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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Oldcar,

    You know I am already going through withdrawals. Seeing the last couple pictures you just posted just reminds me, maybe even all of us, just how much skill and determination it took to remake this car and how wonderful it turned out.

    I can wait while you take a bit of a well deserved break but at the same time look forward to your selection of your next project. Have a safe and enjoyable trip to the states and I'm sure the Flyer will be a big hit in Louisville. Scott...
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcar View Post
    Hi Rockpick
    Not too long to wait now! The Flyer is well on the way arriving in LA on about the June 18. It then travels by road to Louisville. We Leave Australia on the morning of June 23 and arrive in Louisville about 30 hours late at 11.45 PM on the same day. Talk about time travel! Something to do with crossing the International date line. Attached are two photographs of the Dixie Flyer being loaded onto a transport for the journey to the container depot.
    Travel safe! Look forward to seeing you on this side of the pond...

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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    The count down has begun. By my calculations the Dixie Flyer should now be on American soil. It will still have to clear the US Customs and then be transported to Louisville. We depart Melbourne Victoria Australia 11.00 AM Wednesday June 23 and arrive In Louisville Kentucky USA 11.45 PM Wednesday June 23 after traveling for around 30 hours.

    Wow

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    Have a safe journey across our beautiful country .... Luv'n your "Dixie Flyer" !!!

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    We saw Bernie and the Dixie Flyer at Louisville. Here are the pics we took. The Firefly was a great hit and always had lots of folks looking at the car and talking to Bernie.
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Bernie,
    It was good to talk to you and see your car. It was awesome. Have a great trip home.
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Bernie,

    That is a beautiful car and you are a master craftsman. You should be very proud at your contribution to preserving automotive history.
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Bernie,

    Larry beat me to it, but....

    It was great talking to you and seeing the Dixie Flyer.

    I would post the photos that I took of it, but John beat me to that as well.

    Can't wait to see what you are up to next!
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Hi Y,all
    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. We are presently staying with good friends Jim & Christine Williams in Sth Carolina. We move to Long Island and then to New York for a week before flying home on July 30 It has been a real pleasure to meet so many of you. Something that we will never forget.

    THANK YOU

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    I'm upset that I didn't get to meet you, Bernie. I was actually at Kentucky Trailer shortly before you all moved it over to the old manufacturing facility. You had not yet arrived at KYT that morning -- I was there to see Dan & Neal (I do a bit of environmental work for them).

    I did, however, get a moment to check out the car. Unbelievable work, sir! I hope you had plenty of towels with you - I drooled on it several times. Beautiful piece of work!! Thanks again for getting it back over to this side of the pond -- it's rightful place is here and I know everyone was happy to see it in Louisville.

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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Hello everyone
    We are now safely home in Australia. The Dixie Flyer is to go to the AACA Museum at Hershey for approx six months while Kentucky Trailer prepare its new home at their Logistics Road complex so this should give more people a chance to see it.
    We arrived home on Saturday morning having left New York on Thursday evening. What a trip! We don't know if we even want to think about another journey quite like that again for a while.
    Having said that, today (Monday) I have removed the gearbox out of the 1934 Lagonda Rapier in order to attend to an oil leak that has been bugging me for some time. We have two major driving events coming up shortly so want to have the problem rectified before then.
    With that out of the way the decks should be clear and I should be just about ready to think about another project.
    It was really great to meet so many of you at Louisville and all your comments are much appreciated.

    Happy motoring!

    Bernie J.
    Last edited by oldcar; August 2nd, 2010 at 03:22.

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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    The Photographs that everyone has been hanging out for. The Dixie Flyer right back at its birthplace. The Kentucky Wagon Mfg Company's (1876) works at 3rd Street Louisville.KY.
    These historic 1850s industrial buildings are now owned by the University in Louisville and are scheduled to be bulldozed in the near future.
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    Thank you, Bernie. Has been a good read. Car looks great! YOU did a good job.

