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  1. In my youth i worked on a few 30's mopars and anytime we measured the chassis it wasn't unusual to find side shorter than the other .But it wasn't from accident damage,it was often a manufacturing fault. 3/4 - 1" was normal .Years later i read in book, (might have been Tex Smiths Mopar hot rod book) that it was indeed quite common to find this. Unless it is actually bent and you can see the wrinkle it is best to alter the panels to fit.
  2. Hi, I'll ask him if it is OK to pass on details.He has a lot of exotics stored away and understandably cautious about who knows what is where in his collection. But he was most keen on the Renault ,although it's in similar condition to the one in France and was talking about starting on it soon. As with most of us he realizes his mortality .so many cars,so little time.:D
  3. unless it's a pre1960 Alfa,lancia etc ...
  4. I know where there is one of these Renault in Queensland. I did have a pic of it,but recently my hard drive went west and i've lost it. If I run intro the owner,I'll get details from him regarding the model ,but I am sure it is the same size .
  5. Looking at the buildings in the background and the Red lada parked there ,i am guessing this car was retrieved from somewhere in the former Soviet union?
  6. Here is a hint for those who may have stumbled across a former race ,or something they are told was raced . If the car was raced under FIA rules ( and that actually covers land speed racing ) or any of the formula type racing ,the The nostalgia forum on the Autosport web is the place to ask.http://forums.autosport.com/forum/10-the-nostalgia-forum/ A lot of former race drivers,car builders historians etc etc spend their days there .Np matter how obscure,when it comes to racing there will be someone who has information.
  7. As little kid in New Zealand I remember seeing people reversng Prewar cars by leaning out the drivers door,hanging onto the wheel and moving backwards,I haven't seen anyone use that technique for decades .On early American cars it was the only to see behind you because of the small back window. Looking at that damage, someone has been looking out the back by peering out the drivers window ....and hit something on the passenger side.
  8. I am with David on this. I 'was' working at a well known (here in Brisbane Qld) resto shop on a 1913 Vulcan which has the same problem. The flywheel was also made in one peice with the teeth being machined into the rim of the flywheel . I tried to get the shop propietor to do as David suggested,. it's not complicated,in fact it is very basic machine work to simply remove the teeth which are too soft anyway and get a ring gear made from high carbon steel which can then be shrunk on as per normal. Unfortunatelty the shop propeitor was not mechanically savvy enough to under stand this... As result the car is impossible to start with the electric starter . There are lots of ring gear makers around the world who only need a few dimensions to put into their CNC work centers and presto!, you have a ring gear.
  9. Start by getting the ignition Perfect first . replace the plugs ,check the leads for continuity and make sure the condensor and coil are OK. Once the ignition is sorted you can eliminate electricals as source of problems. Next,it sounds as though the compressions are up.1.5 years isn't long for a newish engine to sit but given that it is a sidevalve,the valves can stick. So a quick run with the starter without plugs installed and a compression guage to check everything is as it should be. The oil ,being so black and the plugs being sooted up says the carb was way out of tune,the fuel pressure was too high with the electric pump or the choke was closed. No big deal,that can be sorted once you have fuel Now... are the fuel lines connected securely to the tank? i would disconnect the line at the first pump and get a air gun,with a peice of shop rag around it,blow into the tank and see if fuel can be forced out of the line. you dont need much pressure . So with spark,compression and fuel with a fully charged battery it should run.
  10. big difference to here...we have 37 C predicted today with 100% humidity. The idea of the multi cylinders was to get a smoother powerplant rather than ,as in later decades,to give more power.
  11. You could even run the fan system with a solar panel and an invertor or batteries to cut the running costs down to nothing. How much life does the manufacturer predict with the plastic balloon?
  12. I think I finally have it nailed down...it's a 1924 Chrysler steering unit. I see the same parts on some pictures of this particular year (the 1st) but as I have no access to a parts list I cannot be too sure . It has some interesting little touches such as the alloy sealing plate on the lower part of the column housing and the steering lock . Now...I want to find a pitman arm for it,condition not so important.
  13. I just found this in the photo gallery.It appears to be exactly the same (but in better condition ) but there is no description so i am still looking to find out what it is for:D http://photos.aaca.org/showimage.php?i=29348&c=607
  14. I dont think so,although the advance and throttle controls are the same,Stewart Warner branded:) .The Steering box itself is marked '19050' and the spline is 1.330 " at the large end. That would be a bit large for a car like a Whippet i would have thought.
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