Marty Roth

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  1. 3 minutes ago, 8E45E said:

    There is an active chapter of the Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Heritage Society of Canada in Alberta that has regular shows and demonstrations of the vintage equipment every summer:




    That would be a VERY LONG DRIVE from Hudson, New York with this road grader-


    Kudos to Dandy Dave for preserving and maintaining so many varied types of heavy equipment.


    Dave, It has been too long since we had dinner in Geneva - hope you got to use the tires

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  2. Incorrect statements by seller?

    Or is my memory incorrect?

    My father had both a 1950, and a 1952 Nash - the '52 being the first year of the Pinin-Farina styling, and essentially comparable appearance to the 1954 offered here.


    As I recall:

    Nash did not merge with Studebaker,

    Packard did not merge with Hudson,

    They did not all just merge together,

    and certainly not in that sequence!


    Nash and Hudson eventually became American Motors

    The 1955 (and 1956 final year) Nash and Hudson full sized models - sometimes called "Hash" were a result of the Nash - Hudson mash-up with very similar bodied vehicles.

    Studebaker and Packard (Packard-Baker?), totally separate from Nash/Hudson, continued with their own individual and distinct bodies through 1956, as I recall, but the 1957 and 1958 models were less than unique with only minor cosmetic appearance, mimicking one another with mostly trim detail.

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  3. 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.


  4. 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.





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  5. 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

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  6. 3 minutes ago, Pfeil said:

    Gasoline needs to have an octane rating of 87-91 to fit today’s car engines. Diesel fuel has an octane rating of 25-40.  Mixing 2% diesel fuel into gasoline will lower the overall octane rating by 1 point. Getting 10% diesel contamination  lowers octane by 5 points, which is enough to create problems in most engines. The octane depression rises linearly with increasing percentages of diesel fuel in the gasoline.

    And that's just the first potential problem.


    • {Because diesel fuel is heavier than gasoline, it can sink to the bottom of your gas tank, resulting in the injection of both gas and diesel into the intake manifold or the cylinder. Depending on the mix, you can get partially-burned diesel fuel which leaves bigtime deposits on pistons, valves and spark plugs. You get a car or truck that runs terrible, and if you keep driving it, you can cause serious damage}
    • If enough diesel fuel gets in the cylinder, you can hydro-lock the cylinders, resulting in a blown head gasket, cracked cylinder head or other serious problems that can lead your vehicle down the road to a quick and final death.  This diesel fuel in the cylinder can also seep past the piston rings into the oil crankcase, diluting the lubricating oil. This can damage all internal engine lubricated parts resulting in major engine failure from rapid wear.
    • If unburned diesel fuel makes its way into the exhaust system, it will ignite in the catalytic convertor. The fire will plug the holes in the catalyst, destroying it and leaving you with a repair job well into the four-figures.


    2 minutes ago, W_Higgins said:


    Gasoline needs to have an octane rating of 87-91 to fit today’s car engines. Diesel fuel has an octane rating of 25-40.  Mixing 2% diesel fuel into gasoline will lower the overall octane rating by 1 point. Getting 10% diesel contamination  lowers octane by 5 points, which is enough to create problems in most engines. The octane depression rises linearly with increasing percentages of diesel fuel in the gasoline.


    I was reading this earlier.  It's best to provide a source:

  fuel has an octane,create problems in most engines.


    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.

  7. 45 minutes ago, PFitz said:

     Not to extend fuel. A fuel system engineer friend said adding Diesel was to lower the vapor pressure as it mixes with gasoline. This was not during the gas shortage years, but long after in the late 1980's when there was a couple of years of rampant vapor lock problems because the fuel companies let the Summer gasoline vapor pressure get too high, until the Feds cracked down on them. I only found out about that vapor pressure rise through a friend that is a member of SAE, because it never made the news reports. 




    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. 

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  8. 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

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  9. 3 hours ago, John_Mereness said:

    You can get an 8 volt battery and pretty much run 6 volt everything without "frying" it (your voltage regulator can be adjusted upward a touch to charge it).  


    Sidenote: Flathead Cadillac's are notorious hard starting cars when hot - I never had too much of a problem, but it really only gave you one shot at restarting (and it required some concentration and being parked in a quiet spot so you could hear what the car was doing) and if you "muffed" it then you got to sit for a while and read a book or ...  The cars were probably fine off the showroom floor and for the first year, but as soon as any corrosion got on any grounding point then ....  The solution is grounding the battery both to the engine and to the frame (plus there are smaller ground straps on the engine that were often removed during service issues or lost their "ground").  I also ran a V-16 7 Bladed fan verses standard Cadillac, had the fuel line in neoprene under the hump for the rear axle as the fender skirts trapped heat, original wrap on exhaust, and ....)


    2 hours ago, suchan said:

    $10K for Paulie; the rest for the car. Which is a great-looking LaS.

    I second John M on starting a hot Caddy flathead V8. Stall it in traffic, you have one shot to get going again.


    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

    1941 Caddy at Sacred Heart - Wedding 015.jpg

    1941 Caddy at Saced Heart 11-10-2011 013.jpg

    1941 Caddy LEFT-Saced Heart 11-10-2011 011.jpg

    1941 Caddy at Saced Heart 11-10-2011 009.jpg

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  10. On 7/15/2020 at 9:06 PM, junkyardjeff said:

    A Radio Flyer wagon then a 20 inch bicycle.


    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?


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  11. 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.

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  12. 7 hours ago, GregLaR said:

    Hmmm, this is getting very confusing. My mother was also a Rockette. 😄




    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.

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  13. 56 minutes ago, Golden73 said:

    I meant 91+ octane, not 99.


    The mechanics I talked to (speed shops, restorers, etc.), all said that ethanol free is best for the carbs, and highest octane is second choice. You're mostly saying the opposite - ethanol doesn't matter. 


    And yes, I do drive it. 50 - 100 miles a week in the summer, and sta-bil on a full tank when it gets stored for the winter.




    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!


    1941  Caddy in Texas-Sentimental Tour.jpg

    1941 Caddy at Saced Heart 11-10-2011 015.jpg

    LOGAN,UTAH 1941 CADDY-Promentory Point 014.jpg

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  14. 50 minutes ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

    Man I miss stopping off at Nathans coming back from jersey with Dad...  


    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 !



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