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  1. Thanks to help from new member TVC15 , yesterday, I was able to speak with Tim Brown of Ames Rubber Manufacturing. He confirmed that Ames did buy all of Karr's equipment, but that the dies and molds had been removed before the sale. Tim said, Ames already makes some auto rubber parts and they intend to expand that by using the equipment from Karr to repro more antique auto parts. Ames has facilities in Los Angeles and southern Tennessee. Stay tuned,....(pun intended). Paul
  2. When I was getting estimates for the Club's project, Steele had the same shape weather seal to fit the swing out frames 1928 - 32+. But it was a molded rubber seal. And being that it was not soft sponge rubber like the originals, it was difficult to install. I had previously installed a Steele molded one in a 28 Victoria and was too hard to get the windshield closed without the risk of bending the frame and cracking the glass. It took 6 months of about once a week slightly tightening the frame closed before the molded rubber would deform enough to allow the frame to fully close. And it was very expensive compared to the Karr-made duplicate of the original extruded soft sponge rubber seal, about double the price back then. The Karr seal fit and worked just like the original, allowing the W/S frame to be fully closed the same day that the seal was installed. Checking Steele's website today, I don't even see the molded seal listed. The only swing out seal listed will not work with the frames that the Karr seal will. Paul
  3. Is there some way to contact this man ? I'm in need of some of the products Karr produced. Paul
  4. Many of the gas stations here in CNY have switched over to ethanol free 91 octane, now. You can Google "E-free gas" and a bunch of websites will come up that list gas stations across the country that carry E-free gas. And it's not just better for the old cars. I switched over to using just E-free in all my small engines. They run better and no more fuel related problems. Paul
  5. Franklin automobile

    Good call. Looking closer, those aren't 32 adjustable rear shocks, either. Safe to say, it's a 31. Paul
  6. Franklin automobile

    Yes in 1914. That chaises is a 31 or 32. Only wood up to the shorter wheel base models of 28. Starting with the longer wheel base of that year they went to all steel chassis. Paul
  7. Throwout bearing lube?

    SH, Your arrow labeled "bearing" is pointing to the wrong end of the carrier. That's the bearing's thrust face pointed toward the camera in that picture. And just inside that near end of the carrier, you can see the small hole that most likely leads to the inner ID of the bearing. By leading the oil into the inside ID of the carrier it lubes the rubbing surfaces of both the inside of the carrier and the bearing. Notice how all but a portion of the ends of the carrier's inner ID are machined to a slightly larger ID. That creats a dam affect at each end of the carrier's inside ID to help retain and direct oil to that hole to the bearing. Paul
  8. Throwout bearing lube?

    Might be meant to be oiled, not greased. Franklins used a squirt of motor oil into an oilier cup, that is soldered onto the end of a copper tube, that extends through the bell housing to above the throwout bearing. What you have is a thrust bearing and a carrier (holder) for it. The bearing is not sealed on it's inside diameter, the carrier does that. The small holes inside your T/O bearing's carrier are likely to allow oil to run down inside the carrier and drain into the bearing through those holes. Whereas grease would not easily go into those small holes and wind up where you don't want it. Paul
  9. Another Car Identification Wanted - British

    Doesn't have the large wire wheel hubs and hub caps, nor the continuation of the body belt line along the hood of the 31-32. Paul
  10. Another Car Identification Wanted - British

    Here's a link to a picture of what is said to be a 29 Hillman 14. While we can't see the rest of the body, notice the suicide front doors. The rest of the car starting with the cowl on forward, plus the left front wheel leaning against the wall, all match the OP's picture. Paul
  11. Can you identify this Stromberg Carb?

    Eclector, you have mail. Check your personal messages. Paul
  12. Can you identify this Stromberg Carb?

    It's a cast iron U-2. Franklin used them on the last half of 1929 Series 13 production. They came in two sizes. One for the Series 135-137 engine and one for the smaller Series 130 engine. It's a rare and excellent carburetor that can be safely rebuilt, unlike the crumbling potmetal T-2 and U-2 used on the earlier 1929's. Look on the forward end of the mounting flange. Those three stamped numbers there should be either 130, or 135. If you want to know more about it, pm me. Here's a couple of pictures of it's little brother for a 130 engine. Paul
  13. Another Car Identification Wanted - British

    That's what I thought at first,.... then I realized, since I own one I should know better,..... the Austin's "Winged Wheel" emblem doesn't have the steering wheel sticking up above the wings and a tire sticking out down below. Paul
  14. Thank you very much TVC15, for checking in for us distant folks. Just to be clear to all, the extrusion die to make swing-out windshield sponge rubber weather seal is not mine. The H.H. Franklin Club paid for it and still owns the rights to it. I just provided the original sample and made the contacts with John throughout the process of getting the die and first several runs of it made. Some info about the process. The machine to extrude sponge rubber seals is a very specialized one and few rubber manufacturers have such equipment. As far as I know, Karr Rubber was the only one making sponge rubber weather seals for the early antique cars. And John once told me he made extruded rubber seals for some of the other rubber suppliers. The dies are not molds. They are just aluminum plates with a hole cut in the middle that is the shape of the cross section of the rubber to be extruded (not molded). The plates are sized to fit into the extruding machine. A batch of rubber is mixed, put into the machine, and then forced through the die to make one long piece of rubber. One "batch" was enough to make about a 500 foot long piece for the windshield seal I mentioned (see picture below of a cutoff cross section piece) . Then Club volunteers would cut up that 500 feet to lengths needed for the windshields. The Club would sell it keeping all the proceeds. And all profit from that project went to help fund more of the Club's reproduction parts projects. There is a special tube inside the machine to inject air into the rubber just before it is forced through the die. The tricky part is getting just the right amount of air flow to make the proper amount and size of air bubbles inside the sponge rubber.. BTW, that seal is used by other makes of antique autos. I mentioned it to NC Industries in Pennsylvania, who specialize in making replacement windshields for many antique cars and trucks, but I never received a list from them what other makes use the same cross section of steel frames, therefore, they might also use the same weather seal. Paul
  15. What type shim for starter armature?

    There are lots of sources for phenolic sheet material. You could try shops that rebuild generators and starter motors. There are many on-line companies that sell phenolic washers that may have a size/thickness that works, such as this one. And companies that will custom make a washer. You can buy phenolic sheet material on-line and make a washer on a lathe, or drill press. Paul