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    I grew up in Maywood, IL prior to moving to Wisconsin. I now live east of Madison in a small town. My wife and I are interested in pre-1915 automobiles as well as classic cars. We are into antique bicycles and WWII aviation and often can be found where there are stream locomotives. I am aspiring to be an historic writer. My wife is a graphic and fine artist seeking automotive and aviation art assignments. We are editors of our regional club newsletter.

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  1. Hello All. Sorry but we had to go out of town (my wife lost a college friend to cancer) and just now saw your replies. Thank you all for your information. I have all Gazettes from the last 50 years which means I need to look up the issue about green grabber. Has anyone else used green grabber? Can one install it oneself or should a professional do so? The pressure on the pedal issue is due to my new hip. Only recovered and 80% so I do not have the leg strength I used to. Thank you all for your help! Tom
  2. This forum has been of great help as I return to the hobby from years of surgery so now I am down to a brake lining question. I have two cars with steel brake drums (wish they were cast iron but alas, no). The lining that is on the shoes on both cars is old and basically useless. So my question is what is a good lining material for steel drums that will actually stop the car rather than just slow it down a bit? I want to be safe driving these cars as I am rather tired of hospital visits. I heard yesterday of a lining called Green Grabber. Anyone ever use it? I guess I also have another question too. Any shops out there that can install brake lining on brake shoes as old as those on a brass-era car? Thanking you in advance for any help. Now that the cars are running and driving (well, at least these two) it would be nice to be able to stop them too! Tom.
  3. My restorer friend was able to repair the 'un-repairable' Remy magneto on my 1909 Regal and the car is running again. But, he put Amsoil synthetic oil in the engine. I know it is a great oil but hard to find where I live and since the Regal does leak oil, it is too expensive, especially when on a tour when the car goes through a quart of oil (sometimes more) a day. Thus, I want to switch to a less expensive, more available, synthetic oil. Any suggestions as to what to use and, can I cause any problems by using something other than Amsoil now that it has already been put in the engine already? Thank you in advance for any information.
  4. AVS619

    What Oil and What Coolant?

    Hello C Carl! Thank you for your advice, I appreciate it. I just found out that a restorer I know and have worked with down in Illinois sells Amsoil so I will contact him. I trust him as he got my 1909 Regal running again by fixing the magneto that none of the magneto professionals would touch, a Remy L. It puts out a strong spark now even though all the 'professionals' said Remys could not be fixed and the would not touch it for anything. Oh well! My surgeries have been due to arthritis in my right hip and then, I took a bit of a fall off a retaining wall and fractured my left hip in such a way that all that could be done was another replacement. After that, my knee caused problems and it has recently been 'scoped'. One more issue, my back, needs to be addressed. In all of this, the cars have just sat waiting for me. Time to get back on the road this year and maybe even a one day tour on Sunday, bar any rain. Thank you again and take care!
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    What Oil and What Coolant?

    Hello everyone and thank you all for your responses and information. I have not yet been able to change the oil due to, you guessed it, this seemingly never ending medical problem(s). I am getting away right now with a shot in the knee which is helping, somewhat. We shall see. My surgeon is a good guy, a car enthusiast also but into Corvettes while my tastes are older automobiles. I am to try a one day tour on Sunday (unless it rains again) and that should tell me how my summer may go. I did find some Rotella 10-30 for the Rolls. I hope this is a good oil for the car. I can get Rotella 15-40 and perhaps that would be good for the Pierce. In the brass- era cars I have always used 10-30 in them. My other issue with the hips and now knee is that my favorite non-car hobby has been riding high wheel bikes. I have tried to get on my bike again. No luck. That, after forty five years and thousands of miles, may sadly be a thing of the past. Thank you all again for your help! Tom
  6. AVS619

    What Oil and What Coolant?

    Thank you everyone or your advice. I shall seek out Amsoil. Since I posted this I was told to use Shell Rotella too. Anyone have experience with this oil? Thanks again!
  7. I know this has been asked before, and often opens a can of worms, and I have asked about coolant too. But, over the last three years I have been in and out of surgery, with more to come I fear, and our 1923 Rolls-Royce Twenty and 1925 Pierce-Arrow Series 80 have sat in the garage without use. Now we have some day tours coming up and since I can drive again (so far), I want them back on the road. It has been a long time since I have personally changed the oil and coolant and I am not sure now what to use. Any recommendations? In the past my restorer friend simply used 10w-30 in both of them saying it is fine. He also put in normal green coolant. Should I keep with this or change to synthetic or perhaps a different viscosity. I know I sound like a newbie but in a way I have been out of the hobby for some time and now ready to get back on the road. Of course if my surgeon today wants to replace my knee (he did both of my hips so I guess he knows what he is doing) I may lose another summer of driving. I can't even imaging bringing out one of my brass-era cars. They need oil too but trying to crank may be an issue. Fun getting old. Thank you in advance for any help and/or information you may provide. Tom.
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    Anti-freeze Question

