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  1. It is brass. You may have to have one nickel plated yourself. Peter
  2. I have a spare motometer, large diameter, but it's generic. No REO or any other car make on it, Peter
  3. Can anyone tell me which cars used Clum ignition switches in the 20s? I believe Dodge Brothers did, anyone else? I've been told the the switch on early Harleys was actually a Clum switch and I'm hoping to find something similar. The Harley switch I'm after had a set of points inside that buzzed if the key was on and the engine not running. A battery saving feature, I guess. Has anyone heard of a Clum switch (or any other in the 20s) that does this? Thanks for any info, Peter
  4. Can you show the inside? Is there a bulb socket and some way to mount it? Peter
  5. Still looking for a home for this radio...
  6. Philco Transitone F1640 radio. Used in 1939 Fords. Receiver box only, no head, cables, or speaker. Everything seems to be in the box and looks good but I have no idea what it would take to get it working. $100 USD + shipping from Canada. I also have most of a Philco C1550 (37 Chrysler) that perhaps could be used for parts if necessary $50 USD + shipping.
  7. There were Russell agencies as far away as Australia, but I believe they were just in Commonwealth countries. Here is a picture of a row of Russell cars at Toronto City Hall, circa 1909. The man in the bowler hat in the front car is T.A. Russell. Apparently, he went on to become the president of the Massey-Harris (later Ferguson) company. We have several Russells in our local HCCA group. Peter
  8. It's a sales pitch, for sure, but Russell cars were not uncommon. A quick search of the 1913 British Columbia motor vehicle registrations (available on shows 7 Russells listed in the first 200 registrations. That's 3.5% and a far cry from the Ford and Cadillacs listed. B.C. is a long ways from Toronto, though. I'm sure the numbers would be much higher in Ontario. Peter
  9. For me it's a series of annual memories. In Vancouver, BC, there is a tradition of getting the cars out on Boxing Day (Dec.26) for a trip around Stanley Park. It's something that the Auto Clubs used to do over 100 years ago and the Vintage Car Club of Canada continues to this day. So my memories of "the Boxing Day Run" go back about 55 years, pretty much every year. As a child, I was riding in dad's 1927 Auburn. As a teenager, I was driving the Auburn myself, and then my first vintage car, a 1935 Ford Coupe. As an adult, driving a wide variety of cars over the years, but the best are dad's 1912 REO and my 1911 Cadillac. There's no better way to do the winter drive! A few "highlights": - the year (1978?) that a storm hit the park and some roads were flooded or closed by downed trees. The club re-routed the tour, but our family decided to stick with the tradition. The trip around the park involved a few detours onto the sidewalk and through rather large pools, but we were the only ones to maintain the tradition. - the years in the 2000s, when the entire family (kids & grandkids included) piled into every car dad had running at the time, Some years it was 10 + family cars and 20 + people. It was a treat for the grandkids to get to drive an old Valiant. a 55 Cadillac, a De Soto Airflow, or even the 1927 Auburn. (We still have the Auburn.) Afterwards everyone returned to mom & dad's for lots of food and story-swapping. - the years when there was snow on the ground. Thankfully, not too often but it always presented an extra challenge. - 2003, the first year I had my 1911 Cadillac. It had no top at the time but we made the trip anyways. It was a quick return home once the snow began to fall! - 2006, after another storm had devastated the park. More downed trees and views of the park that had not before been visible. Of course, we drove it anyways! - the year my son brought along a female friend and drove my DeSoto. I had a problem and they both ended up pushing my car off the road. Funny, we didn't see much of her after that .... (maybe it's a good way to find out if she's a keeper?) - recent years, with my sons driving some of my cars and my own grandkids riding along. Maybe one day they'll be the fourth generation of our family to continue the tradition. It's a great hobby! Here's a 2009 Boxing Day picture of some of the family and some of the cars ...
  10. Original Ford manuals in Good or Excellent condition: 1921 Ford Manual (Model T) Canadian Edition Excellent $50 1937 Ford Reference Book (Left Hand Control) Excellent $50 1940 Ford Reference Book (Trucks, all models) Excellent $50 1928 - 1938 Illustrated Catalogue Chassis Parts & Accessories Good used $40 1928 - 1946 Parts Price List Ford of Canada Good used $25 1928 - 1946 Fast Moving Parts Catalogue Good used $25 Ford of Canada Service Bulletins 1939 - 1949 Good used $100 Shop Trigonometry, Henry Ford Trade School 1934 Excellent $50 All prices USD, shipping costs to be added.
  11. I have a brass one that I'd sell you. It's about 2 inches in diameter. email me at for a picture. Peter
  12. A REO would be a left hand drive. The car is likely 1910 - 1912. The flat rear fenders were pretty much gone by 1913.
  13. Looks like Studebaker, about 1915?
  14. If you remove the breaker assembly (just remove the center bolt and slide off the tapered shaft). the assembly may be stamped on the back - CW or CCW. CW means clockwise when viewed from the drive end. Peter
  15. Thanks, I found a home for a while ago. Peter