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  1. This show is only a few miles from where I live. Here’s a 1959 Cadillac that was there. I should have also taken photographs of the one that is there every year that is painted in pink.
  2. Definition of awhile, I think I sold it in slightly under 90 days. Parked in front of my house, I didn’t mind it. The neighbors seemed to like it. 90 days can seem like an eternity with the wife complaining and her mindset that the neighbors didn’t want to look at it either! Yes, the new engine block installed to replace the one that was cracked. The new block was a freebie, so I only had the materials needed in addition to the new block as the labor was a club project. I donated the cracked block to the club to be turned into a cutaway. I learned a lot from this! First, there are many great examples out there in the Model A world that don’t cost a fortune, so the local car for sale at $8250 might not seem like a bargain. And, like with anything, going topless is generally more desirable, LOL! Save a bit more and get that phaeton or roadster, and don’t jump at the first affordable Model A you see. I feel fortunate to have gotten out of it what I paid for, less the $50 monthly storage fee and minor repair costs.
  3. But, I think my original question was where does one obtain a boatload of duplicate parts for obscure models? A gentleman in Nebraska may have the right points and condenser. If I get around to this soon, I might order this from him, but I would still like to have a spare of everything mechanical except for the engine block. I even have a spare engine block, but it’s for a 1915 Maxwell.
  4. Okay let me get back to you after a few preliminary things are done. I may need to backtrack as I can’t recall where we left off other than it ran 2 years ago and we couldn’t get it running last summer although I had little time to try to do so other than we know it wasn’t the usual easy culprits. Yes, it’s the 1917 Maxwell. I lost my barn space and had to sell the 1930 Ford. The plan was to eventually buy a farm with outbuildings/garages for vehicle storage but the real estate market isn’t exactly cooperating. If I didn’t have to work such long hours on site, I could get more stuff done at home. Isn’t that what telecommuting is for, LOL?
  5. Obviously, the best way to get a car running, especially since one such as this one ran until parked in the garage one year, and then it didn’t. The obvious culprits are not it—there is gas, and it’s fresh, it is unlikely to be the points or condenser, it isn’t a dead battery… The obvious thing to do is to have a spare of every conceivable part and swap each out until it does run, except I have very few spares of anything. So, I think my question is how do those of you with very early and obscure antique automobiles source obscure parts and have them on hand? Parts, or lack thereof, are the underlying problem here.
  6. I sold a Fordor two years ago, solid car, needed some body work, but not much, and it took awhile to sell it for $8250.
  7. mrcvs

    Maxwell rotor

    Old buicks 2, I haven't forgotten about you. I do need a condenser and points for my Maxwell. Getting the specifics as to what I need, not so easy. I'm rarely at home due to a ridiculous work schedule, but hang in there and I'll get back to you in a few weeks or months.
  8. I've always felt like Eisenhower was fleeced when it came to interstate highway development and the national interest and military. Reality is, if speed was necessary, the military would use air travel before highways. But surely the Teamsters Union was for it. Let's have tax dollars pay for trucking interests. Living not far from I 78 there are so many trucks clogging the highways I'm surprised there isn't a substantial toll on truck transportation. There should be!
  9. I'm surprised it ended that early as well. I really never gave it any thought until now. Hence, this thread. Just assumed with many cars available in the 1920's it made sense for it to end then, especially if travel was local, but then you have folks such as U S Senators who have to service their constituency as well as travel to DC, so travel has to be more than just local. Not much in the way of industry there. Most there have money they earned elsewhere or inherited. I had neither and so I left. Canaan, about 10 miles away, Is more industrial. Tracks are still there, and freight trains too. Trains allow for segregation. Senator Walcott could have travelled in the first class car. Were such distinctions allowed when travelling by bus? My third grade teacher who had been there forever said the tracks were torn up for the WWII steel drive. Most of the railroad bed is still there. Some has been built on. A real shame. I might go back there if I didn't have to drive for a visit.
  10. And, what vehicle would an individual such as this, Skull & Bones, Yale, 1891, have driven, I would guess something like a Packard. Would he have driven it himself, or a chauffeur? Any attempt to drive all the way to DC from Norfolk? I actually am not interested in this exact individual, per se, but more in the automotive history of the times and means of travel of individuals of that sort. My family heritage is such that I do not come from such a glorified background, and I do not know if my ancestors of modest means would have even owned cars prior to WWII?
  11. Nothing really to brag about, but I was raised in Connecticut, Norfolk to be precise. (I have not lived there for nearly 3 decades now. Connecticut is a land where you have tremendous opportunity to be overtaxed and, in addition to this, in my case, at least, a tremendous opportunity to be underemployed as well.) I believe that passenger traffic ended there about 1927 or 1928, and freight traffic in 1938. The rails were pulled up in WWII as part of the steel drive. How this topic originated--I was researching this individual: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederic_C._Walcott So, here he is, residing in Norfolk, he just got elected to the Senate in 1928, passenger rail service to Norfolk ended about that time, and he needed to get to Washington, DC on a regular basis for the next 6 years. How would he have done it? I'm guessing he might have taken a private car to somewhere like Hartford, 30 miles away, and taken the train from there to NYC and then to DC??? Canaan, a town about 8 or 10 miles away still has rails. Perhaps passenger traffic traveled through that town much later than the late '20's?
  12. If it wasn't until the 1970's until speed and interstate highway travel was realistically possible, why didn't passenger rail service last in most parts of the country until then? It seems like it should have...
  13. How did one travel and make decent time after the demise of most passenger railroads and before the advent of interstates in the 1950's? What I mean is I'm really surprised that passenger railroad travel dropped off before the advent of interstate highways. Before then, travel would have been at best 2 lane roads. In my hometown railroad service started in 1871. Not long after, advertisements featured the ability to travel to NYC and tend to business and be home for dinner. Passenger rail service ended in 1927 or 1928. Not to say you couldn't drive to NYC and perform business transactions in the 30's and 40's and be home for dinner but I would think the railroad would be swifter and more relaxing.
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