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About rdsieber

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  1. Phil: Be patient, my speedster friend. I've only started the blog. Lots more to come - stay tuned! Thanks for your feedback, and go drive that speedster!
  2. My blog journal will focus on classic speedsters, which are often a springboard from which others have fashioned what we see (from time to time) on this forum. That being said, I will probably write an article or two on modern manufactured speedsters, as the concept continues, as well as look at modern enthusiast creations, including homebuilts. You can find my journal at https://www.classicspeedsters.com/, which has now gone live. There is a double opt-in signup if you would like to subscribe. I will probably post a new article every two weeks. Thanks for your interest, =rdsieber
  3. @Autoluke: I appreciate your query. Right now I'm focusing on defining what a speedster is and its historical arc. There are so many companies that made authentic speedsters, both in the U.S. and abroad, from 1904-on, that it will take some time just to mention all of them and tell their story. Although I will certainly write about the popularity of home-made speedsters, the Model T/Fast Ford phenomenon being one example, I think that your question about custom creations is better addressed in a forum such as this one, where multiple strings can be started by participants, each one a separate topic and potentially a car to marvel at. I'm very close to getting the speedster journal online. It will be found at https://www.classicspeedsters.com/ I wish that this forum was more active. AACA should be a gathering point for all of us who are speedster fans, no matter what company flag we fly.
  4. Ironic that this query has come up. I found myself many times doing the same search. Therefore, I have created a blog that covers the classic speedster world and am in the final stages of getting it together. It is a niche topic that needs its own site, which is one reason why I am doing it. I will post an announcement when it is ready and going up. I am shooting for Labor Day. For me, every day is Labor Day... =rds
  5. Ron: Thanks for sharing info and pics on your Kissels. It's important to keep spreading the word about these classic speedsters and keeping them alive. I recently discovered a connection between Kissels and Appersons (Kokomo, IN) via Conover Silver, the man responsible for so many innovative speedster designs in the 'teens. I hope to find out more about that connection when I go up to Kokomo in September for their centennial celebration. Several classic car clubs participating, should be a good time. BTW, I met you several years ago and enjoyed very much visiting with you and your cars. Good luck on your next restoration! All the best, =rdsieber
  6. The February 3rd edition of the Hemmings Daily blog features an article on the what is purported to be the 3rd and last known speedster prototype in the Edsel Ford - E.T. Gregorie collaboration. For those of us into speedsters, well worth a read: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2016/02/02/who-knows-what-happened-to-the-third-edsel-ford-speedster/?refer=news
  7. Steve: You are right - the article is about the 1932 example, the lesser known that does indeed look a little "tall" like a highboy. There has been almost no information available on it until its present owner researched and restored it, then put it out in the Hemmings blog. The article is an interesting read. P.S. I'm not really a FB guy. Sidebars and sliding call-outs - too distracting. There has to be a blog out there that focuses on the speedster hobby.
  8. The Hemmings daily blog of Monday, Jan 25, 2016 had a pretty comprehensive article on the 1932 Edsel Ford Speedster, the first one that Ford and E.T. Gregorie collaborated on. Well worth reading. I was just wondering if anyone else had seen it and had something to add. I was also wondering how often people read this blog. I don't see many recent posts. Just wondering...
  9. John: Will post on Ford Barn. Would also welcome anyone who might have a lead. If Tom Butterworth is on this, please contact me. I called what I believe is your number and left a message. Thx
  10. Steve: Thanks for your offer of help. Contacts and networking are what keep us all together and the AACA Forum is great. Please send the number of that fella in upstate NY to me when you have a moment. You can email me directly at rdsieber AT G mail DOT com if that is more convenient. There was a nice Merc that sold on the Leake auction last year but it was all done. I'd rather have a project ... Best, =rdsieber
  11. I forgot to add that I'm in Connecticut for the month of November and would love to look at someone's period coachbuilt speedster if there is one out there within a 75-mile radius from Hartford. I'm taking care of a sick mother so don't want to stray too far. I can be reached on my cell -text or call - 919-475-9101. =ronald sieber
  12. Thanks for the tips. I looked at the Model T Forum and noticed some cut-down speedsters for sale. Probably recent homebuilts. Also, Tom Butterworth is building what looks like recreations of the Faultless coachbuilt body. Interesting... What I'm looking for is an authentic coachbuilt body from the period, like an Ames or a Laurel or a Mercury, etc. These were cheap at the time and perhaps thousands were made and sold, but unfortunately many were scrapped in the metal drives for our world wars. I'd like to do an authentic restoration, so I'm looking for an authentic period piece. So, if there are any out there that someone knows of, please let me know. And thanks for your interest in this hobby!
  13. I've been hankering for a T Spdstr project for some time and was wondering if anyone in the group might know of one for sale? A Morton & Brett, Mercury, or some such produced body is what I am looking for, on or off a chassis. Hopefully in project form, at least complete enough to finish. Any leads would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, =rdsieber
  14. I received the book from the Roebling Museum and was pleased by its content and chronology. I am piecing together a picture from a few different sources, and this was very helpful. Thanks to Type35o for the tip. In addition, it looks like the Roebling Museum and walking tour of area homes is a great excuse for a road trip! If you folks are holding a meeting of some sort, please post a schedule and I'll try to coincide. If not, perhaps we will meet up at the annual AACA fall meet in Hershey? I plan to go this year. I'll be looking for a project, as I have finished all current ones and will have garage space again soon.