Marty Roth

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  1. TRIMACAR has the right idea - my cars have no modern substitutes for their original systems. If ever you are on the side of the road while on tour, and your car is as original, I can probably help to get you going - happened many times before!! If your "antique" has been "modernized" with electronics, Fuel-injection, etc. I will gladly phone for the trouble truck to pick you up, and kindly do not try to claim the "Hard-Luck Trophy".
  2. Wayne, My latest trailer IS one foot taller (7-1/2 ft. at edges, taller at center). Another is 7 ft , and the oldest (30 years) is only 6-1/2 ft. and ok if I folded the windshield on the '12 Oakland , but could not accomodate the '16 Cadillac - everything else fits, but the '70 Cadillac was VERY tight in the 8' x 20' (outside measure) . See you in the morning. Come look at the newest trailer.
  3. I agree with Dave, fine tuning of ignition and carburetion are some of the arts we can still enjoy and pass on to future generations of enthusiasts. Our cars ran just fine on points and condensors, carburetors, vacuum fuel tanks, and 6 Volt electrical systems, crank starts, and magnetos when they were designed and sold. Keeping them in excellent condition means not having to modify them to 12 volt, electronics, etc. -- your choice, of course, but keeping it real really means something to most of us, at least to me! Yes, it is fun to get it right the right way.
  4. DETROIT ? Yeah, we hoid of that outpost - but when you're from JOISEY, well that says it all - Keiser31, I enjoy your comments. apologies - that kind of stuff went on all over the US of A, and sometimes even good kids found ways in and out of trouble -- mostly racing and late nights in "no parking" areas
  5. Terry, The Square Car Tour looks like a great time and lots of easy driving - congrats to your club! I especially enjoyed the organization (and music) of the website. See ya soon,
  6. Peter, I sent you an email. Please contact me.
  7. Matt, With our earlier cars, I agree that not having had an escape door on our older trailers was no big deal, but with the cars of the '40s/'50s, the door is a modestly priced convenience, and added very little to the price of our newest trailer. Now that I have one, I really enjoy it. Two of our other trailers do not have the escape door; one is 8ft wide, the other is 8-1/2 and they are fine for the early cars. Approaching age 67, and few tour banquets under my belt, a few extra bucks for the convenience is welcome. Of course I appreciate your opinion as well. Hope to meet you on tour soon, maybe the Vintage??
  8. Lots of really great advice above, and most of it is on the mark. I tow both open and enclosed with several different trailers, pulling with a 2500 Series 3/4 ton Suburban (8.1 Litre engine) and ALWAYS use an equalizer/load leveler/weight-distributing hitch. I have several - some are solid, others allow for height adjustment of the hitch ball, but ALL have equalizer torsion bars. It is more than just peace of mind -- any road surface irregularity, bump, dip, etc. is magnified by your trailer passing that item an instant later and can affect handling drastically. Without a weight-distributing hitch your trailer becomes a first class lever with the axles as the fulcrum, acting upon the trailer ball. The back of your tow vehicle is forced up and down by the trailer hitting the dip you just crossed, oscillating an instant later, and out of cycle, causing jounce-rebound, and minimizing tire-road contact. This is magnified by traffic, weather, drowziness, and a host of other conditions. Having the best equipment available is one more way toward driving safer, and is a small investment compared to your collectible car, tow vehicle, trailer, and travelling companions. It is all about maintaining control when you least expect to have to. The weight distribution hitch not only takes away the jounce-rebound, but gives your innards a smoother ride, and makes it feel that you now have a 35 foot wheelbase -- your rough riding buckboard of a pickup with hard springs now glides down the highway feeling more refined, say like a Fleetwood or Lincoln Towncar; just ask my wife about the difference -- getting there smoothly or feeling that you've been "rode hard and put up wet" as we used to say in rural Virginia. Don't forget to check trailer, as well as tow vehicle tire pressures regularly - I do it each morning before driving because you may not be aware of what happened in the last few miles of driving on the prior evening. I also check the trailer lug nut torque each day; especially important with aluminum wheels, and on new trailers -- sure, these items take a couple of minutes, but a lot less time than waiting on the side of the road for assistance, parts, or a wrecker. Grease the trailer's wheel bearings regularly - generally 5-6,000 miles, adjust the bearing free-play, and adjust the trailer brakes - they are not self adjusting like your truck. Grease the trailer hitch ball. Keep your speed within reason - remember that I'm out there on the road too, and probably heading to the same AACA function. Enjoy your new toys !
