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  • Birthday 07/12/1952

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  1. I may get offensive to some out there? Unfortunately, most people today are sheep. They want to buy what someone tells them they should want buy. They do not care about nor appreciate history, and couldn't care less if all antique automobiles were buried in the dump. However, that is the world we live in. And prices for the more common or lesser condition antique automobiles reflect that. PS, I have been in the hobby since I was fifteen, nearly 55 years ago.
  2. A very respectable speed for a small car of the 1920s! I for one enjoy seeing cars, tours, and activities, from around the world. You always do a fine job sharing your photos and I enjoy seeing them.
  3. A lot of wonderful cars! I love that 1915/1920 Renault. The two 1920s Citroens were nearly as impressive. I like early cars! Many others were very interesting. The petroliana collection was very impressive! Thank you for sharing these photos.
  4. Just for kicks and giggles, check out this thread on this forum. Dean Yoder for several years used a trailer with camping gear. Now he has a model T with the camping gear incorporated into it. Dean has been touring all over the continental United States for quite a few years now. He is generally regarded as the master of T traveling! However, there are a few people hoping to catch up with him. Several small groups have annual tours to way out of the way places. One group about a year ago spent a couple weeks touring all around Nevada and Utah. They spent days in Death Valley, and more days going through most of the National Parks and monuments in Utah. They camped the whole trip. The trailer Dean's friend is towing is larger than what most T people use. The joke that goes around it that Dean has driven his T to 49 states. The only reason he hasn't driven to the 50th state is they haven't built the bridge yet! https://forums.aaca.org/topic/366099-follow-dean-yoder-as-he-travels-the-two-lane-in-his-model-t/?tab=comments#comment-2248266
  5. Most of these type trailers were home made or farm built during the 1920s and 1930s. A small percentage may have been factory made or local craftsman offerings. Automobile parts suppliers offered parts such as fenders and hitches for those that didn't want to make those pieces themselves. Model T Ford people tend to like such trailers more than any other area of the hobby. Many active model T people tour extensively, and some go on long camping excursions, either alone, or in groups. However, most model T people are notoriously cheap. So even there the prices won't be a lot. Nice trailers do sometimes sell in the four to six hundred dollar range. Others, might be lucky to get one hundred. The likely best place for an easy sale at a fair price is the MTFCA forum classifieds. It has the widest audience of people crazy enough to actually want one.
  6. Background. When I was fifteen, well over fifty years ago now, my dad bought a 1927 Paige intended to be the 'family project'. It was the small Paige for that year, the Paige automobile's last year before becoming Graham Paige. My model 6-45 Paige was what had been intended to be the Jewett for 1927 before they rebadged the model as a Paige in hopes of increasing sales. My dad being what he was, the car never got restored, and eventually became mine. Since that time, I have done some work on the car, but have lacked the resources to do a decent restoration. Because of that car, I have had an interest in both Paige and Jewett automobiles for a long time now. I recall reading something of this amulet a long time ago. I believe it was mentioned in a book I checked out from a library nearly fifty years ago (I checked out a LOT of books in those days!). However, I do not recall what book it may have been, and didn't see much more about it for many years. Some time ago, maybe fifteen to twenty years ago, on the internet, I ran into this tale again. However again, little in the way of details or facts were being shared. Bighara, I knew I had once yet again recently seen an inquiry about this. As I routinely check the Graham and Paige threads farther down in the AACA forum listings about once or twice a month (not much activity there unfortunately), I had to go looking to find your inquiry. You chose to attach it in an unrelated thread about the former Jewett website, which was unfortunately going nowhere. It might (probably not?) have done better if you had started a new thread and properly titled it about the mysterious amulet. I parenthesis the 'probably not' because a few previous threads on the subject (one of them actually started by me!) had never gotten anywhere. In the past, a couple (claimed?) Jewett owners have said that their car has the amulet. However, I cannot recall any of them ever showing a picture of it. That in and of itself does not mean they didn't have a car, nor that the amulet doesn't exist. A lot of people on antique automobile type websites are not adept at computer functions. Probably half of us have never posted a photo! I also recall someone saying it is pictured in a Jewett owners manual. Again, no shared pictures, and one person saying it is there against a dozen or more saying it isn't in their manuals places that claim in the 'maybe not' file. Personally, I would like to see this resolved. Not that it is any big thing. If true, it would be an interesting tidbit in automobile history! If not true at all, it would be a footnote in the land of urban legends. And, maybe a few Jewetts did have such a thing? There are a tremendous amount of fascinating stories attached to our beloved automobiles.
