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Ben Popadak

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  1. If the photo above is of an original Brush Liberty step plate then you should not need to cast up the step part at least. I've been looking for that style of step plate off and on for some time now. The step plate with a 5" diameter pad is used on the 1902 Rambler and one step plate on an original frame I have is rotted off at the step. I bought one similar off ebay years ago only to find out it was 4 1/4" diameter if I remember right. Too small for my needs but I finally got a 5" one a month ago. Keep looking on ebay for the 4 1/4" step. Be patient and use buggy step or carriage step to
  2. I was quite surprised to see your lamp as it looks like it is now self generating, but I agree with Sagefinds, I'm pretty sure the light was originally an oil lamp. All the parts of the main lamp are typical of an oil lamp. The lamp appears to be in excellent condition all around EXCEPT the large round copper disk in the middle of the lamp. That is very dinged up and doesn't match the rest of the lamp. I believe it was added much later. Also a self generating lamp has an upper container for water (the copper disk area) and the bottom tank would hold calcium carbide. Combine the two and i
  3. In the last 10 years there have been two Brush websites that tried to do some of what you hope to do. Neither is active that I know of and I saw one of them a year ago and was surprised that it was still there when I found it. Some years back the gentleman who was pushing the Brush newsletter passed away and no one seemed to want to take it over til the guys from Australia did. They are trying to make a go of a small brand of automobile and I commend them for it. They seem to have tried to support and promote those who want to get parts reproduced including major engine castings. The
  4. Hello Joel, Plugged in Maytag into my old computer email and I have the name of the guy who bought Laverne's stuff. I bought a spring off the guy and inquired about the axles in the photo he sent me evidently on the spring. That was back in 2011. So drop me a line in the private messages. A gentleman with the same name was still listed in a couple year old HCCA roster and he was out of California. Worth a try if he's not the guy you got your stuff from.
  5. Laverne Burt of Gorham Maine has been gone for probably 15 years now. He had at one time 1 1/2 Mason chassis and I'm presuming that you have his projects. He had a replacement 2 cylinder and a line on a transmission, I presume that too might have been a replacement. When the projects sold I was quite surprised to see the new owners advertise and sell the engine. Laverne looked long and hard for a Mason engine and never found one. I hope that minimum you find a great replacement engine and continue with the project. With an original automobile, you have more opportunity for duplicating a
  6. Wow! Those two big cars are beasts! The automobile is probably as tall as most of those people in the photos. That poor little engine must be giving all it can with six passengers and the car being oversized. They don't have any features that would tell me they are Locomobiles. Those two big cars are certainly from the same family. Maybe one is a rebuild of the other but that would involve so much work I don't believe it would have been justified. I say "two" big cars as the picture on the bottom shows control knobs underneath the front seat, the body is made for passengers i
  7. I haven't been out for a walk for quite a while but when the weather is better and there is no Covid, I often walk by this place during lunch. No Locomobiles displayed any more, too bad. Maybe I'll inquire at the parts department and see if they have any NOS Locomobile steam parts.
  8. Hello from Maine. Car is a 1904 Rambler and the elaborate rear fenders tell me it is a 2 cylinder. A very nice car indeed. Most of them now a days have the surrey top, which while the same car, was their top of the line. Many a fine old car became a tractor up our way so if you have the car, even with a Model TT truck rear axle, I'll come and pick it up off you for free any wheres in the state. Ben Popadak Bowdoin, Maine
  9. The 1903 Cleveland engine casting is extremely close to that of many other circa 1903 one cylinder automobile engines. From across a room you would have a hard time telling an Oldsmobile casting, from a Rambler casting, from a Northern casting. In the Curved Dash Oldsmobile club there has been new main engine castings offered for sale. I was wondering just how close the Cleveland is to the CDO. Also maybe a raw/unmachined, CDO engine casting would be "close enough" and allow you some luxuries of small changes that more closely matched the Cleveland engine.
  10. Thank you Casper, I live and learn. Awesome photo though. One horseless carriage is find. A large collection of them is unheard of. A lot of history in that old photo.
  11. Curved dash Olds, curved dash Olds, 1902 Rambler, radiator appears to include so I would say 1903 Cadillac 1903 Cadillac or Ford, I can't tell as I can't really see if the radiator angles back or not, another 1902 Rambler curved dash Olds, Franklin and another curved dash Olds and an "I don't know"
  12. Very nice work. I've been enjoying your posts. The West System is some nasty stuff. What do you use for a respirator or for ventilation? Ben
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