    I have antique cars dating from 1902 (Oldsmobile) to 1936 (Cord) some with water pumps and some thermosyphon. Time to do some spring coolant changes but I was told that I should not use green anti-freeze but the orange type. Until now I have not heard of orange anti-freeze and it is not easy to find around here. What is the difference between the green and orange types and which is better for these early automobiles? Anyone have experience with orange anti-freeze?
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    D. Cameron Peck cars

    It appears to me the car on the left in photo #3 is a Simplex. The car in photo #4 also looks like a Simplex.
  10. Thanks to all of you for the information. I actually have two of these cars (IHC J-30s) one together (old restoration and the one with the belt problem) and one under restoration and apart and both have the crank that, when in place, do not have enough room squeeze the leather belt between the crank 'sprocket' and the shaft/pin on the engine. I have not been able to find a way to separate the crank and the 'sprocket'. Anyway, I will proceed to try to shrink it and also order some belt lacing and solve it one way or another. This may have to wait a bit as I am to have surgery on Tuesday and I won't be able to bend for a few weeks. Had both hips replaced last year and now time to repair a knee. Oh, any other IHC J-30 owners out there? Thank you all again or the information and help!
  11. On one of my brass-era cars had the engine out and a new flat endless leather fan belt was but on at that time. It appears that the only way to put an endless fan belt on the car is to have the engine up or out as a belt will not fit between the crank handle and shaft. There is no way to remove part of the crank. This should have been OK but now that I have the car running it appears the belt is too long with too much play even when the fan and upper pulley is fully adjusted. Can a flat leather belt be shrunk while on the car. I can take the fan and its mounting off so the belt can hang down to work on it. Is there a way to shrink it? Otherwise, does anyone know where to find the old style 'alligator' clips for attaching two ends of a leather belt? I could cut the belt and shorten it but then the two ends would have to be fastened some way. Anyway, if anyone had an experience with this please let me know. Please either respond or send an email to brasscars@charter.net Thank you very much indeed.
  12. Want to acquire a mid-twenties Rolls-Royce Twenty touring such as a Barker bodied barrel-back touring or the like. Preference for an original unrestored car or an older restoration with plenty of patina but should be running and driving. Please email price and photo(s) when sending the first email. If you are not ready to sell now, keep my email address for 'when the time comes'. Email to brasscars@charter.net. Thank you!
  13. Well, I actually don't need help with the spotlight, already restored, but with how to make a running board pole to mount it. I am going to, hopefully, finish up a 1912 Oakland Model 30 Touring and I would like it to have a pole mount running board spotlight. Once again, I have the spotlight and yoke but I really need help and information on making brass pole and bracket to mount it. Has anyone made such a pole and, if so, would you provide me details and instructions on how to make one and, perhaps, let me know where to get the parts? If anyone has made a pattern for the bracket between the pole and the body and/or firewall of a car please let me know. Time is not of the essence as I am recovering from hip replacement surgery (that was fun) but I would like to do this some time next year. If I can make one, I'll probably make another to put on one of my IHC J-30 touring cars. Thank you in advance for any help you may provide. Tom.
  14. Hope I am asking this in the right forum but, for long term (like over winter to a few years) I have heard one should 'fog' the engine. How do you do that? Would this be beneficial for a newly rebuilt brass-era four cylinder engine as it waits for the rest of the car to be restored? I should know all this but I don't. Thanks!
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    Nickel Polish

    Thank you for the information. I did find a half empty container of Tarnite in my shop but will leave that for brass. I have seen some Tarnite on Ebay for up to $100! I miss the stuff but I too have heard that the makers would not sell the formula. Too bad. I used some Simichrome and some Maas polish and got my wife's car (a 1923 Rolls-Royce Twenty Doctor's Coupe) shined enough to win a trophy at this years Milwaukee Concours d'Elegance (great show, try to attend next year). I have lots of brass to polish (I was supposed to attend more shows this year including the Geneva, Il Concours) but all will have to wait until next year as I face another hip replacement surgery. No fun. Thank you again for the information.