wayne sheldon

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About wayne sheldon

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    Horseless Carriage, Nickel Age, Model T, Classical music, Roaring '20s music, silent era films, history, linguistics, philosophy.

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  1. Mugger, "Your money or your life!" (Silent pause) Mugger, "Well? What is taking so long?" Jack Benny, "I AM THINKING IT OVER!" Beautiful Maxwell! A good friend many years ago had a '22 Maxwell touring car. He loved it, and drove it on many tours for years.
  2. Still there!? I saw that in Williams a good ten years ago! Yes, as Layden says, a Chevrolet. But then, Layden is nearly always right! And if you are there? One does want to get lunch (or dinner!) at Granzellas! About four to six blocks from where this chassis was (is?) sitting. No connection to the restaurant, I just love their chocolate milkshakes and well-made sandwiches! I was there to get lunch when I decided to stop in the antique shop when I saw the chassis.
  3. Don't think anything I might say can help you any. Although I like and appreciate many cars from the '50s, they are much too modern for my collector interests. I didn't buy it, own it, or drive it. However, many (nearly fifty) years ago, I looked at and seriously considered buying a Kaiser Darrin. It wouldn't have worked out. My life never did. I had to sell every car I ever had and wanted to keep for the rest of my life, every one, for one reason or another, usually the "needs" of family. Still, to this day, I remember that Kaiser Darrin as the ONE 1950s car that I regret not getting.
  4. BearsFan315, That is not the spliced version I saw some years ago. The one I saw had the frames cut and spliced together probably frame by frame. I figure it was likely done digitally. One side of the street showed the before while the other side showed the after. It certainly wasn't totally lined up and clean as the filmings weren't exactly matched. But the one side of the street being beautiful and the other side being rubble created an unforgettable image. The before film was with a camera mounted on the front of a cable car (you can see the tracks in the road). The after was likely on some sort of wagon as I think it took awhile before the cable powerhouse was operational again. The cable car tracks are still visible in the street in the after film, and the camera was bounced around a bit.
  5. I don't even have to see the video of the film to know what it is. I have seen it many times, and it has been discussed on many antique automobile-related forums for many years. All good, it is an incredible look into a rare moment in time so soon before a huge catastrophe changed the face of a place forever. It should be looked at by anybody interested in history of the past two hundred years. And it should be discussed often. As I recall, about half the cars passing and turning around are of a single marque. If I recall correctly (getting worse each passing year?), they are Wintons. Apparently, the local Winton dealer got wind of the film being made and sent all his inventory and a couple personal cars out so that they would be "seen". Looking at the cars carefully (I did this some years ago!), there are at least three touring cars that are of the same year and model, and even have the same passengers sitting in the cars as they pass in review of the camera over and over again. Another car seen is an Autocar of about 1904-05. Incredibly, that Autocar is believed to still exist in a private collection. I do not know who owns it, but have in the past spoken with a couple people that do know the owner and the car, and swear it is absolutely known to be the same car! Makes a good story at least. Not seen so often, a followup film was made about a month after the earthquake, following the same route, and at about the same speed. It showed the same area and buildings as they looked after the quake and only some cleanup done. Also, about eight or ten (?) years ago, someone took the two films, and spliced them (I think using digital technology, but I do not know for sure), one side showing the before, the other side showing the after the quake. That was a startling image to watch.
  6. Okay, Bloo's link worked. John M's link did not. I hate computer stuff. I looked at the tires on the link. My concern is that they give a max load capacity of 1400 @ 50 psi. Would imagine they mean "pounds"? Many era trucks have dual rear wheels. That means maximum 5600 pounds on the back end of the truck. As long as the truck is used as an antique, and NOT heavily loaded, that should be fine. But if someone got into a bind and decided to use the old girl to haul something heavy, one could get into trouble real quick. The back end of the truck itself would weigh close to a thousand pounds give or take depending upon bed, box, sideboards etc. So a two ton truck could haul two tons maybe okay. However, the "two ton" is a rating system, not necessarily the load limit. Many trucks were actually loaded well over twice the rating back in the days. For a model TT, with only single rear tires, one would need to be careful if one were to haul real loads on those. The same would be true of any other antique truck with single rear wheels. As a personal point, I do not like radial tires on trucks. The tires in the link do say they are bias ply. A true eight ply rating would be better. But for a collector truck getting light duty? I would think those tires should be okay. That is my opinion. Worth what you paid for it.
  7. My dad used to say that such air filters were designed to keep small rocks and low flying birds out of the engine. Regardless, no proper restoration or preservation of a car that had such a filter is complete without one. But if you think that needs a replacement? You haven't resurrected anything bad yet! Looks like an easy fix.
  8. Sometimes fun to read these old threads again. I have through another antique automobiles forum gotten to know a fellow that owns two Gray automobiles. He is finishing one, and hoping to restore the other. It is still believed to be about ten (give or take one or two?) surviving complete Gray automobiles existing in the world. Gray, Dort, and Star, all seem to get mixed up together. On-line and book references are confusing, and not consistent. However, I do not think the Gray and the Dort are one and/or the same.
  9. Bloo, I tried clicking on the link you posted and it just brought me back to this thread?
  10. I figure this car is worth maybe half of the '28 Frank Wilkie is trying to sell. And even at that, Frank's would be the better buy by far! He has been asking $18,000 for awhile now. So that makes this worth how much? I do really wish I could consider Frank's '28. It is beautiful! And could be parked proudly next to almost any restored '20s or early '30s car!
  11. Just a thought. Many TT trucks use 20X6.00 tires on the rear. Model T parts suppliers usually carry tires for them. I don't know what the current tread styles are for them. But it may be a place to look?
  12. EVERYBODY needs a hole or two in their head! Can't breath without one. It is way too new for my interests. But if I weren't way broke, I think I would be bidding on that!
  13. Very unlikely that a 1918 Dodge would have had 19 inch tires. Very few cars that year used tires for rim sizes under 23 inch. Dodge probably did not use a 19 inch rim size until at least 1925, and probably closer to '28. There were smaller sizes way earlier, some cars around 1905 used 28X3 tires which fit on a 22 inch rim, a few small early cars used smaller sizes. Otherwise, pretty much nobody used rim sizes below 20 inch before 1925. So if your tires are 19 inch, the wheels are likely late '20s at the earliest.
  14. What a wonderful gathering of fantastic cars! The Cole most certainly deserves more of a following in the hobby. You should be proud! And, hopefully, you can do this again in a couple years.