JV Puleo

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About JV Puleo

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  • Birthday 11/01/1951

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    Smithfield, Rhode Island
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    Brass era... teens & 20s


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    A lifelong Brass Car enthusiast

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  1. Hmmm... I have an aluminum foundry next door. I need seats as well. Can you send me a photo? jp
  2. I'd be reasonably certain that '16 was chosen because it is, or was post-HCCA rules. I suspect it was only included in the HCCA because FORD was still making brass radiator cars. Virtually no one else was and I don't generally think of 15 or 16 as "brass-era." As for '36... that may be the watershed between the end of true Pre-war designs and those that will bridge the war years and emerge essentially unchanged in 1946.
  3. Actually, I think the flag part of the law was repealed somewhat earlier but not the act itself, which limited speed to something like 3 miles per hour. The flag was seen as symbolic of the law, which is why Harry Lawson tore one up at the beginning of the first run from London to Brighton.
  4. I have no idea... I only just discovered that source and intended to order a set for my side lights. But, I'm in the UK at the moment and left the dimensions on a slip of paper in my shop so it will have to wait until I get home. I also thought they might be thinner but the convex, clear Gray & Davis lenses aren't very thick to begin with – nothing like the later, flat lenses we see on drum headlights. In any case, I doubt thickness will matter much if one catches a flying rock. Progress on the Mitchell is slow... but it's always been slow. My goal is regular progress more than speed. When I get home I've several more engine parts to make.... timing gears, exhaust and intake manifolds etc as well as the pistons and rods to finish but when that is done I may be close to reassembling the engine. jp
  5. For the convex glass lenses for G&D lights... I found a website that sells clear, round glass convex lenses intended for clock faces. I have it bookmarked at home but I'm out of the country so I'm unable to add it here. I did find it by googling "convex galss." jp found it... http://www.ronellclock.com/Convex-Glass_c62.htm
  6. Sprayed lacquer finishes weren't available until the mid-20s. Until then, everything was coach painted so in the terms of the original question, a brass car or a buggy, none of the finishes mentioned are authentic. Coach paint is still available although I've not seen it in the US. It's readily available in the UK where it is still used in automobile restoration but more often on things like traction engines. But, the Europeans don't have a tradition of ferocious cosmetic competition. Some might say their standards aren't as high. I tend to think they are much more realistic - usually not trying to make things wildly better than they were originally, or at least not so cosmetically. The real problem is that applying coach paint is a skill that is largely unknown in the US. It is not, I believe, particularly difficult but you will have to do it yourself as I doubt any shop would likely want to try something completely unknown or understood. If you do a search on "coach paint" or "coach painting" you will find several UK suppliers. I will probably try doing it myself although painting my 1910 car is a very long way off.
  7. That plate does say DISCO... the last 4 letters are inside the "D".
  8. There is no way the first car can be anything but a Buick... I believe the car in the photo with the two little girls is a Ford.
  9. Some jurisdictions – and I'm betting it's the case in New Jersey – have inventory taxes. Parts that don't move are taxed. Even at a severely discounted rate, in a few years you would have paid more in tax than you could hope to make selling the item. If I remember correctly, Massachusetts has (or had) a particularly destructive tax of that sort because (again years ago) I visited the East Coast Lucas distribution facility in Norton Mass where they were filling a dumpster with parts that their inventory control department had told them were about to become a loss whether sold or not. That included some rare parts for Norton motorcycles and 60s vintage Truimphs etc... I will say the staff let a few hobbyists dig in the dumpster an through the piles on the lolading dock... you just slipped the guys on the dock $10. Friends of mine, who ran a used book store, were nearly put out of business by the Providence, RI tax man who "valued" their inventory of 2nd hand books at 50% of the retail price and taxed them accordingly. It was a real struggle to convince the municipal nitwits that in that business the inventory value is more like 5% of the retail price.
  10. We could use a clearer, or at least much larger photo but it should be remembered that lights are the least reliable feature of a brass car to base any sort of attribution on. They were ALWAYS made by specialist manufacturers and were commonly changed either for better ones or because they were damaged. Of a particular size, they were all interchangeable and in 90% of cases, we have no way of knowing if a manufacturer always used a particular light supplier of if they bought what then needed, when they needed it. Given that most early auto manufacturers were very much under capitalized, I suspect the second option was more common. I'd say that if everything else matches, the lights are of no consequence.
  11. Oddly enough, I've just been looking into this problem regarding an aluminum water pump I am making. If you google a company called Muggyweld or Muggy Weld (I'm not sure of the spelling) they sell a variety of specialist welding, brazing and soldering specialty alloys specifically for jobs like this. The materials are not inexpensive, but I think may be perfectly suited to this problem. I'm certain you'll have to send it out for vapor degreasing because the porous aluminum has to be saturated with oil but having done that, I suspect the repair itself might be rather easy. I've never used their products but I am familiar with a complicated repair job done by a colleague who swears by them... jp
  12. As did Old 16, the great racing Locomobile. It's engine displacement was 1,197 CI... in 4 cylinders.
  13. I agree completely. I work almost exclusively with books that were never printed in large quantity, many of which went out of print long ago and are not readily available. But, under the current law, some are protected far into the future. These aren't cartoons... I've a certain amount of sympathy for the movie industry in that sense, but to use the law to protect yourself and thereby fl‡‡fl‡° everyone else, and do so with the blessing of our "betters" in government, is offensive at least. I believe the old rule for patents was 17 years with the option to renew for another 17. That gave 34 years of protection which ought to be enough. I no longer remember what the copyright time was but those could be renewed as well.
  14. Re the original question... the current copyright law does not apply to anything that was already in the public domain when the law passed. However, there is a good reason why it's referred to as the "Micky Mouse" law in the trade (which is the business I am in)... it was re-written to protect the movie and pop music industry with little or no thought to print materials. It's riddled with ambiguities and contradictions, as if the framers of the law couldn't read. When google books first arrived on the scene they notified small publishers like us that they were scanning all our books and making them available for free...that they were under copyright and this constituted theft mattered not. What, after all can a publishing house with four employees do to fight google? Ultimately, they were taken to court by a much larger association representing many authors and small publishers and, after years of litigation, had to concede that even google has to respect the law. All the time this is going on, google books regularly reduces to "snippet" views books that are long out of copyright or never were copyrighted in the first place. For instance, ALL US government documents are not copyrighted... but somehow this fairly simply notion has never successfully penetrated their corporate mentality. I use google books a lot in my research work (almost entirely in 19th century government records) but I deeply resent their trying to steal the royalties I get from the sale of my own books.
  15. I can certainly empathize with you're approach. I've assembled a fairly complete machine shop and largely taught myself how to run the machines in order to restore my 1910 car. It's the only approach I have to getting the car I'd like to have, even though I may be too old to drive it much when I'm done. I suspect the rebuild will take longer than I'll have to enjoy it, but that wasn't really the goal. I see it as a permanent challenge... and I haven't even gotten to the building a body part!