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  1. Yes, it is strange that so few Locomobiles survive. Pierce Arrows always seem to be turning up in France. The R type was designated as being able to carry five tons (but was used as a three tonner) while the X Type was a two tonner. I understand that both were built as civilian trucks and taken on by the military without change. Same as the Locomobile.
  2. Pierce Arrow? British WD 1,705 All R Type US army R Type 1,970 of which 1,365 arrived in France by the end of the war US Army X Type 2,423 of which 534 arrived in France by the end of the war French army. I dont have the figures but probably a couple of thousand of each The French were the biggest user of the Pierce Arrow I am sure. There are several survivors over there.
  3. OK. In November 1916 the name of the truck was changed from Locomobile to Riker. Apart from the electrical system there was not much of a change in the vehicle but the badges changed and the name on the radiator and the seat box were obvious ones. That first photo (in private ownership post war in France) has a Locomobile badge and what appears to be a Riker radiator - although for a very short period the name Locomobile name did appear on the finned radiator (although photos of these are very rare). US Army went to war on April 6th 1917 although 67 Locomobiles were used by the US Army on the
  4. I hadnt thought of that Al. I had to go and check. Shift lever on the outside, the hand brake on the inside. They seem to be perfectly in line with each other as you cant see the handbrake. Good idea, but not what i was looking at. The clue is that it is in France.
  5. Sorry. I dont know whereabouts on Long Island it was.
  6. Hi Ed It has been purchased. The chassis is in two pieces but the drive train can be moved to another chassis. They seem to turn up. I do find it strange that at the closing down auction that no one would have thought it worth saving, A different age i suppose.
  7. After it left the Long Island museum it ended up here (also Long Island). what a shame.
  8. What do you make of this one? Photographed in France post WW1. Something unusual about it. A prize to the first person who spots it.
  9. He had a Tanker truck on a WW1 Liberty B chassis. Do you know what the story was behind that? It recently turned up in a scrap yard in very bad condition with a broken chassis but has now been saved - probably for parts as the chassis do turn up but the drive train does not. I am surprised that it did not sell into preservation but i guess people were not interested in military trucks then.
  10. Thanks chaps. I see that you are in Fredericksburg Frank. I was there a couple of years ago. What a lovely town it is. I ate in the Bavarian chef. Small world. Tim
  11. Thanks Ed. We thought that we had every thread covered and are now on the search for UNS taps and dies. We will see what we can find. Cheers
  12. Working on our Peerless truck rebuild we find that the threads seem to be UNS. Was this a common thread size in 1918? We thought that UNC would be more likely? Thanks Tim
  13. To some extent. We can tell that one was registered in London in 1913. Not all the records are complete or are accurate.
  14. Thanks. That was quick. Cheers.Tim
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