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  1. CatBird

    Trailer height and wind?

    Appreciate your help. A few other things getting ready. My trailer will be finished in about a month or more. *Tiedowns? What do you recommend? It comes with some "D Rings" (I think, four) welded to the frame. *TPMs? *A "Job Box" on the Tongue next to the Vee? I have one on my open trailer. I have spares, a winch, deep cycle battery (for the winch and electric jack). I am thinking about wiring the battery into the trailer harness to keep the battery charged, I run an opening in the box to run the cable from the winch. Might do similar in the new enclosed trailer. I don't want to be tripping over the winch. *Battery impact wrench Any other ideas?
  2. CatBird

    Trailer height and wind?

    Jim and Ed, does it help that every car I haul belongs to me? Can you put a sign that says "Non-Commercial" help? My dually weighs 8k. Not sure how that classes me as GVWR? The "recreational vehicles" would not apply to my cars, I guess. Jim, why not taking your car to a swap meet, etc? Can I refuse to a search? As above? Is the question that the trailer may look too heavy?
  3. CatBird

    Trailer height and wind?

    I have decided on a 28-foot vee, sloping nose, one-piece aluminum roof. Triple 7k torsion axles. 8' 6" inside height. 7,000-pound ramp door with extra springs to pull it up. 21k gross. As Ed says, we have a lot of cars. My 1958 Cadillac Flower Car weighs in at about 6600 pounds. A 28 foot will hold enough for me, maybe an engine. I have a triple axle power tilt flatbed and I like the way it handles and as Ed said, it stops very well. I use a 2016 GMC Diesel Dually (bought new) rated at 30,000 pounds pull. and 7500 pounds...... I have eclectic tastes. I have also ordered a 5'wide ramp door in the side for our ATV or Golf cart, or??? I am getting the tires Ed suggested, the winch he uses. Hey, I like overkill. Traveler Jim also has some good ideas as well as trulyvintage and some other people here. Thanks!
  4. I have a 1958 Cadillac. Does not run. does roll. Want enclosed transport. Any ideas? One company wants $1500. It is only 812 miles distance.
  5. Looking at having a trailer made, high enough to haul most brass cars. My tallest car is about 7'6" with the top up. I am thinking about a 28foot bumper haul with a rear opening about 8' high. 8'6" inside. I am pulling with a 3500 GMC Diesel Dually. Possibly adding straight, as not in 'drop' axles so easily clear the inner fender wells more easily. Right now my gooseneck Featherlight (6'6" height opening) has 14" high fender wells. I cannot open the doors on my more modern cars. However, this will give me a high profile and 28 foot long with a box that will be 8'6" and an additional 4" not having drop axles. I am wondering if wind will be a factor? Like passing a semi on the expressway?
  6. We have our 1908 Thomas Flyer "50 hp Brass" and out 1903 Columbus electric car in "One and two Cylinder Brass"
  7. I am picking up some steam oil tomorrow. I know about the wrong oil can attack bronze in a transmission or rear end. Here is a picture of our transmission. The Thomas Flyer seems to have one of the finest restorations I have ever seen. It would seem they made sure the transmission would not leak. However, I am about the first people to drive it, though the Auction House did drive it onto the block and on a trailer. I am wondering if I should clean this blue stuff out, or add in the steam oil, or is it ok as it is. The sump and drive chain oilers are properly filled with, as best I can tell, the proper oil. Wolfgang Gawor died before the restoration was finished. The Auction is refusing me to have contact information with Wolfgang's Estate, nor the restoration house that finished the restoration. I am in touch with Jeff Mahl, great-grandson of George Schuster, the original driver with the Thomas in the Great Race of 1908. I was able to open the transmission cover a little, and also showing a few pictures of the car.
  8. Don't know either question. Will take an image and post it. I think it was made to be driven.
  9. Recently acquired 1908 Thomas Flyer from the Wolfgang Gawor collection. It is in fantastic condition. Frame-off restoration and very well done. It has not bee toured, nor even driven very much since restored if any. So we are sorting it out. The transmission/Transaxle gears are very well-coated with a sticky blue grease. Much thicker than 600w, but thinner than wheel bearing grease. Most transmissions I know have 6oow in it. There seems to be any pooling in the pan. I am mystified and do not know if I should add 600w or what?
  10. One of the best books, well written in novel form, 95% historically accurate and a great fun to read whether you know about the Great Race or not. Free on Kindle, Amazon
  11. July 30. 110 Years ago today a Thomas Flyer car completed a 22,000 mile endurance race around the World. This was 1908, starting in New York to Paris. Against the best custom-made European cars, an American made production car from a showroom floor Thomas. Beat all comers in 169 days, and won first place. The longest distance race in history that still stands today. No windshield. No top. No heater. No roads. The Thomas Flyer put American engineering and car production on the map. Our 1908 Thomas Flyer. 60 HP, 577 cubic inches. Chain drive. Frame up restoration. Is on a ship, right now, coming home to America!
  12. Want to buy manuals, information, chassis about 1908 Thomas Flyer 60hp four cylinder. Please pm.
  13. CatBird

    Seeking Info on Wolfgang Gawor

    Anyone know any of family or employees? Send me a pm, would be very thankful.
  14. Everything is working out fine. I should have the car in less than two weeks.