Marty Roth

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  1. Big Jake, Hi from Marty and Dale -- are you still active in St Bernard Chapter of Louisiana Region? We haven't seen you at our club Cruise Nights. Marty
  2. Dear Dave, Thank you for the response and the time for your research.As a kid, I would ride to the back of the Linden plant on my 2-wheeled Rollfast Springer to watch the late '40s and early '50s models roll out of the gate (end of the assembly line). Dad was on the Linden Fire Dept., and would accompany the Chief on inspections - on rare occasions I got to go along, and the plant was open for public tours in 1955, displaying a Gold '55 Bel-air (I think it was GM's 50-millionth car?) We've also enjoyed some later Buicks - a '71 LeSabre conv. and an '82 Century (owned is not correct for this one - rather possessed by - had to be a Monday car). I also had a '49 Pontiac Conv. that I drove my senior year at Linden High School in '59-'60(wish I had that one back, too). Again, I appreciate your effort, Marty
  3. Wayne, I cannot be in Philly, but would like to know the results of flat vs. "V" front, and tapered roofline like the all-aluminum high-top unit I towed to Founders Tour, built higher so that the fenderwells were only 8" inside (for low 50s - 60s cars, and 1' higher roof for brass cars, riding on torsion suspension and a pair of 6000 lb axles. Thanks, Marty
  4. Another bump like the last one and I'll sing SOPRANO. The Pianist is playing "Happy Birthday to Peter". Marty
  6. I should have mentioned, it is OK to mix dot-3 and dot-4, but NEVER MIX DOT-5 with anything else.
  7. Do you also have production by plant for earlier Cars? I grew up a few blocks away from the Linden Plant (now closed and being torn-down), and now own a 1914 B-37 Touring, 1934 50-Series Model 57, and a 1937 Model 80C Roadmaster Convertible Sedan. Not Post-War, but this is where the information was. Thanks!!
  8. Send the original one out to a place like White Post Restorations or Apple, or one of the others that will bore, and then sleeve with stainless to make yours better than new. Then Use either Dot-4 (Less hygroscopic than Dot-3), or if re-doing the whole system, I've had great results with Dot-5 Silicone and none of the so-called problems other folks talk about (be sure to flush-out the solid lines with alcohol, let air-dry, and change flex-hoses). Years back in the mid-1980's we bought an extreme low-mileage Rambler Classic "400" 4-door sedan OHV 6-cylinder and 3-on-the-tree, Bed-Seats, radio-delete and dealer-ad-on A/C. It was one of the nicest-driving cars we ever had, and one of the most economical too!!! Should have kept it !!
  9. Hi Denny, I've dealt with both Detroit-Eaton, and with E.S.P.O Springs 'n Things in Pennsylvania (generally lower-priced than Detroit-Eaton. Both are great to work with, and American products (important to me). You can reach Laura at ESPO at , or phone 800-903-9019. They have provided new coil and leaf springs as well as all related hardware for my '52, '54, and '70 Cadillacs, as well as the '63 Impala. In my opinion, new springs will last as long as you own your car but re-arched are more likely to have metal-fatigue, or to lose the arch again. I'm sure somebody will have a different opinion, but, hey, it's just my experience. good luck !!
  10. Hi Wayne, Glad to hear that the 'Vette was only suffering with GAS in SC. --- Loved the wide-whites on the tow-vehicle, too!! My 16-plus year association with AARP is genuine, as some of us represent the A-Antique (or Antiquated) A-Addle-pated R-Road-Tested P-Procratintator Can you believe that the AARP Safe Driving instructor told the class that Louisiana has no "Keep to the Right-Law" so it is OK to drive in any lane you choose -- and that is just the beginning of why we have such terrible, and inconsiderate drivers.
  11. Susan, The things your Drivers Ed. teacher taught you ( not turning front wheels into on-coming lane, see bottom of tires of car stopped in front of you, etc.) are great advice, and are still being stressed in our most recent AARP Safe Driver course. By the way, Dale and I have been rescuing DALMATIANS for nearly 40 years - they loved to ride our vintage Fire Engines in Mardi Gras Parades.
