Tom Devoe

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  1. Tom Devoe

    1931 Studebaker Radiator

    Spinneyhill - I bought the pump from ebay, and it was advertised for a 35 Studebaker Commander. It does have the same shape arm as the Stewart Warner pump, although it's made of 3 pieces of flat sheet riveted together, not a cast piece. I've rebuilt it since this picture was taken. Not sure what the long standoff's are for (above the diaphragm), but they've been removed and replaced with standard screws. Maybe that's what made it a commander pump.
  2. This is quite an old thread, and I don't think jros4 will respond to new inquiries. There are suspension parts and a fuel tank on eBay now that I believe came from his car. He's probably well on his way turning his car into a hot rod. Mulesear - I will check for a windshield frame for you. Please pm me.
  3. Tom Devoe

    1931 Studebaker Radiator

    31 model 54 used a Stewart Warner fuel pump, but there are quite a few ac units that will fit if it's not a show car. You may need to reroute the fuel line and/or twist the fuel bowl to a different location around the diaphragm. The most important thing is getting one with the correct shaped actuating arm.
  4. Tom Devoe

    1931 Studebaker Radiator

    Hi David - I might have a line on a radiator. I'll find out more this weekend.
  5. Tom Devoe

    Speedometer Cables for thirties cars

    AzBob - Called TIE yesterday and the repair parts are on the way. They are very knowledgeable and good to work with. Thanks much!
  6. I'm in need of a speedometer cable for my 1931 Studebaker Model 54 six. Does anyone have any info on parts that will fit? It uses a Stewart Warner Speedometer, so I'm sure the cable was used in other car model/brands too. I'm finding there were a lot of cable manufacturers, but I have no books that have a part numbers or any cross reference specs. Any help would be appreciated!
  7. I'm in need of a speedometer cable for my 1931 Model 54 six. Does anyone have any info on parts that will fit? I'm finding there were a lot of manufacturers, and have no books that have a part number or any cross reference specs. Any help would be appreciated!
  8. Tom Devoe

    Pre War Gauge Manufacturer M.M.G. & E. Corp.

    AzBob - thanks for the post. It gave me the clue to find a little history about the MotoMeter Gauge and Equipment Corp. Strangely, they didn't make motometer radiator caps. For anyone interested, here's what I found: The National Gauge and Equipment Company was an early and very successful local business associated with the automobile industry. Local entrepreneurs Philo Gelatt and Daniel McMillan purchased the Hans Motor Company in 1913, and changed the name to the National Gauge and Equipment Company and built a new factory on Gillett Street in 1914. As the name suggests, the business made gauges, heaters and instruments for the growing automobile industry. In 1926, Philo Gelatt bought out his partner, changed the business name to the Moto Meter Gauge and Equipment Company and by the late 1920s the company became the largest producer of automotive gauges in the US. In 1929, the company was acquired by Electric Auto Lite Company and by the early 1950s Electric Auto Lite was one of the largest employers in the city, accounting for 20% of all manufacturing jobs in La Crosse. Auto Lite closed its La Crosse operation in 1959. The building is currently used for commercial storage. --Footsteps of La Crosse. So my MMGE gauge is from 1926 to 1929, and my SW gauge is from 1931.
  9. Anybody know anything about the M.M.G. & E. Corp.? There's nothing on line about them, and I'm curious about where they were located and when they were in business. Stewart Warner may have bought them out at some point, because I have two water temp gauges, both are nearly identical, but one built by SW, and one MMG&E.
  10. Tom Devoe

    Tail lamp wire sheathing

    Thanks for all the replies! I've sent an email to the filling station - hoping it's the same size! Will look at Rhode Island wiring too! Cabnut - can you post the od and possibly a photo of your wire? It may have been all the same armour sheathing used. Thanks again!
  11. Tom Devoe

    Looking for steel wire sheath for tail lamp

    I've seen the romex at the big box stores, and it doesn't look or bend like the old stuff. I'm hoping someone saved their old parts after a resto, or someone with nos stuff on the shelf before I resort to a close alternative. Most new romex is aluminum, and won't age like the real deal. I've seen something very close in the plumbing department as a hand held shower head, and as part of a newer cars emergency brake cable, but that was stainless and the wrong diameter. It has to fit in the end of the plug I have. This would be for the right side light. Here's a pic of the left which is complete, lots of patina here!
  12. Tom Devoe

    Tail lamp wire sheathing

    I'm looking for some of the steel surround/sheathing for the tail lamp wire for my 31 Studebaker. I've seen new stainless at swap meets and on line, but I'd like a used piece in steel since my car isn't a restoration. Mine is also smaller diameter (about 3/8" od) than what I've seen available. I need a piece approximately 30" long. I'll try to post a pick. Anybody have anything like this in their stash that they're not going to use, and would sell me? Thanks!
  13. I'm looking for some of the steel surround/sheathing for the tail lamp wire for my 31 Studebaker. I've seen new stainless at swap meets and on line, but I'd like a used piece in steel since my car isn't a restoration. Mine is also smaller diameter (about 3/8" od) than what I've seen available. I need a piece approximately 30" long. I'll try to post a pick. Anybody have anything like this in their stash that they're not going to use, and would sell me? Thanks! Rats - I'll have to add a picture later.
  14. Tom Devoe

    Priming an engine after long slumber

    R1lark - brilliant! I have one of those gear oil hand pumps within 3 feet of the car. Took off the tee, and back fed oil into the gallery till I heard it draining into the sump, and now the gauge is reading 10lbs cranking with the starter. Thank you!