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  1. Al, I just re read this thread and realized you have accomplished quite a bit this year. I have two questions. From your first posts it appears your flywheel is just a shell of its former self. Have you lightened it? The pressure system you have devised for the gas, is it original to your car?. If not, how was it originally?
  2. Back in that day oil pressure was not a concern. The more pressing question is whether there was oil flow. I have a 1940 Chevy truck and I used to get really distressed driving it because when I first cranked it up it, it would register 30lbs of pressure but once it warmed up, barely 5. Then an old timer told me as long as I had pressure I was fine. What you want is for oil to circulate through the system. The journals are larger, which provides for more flow, but makes it harder to increase pressure. Some of the early cars had sight gauges on the dash if there was an oil pump. As long as you could see oil running through the gauge you were fine. Oil pressure became a concern on more modern style engines that have smaller oil galleys. It takes pressure to force the oil through the smaller holes and in order to make sure everything was properly oiled, pressure was increased.
  3. Al, I believe you can get them from brassauto.com in California. They make lots of this stuff.
  4. Can you explain this statement a bit more. I have no idea what you're trying to communicate. As to my prior statements, there is no question some owners are struggling to sell their cars but it has always been so. Perhaps it is more widespread at the moment, but I think the problem is not just cars. Not much of anything seems to be selling as it has in the past. In the past with a roaring economy and low interest rate and low unemployment, you could sell anything but this generation has been through 2008 and know first hand how easy it is to be caught with possessions but no money and no way to convert possessions to money. Perhaps our society is transitioning from a consumer society to something different. I'm just waiting for the early T head cars like Locomobile to come down into my price range, then, I don't care if the value ever goes back up.
  5. You guys keep saying this but did you know a red 1914 Locomobile speedster sold for over 200K recently? Something like 230-240? Does that sound like a soft market to you? It wasn't even a a true 1914 chassis. It was something like a 1920 chassis made up into a speedster with a 1914 look and no false advertising. The guy said it was a 1920 chassis. I did notice where an earlier Locomobile was bought at auction for $130 and sold two years later for 80. That goes back a few years. The question really is whether this is a made up speedster or factory roadster. She said roadster as if it were a factory body. Either way it is an Abbott Detroit and not a cheap car. Its a shame its missing the radiator emblem. Wasn't there one for sale recently? I believe it would be worth tracking it down. Certain cars seem to be holding their value quite well while others are dropping but some cars never have been hot sellers. They have always been easy to get into and hard to get out of so how much has really changed?
  6. I believe it is time for an update to this thread. I finished up the tank repair with POR 15 products, waited a week, and filled the truck up with gas. I have had no problems since. To Red Cote's defense, I was a bit incredulous about the efficacy of their product due to it going on so thin but I got some on my shirt in the process and though it is a very thin coat, it is also extremely tough. If the Red Cote had not reacted with something in the tank, it would have provided a satisfactory sealing of the tank. The key is cleaning the tank well before you start. I think I would recommend using the POR 15 cleaner regardless of which sealer you choose.
  7. As of late I've been thinking a Locomobile registry would be nice and as I explored the idea I thought Al has already started one in these threads he has created. The only thing missing is motor numbers. Is there any chance the people who have posted pictures of their cars here would be willing to go back and add motor numbers and any history they have of their cars to the original post? If the numbers are added to the original post, it would save any confusion in the future. Of course, to do this just go back to the original post and click on Edit. Only the original poster can edit his or her posting.
  8. I thought I would post this picture of a 1914 model 48 here. You Locomobile owners will realize immediately this is not a 4 cylinder model as the model 48 is the 6 cylinder car. Once again I have hijacked Al's thread but I don't believe there is a model 48 thread. As we consider a Locomobile Registry, perhaps we should consider building on what we have started here. I have already posted two cars with motor numbers and what I have learned is Locomobile only provided motor numbers. Anybody who so desires could post a picture of their car and provide the particulars as they know them to be. This would provide the beginning of a registry and the information could be transferred to a website in the future. Of course, in the end, this is Al's thread. Personally, I love these pictures of the converted locomobiles. It illustrates how cars in general and Locomobiles specifically found other uses later in life. Here we have a car that was converted to a truck though that seat looks like the car was converted to a speedster before the truck bed was added. Is there a boat sticking out of the back of that bed? Why I do believe these guys have been fishing.
  9. AHa

    Paint Question

    The reason I ask is because I am currently trying to reassemble a 1911 Buick that has no sign of primer under the remaining paint. I was looking at the race car known as old 16 and it shows no signs of primer under the paint. I had heard that the higher end cars had multiple layers of hand rubbed finish but did they use primer or just coats of paint.
  10. AHa

    Paint Question

    Were brass era cars primed before painting from the factory?
  11. How many of the Loco Society members are still living? Did the Loco society collect serial numbers or motor numbers with their records? What kind of numbering system did Loco have if any? All the the website shows is a few car pictures with no details whatsoever. Cars change hands and are repainted, even rebodied. If a serious effort were made to document all remaining cars, some information to document the car would need to be made. In the recent past the Peter Helck collection of memorabilia has become somewhat published. It is a treasure trove of new information. It would be really great if all the remaining information could be compiled in one location for research purposes. Is it likely a team of specialist could be gathered to assist/answer questions about each segment of manufacture, doubtful, but many other lesser makes know of every car that has seen the light of day but this, perhaps the most prestigious American car company, still exist in unanimity. Something should be done.
  12. Has anybody tried to tally and document the remaining Locos. It seems there are a fair amount squirreled away in private collections that are unknown.
  13. Right. In a perfect world we all have the finances and wherewithall to do whatever it takes to keep our cars running but in this present world we do what we can. Is this car going to be driven every day to work, 60 miles round trip, or occasionally driven, in which case a scraped in bearing will suffice. $500 is a lot of money to me, and that's just the quote on main bearings. How much more are we talking before somebody can drive the car? Once he wins the lottery, the motor can be rebuilt properly. We are told the value of our cars are coming down. Can all of us afford to put money in our projects we will never see again? I think not, but we all want to enjoy our cars.