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About Akstraw

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    Hickory, NC, USA
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    1914 Maxwell 25 Roadster
    1915 Buick C25 Touring
    1922 Marmon 34B Touring
    1929 AA Ford Truck
    1956 Cadillac Coupe deVille
    1972 Volvo 1800ES
    1987 BMW 325i Cabriolet
    2002 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet

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  1. 1913 Reo

    Looks like no top as well.
  2. 1913 Reo

    I agree that $10k is a steep price. All the lights/lanterns seem to be missing.
  3. Does anyone here own a celebrity vehicle?

    I bought a Volvo 1800ES from a man named Stephen Gaskin in early 2014. He passed away six months later. I include an excerpts from his New York Times obit and Wikipedia bio below. I didn't pay a premium for the car because of his prior ownership, but it is fun to have his story to tell as part of the provenance of the car. I have since enjoyed learning more about him, his life and writings, and also the extraordinary accomplishments of his wife as well. When I restored the car, I decided to leave two window stickers (one for USMC, and the other for Plenty, an outreach organization he founded) from his ownership intact. I have a bucket-list dream of driving it to "The Farm" in Tennessee some day. Google him sometime to read an unusual American life story. NYT: Stephen Gaskin, a Marine combat veteran and hippie guru who in 1971 led around 300 followers in a caravan of psychedelically painted school buses from San Francisco to Tennessee to start the Farm, a commune that has outlived most of its countercultural counterparts while spreading good works from Guatemala to the South Bronx, died on Tuesday at his home on the commune, in Summertown, Tenn. He was 79. Wikipedia: Stephen Gaskin (February 16, 1935 – July 1, 2014) was an American counterculture Hippie icon best known for his presence in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in the 1960s and for co-founding "The Farm", a famous spiritual intentional community in Summertown, Tennessee.[1] He was a Green Party presidential primary candidate in 2000 on a platform which included campaign finance reform, universal health care, and decriminalization of marijuana.[2] He was the author of over a dozen books, political activist, a philanthropic organizer and a self-proclaimed professional Hippie.
  4. I would first try to understand what (if anything) is wrong with the old axle before looking for a replacement. I think the two most likely issues would be either that it is bent, or that the kingpin holes are worn oversize. Both of these are easy to check. I agree with the post above that the axle may not be the cause. I would first look at kingpin and bushings, tie rod ends, and drag link ends. Also check wheels and tires for trueness and roundness. I would expect these to be more likely sources of the problem. Good luck! Let us know what you find.
  5. I Installed Seatbelts In My Desoto

    I think the seat belts were still optional in 1965. I had a 65 Mercury (purchased new in my family) without them, and a 65 Mustang that had them.
  6. This Ole' Coupe

    Hi Terri and Kit, Welcome to the forum. It's nice to see your post here. Warm regards, Andrew
  7. Marmon 34 Trivia Story

    Some of you may find this interesting. I have been working on a 1922 Marmon 34 for about 20 months. The car I bought had been stripped and re-painted many years ago, with no external trace left of the original color. Though when I removed the aluminum body skin from the original wooden substructure, I found several traces of blue paint that had seeped between the wood and aluminum at the holes for the top fasteners, presumably at the factory. This led me to believe that the original color was blue; one of the two standard colors offered that year. Recently, I removed the VIN plate from the inside firewall. While one can never be certain, I believe the VIN plate had never been removed before. What I found on the back of the VIN plate was the following word written in pencil: “blue”. I believe the penciled word to be an original factory marking. So if you are curious about the original color of your Marmon, it could possibly be written on the backside of your VIN plate as well. "It's a Great Automobile" Andrew
  8. restoration of 1913 cadillac 6 pass touring

    I suggest that you try Dick Shappy in Rhode Island. Good luck!
  9. "There were Maxwells, and GOOD Maxwells, does anyone know what category this one falls into? Just curious. Edited 22 hours ago by JFranklin (see edit history) " Somewhere around 1919-1921 (I need to check the year), the Maxwells developed a reputation for having a fragile rear end. I think the axles would break rather easily. The cars got a reputation for being shoddy. When Maxwell fixed the problem, they launched an advertising campaign to emphasize that the era of shoddiness was behind them. The term "Good Maxwell" was created and used by the company itself as part of this campaign to get beyond the axle issue. I think the lingering bad blood surrounding the Maxwell name contributed to Walter Chrysler's decision to re-name it the "Chrysler Four", and eventually "Plymouth" several years later. This particular one would be a "good" Maxwell. This looks like a nice car; relatively complete, and not banged up. I agree with the comments above about touring cars being most desirable, the early twenties not being the most popular era with collectors, and the advice about photography and presentation. Also recommend photos of the engine compartment. On cars of this age, the condition of the wooden substructure of the body has a big impact on value. A tight, sturdy wooden structure makes it a good candidate to use as-is, or restore; while a rotted, flimsy substructure presents a challenge, and could reduce it to "parts car" status. With a reasonably solid body, I would value this car in the $4000 to $8000 range. I also agree with the advice to start with $10,000 on a classified ad and come down, or try $4000 or $5000 to start on eBay and go up. Good luck. Is the car in Oregon? Andrew
  10. AACA Members...Your Best Guess!

    Well, it is the Antique Automobile Club "of America", so my guess would be on the low side; around 15.
  11. Velocity channel changes

    I agree that some of the shows are more drama than content. I must say, though, that I have learned quite a lot from several of them. I particularly like Chasing Classic Cars, which provides insight into the high end auction scene, and coverage of cars like the Stutz and Minerva that you just don't see anywhere else. Wayne Carini is a good advocate for maintaining original cars where appropriate, as well. I like the way Wheeler Dealers explain their mechanical procedures, and take the viewer into various shops to show the manufacturing and restoration processes for the replacement parts they buy. Like any other media, television has something for everybody. You can't expect to like them all, but there are some gems.
  12. 1927 moon roadster

    When I started my project, I bought a few books that I found helpful. "Automotive Woodworking" by Roland Johnson is a fairly recent text that gives a good discussion on wood selection, tools, techniques, etc. I would recommend this book. "Antique Auto Body Wood Work for the Restorer" is a 1969 text that is actually a reprint of a 1914 text. It gives insight into how they actually did it back in the day, but has limited practical value for restorer today. Another book I found interesting all around is "The Principles of Automobile Body Design", a 1922 text by Kingston Forbes. Not a great woodworking reference, but an interesting book all around. You can read it for free on a number of web sites, or buy a reprint. Just be sure if you buy a reprint, to be sure the one you are ordering contains all the illustrations. There are some out there that include only the text, not the drawings. i think you are doing the right thing to research the wood. Perhaps your forestry office, furniture manufacturers or lumber trade association, or department of agriculture could be of help on the borer issue. I would take the stories of disintegrating furniture with a grain of salt. Good luck!
  13. Your local trim shop can do this for you.
  14. 1927 moon roadster

    I have been using ash in restoring a 1922 Marmon touring car. Most all references ash as the variety of choice for this application. My source is West Penn Hardwoods in Conover, NC. They ship lumber to and from all over the world. I suggest giving them a call; they may have the necessary permit to ship to CA. White Oak compares very well to ash in material properties, and would be a good alternative from a structural standpoint. My experience is that the two also are very similar to machine. The significant difference between Oak and Ash is the high acid content of the oak, which will result in discoloration around metal fasteners. This may not be an issue if the woodwork is ultimately painted or hidden from view.
  15. Unknown Clutch

    I got these multi-disk clutch parts with a load of Marmon parts. It is not the correct one for a Marmon 34B. Does anybody recognize them? What are they for? Thanks. Andrew