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  1. I know that many of you here enjoy early cars and thought you might enjoy viewing this video. It is the first in a series of videos of what we like to call "Vintage Supercars." 

    The next two videos in the future will cover a 1915 Duesenberg racing car and 1914 Mercer Raceabout. 

     

    Learn more about the engine rebuild and other work performed in a ten-part series on this Simplex that features a 589 c.i. T-head four-cylinder with a 5 3/8" x 6 1/2" bore and stroke by following the link seen at the end of the video.

     

     

     

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  2. 1906 Cadillac Double Tulip touring car:  This 109-year old car is easy to start and is a very enjoyable vehicle to drive. It was given an early partial restoration (paint) and retains its original wooden body, upholstery, top and Cadillac script front floor mat.

     

    This Cadillac will be a wonderful car for the collector that appreciates and values originality, correctness and patina. It is quite rare to be able to obtain a high quality 1oo-plus-year-old single-cylinder car in this condition today that retains its original wooden body and trim. It has received an AACA HPOF plaque that attests to its condition.

     

    1930 Lincoln Sport Phaeton: The rare barn find offered here is a car from a family that has summered here in Vermont for over 80 years. This unrestored Lincoln with aluminum sport phaeton coachwork featuring dual windshields was purchased in New York City in 1938 by John B. Butler Jr. from James Gregory's Used Car Exchange on Broadway in New York City.

     

    The second and third generation continued to use it until the grandfather died in the early 1970s. It was last registered in 1971 and then put away in storage in 1972. At that time the engine was oiled, the car was carefully covered and stored up on jack stands.

     

    Both of these vehicles have been sold.

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  3. Al, Many piston makers can make pistons in the bore size you require. The problem you are likely to run into is none of the ones that machine forged aluminium blanks (all of the racing outfits) will have any that are long enough to make your pistons the correct length. 

     

    All modern pistons are quite short and machining them from longer blanks would add quite a bit of time to the process, plus bigger blanks would cost them more, hence the short blanks.

     

    I have rebuilt a number of Wisconsin's and they are well built engines. 

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    The rare opportunity offered here is a car from a family that has summered here in Vermont for over 80 years. This unrestored Lincoln with aluminum sport phaeton coachwork featuring dual windshields was purchased in New York City in 1938 by John B. Butler Jr. from James Gregory's Used Car Exchange on Broadway in New York City. The original bill of sale has survived.

     

    Soon afterward the Lincoln made a family trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and return in the pre-World War II days. It was brought up to Vermont from New York City post-war and left on the family farm for use during the season and stored during the winter.

     

    The second and third generation continued to use it until the grandfather died in the early 1970s. It was last registered in 1971 and then put away in storage in 1972. At that time the engine was oiled, the car was carefully covered and stored up on jack stands.

     

    Opportunity knocks and this a rare opportunity for someone to acquire a reasonably priced full classic car that can be recommissioned and left largely as is, in its last used state. The only change needed would be a set of canvas seat covers.

     

    Vintage cars in a unrestored condition have always been widely admired and are highly sought after today and more popular that fully restored cars. A carefully stabilized and conserved car in this condition will be with be a major attraction at both concours and tours for the lucky new owner.

     

    This desirable and attractive Lincoln Sport Phaeton is reasonably priced at $48,500 and you can learn more about it and see many photos at The Old Motor.com

     

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  5. This patent drawing in NOT the one you are looking for, but if you follow the link (below) and once there, click on the purple "Pines Winterfront Company" link (as you see in the second photo below) it will take you to all of the Company's patents and perhaps you can find what you need there.

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  6. It can be done successfully. The Crane-Simplex seen below used to be owned by a several of clients of mine, I know its complete history and it was given a metallic burgundy and red paint job either prewar or in the mid-1940s.

    It is now a part of the Rich Collection in PA and Steve Moskowitz or Mark Lizewskie the Director of the AACA Museum can find out how it was done.

    Even though the original paint is likely to have sanding scratches in it, most of then can many times be wet sanded out with extra fine grit

    sandpaper and polished out. View the lower photos of it afterwards to see the results. I was able to see it at Pebble Beach and it was very presentable for an unrestored car. You could also clearcoat the results with either a gloss or semi-gloss or flat finish which would keep bare metal from rusting

    If you are a perfectionist it might not suit your needs, but what do you have to lose? You can always repaint it later.

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    Wilber D'Arlene finished 2nd, at the 1916 Indy 500 with the car, which at the time was one of the Duesenberg 300 c.i. 16-Valve Walking-Beam Team Cars. Lou Hoyt the third owner is seen above in the car in the late-teens. It survived in this condition and was discovered by the late Duesenberg historian Fred Roe and Charlie Fisher in 1941 and Charlie had it back on the track in 1946.

    It is one of only a few pre-WWII racing cars to have survived in its original state. It is part of Joseph Freeman's racing car collection and he has entered it in many vintage racing events both here in the US and the UK.

