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  1. If you tell me the bolt diameters and the respective pitches I will see what I can come up with. Thread angle will invariably be 60 degrees. Perversely, thread angle for Whitworth and British Standard Fine are 55 degrees. I have never had problem getting whatever taps/dies from local manufacturers. Patience & Nicholson at Castlemaine, (who also had capacity for large work for the goldmines in the region), would often make special sizes when they were needed. The most odd thread I had to cut recently was the taper thread for the water inlet from the pump into the cylinder block
  2. If you want to clean it chemically you could use a little phosphoric acid with a scotchbrite type scourer such as used in your kitchen. Otherwise it is probably self-cleaning as you drive. Any bush mechanic here, capable of divergent thinking , might chain the back of the car to a good stump and slip the clutch gently. The mist coating of rust is probably just a slightly different friction surface to the dressed face. You can sensibly do all sorts of different things for specific purposes. For instance, a friend and neighbour who was a speedway racing ace asked me to put a better surfa
  3. If it was a modern used car like a Standard Vanguard of the 40s, 50,s or 60s, you would fit the wheel so the hole lined up with one on the brake drum. Then you could turn the wheel carefully so you engage a screwdriver with the slot of one of those wretched serrated cam adjusters. The lining clearance would soon automatically loosen itself.
  4. Best coverage of this in a book of someone who needed to design for customers' fit and convenienceis Hugo Pfau in his book "The Custom Body Era". Ray Wolff recommended him to me when I met Ray and Alma here in Melbourne in 1970 when I showed him photos of a complete but derelict Stutz with an obviously custom body. A letter came from Hugo by return mail. "Yes, he recognised the car even in its deteriorated state. He said that so he should, because he had designed it. Le Baron had built 5 examples, of which three were sent to Melbourne. Barlow Motors were a very active Stutz dealer.
  5. Hol Tan were the first importers of Lancia cars to USA, And it seems that even the earliest Lancia Alpha from 1906-7 came to your north-East in small numbers. In 1980 I saw one that Alan Clendenon of Anahiem ( spelling?) had, which he said no-one was much interested in at a museum auction. He had made it more complete and original, and was in process of sale to an airline pilot. Just over a year ago Geoff Goldberg was here in Victoria for the biennial event for Lancia Cars. I had my 1911 Lancia Delta set out largely in pieces so he could see the characteristics and details. I to
  6. Rock trailer source for axles and wheels is Ford truck, probably late 1930s 3 or 4 ton size. My father and his brothers had several of those and a few similar size Chev and Maple Leaf. At the start of the war when use of petrol was forbidden they were converted to use kerosene; and later, all had diesel engines fitted of various make determined by what was available. One larger truck was known as a "Ford Thornton." This had a very wide front, and a pair of Ford V8s, mounted side by side below the cab. Those were removed and probably sold or used for replacements when petrol would again
  7. I purchased an assembly of front and rear axles with Rudge Whitworth wire wheels, still connected to the frame by the original springs of an early Model A Duesenberg. The front right corner of the chassis frame was badly damaged by collision , and I used to tell people it had been converted to a one horsepower job. Now ACD Duesenberg historian Ray Wolff had previously persuaded me to buy a 1922 Model A D, from one of his friends in Mexico City ; which had the chassis frame shortened by 3 ft for car racing. Extra parts included a late 1923 chassis frame, which had been also shortened, b
  8. For a tapered spline of this type, spray it first with ATF/ acetone mix. I mix and store it in about a one gallon empty screw-cap tin about 5-10% initially. (some acetone always evaporates, but it still works). The acetone makes a metal-wetting end for the ATF. You place one side of the splined hole of the pitman arm on your anvil or similar convenient block of steel ballast, and strike the opposite side with about a 4 pound hammer. The pitman arm has enough elasticity to loosen on its taper.
  9. RobRoy Hillclimb in outer Melbournein1957-8 by the video dates. The altered BB STutz would have belonged to one of the Sheppard brothers. (The other brother did a very good restoration of a 37.2 Hispano Suiza, which he mostly drove as a chassis until he finished restoration of the James Flood body.) There is some uncertainty of the actual ownership of the Stutz when it was associated with Bullen Brothers travelling Circus, but it was mostly driven by a clown with a substantial thirst for ethanol as a recreational pharmaceutical. The original body was severely damaged by a fire, and it was
  10. On the matter of the 4 speed gearbox with overdrive top gear, a lot of the detail in the photos I have seen yet of your gearbox is suggestive of the Brown-Lipe overdrive top gearbox often used in conjunction with Rochester Duesenberg engine in Roamer, Revere, Meteor, and similar. Changjng between 2nd and direct is tricky because of the compound movement due to the funny pattern; but changes between direct and overdrive of 1 to 1 1/4 are a delight because you just hit the clutch and push the stick in either direction without need to double de-clutch. I usually take interested guests for
  11. If it is a T-head but does not look like a T-head, it sounds like it is wearing "Mixter's Top Hat. Now you have such interest in performance and economy of big T-heads, Ed, you might be interested in the achievements of the 1907 8 litre Tipo Taunus Isotta Fraschini in the Coppa Florio. ( Similar cars were supplied to race at Savannah and elsewhere, and two of those still exist.) Minoia won the Coppa Florio at about 69mph average, using 19.8 gallons of fuel for the 302 mile race. I can give you page numbers in Angelo Tito Anselmi's book on Isotta Fraschini ,one of which shows engi
  12. A couple of items/concepts which are not mentioned above need to be mentioned. 1) Steel is not an ideal material for brake drums. Fairly early in production of the V 16 Cadillacs, the steel drum brakes were not ideally matched to the car's performance. The company invested heavily it a system for casting and machining quality cast iron drums. Braking performance improved considerably. 2) Over many years I have used Metco wire-feed metal spray to rebuild worn brake drums to original size or better . With the internal/external band type, I always tried to leave a finished drum wi
  13. You can see an array of photos of the two similar models, the 48 and 38, in Beverly Rae Kimes massively comprehensive book on Packard that was published by Automobile Quarterly in the late 1970s. I cannot recall seeing any of these at Harrah's when I went to USA in 1980. I had camera and distintive overalls, and permission to go inside the ropes, but not to touch the cars. There was so much there that I walked past cars that I would have spent hours examining it they had been here. After Auburn I went to Springfield Vermont on invitation from Morris and Libby Burrows to help Morris
  14. To my eye it is more typical in style of pre WW1, perhaps a truck. I shall have to look at photos of the FWD truck I had. That one was complete and driveable, and fairly correct except for the embellishment of a C-cab, which was probably sufficient to keep the crew dry if it was not raining. I let it go to the War Memorial Museum in Canberra. They have long owned a huge photo of such an FWD with a 5inch gun in tow behind it. When dealer/organizer of restoration work brought the exec. from the museum here, he neither introduced him nor told me he had quoted them for purchasing the tr
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