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Robert G. Smits

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  1. I agree with Ed. My 41 cad had never had the rear drums removed and it took me a couple of weeks for one of the drums. I finally removed the dog bone and used a 3/4 inch quality air impact wrench beating on it for 15-20 seconds twice a day. When it finally let loose I was glad I was wearing ear muffs. Be patient
  2. Mike, what a GREAT early sign. Is it heavy paper stock or tin? The more you look at it the better it gets. What is the approximate date of that sign?
  3. Classic Auto Title out of Dallas has been very helpful for several of my Texas car friends. Hopefully your local DMV is more helpful than our Brazos County Unit. Three years ago I purchased a car out of Canada and it took me 6 months to get a title. The local DMV kept insisting on border documents that didn't exist. Eventually found out the the requested border documents went digital 2 years previously and the DMV rules had not been updated
  4. Cuba public transportation in the larger rural settings. These are trucks left over when the Russian’s pulled out and converted to people haulers. People will stand along the highway for hours trying to get a ride to the next town. Even in Havana the wait at a bus stop can be so long that they have vendors with food and drinks
  5. Some public transportation in rural Cuba October 2019. Sorry no running boards
  6. Terry, I agree with you and would also like to know more about the subject of the vehicle in Layden's post. I was exposed to French lithographs through our interest in French Art Glass (Galle, Dahm, DeArgental and Desire Christian) and our travels to Paris twice a year for over 15 years. I try to not think of all the ORIGINAL great pieces of automotive art that I passed on in those years. As a consequence of that I became interested on Stone Lithography and have collected examples for years. Unfortunately in the US many of the best examples of stone lithography are Brewery Advertisin
  7. Another Electric NYC sightseeing bus from 1905
  8. I agree with Terry but the “Stuff” is diminishing. Pulled out of Pate early today because of the weather and stopped at four of my long time favorite antique shops. Three of the four had closed because of Covid. Number four was able to stay open because of robust evilbay sales. The owner stated that he didn’t think the in store buyers were ever coming back. On a lighter note a couple of Pate photos. At shop number four I did find this great four color Galle lamp. Trying to decide where to put it
  9. Was able to fire up the parts car yesterday. The rehab consisted of a complete re-do of the fuel system including a new fuel distributor, fuel pump and filter along with sending the gas tank to the ReNu people in Waller Tx and flushed the lines. Complete brake re-do. Replaced the timing chain guides and tensioner. Timing chain had no stretch and looked new. I did find a guide that had broken from age while sitting there. (See Photo) Starting the engine without new guides would have been catastrophic. Of course I replaced all belts, hoses and fluids, plugs and flushed the old coolant. S
  10. This is my first stop every morning. It is 7:18 in Texas and I am halfway through my first cup of coffee and have been on the forum for 30 minutes. By the way is there any kind of award we can give Ed for the story on his WHITE rehabilitation. It is one of the most fascinating threads I have followed for years and it keeps getting better. Add my thanks to Peter for all that he does behind the scenes.
  11. Ed, your education of we readers has been phenomenal and entertaining at the same time. Don't stop. Have you ever considered converting this into book form on your White automobile. I would buy in a second.
  12. You are correct, I was referring to a J, Not SJ. It was a seven figure offer that didn't include and ones or twos.
  13. I don't think anything is cheap in Florida right now. A friend just received a cash offer on a Gulf front lot in the Panhandle that is not for sale which has doubled in price in the last 6 months. To give you an idea of value it will buy two Duesenberg SJ's. He paid $175K for it in 2000.
  14. Ed, CONGRATS on your speed run and don't do it again. I am sorry that I am not going to be joining you on the Florida tour but it was in conflict with the Pate Swap Meet (Texas version of Hershey with more antique spaces but a greatly inferior car corral or old stuff). Need to sell a bunch of advertising and the wife's non profit has a fund raiser gala .that week end
  15. I have owned a MB 107 intact parts car for 30 years. Always kept in CC storage with my other cars as I was not organized enough to sell it. A year ago my wife's pristine 81 380 SLC with 55K miles suffered catastrophic engine failure when a timing chain guide broke (interference engine). With luck I will have the parts car roadworthy tomorrow after a 3 month rehab. Plan to drive it 5000 miles and then do a oil analysis. If that comes put OK will do an engine swap with the wife's car. When your wife has put up with this antique car/advertising obsession for 36 years you need to keep her hap
  16. I agree 100% If not accepted I would rotate to CL or FB marketplace and get it over with!! Recently sold a 96 Dodge 3500 with the desirable 12 valve that hadn't run in 12 years. It was gone in three days and out of my hair and I didn't even wash the filth off of it. I had three buyers interested and a 19 y/o kid showed up with a trailer and 6K. Gone in 30 minutes. Rehabbing that truck would have taken 3 months out of my life for a possible 4-6K
  17. Correct me if my assumptions are incorrect but if you haven't touched the cars in 10 years your interests have shifted for whatever reason. I am also going to assume your standard of living is not related to these sales. If the above is true I would list them on BAT as "Projects" without a reserve and take the money and run for all the reasons outlined in many of the above posts. This would require having the cars detailed and professionally photographed. I am rehabbing a Mercedes 107 that sat for 12 years and the process is going to cost 5-7K. This was my wife's favorite and she wants it
  18. I think this is the Three Speed Suburban model. They also made a Touring model. If my memory is correct the Suburban had a detachable rear seat.
  19. Life resumes for me in two weeks with the return of the Pate Swap Meet with 8500 spaces sold. Thirty per cent of Texans have been vaccinated and we have been vaccinating 18 and older for a week. Hopefully we are getting close to Herd immunity. Can't wait for Hershey!!! On the topic of car clubs the greater Houston area has over 4 million people and can't support a CCCA club.
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