Ben Popadak

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  1. I have journeyed long and far, once again to contact the guru and to gain his knowledge. The other photo that was submitted of the 1907 that is marked on the photo as a 1907 model 24 is actually a model 25 (some of these photos from AMC are mismarked). The covers on the back of the runningboard that normally cover the end of the springs are there to cover the sprockets on the dual chain drive. The model 25 was 4-cylinder 35-40 hp and the model 24 was 4-cylinder 25-30 hp. The model 24 used a driveshaft. The other photo added is a 1908 model 31 2-cylinder model. All of the 2-cylinder models from 1907 through 1909 used this style cowl.
  2. Talked with my Rambler guru. He says that style cowl was used on the later 1907 Rambler model 24 which is a 4 cylinder automobile and the model 248. The 248 did not have louvers in the hood, so he would identify it as a model 24. He also mentions that there is only one Model 24 known to still exist.
  3. The second ring underneath the steering wheel means that it is a Rambler. Good catch keiser31.
  4. And yes I blatantly stole the picture from an ebay calendar for sale.
  5. The chain drive rear axle looks like Timken and there were several truck manufacturers who used them. I use to have a 13 Kisselkar truck and back then many of their trucks were firetrucks. Also the general shape of the radiator looks similar. I think it might be Kisselkar.
  6. Best of luck. Anybody who likes early Caddy's, rear entrance tonneaus, Brushes and old cars, can't be all bad. Looked your car over a bunch of times on line. Green with envy.
  7. Love, love, love the car. Looked at it many times on the forum. But after 9 years of it being for sale, it isn't.
  8. Not Ron but he will be around shortly, Ron can smell steam. The engine is a 1902/1903 engine built by Mason for Locomobile's competitors or could be used as a replacement engine for a Locomobile. It is not a Locomobile. Locomobile never had two pumps on the front of the engine, look for those two pump brackets. Not my words, look it up in the book Locomobile Genealogy by Don Ball available through the Stanley Museum. Mason started out building Locomobile's engines in 1899 and through about mid year 1900. Then Locomobile themselves built their own engines and they had iron lower frames. Masons have brass lower frames. With the 1902/1903 Mason engines, the frames widen out on the sides after they leave where they bolt up to the cylinder castings. A fair bit rich on the price if you ask me. Pretty does not mean rebuilt.
  9. Twenty years ago and a thousand miles away at my old house, I got told of a Cleveland chassis owned in Texas or Oklahoma by a Mr. Mays I think. He at one time had been a president of the Horseless Carriage Club. At the time I even had the shipper of the company I worked for who had arranged to bring the chassis to me on the back of a load he was bringing in. But for some reason I hesitated, my loss. It may have been that there was only one surviving complete car which would have made the restoration difficult at best. So I will cheer you on and I look forward to seeing photos of the progress you make. I do wish you well. Thank you for letting me know what became of her. I'm sure she has a great home!
  10. Hello Alan, Questions 1 - 6, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, Yes, Probably would sell it but ??. no other gas Locomobile parts as my last Locomobile sidelight I traded for some Maxwell pieces in Utah. Okay Alan, what year is the rear axle cover? I can't find any pictures on-line of the back ends of Locomobiles. Ben
  11. I'm sure it must be 1899 Locomobile as all Locomobiles are 1899.
  12. The Model C was for all practical purposes a replacement engine as new steam production had largely waned. That said then, 14" burners were a standard small burner in original old small steamers and 16" burners would be a good size step up in stream quantity.
  13. The SACA, Steam Automobile Club of America, people use to have drawings on making a Locomobile/Mobile body and some sketches on the frame. Just add a little water for steam and you are ready to go, I'm sure.
  14. The Virtual Steam Car Museum website says the Mason Model C was first advertised in October 1903. That seems about right. Most of the drawings I have are hard to read but some you can read the 1903 date. Alan, you asked about the bigger Mason engine which I believe is the one shown in my first picture. I would have to check it out again but when I got it I believed it was around a 10hp. I got that engine close to the Grout factory with some smaller Grout parts. I presumed that the engine might have been for a larger Grout as they made some with 10hp horizontally mounted engines. Yes she's a beast to move around. I believe Grout got their engine from Mason but they were also more customized for them then for other manufacturers. The small Grout engine had their name cast into the steam chest cover and also into the bronze piston rods.