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  1. It's good to see the new limo is not taking precedence over the model L. It is genuinely exciting to see that steering column on the work bench. The quadrant itself may be relatively easy to get off its tube. I have found that steel bolts don't seize in brass fittings. I hope you have my luck. Of course, the quadrant and arms are attached to three tubes that go down through the middle of the shaft. Whatever is on the other end should be removed first and then the three tubes drawn up through the shaft. The quadrant simply unbolts with a compression fitting; the two arms look to be pinned. The lower arm may reveal its pin easily but the upper arm may be blind pinned from the bottom and it may not be possible to get the pin out. You could dip the arm in some rubber mold material to make a mold and then a wax casting to use to cast a duplicate arm. I would be hesitant to try and drive pins out. Of course, you already know this.
  2. The Amish make custom springs. Google buggymakers. There is a buggy supply house in Ohio I have used, can't remember the name.
  3. I once knew of a model T with a highly modified motor. It had an oil pump and needed an oil pump to lubricate the bearings. It had been drilled and operated under pressure. Running the car without the oil pump might burn up the bearings.
  4. Something similar actually happened to a friend's Corvette. It was at a shop and a guy shows up one day with a wrecker and says he's here to move the Corvette. The shop owner says sure and proceeds to mover some other cars around so the guy can hook the wrecker up and away it goes. When my friend stops by to check on his car, that's when he finds out he's been robbed. This actually is a true story. They never found the car or the guy who towed it off.
  5. Could anybody provide me with pictures of the two Fownes Duesenbergs. The story goes that Mr Fownes had the factory install a second speedometer in the back seat of one of the cars so he could monitor how fast my great uncle was driving. It would be interesting to see if that speedometer is still there. And thanks again Ed.
  6. Greg, I once rebuilt a motor that had set out in the weather for 40 years with the head off. There were rust pits in the cylinder walls the size of cherry pits. I had the cylinders bored and sleeved. I have a second motor which likewise set out with no head and water in the cylinders for an unknown length of time. When I got around to checking the motor out the cylinders were clean, no rust at all. The rings were stuck but it didn't take much to get them unstuck. You just never know but any motor can be rebuilt. I would pour some marvel mystery oil in the cylinders now, a HALF QUART or so per cylinder, so it can be pickling while you get ready to start whatever you do. And good luck! It looks like a neat project. Keep us posted.
  7. This either means it is running too lean or too rich and I forget which is which. The other extreme is to have it cough in the intake. Edit. I believe the backfiring is caused by the float being too high and or the mixture being too rich. I think I would take off the carb and blow it out good with carb cleaner and check the float height. It sounds like you have carb trouble. If these old cars set with todays modern fuels in them, the fuel can gum up the carb and it will not work properly.
  8. I have another myth about Duesenbergs to burst, all their histories are not known. One of my great uncles was a chauffeur for a man who had two. This man wintered in Pinehurst NC and was instrumental in the development of the golf course built there by the Tufts, but he also summered in Pennsylvania and built his own golf course and country club there. His archives are housed at the golf course in Pennsylvania and I would think they have pictures of the cars but I can't find any documentation. If his cars still exist, nobody knows anything about them. His name was Fones I believe. I would love to verify the stories told to me by my family and the stories told by the town of Pinehurst if anybody can add anything.
  9. With a Case, there is no need to dust it off or clean it up. It is the name you're buying. People will fight over the opportunity to own one and have extremely deep pockets.
  10. Terry is correct. All the early Chevies had restrictor plates in the water tubes and over time the plates rust out and the water flows through the system too freely. They will not cool as a result. If memory serves the plate should have a 3/8s hole in it. I couldn't tell you where to look but from what you describe, I can almost guaruntee that is your problem. Any round plate with a 3/8s hole drilled through the center will work. Just cut one the size of your inlet or outlet and place it up against it and put your radiator hose back on and you'll be good to go. I might suggest making it out of stainless so it won't rust out again.
  11. Greg, Again I would like to offer a word of caution. The truck is yours to do with what you want but to try to convert it into a speedster? Why not focus on getting the running gear going again first. I'd put a set of car wheels on it. I have most of a set of 26" Pearleman wheels that would convert the truck to pneumatic tires. If your hubs could be set into pneumatic tire wheels, I think you would be way ahead. And if you could find something you just had to bolt on, even better. You might check the bolt pattern. These old trucks were kept in service by using later parts. You might find some later steel wheels that will match up to your hub bolt pattern. Keep the wheel parts you have now in case someone wants to restore the truck later. You have a decent C cab. The truck is not going to go fast without some major investment so why not put the truck back together as is. I have seen way too many people start a project like this and never finish it. Take small bites. I'd start with the motor. The radiator could be repaired or a better AA radiator sourced. You have lots to do without ditching the radiator and cowl, raking the column, etc, etc. and then trying to find parts that will adapt and work. There is a reason it took a team of engineers to design and build these vehicles originally. Just my two cents.
  12. Sometimes in the past, I have tried to illustrate absurdity with absurdity but I have learned, honesty really is the best policy. When I answer an absurd to me question with an absurd answer, 9 out of 10 times the answer is received as truth and I end up having to eat my words and sometimes much more. When the guy asked, "Can I drive this every day," you should have yes, but I wouldn't want to. Or, a simple no. For those of us who have common sense, the answer is obvious and therefore the question is absurd and beyond reason, but to those who are not so gifted, the question is real. In your business, you can't afford to be flippant or just assume every one has some modicum of common sense. Try having a little more grace and mercy for those less fortunate. If the guy actually tried to drive the car everyday through the winter, he obviously was working with one brick less than a full load, which was understandably difficult for him. It sounds like he genuinely did not know better. As absurd as it may seem, there are more of them than there are of us. I hope you don't have to learn this lesson again. Sadly, it took several tries for me.
  13. Yes, it is still for sale. I sent you a private message.
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