Durant Mike

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  1. 1925 Ajax

    That's not the original color of the engine was it? Looks a bit bright for the era.
  2. Cars That Made America

    Here's my two cents on the show. Now being involved in the Durant car world since 2002 and reading every book, publication I can find on Durant and General Motors, I also keep the "virtual museum" items for the Durant Motors Automobile Museum that I have access to. Many old Motor magazines, advertising, articles etc. I have read most of them and feel I have a pretty good knowledge of William C. Durant and his start with Buick, GM and his eventual running of Durant Motors. I was contacted by the production company archivist in New York earlier in the year for information on Durant. I provided some photographs, and introduced them to our club historian who grew up in Flint and is very knowledgeable about Durant, far more than me. I even pointed them to other persons and areas that they could get research material to and for them to interview individuals. They failed and obviously choose to to allow un-familiar writers produce the script for this production. More research should have been done to present the facts much better. The show should be called "Ford Cars that Made America Great". Right down to casting, Durant was a small man with a lot of drive. He was a salesman and not an engineer, but he did manage to bring companies into production and make money. He did fight the Seldon patent, not just Ford and the fact that Durant negotiated to buy Ford was correct. But it was not on a bridge at the dead of night among the mist, it was in a New York hotel room while Ford was laying on his back on the floor because his back had gone out. Durant offered Ford cash and some stock options at GM but Ford wanted only cash. Durant took it to the financiers, mainly J.P Morgan and DuPont who still did not have confidence in the automobile industry and would not provide the capital for the purchase. They also failed to mention that Durant, after he left GM and started Chevrolet purchased 51% of GM stock and then threatened a hostile take-over to make GM part of Chevrolet if they did not let him back in. He successfully ran GM again until 1921 when he had over-leveraged his person stock accounts and GM profits were down. It is true he was asked to leave again after the BOD bought out his personal debt, but within 48 hours raised six million dollars to start Durant Motors Inc. Durant Motors produced several cars of their own and purchased Locomobile and was exported all over the world. 1931 Saw the end of Durant Motors, the depression got them, but Durant lived well in New York on a pension Sloan gave him from GM in the amount of $2,500 per month. Not a small some even in that time. When Durant died in 1947 his net worth was listed at around $750, but that was when he was in his 80's. I know that the show is entertainment and should be taken lightly, but I feel when these production companies do not portray true facts right down to authentic cars, costumes and venues they do an injustice to future generations. Isn't that the same reason we insist at AACA that the cars be "as they left the factory"? We want to make sure everyone and future generations learn what an "original" Ford, Chevy or Durant look like. I get just as aggravated at shows like Mysteries at the Museum or other that show World War II uniforms for Civil War or Police uniforms that obviously look like they were made by a high school theatrical production. Professional production people must think all of us out here in the public will take whatever they want to show us with fact or truth. I have sent a letter to the Archivist I had contact with expressing my displeasure on the production.
  3. Cars That Made America

    Don't know, that's what he owned at the end of his life, wanted to have a chain of bowling alleys for everyone to enjoy. I'm always fascinated about Billy Durant's career. I've read all the books on him and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for starting General Motors. The fame usually goes to Sloan who was hired by Billy and took over after him. It will be interesting to see how the paint him and Louis Chevrolet, who was a flamboyant French race car driver that Durant brought into the fold, but later separated from the Chevrolet Motors Corporation over disagreements over what type of car to make the "Chevrolet" as well as other things.
  4. Cars That Made America

    Earlier this year I was contacted by the Archivist/research specialist for information on William C. Durant and the Durant cars of later years. Put them in touch with our club's historian who is very knowledgeable about Durant and his history with GM as well as Durant Motors Inc. Provided some photographs from our museum web site too. I agree with Steve, we can't be too critical since any time that channel now talks about something old, other than crab fishing in Alaska and other non-historical content, it's a good thing. I'm sure they will take liberties since the production company is in NYC and I'm sure not "car people"
  5. 1924 FLINT E-55 TOURING

    Hi Craig; Like John said, go over to the Durant Motors Automobile Club web site at www.durantmotors.org and feel free to post on that forum all your information. members and visitors are well aware of the Flint brand and you'd probably have better luck selling it there. Interesting thing about this car is that it was going to be the car that Walter P. Chrysler used as his first Chrysler production car until Billy Durant bought the prototype and the factory out from Walter's bid for the Elizabeth, New Jersey factory.
  6. Wire wheels or not?

    Well as I expected, some great responses and I do appreciate it from everyone. My TR6 has been off the road for quite a number of years and it's not a number matching car, so I'm going to do a complete makeover on it. Try to keep it as original as possible to a point, but upgrade dash, go leather interior and some other improvements. Starting to figure the budget. The car is white now, some previous owner painted it that way, but the original color was called Damson, which was a maroonish purple I believe. The car now has the standard wheels on there. From what I can see Triumph TR6 early 70's used the 72 spoke wheel. I've also seen a lot of good comments about Dayton Wheels and the quality. They can be bought in painted or a chrome version. I'm going to put it back to that color with a light tan interior, put the red lines on there and then the wheels of choice. Thanks again for the comments, gives me something to think about and start planning for.
  7. Wire wheels or not?

    Always appreciate opinions of everyone here. I have a 1971 Triumph TR6 that currently has the standard issue wheels on it. I will not be showing this car for judging points at any time. Been thinking of either changing to Wire wheels or the period mag wheels offered during the 70's for these. I'm leaning real hard towards the wire wheels as I think they look good on the LBC (Little British Car). One company that sells the Dayton Wire Wheels guarantees that when you receive the wheels they will be true and should not need truing during ownership. What do you all think? Car will be driven on the street, not competition and the usual classic car amount, a number times a year, but not daily.
  8. Brake pad instalation and clutch refacing

    Thanks for the suggestions, I'll give these a call and talk to them.
  9. Brake pad instalation and clutch refacing

    Got to be somebody out there that has had someone put brake pads and clutch lining on that thought the job was great and price was fair?
  10. A Dapper Lad with his Durant

    Looks to be a 1928 Model 65 or 75 from the picture. Come on now car lovers, ain't that a purdy car! Or should I say "the bees knees".
  11. 1925 1926 Flint Carter R-0 Carburetor

    I suggest you jump over to the Durant Motors Automobile Club web site at www.durantmotors.org and post this there. The club services the Flint automobile.
  12. Interior Judging

    You'd be surprised at the number of owners who never attempt to get or view a judging rule book. Many buy a car and then decide to show it and just register and bring it for judging. I've seen a number of cars that way over the years.
  13. Any suggestions on a good company to install my brake pads and resurface my clutch on my 1928 Durant. A company that has done work on the old car brakes before. I have the lining for the brakes purchased from McMaster Carr. I started the project, but just don't like the results. I would rather have a professional do the work so I can feel more secure stopping.
  14. photos of 1928 dodge

    Been there myself, working on my 1928 Durant and doing a frame off restoration. A lot of work, but makes you feel good to get these old gals restored back to their former beauty!
  15. locomobiles wanted

    Hey John; I personally emailed several individuals listed on their web site and got a response from one. He advised that the web site was created many years ago to attempt to get a handle on Locomobile ownership and create a registry of cars. He continued to advise me that the site is not monitored and has not been for many years. It appears that the organization is defunct and not active at all. William C. (Billy) Durant and Durant Motors purchased Locomobile in 1922 and continued production up until 1929 as Mike said above. We gladly and with welcome arms open the Durant Motors Automobile Club to any and all Locomobile owners from those years and have some members who do own Locomobiles. Our club magazine from time to time runs articles on these cars and parts for sale.