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  1. 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.
  2. 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, oceans and deserts even as their country's leaders manipulated the race and plotted war." https://www.amazon.com/KING-ALL-MEN-G-Singer-ebook/dp/B006Z2ERIS/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530539302&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=kingof+all+men+singer FREE ON KINDLE!
  3. 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.
  4. 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! Episode 2 - 1934 Brewster Limousine - YouTube Picture below shows Lily Pons father in his Great Race of 1908
  5. 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.
  6. 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 vintage car? Our Thomas cars pull comfortably cruise at 1200rpm. at 1500rpm may cause serious engine damage. Don't know they answers these questions for a specific car? Each of these are six figure cars. It took time for me to operate and driving them. There are 17 steps in starting our 1916 Pierce Arrow for instance. Otherwise I will let them sit in the car, not running and take pictures.
  7. 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 traffic light turned red. Instead of stopping, the Model T shot forward and he was injured. With 15 million Model Ts on the road when the 1928 Model A entered the fray. I wondered when reflexes honed to Model T were suddenly employed?
  8. 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 ready for touring. Our red 1908 Thomas 4/60 is also being ready for touring, hopefully when the corona virus is over.
  9. 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). But my decision was that he had zero remorse and asked that he take the Marmon or one similar cars on a joy-ride. This told me that he had no clue about how to be respectful of our brass cars, nor even any car. He got angry and I made the decision to terminate our friendship. He could not equate our Marmon that is worth three times the value of his residence. I am disconnecting our batteries, adding hidden kill switches. I still allow people to sit in and enjoy our cars as long as they are respectful and I am in attendance. Most people have no concept about brass cars as these are often older than their great grandfathers. Would you know how to handle our 1848 Brewster buggy? How would you hook up two horses? What speed would be safe? How do you stop? Go? Turn? What would you do at night? Most of us would be at a loss. So, us custodians must make good decisions as much as we like people. Want to hook this up and have a joyride?
  10. 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 this! Makes me SICK, looks like $hit! ...." and more. The owner, a kindly older man was there, he was very proud of his car. I am not really into restomods, I like more authentic, but I complemented his car. Obviously he had put a lot of money, time and pride into his car. I respect that. I love most all kinds of cars. But not likely to buy a restomod, but be respectful and polite.
  11. 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.
  12. Most people, the HUGE majority are very respectful of the old cars. I always allow people to sit in one and I take pictures with their mobile. Never had a problem. This guy is odd and disrespectful on the whole. Irritating is the best 'compliment' I can find. He has been banned from several forums. And from several car clubs. He is also disrespectful to woman. At a car event he latched onto a friend's wife. Insulting her, thinking he was just being playful. He is loud and vocal. Her husband was getting mad, but his wife said she would handle this. Though she is about 5 inches shorter than the guy, she warned him to back off and she hit him hard in the face enough to knock him down to the ground and bloodied his nose. He got back up and began again 'teasing' her and she hit him again enough to knock him to the ground, again. He walked away completely puzzled, but he shut up. His only saving grace is that he will help you anytime you ask, he knows 1950s and 1960s Cars very well. But he is one person from the hundreds of people I know in the "Hobby" who is a complete jerk. This event has not in the slightest poisoned me to enjoying the hobby. I wrote him off and that was that. Almost every people we know are certainly "odd", we all in the Hobby fit that moniker!
  13. Apparently the 1907 Thomas, Model 36, weighed in at about 1451 kg or about 3100 pounds, dry and unloaded. Apparently with all the stuff for the Race, tipped the scale about 5,000lbs. Fully loaded, I would trust a two wheel trailer. How about our triple axle trailers? https://www.carfolio.com/thomas-flyer-model-36-60-hp-204457?car=204457
  14. Don't let anyone drive your early cars, especial brass cars. BIG NO NO I often asked by people to drive one of our early cars. A guy, who is quite knowledgeable on 1940s-1950s cars. He fell in love with our 1913 Marmon Speedster 48B. I took it out and pointed it out down a straight stretch of road. Showed him the foot feed and leave the throttle control on the steering wheel alone. He got in the car, I started it and told him to go very slow. As he settled in and caught his sleeve on the throttle control, and went wide open! My heart about stopped! 9.5 liter engine is very powerful and on a lightweight speedster chassis. Took off like a bolt of lightning! About a block away he got it stopped by brakes and disengaging the clutch with the throttle still wide open. I heard the engine screaming as it overrevved. Fortunately this Marmon has a pressurized oil system. The engine was ok. He didn't apologized and just made a few remarks, and asked if he could drive another car of ours. Actually wanted to take one home and give his mother for a ride. He is about 50. I told him that an engine like this would cost about $150,000 to $250,00 or more to restore if a major catastrophe AND could take perhaps two years to put it back together. He said he would be more careful with another of our cars. HAH! Some of this is that he was not knowledgeable with brass cars. I could understand. But his nonchalant attitude (he thought I must be joking about costs of a brass car. restoration cost of the Marmon was over $400,000), but could not forgive that he then wanted to take this car or one like it home to give his mother a "joy-ride." There were two morons in this equation. Me and him. I sure learned a very good lesson! The woman in the picture was a model at a Concourse.
