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  1. This shot was taken from an old glass negative and was posted on the "I'm from Kingston, NY" page on Facebook. The Stuyvesant Garage was at 223 Clinton Avenue in Kingston NY. No one knows for sure when the photo was taken. Can anyone ID the cars?



  2. So, are any of these DuVall heads still in existance? I would love to see a real one someday.

    George was a very busy man. I remember him also showing me pics of a child-sized motorized Porsche 356 Speedster (or cabriolet) that he built. I believe it was more than just a go-kart with a Porsche body shell on it. His son was the child in the pic. That son would be about 60 years old today. Somewhere I still have his business card.

    Thanx for all your input.

  3. The steamer I have seen in pics - maybe a mid-to-late 1800's Amadee-Boulee (or something like that). Behind the chariot, is that a Bentley Speed Six? Definately a 1933 Pierce Silver Arrow. In front of the Pierce is a circa 1910 limousine, make unknown. In front of that a late 1920's Hanomag?, pre-1954 VW, late 1950's-early 1960's Vespa. In front of them '03 Cadillac?, 1880's Studebaker Conestoga, 1940's Jaguar or other Brit car? In front of that is maybe an early 1950's Maserati and in front of that is a late 1930's T77 Tatra. Just inside the garage is the maybe the Fisher Body coach and yes, that's an Aerocar over them all.

  4. Two door hardtop makes it an Eagle 1952-1954 or a 1955 Bermuda. One-piece windshield eliminates 1952, one-piece back glass eliminates 1953. Headlight bezels confirm it's 1954 or 1955. Bumper guards, taillamps, parking lamp bezels, instrument panel and grille tell us it's a 1954 Eagle Deluxe. It probably had the 226 Kaiser/Continental flathead engine at one time.

  5. In the early 1980's, in Los Angeles, I worked with a talented engineer in a non-automotive business. His name was George DuVall. He retired while I still worked there. I suppose he'd probably be in his late 80's or maybe even in his 90's by now.

    In the 1940's, he designed the DuVall head to boost the compression on the Willys Go-Devil flathead 4-cylinder engine (powering the Americars and later the WWII Jeeps). He also designed a scale kids car / go-cart that was a miniature Porsche 356 Carrera convertible. He showed me many pictures of these two projects plus some other stuff I can no longer remember.

    I just recently found out that there was a George Duvall that created the vee'd and raked windshield for the Doane Spencer Hot Rod '32 Ford and many other hotrods in Southern California in the 1930's and '40's.

    Are these the same George DuVall? I can't remember George ever mentioning anything to me about the windshield, so I think there may be two George Duvalls. Can anyone shed any light on either George Duvall? Does anyone know where I can find a DuVall head for the Willys? Somewhere I have a flyer for this Duvall head.

    Thanx for your time and knowledge.

  6. Wow, Bob, that does look exactly like my paternal grampa's car, but I always thought his car was a sedan. Looking closer, I am still not sure, but I guess it could be a touring car. Thanx, Bob, for solving this mystery. Is there a way to pinpoint the exact year or am I asking too much?

  7. It's not a '24 Maxwell - the bottom of the windshield is straight across on that Maxwell, also, the moldings aren't right. I thought it might be a Studebaker, but research said no. Maybe a '27-28 Oakland? I googled a pic of 1925-27 Pierce 80 sedans and they look right, can anyone confirm?

  8. Here are two pics of my grandfather's cars. Can anyone help ID them?

    first: My mother and her father in the front seat, photo dated May 1928. The only possible clues are that Grampa had a Pierce Arrow (year unknown) at one time and he also had a 1920-22 Velie 48. I don't think this car is either but I couldn't say for sure.:

    second: My father with his father's car in the background, circa 1929:

    Any help at all will be appreciated.



  9. You have a '53 Ace, so it should have a black rubber floor mat up front and brownish "goat-hair" carpet for the rear seat. Sorry to disagree with my old friend JimKF about this.

    Your fuel pump should be a double pumper, make sure that the diaphragms are intact. Make sure the line to the wiper is new and leak free. The Trico wiper motor has a leather (I think) seal on the flapper inside that may have shrunk. Someone once told me that automatic transmission fluid will swell it up again but I never tried that.

    As far as the wiper motor just about stopping on uphills and acceleration, welcome to the wonderful world of vacuum wipers.

    Anything else give me a shout.

    Rick Kamen


  10. Does anyone have any info on a Stanwood automobile? A friend of mine told me about his father's Stanwood that he owned in the 1930's. Apparently it was built for about 2 years only during the 1920's in New Orleans. Can anyone add to that?

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