  9. Picture it -- late 1942; Dad was working at the Todd Shipyards in Bayonne/Jersey City, NJ -- on military contracts -- he and Mom were living in Linden NJ - 18 miles south along US-1. Dad found a 2-1/2 Ton stake body Reo truck for Uncle Benny's tire moulding/recapping business, and in return was given Benny's 1931 Pierce-Arrow 4-door sedan (probably a Model 43). I probably came home from Elizabeth Gen. Hosp. to Linden in the Pierce, but Mom didn't drive yet, and 3 months later Dad was in the first wave of Seabees, training at Dam Neck/Oceana/Norfolk, and shipped out of San Diego with the 6th Special Battalion to Vella Lavella, Figi, Bougainville, and a host of other South Pacific atolls which were still Japanese-held while CB's were constructing Port and Landing Strip Facilities. The pierce was cut down to be used as a truck for Uncle Benny's tire business during war-time. In '47, little brother Jerry came home to Linden in a 1936 Packard, and in 1954, baby sister Beth-ann came home in the 1942 Chevrolet Special-Deluxe with a 1951-era short block from Sears-Roebuck and 19 coats of hand-rubbed black laquer which Dad and I applied after taking the Powder-Puff paint job down to bare metal. In 1971, Dale and I brought our son Evan Home to Ft. Wayne Indiana in our 1967 Citroen DS-21 Pallas sedan. Late in '74, Charla, our daughter came home to western Henrico County outside of Richmond, Virginia in a 1971 Citroen DS-21 Safari/Break (Station Wagon). I was on my way to Hershey Fall Meet in 1996 when grandson Nathan came home. I thought they would use the Suburban, but Charla wants me to believe that Dale drove them home in the 1934 Buick Sidemounted Sedan. Gotta' believe the grandson has 10w-30 in his veins.
  10. Karla, If your Plymouth has a single 7 inch diameter headlight and a parking/turn signal light on each side of the front then it is 1957 or older. I believe that they went from a 6 volt to a 12 volt electrical system in 1956 (maybe 1955?). If there are TWO 5 inch diameter headlights and a park/turn light at each side then your plymouth would be 1958 or newer. The Savoy was one model below the top-of-the-line Belvedere through 1957, although the Fury was (I believe) a sub-series in 56-57, and had gold-anodized trim. In 1958 I think the Fury became top model, and the Sport Fury became Top Sub-Model -- my terminology may be wrong, but SAVOY was the Family "bread and butter" series. My Mom and Dad's first new car was a 1957 Savoy 4 door sedan, Black with a white roof and white "Sportone" the lower portion ofthe body, separated from the upper by a chrome strip which ran from the front wheel opening to the rear bumper, including the entire rear of the car around the tail-lights and rear below the trunklid. A diagonal chrome strip was attached to the horizontal one on the front door, separating the main body color from the two-tone accent color. Tail fins appeared in 1956, gained the "Forward Look - Suddenly it's 1960" in 1957, and grew larger in 1959. I hope you enjoy your Plymouth
  11. I first met Bob about 30 years ago, long before I could think of being a caretaker of true Classic cars, but happy with my more common vintage cars. Bob could be a little bit gruff at times, but was genuinely helpful when he later learned that I was originally from New Jersey, had visited his Hibernia Restoration place of business, and that I was willing to listen and learn. My condolences to Sunny and all of Bob's family. A Giant of the old car community has left his mark, and will be remembered.
