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  1. Huge breakthrough today... I have wheels! After mulling over what kind of wheels to run I decided to go with #6 Buffalo hubs and centers, the rims are 27" Goodyear Quick detach which I'll have drilled, dimpled and laced. I feel I got the parts for a very fair price, I think I could possibly have all 4 wheels done with tires for the price I was told to expect for 1 Rudge-Whitworth hub and wheel. I was worried 27" wheels would be too large but I think they balance nicely with the size of the engine without getting that "monster truck tire" look you sometimes see with the firetruck speedsters. Even with the 27" wheels I will likely have less than a foot of ground clearance below the engine and belly pans. The engine right now is at about the height I expect it to be in the car... the hood and cowl are going to be Beast of Turin tall....
  2. edinmass, Is the fire truck collector in Huston or Houston? The only reason I ask is supposedly there is a large fire truck collector here in Houston that I am trying to track down... IIRC all of the fire truck forums are no longer active.
  3. I've had pretty good luck on eBay finding small parts such as gauges at reasonable prices. But wading through the new junk is tedious... not to mention since I'm building a speedster I'm not searching for parts for a specific make... makes searching a chore. Searching for "brass era" or "horseless carriage" brings up mostly the same pieces that have been listed over and over again for the last year...
  4. Not much new on Speedster, Haven't had much free time in the last month to work out in the garage. One afternoon while mixing up some ATF and acetone to soak my valves and pistons and decided to take a peek inside my transaxle. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the gears under the goo... I don't see any damage to the gears from grinding into gear. Hate to think that I may have to learn to drive a non-synchro on a gearbox so nice.... I also picked up a couple more gauges... a pressure gauge and fuel gauge. The fuel gauge is from the late 20's I believe but I plan to build a more period correct face for it (and it was very inexpensive).
  5. Yeah but they sure sound good with open exhaust stacks Me... I'm holding out hope to someday I'll be able to snag a Liberty V-12....
  6. Here are some pics of the parts I have: The striping on the seats is definitely firetruck-esque, but I haven't seen any exact matches. I'm near 100% certain the radiator is from a Stutz.... just not sure what size truck. I don't have any pics of the other side as it is so heavy its tough to move easily. The emblem is missing. The Stutz fire trucks I have seen have large, distinctive looking dust caps on the hubs that appear to clamp on. My front hubs appear very similar if not exact.
  7. Curtis OX-5 aero engines seem to have been quite popular in race cars of the period. Still sought after for Speedster and vintage racer builds today.
  8. I've owned 2 classic Challengers, both 1970 models. The first was my first car (father-son resto project) that is still in the family, the second came along later with the intentions of building a 440+6 R/T clone. Sadly the second was just too far gone to save (at the time) and it ended up donating its roof structure so a real R/T that had a tree land on it could live. Wonderful cars with lots of clever engineering touches that really set them apart from other vehicles from the period. Parts availability has improved but still nowhere near that of GM and Ford. Sadly, most Mopar guys are firm believers in one of George Carlin's famous quotes.... "Your stuff is s**t, and their s**t is stuff". Too many years of bad dealings with vendors and individuals selling perfumed junk at astronomical prices really soured me on vintage Mopars. Out of a half dozen only one remains in the stable.... my original 1970... waiting for its turn to be finished now 20 years later. Well... that one and one more
  9. Hey guys, Anybody know of a good source of info on Stutz firetrucks? I have what I believe is a radiator from one, and possibly a front axle and some seats. Haven't found too many good pictures on the 'net. The front axle and seats will likely end up in my speedster, but since one of my spindles is bad I'd love to know if Stutz made the parts in-house or if it they sourced parts from one of the larger companies. Thanks in advance.
  10. I won't lie.... if that Stanley chassis was mine... I'd be building one heck of a "Steam Speedster" Very nice find indeed.
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  12. Welcome I agree with your buddies in the car club, the 1929 is way too nice to turn into a speedster, the other chassis is a perfect start. And I for one am very glad to see another Seagrave F6 owner on the forum.
  13. Not much new to report on the Speedster. I've been out of town, and now that I have returned I'm a bit under the weather... but I did pick up two more parts for the car. I snagged a temp gauge with a black face to match my other gauges, and a cut-out pedal should I decide to run exhaust. The patent date on the gauge is 3/20/1917, 3/20 happens to be my wife and I's anniversary. I told her it would be my good luck charm when I'm driving the "Death Trap"
  14. I've actually considered just making new lenses out of flat glass.... but I had always figured the pattern cut into lenses were to focus the beam instead of cutting down on glare.
  15. I have no idea if the lenses are readily available.... I did a little searching before I bid on them and didn't find anything. The lenses are held in with little tabs that screw into the backside of the rings. I read that only large, expensive cars (and firetrucks) used 12" lights. So I imagine there is a market for large lenses... I just have to compete with guys with much deeper pockets than me At this point I'm just happy I have a matched set of headlamps.