Richardjohn54

My 1920 Davis Phaeton Tourer Restoration Project

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Hello from New Zealand.

I am about to start a full ground up restoration on a 1920 Model 51 Davis Phaeton / Tourer which was completely dismantled and then placed in storage over 50 years ago. The previous owner had many other restoration projects underway , so this project just sat in the garage gathering dust for all that time . Unfortunately , he has now passed on and his collection was part of a deceased estate sale.

 

I managed to purchase the vehicle , and have spent many hours sorting through all the crates that held a wide variety of parts from the car , in no particular order , and just randomly packed away. Amazingly , it appears that everything from the car is in storage - just needs a lot of tender care , refurbishment , rebuilding and reconstruction. Looks like I am going to busy for a number of years ! ( pictures attached )
Only one other in NZ that I know of and that has been fully restored some years ago.( 1925 Davis Tourer )

I would really like to hear from any other Davis owners in the US.

 

I am also the proud owner of a fully restored rare 1920 Oakland 34C Cabriolet Roadster ( pictures attached )

 

John Lynn

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Welcome to the forum! Cool cars you have there. I am excited to see this Davis come together.

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Ironically,we have a 15 Davis,similar shape,about ready to get it out of storage.also have a 19 Oakland touring car,our Oakland is a older restoration,but still presents well.

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Hi

Did you manage to take some photos of the 1915 Davis ?

I have also been talking to a Davis owner in New York - he has a 1920 and a 1922 Davis. Interestingly , he is looking for a 1915 Davis to purchase !

Google 1920 Davis auto - it brings up a picture of the two Davis cars. Scroll down to images , click on the first picture,click Visit and you can read the article from Hemmings Classic Car magazine in June 2014 - a good read.

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I will send pictures ,been very busy.it's in a basement which I have no access unless he is home.not a scammer or nothing,I will get pics,stay tuned.

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All good and I appreciate your contact and comments.

As a matter of interest , my Davis has 25" rims which has really limited my tire options ( 34"x4 1/2' or 35" x 5" are my on;y options). The other 1920 Davis owner I have been in touch with in the US has 21" rims. Now checking to see if my car is an earlier model. When you get into the basement can you check the rim size on your Davis. Would appreciate it.

Best Regards

John

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21 hours ago, jan arnett (2) said:

Very similar to my 23 Moon with a 6/40 engine.  Pictures.

 

Hi Jan. no photos attached ?

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Hi Jan. No nice looking photos of my engine. Yet to start on mine but can show a photo of the engine in its current state. All pistons have been removed but all are in great condition as they have been in storage bins. 

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Wow. Looks like you have the same challenge as I do with my big jigsaw of parts to re-assembel. Good Luck and keep those photos coming. I am getting my car out of storage in two weeks and will get my restoration underway. Willow keep in touch on progress.

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Made arrangement s to pull it out Wednesday..the first thing we Will do is a running car.it drove to the basement,many years ago,better pics later

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Keep those photos coming !

Same for me - metal really good but wood frame will all need replacement. Radiator will also need a complete rebuild as it has been punctured and leaks badly. Not prepared to just do a patch repair. 

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