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Bud Tierney

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  1. Helfen: My apologies on the V1 and V2; not being a VW buff yours sailed right over my head. Von B just wanted to build rockets; he'd've worked for the Devil if the Devil provided funding (some think he did). Undoubtedly we stole their groundwork and experience; no program without them I feel is a stretch. Hard to tell what Goddard et al might've come up with if he'd've had the equivalent of Von B et al's funding. Our space failures weren't because we couldn't build reliably, but that we wouldn't; in our system, too many incentives to cut corners.
  2. Helfen: (Sigh)--how time flies!! Seems just the other day I was following the war in Europe and the Pacific... Ahh, yes, the V1 and V2: poor Von Braun: "He aimed for the stars, but all he managed to hit was London".
  3. Forgot to list that Std Cat shows: 1911 models A to D (models designate body styles) 4cyl 30HP; 1912 models F, G H 4cyl 40HP; 1912 models J to M 4cyl 30HP; 1913-14 model N-50 ("N" now covers four body styles) 6cyl 50HP; 1913-14 models 0-38 and P-40 "P" covers two body styles) 4cyl 40HP 1913-14 model X roadster 4cyl 44HP.
  4. American-automobile.com says 1911 had 4cyl by Northway or Rutenber, but didn't say if uncertain which or both were options. Std Cat says 1911-14; for engines just says 4s, with a Rutenber 6 available in 1913. Says Alpena Flyer name just for 1911, thereafter just Alpena. A 1917 ring catalog lists: (1) All 1909/10/11/ models, and models J, K, L of 1912 with a 4cyl 4" bore using 3 1/4" width rings...no Northway or Rutenber in that section... (2) Models F, G, H, I of 1912 with a 41/8" bore using 3 1/4" rings...there's no Northway here either, but a Rutenber "38" matches... (3) Models N, O, P, Q fo
  5. Without Googling to make sure, I believe he also designed, or was involved in the design of the original VW.
  6. If the unit isn't running try to convince her to spend enough to at least fire it up and see if it'll pull itself back and forth in the driveway... "sitting for 20 yrs", and not at least moving itself, will not bring very good offers. Also, this's not the best market to sell into; the problem being, of course, whether the market will get worse or slowly improve...
  7. Looks like there was a "line" of "U" engines: U, UA, UAU, UU and UUB are on my list, apparently all 41/4 bore, but I have no stroke length. The U and UU show in a 1917 ring catalog with a 1915 date, using a ring size and number also used by several Garford trucks; d'you have a Garford model # for the military truck or whatever was supposed to use the UU?? My catalogs are poor before 1920; eyeballing some likely ones finds no UU listing, but it's possible they didn't list military stuff, and if the UU was the military version may've not carried parts for it. The UUB does show in a couple trucks
  8. Saw one sitting in a local shop here (NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR), probably last year, and haven't been back since; was partially under tarp, as I recall, and commented on it, but don't recall if shop owner said was his or not. What could see looked nice, but didn't really pay that much attention. Pass the place all the time, could inquire if you'd like. Bud
  9. Which Wisconsin, the "Y" or the "Z"?? (Only checked a couple catalogs, they may've used more). There's a nicely illus "Wisc T-Head Restoration" thread on smokstak, but didn't check to see which Wisc...believe that party has the only Wisc water-cooled manual?? I've seen on EBay... If the "Z", check Cletrac.org; one of the early Cletracs used the Z and the ZT. If the "Y", they were in DuPont and McFarlan cars, both prestigious enough to have clubs...one catalog lists Brockway (believe there's a club) Indiana, Maccar, Oshkosh (not sure about clubs) and a few orphans... You might also try SuperJe
  10. IS: Edwin A Rutenbur, notable early engine designer/m'f'r, sold his interest in the engine co, incl the right to use the name, in 1912; perhaps quality suffered when the original designer left... There's a museum website with a write-up on the Aussie Six; I believe it said once the bearing problem was fixed (heavier bearings installed, I think?) they gave good service; I don't recall that site mentioning breathing problems or having to convert to a 5 (national pride, perhaps)... Indiana truck was doing well in 1920 (4K prod per Mroz); buying an engine co probably seemed like a good idea at the
  11. Many thxx for help--I always feel stupid when I miss something like this; probably put too many words in instead of keeping it simple. Bud
  12. There's a Wiki entry for Barley Motor Car Co that, among other things, talks about the Barley and the Roamer, and states that when Lycoming engines were no longer available Roamer bought the Rutenber Motor Co in 1926.... That write-up appears in at least one other site; I have no idea which copied the other... Various other sources state Rutenber was earlier bought by, or acquired by, or merged/consolidated into (sources differ on terminology) Indiana Truck Co/Cptn in or around 1920 or the early 20s... Does anyone here have any information as to whether Indiana might've in turn sold Rutenber t
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