They don't get any nicer:
How do you open the pics to view them?
Patience. If you try to view between the time the words are posted, and the pix are uploaded, you get just the words...
Here's a Chrysler:
That is an early Mercury--1921 and one of the first few hunderd built (I think around 212) as it has no door on the drivers side. The correct radiator shell is a really hard part to find.
RD, could you e-mail me the photo's direct?
I thought of you when I saw this car, Tim. I have no idea of the owner. The original pix are 2 meg each. Do you want them in full fidelity?
If that car were mine, I would dump the spare. I never carry a spare unless going more than 100 miles from home, and I've only been caught out once - on the way home from the HME several years ago. That's what friends, family and AAA are for.
Very nice. Your weather looks a little more "user friendly" than ours.
Couldn't help but be tickled, looks like lots of folks are oohing and aahing over the car (me included) but overlook what appears to be the dreaded water pump (see second picture). Still a very nice car, and it can come live in my Barn anytime.
And the Alternator..........
My Goodness - a distributer! The heresy of it all!
I'd love to own it, beautiful car!
Thanks Ricks for the nice post but what or where is HME? It must be a show in LA!
Complaints about the spare tire? (I agree) Complaints about the modern alternator and the water pump? (I can agree with those feelings, especially the alternator) I think the car would look better without the top also. But I really need to add my complaint about the ca. 1930 downdraft carburetor. Picky, picky, picky, some people are never pleased. (like me?) But really, that is one beautiful boat-tail!
After looking at the OHV setup, I have a couple questions on how the conversion is done. I see that the stock intake and exhaust ports are plugged.
1. Does the design of head block the original valve openings in the block to seal the chamber?
2. Does the OHV assembly use pushrods and lifters that run on a special cam or on a stock cam.
The design of the head with a circular combustion chamber and special head gasket block off the valve chambers. The stock (or performance grind) cam and lifters are used with pushrods that go through the valve guide holes and up to the rocker arms on the head.
1. The pushrods go through the same opening for the old flathead valves and then the gasket seals around. See an overhead valve gasket:
For 8-valve overhead:
For 4-valve overhead:
2. The OHV assembly can be used on a stock cam. There were/are however some overhead setups that use a special cam or cams. See here:
The car is owned by Ron Cressey. He found the body in Topanga Canyon near L.A. about 35 years ago after a brush fire exposed it. It was a rusted burned up mess and he certainly did a beautiful job restoring it. It graced the cover of The Vintage Ford back about 1980-81 or so.