  12. My Dad, Al Roth had just about all the tools we really needed, and could find a way to "make-do" when something special was required. He had a well-deserved reputation for being able to reason out anything, and to fix anything better than it was originally built or designed. He took the time to teach me respect for tools and equipment, and to analyze a problem so we would only have to "FIX IT ONCE, FIX IT RIGHT". Dad had to keep his old car ('35/'37 Chevy, '37 Packard, '42 Chevy, '50 Nash) daily driver running so he could get to work at the Firehouse the next morning, or to his second job as an electrician when he was on night-shift for the Department. I always knew what tools to buy for fathers' day or his birthday, usually something we needed to work on my projects. When I was 11 years old it was a metric wrench set from Sears to work on my English Racer bicycle; a year later it was a feeler guage and set of sockets (Sears) to work on my new '32 Chevy 5-window Coupe, a few years later it was upholstery stuff to do a convertible top, clutch, and tune-up on my new '49 Red Pontiac 3-speed straight-8 convertible. Next we sleeved the engine when a rod went through the water jacket of the '56 Chevy's 265 power-pak V-8 I bought from Reedman Chevrolet's $249 used-car lot, but before that, it was a puller to install a rope-seal for the '54 Mercury V-8 rear-main seal. After foolishly selling my '58 Impala convertible to get a '56 (later a '58) Triumph TR-3, a '48 MG-TC, and a '59 Alfa Guilietta Veloce Spider, he "needed" a set of Whitworth wrenches. In his later years he seemed relieved that I was back to Chevys, Buick, and Oakland. Dad is gone 5 years now, but I still have his tools and his respect for tools and equipment. I long-ago promised not to be what he called a "SLEDGE-HAMMER MECHANIC".
  13. Happy and Healthy New Year to you All from New Orleans where we are 72 Degrees and Clear Sky to watch the fireworks We hope you all have a wonderful 2009, and hope to see more of you on TOUR A SPECIAL SALUTE TO MEMBERS OF BUZZARDS BREATH NON-GEOGRAPHIC TOURING REGION AND LOUISIANA REGION AND ST. BERNARD CHAPTER. HI to DAVID AND WAYNE MARETY AND DALE
  14. Hi David, Great comments, you had me drive your Sears around the yard on the dirt and gravel at the "sheds". A great memory - I don't know when else I would have had such an opportunity. Most folks don't know how much you do for others in the hobby -- thanks, Marty
  15. HI ALL, Sorry, no photos available, but when our little girl was 15, and Hornets Region hosted the Founders Tour in Charlotte, NC, Charla drove our '58 Bel-air round and round the the high groove of the Charlotte (now Lowes) Motor Speedway, keeping up with a '55 Buick and '56 T-Bird. She didn't yet have a learners permit, but could really handle that 4-door sedan. She also was "youngest driver" on the '91 Louisiana, and '92 Minnesota Founders Tours More recently, her son Nathan could crank-start our '12 Oakland when he was 3-1/2 years old, and by age 11 was driving the '54 Caddy convertible on deserted roads. The future of the hobby is secure as long as we continue to encourage ours, and the neighbor kids, and take them to the ice cream stand or a cruise night. Marty
  16. Hi Mark, I sent an Email, and would appreciate having a copy. We just adopted a 1914 Buick B-37 and believe the documentation will be very important in maintaining this car which we intend to Tour extensively on Glidden and Brass-Era tours. Thanks, Marty
  17. Bob Call and 1DandyDaves, Close but no cigar - the Caddy is appears to be a '51 (not '53). Yes, the '54 had a hooded fender - the '53 had its Dagmars in the grille where this '51 had its(now-removed) parking/fog lights. The '53 had rectangular parking lights where this '51 has its correct chrome rectangular housings below the headlights. The bumper lying across the hood is further evidence of the '51 model-year with its Dagmars rising at an interior-angle from the bumper toward the grille. A '52 was similar to the '51, but with a gold "V" on the hood and trunk-lid to celebrate Cadillac's Golden Anniversary Year, and the rectangular panels beneath the headlights were gold-colored with winged-emblems. You can go to , scrolldown to visit the data-base, and go to the years in question. I'm sure this is more detail than anyone really wants, but I'd rather help keep the record straight, than to have another reader accidentally misinformed. I've owned a '52 and still drive a '54....... Marty
