JV Puleo

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  1. I also used Jet-Hot on the manifold I made albeit in the flat black. I don't know if they do a gloss back and, of course, I haven't had a chance to get it hot yet but the finish is very good.
  2. You can get 1/2" NPT plugs with a socket - either square or hex - rather than the old-fashioned square projection. They will go in flush and you won't have to remove the studs.
  3. Thanks Gary, I've just had two extremely successful days at the British National Archives. In fact, I'm done in two days rather than the three or four I'd anticipated. This will pretty much allow me to finish the most important chapter of my book, although I still have to go to the regional US archive in Philadelphia. Oddly enough, that may be more complicated than the British archives but I'm getting close. I too am looking forward to getting back to the Mitchell project but that job is only about 8 years old. This book has been in the works for more than 30 years.
  4. Thanks very much. Oddly enough my first thought was Buick but I've no faith in my judgement here. jp
  5. A friend sent me this asking the year. I guessed 1932 but I don't have a "Kieser-like" command of the subject. I'm guessing the car might be a Cadillac but, again, that's just a guess. The picture must have been taken in Woonsocket, RI because the large house in the background now belongs to the friend who sent me the photo. From the look of it, the car is likely new. This is the area of the city where the mill owners lived so I doubt that money would have been a problem even int the Depression.
  6. Gun Metal - a very tough bronze originally used to cast guns for the Royal Navy - is easily the more expensive material. A sure sign of quality.
  7. If I were trying to solve this mystery, I'd start with the Birmingham newspapers. Arris's Birmingham Gazette had been published regularly since the 18th century and most of it is available online from the British Newspaper Archive. The Birmingham Library has it on microfilm but that is much more difficult to use as there is no way to search it. The Birmingham City Museum also has a few locally made motorcars (albeit in storage) but may be able to put you on to someone who knows local history and can point you in the right direction. Judging from it's appearance, I'd try searching from 1898 to 1903.
  8. There was an article in the HCCA Gazette some time ago (maybe 2 or 3 years?) that showed a technique for casting Locomobile hard rubber radiator caps. It was probably the most useful article I've seen there. I am guessing that you could do that here although it would be a bit of work,
  9. I would not be particularly worried. I think it is clearly better. If it is limescale, as Terry suggests, there are commercial solutions to address this. You could also use lemon juice or vinegar. This will have no effect on the cast iron so it cannot hurt anything. This is actually the problem I face with my own car as the ground water where I live is very hard and I'm worried about it eventually clogging the radiator if I'm not careful. I doubt it needs a treatment like you'd use on a locomotive boiler.
  10. I have some experience with the Wraith. It was the last pre-war small HP car, essentially the final development of the 20 HP introduced in 1921 or 22 (I forget the exact year). A real problem is that just about the only German bomb to hit the RR plant during WWII demolished the storeroom where most of the remaining spares were kept. I once made an exhaust manifold for one because the chance of getting a usable original is just about impossible. I think Ed is spot on...if it needs and interior and paint even half that price is probably beyond any reasonable expectation...EVEN if the engine is "rebuilt" and I have my reservations about that. The engine is not overly complicated like a Phantom III (V12) but any RR engine requires an attention to detail that I think is lacking in 99% of the automotive machine shops.
  11. I'm still in the UK...going to the National Archives next week.
  12. After you have done the detergent, I think I'd run a strong solution of distilled water and water soluble oil through the system, hopefully to prevent any rust being generated before you are able to fill the system. Fortunately, cast iron is naturally rust resistant...it does not rust nearly as quickly or as deeply as steel. The main reason we have these problems is that the system is wet all the time so something to inhibit rust is always a good idea.
  13. Nice job! I've always thought early Buicks were excellent cars and a consistently good buy. Like everything else, they have their quirks and problems but it is ground that has been covered many times before so, if nothing else, the information is out there.
  14. I've booked a B&B about 1 mile from the archives. I've never done that before so we'll have to see how it works. I've been to Kew quite a few times but have always driven from Cheltenham and back. On one occasion the return trip took 11 hours because I got stuck in a horrific traffic jam around Oxford. I have about 30 volumes of the Privy Council Registers to go through checking numbers on export licenses between 1792 and 1810 (it's very exciting stuff!). These volumes are the hand written minutes of the Privy Council. There is no other place to get this information as it has never been published and isn't available on line. The only way to do it is to go to Kew and look for yourself. If I get that done, I have a few volumes of Ordnance Bill Books to look at.
