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Ivan Saxton

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 Studl
  8. 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.
  9. 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 gullie
  10. There are at least two different sizes, used by Marmon as well as Auburn in the late 20s.
  11. 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
  12. 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 amphib
  13. 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 an
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