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  1. LVII. For Sale on E-Bay Now: 1 Peerless Tire Pressure Gauge, 2 Starters, 1 1929 Engine, and 1 Radiator Shell.
  2. Nice to see the photos of the engine. Even some serial numbers! You might find the Car serial Number on the floor by the right front door sill. The Standard Eights I know of are in 1. BC{a maroon one}, 2. WA{a beige one}, 3. MN{a black one from the Blackhawk & Harrah Collections}, 4. MO{a green one}, 5. ME, 6. NY, and 7. DENMARK{a dark blue one}. The one in Washington was partially restored by Pistorius Restorations of Florida(www.oldwheel.com) about 2 years ago, 1 of 6 Peerless cars they've restored. Steve Babinski, mentioned by ILIKECARS53, has recently worked on a 1931 Custom 8. Another restorer in FL, The Creative Workshop, whom Ed mentioned, did a full restoration on one of the 1929 Model Eight-125 Peerlesses. If you have 3 minutes sometime, go to youtube & type in "Restoring 1 of 6 1929 Peerless cars". There's a 2 min. video of the restoration by Discover Canada, and captured onscreen near the end is an original General Service Manual -- Continental Motors Corporation booklet. Maybe if you could get a xerox copy of that, it would be useful.
  3. Zoltan, Great to hear that you're working on a engine for a 1930 Peerless Standard 8. The Standard Eight is one of my favorite models from all the ones built by the pioneering company over 32 years. A rare car, too. For 11 years I have worked on a tally of all known Peerlesses, Known Peerless Automobiles In Existence. From it, I deduce that there are only this many of the straight eight Peerlesses that survive: 8-125..................7 Standard 8..........7 Master 8............13 Custom 8.............8 plus an additional 3 or 4 cars where model is still unknown If you haven't seen it already, there's a Peerless Forum on the AACA Forums. Since the Peerless Forum is now book-length after it began in 2007 --- and there are not any books in circulation about Peerless --- it will have to suffice until one is written. It includes some recent photos and discussions of the Standard Eight. Thanks to edinmass for letting me know about this discussion on the Technical forum. ----Jeff
  4. The Peerless 332 Cu. In. V-8 was 1916-1928.The Continental 322 Cu. In. straight-8(12K) appeared in 1929 in the Model 8-125. In 1930-32, a similar engine(13K) was used in the Master and Custom 8 models, and the 246.7 Cu. In. straight-8(17S) in the Standard 8. Despite what the Unique Cars & Parts article says, Peerless never used a Continental V-8, and the new line designed for 1930 by Mr. de Sakhnoffsky was not 3 sixes and an eight -- but 3 eights. The 1929 models were 3 sixes and an eight.
  5. Thanks for your comments, Ed. Is there any possibility the Peerless pictured 3 posts up is the one you said you tried to buy as a young man? You mentioned it on the 3rd page of that Pierce vs. Packard thread. I know next to nothing about the history, as I have discussed with AJ, but it seems to have been squirreled away for a long time in the south end of Maine. Another picture of the car mentioned above from The 2000 Frozen Custard Car Show, badgoat.net:
  6. Fantastic Franklin.
  7. There are some pictures of this Peerless floating around on tumblr/flickr/pinterest. I don't know who took it or when, but it's a car Ralph Cartonio had when he passed away in 2015. It's a 1932 Custom Eight with a 322 c.i.d. Continental engine; cabriolet body by Fisher or Fleetwood, Ralph said. No cataloged Custom 8 Cabriolet in 1930-32, though it was possible to order the Master Eight and Standard Eight as a Cabriolet. Original custom-ordered body? Rebodied? It did take First Place in a car show in 2000 -- but has not been in circulation besides that.
  8. Ron Hausmann, Just as well it wasn't a Kissel Kar. It was probably an Apperson, a C.T. Silver Overland, a Jordan or something. Some wealthy flapper drove the roadster. Looking up the 20th Century Fox movie "Ace Eli", here are some reviews: "A bad idea"; "Wow, what a turkey"; "Disturbing"; "Repulsive"; and "Weird, pointless movie set in the Great Depression". Terry Wiegand, I was shocked to find out my family was in the car business a hundred years ago! The Brown brothers, H.H., J.D., & W.J., built a steam car of 6 h.p. in 1905. The automobile they built was one of eleven American cars called Brown, and it made it onto page 154 of The Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942. "W.J." was Wm. Brown, my great-grandfather....someone both of us knew. I remember that my dad mentioned a Brown car connected with the family....but didn't know it was in The Standard Catalog until yesterday.
  9. Oops, should have said I beat the Datsun by 3 miles. The canoes and kayaks I raced were harder to beat.
  10. I was in a race once against a Datsun 510. I was in a boat in a somewhat open event on the Arkansas River. In the Anything That Floats Without a Motor Race, where you go 5 miles, I won by around 3 miles...in a field of 10 or 20 vessels. The Datsun was filled with styrofoam, inner tubes and empty beer kegs and was poled by 3 or 4 people and made a kind of lousy raft. I had a 14'-9" kevlar racing kayak.
  11. Hi Terry, I bought a dvd of the movie recently. It had some great scenes of cars and the biplane here and there, and I can see that the original story was fine, but it came out the same time as a bigger film with the same plot("Paper Moon"), and they sent it back for a new screenplay and tried to spice it up. The result was so bad -- several people asked to have their names removed from the credits. Someone told me one of the cars prominent in the film was a Kissel Gold Bug, but Ron Hauseman, a Kissel owner here on the forums, took a look at the movie and said the yellow roadster some woman drove was definitely not a Kissel. He thought the movie was awful, too. I went to see it at the Fox Theater in Hutchinson when it premiered there about '73 and I remember everyone saying the extra scenes(shot back in Hollywood, not in Kansas) wrecked the story. My Dad chatted with Cliff Robertson a bit back then, and told me that Cliff wanted to "Chuck Hollywood, move to Kansas, and raise Black Angus on the Ninnescah River." I think he did get out of acting at some point, but never heard about a move into raising cattle in the Pretty Prairie-Plevna-Hutchinson part of Kansas. ----Jeff
  12. My grandad was paid to provide a 1922 Lincoln Sedan for a movie that was made in the 70s, and he and the car did get in one scene for 10 seconds. The director wanted him to do a second scene with the car going down a road at 50 or 60 and having someone in a biplane let someone hanging from the landing gear down onto the roof of the car while matching speed & direction. "Glenn D.", my grandfather, refused to do it. Something about wrecking the roof of the Lincoln and killing off a bunch of expensive actors(Cliff Robertson, Royal Dano, Pamela Franklin, Eric Shea, and Bernadette Peters(her film debut) were in it, and Steven Spielberg wrote the movie).
  13. Significant Cars of Indianapolis has a Reo Royale Victoria Coupe for sale on its site, "car taken apart to rebuild engine", with 26 photos. Black car, unrestored, front of body & motor off of car, engine still not done. Can I assume this is the same Reo the OP described 7 years ago?
  14. Rolls-Royce got into the V-8 game in 1905. 1 sold, 3 made.
  15. At a day away from end --- bids reached $16,900 on the ebay auction --- did not sell.