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Marty Roth

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  1. 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 f
  2. 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
  3. We have been close with Bill since the 1980s, and toured extensively with both Bill and his exceptional bride- wonderful folks, and great musicians
  4. hubcaps look like poor aftermarket copy of 1957 Plymouth
  5. 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 addition
  6. 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
  7. WHAT ?? Now you want to WATER SKI ??
  8. Some were actually designed to be used as a combination hearse/flower car
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Bet the ROCKETTE engines had some real "KICK" !
  13. 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 va
  14. 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,
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. This looks to be a very decent driver-quality example of a Nickle-era Buick, maybe low powered, but still a nice ride. My personal preference is for the bigger engines in all of our drivers, but that's just me - nothing against the more basic models.
  18. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey ??? WHY IS THE CAR WEARING IOWA LICENSE PLATES?? We kept our boats at Atlantic Highlands - Hi-Mar Marina, right at the base of Sandy Hook, and also cruised across the Narrows to Brooklyn, NY to get a hot dog at Nathan's
  19. In addition to Joe's comments (above), look at the alignment of the tail light housings - especially the left side, in comparison to the bumper. It seems there may have been rear end collision repair work - somewhat concerning in an early Uni-Body car. That Slant-Six and Torqque-Flyte trans could be a bullet-proof combination in my experience - spirited enough for fun driving without the need to rip up the pavement, and torsion bar front suspension made these a better handling car than one might expect for a compact of this era. Back in the day, my '60 and '64 Valiant V-200s proved
  20. My 1956 Plymouth Belvedere 2-door hardtop, Dad's '57 Savoy, my '60 Valiant V-200, and my girlfriend's fathers 1958 Imperial convertible were all Pushbutton. They were Torque-Flyte (Power-Flyte on the '57 Savoy). We never had any problems with the shifters. Later, our '66 Dart GT convertible was back to conventional controls for the automatic.
  21. Me too ! But Matt, with working A/C you would enjoy the fantastic cross-country drive, and could write an article about the trip home. Just need to find motels which are really sanitized? Bring a credit card, a club roster, and your AAA card. My preference is still the '58 convertible, but this one is identical to the one my friend loaned me to commute 120 miles/day back and forth to college at the Jersey Shore when rebuilding the transmission and replacing the 1st & reverse Idler gear on my early 1958 TR-3.
  22. Thank you, John for sharing this picture. Having toured for a dozen years, and then restored and showed our 1934 Buick 34-57 all the way to Grand National Senior status, the '34 Buick is among my favorites - even better as this 34-56C or 34-66C Series convertible coupe First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a national treasure, especially in my Dad's eyes for having visited his 6th Special USN SeaBee Battalion in the South Pacific during WWII. Additionally, this photo is even more interesting to me since I attended the University of Kentucky back in the early 1960s.
  23. Thanks John, that is a beautiful 1934/1935 Buick Club Sedan - maybe 60 or 90 Series?
  24. Charlie, You're right on the mark. Since our wreck en-route to the Bettendorf Meet August 16th, 2017, I've kept a Dash-Cam in each vehicle, and for Xmas that year I also bought Dash-Cams for our kids, their spouses, and our grandson. They were only moderately expensive, and not so with regard to their ability to witness actions of others. I actually played back a scenario of my rig being cut off by one Trooper to another one from the same state while sharing a table at a dinner stop. He just rolled his eyes in recognition.
  25. John, you hit the nail on the head. With my enclosed hauler, my fuel cost alone would have approximated $700.00, above and beyond wear and tear, potential tire issues, parking, etc, and leaving one of our collectibles out in the searing southern sun for a week. Using the 6 x 12 ft U-Haul, even with the $215 one-way rental, will save almost half the cost of fuel. This also makes the 900 mile drive home dramatically easier, knowing that other drivers typically do not recognize safe passing distances when they come around our trailered rigs. They seem to think that if there is enough room to park
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