Ivan Saxton

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  1. The signage might be plausible, maybe if it had been a 1914 show. Jack Nelson had a 1914 sleeve valve Mercedes knight touring for years, and I remember seeing it on the occasion of a Victorian Veteran Car Club Annual November Rally in Melbourne, on one occasion during the 1960s. It was a well conserved original car. Mostly jack would use a similar size poppet valve Mercedes of about the same size and age. Both had similar V-front radiators. Another VCCA member, Mackenzie Luckie, bought the sleeve-valve car from Jack, and also used it for car events. Mac is long gone; and I understand his nephews have his cars and interests. Jack obviously had a camera with very fine optics. A few years ago he loaned me a few interesting photos of about 2-3 inch dimensions. My youngest son Stirling scanned and digitized these; and I returned the originals to Jack with prints about 10 inch size. Jack had become fairly elderly, and he enjoyed being able to see the fine detail of his own photos from the 1940s. One is of the Semmering Mercedes at Rob Roy Hill Climb with normal road registration.
  2. Tipo 8A or later variant, post-1924. The radiator badge shape is rectangular, whereas the Tipo 8 has a circular badge with a brass pressing wreath surrounding it. The top of the Tipo 8 radiator is curved. Most likely wheel size is Rudge Whitworth 72mm maximum bearing OD, which is probably minimal. Most comprehensive listing used to be in Angelo Tito Anselmi's book on Isotta Fraschini. You always find errors. Text says that the first 20 cars were never sold; but car number 4 was recovered from near the Yarra River in Melbourne years after it ran off the road beside the bridge at Studley Park. I have photo of that car coincidentally taken by Jack Nelson only a couple of days before that happened. I copied the firewall as best I could to make wooden patterns for casting one in a number of sections, which are in a jig I fabricated so I can TIG weld it all back into a firewall for my Tipo 8 project. It is fascinating to compare the 1922 A model Duesenberg with the Tipo 8 Isotta Fraschini of the same age.
  3. Jim Everett restore a Little around 1970, and later sold it to his employer, ( who had a business which supplied equipment to butchers shops, and whose name temporarily escapes me). That Little was virtually a clone of the Hupp 20. Bob S. who I mentioned above has the essentials of several other early Chevs; and he showed me how the first originals were actually a very well made, high quality car, but there was inferior detail in certain later models. Bob drives his car to events.
  4. A friend who lives about 10 miles from here at Childers, Bob Schuhkraft, has personally restored one of these from very sad basics. If you send me a private message I can help you to communicate to get photos. I used to help him with machine jobs before he bought his own lathe. A feature of the oiling system of these engines which I have never known elsewhere is the supply to the crankshaft main bearings by plaited wicks of felt strips. Bob had enough remnants to make new ones as original. One of his brothers, John, made scores of nest boxes and mounted them on trees in the steep gullies on the property. He would take visitors to one tree where you could climb a small step ladder, and see a family of little faces of Sugar Gliders. These are tiny marsupial gliding possums who feed on nocturnal insects. You had a close view of nature without causing any distress.
  5. There are at least two different sizes, used by Marmon as well as Auburn in the late 20s.
  6. The best penetrant /lubricant is ATF with a small addition of Acetone. The secret is acetone has a hydrophobic end which links to ATF, and a hydrophilic end which seeks the metal. Just simple basic principles. Early diecast high zinc material causes trouble wherever you find it. Expansion with ageing will cause negative clearance. If you bore the piston so you thin it down, you can carefully heat it enough to be plastic it expands and in reality shrinks. When it cools it should come out easily. The new piston should slide freely in the bore, which may mean diametral clearance of perhaps three thou.
  7. To overcome rainwater lubrication of your band brakes, you cut a series of grooves cut across the lining on about45 o4 60 degree angle, so that water and debris were expelled to under the car so wheels did not get dirty. I have worn original cast iron brake shoes with similar angled grooving. These ran in steel drums of a 4 cylinder Napier that I have. Some of the big multi-axle heavy haulage military trucks of the early 1940s, maybe Diamond-T, Mack, Federal, had heavy duty disc brakes on the back of the transmission. I recollect seeing similar on something much smaller, like an amphibious Jeep.