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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Hi
    Now that we have been back in Australia for just over a week I have started to tidy up in preparation for the next project. I have some items left that are too good (valuable?0 to send to scrap,
    First two Herschel-Spillman 4 cylinder engines one dismantled the other as found, These were used in a number of early 1920s American cars Dort probably being the most common.
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    Two Dyneto 6 volt generators Both are dismantled but could be a good source of parts approx 8 inches long and 4 1/2 inches in diameter.

    Free to a good home but recipient pays freight.

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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    To close the final chapter on the Dixie Flyer story The Automobile magazine from the UK has just published a condensed (3 page) version of the whole Dixie Flyer saga in their October 2010 issue.

    Bernie J.

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    To turn the last page of the final chapter.....
    I am reliably informed that the Dixie Flyer was delivered to-day to the AACA Museum at Hershey where it is to go on display for a limited period giving all those people who did not make it to Louisville a chance to see it.

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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Sorry I forgot to include the last photograph.
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Just one more last entry in this thread. Dan Murphy at KY Trailer was good enough to draw my attention to the AACA Museum's website
    1922 Dixie Flyer Firefly Speedster | AACA Museum Exhibition

    As I have said elsewhere 2010 was a year to remember!

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    For those unfamiliar with my most recent previous Restoration Project may like to have a quick look at some of these pages. At first glance it makes the Packard Coupe look like a piece of cake.

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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Now almost two years since the Dixie flyer returned to Kentucky and into the care of the Kentucky Trailer Co (previously Kentucky Wagon) the story continues. Dan Murphy a senior executive with KY Trailer has managed to acquire an original Dixie Flyer dashboard clock. Rather than replace the "Roadster" clock I had fitted to the Firefly's dash they would like to display it in the companies collection. KY Trailer's Marketing Administrator MaryBeth Tomes has contacted me asking if I can unearth any details regarding the clocks manufacture etc. I have asked her to forward me some photographs.

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    Thank you West
    You beat me to the draw.

    Bernie J.

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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Thank you Bernie for your excellent work. It was fun to review this thread and refresh all your challenges and successes.
    That is a beautiful clock. Will we be learning more about the procurement story behind this clock? I'm sure there is curiousity about it, other than mine. Do you know HOW they are going "to display it in the companies collection"? Granite, marble, black walnut, old wagon wood or...? Will it be possible to have your son (or was it son-in-law?) the jeweler/clock builder examine the Dixie clock?
    Sorry for all the questions, I know you are a busy man,
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Hi Chuck
    Re the procurement of the Clock. My friend Anthony Bryant who lives in a village if Suffolk England sent me, in Melbourne Australia, an e-bay link for the Clock. I then forwarded the link to Dan Murphy my contact with KY Trailer in Louisville Kentucky, Dan then bought the clock off e-bay.
    Unfortunately my son lives some two hours drive away at Yarra Junction in the beautiful Yarra Valley here in Victoria which is in the south east of Australia. A long long way from Louisville. I understand they are going to display it in a "shadow box". Perhaps either Dan or MaryBeth can log on and tell us some more. If you go back through the thread to where I acquired the "Roadster" clock which I put into the Dixie Flyers dash you will see that the Dials are very similar.

    Bernie j.
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcar View Post
    As up to 120 people have downloaded my photographs there is at least some interest so why no replies? For those who may doubt my ability to restore the dixie Flyer I hope to have some progress photographs soon. In the interim here is one of my Lagonda taken in England in 1957 showing fairly much as it looked when I purchased it in 1979.
    Bernie, if anyone had any doubts about your abilities back then , I'm sure they don't have any now.
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    Re: Dixie Flyer "Firefly" speedster photographs.

    I did a search and there seems to be a Dixie in Melbourne. Not sure if it is a Firefly but maybe this will help you. Check out this link.
    http://www.courier-journal.com/artic...nclick_check=1

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