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About CatBird

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  1. Looks like no way to get it here until the Corona Virus gets defeated or under control.
  2. Just bought a 1904 Curved Dash Olds in Quebec. The seller, private individual, has his own trailer and said he would bring it when the border allows him to come here and return. Apparently commercial transports can come and go. Any help or ideas?
  3. Thank you. It is a very smooth and easy driving, powerful car. The previous owner is 6'9" so I can stretch out with my 6'2" frame. Wife has to turn on the ignition. Starts easily. Has an exhaust diverter that goes into a train whistle. According to the Marmon Owners club that this car is the only 48B speedster in 1913, Serial number is the same.
  4. our 1913 Marmon Speedster 48B
  5. We are bringing some of our cars. Hope to see you there,
  6. Don't know yet. It is in transit. Should be here in a few days. Trying to reach a few people who worked on it. Have talked with a few people who have dtiven it at the Bonham Auction and said it was very fast.
  7. Just purchased October 7 (not yet delivered) but am interested in history about Marmmon Speedsters.
  8. I want to buy a 18" to 20" monocle for our brass car to mount on our recent 1913 Marmon Speedster.
  9. Not that I care that much about judging points, but I have heard that you may not lose points for adding safety features. And if touring, might be a good idea. But I don't like the looks of disc brakes and for the most part (unless racing or mountains) don't see the need. If I were to add front brakes, they would be drums and would look like the rear.
  10. I completely agree. He offered to sell me the car, not a bargain anyway, but I didn't like it. I think he had the old drums. If he like his discs, I am not to dis his car or him. Disc brakes don't look good on any car that was not made for them. They also dirty up your whitewalls with brake dust. We have disc brakes that came on several of our modern cars. IF I wanted to add front brakes, I would add drums that look like the rear. But the older cars need to be driven respectfully and at the conditions at the time they were made. Our old cars have lived a very long time with the factory brakes. We are very fortunate that we live next to Stone Mountain Park. 25mph in the Park and has 15 miles of hard surface roads. We feel fine with our two wheel brakes.
  11. I especially agree to get the original brakes working properly. Perhaps with softer "grab-ability" with modern linings like Moose sells. I also know that others are adding "juice" hydraullic brakes inside the rear drums. The bottom line is that only stopping ability is the amount of rubber you put on the ground. On a Model T, the bands in the transmission can clamp and stop the car. I am in the thought that the brakes are a matter of prayer and hope! Obviously the handbrake operates the rear drums. These Brass cars were made when the speed limits could have been as low as 10-20pmh. To me that pushing a brass car at 60-70-80mph is dangerous. I consider it disrespectful to the car. Enjoy waht it was made to do. My 1908 Thomas Flyer has a 100mph speedometer. I think this is for "bragging rights." Obviously the wooden artillery wheels were not made for that speed! In my 50s cars, I have friends installing front disc brakes. Not me. I find that the original brakes are sufficient unless pushing the car beyond its original limits. I remember disc brakes became all the rage in the 1960s when they were popular on race cars. My original question was that since only one wheel drives the car, through the differential, how would a disk brake on the driveshaft would only stop that wheel? It seems logical that a differential must allow one wheel to freewheel when cornering. I seem to remember that the concept of a "limited slip" differential came about in the 1960s for the muscle cars. Though it were possible in Brass Era cars, I can find no research it was done. Even if that were true, I would assume that gearing down would still only slowing the driven wheel. To me it seems illogical to add a disc brake to a driveshaft and an unnecessary expense. Better to put better brakes all around would be the best idea, especially for touring. A local guy seems to have the most driven Duesenberg in the USA at10,000 miles a year. He has disc brakes on his front wheels.
  12. A friend is planning to increasing his braking ability by adding a disc brake on a driveshaft on a brass era car. He thinks it will stop both rear wheels. It would seem to me that it could only stop one rear wheel. Question?