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  1. I picked up some odd jacks several years ago, sold all but two or three, but ID'd about half thru ad pix on Ebay and then Googling for the jack co info and other pictures/images of that brand jack.
  2. Bought this 34 Hastings (1934 info) flat rate book/catalog for the engine ID in the alphabetical use section, only to find it's an abbreviated copy of my 33 Perfect Circle catalog, with 1934 info added. 30 some pgs product ads---INCLUDES 3 pgs fine print tune-up specs pass cars 27-34. Balance of pages: 33-96 cost/flat rate section (cars). 97-103 auto listings, mostly mid-late 20's to 34, some earlier. 104-126 Truck & Bus, variable years. 127-130 Tractors. 131-133 Aero motors. 134-139 Marine motors, exc for small part of 139 and 140 for a few Motorcycle motors. 140-144 Stock motors (Buda,
  3. LB's post matches what's in the Std Cat; it also states Moon also built the Diana, which came with a Cont straight 8, from 1925 until 1928 when the Diana was phased out and became the Moon Aerotype 8-80, only built in 28 and 29, the end of Moon production. Interestingly, a 1930 McCord gasket catalog shows the Diana with a Cont 12Z, a straight 8 of 3x41/2, while the Moon 8-80 1928/29 shows the Cont 15S, a straight 8 of 3x43/4. Either they thought the Diana underpowered or the Moon was a heavier car. If there's no engine tag (not unusual in these cases) take off any numbers and/or /letters cast/
  4. The only two ways I can think of how this Whip stuff could affect a battery--the first, as PRS detailed--the second (as seemingly unlikely) is if it had some chemical that allowed one of its components to somehow penetrate the cell under the post AND produce some kind of damaging chemical reaction... If you can, for the sake of our peace of mind check with your battery man and find out HOW the Whipped batteries go bad---cells go dead, battery only takes partial/low charge, battery post loses conductivity, whatever.
  5. Let's get our language terms together here... (1) by "backfire", do you mean a loud sound, almost like a pistolshot, out the exhaust pipe, sounding like it comes from behind the car ?? (often blows holes in mufflers)---OR, do you mean it "coughs back" thru the carburetor (a much less pronounced sound, often making the car jerk a little)...I know this sounds odd, but spent several emails re' an FC in a Fairmont Railcar before realizing was "backfiring" thru carb (too lean) rather than back out thru exhaust (too rich, etc)... (2) "starter works but won't turn over"---I think what you're saying h
  6. Interesting bit re' the 40A/40AA, except it'd almost certainly be in a Massey-Harris (formed 1891) and not in a M-H-F (not formed until 1953), the MF name being adopted in 1958. The 40A shows as 33/8 (3.375)x4, and while I don't find such a bore/stroke in my Massey/Massey-Harris engine listings, my info is far from complete. Also interesting is that the "Hall" was the Hall of Hall-Scott. Std Cat says the L-hd 6 was designed by Hall but presumeably built by Cont, as my old parts catalogs that list it list Cont'ls for 31-32, both 33/8 6s, somtimes ID'd as 40As... THe Cont'l Ace for 33 used a 33/
  7. Std Cat shows Marion in Indianapolis 1904-1915 (later the Marion-Handley) and says, in part "A special straight 8 race car called the Comet was built in the Marion shops in 1904, and George Schebler used a Marion chassis to build a V12 roadster in 1908, but the best known sporting car from Marion was the Bobcat roadster of 1913, a rakish machine...".
  8. So, be a little devious...Seriously, a couple points: (1) On the chauffers--if they were black, many hotels etc would not allow them any accomodations on the premises, so off-site provisions would not be out of the ordinary for the time; and for some of the elite, having any employee or servant (unless a personal body servant--remember many people were travelling by train then), regardless of origin, in the same building meant the hotel was certainly not "first class". (2) Parking and repair garages with limited space used roller skate/casters type things--you jacked up the wheel, let it down
  9. Bob C: (1) Nice rundown on running title; out here (Cal/OR) the County Recorders didn't keep subdivision lot/blk ownership books. When running titles at the Courthouse everything had to be traced thru the various name indexes. Title co's, of course, made their own lot/blk/metes and bounds etc books (abstracts died here quite early, it's all Title Insurance). (2) There were two O.K. (with the periods) trucks. The first, 1913-16, was built in Detroit, Mich. The second, your O.K., 1917-29, started in Muskogee as the Oklahoma Auto Manufacturing Company, and in 1921 moved to Okay and became the Nol
  10. Oops; slipped my mind!! Can't get pix to load on message here; send email adds and will email. Bud
  11. On the off chance you haven't already thought of/done it: (1) County surveyors offices are often repositories of old maps, necessary for the assessment of county property taxes; some of the oldest included maps which had ownerships printed onto the various parcels, as mentioned. (2) Check with your local land title company/s; abstacts were made (to my limited knowledge, at least) in at least two copies: one for the property buyer and one for the Abstactor's office (usually local atty's in early days, later often succeeded by Title Co's). Copies of your property's abstract might be available, a
  12. Why: Depends. Engines can sweat internally due to temp changes, build up moisture, rust. Same with any mechanical parts enclosed (trans, diff) etc. What to do: Depends (on what is stuck and how badly). Also depends on how much damage you want to risk internally. Since 36 Chev parts no problem, it's not like you're prying on an old Weidley or Hinkley. Search some of the Ag sites like ytmag and smokstak, and you'll find dozens of cocktails to try, and dozens more opinions on how liitle or how much to pry on them. Lots of Ag eqpmt only used few times a year, lots of stuck engines. Probably ought
  13. Tsk! Tsk!!...Everyone out with too much celebrating?? Anyway: (1) join the Reo club (includes everything Reo), it'll be well worth it. (2) Post Reo questions on the Reo forum here for better exposure/replies. (3) An old parts catalog lists an FA truck 1927-29 with a 6cyl 33/16x5 motor, and an FA 29-30 with a Gold Crown 6cyl 33/8x5 motor, but parts catalogs are notoriously incomplete. All that said, if that's a heavy unit it may well have someone else's heavy duty motor in it, especially if dual ign; if no "tag" (3x5 or so metal plate attached to block) it's probably a Reo engine; the Reo peop
  14. There's a Car Nation 4cyl 18HP cyclecar (Detroit, Mich, 1912-15), listed in Std Cat Am'cn Cars, but its powerplant/s are referred to therein as air cooled. Herreshoff (1909-14) is desc therein as originally/primarily building engines for marine use, and a company slogan referred to therein implies their reputation as marine engines was already established by 1913 or so. Language therein implies the Lycoming engines came in around 1913 (perhaps when they went to a six??) but isn't specific. 1909/10 models are listed with 24 HP 4; 1911 with 24 and 30 HP 4's (which could be same engine tweaked
  15. I have a 41 McQ-N catalog, and an earlier 1936 King Prod, apparently their predecessor as they use the same catalog numbers and format; the 36 has a numerical list but the 41, unfortunately, does not. ES49: 36 King shows "Chrysler 35-36 CU,CV,C1, C2, C3, C9, C10, C11" 41 M-N shows: (under Chrysler) Airflow 35-37 CU,C1,C9, C17; Airflow Imp CV, C2, C3; Airflow Cust Imp C3, C11 (no, they don't match--parts catalogs often don't!!) ES53/54: 36 King shows: 1936 Chrysler Airstream 6 C7; Airstream 8 C8, 1936 DeSoto Airstream S1...the 41 M-N shows the same BUT NOTES ES53 is the right end and ES54 the
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