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JV Puleo

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  1. It's actually a long time favorite of mine, to the extent of finding the period articles about it in Motor and Horseless Age. I even entertained the fantasy of replicating the 4-cylinder engine and spent some time trying to think of a way to make the copper water jackets. I like the design of the engine and the use of separate water jackets brings it just into the realm of possibility. But, I won't live long enough to do all the things I've thought of.
  2. Sims couplings are sold by The Complete Automobilist. I think the magneto timing device sold by Restoration Supply is too modern, especially for this car. I went with this design illustrated in Heldt's 1912 engine design text. It wasn't a simple thing to make but I think I could do one for the white if you thought it was worthwhile...just not until I've finished some other things. I did have a special tapered end mill ground to replicate the Bosch taper - which is not one you'll ever find a stock reamer for. Somewhere, in my Mitchell thread, I've shown how
  3. I don't know that this will be of any help...probably not but it never hurts to have more information. I'm sure I have two of these little booklets but I'll be damned if I can find the extra one. I know it will show up sooner or later...nevertheless, here is the section on timing.
  4. This is just a guess on my part but I suspect Ed means it's together and ready to be tested on the road...of course, there are always going to be further refinements — that goes (or should go) without saying.
  5. You ain't kiddin'...I have to use my Optivisor to read the mics now. Oddly enough, I was always near sighted. Until recently, I had to wear glasses to drive. Now I cant read the mics but I passed the eye test the last two times I renewed my licenses without the glasses. j
  6. Ed...I have a Mitchell not a Maxwell, But, it's a medium quality brass car so I'd be glad to help if I can.
  7. Bailing wire is hard to come by these days. Just last week I rescued a roll of it from my cousin's fallen in barn where I found the motorcycles (that's really true!). It seemed "too good to throw away." But, I do think the modern old car mechanics rely on Duct Tape and JB Weld. That said, I've actually found a worthwhile use for the JB Weld steel putty...it's just the right consistency for making fillets in aluminum patterns. (Having said that, I've started using wax fillets which are even better.) j
  8. I found an exploded view of the Cadillac water pump in the 1917 edition of Heldt. It looks as if I can fit a modern thermostat inside in place of the original one...which may still work but at 100 years old I wouldn't count on it.
  9. I like the idea of aiming high...if you don't, you'll never get there. I think your White is bringing me luck. Part way into this job I realized that I need a gear driven dividing head to cut the teeth. I've been looking for one for a long time and almost pulled the trigger on one of the clones...(If I couldn't find one I'd have one of my machinist friends do that). But, I'd really prefer an original B&S tool. In any case, there was one on ebay in Connecticut (they are very heavy so shipping is a problem)...with what I thought was an exorbitant asking price since it was missing the gear tr
  10. I don't use the word "perfect" very often, especially where my own work is concerned, but these came out with all the critical measurements dead on. There are still a few more things to be done before the teeth can be cut but so far this job is coming out really good...if the rest of the operations go as it has so far I'll be quite proud of the result.
  11. I need to get more done on the White before I look at these. I suspect it's just what you say, bushings, shaft and packing. I have a lifetime supply of string packing so unless it's easy to do I'm just going to leave them as is regarding that. I suspect they have bronze impellers but if they are aluminum and eaten away I'll make some... jp
  12. The thought just occurred to me that I may be able to put a modern thermostat inside the old housings...that might be an even more elegant way to go about it.