  7. I have been reading this thread off and on since minutes after Jim's Original Post about 36 hours ago. And I have been wondering what tale I could tell. Problem is, there are just so many memorable rides. And here, I am thinking of 'rides', not drives. In years past, I have been very fortunate to know several major collectors, active hobbyists, and friends or other associates with interesting cars. I have ridden in a friend's 1907 Thomas Flyer (not THE Thomas Flyer!). Several Rolls Royces, I lost count on the Pierce Arrows. Or maybe it would be my cousin's car about 1975ish? He had always had a penchant for fast muscle cars. After a few Mustangs, he totaled two of them, one of them three times, and way too many tickets, he got a Ford Torino. I don't know what that Torino had in it, but I rode with him one time going home from a big family picnic. Going up a steep winding highway in the Santa Cruz CA mountains at a leisurely pace, he showed me what the car could do. At about 60 mph going up a steep hill, he floored it! In seconds, we were doing well over 80! Short but memorable. When I was about three, or maybe four, my dad was sick for a couple months. My mother didn't drive, so she had to 'borrow' rides from friends for various things. This would have been about 1956. One friend she got a ride from was in a Volkswagen. First time I saw one up close. I remember that one very well. Or maybe the time while I was in high school. We went to a local car show (called a concours, but not like they are today). My dad had known Jack Passey (and his brother Bill) since college days, and Jack had several cars at the show. He was short one driver, so he asked my dad if he would mind driving one of his cars back to Jack's shop. My mother was driving by then, so she drove the family station wagon, while dad and I took the Lincoln model K coupe back to Jack's place! (Such a WONDERFUL and quiet car!) I could easily name a couple dozen other cars. The Pope Portola roadster (what an INCREDIBLE car!), the 1904 Oldsmobile French front rear entrance tonneau (I rode in the back!) The only true rumble seat I ever rode in was my own 1929 Reo sport coupe (with my dad driving!). I would really like to spend about three days on a major club tour riding in a rumble seat. But I haven't been able to figure out how to drive and ride at the same time?
  8. I have been away for a few hours, and looking back in here to see how you were doing. Congratulations! As I read down from my previous post, I saw that you do indeed have what appears to be a proper Dodge Brothers speedometer. I am so glad that you have found the problem.
  9. Is there anything that makes you think this speedometer is the right one for your Dodge Brothers? I am not that familiar with Dodge Brothers cars, however, I know quite a number of people that have them, and I have never heard of this problem before. The side of the car the driver sits on does not change the direction of the speedometer. So, no, export to Australia is not part of the problem. I would suspect the speedometer you have is not correct for the car. It could be possible for the gearing inside the transmission to have been change to something incorrect? But that is unlikely.
  10. Two practical ways to look at the value of that prize today. The inflation calculator per google says the dollar today is worth about thirty times the dollar in 1900. So that fifty dollar prize becomes about $1500. Grass Valley was at that time one of the world's centers of gold mining. A lot of history around here surrounding that. The price of gold around 1900 was about $20 per ounce. So $50 in gold would have been about two and a half ounces. Todays price of gold is about $1800 per ounce (again per google), so those two and a half ounces would be worth about $4500. Wonderful letter and look into history! Sure a lot gaiety in those days. I always enjoy these tidbits you share!
  11. Nothing unique about it. A common Bosch distributor for model T Ford. Tens of thousands of them were made and sold. Most of them are broken, or worn out. Good ones are somewhat desirable. Broken ones may be useful to someone trying to fix one, but they aren't worth much money.
  12. Curious. I hope someone can identify it. Does it have a reverse? The casting to me doesn't look that early. The numbers are sharp and clear. In other ways, the handle and latch/dog mechanism does look like it could be fairly early.
  13. 99 percent sure it is for a Fordson tractor. The car/truck units are much shorter. That unit on a T or TT would stick out the side of the hood. A tractor unit could be adapted to a model T, they used the same timer. But fitting could be a bit of a problem, and brackets would have to be made.
  14. If it is actually a two speed unit, it is somewhat rare. But not very desirable. Most Muncie units for model Ts and TT trucks have under, direct, and overdrive for forward. Nearly all such Muncie units also have a reverse gear, unlike most other auxiliary transmissions for model Ts. The kicker is that Muncie also made some units to fit a model T or TT that had a first, second, and direct third. It can be quite disappointing to pay the bucks for a Muncie, then get it home and find it does NOT have the desired overdrive. (Never happened to me, but I know a couple people that did that!) The UDO Muncies are one of the preferred auxiliary transmissions for model Ts. They are fairly well made, have a good ratio overdrive, and shift as well as any and better than some. And some people (including me!) like the reverse they have. Muncie did also make a two speed unit. They were almost always direct and underdrive. While they can be useful, people tend to prefer the Ruckstell or some of the smaller rear driveshaft units. I have never known anyone myself that had a Muncie two speed. I don't know how good or bad they may be. Warford also made a two speed unit. I have known a few people that had those, and they tend to be junk! Whether the Muncie two speed is better than the Warford two speed or not? I do not know. I do know some people that have been burned on the Warford units and are not likely to consider the Muncie two speed. Most T owners wanting Warfords or Muncies (or Chicagos or Jumbo Giants) want them for the overdrive either in a TT that really needs it, or for a speedster so they can cruise at highway speeds. I have over the years had several of them. And I like to cruise near 70 mph in a speedster! I also had an overdrive in a TT I had years ago. It could do 40 mph with it. You should pull the top off of it, and check the gears. Determine for sure whether it is a two speed or UDO with reverse, and its condition. The model T clutch wasn't great, and many people never learned how to shift these things properly. A lot of model T auxiliary transmissions are totally beat to death inside. If it is a two speed unit? Figure out for certain if it is and under or over drive. While MOST two speed units were under and direct, once in a rare while an overdrive unit does show up. Those, in good condition, can be desirable.
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