wayne sheldon

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    Grass Valley, Califunny
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    Horseless Carriage, Nickel Age, Model T, Classical music, Roaring '20s music, silent era films, history, linguistics, philosophy.

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  1. wayne sheldon

    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Thank you for your continuing updates and reports! A wonderful vintage road/speed car, doing what it was meant to do. I continue to check in here from time to time. Again, thank you. And a beautiful countryside to enjoy pictures of as well!
  2. wayne sheldon

    1939 Raymond Mays

    Nice to see! For whatever reason one chooses to sell a collector car? Having it out and about is one of the best ways to sell it. Nothing says "this car is worthwhile" quite like it being driven and enjoyed. That should be good for the car, and for you. Thank you for posting the picture!
  3. wayne sheldon

    1928 Ford Roadster Paint

    Most model A Fords were not black. They came in a wide variety of color combinations which varied from body style to body style, and to some extent year to year. Even whether the car was a standard or deluxe model changed the color choices for some body styles. It has been a long time since I played around with such modern cars. But years ago, there were a couple very good books available from most of the parts suppliers that gave a very good breakdown of which colors were available on which cars and when. One such book used to come with nice color chips to help. Although color chips are notoriously unreliable at conveying to the human eye how such a color will appear on a broad canvas of a car body. I believe some of those books are still available.
  4. wayne sheldon

    f/s Model A airplane engine

    I absolutely agree that it is a highly modified model T Ford engine, and most likely was intended for or used in an airplane. Most likely a small Pietenpol. I don't know how many were built way back when, certainly not many by automotive standards. However apparently more than most people would think. There is also a restored plane (that I believe was flown a couple decades ago!) on display in the model T Museum located in Richmond Indiana. The Museum is the result of the combined efforts of both major national Model T Clubs and their many members that donate time, money, and treasures to a worthy cause. I am not begging for donations, just passing on more information about a little-known area of model T and automotive history. There also is a Pietenpol association with an annual fly-in. Most of the flying planes are model A engine based slightly larger models. But I have read reports in several years of their fly-ins, and usually a couple of the smaller model T based planes also participate. That is an incredible engine! It definitely needs to be preserved and displayed in some good place.
  5. wayne sheldon

    1939 Raymond Mays

    ERA, Thank you for the additional history of this fine automobile. I look at some listings of interesting and early cars for sale because I like them, and enjoy reading about them. I wish I could be in the market for such cars, but that is not likely to happen. I rarely comment on "for sale" advertisements, but when I saw the name, and recognized the face in the two older photos, I wanted to say something about it. I feel the specific history of such an automobile adds so much to it. All antique and true classic automobiles help to connect us to our own histories, and help us develop an appreciation for what we have today. Very special cars with specific histories do so even better. Good luck with your sale! Also, I hope you are doing well with your MS. I have had several friends with that condition. One I lost many years ago when he died way too young from a rare early onset form of the illness. A few others, have done very well and are continuing to enjoy moderately active full lives in spite of the disease. I bid you to do so well also. And believe me, personal attitude is very important. Be well!
  6. wayne sheldon

    Woodie for sale 1949 Chrysler Royal Best Offer Must Sell

    Wow, and people think we are harsh over on the mtfca forum! (Well, sometimes we can be!) But I do have to agree with much of what has been said. One thing I do disagree with (sorry 60FlatTop), is using appraisers for something like this. With one single exception, a longtime good close friend of mine, I do not like most antique automobile appraisers. Most I have met or otherwise dealt with had no clue about the intricacies of the antique automobile markets. They start talking about what it would cost to duplicate a bad car. I saw a 1926ish Dodge sedan mostly poor condition with a horrible purple (yes, purple) paint job, almost no interior, and barely running. He appraised the car at $48,000 (yes forty eight thousand dollars!). Is ANY 1926 Dodge sedan in the WORLD actually sellable at that price? Oh, he had lots of arguments for why the car was worth that, and actually demanded to be shown one just like it for that price (he had me there!?). When I told him about two available in better condition (one of which also happened to be purple!) both available for under $6000 each, he just said they weren't "the same". I tell that story from time to time (I know even on this forum before), unfortunately, I have met several others just as bad. I don't generally like dealers either. Matt H is an exception, as was another fellow I knew thirty years ago. My reasons for disliking most dealers is their grandiose claims and tendency to price most cars at least twice what they are realistically worth. I don't fault them for needing to make a profit, and would consider paying a bit more because of the realities of their business, but REALLY! Antique and collector car values are a complicated mix of minute details, specific desirabilities, and absolutely a quality of restoration or preservation. How RARE anything is only has value when in conjunction with one of those other three things, and mostly in conjunction with the desirability. Been in the hobby for fifty years now, and most of that has been my opinion for more than thirty of those years.
  7. For whatever it is worth, the 1910 two cylinder Fuller (with Davis engine) that I used to have had Mott front and rear axles that looked a lot like these. I no longer have the car, so I cannot go measure them. I sure wish I did still have that car.
  8. wayne sheldon

    1939 Raymond Mays

    Incredible automobile! And such a piece of history. The one, the only, Raymond Mays from the famous (and almost unbelievable!) photograph driving the three wheeled Bugatti! Everyone reading this should make the connection and know what I am talking about.
  9. wayne sheldon

    What vehicle was this???

