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    Front hub conversion

    I don't think it is an "upgrade" rear end. I simply think someone installed a rear end that is built for the Dodge Bros. disc wheel. You should be able to find front hubs that are proper for the Dodge Bros. disc wheel. I may have a couple of spare front hubs, if you really want to go that way. Al
  2. Nice job Joe, I can now see your vision. It looks very suitable. Al
  3. What are you going to do for the finish on the new exhaust manifold?
  4. I have two very nice carbs for sale that are commonly used for replacement carbs. on our early or Brass Era cars. The first is a Carter BB-1. This is an earlier version and is all cast iron, very clean and not worn out in the pivot points. This carb. is most suitable for engine sizes of 190 to 250 CID. The BB-1 has a mechanical accelerator pump. The second carb. is a Zenith 63AW-11, is larger best suited for an engine size of 180 to 320 CID. This carb. is NOS and is in very nice condition. The Zenith has a vacuum actuated accelerator pump. I prefer to trade for early pieces needed for a current project. These pieces needed include a brass dash oiler, speedo, speedo drive, fuel tank pressure pump and a few other sundry items. Al
  5. Steve, Thanks for your comments regarding the Carter BB-1 carb. All in all, they are a very nice carb. to run as an alternative to the under producing original carbs. I am aware of the needle seat sizing for a gravity fed system. I can add one thing to your comments. Once the seat has been opened up, by re-drilling, your needle will seat deeper and change the geometry of the float in relation to the seat. Rather than bending he float arm, it is better to get some shim stock and fabricate the proper amount a "lift" to keep the float and needle in the same place as they were originally. OK, Steve, I am ready to hear your other "Story" regarding oil leak mentioned above and the remedy. Al
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    Speedster Builds.............

    Well the summer is over, fall is here. We should all be slowing down for the season to allow more time in the shops to work on our Speedster projects. What progress has been made during the summer on our various projects? I have not done much but have procured a few more vital pieces that will allow for my build. My Wisconsin engine is now next in line for rebuild after we complete the rebuilding of the Locomobile "T" head now in progress. I should be having a "first start" party on that engine later this fall (or early winter). Share your updates......... Al
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    Speedster Builds.............

    I now have a spare and very nice Zenith 63AW-11 (NOS) that I would like to sell. This carb. was purchased to be installed on the Locomobile but was physically just to large. See the picture. Al
  8. Yes, Locomobiles are still being worked on. Here are a few pictures of my 1909 Locomobile Model L engine rebuild that is nearing the first start in at least 50 years. If you have a Locomobile either restored or needing restoration let's gather here for moral and educational support. Al
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    Locomobile Model L engine in rebuild

    Here is a picture of the "under gunned" Carter BB-1 cast iron carb. This is a nice unit but is better sized for an engine size of 200 to 250 CID. I hope we can get the gremlin out of this carb. so we can get a good run on the Locomobile engine shortly.
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    Locomobile Model L engine in rebuild

    Update, I had sized a suitable alternative carb., based on flow rates for the size engine the Locomobile is and came up with a Zenith 63AW-11. I purchased and was concerned that though the carb. was sized correctly, the physical size was simply to large. This carb. will not fit. If anyone needs a very nice updraft carb. proper for a 280 to 340 CID engine, drop me a note as I have this NOS Zenith that I would sell. We are back tinkering with the Carter BB-1, which is under gunned but should run the car. I may be onto another and better fitting carb, update later. Here is the picture of the "spare" NOS Zenith 63AW-11 carb. This carb. does have a vacuum activated accelerator pump which makes a very good option for one of our antique automobiles. This carb. is listed as a "universal" type as it can be actuated from either side of the carb.
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    New Trend on eBay?

    Yeah, whats with that? Is it controlled by the seller or is it a new device by EBAY? I don't understand why the purity of a listing is convoluted by showing some other item after the auction ends. Also, as per above, I simply do not understand the "Buy It Now" with make an offer. I have responded to several of these sell auctions with the concept that the seller was willing to listen to other offers. No such luck! In this particular case, I think the seller was from China and was attempting some odd concept of marketing. Finally and sadly, many fellows who have his garage full of spare parts, that could help others, and net him a bit of cash, should really "rethink" his position and take legitimately what he can make as opposed to getting upset because what he thinks he needs to sell his parts for simply does not result in a sell. He is doing his wife no good service as when he dies, and we all will, she will either give the stuff away or send it to the dumpster. I am starting to realize that very fact myself, I will not live forever! EBAY has and is evolving and hope we as hobbiests are also evolving in our expectations. Maybe the hobby needs to reboot.
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    Carter BB-1 experience wanted

    Does anyone here have experience with the later version of the Carter BB-1? The carb. in question is held together with 6 retaining screws. The top is cast of grey iron, the bottom is dies cast. The older model of the BB-1 is held together with 3 retaining screw and is all cast iron. How does the size of this early all cast iron version of the Carter BB-1 compare with the later version I described above? Al
  13. Your attention to detail will sure be worth the race when the finished product is nice and square and straight as an arrow. I also am waiting for your finished version. Al
  14. Joe, If we are all remotely honest with our selves, we are all in the near same boat. I also like the challenge, the chase, etc., but I also can dream some fairly good dreams of enjoying a car while driving the dang thing. I am getting around the corner, however, with the Locomobile project. What that means for me, is that some of the "other" projects will be sold to finance completion of that automobile. I realize I will not be doing them all and I certainly will not be living forever! The other good thing is I will be leaving my wife less of a mess, should I pass on first, if I consolidate my hobby. Now back to the subject....... I am anxious to see your exhaust manifold complete and mounted. Al
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    Speedster Builds.............