  15. We added another Thomas to our collection. 1910 Thomas Flyer 6/40 M. Green. Perfect frame off restoration and just also had the engine refreshed. It was a show car and I had it sorted out for touring by an excellent Thomas mechanic. If you look closely you can see the lighter green as Thomas often used contrasting colors for the chassis/frame/running gear and another color for the body darker green. The Flag behind the 1908 Thomas shows 45 stars. 8 feet long and I got lucky on eBay We had to remove the windscreen so it would fit the the transporter that brought it to us. Kinda like it as it is! The last picture (eBay again!) is an exact copy model of our 1910 Thomas. All the plastic parts are already colored to match our 1910 Thomas. 1/16th scale.
  16. Flivverking, it could be a milled head, but I don't know how since I got zero paperwork. The only things I know are from deduction. I guess I pull the head and the oil pan, someone thinks I have a possible balanced crank, or maybe a Model A. Only way to find out is if I pull it apart, but I am having a blast driving it! It has a lot of power, getting bored with my other Model Ts as it is much faster and accelerates strong. I may install the Rocky Mountain Brakes. And the straight through exhaust has an incredible sound. Yup, I am in love! I am on HAMB and will check out Secrets of Speed Society.
  17. Possibly the problem was diagnosed by an OCD good mechanic. I was not clear in my post. One of the Solex carbs was missing the pilot jet. I installed two new ones at .55 (stock). Running well. After installing the new pilot jets. It is running very well. But I think these pilot jets have something to do with idle. Have not yet checked the plugs. Will be back. Don't think it has a high compression head. It is iron, piston tops through the spark plug hole are flat top. I am not a great mechanic. Don't seem to have the automotive mechanical intuition. Don't have the patience! Too often I just replace parts and were not needed. The Speedster has a lot of mods I can see, but no papers came with the car as to what was done. No one can help me as to how to adjust dual Solex carbs (Seems to be a 1972 VW). How these should be adjusted for a VW engine? How do I wed them to a 1927 Model T Ford? I have a Canadian engine. Very powerful and surprisingly fast. I have several other Model Ts that are stock. I am gapping the plugs at .025, I have read that changing gaps can help, but not sure how to set at what gap? The overall condition of the Speedster is very well done. I heard it was set up in the early 1990s. Great pinstriping. Someone put a lot of love and money into it, even with a custom built trailer. I have posted on many Model T forums, but nobody knows about it.
  18. WTB Wire Wheel for 1926-27 Model T Ford, 4.00/4.50 x 21"
  19. 1926-27 Model T Wire Wheel just need one as a spare on my speedster. 4.00/4.50 X 21.
  20. Drained the oil. Then pulled the filter (There is a bolt on top that drops the filter housing). It was seriously clogged with crud. Cleaned the housing inside and out. Filled the housing with fresh oil, then added fresh oil Non-Detergent. Pulled one of the oil lines that feed the engine mains. Used a hand pump (handy to add 600w to the diff) and pumped in fresh oil to prime the pump. Took the oil line going to the gauge and blew through it with my air hose. Gauge worked fine. Put everything back together, fired it up and HAVE OIL PRESSURE! It was so sweet to see the needle peg! Set the timing on the advance/retard until found the "sweet spot" in the middle of the range. Carburetors (Solex) running a little lean. I think I need richer jets. Gotta figure this out.
  21. motoringicons, I allowed some few oil drip out and it did not have only about an ounce from the upper petcock, and it looked relatively clean. I think it is appropriate to the oil level. The Ruckstell was slightly overfilled and the viscosity was about like thin honey. Also clean. The car was well maintained. Somebody really loved it. It even has a tandem trailer (of course not needed with a Model T), and it is also very well done. Custom for the car. It has matching hubcaps, from a 1950s car. I can see the driver/owner taking it to meets/races. I wonder how it competed. I cannot find any images on Google. It would seem it was a "significant car" in it's day.
  22. Just recently acquired 1927 Speedster. It has a pressurized oil system and filter. When I get a "new" car, I like to go fluids. When I check the oil level with the upper petcock (on the hogshead) a quantity of oil comes out. Usually this is an overabundance of oil, and I open the petcock and let it run until level, but the oil filter and system is higher than the petcock. Does the oil pressure system use the same level of oil, ie, open the higher petcock?
  23. I am carefully going over the car. The rear end lube looks very thick, like honey and overfilled by removing the square head plug on the higher side of the rear housing. I wonder if the previous, previous owner did not know the Ruckstell should have had the 140 wt you suggested. Probably drain the rear and replace it with 140. Will followup up when I get it sorted out, first. And will relate our adventure(s)! Thanks, Bill
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