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  1. To answer my original question should someone in the future wish to know, the attached photo shows the type of wiper arm that fits the American Bosch electric wiper motor. A splined hole in the arm pivot that matches the spline on the motor shaft, and a nut to hold the two together. In overall design and appearance, probably a decade too new for the car it's currently fitted to. This particular arm is made to fit a WWII era Dodge Power Wagon, which used the same basic motor. But it will be functional until a correct Stromberg Model C comes along.
  2. Another somewhat unusual feature are the red (port) and green (starboard) jewels in the sides of the otherwise standard Haverhill R-R cowl lamps. Perhaps Mr. Bemb intended to take the car for a spin on Lake St. Clair?
  3. Not to bore you with undesired detail, but you did ask: S129RP delivered new to Bemb-Robinson dealership in Detroit, 1928. Primarily a Hudson-Essex dealer, but also authorized to sell R-R. An open Murphy body perhaps an odd choice for the Detroit market in 1928, but Walter Bemb and Walter Murphy were contemporaries from Detroit, and a number of custom Hudsons done by Murphy may be the connection. Whether for personal use or a demonstrator is not known. Next owner, Joseph Diens, a used car dealer in Cincinnati, 1932. Just imagine the depreciation in those four years! D
  4. Ed, you're pretty good to discern a Murphy windshield from all the more than was shown in the photo. 1928 Springfield Phantom I, S129RP, Murphy Allweather. Correct motor is likely the Stromberg Model C, photo attached. Most since disintegrated due to lousy white metal housings, the survivors finding their way to Model J Duesenbergs, which used far more Murphy bodies than ever fitted to R-R. So, until a Stromberg Model C comes along, would like to fit an era-appropriate wiper arm and blade to the Bosch. I just don't know what that arm looks like - not the hook and saddle common to the era (a
  5. 1. Can anyone tell me over what span of years (or decades) the American Bosch (Springfield, Mass) wiper motor was in use in production vehicles? This particular one is model WWA6A. and 2. What type of wiper arm fits the American Bosch shaft? 1/4" diameter shaft followed by a serrated taper followed by a #10-32 thread. Currently fitted to a 1928 Springfield Rolls-Royce, although it is not the original motor for the car. Thanks.
  6. This started with an investigation into why the clutch was dragging in a 1912 Stearns-Knight. Eight disc clutch, four with facings, four without (photo 1). After disassembly, found two of the bare disks were dished, by as much as 1/8 inch (photo 2, two discs face to face). This is likely the cause of the clutch not fully disengaging. So, some questions for any of you who have experience with multi-disc clutches of this era. 1. Is there any reliable way to flatten a dished disc? Each is fairly large, at 13 3/4 OD, but thin at 0.064. Stearns identified the material only as "saw bl
  7. 2.2L Turbo, auto, dark red with matching vinyl interior, white top. Power everything, a/c. Talking dash. Just turned 90K original miles. Runs well, and ready to drive home. No rust, one repaint sometime before it came to live in our garage in 2000. Air conditioning not working, and some other little things need attention, typical for 35 year old car. All of the power windows work. Vinyl dash okay except at speaker grilles. Service manuals included. PLUS two complete parts cars. 1) matching 1985 LeBaron convertible, and 2) 1986 New Yorker sedan. All the parts you'll ever
  8. Mr. Boland: Yes, but it requires the earlier 1908/1909 Model F chassis, which has a flat frame without the "kick-up" over the rear axle. Thanks for remembering, though. Still looking.
  9. It may actually be perfect. What have you got? Thanks.
  10. Pictured are the sill plates at the rear doors. Cast brass. Now that all of the obviously not Stoddard-Dayton modifications have been removed, what's left is a brass-era limousine body with Stoddard-Dayton sill plates. While nothing is guaranteed, the logical conclusion is that the body was originally fitted to a S-D. 1912Staver, your observation as to the difficulty of reuniting the body with a S-D chassis may well be accurate. But from a historical preservation standpoint, that is at least the right place to start.
  11. Stoddard-Dayton Project Wanted. Old restoration, incomplete restoration, basket case. What do you have?
  12. Yes, the search commences. S-D made many models and wheelbases over the years, so it first has to be determined which model(s) is most likely the one originally intended for this particular body to be mounted on. The body is going to require a significant amount of wood work, but is fairly straightforward. Finding a complete chassis may be another matter. We'll see. Thanks for your encouragement.
  13. Following the observation offered by W_Higgins, exploratory work commenced by removing the skin from the right side of the driver's compartment. Sure enough, underneath was the original seat riser and seat side panel. Once that was established, everything else that was an addition was removed. The modification was done, presumably in the teens, by cutting off the body, including the sills, a few inches behind the leading edge of the seat. Then the sills were extended to make the body longer, and wider. The modified sills reached all the way to the rear fender arch to change the shape of th
  14. W_Higgins, what an excellent observation on the seat riser. Thank you. In my excitement at looking at all the trees, I missed the forest. You are absolutely correct, and exploratory work will begin tomorrow. Of course, this revelation changes the whole nature of the project. I'll post my findings. Again, thanks to everyone for participating.
  15. Not to say it ain't so, but the taxi idea is probably not the right track in this particular case. The body was found in the attic of a carriage house on a residential property which was owned by a doctor at the time. My supposition at this point is that it was a privately owned limousine. Similar vehicles could have been used as taxis at the same time, though.
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