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  1. Our 1913 Marmon has a factory pressurized oil system.
  2. As said earlier, horsepower then was computed by each manufacturer. Cadillac with their V16 (early 30s) would not comment on its horsepower so as not to be compared to other car manufacturers. In the early 1970s when the big muscle cars were underrated in order to get better insurance rates. Then the manufacturers began "dumbing down" the engines. A big block 1970 Cadillac put out 400 hp, within a few years the same displacement engines were less than 200hp. Back to the pre-war cars. They had incredible torque. Our 1910 Thomas had the transmission gears to only have "high gear" and reverse
  3. Our 1933 Packard Victoria Dietrich belonged to one of Frank Lloyd Wright, associates. The interior is Taliesin red which was FLW favorite colors.
  4. True. The early engines, like the 4/60 Thomas had "splash and dip" lubrication. No pressurized oil system. The idea of a counterweight crank had not been done. My 1908 Thomas has a 577 cubic inch engine and each piston weighs about eight pounds. My 1908 cruises at 65mph at 1200 rpm. I would not push it over this number. The 6/70 Thomas has the same size pistons. Six cylinder. Picture shows Thomas 4/60 piston with a six cylinder Hupmobile. Business card for sale.
  5. Urge you have a look at "The King of All Men" A wonderful kindle book about the personal relationships, the hardships and their joys. Utterly fascinating read, not only for us hard, brass, men, but also for our softer counterparts. Wives loved the book and became more interested in our hobby. "The year is 1908. Six motorcars--three French, one German, one American and one Italian--set off on the greatest sporting challenge of all time: a race around the world. Get into the driver's seat of this fact based adventure story. Experience what motivated these iron men to cross rivers, mountains, oc
  6. Not sure the entire car was restored by Fran Roxa Restoration previous to being entered in 1998 Pebble Beach, where it toured and won second place.
  7. I found about a connection with our 1934 Brewster Town Car, I knew that it was owned by Lily Pons, a world-class main soprano with the Metropolitan Opera for over 20 years. She was twice on the cover of Time magazine, postcards and magazines. Further study, I found that Lily Pons was the daughter of Auguste Pons who the driver and captain in one of the six cars, the French Sizaire-Naudin, in the Great Race of 1908. She was ten years old at that time. A short video about our 1934 Brewster, there are a few inaccuracies, so, you contrarians get ready! Hope that you all will enjoy! Ep
  8. We love our 1920 Cadilac Touring Car! Drives wonderfully, the shift pattern is similar to stick shift in more modern cars. It is one of our most reliable cars.
  9. The bottom line is that it IS a personal choice to allow anyone to drive any of our cars. I want to know if they have ever driven a car like this? In a 1903 Columbus, or 1908 or 1910 Thomas Flyer, 1911 Napier Garden Car, 1913 Marmon Speedster, 1916 Pierce Arrow, how do they start it? How do they engage forward or reverse? Where to set the advance/retard lever? Where does the hand throttle operate? When? what is the shift pattern? What instrumentation needs to be watched, and attended? What stopping distance will it handle? How fast can you take a corner turn? What are the quirks of a vinta
  10. I agree that at is easy to drive once you learn the controls which are very different from any car I have ever driven. Everything is fine, simple and just dandy. BUT when a sudden situation where you need to stop. My inclination is to stand on the brake peddle and disengage by depressing the "clutch." This can have disastrous consequences. Stepping hard on the left hand peddle, engages the transmission in low and you are gonna go forward. Your reflex is to press harder on the "clutch", getting worse. Happened to an acquaintance who was doing fine, until he had to stop quickly when a traf
  11. Sounds like a great idea and I have a friend who is writing a book and one chapter is devoted to Thomas cars. Though not race cars, but we have a 1908 and a 1910. I have our green 1910 Thomas Flyer Tourabout M6/40 about ready to tour. It was a trailer queen for about 20 years. As with most trailer queens it had zero lubrication in any grease fittings and much more as it was never driven more than a few feet to the showing field and back to the trailer. This concept is alien to me. ALL cars MUST be driven (in my estimation). The mechanic has driven this car on 30 mile checkouts. I am r
  12. I really like people. I want people to enjoy our cars. 99% are respectful. Of course we are ALWAYS responsible and from the past we make better decisions. I made a mistake. I will make different decisions. It is better that I remember, and weigh future possible outcome. On one hand the guy helped prep with three days getting our five cars that were entered in the Concourse. I felt I should have rewarded him. He has been careful with other cars, including his own from the (1950s -1970s), and the problem is getting his sleeve in the throttle knob. So I am removing the throttle knob(s). Bu
  13. Possibly aspergers, but I have not researched that syndrome. A friend, a therapist said that the guy "has no filters." His mouth is running, unchecked. He does not think. He has great passion about everything, mostly loud, abrasive, foul mouth, arrogant and negative. My therpist candidly said, "I would never want to know him socially, but I would treat him in my Clinic. Interesting case." I was looking at a 1930s restomod at a car meet. Beautiful and well done. The outside looked original, but the wheels are modern. He came up to me looking at the car, screaming, "Who did this? I hate t
  14. I have gained some good feedback from this post. I have been suggested to remove the knobs on the hand throttle where clothing can get caught. In the event that someone ask to drive my cars (and he is the very first who asked), I will first ask if they have driven a specific car like mine? And will they sign over their house to me as collateral? Just grinning right now, putting this event in the past and reiterate that the people in the hobby are great, kind, caring, sharing, respectful and these I focus upon and love.
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