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    My first car (1968): 1929 Ford Standard Coupe. Now restoring 1921 Peugeot Quadrilette 161, 1913 Metz "22", 1911 Hupmobile "20".
  1. Around here, you're lucky to go 45mph at rush hour.
  2. Not sure if you could go 80-100mph on a "crowded" highway.
  3. Took the Hupp on a small tour today: to the local garage for an inspection required by the state (PA), then drove it to my friend's garage; maybe 2 miles. It starts like a dream: a couple pulls with the mag off to charge the cylinders, then it starts right up. I reduced the gear grinding by double-shifting to second. The car seems to have pretty good power, but no steep hills attempted yet. The foot brake does stop the car, but slowly. Also, I think the car must move to avoid to boiling coolant. I do have a question concerning the clutch: should it totally disengage the engine from the transmission, like shifting to neutral? My clutch works well enough to shift gears, but seems to have a slight drag, not unlike a Model T Ford. Phil
  4. I mistakenly posted this on the Maxwell Forum, though this is a Hupmobile. Thanks for the reply anyway. I've no experience with double-clutching, but I do know the principle. Time to practice! Phil
  5. My first real drive in the Hupmobile was about a half-mile to the garage. It wasn't for repair, but for an "Enhanced Inspection." The 1964 Texas title contained the poisonous word "rebuilt", which my state (Pennsylvania) interpreted to mean "hot rod". Anyway, I had to have the car inspected by a special garage ($150) to prove it is the real thing. This was an opportunity to take the car out, other than in a parking lot. It started right up, the clutch works well, and it seems to have good power... at least on the straightaway. One question I have is: how hot is too hot in the radiator? It was too hot to touch, but it wasn't steaming. Also, do you double-clutch the gears or just throw it into the next gear like they say in the Book of Instructions? Phil
  6. I'm just guessing the year, but a nice photo with a Maxwell Model L in front. There were several cars called "American". Not sure which one this dealer sells.
  7. Every two years, the fast old cars gather at the Montlhery Autodrome about 15 miles SW of Paris. It was wet this year, but enthusiastic. Phil
  8. You can buy heavy-duty stretch wrap and mummify the car (up to 120 gauge) or shrink-wrap like they use on boats. You need a heat gun to use the shrink wrap. You can even purchase a vent and an access door for the shrink wrap. I use Uline. They deliver the next day in my area. Phil
  9. Here is an article on magneto timing that may be of interest to early car owners. Phil
  10. I have my Hupp starting pretty dependably with the Breeze (which was rebuilt at the same time as Karl's). I still must master the air valve setting. I observe, however, that the carb drips about a tablespoon or two of gasoline from the bottom manifold opening when the engine is shut off. The drips slow and then stop, but I wonder what causes this. Also, I wonder what the low idle speed of the Hupp is. I'm thinking mine might be set a bit high. Finally, is there any instance where the bottom plug should be used in the intake manifold? I've never installed one. Phil
  11. I eliminated the filter and it various fittings and joined the 3/8" line from the tank to the 1/4" line to the carburetor with a 3/8" fuel hose. The compression rings on the two copper tubes act as "barbs" to seal the hose. It may not look original, but the fuel flows freely, and the engine started right up. Phil
  12. I'll take one! Phil
  13. David... Do you run a 3/8" line directly to the carb, or do you reduce to 1/4"? My fuel tank is original, but it looks clean, so I'm thinking I can eliminate the filter. Phil
  14. What fuel filter works with gravity-flow fuel system (ie, no fuel pump)? Phil
  15. My Hupmobile Model 20 came fitted with a glass-bowl-type fuel filter. I took the filter element out to allow better fuel flow, but it has so many fittings that it leaks. I'm considering connecting the fuel line directly to the Breeze carburetor. It now has a 3/8" fuel line from the tank and a 1/4" line to the carb. I hear that in-line fuel filters are too restrictive for the gravity-flow fuel systems. How do other owners do this? Phil