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  1. Thanks to all of you who have posted your approval - look for another video in this series at some point later this year.
  2. I know that many of you here enjoy early cars and thought you might enjoy viewing this video. It is the first in a series of videos of what we like to call "Vintage Supercars." The next two videos in the future will cover a 1915 Duesenberg racing car and 1914 Mercer Raceabout. Learn more about the engine rebuild and other work performed in a ten-part series on this Simplex that features a 589 c.i. T-head four-cylinder with a 5 3/8" x 6 1/2" bore and stroke by following the link seen at the end of the video.
  3. 1906 Cadillac Double Tulip touring car: This 109-year old car is easy to start and is a very enjoyable vehicle to drive. It was given an early partial restoration (paint) and retains its original wooden body, upholstery, top and Cadillac script front floor mat. This Cadillac will be a wonderful car for the collector that appreciates and values originality, correctness and patina. It is quite rare to be able to obtain a high quality 1oo-plus-year-old single-cylinder car in this condition today that retains its original wooden body and trim. It has received an AACA HPOF plaque that attests to its condition. 1930 Lincoln Sport Phaeton: The rare barn find offered here is a car from a family that has summered here in Vermont for over 80 years. This unrestored Lincoln with aluminum sport phaeton coachwork featuring dual windshields was purchased in New York City in 1938 by John B. Butler Jr. from James Gregory's Used Car Exchange on Broadway in New York City. The second and third generation continued to use it until the grandfather died in the early 1970s. It was last registered in 1971 and then put away in storage in 1972. At that time the engine was oiled, the car was carefully covered and stored up on jack stands. Both of these vehicles have been sold.
  4. Glad to hear many of you are enjoying viewing this car, it's quite special and the long 75 plus years family ownership is something that is almost unheard of these days. I am open to reasonable offers on this car. View many more images and all of the details here.
  5. Al, Many piston makers can make pistons in the bore size you require. The problem you are likely to run into is none of the ones that machine forged aluminium blanks (all of the racing outfits) will have any that are long enough to make your pistons the correct length. All modern pistons are quite short and machining them from longer blanks would add quite a bit of time to the process, plus bigger blanks would cost them more, hence the short blanks. I have rebuilt a number of Wisconsin's and they are well built engines.
  6. The rare opportunity offered here is a car from a family that has summered here in Vermont for over 80 years. This unrestored Lincoln with aluminum sport phaeton coachwork featuring dual windshields was purchased in New York City in 1938 by John B. Butler Jr. from James Gregory's Used Car Exchange on Broadway in New York City. The original bill of sale has survived. Soon afterward the Lincoln made a family trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and return in the pre-World War II days. It was brought up to Vermont from New York City post-war and left on the family farm for use during the season and stored during the winter. The second and third generation continued to use it until the grandfather died in the early 1970s. It was last registered in 1971 and then put away in storage in 1972. At that time the engine was oiled, the car was carefully covered and stored up on jack stands. Opportunity knocks and this a rare opportunity for someone to acquire a reasonably priced full classic car that can be recommissioned and left largely as is, in its last used state. The only change needed would be a set of canvas seat covers. Vintage cars in a unrestored condition have always been widely admired and are highly sought after today and more popular that fully restored cars. A carefully stabilized and conserved car in this condition will be with be a major attraction at both concours and tours for the lucky new owner. This desirable and attractive Lincoln Sport Phaeton is reasonably priced at $48,500 and you can learn more about it and see many photos at The Old Motor.com
  7. This patent drawing in NOT the one you are looking for, but if you follow the link (below) and once there, click on the purple "Pines Winterfront Company" link (as you see in the second photo below) it will take you to all of the Company's patents and perhaps you can find what you need there. https://www.google.com/patents/US1938929?dq=%22Pines+Winterfront+Company%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dAtGVcWNGYfHsAXfwYGACA&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBg
  8. It can be done successfully. The Crane-Simplex seen below used to be owned by a several of clients of mine, I know its complete history and it was given a metallic burgundy and red paint job either prewar or in the mid-1940s. It is now a part of the Rich Collection in PA and Steve Moskowitz or Mark Lizewskie the Director of the AACA Museum can find out how it was done. Even though the original paint is likely to have sanding scratches in it, most of then can many times be wet sanded out with extra fine grit sandpaper and polished out. View the lower photos of it afterwards to see the results. I was able to see it at Pebble Beach and it was very presentable for an unrestored car. You could also clearcoat the results with either a gloss or semi-gloss or flat finish which would keep bare metal from rusting If you are a perfectionist it might not suit your needs, but what do you have to lose? You can always repaint it later.
  9. Wilber D'Arlene finished 2nd, at the 1916 Indy 500 with the car, which at the time was one of the Duesenberg 300 c.i. 16-Valve Walking-Beam Team Cars. Lou Hoyt the third owner is seen above in the car in the late-teens. It survived in this condition and was discovered by the late Duesenberg historian Fred Roe and Charlie Fisher in 1941 and Charlie had it back on the track in 1946. It is one of only a few pre-WWII racing cars to have survived in its original state. It is part of Joseph Freeman's racing car collection and he has entered it in many vintage racing events both here in the US and the UK. It is presently on exhibit at the Owls Head Museum of Transportion racing vehicle exhibit Faster: The Quest For Speed and you and see it there with many others. West Peterson did an excellent article on it in Cars and Parts back around 2002. We have been taking care of this car for the past 20-years and look for a special feature about it later in the year on The Old Motor when it comes back to the shop. Photos can be seen below of its unique 16-valve engine.
  10. Thanks go out to Wayne Shelton for mentioning this MONSTER. Watch and hear the 28-litre (1729 c.i.) S76 Fiat run up the hill at Goodwood in a test-run with Duncan Pittaway behind the wheel and Lord March along for the ride in a brand new video at The Old Motor. You can also link to all of the many posts and photos covering this project over the last four years that we have been following the story.
  11. The mystery has been solved, to help out the photo was run on The Old Motor this morning and reader Ariejan Bos has identified it as a 1912 or 1913 Briggs-Detroiter. His research turned up the fact that not all of the cars had the lights on the front face of the cowl. We found the photo of a touring car below in the March 1912 Auto Topics Magazine. The Advertisement is from the July 1912 Auto Topics Magazine.
  12. Curti, It looks like it is a cast iron structure of the type that a police officer would direct traffic from although it is much taller than most of them that were used at the time. It also could have been used in some way for controlling the streetcars?
  13. GREAT VINTAGE Street Scene Film Footage Found – Newark, New Jersey 1928: It is not very often that new and fresh period prewar street scene film footage is found today. Check out this entertaining short film showing cars, trucks, buses and streetcars at Broad and Market Streets in Newark, New Jersey shot during 1928 at The Old Motor.
  14. The old car world has lost a GREAT man, I always enjoyed talking with him and just exchanged emails with him on Friday, hard to believe he's gone. My condolences to Lil, Corky and his family. Visitation will be at Chattanooga Funeral Home East, 404 S. Moore Road, on Tuesday from 3-7:30 p.m. The family will have a private graveside service. The public is invited to a Celebration of Life service on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Woodland Park Baptist Church, 7501 Standifer Gap Road. More info here: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/11/16/288659/Business-Political-Leader-Harold-Coker.aspx
  15. All three of them do a great job and are a pleasure to work with.