Terry Bond

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About Terry Bond

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    Chesapeake VA
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    Brass cars, muscle cars, British sports cars, antique flat-tank motorcycles, automobilia-collect spark plugs, brass lamps, and automotive memorabilia of all kinds as long as it's pre WWI. Signs, literature, ceramics, advertising material, pins, buttons, fobs, and just about anything else. Love to travel, tour, and share the hobby. Susan has grease under fingernails too - it's her MG in the pic. She really enjoys her 1948 MGTC too!
  1. October 15 date code on the block represents the casting date, and that probably doesn't make it a 1915. If you provide the engine serial number we can more precisely date the car for you. An October 15 cast engine would probably have sat around for a couple of months before actually being numbered and put into a car. By the time the engine was used, the 1916 cars were out so most likely the car is a 1916 model. Still, the early ones were not much different than the 1915s. Most likely the car was titled as a 1915 because that's the date that was stamped on the engine. If the car was USA made, it was probably issued a Canadian title when it came into the country, and rather than go to the trouble of checking serial numbers, the date cast on the block was easiest to use. See if you can post some pictures and don't forget also to post something on the Model T Ford club discussion forums as well. Lots of help available. Terry
  2. The signature could be Mallard - an interesting thing I've learned, and it was the late Bill Williams who first told me - even back when these things were new and readily available to early motorists, a neat mascot would be copied. I've seen "knock-offs" of some great mascots and they were produced in the teens and twenties. So, it's certainly possible to have a genuine old mascot that's a reproduction of an original (does that make sense?). The lack of detail in this one though causes me to lean towards reproduction. I can remember the London street markets being filled with reproductions of all kinds of thing. Markets that were popular tourist traps like Portabello Road were full of reproduction stuff, but off the main path markets that were not frequented by tourists were a real pickers paradise. Perhaps we should start a thread to talk about our adventures antique hunting. Maybe somebody should make a TV show out of it!!!!!
  3. Us Dodge ram fans stick together!
  4. It's actually a pretty well know accessoryi mascot, but may be a fairly recent reproduction. Originals are French by the sculptor C.H. Millard. It would be circa early 1920s and came in two versions, this one with the stylized "butterly" wings and one without wings. A lot of different mascots were available and you could put any of them on any car you wanted. It's not a mascot for a specific car. Too bad it's been filled with brass. Perhaps someone thought it would make a nice paperweight and the mounting stud wasn't necessary? There have been a lot of these early French mascots reproduced and sold on ebay in the past several years, carefully aged to look old, and this may one of them. It is a fairly crude casting and lacks the detail and definition of the originals. There is one pictured in the reference book "Accessory Mascots" by Dan Smith. Terry
  5. My guess is its made to hold a mirror or maybe a spotlight. Many of them have a clamp that goes onto a windshield post for an open car as the example below is, and for a closed car, the bracket screws on over a stud, the large nut would be to lock it on to the stud so it didn't vibrate off. The rest of the mirror goes into the open end, and the thumbscrew tightens everything down. Here is an example in brass with the clamp mount. Cant seem to find an example that is mounted on a stud. Terry
  6. This is what will hurt those who do abide by the law. Terry
  7. Thought you might enjoy this pic that my wife Susan sent to me-supposed to be the first Dodge Ram.
  8. Indeed, a good newsletter makes a great club. Have been beating that drum since I conducted my first newsletter seminar in Philadelphia many years ago. Whether it's web or snail-mail, members are always anxious to see their photos, learn about the activities, see what they missed, and see their names in print. I've always said that folks read it three times - first is a quick scan to see if they are in there. Second time is a look at the words to see what is said about them (of if they got forgotten about) and the third time is a more detailed look at what others are doing and what the next events might be. You've got to excite them about belonging, and they will share with others and certainly help attract members. We have newsletters available to hand out at our various events and it does attract members. Over the years we've had a lot members who worked odd shifts, were periodically deployed with Navy assignments, or could not do much except enjoy their newsletters. Sometimes (years later even) when time and schedule permits, they swing into action and have even taken on leadership roles in the club. The newsletter is obviously a great retention tool. John, you are right-on and sorry it took me so long to respond. Terry
  9. For those anxious and wondering - the Model t ford forum has a couple of posts with pictures. This is what I like to see-stuff on the tables, for sale in the swap meet, etc. It makes me wish I was there! Terry http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/737716.html?1490024080
  10. I started a thread on the AACA site here a while back when I first spotted the issue on the Model T club forum. A lot of the people who attended the event previously were Model T folks as well as AACA and HCCA members. Although I've never been to the event, I'd always heard it was really great and unique. I had hopes of being able to attend someday as Michigan is my home state and where I first fell in love with early cars. However, it now looks like the powers that be are trying to kill the event. I don't know why they just didn't cancel it outright rather than trying to institute those crazy changes to squeeze it into what they wanted. So, it indeed looks like there is interest growing in holding a similar kind of event in a new location and I'm glad to see that. They can do what they want there but certainly can't kill the enthusiasm of these old car folks! I hope everything works out and an alternative location is arranged. Maybe I'll get there someday but have no plans to try and attend the event at HF that's for sure. Terry
  11. We should have some attendees chime in anytime now. I also watch the Model T club forum as they are usually among the first to post photos and stories of their bargains, etc. Terry
  12. Just added to your other post.
  13. Well after just a quick glance and quicker response, I realize there was something odd about the picture - that's an updraft carburetor and not Model T. I'm not sure of the specific application for it. Once we figure out what it's for, it might lead to a more accurate guestimate on value. Terry
  14. A good idea is to check ebay to see asking/selling prices for them. You might want to post it also on the model T club forum by-sell section. Terry
  15. Dang, still no reply and no updated pics - is there anyone here on the form who has been and can give me a hint as to whether or not it's worth the trip? This year it conflicts with Charlotte and that's our priority, but perhaps in future years the dates would not land on top of each other and I could consider it. Looking for great early automobilia, advertising stuff, garage display items, the older the better! Terry