  12. The "edible" plates were Louisiana 1945, and were made of "Bagass", the material left over from processing sugar cane. Louisiana used this substance, pressed into board, and there are many instances of cows and other animals eating them through the pasture fence when a car or truck parked too close. I know that TRIMACAR, Joe Chris Sullivan, and a host of other Louisiana Car People will remember this unusual bit of Louisiana sugar cane history.
  13. Bob, Don Sommers at makes a variety of mascots, and of very high quality. We bought a rear windshield from him for our '30 Packard. A 1927 Model 80 I considered buying some time back had the mascot as a circle with an arrow piercing it at a 45 degree angle. Best of luck,
  14. Wayne, I sent you an E-mail with a contact
  15. Gavin, Trimacar references the '12 Stoddard-Dayton having the guage -- on the other hand, our 1912 Oakland was a nicely equipped Touring Car, and was not equipped with a gas guage. That era may have been the period in time during which the change took place. It was also the time when electric lights replaced carbide, Prestolight, and oil.
  16. Steve & West, I applaud the constant and consistent improvement. It just keeps getting better, and is reflective of our direction in the hobby, especially those of us whose interests range from Brass to Nickle to Chrome - with an emphasis on Touring. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
  17. You should look at Trimacar's response per the Lunkenheimer Fuel Pump on Greg Cone's '12 Stoddard-Dayton -- On-target and very informative.
  18. Hi Keiser31, Neat Photo -- what is the car in the background ?? Possibly Silk Stockings ?? When was nylon invented? Thanks for sharing.
  19. I can't remember when I had so much fun reading , as this exchange between Wayne and West, two gentlemen whose opinions I am supposed to respect - some comments are for the birds - some are Stude-ous, some are Hawk-ish. I'm just enjoying the New Orleans 78 degree sunshine, and joining our St. Bernard and Slidell Chapters of Louisiana Region AACA in a 200+ mile tour tomorrow to Camp Shelby - Mississippi's Military Museum. We have at least 99 members signed-up for the shared activity. I'll drive the yellow '41 Cadillac - top down, of course Thanks West and Wayne,
  20. Escape Door is a MUST - none of us escape the ravages of time ! Seriously, we had our Forest River car hauler custom-built with 7-inch fender height and a 54-inch escape door. Because we have cars of many differing sizes and weights, the relation between car and escape door varies, and we are having the manufacturer extend the opening with a second door (an expense, but I'm worth it, and so are our cars). While we have a winch installed for emergency use, we've never had to use it so far. I always drive into the trailer, and generally use the escape door -- it makes life so much easier, and by the way, a TONGUE JACK makes life much easier too !!! My pacemaker likes it better.
  21. Hi Y'all A few years back we were touring with our low-mile all-original '58 Bel-air sedan which Trimacar found for us back around 1980. It had brocade-style seat material which was very well preserved. It must have had covers on the front seat at one time, and still had the rear seat covered, appearing never to have been sat upon (an extreme low-mileage one-owner car belonging to a 99-year-old lady). To maintain the pristine appearance, we went to a local auto upholstery shop whose owner had no trouble finding the clear plastic material -- he offered us a choice of either smooth or "bubble", and we chose the bubble. He made the covers fitted to our car and helped preserve the originality of the car. THE COVERS DID NOT CRACK OR FALL APART. Windjammer, if you check with your local shops and enthusiasts, you should be able to have a set made up, and more modern materials should be less uncomfortable to the touch. Good luck !
  22. Hi David and Steve, Cupholders and mileage aside, driving cars older than our parents is MORE FUN !!
  23. Outstanding!!! We'll be there with the '14 Buick or the '30 Packard. Hopefully Dian and Barry will join us.
  24. Judy, You have once again created a winner, but then everything you do seems to have been well planned and thought-out. Affordability has become a more notable factor. Your 1999 Vintage tour was excellent from location to pricing, to fun factor to your fantastic TOUR BOOK. Count us IN.