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  1. Ge also developed an electric lawn & garden tractor around the same time called "Elec-Trak". It did go into production in the 70's with reasonable sales success. They made several models from E8 to E25. The model number designated the HP rating. In 1995 I used a well worn out model E15 Elec-Trac as a donor to power a 4 seat kiddy car I made for my son. They were 36 volt using six - 6v golf cart batteries. I didn't have the room for 6 batteries so I used three - 12v batteries. About 1976, GE sold the manufacturing rites to Wheel Horse, a tractor & mower manufactor that was a division of American Motors. Wheel Horse only continued the line under their brand name for a couple years. American Motors also developed an Electric prototype in the late 60's called "Amitron." It was a small commuter car for 3 with 1 row seating. AM claimed it could go 150 miles with an advanced chemistry battery pack made of Ni-Cad and lithium-fluoride that only weighed 200 lbs. The car did not go beyond the prototype stage.
  2. There are still some Diesel trucks, construction machinery and farm machinery built today with 24v starting. I have not had a problem restoring 6v systems to operate properly but you do need to use proper size cable and make sure all the connections are good. Copper battery cables and starter windings can be damaged by prolonged cranking cycles, whether its a 6 or 12 volt system. You do need to spend the bucks to buy the largest & heaviest 6v battery that will physically fit in the tray. You need to be sure that the battery has heavy enough lead plates to withstand the heat from the current drain but most importantly, don't over heat the system.
  3. The invention of the simple spark jump ignition is what made the internal combustion engine practical. The early system consisted of 5 or 6 dry cell batteries to make up 6-8 volts with a coil to boost the voltage enough to jump a spark plug gap. Most if not all cars in the early 1900's had 2 sets of batteries. I'm not certain why 6v was chosen but that became the common industry standard of the earliest ign systems. The batteries were at first used for ignition only, lighting was by gas or kerosene wick flame. Electric lighting began about 1909 with 6v bulbs to operate off the 6v ignition batteries, although some cars were furnished with separate lighting batteries. The 1912 Cadillac electrical system actually had a 24 volt starter. The original 1912 design used four, 6v batteries and a set of relays that switched the batteries in series to make 24 volts for the starter. Once the engine started, the relays switched the batteries in parallel for 6v to operate the lights only. Another relay and 6 volt regulator, switch the 24v starter to 6v generator mode to keep the batteries charged. Dry cells were still used at start up and the driver would switch the ign. to magneto. Kettering was able to improve his starter design to operate off 6v in 1913. Most other companies added electric start in 1913 or 14 with similar 6v design. The same basic 1913, 6v design with separate dry cells and mag was used by Cadillac up through 1915, the first year V8. 1916 was the first year that Cadillac only used one 6v battery for starter, ignition & lights. I would say that the fact that 6v was the accepted standard for ignition and lights became the standard for starters at that time of development of the automobile.
  4. I just found out that the Canton Classic Car Museum has been closed down due to Covid and is not ready to re-0pen yet. If you had problems reaching anyone at the museum and you still want information about Jim Lynch send me a private message and I can give you contact information for someone who knew Lynch.
  5. I live in the Canton, Ohio area and I believe that Jim Lynch was in Canton, about 25 miles S. of Akron. I have been in the old car hobby since the 70's but didn't get interested in brass until about 2000. I knew who Lynch was but did not know him. I don't know when he passed but I think has family sold off his stuff in 90's maybe??? I suggest that you call The Canton Classic Car Museum at 330-455-3603. I'm sure someone there can give you more info.
  6. The HI/LO/PASSING Beam switch on the steering hub was common on lots of mid priced and Classic cars of 34/35. Cadillac had the same knob below the hub as you show in the orig photo with a matching knob above the hub for hand throttle. I believe "Duro Lite" or something like that made them. The switch box was either mounted on the bottom of the steering box or mounted to the chassis with a mechanism of leavers and rods between them. The switches are not too complicated to repair. Typical corrosion problems or the detents are worn and the switch wont stay in position.
  7. I went to the Luray meet. 6 hr drive to get there and 6 hrs back and didn't buy anything. But that's OK. I just needed to be there amongst the rust & dust & brass and it was well worth it. I intend to go again next year and maybe get a spot to sell some stuff.
  8. You had me excited for a minute so I googled it. Auburn, CA. not Auburn, IN.
  9. T-birds have a serious problem of rust out underneath the body and chassis, especially around the body mount areas. The way that car has been sitting on the ground with plant growth through it, you can bet the body has rusted off the frame and the frame is worthless too. It doesn't have the look of a burnt car to me. Tire not melted and missing bumper & continental kit. Looks to me as if it was stripped for painting and then left outside. Do you have missing parts? I would like to see the brush removed and better pictures of the front, engine bay & interior just for curiosity. It is possible that an Ebay or BAT type auction might bring more money but I don't think enough money to make it worth the hassle. Take the $1000 as is where is.
  10. Gasoline is susceptible to static charge. and as a result, if the static charge builds high enough, it may cause the usual static spark when it discharges. The static can charge up from the filling process or containers sliding around on trunk lining/carpet or plastic pick up bed liners. It doesn't matter if the container is "approved" plastic or metal cans. You should ALWAYS: - use approved containers, mostly for the proper venting. - fill container on ground/concrete outside of vehicle, never on car flooring material or pickup bed liner. - the pump nozzle is grounded to ground off static charge, insert nozzle inside container and always hold the nozzle against filler neck, even with plastic container. - tie the cans in place so they don't slide around on flooring materials or truck bed to prevent static build up.
  11. I happen to have 2 of those old analog keyboards configured as word processors if anyone wants one.
  12. All three are 41's based on the GM B body the blue one is chevy but I think the green one is Pontiac with the fender strips. Maybe?
  13. Whoa. Hold on to your panties. I must not have been clear. I was NOT referring to the meters themselves but the plan to install smart meter systems so the utility could ration electric to prevent blackouts. CA still has blackouts and brown outs. Just my observation. 5G has not been implemented yet. 4G implementation was completed in the US about the end of 2019. COVID would be more associated with the timing of 4G. Why ??? Do you know something ????
  14. A true "Smart Meter" includes a smart panel as well. Because all of the high energy appliances: heater, AC, hot water, and other 220 appliances like stove, dryer and your EV charger are all on dedicated circuits, your utility can remotely interrogate these devices individually. They can turn them off or throttle thermostats in order to prevent blackouts when generation is limited, if the wind stops blowing or sun goes down. CA has been operating with smart meter systems for several years. Not working well for them. As smart metering will become standardized around the country and one way to force owners of older homes to install SM's is require them to upgrade the home to code and add things SM's & GFI's when you pull a permit to add a 220 circuit to your garage. That can turn a $500 job into $5,000 real quick.
  15. Ohio already charges a surcharge to register electrics. Ohio charges $100 additional per year for a pure hybrid and anything that plugs into the wall pays $200. Thats just to replace Ohio's gas tax of $.385 per gal. Its been in effect here for at least 3 years. An ICE car that gets 25 MPG can drive almost 13,000 miles per year before it pays $200 Ohio gas tax. At 30 MPG it equals over 16,000 miles.
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