T-Head

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  1. We at The Old Motor have been telling you about our first charitible fund raiser. Well it is now open and we are helping the Larz Anderson Auto Museum get this incredible 1907 Fiat to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance later this summer. The fund is to help them pay for the new tires this car needs and it will help them immensely, as they will be able to benefit from the world-wide exposure the car will get at the concours . Like many museums, they rely on donations from the public to carry out their mission. We hope this will be only the first round of fund raising to help form a preservation fund that can be used to take care of the needs of our core “Larz Anderson Collection” of rare and early vehicles. These masterpieces were first shared with the public when the Anderson’s opened their carriage house to tours of its “ancient vehicles” in 1927. We at The Old Motor are helping them and you can read the story about the Fiat here along with links to many photos of this incredible car.
  2. Dan Strohl from Hemmings Daily, found an interesting John Vachon photo that Shorpy posted this week of a migrant fruit worker’s car, taken in July 1940.
  3. We really don't know much about this one and hope that you might know the details of Olympic Gas. Let us know if you do. Looks like they sold as much oil as gas.....
  4. This photo shows the postwar make-over version of a station in Oklahoma City from the Donald Ellis collection, looking like a ginger bread house covered with tile. Check out the two glass towers for advertising and merchandise.
  5. Women attendants help pump gas at the Airport gas station in Los Angeles during 1947.
  6. A press photo is showing an attendant checking the gas level during a gas station strike at a station on Greenfield St., in Detroit. Photo dated as Apr 30,1952.
  7. This photo was taken in 1956 and the station supposedly still exits in Boise Idaho. You can see a larger photo with our old gas station photos on page 14
  8. The new tires arrived late last week for the 1907 Fiat and we were able to get two of them on the car over the weekend. We will post an update soon. The Larz Anderson Museum needs donations to help pay for the cost of the tires and now has their easy and secure credit card payment system set up to make it easy to help out. Please remember that every gift counts no matter how small! You can also mail a check to the museum at the address below if that is more convenient for you. In you correspondence just state that it is for the 1907 FIAT Pebble Beach Campaign Larz Anderson Auto Museum FIAT Pebble Beach Campaign 15 Newton St Brookline, MA 02445 Phone: (617) 522-6547 Fax: (617) 524-0170 Thanks to you in advance for helping them. David Greenlees
  9. Photo above of the Frank Lloyd Wright station above from minnesota.publicradio.org Below are two very interesting professional videos all about it.
  10. One of our favorite gas station photos, a Socony gas station in Geneva, New York, 1928. If you enjoy gas station photos there are 100's of great gas station photos on The Old Motor.
  11. West....Do you have any photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright station? I thought the same thing, who would by gas from Ed Cheatham??
  12. We have this photo of the most unsual filling station we have ever seen up today. Stop by The Old Motor where we have four enlargements and full details about the company. If you can fill in any details please let us know.
  13. Thanks so much for your interest in this incredibly rare car and the Larz Anderson Museums efforts to get it to Pebble Beach. It is one of only 116 that were built between the years of 1907-1908. It is a very large car that is on a 139" w.b. with double-chain drive and features a 674 c.i. six cylinder engine that can be seen below. It has spent its whole life in at the Larz Anderson carriage house and now is its chance after 105 years to spend a day in the sun and help the future efforts of the Larz Anderson. The full details on their efforts and many more photos of the car can be seen on The Old Motor.
  14. All of the tires and tubes on the car are very old and badly age cracked. We have taken two of them off of the rims so far and it is a good thing we did as they have big chunks of rust inside along with the broken off pieces of a wire brush bristles. The very real concern is flat tires or a blow out in the transporter on trip out and back which is 7000 miles round trip. If a tire or tires goes flat in transport the tie-down straps will loosen up and the car will rock back and forth was possible resulting damage to it and other cars. It is the only one of its kind, unrestored and quite special which is the reason for the effort. The photo below shows some of what was inside of one tire with a quarter added for size reference. Someone well meaning, 50-60 years ago used a wire brush to try to remove the rust from the inside of the rims but it ended up getting inside the tires when the bristles broke off.
