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About 1912Staver

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  • Birthday 06/30/1958

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    Langley, B.C. Canada
  • Interests:
    Brass era cars, Packard trucks, Vintage racing cars, Sports cars
  1. 1919 Canadian Ford???

    Tire carrier looks like McLaughlin to me. Possibly a late teen's 4 with some sort of accessory rear bumper. Greg in Canada
  2. Stevens 1921 roadster

    One of the factors that has a big influence on price is usability. I like cars from this era, however they have a serious usability problem. They are often cars that have a comfortable speed of around 45 MPH and the very limiting 2 wheel brakes. If a person lives in a quiet, rural part of North America the problem may be less of a concern. Most of us unfortunately don't live in a rural oasis as much as we might wish we do. The reality of diesel pick up trucks being driven like the fate of the western world hangs on whether the driver arrives somewhere on time. And millennials paying more attention to their hand held device than their hand held steering wheel make actually venturing out on the road in a 1921 nearly anything a bit dicey. I think this reality is probably the biggest thing holding prices on cars from this era down. Greg in Canada
  3. Did You Ever Own.....

    I would have to say Morris Minor. I still have a Morris Minor convertible project, and a Morris Minor based Buckler sports car. Greg in Canada
  4. Did You Ever Own.....

    dictator27 took the words out of my mouth. Also a Vancouver area resident since I moved here as a schoolboy from the Prairies in 1966. Lots of Canadian produced , American cars. And many of the "good" versions were even made in the U.S. GTO's , Firebirds etc. Small numbers sold so easier to simply import from the U.S. than set up for Canadian production. But lots of British cars and sundry other odd ball imports. I like sports cars so several MG's, a few Triumph's , TVR's, Lotus, Sunbeam, Morris etc have passed thru my hands. Greg in Canada
  5. Radiator Emblems

    Thanks !, that's perfect. That tag is actually off Staver's somewhat odd automotive styled carriage that was introduced in 1914. The Car tags usually use a "Alpha" model or a H.P. rating as model designation. And the unit numbers on the automobiles are a lot lower, generally 3 digit or low 4 digit numbers. That tag would have been from one of these car / carriage machines. This one has an electric drive fitted but most were straight Horse drawn vehicles. Greg in Canada
  6. Radiator Emblems

    Hi Lump, In the final photo of your poster there is a Staver Chicago serial number tag. It is just above the "T" in the KRIT Rad script. I am very interested in Staver Chicago. Is it possible for you to post a better photo of the Tag ? It is possibly off one of their horse drawn carriages and if so of secondary interest , however if it is off a car it would add further information to my data base on Staver automobiles. Greg in Canada 1912 Staver Chicago Model 40 project
  7. The 1906- 1916 era is often quite hard to get hard data about engine builders. So many cars from this era used bought in engines , but often the car maker wanted to make it appear that they built the car rather than simply putting bought in components together. And many of the engine builders had a short life, with little or no documentation surviving. There are scant few engine makers catalogs from this period that have survived, although they must have been around at one time. Greg in Canada
  8. RIP Dan Gurney

    Dan Gurney is right up there with Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby. A giant in motorsport. Greg in Canada
  9. I have had pretty good luck with rare motorcycle parts on Ebay, but not nearly as much with vintage car parts. Motorcycle parts seem to be a lot easier to ID , as long as the seller is even a little familiar with the particular make and era. Car parts seem a lot harder for people to identify, even in relation to general era. a front spindle from the late 1940's often looks much the same as a front spindle from the teens. And due to the volume of parts on Ebay a buyer would likely look at thousands of listings before finding something rare and needed. Parts like hubcaps are comparatively easy because of the typical cast or stamped in name. I get the impression a substantial quantity of early parts end up in scrap because someone ends up with them , either in an estate clean up or direct inheritance and has no idea what the parts are or fit. It may be one of 4 or 5 of something surviving but unless there is a way of connecting to one of the 3 people in the world who need it, the potential piece of gold ends up being sold for a few cents a pound. Picture something like a rear end . There has been thousands of different versions of the conventional shaft drive , leaf spring rear end. How would anyone ever describe a 75 year old ,unknown fitment , big chunk of steel and cast iron. The likely hood of it ending up with someone who needs it is remote. Greg in Canada
  10. Large tire valve stem

    Nearly any car :generally Brass era, with wood fellow wheels needs this style of stem. Decent ones are a bit hard to find. Greg
  11. Please identify these wheels.

    There is a good chance that if you closely examine the fellow band you will find the manufactures name stamped in. Most of the ones I have are stamped. Remove the red paint and lightly bead blast the band. The stamping is sometimes faint so I would not take a power wire brush to it. Probably the name, wheel man. assn. stamp and size. Once you know the Manufacturer the I.D. becomes a lot easier. Stamping is in my experience always on the rim surface of the band not the side facing the wood so no need to remove the band from the wheel. Greg in Canada
  12. 1923 Indian Motorcycle Question

    Earlyish bikes are crazy expensive. And engines have a much better survivor rate than the cycle parts. Often the engine would be saved for powering something else and the rest of the machine scrapped. I would much rather be looking for engine parts than chassis/ tinware. These bikes can take decades to piece together. I only have 1950's / 1960's bikes but a few friends are into these ones. They are very dedicated . Greg in Canada
  13. Do good pictures help a sale?

    So that's the value of a serial tag and paperwork in WA. State. It is a State that I have heard on more than one occasion is difficult to sort out paperwork problems . Just the cost of buying a popular truck without a title. Greg
  14. What was your biggest screw up working on the cars

    On one of the ships I work on we were doing a major service. Heads came off, pistons with rods were sent up to the machine shop ashore for Piston pin removal and checking of pin bushing. The rod caps stayed on the ship adjacent to their respective cyl. The rod's have a serrated face mating surface with the caps. Piston and rods were inspected , reassembled, came back to the ship and we put the engine back together. Started it and it ran for about 45 seconds , then a crankcase explosion, emergency shut down. After it cooled down in about an hour we took off the crankcase doors. One big end completely burned up, crankcase full of melted bearing, second big end hot but not as bad. Crank badly warped. The machine shop had somehow mixed two of the conrods. We put the pistons back in the correct bores and the rod caps back in the correct cylinders but the serrated faces varied slightly in position from rod to rod so the caps were offset slightly , 1/8" or so on the two interchanged rods. Good chunk of $1,000,000.00 before that one ran again. Greg in Canada
  15. That's such a typical Canadian collection . An abundance of lower model 4 doors. Very few high line cars. Simple , modest cost transportation. Unfortunately not very desirable in todays market. Looks like a couple of potential gems . I will be keeping a close eye on the sale. Thanks for the link. Sask. in August will be an oven. Greg