, according to the late Jim Wells. Jim brought the merry-go-round band organ that used to entertain us, parked next to the stadium at Hershey in bygone days.. Have you tried holding a cable from the battery direct onto the starter, bypassing the solenoid? (protect your eyes and hands). Are you sure that the starter rebuild was done thoroughly? You could inspect it to ascertain if the armature checks ok on a growler, or was dragging due to incorrect assembly of the field coils, or a worn bushing that wasn't replaced.