  15. Here are a few photos of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum 1907 Fiat that is headed to Pebble Beach for the Concours d'Elegance. The Museum is a non-profit and we are helping them prepare this incredible car for the trip. The car needs new tires before it goes and our readers have generously pitched in for the cost of one tire and The Old Motor has bought one. The Museum needs donations to help with the cost of the other three tires. You can read the earlier post here on the forum, and stop by The Old Motor were you can learn all the details about how you can help, and see many more photos of the car. You can also visit The Larz Anderson Auto Museum here. Please help them if you can, as the exposure they will receive will help them with further fund raising. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to "America’s oldest car collection." For over 75 years the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the old car community through a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and lectures. Today the Museum's primary goal is its continued support of the old car community through educational outreach and the preservation of our permanent collection of early automobiles. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum hopes to serve as a resource for your automotive and cultural interests.
  16. An early Duesenberg racing car we take care of has the same bracket, I will look at it in the near future and see if there is a brand name stamped in it.
  17. Congratulations and thanks for sending the postcard. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person.
  18. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been preserving the Roderic Blood Packard Factory photo collection for decades. They decided to share it with everyone last fall and we have been posting the photos which start in 1899 on The Old Motor for all to enjoy. We have hundreds of rare and interesting Packard photos online now and have covered the years 1899-1913 so far. Join in as we cover all Packards manufactured up though the mid 1930s. Enjoy the photos and if you can join in on the upcoming fund raiser we will be helping them with.
  19. You two are getting close and thanks for watching. It is taking the Museum longer than expected to get their online payment system hooked up. As soon as they do we will will let all of you know what it is and I will post some great photos. In the meantime check out the original Packard factory photos from the Rod Blood Collection they have that we have posted for them. You can see a sample just below.
  20. Roger, Good point, and I also did not realize that the photos I posted before were not showing. I have but them back up along with a couple more here. The photos are just some teaser photos I took yesterday to stir up a little interest for them. As soon as the museum is ready I will do another post here with many photos of the whole car to kick off the fund raiser. In the meantime we have much more info about it at The Old Motor. The car is here in our shop as we do volunteer work to help the museum with the cars. As soon as the museum gets their payment system set up with a better system than they have now they will be able to accept your contributions for the tires. Sorry for the confusion In the meantime you can check out the museums very informative website and learn more about them. We have a post up today on The Old Motor that shows the opening of the museum in 1949.
  21. The Larz Anderson Automobile Museum needs our readers, friends and car clubs help very soon. One of the crown jewels from the Larz Anderson Collection has been invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this upcoming, August 19. There they will be sharing the car with the world of car collectors and the exposure they derive from it will help this very worthy and deserving museum immensely. The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a 501©3 nonprofit educational and cultural institution dedicated to the preservation of the varied collections including the world renowned Anderson Car Collection and to further educate the public on the automobile and its impact upon society through changing exhibits. The Museum relies on the help and donations of people of like all of us to continue on with their mission. The transportation costs to the Concours and back for the car has all ready been taken care of. The car needs a new set of tires and tubes to safely make the 7000 mile transporter trip out and back without risking damage, as some of them are 75 years old or more. Follow this link to The Old Motor where you can see more photos and learn all about the Museum and the upcoming fund raiser.
  22. The photo above showing the cement used to plug oil holes drying is one of many in a detailed post all about how we pour babbitt. You can all learn all about how it is done in a post with multiple photos at The Old Motor. Below is a photo of melting out the old babbitt, the bottom photo shows heating up an insert before pouring.
  23. Seldenguy thanks for the help, we recieved other replies that all point to Rochester, here is one from Dick Stearns: I can’t help with the little car, but Judge’s Ford was an old line Ford dealer on Lake Ave., just a couple of blocks from the Kodak State St. offices, in Rochester. They lasted into the 1980′s as I recall. I have seen Model T fords with their trade mark slogan “good morning Judge” cast into the retainer nut on the steering wheel. I think this photo was taken on Main St. just west ot the Genesee river. That looks like the old Security Trust bank building, now long gone, replaced by the Riverside Convention Center.
  24. We found this neat photo which came out of an old photo album from the Rochester, NY. area. The plates on both cars are 1934. Help us ID the Childs Miller Car.
  25. Part II of how you can machine your own insert bearings is up on theoldmotor.com In this post you can read all about and see how the bearing is now cut in half on a vertical milling machine. In our next installment we will prepare the insert for babbitting.