Terry Harper

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About Terry Harper

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  • Birthday 11/13/1963
  1. Speedster/race car trailer "Period stuff"

    That is a neat rig! How about these?
  2. My 1910 Mitchell "parts car" project

    Seeing the photos of the Doodlebug out and about reminded me of a story my Dad told me. He lived his youth up here in Northern, Maine in a little community called Parkhurst Siding just northeast of Presque Isle. Its claim to fame were the rows of potato houses lining the branch of the Canadian Pacific that crossed the border at Perth-Andover and ended at a station and turn-table in Presque Isle. Both my Great Grandfather and Grandfather were section foreman on it. During the war there were no new trucks available for the potato farmers so they had to make due with what they had. Even when the war ended it was hard to find a new truck. However, one farmer did find one - it was a brand new International KB5 or 6. I had a KB5 for awhile - I pulled it out of a farmers back 40 and paid a whole whopping $100.00 for it. Even though it had sat for 10 years it ran like a top though the tires had long since fossilized and it had no brakes. Shifting into third was always an adventure because you were almost guaranteed to smack your knuckles into the dash. Anyway, One day, shortly after he got it, his boys rolled it over crushing in that nice domed cab roof. When the local body guy told him he could fix it the "Old Man" simply pointed to the top of the cowl and said "Cut the son-of-a-bitch off right here!" (famous northern Maine lingo) and it duly was - the entire roof, windshield, everything - from the top of the cowl up. Everyday, all winter, my Dad saw those boys driving that truck to school in Presque all wrapped-up in horse blankets - with the Old Man following behind in his Caddy making sure they enjoyed every moment of the trip.
  3. Early Wisconsin drive pulley to be recast

    Hello Alan, That is different than mine which is a model "PT" Rather than the drive pulley being driven off a spur gear off the exhaust cam its mounted on the crankshaft. The diameter of the crank pulley is 9-1/2" while that of the fan is 4-1/2" Here are a couple of factory drawings - sure wish I had the whole set!
  4. Can you identify these items? (More will be added)

    In the photo of the starter motors: What is the one on the left? What's the make and outside diameter? I am looking for a large Leece-Neville 12 volt that mounts in a bracket using bands The starter needs to be 6" diameter. The bendix will stick out behind the ring gear and pull into to engage - as the photo below shows.
  5. Speedster Builds.............

    Here is the starter and generator info. Leece-Neville Starter 404M Generator 496G .pdf If I could find one of these (and the generator) I would be doing back flips!
  6. Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Alan, I regards to supporting the end of the starter - no! The only support is on the body of the starter itself which is held into the bracket with a metal strap. I am curious about the starter on your La France. I will see if I can get a diameter for the starter. In regards to the flywheel - the specs show a dimension of 20" dia. but that doesn't appear to include the ring gear. I will dig it out and see what we have.
  7. Speedster Builds.............

    Ok.. so yours is a bit different - being hung off the motor mount. There is no gear reduction in mine. Below is a photo of Lew's AM. Except for the fact that his is mounted off the side of the crankcase (being a marine version the crankcase is very shallow) as opposed to the side of the oil pan (as mine is) its identical to what I have. My starter is a Leece-Neville 404M. Wish I could find one! Just found a period article about a firm using a Lombard to clear farm land in New Jersey - they described how they would crank it over by hand using a rope and several guys pulling on it! I will keep you in mind in regards to the castings! Leece-Neville Starter 404M Generator 496G .pdf
  8. Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Al, I am still a ways out on the castings. I wanted to get all the lower water manifold parts cast at one time. The system is 12 volt. It uses a huge Leece-Neville starter which I do not have. Here is a photo of the intake side: In the photo below you can see the starter mount on the side of the oil pan. Its kind of hidden by the wood blocks. The Bendix sticks out behind the ring gear and pulls in towards the starter. Here is a good photo for size comparison
  9. Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Alan, Yes, the piece is the rear or back fitting. I had to fabricate all three - front, middle and rear. Here is a photo of the pattern for the front and some views of the original. Note that the horizontal leg is longer than original. I did this for work holding - once machined it would be trimmed back to the correct length and counter bored.
  10. Speedster Builds.............

    Joe, There is nothing wrong with that etched plate - it looks great! Alan, I agree! That's what has driven me to do so much and learn a bunch of new skills. Pattern & core box work, etching, machine work etc. Recently I got a quote for Babbitt work. While I have no doubt the shop does and will do fantastic work and I would love to have them do it - its simply not in the cards. So... I am now working on getting setup to pour my own next spring. As Joe pointed out to me... if I fail what have I lost? Just time and material and gained a learning experience. I am also working on the last water fitting. When I acquired the big Wisconsin all the brass fittings had long since disappeared and I had to fabricate a lot of patterns for a lot of missing parts. Now I am down to just one last pattern. the infamous "impossible part". It looks innocent enough but that double 90 and tapper are not nice. For the past few years - for complex patterns such as this - I model in 3D then either 3D print the pattern or use the CNC mill. However, its shape is such that the 3D modeling programs don't like it. So the game plan is to scan it then I will have a file to work with. All good fun!
  11. Speedster Builds.............

    Joe I agree - some of the early engineering is quite remarkable. For instance the copper water jackets used by Corbin or the later Franklin cylinders with the copper fins cast intergral with the cylinder casting. We have lost something by moving away from trades and crafts and embracing mass production on a phenomenal scale. Things don't seem to have a soul anymore. One has to wonder how much improvement many of these brass era automobiles went through. I remember reading how one family at least - come winter when they would lay-up the automobile till spring, would just about completely disassemble it and re-build it in preparation for the coming season. I always wondered how wide spread that practice was and how many "tweeked" things just bit.
  12. Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Alan, Joe and I have been discussing similar stuff back channel and I have been doing some intense research. Did you know way back in 1917 someone was offering a electrically heated bakelite steering wheel? (LOL) With the magneto coupling project winding down my students and I are in search of another project.
  13. Speedster Builds.............

    No problem Alan, Joe just gave me the SAE specifications from 1920. However, it was noted that the recommendation for the SAE standard was based on data from 56 companies (both manufacturers and users) and that they were using 58 different types and sizes of radiator caps! Not much help there if a vehicle dates prior to the standard! All part of the fun!
  14. Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Alan, Can you do me a favor - could you measure the OD and thread pitch on your Locomobile filler neck? I am assuming its outside thread as well - curious to see what it is. Best regards, Terry
  15. Mike, When it comes to starting mine it will probably be the same type of rig since I have not found a starter and have no desire to flip it by hand! T.