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Marty Roth

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  1. Didn't we see this one a while back? Nice to see both again
  2. Thanks Bob, But this time we could drive either the '15 Hudson, or even the '30 Packard Vroom, Vroom ??
  3. Yes, Factory A/C was an available option for the 1957 Pontiac. I am not certain as to the configuration.
  4. Puberty at about the time the white 1954 Cadillac convertible hit the showroom, A cousin visiting during the late '40s, driving one a yellow Buick, but similar to the 1941 Cadillac convertible, As a young child during WWII, seeing a politician in something comparable to the 1930 Packard Touring, Seeing New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia with (then) General Dwight David Eisenhower in a Ticker Tape Parade, and they were riding in this 1937 Buick Roadmaster Phaeton - LaGuardia's parade car, We can define my years by the cars I love, and no, the red Corvett
  5. This is the "CHARLESTON" Edition of the Citroen Deux Chevaux (Two Horse - 2 Taxable Horsepower). Ours was a gray 1964 model 435 cc engine. The pictured model is actually, likely a "Big Block" 602 cc engined version, so technically a 3-CV, although never really called that. These are a magnificent, memorable, basic form or transportation, sometimes considered France's answer to the Model-T Ford, mass produced and affordable, almost impossible to kill.
  6. Add our wishes to all for a safe, and distancing Independence day, 2020
  7. A more complete look at the Mullin Automotive Museum - Oxnard, California At the time, Peter Mullin had maybe 3 or 4 non-French autos on display, but the museum and collection are essentially of French cars. We were invited into the adjacent warehouse which was used mostly for storage of cars not currently on display, as well as for restoration and construction. A automotive artist was building a "buck" to construct a duplicate of the Bugatti Atlantic Coupe, the one which was riveted along a central seam because the extreme lightweight metal used for the body (titanium?)
  8. An amateur video (4 minutes) taken at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California:
  9. So, what do we think this "gem" may really be worth, and what would it take for a novice old car enthusiast (NO, NOT ME) to get it into decent appearance and serviceable driver-quality condition, with heat and A/C operable?
  10. Sooooooo ... A Hash, and a PackardBaker, by the same FLIPPER? Interesting cars? Value? Run it up the flagpole, but nobody has decided to salute? ... Eye of the beholder ...
  11. This Delahaye, displayed at the Mullin in California has to be among the most beautiful designs ever! Of my own French cars, surely the Renault Dauphine and Peugeot would NOT rank among the top as far as beauty, nor would the Citroen Ami-6 or the cycolac-bodied Mehari. The 1967 DS-21M and ‘67 DS-21 Pallas sedans would Rank very high on my list/lust, along with the 1966 Safari and our matched pair of white 1971 D-21 Station Wagons. The 1964 2-CV was more fun than the proverbial barrel of monkeys - BUT - our Exotic 1972 Citroen SM with its 2.7 Litre quad
  12. Yes, this had previously been here
  13. The harder shift is actually from 2nd to 3rd, at least in my excellent-driving 1954 Cadillac convertible's Hydra-Matic. It seems to have been the same with our prior '52 Caddy, and even back in the day on my Dad's 1951 Pontiac Tin-Woodie wagon (and his '52 Nash, as well). The 1-2 shift, and the 3-4 shift on our '54 are almost imperceptible, and the kickdown 4-3 downshift is also extremely smooth. Sometimes the 2-1 downshift seems abrupt when coming to a stop, but that may have been when we had her idling a bit too fast, and the points and timing were a bit out of adjustment.
  14. John, I wholeheartedly agree with you. The 1970 was, at that time, Cadillac's last full-frame rear wheel drive convertible. Our fully optioned triple-black '70 Caddy convertible was just too hot, despite excellent A/C, to enjoy here in the deep south - especially on black leather seats exposed to the sun, perhaps for hours at a time. We sold it to a local club member rather than change the originality. It was a fantastic cross-country cruiser and a beautiful, no rust ever, extremely low mileage (50,xxx?) example, never anybody's daily driver from new. I was the 3rd owner, and of course it was
  15. Having for many years owned, and toured our 1970 Triple-Black Cadillac convertible, I was ready to restore/modify it to become Triple-WHITE !!! Especially here in the Deep-South, sun and heat almost year round is a concern, and white is much cooler on the body. We also find more light color cars, as well as home roofs than dark here for the same reason.
  16. Count me in ! We had our reservations all set for when the Reliability Tour would have been hosted there this year three weeks from now, and are looking forward to the venue next time around- Thank you Bob !!
  17. I've had to use the old "Pantyhose for a Fan Belt" trick to get a date home from an evening at the Jersey Shore. The '49 Pontiac convertible did just fine. It worked, and I offered to replace the item. Her mother was impressed, but her father was not amused, or was it the other way around?
  18. My 1960 Valiant V-200 with the slant-six and 3-speed Torque-Flyte was an upscale version, similar and extremely dependable. Handling was surprisingly good with the torsion bar front suspension, and I even rallye-drove it at some sporty car events while prepping the '59 Alfa-Romeo Giuliette Spyder Veloce for more important events. The Valiant was different than the more normal-looking Falcon, but was a very nice driver. This similar Lancer should make someone happy in a basic way.
  19. Transplanting the '49 Caddy OHV 331 ci V-8 was thought to be the best of the replacements for the Lincoln V-12 which was considered anemic, as well as less than dependable by many folks, back in the day. Others also substituted a Ford 59AB, or a period Mercury engine.
  20. I'll plug your bottle warmer into the cigar lighter so I can feed you while we drive.
  21. Many, many years ago I bought a "Lifetime Guarantee" automotive battery from the W. T. Grant store in Linden, NJ, probably around 1959 or 1960. Ultimately, after Grant's closed, the warranty was picked up by some automotive repair chain - maybe Firestone? It was replaced every 2 or 3 years. Eventually I sold the cars in which it was used, bought my new '69 Pontiac Custom"S", and moved to New Orleans with no more need for the replacement of that warranty.
  22. I've been singing this on Glidden and Founders Tours since about 1988, and our kids and grandson know it by heart. Local club had a Drive-By / Photo-Op today at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. My 1954 Cadillac convertible and a Metropolitan convertible were there, along with several other interesting cars, including a Mercury, a Chevy pickup, an AMC Marlin and a '57 Pontiac Chieftan 4-door hardtop among others.
  23. Our 1982 Buick Century Limited, Purchased new from Crown Buick here in Metairie, Louisiana was delivered with a "mottled" paint finish. Their body shop switched out the hood and trunk lid with another car which was slightly better. The 3.0L V-6 engine was moderately peppy, but the relay for the cooling system's electric fan was problematic. just about any time we sat in line (e.g. the bank, traffic, picking up kids at school, etc), the car would overheat. While it was still in warranty the dealership (Crown Buick) would claim to make repairs - but it seemed that the car really go
  24. Wire repair with a GARDEN SHEARS ? Been There, Done That ! Got the Greasy T-Shirt, (and have learned not to put it in the washing machine together with the "good stuff"
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