    Interesting touring car rear body section. It may be pretty tough to identify. Likely somewhere between 1914 and 1925 based upon the style and construction. Medium to large size car based upon door and fender relationships. The body was steel over wood framework, with a wooden "tack strip" over the top of the body steel for the upholstery (and maybe folding top?) to tack onto. Is there any more of it? Front section or rear doors perhaps? Are the bottom areas of the metal salvageable? Way back when, it was common for cars more than a few years old to have the rear section of the body removed and replaced by a simple box for an early day pickup truck. This may be the cast aside rear section of such a truck. Even if the actual manufacturer of the body section cannot be identified? It still may be of some value. There would have been dozens of cars with similar body lines and dimensions that such a section could be adapted for a good quality restoration. And when I speak of "value", I generally refer to the historic value, its usefulness in completing a restoration of a historic vehicle. The dollar value, with some exceptions, is usually very small for parts like those.
  10. wayne sheldon

    What is this car?

    Keiser31 probably just walked in the front door!
  11. wayne sheldon

    Portholes in Nickel Era and Brass era Cars

    oldcarfudd, Yes they did! They were also more of a long oval shape, and slanted, but the '16 (brass radiator) and early '17 (black radiator) both had small framed glass windows in the sides of their folding tops. I think such windows are quite distinctive and a mark of that short era that should be fully preserved whenever possible. I have a good friend that has a Pierce Arrow (1918 I think) that has small triangular shaped framed glass windows in the side of the rear top. They are said to be original from when the car was new, and he is quite proud of them. As for all the various TV show people hawking their "classic cars"? I met Jay Leno many years ago. He is a true to his heart antique automobile guy, and extremely knowledgeable! I wish I could have gotten to know him more. (He and I talked antique cars , his and mine, for more than five minutes before I realized who he was!) All of the rest I have seen on TV, in person, or in interviews? I wouldn't care to ever meet again. And I rarely ever watch their shows.
  12. wayne sheldon

    Daytona Olds?

    Daytona Olds? I am familiar with the Oldsmobile Pirate, but this is not it. The Pirate used two Oldsmobile one cylinder engines joined together. This car appears to have a longer wheel base relative to track and wheel size, as well as lower and substantially different suspension. I have seen several original photos of the Pirate, and although there are similarities (mostly early, spindly, and crude) with a single centered seat, none of the Pirate photos I have seen looked like this. There were a few similar early racing cars built, but none as famous as the Pirate. Did Oldsmobile build a different car called the Daytona? I certainly don't claim to know everything (although I wish I did know everything). I used to like several threads on the HAMB. A lot of excellent discussions of early racing history. But I haven't been back since they "upgraded" their site a couple years ago, and my limited "not quite a DSL line" could no longer handle the downloads. (I hate computer people!)
  13. wayne sheldon

    1918 Kissel Roadster / Hardtop

    This coupe-roadster (I thought I would never put those two words together?) looks like another incredible car! Kissel did indeed make some of the most interesting cars of their eras. Oh, and if you are ever looking for someone to ride in one of those side seats on a Goldbug? I would volunteer, even for a ride at speed! Paige also had such a seat on their 6-66 Daytona Roadster!
  14. Facebook will reach many young people that you likely will not reach by any other website. The flip-side of that, is that there are millions of people that may be interested that will NEVER look at facebook. Personally, I despise facebook. I worked for many years in cutting edge technology, even designing and building some of the foundations of the internet. Facebook epitomizes everything I hated about what followed, the game playing, lies, countless promises that nobody intends to keep. Those are reasons why sites like that mine and sell information. I do have a facebook account, and home page. For several reasons, I haven't signed into it in several years. One problem I have with them as well as many websites, is that they clutter their sites with so much BULL-(smelly stuff!), that I and millions of other people cannot use their site due to the limited internet access outside of the major metropolitan areas that most geeks exist. Where I live, there is NO local cable company service, no receivable WIFIs, and my "barely a DSL" phone line operates at only about twice the speed of a good dial-up service. (Even satellite is spotty, and satellite internet security highly questionable.) The few times I have tried to sign into my FB account? I couldn't because the download failed before I could sign in. The only reason I haven't closed my account is that facebook sends me notices almost every day about old friends that I rarely hear from otherwise. I do kind of like that. Sometimes when I get a birthday reminder, I make the effort to contact the friend directly myself.
  15. wayne sheldon

    Tax and your cars

    Some of you people need to be a bit careful. Start thinking about some of this stuff and you may be branded a "crazy person". Like Me. Califunny is constantly finding new ways to tax things. But they rarely ever remove an old tax just because they added a new one.