    hmmmm Dave, your story of space or lack of it and then being full of too much "stuff" rings a familiar chime. Funny thing is we are not getting any younger. I have actually moved some projects along, that I thought I had to have, on to other interested fellows as I consolidate my efforts on just a couple of projects. (If I could just find a few pieces for the JD Harley, I may be done hunting....ya sure!) Al
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    Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Dave, Is it hot and dry this year in NM? We are burning up here, literally. I think we have 8 forest fires going at the moment. Having the Locomobile engine this close to being DONE surely gives me the incentive to get after the balance of the car. Most of the big items are completed already and are just waiting for install. Have you done anything on your Nash? Al
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    Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Mike, Did you ever get a chance to go and visit the Harrah Collection while it was still intact under his ownership? It was a business. I can't even guess how many employees he had working to make it all happen. I personally do not want to go to the work of rebuild and not know what I have until late in the game. I have enjoyed the first short run but until I can rectify the carb. problem, that is all I will get. Regards, Al
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    Locomobile Model L engine in rebuild

    The Locomobile engine has new rings, valve seats, guides and etc. I don't think I am loosing vacuum past the valves or rings. Sat., we cranked over the engine using the D-B starter generator. On the test stand it works great. I will have the means to have a silent starter and also a generator in one nice package. We modified the drive pulley to be compatible with a modern serpentine belt and adapted a spring tensioner to help track the belt and keep it tight. That will allow me to use a battery to run the Delco dual spark distributor and tend the battery while driving the car. The full pressure oiling system worked like a charm. The tube that is pinched off, above the funnel, will run to the drip sight gauge mounted on the dash and verify that everything is being lubed properly. We hooked up a hot wire, primed the petcocks and in less than two revolutions the old girl barked to life. Right now I am dealing with a carb. problem, however. Jon (Carb King) has made several suggestions and at this moment I do not know for sure if I will be staying with the Carter BB-1 or using a Stromberg SF-3. I have a friend, with the same model Locomobile, that has been running great for about 10 years on a cast iron BB-1, decisions....decisions. It was very exciting to hear the engine run after so many years of inactivity! Another early Locomobile has the breath of life! I need to get going on the chassis now, in a serious way. Many of the other important items and sub systems are already completed and could be installed on the chassis when it's the right time and needed during assembly. This project has been quite a marathon! Here are a few pictures that show where I am at with the Locomobile engine and NEARLY a good first run, dang carburetor. Al PS: I am finally getting to the fun part of this restoration!
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    Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Mike, The Locomobile engine has new rings, valve seats, guides and etc. I don't think I am loosing vacuum past the valves or rings. Sat., we cranked over the engine using the D-B starter generator. On the test stand it works great. I will have the means to have a silent starter and also a generator in one nice package. We modified the drive pulley to be compatible with a modern serpentine belt and adapted a spring tensioner to help track the belt and keep it tight. That will allow me to use a battery to run the Delco dual spark distributor and tend the battery while driving the car. The full pressure oiling system worked like a charm. The tube that is pinched off, above the funnel, will run to the drip sight gauge mounted on the dash and verify that everything is being lubed properly. We hooked up a hot wire, primed the petcocks and in less than two revolutions the old girl barked to life. Right now I am dealing with a carb. problem, however. Jon has made several suggestions and at this moment I do not know for sure if I will be staying with the Carter BB-1 or using a Stromberg SF-3. I have a friend, with the same model Locomobile, that has been running great for about 10 years on a cast iron BB-1. It was very exciting to hear the engine run after so many years of inactivity! I need to get going on the chassis. Many of the other important items are already completed and could be installed on the chassis when it's time. This project has been quite a marathon! Here are a few pictures that show where I am at with the Locomobile. Al
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    Speedster Builds.............

    I am going to post a couple of pictures showing the nice brass Maestrini fittings (imported from the UK) that will be used to fabricate the missing intake manifold for the 727 CID Wisconsin "T" head engine project. These fittings will allow for the use of 1.900 OD SS pipe with a .065 wall thickness. The Wisconsin rebuild will start after the Locomobile engine is completed. The first picture show the profile of the fittings the next picture gives an overview for the configuration the manifold will take, using the fittings. The legs running from the "Y" will either be straight or have a gentle arc. Al
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    Speedster Builds.............

    Hello Jon, I did some follow-up on my BB-1 carb. malfunction. No vacuum leak was found. I know for sure that both the idle circuit and the accelerator pump circuit are dry and allow no fuel to enter the venturi of the carb. from the float bowl. The needle and seat both seem to be working to get fuel into the carb., I guess I just need to clean out the two fuel admission circuits to fuel the engine. I have no brass tag with this carb. Can you help me determine what I have from a picture or two of any of the pieces I have? Let me know what you think. Al