  18. Congrats Steve, You are gonna love driving that car - and I like the WWW on your car. As my long-time friend David Coco can attest, big Packards of that era are a ball to drive. His '38 Super 8 is one of those gorgeous cars that most-impressed me in my mis-spent youth (it was too long for my garage!). Just point that goddess of speed toward the horizon and immerse yourself in the splendor of a bygone era. That is the thrill we get when we go cruising in our 1930 Packard 733 7-Passenger Touring, or any of the other re-youth machines. I agree that tire age should be considered, and that bias-ply tires will eventually separate, but not nearly as soon as radials. I've had my share of problems with both, and now am willing to spend the extra $$$ up-front to avoid missing out on tour-time and other adventures. I think that a significant number of "hard-luck" trophies should have been called "lack of preparation". Get out and have a ball with your Packard. ...Marty
  19. Try looking it up at Be realistic if you really want it gone - it does not sound like a keeper, especially if you are into some of the more rare examples. The '57-'58 Imperial convertible is still one of my dream cars. Marty
  20. Please contact me about the Stevens-Duryea Marty (504) 452 - 1955 or e-mail
  21. ESPO has provided me with leaf and coil springs for our '41, '52 and '54 Caddy Convertibles as well as quickly shipping nearly all of the Front-end steering and suspension components to keep us touring. I find them to be reliable, modestly priced, and very decent to deal with. Their parts are "made in the USA", which is important to me. There are times you may want to check with , because they seem to have the original specs to create obsolete parts. More importantly, you can speak with a real engineer who can advise, and save you time and expense, sometimes even telling you what not to buy, and how to clean and adjust parts which likely do not need replacement, based upon their experience. Marty Roth 1930 Packard 7-Pass Touring 1934 Buick 34-57 Sedan 1941 Cadillac Conv. Coupe 1954 Cadillac Conv. Coupe 1970 Cadillac Conv. Coupe
  22. Steve: I've been told that the varnish was not necessary, but used it anyway on both our '17 Franklin 9A Touring, and our '34 Buick when re-doing the gas tanks. I found all kinds of cork at a local FISHING / Sporting goods shop, but had just bought some from our local ACE HARDWARE - even less expensive. Does VFMA and Al Braverman make a connection? Marty Roth Aura Vincit
  23. I have tried, yesterday, to contact you by email, but have no response. Color ?, Price ?, Location - US or Canada ? Photos ? Details Please !! Thanks, Marty (504) 452 - 1955
  24. Hello West, It has been suggested to me that this may very well be a direct bolt-on replacement; that the cap stays with the hub, and that the registration (centering) should be the same. The cap is likely the same for spoke and disk. I had given some thought to the reverse of this swap -- my 1930 Model 733 7-Passenger Phaeton has wires and Side-Mounts, and looks great with off-white body and Blue fenders/wheels, but I always loved the look of the late Bob Thurstone's 733 with Disk Wheels. I expect to have my car at Barry Eash's place (Windber/Johnstown, PA) later this summer, and would be happy to have you try-out the wires on your car. Also, if it works as easily as I think, I'd be interested in your set as a spare so I could have it both ways. Get back with me anytime: best ways Marty Roth (504) 258 - 3909 cell (504) 452 - 1955 cell (504) 885 - 8397 home
  25. I tried to e-mail you because I will be traveling from New Orleans to North Carolina and on to Maine by way of New York over the next three weeks, and if within reason, could take a look at the Buick and suggest some options for you. Yahoo says you do not have an account - please check the spelling and re-list the e-mail address. Marty Roth, AACA, Buick Club 1930 Packard Phaeton 1934 Buick sedan 1941 Cadillac Conv 1954 Cadillac Conv 1970 Cadillac Conv