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09 Dec 2013 15:28 #26443 by Bob Roller
Bob Roller replied the topic: J357
Matt,
About 60 years ago,Jack Irwin and I installed a clutch in this car, J-357.It had about 20,000 miles on it then. This was a nice but slightly neglected original.The picture in Elbert's first edition shows it as a car in decline but back then,7:50x19 tires were nearly unobtainable and what few there were
had been around too long and were dry rotted.
I have driven it several times and it was a good running,good driving Duesenberg.

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09 Dec 2013 15:33 #26444 by Bob Roller
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I still stand by my statement that a car that won't or can't be driven needs another owner. Drive them,enjoy them and preserve them as well as possible. I figure that 30 years from now that whatever fuel is available won't be compatible with a relic of any kind.

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09 Dec 2013 15:42 #26445 by Bob Roller
Bob Roller replied the topic: J391
I saw J391 for sale many years ago for $2500 and it was porch and deck gray and tomato soup red.I saw it again in it's present paint scheme when Mr.Falladori owned it but it was in the back of the ACD Museum.It seems as though someone in a moment of carelessness had tried to jack this heavy car up by placing a jack under the RUNNING BOARD instead of the frame.
It was a restyled running board for sure.


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09 Dec 2013 15:55 #26446 by Chris Summers
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J-391 was the first Duesenberg I ever rode in. I have a lot of sentimental attachment to that car. It still has the Union Jack on the hood that Power, who loved his British sports cars, installed.

J-357 is going to auction with its original upholstery uncovered for the first time in...many, many years. (The red plastic upholstery installed when Bob knew the car was actually seat covers for the original black leather.)

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09 Dec 2013 16:21 #26447 by Bob Roller
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Chris,
The red plastic or naugahyde or dog hide was not in this car when we worked on it. I saw it with the red stuff for the first time in 1986 and
had no idea it was a seat cover. Good idea IMHO.

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09 Dec 2013 16:22 #26448 by Chris Summers
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Sorry, Bob, I thought it was older. The car is still in good running shape.

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