Marty Roth

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  1. If I didn't already have my 1915 Hudson SIX-40, I might have been interested in the '15 "T". I've spent much, much more in repairs and upgrades to the Hudson than you are asking for your Brass-Era Model-T, and still have a ways to go, strictly as a "driver". Good luck with your sale, and look forward to visiting "Down the Road".
  2. In 1949, the Super Six was the company's lowest price offering. The 4-door sedan listed for $2,222.00. Barn finds are always interesting, but I would wonder about the condition of the brake wheel and master cylinders, hard and soft lines, and the cork clutch riding in the oil-based fluid, as well as rubber seals throughout. Overdrive would have been an desired option, but no mention of it in the ad.
  3. Staying home between wife’s medical appointments, but working on the garages- so just made time to move the 1937 80C Roadmaster Phaeton out of her garage, make several hours progress, and put her away for another evening- Not the most complementary pics, but with temps in the 90s and humidity coming back strong - plus a chance of thunderstorms, I kept the cover for an added level of quick protection- Heavy thunderstorm just a short distance away, but not a drop here, even after returning "Fiorello" to his garage.
  4. Visiting with Don at CCCA receptions has always been a pleasure. Just listening to the many and varied stories provides an evening's entertainment, typically accompanied by appropriate adult beverage.
  5. Advise him that the 1941 Cadillac, and the 1930 Packard in my garage are also Positive Ground
  6. Our Buick members of the FORUM have the experience, and the desire to offer any advice requested. Please scroll down, ... and welcome to the FORUM
  7. Rick, it would be helpful to know where the car is located, and what the overall rust situation is- would help your sale
  8. Charlie and Ed are on target-- I carry two of my spares attached to the sidewalls of the wedge and tapered nose of my trailer, but typically carry at least four more mounted spares on the floor of the nose area, next to the tool boxes and the heavy duty plastic wedge used to elevate a good tire so that the flat needing changing is elevated without manual jacking (loosen the lugs before pulling onto the ramp). You can't have too many spares, or be too prepared when trailering cross-country ! This year for fathers day, the kids got me a super DeWalt Impact wrench (adjustable), a set of Torque Sticks, a set of both metric and SAE impact sockets, and bag to keep it all handy, and separate from my regular tools
  9. All good points, but I'm talking about a carbureted 1978 Suburban back in 1990, and 80+ year old vintage cars today, as well as our former 1986 carbureted 454 ci Suburban - not today's cars and fuel injectedengines I likely have well in excess of 50,xxx miles between both examples. The mixture of diesel into the gas has yet to show any negative effects on any of the vehicles, and despite having added electric supplemental fuel pumps to just about all of our vintage rides, they are rarely needed if facing extreme conditions with the "magic" mix. Nothing is perfect, but it works for me.
  10. This confirms what I learned from a grizzled mechanic along the way from the Texas-New Mexico state line to Raton Pass, using my 1978 Suburban with the 454 ci big block to haul my enclosed vintage Tow-Eze trailer and tour car to the 1990 Colorado/Pikes Peak Glidden Tour. The big block Chevy had been dealing with vapor lock in the extreme 100 + degree heat and high altitude plus trailer hauling in the face of strong headwinds. When I stopped for gas at a very old station along the way, I asked for premium gas because of the vapor lock. The old-timer who ran the place suggested using at least 10% diesel and the lowest octane gas. At first I thought it didn't make sense, but he explained the reasoning in a somewhat non-technical manner. I followed his advice and soon noticed dramatic results in improved driving ability. I've followed that advice for the past thirty years and share with others - because it works. It worked in the 1978 Suburban back in 1990. It worked in the 1941 Cadillac at the Oklahoma City Glidden Tour, and it works today when facing the same type of issues.
  11. We have been close with Bill since the 1980s, and toured extensively with both Bill and his exceptional bride- wonderful folks, and great musicians
  12. hubcaps look like poor aftermarket copy of 1957 Plymouth
  13. A few extra considerations if you really want to get it right the first time: 1. 4 ft passenger side door 2. Driver-side escape door extra long and full height, possibly opening canopy-style to provide shade and rain coverage. 3. Diamond deck plate floor - less susceptible to wood rot in a humid area like yours and mine 4. Multiple roof vents 5. Multiple side wall vents 6. multiple tie-downs to adapt to multiple cars (my 24 ft V-nose trailer has 8 pairs, 4 front and 4 rear) 7. Electric winch 8. Electric tongue jack 9. At least a foot additional height (as Dave mentioned, above) 10. a pair of 6K axles on 16" wheels, but have trailer "Rated" as 9,990 lb - better brakes, better suspension, etc 11. Load range "E" or better tires - recently upgraded to "G" at Ed's suggestion - there is no substitute for safety 12. We had our built with a raised floor to allow for a shorter internal wheel box - so can open '50s/'60s car door inside of trailer without hitting wheel box 13. Additional lighting on ceiling - preferably at sides, not just over roof of car 14. Lighting in floor, front, center, and rear - makes tie-down easy - especially at night, or when you have to work under the car 15. Lighting at lower portion of sidewalls (same reason as above) 16. Equalizer hitch - all the difference in the world 17. Fold-out stair at entrance door - we're not getting younger 18. storage for tools, towing equipment, etc. 19. area to easily attach and maintain at least two (2) spare tires, maybe a 3rd spare for safekeeping - so you don't lose the balance of the day the first time you need to use one 20. At least a 2500 Series tow vehicle as a minimum I'll probably think of more later, but that is a fair start- Safe trailering doesn't happen by accident
  14. Hi Guys, My solution on the 1941 Cadillac was to use 000 soldered cables, and proper grounds to the chassis, body, and engine, and a pair of 6-Volt Optima batteries in Parallel, which fit nicely into the original location. Our '37 Buick used to have a fuel issue and I added a return rubber hose to a nipple on the gas tank's filler pipe. The Caddy seems not to need this, and as mentioned elsewhere, when in super hot environs, I add 10% to 20% diesel which lowers the octane, reducing the likelyhood of vapor lock. Never a problem starting
  15. WHAT ?? Now you want to WATER SKI ??
  16. Some were actually designed to be used as a combination hearse/flower car
  17. For anyone with additional information, Many years ago I retrieved a little red wagon, but not stenciled "Radio Flyer" This one is stenciled in original but worn condition as "Radio Super". Is anyone aware of Radio Super, and how does that relate to the Radio Flyer products? Is there any significant rarity or value?
