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  1. Gary_Ash

    Need advice on buying slip roll tool

    Rusty has the best idea! The 10-3/4" x 28" tank should hold about 11 gallons. A 14" x 30" tank would hold about 20 gallons. I've been to Lang's Model T Parts several times just for fun. Nice people, good stuff. When the Ford Museum wanted ten "new" model T's to use at their facility, Lang used original chassis and engine blocks, supplied all the other parts. They claim they have reproduction parts available for 75% of a Model T.
  2. Gary_Ash

    Need advice on buying slip roll tool

    I think the 14.5" dia x 48" propane tank is a 100 lb rated one, not 100 gallons. But, that should work, cheap enough, easy enough to grind off the top cover and bottom foot. Also avoids issues about welds with leaks. Use a new tank that has never had propane in it to avoid some worries about a big bang. Of course, a 48" tank is too long for you, so it needs to be cut cleanly and welded back together - without leaks. You can also start from scratch using a 24" length of Schedule 10 carbon steel pipe 14" o.d., 0.25" wall thickness, about 73.5 lbs. A local steel shop can get it for you. Then you need two flanged and dished heads. You can get non-code rated (i.e. not rated for high pressure) 14" heads in 3/16" wall thickness from or other vendors. Here's an example for $41.22 each in carbon steel; This will make a heavier tank than you were thinking of, but pretty cheap. You still have the welding issue, so take it to a shop that does this kind of welding. Actually, I think going to a good sheet metal shop and having them make the thing for you is still the best plan. You would need more tools than just the slip roll. And if you are not an expert TIG welder, you still have to pay for welding.
  3. Gary_Ash

    Front Window Designs??

    The 1941 Studebaker sedan coupe had a curved front windshield without dividers. However, the very low production volume Chrysler Imperial limo from 1934 may be the real first use of curved windshield glass. Photos from Wikimedia.
  4. Gary_Ash

    Knock-off wheel removal

    Here is an article written by Alec Ulmann for the "Bulb Horn" magazine of the VMCCA in 1974 about Rudge-Whitworth center lock wheels. The early patents for Rudge wheels go back to 1910 or earlier, so the left-thread-on-right-side concept has worked well for over 100 years. Perhaps we need not sweat the details of exactly how and why it works, but it does. The equipment for making the wheel centers and rims was owned by Dunlop in England, but was sold some years ago to Wheels India who continues to make wheel centers, rims, complete wheels, and some splined hubs, as well as a wide range of modern wheels. An excellent dealer in these wheels is MWS Wire Wheel in England.
  5. Gary_Ash

    Motorized Trailer Dolly

    You might try a Power Pusher, available in many sizes, could easily handle a 24 ft trailer. I used a larger one to pull and push a 40,000 lb piece of machinery on steel rails. I don't know the cost of a small one. See and their Trailer Mover models.
  6. Twenty years ago when I got my Studebaker M5 pickup, there was a small bumper mounted on the rear. Since rear bumpers weren't standard on '48 pickups, someone adapted another bumper to the task. The bumper is still here, but needs a new home, if anyone can use it - free plus shipping. It's 64 inches wide, 4 inches high, and has curved, tapered ends. Rusted but pretty straight. The bracket extensions aren't original, as someone tried to weld them on to the spring steel brackets and learned that spring steel cracks when welded. I don't remember seeing anything like this on a car. Could it have come on a small European car of the 1940s-50s? It's yours for the asking.
  7. I stumbled across this Ebay listing for a "Presidential". It was listed with a starting bid of $1. Looks like someone got started restoring a car and just stopped. See Ebay item 163053920316
  8. Gary_Ash

    Mass. YOM plates and new inspection rules

    Yes, the proposed rule change for cars 75 years old or more will be a good start. However, my 1965, 1963, and 1948 vehicles don't qualify. The good news is that I got a couple of confirming replies from the Mass. RMV, the Mass. Vehicle Check Program, and from Applus+ Technologies, the supplier of the new test equipment. Good Morning Mr. Ash, Thank you for contacting MA Vehicle Check Program. My apologies to you for your recent experience. The Inspector should follow the following guidelines. The following is from the RMV’s Application for an Antique Vehicle Plate: “ Year of Manufacture plate must be displayed pursuant to Chapter 90, Section 6 of the General Laws but the registration decal for the current registration period need not be attached to the plate. If it is not attached to the plate it must be carried in the antique vehicle at all times and presented at the request of a Police Officer.” If you have any other questions, please contact us at 1.844.358.0135 or Sincerely, Massachusetts Vehicle Check Program *********************************************************************************** Here is the info from Applus+ Tech with a cell phone number and a name to contact in the event anyone else encounters this. Hi Gary In this case you are correct the decal needs to be with the registration but not adhered to the year-of-manufacture license plate. The Inspector would most likely not know this exception to their plate inspection. If it helps, please return for an inspection and ask the Inspector to call me Cell phone 617 549-2831 “ Year of Manufacture plate must be displayed pursuant to Chapter 90, Section 6 of the General Laws but the registration decal for the current registration period need not be attached to the plate. If it is not attached to the plate it must be carried in the antique vehicle at all times and presented at the request of a Police Officer.” John Morrissey Massachusetts Vehicle ü Program Applus+ Technologies Inc. Office: (508) 452-8520
  9. Gary_Ash