    It is presently on exhibit at the Owls Head Museum of Transportion racing vehicle exhibit Faster: The Quest For Speed and you and see it there with many others.

    West Peterson did an excellent article on it in Cars and Parts back around 2002.

    We have been taking care of this car for the past 20-years and look for a special feature about it later in the year on The Old Motor when it comes back to the shop.

    Photos can be seen below of its unique 16-valve engine.

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    Thanks go out to Wayne Shelton for mentioning this MONSTER. Watch and hear the 28-litre (1729 c.i.) S76 Fiat run up the hill at Goodwood in a test-run with Duncan Pittaway behind the wheel and Lord March along for the ride in a brand new video at The Old Motor.

    You can also link to all of the many posts and photos covering this project over the last four years that we have been following the story.

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  9. The mystery has been solved, to help out the photo was run on The Old Motor this morning and reader Ariejan Bos has identified it as a 1912 or 1913 Briggs-Detroiter.

    His research turned up the fact that not all of the cars had the lights on the front face of the cowl. We found the photo of a touring car below in the March 1912 Auto Topics Magazine.

    The Advertisement is from the July 1912 Auto Topics Magazine.

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    GREAT VINTAGE Street Scene Film Footage Found – Newark, New Jersey 1928: It is not very often that new and fresh period prewar street scene film footage is found today. Check out this entertaining short film showing cars, trucks, buses and streetcars at Broad and Market Streets in Newark, New Jersey shot during 1928 at The Old Motor.


  11. The old car world has lost a GREAT man, I always enjoyed talking with him and just exchanged emails with him on Friday, hard to believe he's gone. My condolences to Lil, Corky and his family.

    Visitation will be at Chattanooga Funeral Home East, 404 S. Moore Road, on Tuesday from 3-7:30 p.m. The family will have a private graveside service.

    The public is invited to a Celebration of Life service on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Woodland Park Baptist Church, 7501 Standifer Gap Road.

    More info here: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/11/16/288659/Business-Political-Leader-Harold-Coker.aspx


  12. I have collected a smallish amount of technical and historical info regarding the 1922-1923 Detroit Air-Cooled car (also known as D.A.C) It's a rather interesting and unusual car.

    It certainly is interesting, it has 115" w.b. and a 32 h.p. V-6 engine that weighs 192 pounds. Do you have any more photos?

    A number of magazine articles on it are on Google Book.


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    Sad to learn about Dave's death as he was a great guy and a very talented restorer. I used to always look forward to spending time with him at many of the vintage oval racing events that we both have attended while helping clients with their cars and at Hershey. The best time we had together was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England were he was taking care of the yellow front-drive Miller he restored for the late Chuck Davis. Dave can be seen above running it up the hill at Goodwood. The grey #27 V-16 Miller was another of the many cars he also restored for Chuck Davis.

    R.I.P. Dave.

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  14. Best fix is to add heat either to the incoming air with a hot air stove on the exhaust manifold or to the carburetor/ intake manifold if either have a jacket for water heating. The other benefit beyond no longer dripping will be the engine will run better.

    Layden, That used to work real well, but since ethanol has been added to our gas I have have nothing but problems with the carb heat causing vapor lock and even fuel boiling in the float bowl after shut-down in the warm summer months. Have you found a way around it? I have tried adding kerosene to the gas to lower the boiling point on several vehicles but it did not end the problem.

    As soon as I removed the carb heat, the problem has always gone away.


  15. Thomas, After 50 years of working on early cars with updrafts I have found that many of them do this. Unless the needle and seat is leaking, what is happening is unused fuel in the intake manifold and the throat of the carb leaks out as it has no were else to go but to drain downward. If as you mention "I get a small pool under the car and then it usually stops." this is normal but is should be a small spot maybe only 2-3" in diameter.

    It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of also shutting the gas off anytime the car is not being used, even for a short time, as if the needle and seat start to leak for any reason and the car is unattended it can continue until the gas tank is empty on any gravity feed system.


  16. I am reviewing the Register of Antique Automobiles Joint Listing AACA - VMCCA - HCCA, compiled and published by the AACA in 1957 as I research the provenance of some of our cars.

    In addition to the names of the pioneer collectors back then, several museums are listed. All the museums are familiar to me, save one... I keep finding a reference to the "T.P. Museum" ... Does any one know what museum this was?

    Appreciate any leads...

    Roberto at the Seal Cove Auto Museum

    Roberto,

    It may be referring to the Thompson Products Museum that eventually turned into the Crawford Museum.

    More info here: http://www.wrhs.org/Properties/Thompson_Products_Auto_Album_


  17. I have been stopped for the same reason a number of times including twice in the same day once in Massachusetts. The Truck is an F-350 pulling a 22-foot x 7.5-foot tall enclosed trailer. I will not haul a car long distance anymore w/out proof of ownership because, if they choose to, they can make you park the whole rig on the spot until the matter is straightened out to their satisfaction.