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About RansomEli

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  1. Am going to fabricate/prototype a speedster body for my car. Planning to use derogated cardboard. Is there anything special I should use instead? I also want to mock up a gas tank, so need something that will bend into a curve easily. What do you guys use?
  2. This weekend I picked up my latest purchase - a 1923 Franklin chassis. It's my raceabout project.
  3. Haven't seen too many T6s for sale. This one looks nice.
  4. Final set of Bakersfield photos.... Model A speedster 4-seater. Not for sale. A Grapes of Wrath Model T. Solid rubber tires. Every part was worn-out or abused. But it ran like a top, even with the frayed ignition wiring. A real crowd pleaser. Not for sale. Didn't get much info on this engine. Thought the owner said it was a stationary engine and used on blimps. A real conversation piece. Speedster anyone? And finally, you can't visit Bakersfield without paying homage to Buck Owens and his Crystal Palace music hall and saloon. His custom El Dorado is mounted above the bar --- IMG_1760.MOV
  5. Even more pics.... 1930 La Salle. $42,000 Car wasn't there, but the poster offers a 1917 REO touring. What's special is that the REO is a Barney Pollard car. Make offer. 1913 Excelsior motor cycle. $38,500 1926 Dodge roadster. Runs & drives well. $10,000!!! 1914 Model T Runabout. $11,500. I thought this was a bargain. If I bought it I would drive it as-is.
  6. Some more Bakersfield pics and info on cars for sale: 1909 Model T Ford. Restored 25 years ago. engine never started. Priced at less than cost of restoration: $45,000 1915 Model T Delivery Hack. Runs well. $6700 or best offer. Can't take it home! 1912 Buick Model 29. $48,500 OBO 1910 Maxwell. $27,500 obo California touring top (first one I've seen for sale at a swap meet). $200 1916 REO $22,000 19?? Imperial touring. Did not see a price.
  7. Some photos taken from Bakersfield on Friday. I found the prices on both cars and parts to be fairly reasonable. In fact, a couple of the cars were real bargains. The first set of pictures were display cars - not for sale. A Studebaker touring and sedan, 1906 REO and 1912 Franklin. All very nice cars. As for variety of parts, when was the last time you saw a 20hp Stanley engine for sale?
  8. Thanks to everyone who helps keep our Franklins running. A wonderful club to belong to.
  9. The "tour" is a Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) automobile tour. It's a separate event from the swap meet. You could go early to see The swap meet itself it small compared to other swap meets around the country. What's special about Bakersfield (and Chickasha) is the items for sale are predominantly Model T and pre-15. You won't find many Camaro or Corvette parts. Lots of good stuff that you haven't seen on the Internet. The cars offered for sale are just not found at other swap meets.
  10. Good luck with the new venture. Navigating the Yahoo site can be confusing (Yahoo's fault, not the members). The more sites the merrier. I've got a 1908 Model G basket case. Always need advice and parts sources.
  11. It's a beautiful restoration - so far. Don't know the condition of the top bows; if they are bad then you are going to spend big bucks rebuilding them. A new top will probably cost at least $6K and I won't even guess at how much a leather interior will cost. Whatever the cost, you have to do it right to do justice to the car. The seller was originally asking $30K which is just too much money for the car in its current state. No takers at that price. I love the look of the 15-16 REO with the beaked radiator shell. It will be a great car when complete. I just bought another Franklin - otherwise I'd seriously look at the car. I'd pay somewhere in the low-to-mid teens for the car, simply because of the unknown (but very high) cost of upholstery and top. I'd be willing to pay a premium for the car because I'd be keeping it for a lonnnnng time.
  12. I'll definitely do so, although the photos will be biased towards REOs and Franklins.
  13. Thanks for the info.
  14. I'm getting conflicting info on when the HCCA Bakersfield swap meet starts. Does the swap meet start on Thursday, April 6 or Friday, April 7? The HCCA national website says the swap meet starts on Friday, April 7. The SoCal HCCA website says the swap meet start on Thursday, April 6. I tend to believe the April 7 date but don't want to miss the opening day.
  15. I really like to get some feedback on this year's Chickasha meet. Did the vendor attendance improve? Any good bargains or neat cars for sale? Pics would be wonderful. Thanks.