    Mass. YOM plates and new inspection rules

    I sent them an email, waiting for reply. I called the RMV, got transferred three times, eventually told to speak to someone in the Special Plates section, 857-368-8031. My call was transferred there but all I got was a voice message saying, "This mailbox is full and cannot accept new messages." I've called back three times, same message. Great service, huh?
  10. I took my 1965 Studebaker Wagonaire to a Massachusetts inspection station for its required annual check. It has a Year of Manufacture plate on it. Published Mass. RMV regulations say that the annual sticker for the license plate need NOT be attached to a YOM plate, as long as it is carried in the car. The inspection station refused to inspect the car without the sticker attached, claiming the new inspection equipment requires scanning the plate to show the sticker. I tried to show them the YOM rules, but they said the new inspection rules overrode what RMV had published and that I would need a written waiver from the RMV to get an inspection without the sticker on the plate. Boy, were they rude! Left with no alternatives, I gently put the sticker on the plate, got the inspection, then used the heat gun to remove it when I got home. When I took my 1948 Studebaker truck in this week, I put some new Scotch Wall Safe tape (easy to remove) on the plate first, then applied the sticker - temporarily. Mass. RMV rules here: Has anyone else had this experience? Alternate solutions? Getting hold of someone at the RMV who actually understands the rules for antique and YOM plates is very difficult. Grrrr!
  11. Gary_Ash

    1929 Studebaker flat Head 8 Or a motor

    Through 1932, the spark plugs Studebaker used were Champion #2 with 7/8-18 threads. From 1933 on, they used 18 mm threads on Champion 8A or 7A plugs. The advent of 18 mm metric thread plugs about 1933 may have been due to the development of aluminum silicate ceramics for spark plugs, mostly in Europe, and a better understanding of heat ranges. I'm not sure if it means much, but Albert Champion (AC) was French, probably biased toward metric. Fortunately, new spark plugs with either 7/8-18 or 18 mm threads are still available.. Lots of discussion of plugs on this older thread:
  12. Gary_Ash

    1929 Studebaker flat Head 8 Or a motor

    Perhaps you could be a bit more specific. What is the casting number on the head you have now - and what's wrong with it? Posting a photo helps. Looking at the 1929-40 parts catalog, the same head gasket (167033) is used on 1929-33 Dictators and Commanders, as well as 1933 President Model 82. All had 3-1/16" bore. So, the heads should interchange, though they will have different compression ratios ranging from about 5 to 6.5. Water fittings might be a little different. Spark plug holes are metric on the later heads. Candidate head numbers are: 167339 standard compression on 1929-32 Dictators 168314 high compression for 1929-32 Dictators 167032 standard compression for 1929-32 Commanders 168022 5.5 compression for 1929-32 Commanders 168411 6.5 compression for 1929-32 Commanders 177920 standard compression for 1933 Commanders 179877 high compression for 1933 Commanders 177918 standard compression on 1933 Model 82 Presidents 179878 high compression on 1933 Model 82 Presidents Usually, the Studebaker part number for flat heads is the same as the casting number that appears on the head.
  13. Yes, Spinneyhill, they all had to be skinny - the seats were only 16 inches wide. The driver's seat is actually 5 inches forward of the mechanic's seat to allow for elbow room for the driver.
  14. P.S. Here are some photos of the guys who didn't have initials on their sweaters to help match them up.
  15. Here is a photo of nine guys on the Studebaker Indy team, apparently just after the 1933 Indy race ended. Each car had a driver and riding mechanic, so there should have been ten guys, but only nine are in this photo. Fortunately seven of the nine are wearing their Studebaker shirts with their initials, so they are easy to identify. I'd like to pin down who the other two are and name the missing guy. Here are my nominal identifications, left to right: AG = Anthony "Tony" Gulotta, driver #34 JL = Jimmie Lowden, mechanic #47 CB = Cliff Bergere, driver #6 ? = possibly Luther Johnson, driver #46 WT = William Tucker, mechanic #46 ? = possibly L. L. Corum, driver #47 VL = Vern Lake, mechanic #6 WM = Walter Mitchell, mechanic #9 ZM = Zeke Meyer, driver #9 missing = Carl Riscigno, mechanic #34 Those are the names of the ten guys who took part in the 1933 race. The questions are really which one is missing and which are the two guys without initials on their shirts. All the photos of the cars in 1933 show these guys with their cloth racing helmets, so it's tough to pin them down. What do you think?