A. Ballard 35R

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  1. Please don't make this more complicated than it has to be. Start with a Model A if you want to in order to learn shifting. When you are driving a heavy Classic or similar car just remember to turn the steering only when the car is moving. Too many people try to turn the wheel when the car is stopped and realize it is next to impossible. Simply rolling very slowly is the preferred way. Also, if it is an earlier car with just two wheel brakes leave plenty of room to stop. Above all else - have fun and enjoy the experience !!
  2. As usual, what is proclaimed a first is not. A quick google search showed various electric fire engines pre-WWI.
  3. Always liked the Highland green on Mustangs and what's wrong with British Racing Green? Very striking on a big Bentley or a K3 Magnette. A BMW Z3 roadster looks great in a dark green.
  4. i got my license in 1954 and would drive the 1905 unrestored Packard 85 miles from West Chester to Hershey. It would cruise comfortably at 50 and it was fun to pass Model A's on trailers. In those days you drove to meets and on tours. The cars were basically owned by collectors such as my father who wouldn't think of having a car that couldn't be driven.
  5. Practically all of those cars would have been driven to the event. Actually, I'm surprised that there are not more large brass cars since there were many in the area. The early AACA meets in the Philadelphia area always had cars from north Jersey and Long Island.
  6. I recognize quite a few cars and owners. The Pollock Chadwicks are in a well known California collection and I believe Stan Smith's son still has the DuPont.
  7. Interesting car, how about some pictures?
  8. I assume that you are referring to serial # 20239 which according to a Mercer Associates roster does not go back further than Louis Stiritz, as you mention. There are several people who specialize in this sort of search but they will probably charge for their services.
  9. Great car, Randy. Don't worry about changing you forum handle at the expense of enjoying your new accquistion.
  10. Isn't that what is used to create a google street view?
  11. Matt, if anyone can perform such a monumental (and painful) undertaking, it's you. Good luck !
  12. As you probably know, the tappets expand by different amounts which is why it is always better if at all possible to adjust when hot.
  13. Sorry to learn of his death. His posts were always interesting and informative.
  14. CORRECTION: Upon closer reading of the 840/845 Packard Fact/Data booklet, I discovered the following items: - The "Sport Phaeton Body is mounted on the 840 chassis" and has "a hinged tonneau cowl including a rear single piece folding windshield". - "At each side of the back of the front seat there is a light" and also a large compartment on the back of the front seat. - There is a two position carpet covered foot rail. every Sorry for the misinformation - learn something everday.