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  1. Does anyone know if the 16mm film of the HCCA's 6th Biennial Reno Tour (1960) still exists somewhere? According to the 1960 HCCA Gazette writeup the film was made and distributed for Regional Groups to show. I love watching the old tour films in the AACA library but this film is of special interest because I have recently purchased the car that won the "Most Desirable Car" award at that tour. I'd love to see it back then. It's a 1910 Russell-Knight (Canadian car). Anyone know anything about this film? Peter
  2. This summer I got interested in, and eventually purchased, a 1910 Russell-Knight (Canadian car). While researching, the only picture I could find of any 1910 Russell-Knight was on a 1962 postcard and it was the very car I was looking at. Of course I was curious about how and why the car would be on a postcard. When I got the car home I found about 25 such postcards featuring this car or a couple of others that belonged to the owner at that time. They were Penzoil cards, common at the time, and had fallen down the crack in the door pocket sometime in the last 50+ years. Ironically, by this time I had already ordered the Russell-Knight postcard from the online seller, so it was a bit of a letdown when it arrived.
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    REO Chain starter

    This is the starter you're asking about. Peter
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    REO Chain starter

    Yes, I believe it was a Northeast starter. Here's a picture I found somewhere.
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    Car spotting in Victoria B.C.

    Here's a link to the Phil Foster story: He was a real pioneer collector in the Pacific Northwest.
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    Is this a Buick?

    Or... what is it?
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    Wanted Brass era car or older to restore

    I have a 1911 Cadillac Foredoor Touring which was "assembled" back in the 70s. I wouldn't say it was restored, certainly not by today's standards. But it is a complete, running, and presentable car that could be used as-is, or restored. Much mechanical work has been done. Not a brass radiator car, but has nice brass lights and trim. Located in Canada. $39000 USD pictures and video available.
  8. I'm trying to track down an overheating problem on a 1927 Auburn 6 cylinder Lycoming engine. I've removed the water jacket off the right side of the block - should there be some sort of distribution plate to direct the flow evenly toward all 6 cylinders? Or does it just find its own way around and through the block? Thanks, Peter
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    I.D. This Brass-Era Car?

    Looks like 1909 with flat rear fenders. Peter
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    Think whitewalls weren't used before the war?

    I'm just finishing off an old book called "Cars With Personalities" (John Conde) and it may provide some insight here. The book is a collection of hundreds of pictures of cars (1900 - 1982) with famous people and/or celebrities. The kind of folks who often drive high end cars which, you'd think, might have white walls. In the early years of course we see lots of all-white or grey tires. Whitewalls seem to start showing up in the early 20s, although King George's Rolls has a nice set in 1917. Mostly high end cars, but not exclusively, sported white walls occasionally and they were double sided. By the end of the 20s it seems like most of the Cadillacs and Lincolns shown have whitewalls (single sided) along with some other high-end makes. But what really jumped out at me are the Packards. This book is full of them, far more than any other make. Yet, the first example of whitewalls shown on a Packard is 1931. All of the many, many celebrity Packards shown from the 20s have blackwalls. In the 30s it seems like many, but certainly not all, of the higher end cars have whitewalls as well as some of the medium priced cars. By the end of the thirties they seem to show up on just about any make, but there are still many cars with blackwall tires. What does all this mean? Maybe not much. Maybe it was still a matter of personal preference for these celebrities, but I suspect that in many of these cases the car was furnished by the dealer of factory, so it may have been the look they wanted for their cars. Maybe they didn't like the look of dirty whitewalls. So, to me, it seems like it's hard to be too critical either way ... except maybe those 20s Packards :) The book is available on Amazon for $1.49. Not bad for 250 pages of original photos. Peter
  11. I was contacted by the Metal Rescue people a few months ago. I'm president of our local club and they wanted to send a free sample pack for our group to see and try. I took it to our next meeting and found a volunteer to test it out and report back. A month or so later they contacted me to see how it went and that was about it. We haven't heard back from our member yet. The Metal Rescue people seem to be quite happy to send out sample packs to groups, so you may want to contact them for a future club meeting. Peter
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    Correct spark plug for a 1921 Premier Touring Car??

    Hi Tom, nice car. My brother recently picked up a 1915 Premier. According to my 1919 Dykes manual, the long plugs that were in your car are 7/8 - 18 plugs with a 1/2" extension. The Autolite plug you bought is a 7/8-18 standard length. Also according to Dykes, the 1919 Premier used 7/8-18 standard plugs. Perhaps someone with a 1921 Dykes can confirm if that changed, but I doubt it. You probably have the right plugs. I use the long plugs in my Cadillac (Champion W18) , even though the correct plug is a standard length W14. I believe it's a hotter plug, good for that oily, sooty combustion. As long as there's room for the extra length you can probably use either. Peter
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    Brass radiator cap & neck

    Greg, would you have one that's 1 7/8" diameter? Peter
  14. HCCA Gazette September 2013.
  15. There was a very positive article in the HCCA Gazette a few years ago ago Green Grabber linings. Since then, a number of people in our HCCA group are using them and are quite satisfied. Peter