  15. First Class is WAY beyond my means...I'll be in Kew at the national archives for a week. After that I'm not sure what is in store. Mike...when I'm done in London I will try to make it up to Norfolk - sort of the long way home back to Cheltenham. I'll be in touch as things develop. This is my last chance to sort out details for my book so I've promised myself that I'll do that first. jp
  16. Thanks Mike...I'm in the UK now and, to some extent, recovered from the jet lag. I find it hard to sleep on airplanes so the trip, from home to here takes something more than 24 hours and I'm getting old for that sort of exertion.
  17. Here's the radiator. It looks better in these photos than it is. It was made by McCord - vertical tubes with thin brass fins. And this drawing I made in the process of figuring out how to make a core. I have photos of the Mitchell that carried the first trans-continental military dispatch which was of the same model but must have been a prototype because the trip was made in 1909 and the car wasn't offered for sale until 1910. That car had a honeycomb radiator. The radiator is about 2" thick but there is room for a core 2-1/4" or even 2-3/8" thick. Chances are, Mitchell just bought the cheapest radiator they could find. [CORRECTION] The radiator is 2-1/2 inches thick and there is room for 2-3/4".
  18. I've just a few things to tidy up before I leave. Today I made new gaskets for the inlet and output sides of the pump. These are 1/8" thick, made from a rubber material that is semi-hard. I punched the center hole and then turned the OD on the lathe using the tools I made a few days ago. I get it down to a few thousandths more than the tool and then finish it with sand paper. It's probably a bit over the top but I think messy gaskets really detract from the job. Here they are in place on the output side... And with both ends assembled. I'm not going to bother testing it again since I know it works. The only thing I'd be looking for are leaks and all of the places where it leaked have now been addressed. I also took some pictures of the radiator but I'll post those tonight with the dimensions – which are at home.
  19. Great job Ted...and really, its a gas tank...if it was perfect it probably wouldn't be authentic.
  20. It's a well known car. I was told – and cannot verify this – that RR was so horrified by it that they cancelled the warranty on the car. Photos of it have been around the RR community for years, always citing it as about the worst body ever mounted on one - although I'd be inclined to give that trophy to some of the creations for Indian rajas and native princes.
  21. I was planning on making a cartridge core. I even designed a little machine to swedge the tubes but I'm not adverse to buying one. I just won't (or more accurately can't) pay thousands for a radiator. Mitchell used a separate shell so I don't have the problem of making perfect brass tanks. Supposedly, the 1910 cars had brass shells and the 1911 cars had steel shells. I have my doubts it is that clear cut...most of the restorations have brass shells but that could easily be the usual business of getting as much brass on the car as the owner can justify. I prefer the steel shell because it draws out the line of the hood a little. One of the people I've been exchanging information with has offered to make me a shell. I have a radiator, albeit in very sad condition...too far gone to be used but good for dimensions. If I can I'll take a picture tomorrow and post the dimensions. Thanks,' jp
  22. Thanks Ed. I am certain it is much better for you suggestions.
  23. This is the front plate with the grease fitting fitted. I them milled a notch in the split bushing. It's 9/16" rather than 1/2" to give it a little clearance. Next I turned a notch in the bushing and drilled 4 holes at 90-degrees so the grease can reach the shaft. Then removed the extra 1/4". And pressed all the bushings in. So here it is assembled... And, in going through my stuff I found this neat little syringe that I will make into a "water pump only" grease gun for the special threaded fitting.
  24. Oh, I sleep, but I don't have a TV and I haven't many friends in the area. I don't have a wife or children either so I've very few distractions. I do machine work during the day and writing/editorial work at night. When not doing either I read. I find the British National Archives quite easy to work with...it's a new facility (or at least in the last 15 years). The catalog is not difficult to use and if you have a problem so far I've found the staff very helpful. If you have a lot to do (as I do this time) you can request more the material in advance and they will have it ready when you arrive. Oddly enough, I've never been to the US Archives in Washington but I've been to Kew many times.