Interesting Fred Duesenberg Letter

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11 Nov 2011 23:23 #21415 by Justin Kerns
Justin Kerns created the topic: Interesting Fred Duesenberg Letter
I found this letter in my archives and wanted to post it here because I find the content fascinating and think others may also. I'm a relative noobie (Club member for only 11 years) so it's possible this has been published in the past and you have all seen it. But some probably have not so here is the link:

http://www.justinkerns.com/ACD/Fred_Due ... _Paine.pdf

Content concerns reliability of the Duesenberg motor and comparison with contemporary cars of the day with a focus on the Cadillac V-16.

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12 Nov 2011 14:48 #21418 by Chris Summers
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Great reading.

The car in question was Holbrook Sedan J-127 / 2350.

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24 Nov 2011 18:56 #21489 by Bob Roller
Bob Roller replied the topic: Fred Duesenberg to John Paine
I couldn't get the viewer to pick it up.Just WHAT was the question? I would think the "J"engine,properly maintained would be as reliable as the Cadillac 16 and the Duesenberg Special bears this out I never heard of any Cadillac in that time frame being goosed around a hot race track for 24 hours. I once owned a 1937 Cadillac V12 and I rank it as a cut above the Lincoln Zephyr's V12.
Neither one had the cubic inches needed to really move a heavy car.Packard on the other hand,did have the cubes and moved well and with ease. Same for the 12 cylinder Pierce. Multi cylinders with big cubes. The stock "J"was 420 Cubice inches and the Cadillac V16 was only 452.
A "J" rebored to 3.875 will have 448.

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