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  1. David, Your go cart is mighty cool as well...do you still have it?
    T-Head, I think you and your dad did a great job on the one you two made.

    And I wonder....who is looking for their missing steering wheel??? :D

    Steve and Susan......Thanks for the kind words about my go cart. Unfortunately it went to greener pastures when my parents had to move 25 years ago. I look at a picture of it daily as it is at the very top of my toolbox here in the shop and have great memories of it.

    I updated the post on the little peoples cars here on The Old Motor and included a photo of the Reo, hopefully one of our readers will know more??

  2. How cool! Why aren't the boys smiling! I would be grinning from ear to ear if I had that machine! Oh, if I had to wear a dress I would be frowning too!

    David, I don't want to hijack your thread but I cannot find any info on this REO go kart I own...it looks too perfect not to be a "factory" model but no one seems to have any history. The back portion is a REO lawnmower part.

    Hopefully someone has info on both!

    Steve, What a nice piece, do you think it is manufactured or homemade?

    I will post yours on The Old Motor tomorrow, do you know any details about where it came from?

    It looks a thousand times nicer than the one below I built below with may dads help in 1962.

    Full details of this concoction I call the U.S. Plywood special and its construction are also on The Old Motor today


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    We are trying to find out the maker of the child's speedster seen in this photo, and check out the two little boys wearing dresses (common at the time). There are more details along with three enlargements you can study at The Old Motor

    In the post we are also announcing an upcoming fund raiser for the Mc Pherson College Restortion Program to help them purchase a piece of equiptment that we hope you can help us with soon.

  4. Few people have the chance to view the inside/underside of a T-head Mercer, and it would be nice to have such a line-boring machine which is good to set up and will do a quality job quickly. You may think I am a mechanical pedant, but the combination of this sort of boring machine and crankcase is in contempt of the golden rule. The cylinder block or blocks should always be bolted to the crankcase is if for service. Aluminium crankcases in particular are quite plastic, and if there is distortion when the bearings are align-bored, then assembled they will be out of alighnment. If out of line by more than the thickness than the oil film, the crankshaft will bend as it revolves, and it may eventually break. I had the engine of my 1918 Mercer rebuilt in the early 1970's, and unbeknown to me, this was done. It took about 3000 miles to break the crankshaft. That is why I always do my own work. The old hand operated unit I have is not quick to set up or use, but it is reliable. I avoid doing this sort of work for other people.

    Ivan, yes engines are quite flexible and what you are seeing done here is the preliminary line-boring to fit new insert bearings. After the new bearings are babbitted and installed they are again line-bored with the cylinder blocks attached and if not we use torque plates that we have made up.

    We also always check the flatness of the top of the crankcase and the bottom of the cylinder blocks and correct if necessary. We have found this to be much more of a problem causing strain and warpage of crankcases. We check and eliminate thais as it can cause cracked crankcases and cylinder blocks down the road.

    We have tested alignment after we are done boring with this machine and have found it to be accurate to within .0003 (3 ten thousandths) over four feet.

    Yes the older hand operated machines do work OK and we do have two them, but in day to day use, we find this Tobin Arp machine to hold better alignment and it is much more accurate and rigid.

    What brand of align boring machine to you have Ivan? Do you do your own babbitting? How are your projects progressing in New Zealand?

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    We are posting this to help educate the old car public about machine work on their engines.

    We are not looking for or taking in any work but have decided to share how it is done in case

    you run into needing to have to do something similar on your own car.

    In our machine shop at The Old Motor our main work is rebuilding early vintage sports and

    racing engines. We are doing a special set of posts on rebuilding a massive 784 cubic inch

    1910 Thomas-Flyer engine and how we machine new insert bearings. We will also be covering

    babbitting, align boring and connecting rod boring.

    Above is a Mercer Raceabout crankcase being align bored in preparation for new insert beaings.

    The photo below shows a new insert bearing shell being machined from bronze stock. It is one of

    10 photos in a post that we have up now showing how it is done at theoldmotor.com


  6. ****UPDATE****We have gotten many GREAT captions already out of 147 already that We just had to share a few with you.

    From Gary: I said plaster of Paris not plastered in Paris.

    From Autobodied: "I need to find a new career, this driving instructor thing just isn't cutting it."

    From Verbal Kint: Darn it Earl, you made me drop my beer.

    From Millers Garage: I forget, is it arm straight, or arm up for a right turn signal?

    From mrconcdid: Do you think your health insurance will fix my car?

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    The photo above is what we have selected for this weeks photo without a caption contest. As in the past, send in a comment with your caption and we will post what we think are the best captions next Friday.

    Last weeks photo is shown just below, followed by what we picked as the best captions in the past week out of 112 entries. Thanks to all who sent in their captions. The winners are listed below.


    Skeezixx: I dunno Rodney, the guy just said for us to take this thing around the driving range and it’ll pick up all the loose golf balls, he didn’t tell me what happens next.

    Probe Sport: Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need no roads.

    Garage Dog: Take us to your leader.

    Model A Mac: For the love of god Bill…Put your GOOGLES down, you look like a dork!

    Deto: We’re getting almost 2 horsepower per cylinder and that is with the mild tune.