  13. Wonder of wonders, I got a whole day in the shop with only minimal interruptions. I turned the other gear blank to the OD of the gear... and then went on to turning down the end. It goes from 2.8715 to 1.375 and has to end on a perfectly flat surface. Also, the finish is very important. The original was ground but I don't have a cylindrical grinder. I don't know why White did that, it isn't necessary if the finish of the turned part is smooth enough. I suspect that the material the gear was made from was not conducive to getting a smooth turned surface...or they harden
  14. I'm back in the shop this week. I did a major clean up for the insurance inspection and the inspector never bothered to look in the shop - which is fine with me. The fact is, that as little as I like cleaning the place, I very much like working in a reasonably neat environment and I know I do better work when the place looks more professional. I finished the counter bore and projection on the 2nd gear blank...You'll notice I put red Dychem on one of them. This is because the projections will not interchange perfectly for the purpose of turning them so if I have to take them out at
  15. I might be inclined to think it's insane...but every time I've had to work on them it was either because I'd broken down somewhere or I had to get to work in he next few hours. On my first "mechanic" job I worked with a gentleman named Don Dugal... the best mechanic I've ever worked with. We had a really knotty electrical problem with some new Volvos (this would have been in the early 70s) so Don got the wiring diagram, which looked to me like a mass of colored spaghetti. He just looked it over for a few minutes and went directly to the problem and fixed it. "How did you do that" I asked incr
  16. There is quite a lot to be said for going about this work calmly. I'm often a nervous wreck (though I do my best to never let it show) but for some reason I've found this job relaxing. I suspect a big part of that is that Ed has made it clear he'd rather have it right than have it fast. It's also reassuring that we're making the whole part and not modifying an original and unreplaceable original part. I have the same feeling about my own work but it's astounding how many people think they can have it both ways...unless the job is so "cookie-cutter" that it requires no thought whatsoever, you c
  17. For the rusty threaded holes...I've used bronze gun cleaning brushes with a little WD-40 or lark oil on them with an electric drill... The DU-4... I have two copies of the ICS magneto manual which certainly covers the DU4 and I think were printed for the Army...I'll have to look but you are welcome to one of them. jp
  18. After just about a week of pressing distractions I finally got back to the shop today. First up, I counterbored the gear blank for the White water pump. I took it out to slightly under 1-1/2" then used this counterbore to give it a perfectly flat bottom. I'm making this hole a little smaller than it is on the original part, partly because the old part has a tapered bore and also because I actually have the tool for this. The only important measurement is that the hole be large enough to accept a deep socket to screw in the projection. Then the
  19. I don't think my interests have ever changed. In a nutshell, 1897–1930. I don't come from a background where anyone was interested in cars. Only one of my grandparents (all of whom were born in the 19th century) even drove and that wasn't until the early 30s. My early interest was driven by books and I've always been attracted to the very early cars, what the British call "Veterans" - the brass cars and the big classics up to about 1930. Virtually nothing past that date would cause me to cross the road, including the muscle cars that date from my HS years. This is why I do not endorse the idea
  20. I made a nut just like the White's for the Mitchell manifold and use a PI spanner...When I put it together I'll put some Never-Seeze on the threads.
  21. I've been in a perpetual state of distraction for the past few days but this afternoon I did get back to the lathe to make a little progress on the gear for the White water pump. Drilled to 47/64 Then reamed to 7.495 - .0005 under 3/4" Then set up for the counterbore. I'm off tomorrow, going to look at a car with a friend but I'm hoping to be back to this on Wednesday.
  22. Slide rules were much in evidence when I was in High School and I remember buying a fairly good one (I've always preferred good tools). I never mastered it and today I don't even know what happened to it though I probably still have it somewhere. The fact is, there are some of us for whom solving mathematical problems just isn't intuitive. They have always been a chore but at least I was fairly good with geometry which, in machine work, has proven to be very useful. I'd love to be able to do the type of calculations Gary describes but at this point I may be too old and not have the time to lea
  23. After years of doing this sort of thing the only persistent nagging worry I have is that it is always something I haven't thought of or prepared for that goes wrong...but there really are no mechanical problems that can't be solved. You've done a great job Ed and, better still, you have documented and demonstrated the proper way to go about bringing back a long unused machine. It will be interesting to observe how this car behaves in use once all the individual components have been addressed, largely because it is so untouched. I wholeheartedly agree with the observation that 99% of the people
  24. Excellent! My late father was the first viola of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra...I grew up with Beethoven and Mozart. But, I'd have chosen Handel's Hallelujah Chorus or maybe the climax of the 1812 Overture.
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