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About trimacar

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    Winchester VA.
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    Cajun food, antique cars of course (particularly Pierce Arrow and Pierce memorabilia), American Flyer trains


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    Born and reared in Louisiana, bought my first car at 13 years old, in 1964, a 1931 Chevy Tudor.

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  1. May be just a rumor, I heard that HersheyPark is going to demo the old stadium to add new rides, the Red Field will be staging area for equipment and materials, so no Hershey Red Field next year. If it's just a rumor and someone knows the facts then post them. My wife and I arrived Tuesday at noon, set up selling Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Sold a lot of items, cleaning out garage. Thursday, rain, few people set up and sold and few people walking the field (quite a change from the old mud days, people would walk then, guess the asphalt has spoiled them?) Set up Friday, good traffic but, as has been mentioned, no one buying. From a vendor standpoint, why stay if no one buying? The most important part of Hershey to us now is seeing old and new friends, I make a point to ask anyone stopping by my spot "what car are you working on?" and that leads to great discussions. Even had one fellow talking about a car he sold to "some guy in Virginia", and that guy was me! And, of the very few 1901-1904 Pierce Motorette and Stanhope out there, four owners of same talked to me after I questioned "what kind of cars do you have" , although I will say one of the four I already knew...
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    for sale my 55 chev

    Are the floors and back of cab bottom rusty? How much rust, if any? the floor is shown with a piece of cardboard so hard to tell.
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    Hup 20 engine details

    The actual serial numbers are posted on the Hupmobile club site, I think. roughly, 1909 is 1 to 1500, 1910 is 1500 to 6500, 1911 6500 up, there were some 20's made in 1912 but don't remember the division. Most of the first two years production cars were painted red with black fenders, and I've verified from original paint that it was a poppy red, tending toward orange. Blue cars came out late 1910 I believe, and some ads show them with cream wheels. no chassis numbers. There should be a plate on dash which gives serial number. Engine number (rarely if ever same as serial number) is on top of engine flange that bolts to transmission. There's also a transmission number on the corresponding transmission flange.
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    Model 20 Parts

    Hi...I do, but it's in a computer that's down right now. I'll try to retrieve the file and get it to you in a day or so...
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    Wanted For 1928 Stutz - Spring U bolts

    Simple to make if you're a machinist. Start with square steel bar. Turn each end round and thread. Shape remaining square bar to rounded top cross section as needed. Heat and bend over a mandrel to make a "U".
  6. Man, am I glad to hear that it runs well! Knowing the fellow I got it from, figured it wasn't junk. So glad it went to a good home, thanks for update!
  7. I measured this one. Measurements are at point where bow meets top irons on each side, inside measurement. Radius is from that same point to the inside of where bow becomes more or less straight. Bow 1 57-1/4" radius 7-1/2" Bow 2 56-3/4" radius 8-1/2" Bow 3 56-1/2" radius 7-1/2" Bow 4 56-1/4" radius 8"
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    I just went through the same thing, looking for a condenser for my Pierce. You have to look at applications, not voltage. Condensers apparently aren't sold based on voltage, and that's why the clerk may have been confused. Asking for a "1953 Chevrolet six cylinder condenser" will produce results.
  9. Did you get a reply from someone about this, I had a call asking for dimensions on a '15 top that I have. If not, I'll try to get the info for you today.
  10. Sure, let me find it and I'll post's not a mainstream book, it's an obscure manufacturer's guide to needles and sewing patterns. One must understand that I have a slight hoarding problem, with hundreds of books, and thousands of automobile archeological finds, so give me a few days. I'll get the snow shovel and start digging. By the way, best method to pick up Fall leaves? Snow shovel. My late father-in-law from north of Pittsburgh told me that once, and he was dead on. No pun intended.....
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    1922 Marmon 34B Two Passenger Speedster

    There's a huge following of all Model T's, just because the prices are low doesn't mean interest is low. It's just that there are 10's of thousands of Model T's extant, and they don't bring much money (with the exception of the very early cars). But, they all seem to find homes. If you follow the MTFCA forum, you'd see that T's sell quickly at reasonable prices, and everyone seems to have 2 or more of them!
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    1922 Marmon 34B Two Passenger Speedster

    Interesting numbers, seem all over the place as you state. I didn't keep searching when I found the 90K car, so makes one wonder why it went for less than the other examples dpeeler has cited. Location (UK)? Condition? A modified car? In any case, a very nice car that would bring a crowd at any show, am sure it will find a good home. As an aside, Marmon advertising factored in my interest of early automobiles. There was an abandoned mansion in my home town, and it was located right behind where one of my best friends lived, this is when I was 11 or 12. We'd sneak into the mansion, and end up in the attic, where there were hundreds of old magazines stacked up. Marmon ran a series of ads in the late teens, bold colored cars on a black background. For some reason it impressed me how great the cars looked, as I leafed through those old magazines. The house is now long gone, a shame because it was a magnificent place full of pocket doors and high ceilings and beautiful woodwork, but my love of old cars remains!
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    1922 Marmon 34B Two Passenger Speedster

    Yes, as always, it would be nice to have a price posted. One knows that the family has some price in mind, and that should be the starting point. All that said, an identical model sold at auction in 2014 for a shade over $90k, and it sounds like they're both described as being in about the same condition. So, taking auction fees and transportation and all that into account, it would seem a fair offer would be in the $75-85K range. But, again, the family might have a totally different number in mind. They might want more, or they might (if they're serious about getting the car to a true "equally enthusiastic" car lover) take less. I have personal experience with cars that have sold under market price because the previous owner wanted a specific person to own the car.
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    So whom would you sell it to?

    You know, it's funny your should post this. In my hometown, I had a great relationship with a local bank. Turned out my "personal banker" was not only a branch manager, but an old car guy. I arranged to have him buy a 1955 Chevrolet truck belonging to a friend of mine, this was back in the early 1980's when trucks were, well, shall we say, hard to sell, no one wanted them. He ended up restoring the car to pristine condition. Since he was my banker, and knew old car, I did exactly what you state. I'd call him and say something like "Hey, I just bought a 19whatever Gomobile, I need eleventy seven dollars in my account"...and no problem, it was there, and then I'd go sign the paperwork, as you state. Things have changed, as I've discussed. A man's word has been degraded, a verbal commitment, which at one time was binding, is now "first money in my hand" instead of honoring one's word. Yes, some people say they will do a deal and back out. Yes, it's tough negotiating out there. But, if a man says "I'll take it", then I believe it until I'm proven wrong...
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    So whom would you sell it to?

    As in all of history, the problem is that we tend to judge past history with current morality. It's not a correct assumption. Standards have changed over the years, and the "instant gratification" has become the norm rather than the exception. Morality changes. What was accepted practice 30, 40, 50 or more years ago, cannot be judged by current moral or ethical standards. I will tell you, when I got into the old car hobby in 1964, that if a man said he'd sell you a car, then that was it, done deal and end of discussion. In 1965, I bought a car with a phone call, and there was NO QUESTION that the deal was done and would be honored. Different times and different procedures. Again, as I've stated, with instant pictures and instant payment, everyone has become dependent on "first cash in hand, everyone else loses", and a man's word that "I'll take it" is worthless. That's not how it used to be, and we're the lesser for it. Things change. Over the years, a "gentleman's agreement" has become rare and hard to enforce. The discussion of legality is sad, as it whittles away at our trust in our fellow hobbyists. I fully understand that money talks and so forth, but I will also tell you that 40 and 50 years ago, an agreement would be honored by a fair man, regardless of subsequent offers and up to the point where one or both of the parties involved said no.