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  1. 1916 Auto wreck in Boltonville Wisc.

    I would say Overland, ca. 1915. It has aftermarket accessory coil springs at the connections of the 1/4 elliptical leaf springs to the 1/2 elliptical leaf rear springs and an aftermarket accessory front bumper. The U-Joint is as used on 1914 and newer models. Up through the 1912 model year, some Overland models had two-speed planetary transmissions, but this car does not. Overland's three-speed selective sliding transmission chasses(?) were very similar from 1910 to (at least) 1915, though there were small changes made annually. Too much speed on the all-white smoothies(?).
  2. Need Help on This Old Hack!

    I believe this truck is a 1915 model Overland. The knob on the radiator cap was first used on the 1914 Model 79's. nzcarnerd is correct that the edge of this truck's radiator shell is more rounded than the earlier (1913-1914) steel shells. It is one piece while the earlier ones are two pieces.
  3. Help identifying a Hudson

    There's lots of mis-information in these responses. It is a 1928 Essex serial number and the cowl looks right for a 1928 H/E open car. The dash in hand is the back piece. The link to a photo is not of a 1928 dash, but a 1929 Essex dash. The instrumentation is the same, but the trim is different - 1928 is more plain, 1929 has the "pine cone / pine needle" pattern and hexagonal cut-outs. They both do have electric combination FUEL / OIL level gauges. 1927 H/E used King-Seeley gauges. Open cars did not have different instrument clusters from closed cars. There isn't a nickel's worth of difference between first series and second series Hudson or Essex cars of the same model year. The 110" wheelbase is correct for 1928 & 1929.
  4. Assuming the car was running with the wiring as received, the (after-market) magneto is "high tension" and the two wires to the switch are to ground the mag to kill the ignition. A high tension magneto requires no battery and has no external coil.
  5. Help with ID of 1915 or 1916 Hudson

    You have stumbled into one of the "features" of dating early Hudsons. From their beginning in 1909, Hudson announced their new models in late summer - early fall as the next year's model. Thus, the 1915 Hudson models (6-40 and 6-54) came out in late 1914. In late 1915, the 6-40 Model G (6-40) was introduced. But then in January 1916, the Super Six (Model H) was introduced, ending the Model G's brief run. Hudson didn't use year designations for several years, but rather used only the model letters: G, H, J , M, O, etc.
  6. Brass Era steering box

    I believe this steering box to be from an Overland as it is similar to the unit on my 1913 Model 69. Overland used a similar box for several years. Bill
  7. Early rectangular cowl lights?

    In my experience, the Studebaker lamps have round bases. The ones in question are, I believe, from an early '20's Hudson sedan. Bill
  8. What is this car?

    The six panel rear window in the top makes me think Overland and the black-and-nickel kerosene tail and side lamps are as used (by Overland) on 1913 Model 69's only. The 1913 Overland Model 69T has "question mark" rear fenders. The only other 1913 Overland model to use them was the TC (not on the models 69R, C, or F or the Model 71) . But, the 1913 Overland bodies didn't have the bead across the rear section, the 1913 Overland didn't use windshield support rods from the frame, and 1913 Overland wheels were gray with black hubs. However, the 1912 Overland Model 59 (which had brass trim - windshield, radiator, lamps, etc.) has brass windshield support rods from the frame and all gray wheels. The spare tire holders are not as used by Overland in 1912 or 1913, though rear-mounted spares (2) were standard. It may be an early production 1913 Overland Model 69T with some carry-over features from the 1912 Model 59, or it may be "customized by owner". It couldn't be a Jackson (as per the pennant) could it?
  9. Teens or 1920s Bumper

    1916 Hudsons came from the factory without bumpers. Typical accessory bumpers of the era consist of a single bar or tube. Your bumper is the type used on Lincolns in the early to mid 1920's.
  10. Remy Model RL

    Please email me pictures of your REMY RL magneto. thewacco@comcast.net Thanks- Bill
  11. Use of the "thumb nut" started in 1914, not 1913. The radiator cap shown in the photos is the only type cap used by Overland in 1911-13. A painted radiator shell (should be black) would not have an unfinished brass filler neck and cap. There was no over-center catch used on Overland radiator caps, so nobody can send you a photo. Bill
  12. I wouldn't use this car as an example of a correct restoration. It is an assembly of parts, not an appropriate go-by. There are apparently no correctly restored Overlands in the southern hemisphere. Bill
  13. Bob- 1914 Hudsons have no cowl lamps, thus the electrically dimmed (via resistor) headlights. 1913 Hudsons have cowl lamps and no dimmer. Bill
  14. delco Starter Generators

    Hi Russell- I can definitely identify your unidentified DELCO starter/generator H12430 as model MG-2 as used on 1913 Hudson, 1913 Cole, etc. It is a mirror-image of the 1912 Cadillac unit (MG-1). These units use the 6-and-24 volt electrical system. I know a restorer in Australia, Graeme Edwards, that probably needs this for his 1913 Hudson Model 54. If he doesn't, I do. Bill
  15. mystery generator

    The first DELCO Starter/Generator units (MG-1) as used on the 1912 Cadillac and (MG-2) as used on 1913 Hudson, 1913 Cole & 1913 Oldsmobile have four terminals on top as shown in your photo. The rear end bell, gear and clutch appear to be missing. Bill