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  1. Difference I have seen between Olds and early Chev 4 engines is single exhaust port in the centre of the Chev head, but 3 ports in the Olds head. I suspect that the Olds would have a better arrangement to remove excess exhaust heat from the low compression ratio engine. Bob Schuhkraft showed me remnant of original plaited felt wicks that were intended to gather oil splash within the crankcase ( of his 1912 Chev 4), and assure some lubrication for the crankshaft main bearings. ( The alternative oiling was by "Faith and Hope", which was what T Ford and many others relied on.
  2. There were disc brakes on drive shaft of some of the big wartime trucks. there is a 16inch diameter by 13/16th inch radially ventilated disc brake behind the joey box on a sad Federal 6 by 6 wrecker truck, which I gave to a man 15 years ago. ( but it is still here). I also once found a few new brake discs, which by the labelling were intended for Ford or other make Jeeps, which I never had anything to do with mechanically. Probably the earliest disc brakes 000000were on Dr. Frederick Lanchester's first horizontal 2 cylinder cars. you can research these and many other treasures of early aut
  3. Remote control of the T from the seat of the moldboard plough looks to be an innovative entry for the Darwin Awards.
  4. Someone in New Zealand related to Len Southward may be able to tell you what they were like to drive. He had a beautiful low mileage original car in his collection which I saw when I was on a work trip when I was with CSIRO Division of Animal Physiology. I met him when he was here for the 1970 Sydney to Melbourne International Rally. He was a really nice fellow, and was an extraordinary engineer. He was very useful and beneficial to our hobby , because his manufacturing specialty was making tubing for all purposes. Of course that would include extruding and flaring the ends of very thin-w
  5. Best source for a mass of details of practically any obscure early American automobile is probably the January (Show) addition Of MoToR for the year. Copies of these would be hopefully conserved and in some way accessible in such as Detroit Public Library Automotive collection, Smithsonian, AACA and HCCA and you name it. The only one I have is for January 1921, and it is in very fragile state; so I handle it as little as possible. It was given to me , together wit some quantity of similar age motoring material, by the man who sold me the Roamer Duesenberg in the early 1960s. Please try
  6. One important advantage which nobody seems to have noticed is the good-looking front brakes. In 1980 when I visited Morris and Libby Burrows and accompanied them by invitation for the Glidden, he indicated that he would have liked to sell me his 1916 Locomobile on 120 mm Rudge Whitworth wire wheels. As far as I could tell it was a low mileages original open car that did not need restoring; and I suspect he may have had another, dismantled mostly in the basement. I had no idea how I could have arranged shipping To Australia. The vertically displayed L-head Mercer crankshaft at the to
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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