MochetVelo

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  1. Texas Title Question

    I bought a 1909 Hupmobile in Texas in 2013. The seller, the daughter of the deceased owner, gave me a bill of sale and the 1965 Texas title to the car. All well so far, but her deceased father never transferred the title to his name, though he owned the car for many years. My state (PA) won't give me a PA title because the daughter's name isn't on the Texas title. Will it be difficult for the daughter to transfer the Texas title to her name? I'm hoping Texas might be a bit more lenient than PA. Can anyone offer some advice? Phil
  2. Ancient Auto Display

    Beautiful display. What year?
  3. New owner of a 1958 Citroen 2CV Van

    There are many Citroen 2cv cars & trucks still around, and parts and manuals are available. "Les Archives du Collectioneur" is a series of technical manuals for French car collectors. They publish a 2CV manual with lots of photos & information (though it is in French). There is also a Haynes 2CV manual in English which you can probably find in the US. Also search eBay.fr and ebay.uk under "Citroen 2cv". The car enjoys some popuarity in the UK, so books and forums are available there. Also, don't forget Autobooks in Los Angeles. They sell several 2cv books you might like. Finally, seek out the online 2CV forums. Don't be afraid if they are in French; you can use Google translate. Phil
  4. 1911 Hupmobile rescued from the suburbs!

    Nice looking car, David. One not enough for you? Phil
  5. Export Cost to Netherlands

    I always figure $5000 total costs from western Europe to the USA. With luck, your cost will be less, but there are a lot of expenses involved. The cheapest rate, if the car drives, is RO-RO (roll-on, roll-off) transport. Otherwise, you need a container. Phil
  6. 1909 Hupmobile

    I sell a reproduction intake manifold. Price is $250 + shipping. Email me for details. Phil
  7. METZ 22 Museum Quality 1913 for sale

    From the photos posted, this car is missing the engine bottom cover, chain covers and (maybe) the transmission cover. Also, there is no windscreen. The car is the wrong color (should be dark blue with cream-colored wheels), but then most of them are. The Metz cars have an engine very like a Model T (except with a more standard magneto), so you should be able to get it going. I think George is on-target with value, but it could go $15-19k or more if it runs and drives.
  8. 1909 Hupmobile

    They took advantage of the primer cup hole to install a whistle on your car. I've always liked those Strombergs with the glass bowl which allow you to peek inside. It's not the correct carb for the Hupmobile, however. That would be the Breeze, as mentioned above. Your intake manifold has been altered for this retrofit. Phil
  9. Model 20 oil capacity

    I see you haven't gotten a response, Andrew. I believe the manual says the tubes are 3/4" high. Not sure why yours are longer. You can just cut them to size. I think others have installed seals to prevent oil release out the front bearing. This must have been a problem from the start, as Hupmobile installed a sheet metal cover to keep oil off the hood. I thought of attaching some of that "pig mat" absorbent cloth under this cover. Phil
  10. Texas Title Question

    After a letter, 5 emails, and 4 phone messages, I finally got a reply from the seller. She seems agreeable to help with the title. I found a good title service in Texas: Auto Title Recovery in Lumberton, Texas. Terri Gloebe there answered my questions promptly via email (and on a Sunday). The bottom line: the simplest way is to get the seller to put the title in her name, then transfer it to me. Of course, I should have done that when I bought the car. A new Texas title can also be obtained with an inspection in Texas. Anyway, the seller agreed to help me... in September. She's "overloaded" as an executor of her mother's estate, so I guess I'm waiting. The other option in PA is to file in court a "Motion for Involuntary Transfer of Vehicle Ownership." This can be done by an enterprising citizen. I hired a lawyer to do it for me with my title-less 1906 Maxwell. It ended up costing about $600. Title law is primarily concerned with new and used cars. Antique vehicles are little understood or appreciated by state bureaucracies, so we must just muddle through. Phil
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  12. Texas Title Question

    Yes that's PennDOT's view, Ted. That's why I'm hoping she can get it transferred to her name. I often wonder how people who buy an old title at a flea market are able to get it assigned to their car. Phil
  13. Texas Title Question

    Thanks for the replies. The lady who sold me the car gave me a Texas title. It's the correct title for the car (with matching VIN), but her late father never transferred the title to his name when he bought the car in the '70s. The problem is her name on the Bill of Sale she gave me doesn't match the name on the title. When I applied for a PA title, I sent PennDOT the 6% sales tax due on the purchase. They denied me the title but (naturally) kept my money. I thought I was in the clear with this car, as it had a title, unlike some others I've owned! Will the lady help me? I'll post what happens. Phil
  14. Texas Title Question

    I'll see what happens. So far, the daughter hasn't responded. I'm hoping she can do this since Dad never got the title in his name. Phil
  15. Around here, you're lucky to go 45mph at rush hour.
  16. Not sure if you could go 80-100mph on a "crowded" highway.
  17. Model 20 Running

    Frustrated with difficulty starting, I finally bit the bullet and brought my 1911 Torpedo to our local oldies garage (Last Chance Garage, Unionville, PA). It made the 10-mile trip last week on a roll-off (cost $80). I included the Book of Instructions and Breeze manual for the mechanics to read. A few days later, I got a call that they had it running. The basic problem: the plugs firing in the wrong order. Now, while admittedly ignorant, I swear I referred to the Book numerous times to be sure I had the wires running correctly. However, I guess I got it wrong. They also played with the Breeze carb for a long time. It's apparently not only running, but driving with pretty decent power, I'm told. Anyway, I'll test it out myself in a couple days. I do have a question concerning the carburetor: I know the Breeze is the correct one, but is it possible to install a Holley NH without chopping off the intake manifold? One Hupp guy told me this could be done with an adapter. It might be interesting to have the Holley as an option. Phil
  18. Model 20 Running

    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
  19. Model 20: First Drive

    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
  20. Model 20: First Drive

    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
  21. 1905 Maxwell Dealership

    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.
  22. Montlhery 2017: Pre-War Speed!

    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
  23. Shrink wrapping a car for shipping?

    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
  24. Timing Magneto

    Here is an article on magneto timing that may be of interest to early car owners. Phil
  25. Breeze Carb Woes

    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