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23 Nov 2003 16:58 #1009 by Ric Simpson
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Hi! 300 watts sounds about right for your car! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> Now when you get around to re-installing the original s/c engine, no doubt you will increase the wattage! After all with the extra get up and go the s/c engine supplies, you will do more travelling at 90 mph! The exhaust will be quieter because you will be closer to the speed of sound, but you will need the increased power of the sound system to drown out the sirens of the police attempting to catch you. The doppler effect is most interesting! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> Ric.

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2001 Niagara Parkway,
Fort Erie, Ontario,
Canada. L2A 5M4

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24 Nov 2003 13:09 #1014 by Al Hatch
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Bill,

A number of years ago a former Club member modified a radio for a '35 Auburn speedster by removing the 'guts' out of the original radio and inserted the 'guts' of a modern day portable solid state radio (like the ones you can pick up a Wal Mart). He then cut to pieces of styrofoam and mounted the PC board diagonally in the two pieces and the inserted the assembly into the original radio housing. He use the original radio head and cables to control station selection and volume. It look great and sounded great. The only give away was when he turned the radio on; you got instant music! Just another thought.

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24 Nov 2003 21:31 #1017 by Bill Hummel
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samsonized wrote: are you front or rear drive is is a steel or glass body


My Cord Cabriolet is an original steel-bodied 1936 Cord. Sometime in the 1970's a previous owner converted it to rear-drive and added an Olds 455 engine.

Apparently there was a lot of conversions done in the 60's and 70's. The cars were wearing out and the Internet was not around and communication with the Car Clubs was not as widespread.

One of the magazines, perhaps Popular Mechanics, ran articles on how to convert front-drive Cords to rear-drive. It was simply an attempt for car owners to save their cars.

I can't blame this owner for trying to save his Cord. What I can't forgive him for, is the cheezy vinyl interior he put in. I think he was planning to hot-rod the car.

As I have said on numerous occasions, my plans are to take this car back to original condition. In 18 months, I have spent many thousands of $$$ (as a lot of ACD members can attest! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ) on original or very good replica parts in order to restore my Cord .

I get frustrated that this process is taking so long, but I then hear others who have taken 15 years to fix up their cars and I realize that I am moving pretty fast!

The only thing that is not set in stone is what to do under the hood. In the meantime, I am having a lot of fun restoring my car and meeting other club members.

To recap: I don't drive fiberglass cars unless they say Corvette on them!

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25 Nov 2003 21:45 #1019 by balinwire
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Hi Bill,
I remember your search for the Philco and am very glad you found what sounds like a beauty.

I know your car and I think it is a great conversion and love it as it is.
The radio has already been converted to twelve volts!

Just install it and enjoy the glow of the tubes and jam to the XM while doing freeway speeds and not worrying if the wheels are going to fall off an ol' jalopy with no power brakes <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> happy motoring,

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