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    All of you folks here on the AACA Forum like photos without captions and we have started a photo without a caption contest a few weeks ago and I thought you might enjoy ours.

    Above is this weeks photo that is up on theoldmotor.com , You can either leave your caption here or with us and over the next week we will go over them all and announce what we think are the best captions.

    Good luck to the crew on the launch of the new website.

  9. Thanks to 1937hd45 letting for letting me know that this photo was up on here.

    We were never able to ID this car....I just looked at several photos in our archives of Knox engines and they have both the intake and exhaust manifolds on this side of the car and the pushrods are on the drivers side.

    It would be interesting if someone figures this one out.

  10. T-Head,how to do to search for a specific car make or year,it`s hard to went thru all 4000.

    Leif in Sweden.

    Leif, there are two search boxes on our site, one just under the Facebook ad in the right column and another under the Categories index just below it.

    Type in what you are looking for with " " marks on each side and if it is on the site it should come up.


  11. We have have not had any more luck with finding any more information about this car. We have connections with license plate collectors and historians that have helped us ID cars in the past. We have tried to get the registration info on this car as that may have helped.

    The records exist, but just as I was told before trying, they are not accessible so that avenue will not work.

  12. The car does have chain boxes at the back of the splash aprons, clearly visible in the photo with the people in the front seat.

    Chain boxes usually have a large door for access to work on the chain or to change sprockets. The unknown car has bulges like what would appear over a brake cross shaft or the front of a spring or both. Unfortunately the photo is not clear enough to see these in good detail. If this car was chain drive, to change a front sprocket which would most likely be bigger than the bulge you would have to possibly remove the bulge and the splash apron and possibly the fender. The rear fender, these bulges, the splash apron and the running board all look like factory products so we don't they would not have done this on a chain drive car because of service requirements.

    Compare the front frame horns of the 90 h.p. Mercedes (first two photos) with the unknown, they are of a totally different shape. The radiator is also different and Mercedes radiator cores (photo four) have a clear pattern of squares which are not seen on this car.

    As I mentioned earlier we think it maybe a six cylinder (based on the length of the hood) shaft-drive car. You can also read the comments at The Old Motor.

    The hubs and caps on this car are also different and have twice the number of bolts as either the Mercedes or the Benz

    The fifth photo shows a Benz front end and you can see the radiators are clearly different and the vee is not as deep, even allowing for the angle that the photo is taken from.

    The fifth photo clearly shows the front frame horns and layout of the rivets on another Benz and the hubs which can be seen are also clearly different.

    The last photo shows a Benz racer with a flat radiator and you can see the frame horns have a much sharper curve and are lighter in section

    The closest car with the same chassis details to matching the unknown so far, has been a 1912 and newer Fiat six, but we have not been able to find a clear photo of the side of a front frame horn to determine the rivet placing and also the shape.








  13. This car does not appear to be either a Mercedes or a Benz. If you really study all of the clues of the chassis of the unknown (really the only clues) they are not the same.The front frame horns are shaped differently also.

    This car does not have chain boxes at the back of the splash aprons so it probably is not chain-drive.

    Mercedes did make a shaft drive also but it's details do not match either.

    I think it a shaft-drive six-cylinder.

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    We also have this slightly later McDonald's photo from Dearborn Heights, Mich. taken in 1965. If you go to theoldmotor.com you can see enlargement of the photo and a Goggle street view of were it used to be. There is also an interesting comment by a reader that managed a Sonoco station nearby and sold gas to the drivers from Ford High Performance Division, just down the street where they built the 427 Ford Thunderbolts.

  15. I believe it is a 1910-13 High quality chassis with with possibly a custom body. At the very least the radiator and hood are custom because they do not look like anything that was produced.

    The key to ID this I think is the chassis, wheels and the splash aprons with the covers at the back for the front of the spring. I spent quite a bit of time looking at photos of large period cars but have not hit on the right one yet.

    Barry if you would like to, send me the photos @ The Old Motor and we can run them on there also.

  16. I have used Blackstone Labs for 4 or 5 years. I get my diesel truck done every other oil change and the wife's gas car every year to 18 months. They give a very detailed report on what they find and explain it. They also compare it to other similar engines if they have enough data to use. I highly recommend it to find out what is going on inside the engine. Costs around $25, they will send you the kits for free.

    I also use Blackstone for cars that I maintain for clients and highly recommend them.

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    Dave Mellor sent me a message that he reposted some of our information on The Old Motor about our quest here on the AACA Forum. We are trying to help Paul Russell and Company find a 1928 New York Salon program and a photo of this exqusite car they are restoring. For more info see are post on theoldmotor.com

    Photos of the car can be seen below.

    Top Photo courtesy of Owls Head Transportion Museum.

    Bottom photo by Bill Leith courtesy of Sandy Leith.



  18. Dave, I heard that Tracy's photos were posted over here and first off for thanks for sharing our posts here on the AACA forum.

    Just to set the record straight, this photo shown here is of Tracy in a very early Panhard et Levasseur. The photo of Tracy is on the motorcycle is the one that we would like to ID. Anyone is welcome to follow this link and see all of the photos on The Old Motor.... Joe Tracy and Friends 1900-1903



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