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Marty Roth

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  1. Humidity, as well as heat are a way of life here in New Orleans, so "just put down the top" is NOT an acceptable solution - especially when travelling cross-country on the interstates. While not a Buick, our '54 Cadillac convertible brought us to the same decisions you face. Our solution was to buy a complete set-up from Vintage Air with the under-dash version, and modern style Sanden-type compressor, and the to source a correct factory bracket appropriate to our engine family (new model but same block design. Vintage Air supplied an adapter between the bracket and the compressor, and we
  2. So --- If you get Chicken Pox as a kid you get sick, but if you get it as an adult, you don't get kids? We both had Chicken Pox as kids, saw my wife's Dad suffer with shingles, and both have now had the Shingrix vaccine shots, hoping that prevention is the best cure
  3. That pic looks more like the result of west coast rain landslides. Yeah, we get hurricanes here, and also had them in Jersey, but unlike a tornado - with hurricanes at least you have a couple of days to decide to stay or to get out of the way- but that wasn't the reason for moving here- As you might expect, the real reason was a fantastic woman, great at waterskiing, fishing, off-shore boat handling, hand-thrown pottery, tour/rallye directions & driving, and after better than 51 years, it was still one of the best decisions I ever made !
  4. Honey, Sweetie, Dear, would you please check the TOUR DIRECTIONS one more time? I'd prefer that you not get the trophy for "Most Lost Navigator" again ! And when we got to that tricky intersection, yelling "Turn Right Here ! - Left !" --- No, I wasn't really mad at you (mutter, mutter, mutter)...
  5. New Jersey ? Wait -- Is that one of the reasons I moved FROM New Jersey? Maybe it was because of what else New Orleans offers: Great Food Hardly ever snow (maybe once every 20 years - and then just a dusting) Great Food Drive convertibles ALL YEAR LONG - top-down Great Food Great Music - even on the streetcorners, and I've played trumpet and trombone with some of the best over the years Great Food No need to "Winterize" antique cars (or any others unless you travel north) Great Food Some of the nicest folks anywhere Great
  6. Andrew, My 1954 convertible came with the spare's small black cap (as did our '52 convertible) - still have the cap. The cap is held to the spare in the trunk by a pair of spring clips which go through the spare's center registration hole. It is dome-shaped, and has a hole large enough to allow a finger to be inserted, allowing the cap to be pulled from the spare. My guess is that it keeps "unsightly" center section from view, as well as any dirt around lug area?
  7. I had strongly considered buying Buddy Walton's Cadillac, and already owned the spare '29 chassis, fenders, and steering assembly with an eye (but maybe not the budget) toward building a speedster. I recall the Caddy's paint falling off in sheets. I also looked seriously at buying Buddy's '29 Packard 640 Dual Cowl Phaeton, but was aware of a series of problem areas. It went to a couple of tri-five Chevy brothers, and then to another gent who commissioned a full restoration, got a First AACA Junior at Charlotte, and (as I recall) then sold the car. Buddy and another friend once borr
  8. Agree with Matt's note- That is exactly what I did with my '27 Chevy's oil pump- and it restored oil pressure to above factory specs, even when hot and at extreme slow idle (got it staying smooth even down to 225 RPM)
  9. Same "issue" with our 1966 Barracuda, our daughter's first car, with the 225 ci slant six and 3-speed Torque-Flyte
  10. Beautiful car in amazing condition, missing only the black center "hubcap" for the spare tire, and these are available as reproduction in the aftermarket, as well as used.
  11. Dropping door, especially with good hinges, usually indicated bad wood in the frame supporting the door, and/or bad wood in the door itself - an expensive, labor-intensive repair. That issue was what took me so long to eventually find our former '34 Buick, but what made a dozen years of toring, and the eventual body on chassis restoration to Repeat Senior AACA status so much better (and affordable)- since gone to new caretaker on this FORUM
  12. As I recall, at least in 1950, the lower series Statesman had the Flathead Six-cylinder, while the upseries Ambassador had the OHV Six. The "600" wassold alonside the Statesman and Ambassador through 1949, but was discontinued after the 1949 model year - at least per my aging memory. My father's 1950 Statesman was notoriously underpowered, as Dad frequently reported, having been the replacement for our 1942 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe
  13. The pictured 1939 Plymouth above appears to have aftermarket headlights - as I recall, the '39 Plymouth had rectangular headlights with rounded corners, unless Canadian versions differed from US models?
  14. I've collected several over the years, and folks seem to enjoy the sound of the one on our '15 Hudson
  15. Agree that the first one is a FIAT Topolino (Little Mouse), also licensed in Spain as SEAT(spelling-?) not sure per 2nd one
  16. Many's the time I baked a potato in aluminum foil on an exhaust manifold- and also reheated pizza in the cardboard box or tinfoil atop the air cleaner. Steaks and roasts do fairly well in a pot or dutch oven if not too thick, and if in a soup mix with peeled and quartered potatoes - but havs to be wired shut, wrapped in foil, and strapped to the manifold, then turned several times to cook evenly - ask me how I know - but works well for overnight camping
  17. Do it again and turn it into the size of a Crosley?
  18. SheetRock? We (son & I) recently brought home 40 sheets of 5/8 inch 4ft x 8ft from Home Depot to redo the newly rewired and R-30 insulated attached garage- You'd better bet we rented their truck - flat bed with drop sides- no sense trying to make trips with our rigs. Next come the new doors and openers
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