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Marty Roth

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  1. While your car may not have been the Top-of-the-Line model, the owner seems to have splurged a bit by optioning the wire spoke wheel, and therefore "may" have also shelled out the very few extra bucks for white wall tires -

    just an opinion,

    but some folks with less expensive cars did dress them up a bit.

    Remember though, that in 1931 the Great Depression was going strong, and while many struggled, someone with the wherewithall to buy a new Oldsmobile, might also have had the affordability to option it somewhat.

    Also, many with superior affordability, who otherwise might have purchased a more elegant car (Buick, Cadillac, etc) were very aware of public perception and chose not to be seen in the "Lap of Luxury", and therefore intentionally buying "downscale".

    In any event, the choice is yours, and a car with dual sidemount spares could very well have had the optional whites, at least in my opinion.

  2. We've toured coast to coast and border to border, 

    driving cars with 4-wheel Drum Brakes,

    and once even drove hundreds of miles along with dozens of POWER TOUR participants while we drove our 1954 Cadillac - surely a well-powered car with Drum Brakes.

    We had absolutely no issues, and have never seen the need to re-engineer a perfectly decent design.

    Of all our collectibles, none but the ones built in the 1980s and 1990s have Disc Brakes - they were built that way by their respective manufacturers,

    and there is no verifiable reason to change them.

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  3. While my 1960 Rambler American had an external and inverted FRAM spin-on oil filter, my father's 1959 Rambler American, with the same flathead 6 had a Toilet Paper aftermarket oil filter. 

    The first time I changed my filter, even after letting it sit for some time after warming up the engine, during filter removal the remaining oil which had not completely drained from the filter managed to spill everywhere. I learned a "trick", and that was to punch a hole at the top of the spin-on filter to allow more complete draining, and to use a shop rag or paper towel arond the base to reduce the mess.

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  4. Back in Jersey in the ‘50s it was called a “Necker’s Knob”.

    You could steer your car with only your left hand,

    allowing you to keep your right arm where it belonged, 

    around your girlfriend who also managed the 3-on-the-tree Stick-Shift while she cuddled up close !


    All of my cars had a Neckers Knob, 

    And I still have a couple of them,

    but not installed.

  5. All of our Citroens have been AMAZING cars-

    fun and dependable, safe and serious drivers-

    Especially the Maserati-engined CITROEN SM and the 6 different D and DS-21 and Pallas models,

    but the little AMI-6 and the incrredible 2-CV just make me smile!


    Our 1980 Fiat Strada was a very reasonable, comfortable 5-door hatchback, 

    more refined than a VW Rabbit or Dodge Omni, and a lot more fun to drive


    Our Peugeot 504 Diesel was more solid feeling than Fort Knox,

    and Just about as fast,

    but handled in thamazing French way with incomparable comfort while taking extreme high speed turns on 4 wheels and the door handles (like the 2-CV)



    From Our '05 Sebring convertible to the '68 Town and Country 413 ci Wagon to dad's '57 Plymouth 301 ci V8 Savoy to my '60 & '64 Valiants,

    and my wife's 318 ci '66 Dart GT convertible - neat toys with reasonable spirit


    Our only JEEP experience was our daughter's Grand Cherokee 4-WD which had so many electrical gremlins, we dumped it in favor of a Ford Expedition which was worse, and finally got6 her into a fantastic series of Chevy Tahoe models. She is driving the '04, passing the most recent, a low mileage '01 to her son in grad school.


    Me? I'll stick with My Suburban & Avalanche 8.1L 2500s, and the 7.3 Excursion Diesel

  6. 24 minutes ago, padgett said:

    Once upon a time the most needed spare was the tire so made them easy to reach. Today my Caddy has an inflator.


    Our (former) 1917 Franklin had an engine-driven inflater (pump) as an original item. The tire and tube were removed from the rim while the wheel and rim were still on the car. 

    Demountable wheels and rims were a notable improvement and made distance travel much less a burden.

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  7. On 12/31/2020 at 2:49 PM, John_S_in_Penna said:

    "It's not selling.  I bet more people would be

    interested at a higher price."

    The thinking of such a seller baffles me!


    Well ...

    Back in '06 at Hershey we placed a car in a tent on the swap meet field and listed the price on Tuesday at $50K.

    Someone in the crowd said "i'll come back Saturday when you drop your price".

    Noting to all watching, we advised that the price would increase $5K each day. 

    It sold that Friday for $65K

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  8. 47 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:


    If the flex hose is long enough you can lie the gun on the floor, hold the hose tight to the Zerk, and press the handle down with your free hand. That is not an armchair observation.


    Been there - done that too many times,

    and between arthritis and trigger finger, it doesn't get any easier.

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  9. 17 hours ago, AURktman said:

    In all seriousness, I've never gotten a stud finder to work.  I just use my knuckles to find the stud and hope I hit the center.  


    My wife USED to say that the STUD FINDER always pointed to ME-

    Of course that way many years ago ...

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