  8. I recollect that Steve sent a goodwill message to the Veteran Car Club of Australia for the 1970 FIVA International Rally from Sydney to Melbourne in April 1970. I think it was reported that he had cars in the category of big Stearns and Simplex. I know his hot mustangs would have done half an hour in 20 minutes; but photos of his great early big Antiques might have been essential interest to many of us. His lever action Winchester impressed me. My father had a 32/40, that he used for deer shooting before military 3006 Garrand s were available. Someone broke into the locked storage and stole the 32/40, but I still have the ammo. It would have been good to control foxes here. I would like to see photos of Steve's big early cars if anyone knows .
  9. Best entry level to understand the remarkable Dr Lanchester, his cars, and other aspects of his life's work is 'Automobile Design: Great Designers and Their Work' . (editors Barker and Harding) . Each chapter was contributed by someone with specialized knowledge and interest. If you cannot find what you want at a good price on the internet, send me a PM, and I will guide you. For goodness sake, read the whole book and treasure it. Otherwise you will not know about the Bollees of Le Mans, or Hans Ledwinka.
  10. My initial post on this was that it may have been a Morgan derivative. Internet of Lomax name gives the initiation as a kit car from 1982. The three wheel layout is very like the typical Morgan. One of my friends here who was much more conversant with those, and had been terrified by one, told me that if the single rear wheel goes flat, the car becomes like a centipede with the scrub itch. One of Mike's friends fastidiously restored a genuine 3 wheel Morgan, but would not drive it. No matter what power unit was used, be it 2CV, 2cyl fwd Subaru Sherpa, or a cross engine like a Lancia Beta, any modern special with that single rear wheel should properly be known as a "Darwin", in reference to the possibility of removing someone from the population gene pool.
  11. The nature of the front axle beam may be definitive. If they had been thoughtful enough to open the hood before the photo it may have been more helpful. The relative scale of car and people might indicate that a smaller Buick is more likely.
  12. There used to be a 1929 P-A sedan in North Island of NZ that had the conventional headlamps in the mid1960s, and the owner was desperate to alter them to standard. The very derelict car I bought for 20 pounds was one of the handful of 1929 7 passenger sedans which City Motor Services in Melbourne used with scores of model 80s and maybe a dozen model 81s as prestige hire cars. They also imported a batch of low mileage Rolls Royce Phantom 1 cars from India, These had beautiful elegant English Touring bodies. There were two problems with these. They only ran formal sedans; and the import tax on bodies was extrortionate, so the bodies were removed and tipped over the edge of the wharf. Jim McLeod, whose uncle was one of the owners of City Motor Services, worked there in his youth, and my understanding is from his personal knowledge. There was a plate glass wall between the garage and the office, and when the RRs were parked against the glass wall , which apparently seemed to amplify the sounds of the engines cooling down, to the distraction and distress of the office staff. So they parked the Rolls Royces away from the office, and the Pierce Arrows did not annoy the office staff.. Now the 1929 8 cylinder cars were used to transport the federal parliamentarians back and forth between Melbourne and the national capital Canberra. The man I bought mine from told me that the log when he received it from CMS showed it had travelled 400,000miles. He used it for an other 136,000 miles, often towing a trailer with his trotting horses, even interstate. A second fuel tank was inelegantly enclosed by an extension to the back of the body, and the fenders were extensively altered and skirted. I had a full set of original fenders from one of the other cars. When a New Zealander visited, we cut the traditional headlamp sections from the worthless altered fenders, and he took those in his luggage to deliver to the man who desperately wanted them. There was no money involved, only supposedly goodwill. There was no acknowledgement either, which was rather graceless. The owner's address was a hotel; so I supposed he was a drunk's labourer. I hope that Pierce has fender headlights as that fellow so desired.
  13. Maybe we need to give him credit for inventing/manufacturing something with more useful. "Reeves drive " is associated with a variable speed V belt pulley drive with variable ratio. One pulley was either positively set, or spring loaded axially, so the V belt ,which may have been fairly wide, ran closer to the axis or periphery as required, to alter the ratio. I remember buying TWO different examples for curiosity at machinery auction in North Melbourne in the 1970s. They may still be in the shed somewhere, but I never found use for either. I was the only bidder at the auction, so everyone else there saw no usefulness for them.