  18. Our only Fiat was a 1980 Strada 5-door hatchback, bought new in 1981 as a leftover on the Jacksonville dock. We got it on MCO for about half-price, $4,500 as I recall. It came with A/C, stick shift, and a metal retracting sunroof. I installed an exceptional stereo bought from Crutchfield, and took the family on a month-long vacation through the western states - New Orleans to the California coast, Yosemite, Butte, Montana, Bryce, Zion, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, to El Paso, and back home to New Orleans. The only two problems along the way were a clogged Catalytic converter and a stretched accelerator cable, both replaced under warranty by the dealer in Salt Lake City while we were sightseeing with a loaner car. The Strada, called "Ritmo" in other markets than the USA, met an inglorious end after hydroplaning on a 12-mile long bridge on I-10, west of New Orleans, bouncing back and forth between the concrete sidewalls. The little car was further shortened, and a cracked engine casting lead to immediate loss of oil - but it continued to run and drive several miles.
  19. Working in Manhattan at the Time & Life Building with IBM, and a long time Union Musician, I was sometimes called to sub for other trumpet players who needed a day off. I was right across the street from Radio City Music Hall where the Rockettes performed daily, and loved being in the orchestra pit there. That was a real KICK. At that time, once in a while working with Doc Severinsen's band on Johhny Carson's Tonight Show, and maybe half a dozen Broadway musicals as long as my IBM projects were ahead of schedule, was a blast, as well as a boost to my finances and musical (2nd) career.
  20. Bet the ROCKETTE engines had some real "KICK" !
  21. Higher octane, according to several folks who live with Vapor Lock issues, is not the solution. Driving in summer heat, and higher temps, with, and without altitude issues, I've learned that "LOWERING" the octane rating helps to stave off vapor lock. During the Oklahoma City Glidden Tour with temps in the 100 degree range, I used the lowest octanes available (86 or 87), sometimes with, sometimes without ethanol and also always added 10% to 20% diesel - all this while driving our unrestored 1941 Cadillac with the original (never opened) FLATHEAD V8, an engine type known to suffer vapor lock. Several friends advised that they felt we needed an engine rebuild because of the amount of blue smoke from the tailpipe, until I explained the reason. We may have assisted Oklahoma in controlling mosquitoes during that week. The benefit? - through the entire week we never even once had to supplement the fuel system with turning on the supplemental electric - Absolutely NO Vapor Lock in 100 degree heat in OK City in September in a car which has ongoing regular vapor lock issues. Did it hurt the car to add diesel to the fuel? I sincerely doubt it ! We have since driven the '41 another 15,xxx miles, a few thousand of it on interstate highways and keeping up with (reasonable) traffic. It runs better all the time, and we drive it anywhere and everywhere - Maine to Montana, Mount Washington, New Hampshire to Pikes Peak Colorado, Florida Keys to San Diego, Prince Edward Island, Canada to Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to Big Bend National Park in Texas to Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and Canada - Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona - Logan, Utah to Virginia Beach - Giddy-up-Go!
  22. Hey Brooklyn, You made me go to the fridge to grab a couple of "NATHAN'S FAMOUS" hot dogs to cook as a quick snack - and yes, I shouldn't have done it just before dinner, but the power of suggestion is sometimes stronger than common sense! Last October, on our way to Hershey and at his invitation, we left a few days early in order to visit a friend's Brass-era collection in Hillside, NJ. Prior to that the buddy who travels with me and shares my space noted that he had never been to NYC. Of course I took him to GROUND ZERO, my family's old neighborhood in Middle Village, Queens, and Nathan's and the boardwalk. That brought back memories of the old days with my grandparents at Brighton Baths, the daily entertainment, pools, and great times. We also took a drive to Atlantic Highlands, read the name of the commuters from that area who perished on 9-11, continued southbound along the shore to see the many changes at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, and then to my old apartment at Ocean & 2nd in Bradley Beach -- great memories and great times at the Jersey Shore - then on to Hershey, 2019 !
  23. My senior high school year Driver Ed. cars were a '57 Pontiac Hydro-matic, and a '56 Ford with 3-on-the tree. One of the instructors paniced when I "jumped" a left turn to beat traffic - almost fluncked me, but calmed down later.
  24. Many years ago - mid 1960s, my 1960 Rambler American, and my Dad's 1959, were very dependable basic transportation. We didn't have the Continental spare tire, but the trunk was big enough to hold a full set of drums, my trumpet and trombone, some spare parts, folding music stands, and still make exceptional gas mileage. At 18.9 cents/ gallon we did OK travelling New Jersey, parts of New York, and other local areas. The car never let us down. When I bought it for $15, it was using a quart of recycled oil every 15 miles, but replacing the piston rings in the first two cylinders made all the difference even though the cylinders were badly scored (and not repaired due to a VERY tight budget). My neighbor bought it from me a few years later for $350, and was still driving it years later with no issues.