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wayne sheldon

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  1. Speculation, as some of us have been engaging in can be a tricky, and sometimes risky, thing. Some amount of factual history always helps. I would still like to know how power could be connected from a motor (clearly not seen, as you say, up under the body) would have been connected to the rear wheels. It could be possible for a chain to a single sprocket near the center of the rear axle to be hidden behind the step, brake and wheel sections. However, that appears unlikely to me. Another thing that bothers me, is having a boiler with its burner up under the body and seat that way. Boilers
  2. I have spent a good twenty minutes staring at that photo. Got me. It is somewhat unusual for any horse drawn carriage or wagon to have full elliptic springs like that on the front axle. I have seen a few, with swing axles pivoted in the center. However, this clearly is not one of those for a few reasons. One obvious one is the location of the front seat step plate. No room for the whole axle to swing! That coupled with no fifth wheel pivot in sight pretty much settles the horse drawn question. I 'think' I can make out what may be the upper king pin of the left front wheel. Otherwise, I
  3. Thank you nzcarnerd, I knew I had seen cars like the two before, but couldn't recall what they were. Saw your identification and said to my self "Voisins, of course!" With the Horch there, makes it quite a display of fine European cars! I wonder where this was taken, and what the event was?
  4. The story behind this photo is quite interesting, and quite obscure. I won't claim to know all the "facts", as I have read so many different things from different sources. When I was in high school, my dad bought the 1927 Paige I now have to be the 'great family project'. I did as much research as I could at that time about the Paige automobile and their history. One story, I found in a couple of automobile history books back then, was that Paige had held the Pike's Peak hill climb record for two years! I, a few years later, found out that that story wasn't exactly true. When I found the
  5. Eureka is extreme. I grew up in San Jose, a small mountain range and about 40 miles from Santa Cruz beach. No rust issues in San Jose. But we spent enough time in Santa Cruz, friends and family, to know of several with severe rust issues. I went to look at a 1920s Dodge that had spent most its life within ten miles of the ocean near Santa Cruz. Far and away one of the worst rusty vehicles I ever saw! (And it wasn't even fifty years old at that time!) Even around Eureka, go about ten more miles inland, not even fifteen miles from the ocean, a world of difference in the climate. Cutten, a little
  6. Not picking away at this car in any way shape or form. Just a comment contrary to certain beliefs about Califunny cars. Califunny has a few hundred miles of coastline, with most of the heavy population centers somewhere near it. Any area within about twenty to thirty miles of the actual coast, can be subject to severe rusting issues. My former brother in law had a 1949 Chevrolet pickup that had been in his family since new. Living in Eureka Califunny, the truck had less than sixty thousand actual original miles on it when he married my wife's sister in the early 1980s. Also, living in Eureka,
  7. Good deal! Keeping them in the family counts as keeping them! Good old tires need to be put to good use.
  8. I really like open wheel racing cars. That is part of why I have loved all the open wheel model T speedsters I have had. No fenders, no windshield, no top, no doors, no seatbelts, no a lot of other things. A healthy vintage engine with a tall overdrive. Just you, the machine, the road and the wind. 70 mph feels like 90. The true racing car I had would do over 80 mph, how much over that I do not know. With my aversion to speeding tickets, I didn't get up that fast often. About 45 years ago, there was a wonderful vintage racing event that was held once a year for four years. While it was c
  9. Better be careful with things like that. Can't remember where it was, some family thing years ago, I was going somewhere a distance from home, by myself, and spotted a local car show. Not in any hurry to get there, I swung into the parking lot. Walking around, looking like any dummy off the street, looking at a 1934ish Chevrolet. The owner says to me "I bet you a hundred bucks you can't start this car?" I tell him "I won't take that bet, although I am pretty sure I know how." He says "Show me!" So I did. Of course what he didn't know, was that a couple years before, a very good friend of
  10. Thanks for the update! If you do bring it out to Modoc, I might have to go see it!
  11. That is the real reason my Paige wasn't restored fifty years ago. My dad had a "flat surface" obsession that he HAD to put something there. I was a strange kid. I cleaned the garage a few times without being asked to. He always had it a total mass of mess within a couple weeks. The car couldn't be worked on because he buried it.
  12. Number 4 appears to be 1917 to 1922 Ford, without the mounting brackets that attach to the cowl. The hinge pins appear to be above the lower glass which allows the two sections to fold offset and hold the upper glass a bit higher. Number 5 might be the 1915 to early 1917 upper section. I can't tell for sure from this angle, but it appears it MIGHT be the hinge part with the pin even with the glass edge which causes the sections to fold evenly with the folded top section held lower. Number 6 is again a 1917 to 1922 frame with the mounting brackets on the lower frame. Again, notice the
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